The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By REBECCA LAWTON
Writers on the Range 

Something Montana Should Consider? A Water-Stressed Valley Needs to Curb Development

 


In my drought- and fire-plagued home valley, 40 miles north of San Francisco, a debate has been simmering for decades over a massive development planned on state-owned property.

The conflict is focused on nearly 1,000 acres of rural and wildland in Sonoma Valley. The prime wine-country property has been eyed for development since long before 2018 when the state transitioned its last clients from the Sonoma Developmental Center, California’s oldest hospital for the “feeble-minded.”

What remains on the land are decaying historic buildings, an active fire department, a popular net...



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