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Filing opens for Missoula city council races

(MISSOULA)- A small business owner and active volunteer is among the first to file for the upcoming Missoula City Council elections, with the filing period getting underway this morning. 

John Dibari filed his paperwork for the Ward 4 contest this morning. 

DiBari has lived in Missoula for 16-years, spread over two periods, in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, returning again in 2005. He runs a family business, Soft Hit, LLC, which specializes in selling baseballs, softballs and golf balls for sports training. 

DiBari has a long record of volunteer and civic service, having been on the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board for the past 7-years. He's also served on the Urban Growth Commission and the panel working on the city's growth policy update. 

DiBari will be competing for the Ward 4 position that was vacated earlier this year by the resignation of Caitlen Copple. Patrick Weasel Head was appointed to fill the remainder of that term until the next elections. 

Other incumbent council members who's seats are up for election this year include Jason Weiner, Adam Hertz, Alex Taft, Mike O'Herron, and Ed Childers. 

Filing closes on July 2nd. 


Missoula Kohl's store about ready to open

(MISSOULA)- Missoula's long-awaited Kohl's store will open on schedule, with store managers announcing the grand opening is now set for March 6th.

The store has been under construction for about a year and is one of the major retailers to locate in the new South Crossing development on Brooks next to Cabela's. 

The company announced this morning the new Kohl's will officially open its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 8:45 a.m. with the store opening for business at 9. The store will employ up to 100-workers. 

The new store is one of two new locations Kohl’s will open this spring and is the third Kohl’s store to open in Montana.


Search starts for new Missoula council member

Caitlin Copple announced her plans to step down earlier this month(MISSOULA)- Missoula leaders are starting to search for a replacement to fill a vacancy on the city council, with hopes of filling the opening in the next month. 

The opening for one of the Ward 4 seats was created earlier this month when Councilwoman Caitlin Copple announced she is stepping down so she could devote more time to her work as a consultant. 

Now, the city is opening up applications for the Ward 4 seat, which represents the Lewis & Clark, Paxson and South Russell neighborhoods. The appointee would serve the remainder of this year until the vacancy goes before voters in November, with the option for whoever is selected to run for election. 

Applicants must be a U.S. and Montana citizen, living in Ward 4 for 60-days before the appointment. They also have to be at least 18-years old. 

The City Council is accepting applications until February 6th, with council members picking applicants to interview starting on February 9th. 


Work begins on feasibility study for Missoula Fairgrounds changes

(MISSOULA)- Work has started on a study which should help community leaders decide what future developments are feasible at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. And that could help refine ideas that have ranged from expanded ice sports to a multi-events center.

For the past three years, the Missoula County Fairgrounds Advisory Committee has been working through a long list of concepts for the fairgrounds' future, from new new facilities like a year around events center, to more updated facilities for agriculture activities and the Western Montana Fair.

However, throughout those discussions the question keeps coming up of what will actually fit on the existing acreage. 

The new report is being handled by a Minnesota-based consultant and is scheduled to wrap up in May. Consultant Rod Markin told the committee Monday the study will not only analyze existing buildings and facilities, but other factors like population growth, and marketing of an events center or other new developments. 

The report is set to be finished in May. 


New Missoula department store to start hiring process

(MISSOULA)- It's still going to be a while before the store opens, but managers with Kohl's Department Stores say they're ready to start hiring people to work at their new Missoula location. 

Kohl's is the last anchor store to open in the new South Crossing development, joining Cabela's and other retailers who have opened over the past year. 

Kohl's announced Monday it's starting to recruit for about 100 part-time positions at the new store, starting on Saturday January 10th and continuing through Wednesday, January 14th. 

Positions at the new store will include register operations, department associates, customer service associates, early morning freight unloaders and evening ad set associates. 

The company has posted full information on the openings at the company's website.

The new Missoula Kohl's will open in March