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Doris Milner inducted into Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame

By Michael Howell The late Doris Milner, longtime Bitterroot Valley resident and renowned wilderness advocate, was among the first dozen Montanans to be inducted into the newly established Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Helena on December 6, 2014. Other people inducted into the Hall of Fame that day include Granville Stuart,…

Local legislators get a look at school security upgrades

By Michael Howell In 2013, the Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 348, sponsored by Senator Fred Thomas (R-Stevensville), allowing local school districts to transfer funds from any budgeted or non-budgeted fund, other than the debt service fund or retirement fund, to its building reserve fund to cover costs of security upgrades. The intent was to…

Stevi gets new police officer

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville has a new police officer. Officer Craig Robertson was sworn in last Sunday. Robertson previously was employed as the county’s Adult Probation and Parole Officer. He worked for six years in the Sheriff’s Office in San Bernadino, California. He will be attending the state Police Academy starting on…

Burnt Fork Market opens its doors

By Michael Howell After months of anticipation, punctuated by a few unanticipated delays, the doors finally opened last week to Stevensville’s new grocery store. Owner of the newly opened Burnt Fork Market, Jimmy Edwards, was raised in Stevensville. His father, Jim Sr., ran the grocery store, called Bi-Lo, in the same building on Main Street…

County Commission meetings now being streamed, archived

Would you really like to see what your County Commissioners are up to but maybe you work from 9 to 5 and can’t make any of the meetings? Now you can! All you need is a computer with the minimum system requirements and you can come home, have dinner, then head to the living room,…

Former Job Service site is home to new tech business

By Russ Lawrence Elliott Lander and his wife, Grace, found their way to the Bitterroot Valley via Triple Creek Ranch, where the Texas couple came for a break from their Houston-area business. Then, they came back. And again, repeatedly, until they realized that they had developed a connection with the valley. Eventually, they purchased a…

Local RML scientist talks about Ebola

By Michael Howell Dr. Marshall Bloom, Associate Director of Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML), gave a community based talk about the Ebola virus last week at the Darby Public Library. He told the audience that he doesn’t work directly on the virus and thus does not consider himself an “expert,” but he does know a lot…

Hamilton contemplates accepting land gift

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council is mulling over the possibility of accepting as a gift 12 acres of land located behind the K-Mart store on Highway 93 at the north end of town. According to City Planner Dennis Stranger, the owner of the land, Mr. Seals, has tentatively committed to donating the land…