NEWS & RESOURCES

City councilman: condemnation litigation costs top $10 million

Posted: February 24, 2016

With the end of the city’s condemnation suit nowhere in sight, Missoula City Councilman Harlan Wells has seen enough.

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Water system would cost city of Missoula at least $124M

Posted: February 2, 2016

In November 2015, a court-appointed commission set the fair market value for Mountain Water’s assets at $88.6 million. However, that’s just the start of what the city would have to finance.

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State Supreme Court chooses to hear oral arguments in necessity case

Posted: February 2, 2016

Hearing will allow justices to ask real questions as to whether the condemnation process has been compliant with state law.

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Liberty and Mountain Water respond to PSC concerns about sale

Posted: February 2, 2016

The PSC was unable to complete its review of Liberty’s purchase of Western Water Holdings due to the city’s legal maneuvering.

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KGVO hosts Mountain Water discussion on “Talk Back”

Posted: February 28, 2015

Hosts Peter Christian and Jon King spoke with Mountain Water Company president John Kappes about recent news in the city of Missoula’s condemnation case.

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Employees prefer Liberty over city as new owner

Posted: February 20, 2015

In a news release, Mountain Water employees rejected the city’s latest employment offer and asked the city to abandon its condemnation case.

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City’s opinion poll is statistically meaningless

Posted: February 13, 2015

A poll commissioned by the city of Missoula shouldn’t be admissible as evidence in trial because its methodology was deeply flawed and its conclusions were not reliable.

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City says Rattlesnake watershed isn’t necessary under municipal ownership

Posted: February 11, 2015

The city’s experts say that Rattlesnake Creek and dams in the wilderness are unnecessary for Missoula’s water system. Mountain Water has therefore asked that they be removed from the city’s case.

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City attempting to re-litigate issues already decided by the courts

Posted: February 11, 2015

In a court filing, Mountain Water argues that much of the city’s current case relies on legal questions that were already adjudicated in the city’s failed 1980s condemnation effort.

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