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Whitefish (MT) loses court appeal over gated roads

Grouse Mountain Estates Homeowners Association has the right to install gates and close its private subdivision roads to vehicular traffic, the Montana Supreme Court ruled.  The homeowners association, represented by Whitefish attorney Sean Frampton, sued the city of Whitefish two

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Welling Concerns (MT)

Eugene Pizzini, the DEQ’s supervisor of public drinking water supplies, initially shared Cuthbertson’s skeptical reaction when he learned of the disparities in the testing methods, thinking that the homeowners associations were exploiting a quirk in the law.  “I thought, ‘Why

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Anti-government group clashes with retirement community (MT)

By the time Pat Kelly realized he was in trouble, members of the anti-government sovereign citizen movement had already claimed 371 of the developer’s investment homes.  And it all appeared to be legal, done with a favorite tool of anti-government

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Rural residents ask to pay more in annual fee for road maintenance (MT)

The Lewis and Clark County Commission is taking additional time to consider a request from a rural improvement district to increase the annual fee homeowners pay for maintenance.  Their decision came in response to an issue raised during a public

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Whitefish (MT) loses lawsuit over subdivision roads

A Grouse Mountain homeowners association has the right to close its subdivision roads to vehicular traffic, a Flathead district judge has ruled.  The Grouse Mountain Estates Homeowners Association sued the city of Whitefish last year over a resolution that tightened

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Supreme Court remands skateboarding case (MT)

Casey Kent, 35, died on June 14, 2008, while skateboarding on a steep bike path in the Cedar Pointe Estates subdivision. His wife Sara Kent sued the city of Columbia Falls three years later, claiming the city was negligent in

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Whitefish Subdivision (MT) Seeks Intervention in Lawsuit Over Gated Communities

A group of homeowners who oppose gated communities in the Grouse Mountain Estates subdivision is seeking to join a lawsuit against the city of Whitefish, supporting the city’s decision to ban the use of permanent gates and asserting their private

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National Forest cabin owners see relief from skyrocketing fees

While last week’s presidential signing of legislation aimed at protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River and the Rocky Mountain Front was lauded by many conservationists and wilderness advocates, around 700 Montana cabin owners had reason to celebrate as

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Older Grouse Mountain subdivision asks to join lawsuit (MT)

A lawsuit over the use of permanent gates in the Grouse Mountain Estates subdivision in Whitefish has a new legal wrinkle.  Grouse Mountain Homeowners Inc. has asked the court to allow the group to intervene in a lawsuit filed against

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City aims to strengthen gate policy

The city of Whitefish is standing firm in its prohibition of gated communities within the resort town following a request from the Grouse Mountain homeowners association to permanently gate its entrances.   Read more……..

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Insurance concerns grow with fire danger (MT)

Homeowners in one St. Regis housing development are worried after one of their neighbors was denied renewal of their insurance policy because the provider told them they were in a high wildfire risk area.    Read more………

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Boyne countersuit filed against Shoshone HOA (MT)

In response to the Shoshone Condominium Hotel Owners Association’s lawsuit claiming that it was grossly overcharged for basic services, Boyne USA has filed a countersuit against the group, alleging that it used flawed calculations and an incomplete monitoring system as

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Condo owners (MT) allege price gouging by Boyne

The Shoshone Condominium Hotel Owners Association has filed suit against Boyne USA, alleging the Michigan-based resort company grossly overcharged the association for basic services for years and tried to intimidate the association when it looked into the issue.    Read

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Second lawsuit challenges subdivision well exemption (MT)

In a second challenge of the state’s exempt-well law, a group of Springhill area landowners have sued Gallatin County for approving a subdivision that could siphon water from the wells of nearby homes.    Read more……..

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Bozeman (MT) condo handicap accessibility lawsuit settled

A construction company and developer have agreed to update a Bozeman condominium as part of a settlement in a lawsuit over handicap accessibility.     Read more…….

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Lakeside (MT) residents implore county to maintain road

The county has declined to plow and sand the west end of Adams Street and a short portion of Grayling Road based on a 1983 policy not to accept new roads into the county’s road maintenance network. The maintenance of

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