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Historic Fort Owen Ranch near Stevensville changes hands

By Michael Howell If the beginning of the Fort Owen Ranch is counted from the time that Major John Owen bought the old Mission site for $250 back in the 1850s and brought the first domesticated cattle into Montana, then it is older than the Town of Stevensville. When Owen renamed the place after himself…

Timber industry expert talks about forest issues

By Michael Howell The third and last talk in the recent lecture series being held at the North Valley Library in Stevensville featured Pyramid Mountain Lumber Resource Manager Gordy Sanders. The lecture series was created in response to the many comments on social media and elsewhere about the fires last season and was organized by…

PSC actions extend life of ‘406’ area code

Montana will remain the “406” for a while longer thanks in part to the Montana Public Service Commission’s efforts to ensure phone numbers are allocated more efficiently across the state. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials informed the Commission Monday that the state’s single area code is expected to last into the 2030s. “The 406 area…

Guilty verdict in opioid over-prescription case – an analysis

“If the whole material medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind—and all the worse for the fishes.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. in an 1860 lecture to the Massachusetts Medical Society. By Carlotta Grandstaff Criminal trials are not common occurrences in…

Gravel pits proposed near Big Creek concern local residents

By Michael Howell More than 75 people, mostly residents of the Big Creek area, crowded into the Victor Senior Center on Monday, November 20, to discuss the applications that two local landowners, Wade Moudy and Todd Townsend, submitted to DEQ for permission to construct gravel pits on their property in the vicinity of Big Creek….

Workshop on land use planning draws a protest

By Michael Howell Karen Budd-Falen, a Wyoming attorney specializing in land use issues, presented a workshop last Saturday at the Hamilton Middle School that was designed to train elected officials in the process that local government should follow if they want to have a stronger, more effective voice in federal land management issues. According to…

Florence doctor found guilty in opiate case

A jury found Dr. Chris Christensen guilty Monday morning on all 22 counts of over-prescribing opiates to 11 patients, two of whom overdosed and died as a result. Christensen had originally faced 400 felony counts, which were reduced to 22 counts on the eve of his month-long trial in Hamilton before District Judge Jeff Langton….

Town of Stevensville declines settlement offer

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council declined an offer by Roy Capp, owner of the Fort Owen Ranch, to settle a dispute with him without going to court for $16,765. The Capps have threatened to sue over damages to their cropland which they attribute to the town’s installation of a sewer main through the…