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Lawsuit filed by former county treasurer dismissed

U.S. District Court Chief Justice Dana Christensen dismissed the federal lawsuit filed on June 16 by former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey accusing over a dozen county officials and employees as well as Michael Howell, publisher of the Bitterroot Star, of conspiring to remove her from office based on false claims. County defendants in the…

Grant provides effective new integrated therapy tool at MDMH

By Michael Howell As part of its efforts to reach out to all of Western Montana, the foundation for Community Health, in Missoula, has reached into Ravalli County with a $10,000 grant to the Daly Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a state-of-the-art tool called a Bioness Integrated Therapy System, known as BITS for short….

Joy Gover – 100 years young

By Jean Schurman Imagine this. In 1917, the United States had just entered World War I. Woodrow Wilson was just beginning his second term as president. The great race horse, Man o’ War, was born. In Butte, Montana, 168 men lost their lives in the Spectacular Mine fire. And in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, on…

Commissioners ponder holiday displays on county land

By Michael Howell On Monday, December 4, the Ravalli County Commissioners held a meeting to discuss holiday displays and address a request from Rabbi Berry Nash from Chabad Lubavitch of Missoula, to place a menorah on display on county property, either in the county office or on the front lawn during Hanukkah. Commission Chair Greg…

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…