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Non-renewal of school counselor’s contract draws protest

By Michael Howell Despite an overwhelming turnout in support of Stevensville High School Counselor Stephen Coop, a majority of school board members voted last week to follow the recommendation of school administrators and not renew his contract for the coming year. Coop has served as the high school counselor for the last three years. It…

FWP proposes non-native fish kill above Overwhich Falls

By Michael Howell Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has recently released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review of its proposal to remove non-native and hybridized cutthroat trout from the upper portion of Overwhich Creek and its tributaries in the southwest Bitterroot Valley, above Painted Rocks Dam. According to FWP fisheries biologist Chris Clancy,…

Attorney asks federal court to stop state’s investigation

Robert Myers, attorney and former candidate for Ravalli County District Court Judge, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Missoula on May 4, asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing state law concerning criminal defamation because it is unconstitutional. Myers filed the lawsuit after he was informed that…

FWP explores other sites for Stevi fishing access project

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received a letter from the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) concerning an assessment of three potential Fishing Access Sites located along the river near the Stevensville bridge. FWP visited the sites on April 26, with FWP construction and maintenance staff and FAS administrators and engineers…

Legislative Majority Leaders back home in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell In terms of representative influence at the recent legislative session in Helena, Bitterooters had a bit of a boot up as both the Senate Majority Leader and the House Majority Leader hailed from Ravalli County. Back at home Senator Fred Thomas and Representative Ron Ehli took time out to tell the Bitterroot…

Marcus Daly Hospital in Top 100…again!

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital was recently ranked among the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in rural America by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Rural hospitals in the United States were analyzed through a comprehensive and objective performance assessment…

Meet Citizen Henry Wuensche

By Russ Lawrence The number of U.S. citizens living in Ravalli County just went up by a single digit, as long-term farmer/resident Henry Wuensche renounced his German citizenship at a ceremony in Butte on April 26, and swore an oath to become a naturalized citizen. He celebrated by immediately registering to vote in his first…

Water and the economy

By Michael Howell Dr. Larry Swanson, economist and Director at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana, was the keynote speaker at this year’s second annual Water Symposium at the Bitterroot College. Swanson said that he arrived in Montana in the fall of 1988 from Nebraska, where he had…