Kearns and Sons RS Aesthetics

Sculpture of Sacajawea placed in Darby pocket park

By Michael Howell Sacajawea passed through what is now the town of Darby twice on her journey with the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. A sculpture destined to honor those visits arrived last Wednesday in the back of Ted Hall’s pick-up truck. A crew of specialized helpers, including carpenters, stone masons, metal cutters, engineers,…

Corvallis School District proposes purchasing REC property

  By Michael Howell   Voters in the Corvallis School District will have the chance this November 7 to approve the purchase of 21.23 acres of property that adjoins the school, or not. The property is currently owned by Ravalli Electric Cooperative and the school district has leased 5.69 acres of the land for over…

Stevensville School District to place two bonds on the ballot

By Michael Howell   The Stevensville School Board voted unanimously to proceed with bond elections for both the Stevensville High School and Elementary School Districts in May 2018, for deferred maintenance, safety projects, and renovations. The bond proposal for the Stevensville Elementary School District is approximately $9,300,000, and the proposal for the Stevensville High School…

Making headway at Riverside Crossing housing project

By Michael Howell   It’s been a long time coming but work is set to begin this fall on the Ravalli County Council on Aging’s new “pocket neighborhood” development called Riverside Crossing. The development is implementing the new and innovative small cottage designs of Ross Chapin as well as an innovative co-operative ownership plan.  …

Lt. Governor visits valley to talk budget

By Michael Howell   Lt. Governor Mike Cooney was in the Bitterroot valley last week and stopped in at the Bitterroot Star to talk about the Governor’s budget. He said the governor was aware that revenues from coal, oil and gas were going to be down and took that into account when he put together…

Renowned science writer to speak in Hamilton

By Michael Howell   Rocky Mountain Laboratories, one of the few laboratories in the nation conducting research on the Ebola Virus, is hosting a talk by Montana author and journalist David Quammen, entitled “Ebola to Zika and Beyond: Scary Viruses in a Globalized World” on Tuesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Performing…

New usage rules proposed for upper Bitterroot River, West Fork

By Michael Howell   The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission took public comment at a meeting in Hamilton last week on proposed administrative rules restricting recreational and commercial use of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River and the Upper Bitterroot River. The proposed rules are intended to address concerns about congestion on the…

Hamilton mayoral candidates – in their own words

Dominic Farrenkopf   I am Dominic Farrenkopf, candidate for Mayor of the City of Hamilton, and I truly care about people. I read to preschool and elementary students at the Bitterroot Public Library and valley public schools. I teach poetry to elementary, middle school and high school students in community forums, public and private schools….