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Non-profit free press foundation launched

Last week the Bitterroot Free Press Foundation held a public meeting at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton and announced that the organization had recently received its 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status. BFPF President Dale Burk and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Howell gave an update on the organization’s activities to date and its goals for the future….

Author explores bi-gender identity

By Russ Lawrence Local author Clinton Rusthoven tries “to meet society in the middle.” That’s a bit of a trick, as he navigates each day as a self-described “bi-gender” male. What that means to him is that he is physically and biologically a male, who expresses his sexuality as a female. Now a Bitterroot Valley…

FWP Commission authorizes possible river closure

By Michael Howell At a meeting on April 15, the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission approved a revised annual rule providing criteria for possible closure of the Bitterroot River to floaters on a five-mile stretch between Woodside Fishing Access Site and Tucker Fishing Access Site. Following the drowning of a young girl in 2013…

MAPS Day kicks off Kickstarter campaign

By Russ Lawrence “Making things happen” is what an entrepreneur does, says MAPS Media Institute founder and CEO Peter Rosten, and at the organization’s open house on Thursday, April 16, enterprising students were drawing on everything they had learned in order to launch a new initiative. The open house was in celebration of “MAPS Day,”…

Prank call leads to midnight raid on Stevi apartment complex

By Michael Howell Several residents of an apartment complex located on Main Street in Stevensville were rousted from their beds just after midnight on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning last week and a few doors were kicked open as Stevensville police and county deputies searched for a possible active shooter in the area. According to Stevensville Police…

Stevensville seeks public comment on Airport EA

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville held a public hearing last week to take public comment on the Environmental Assessment being done for the Stevensville Airport improvement project. Engineer Shawn Shea of Morrison-Maierle presented a thumbnail version of the EA which consists of examining one alternative for improvements and comparing it to a “do…

Commissioners consider search for former treasurer

By Michael Howell Almost a year after filing suit against former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Scott, aka Valerie Addis, the County Commissioners came to a consensus last week that it might be time to hire a process server to find Stamey and serve her with papers in the case. Deputy County Attorney…

Bitterroot Forest issues Travel Plan Decision

With public comments analyzed and analysis completed, Forest Supervisor Julie King has decided how motorized use will be managed on roads and trails within the 1.6 million acre Bitterroot National Forest, as part of a nationwide effort by the Forest Service to address motorized recreation. Last week’s release of the Travel Management Plan Final Environmental…