New Fort Owen ranch owner offers to resolve public access issues


BITTERROOT TONIGHT….THE NEW OWNER OF THE HISTORIC FORT OWEN RANCH OFFERS TO WORK WITH STEVENSVILLE RESIDENTS TO RESOLVE PUBLIC ACCESS ISSUES CAUSING CONFLICTS. BUT SHE ALSO SAYS SOLUTIONS MUST BE REASONABLE, AND RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY. MYLA YAHRAUS (YAW- RUSS), A SUCCESSFUL LAS VEGAS BUSINESSWOMAN, WAS INTRODUCED AT A STEVI PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING (THRS), AS THE NEW OWNER OF THE 1-HUNDRED 67-ACRE RANCH. THAT RANCH SURROUNDS THE HISTORIC FORT OWEN SITE, THE FIRST PERMANENT, WHITE SETTLEMENT IN MONTANA TERRITORY. BUT THE RANCH’S RELATIONSHIP WITH STEVI AS BEEN ROCKY OF LATE, WITH THE PRESENT OWNERS SHUTTING DOWN INFORMAL PUBLIC ACCESS ON THE BITTERROOT RIVER WHEN THEY GOT TIRED OF UNCONTROLLED PARTYING AND OTHER PROBLEMS. YAHRAUS WANTS TO WORK WITH LOCALS, AND STATE AGENCIES. BUT ALSO SAYS SHE’S A “STRONG ADVOCATE” OF PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. MYLA YAHRAUS/NEW FORT OWEN RANCH OWNER”I’M MORE THAN WILLING TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR TO THE STEVENSVILLE COMMUNITY. BUT THE HEALTHIEST NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE STREETS THAT RUN BOTH DIRECTIONS. NOT ONE WAY STREETS THAT LEAD TO A DEAD END.” YAHRAUS PLANS TO KEEP THE PROPERTY AS A WORKING CATTLE RANCH WHEN SHE TAKES OVER JANUARY 1ST.

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