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Debris slides close Willow Creek roads

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Ranger District has temporarily closed Willow Creek Roads #364 and #969 east of Corvallis following several slides that have covered the road with mud, rocks and debris. The slides occurred on Tuesday, June 13, following heavy rainfall over the Sapphire Mountains. Numerous weather stations on the forest including Sawmill Creek,…

Boat launch blocked – mayor to work on plan for town launch

By Michael Howell Just as he promised, Fort Owen Ranch owner Roy Capp has placed concrete blocks along the town’s right of way as it crosses his property allowing public access to River Park. The concrete blocks were placed to prevent vehicles from accessing the river bank to launch boats from that right of way….

Wings & Wheels fly-in and car show at airport Saturday

By Jean Schurman Loop-the-loops and car engines revving up, that will be part of the sights and sounds happening at the Ravalli County Airport this Saturday, June 24th. It’s the second annual Wings & Wheels ‘Freedom to Dream’ Fly-In and car show. The event is made possible by several businesses throughout the valley, according to…

Corvallis couple celebrating 70 years of marriage

By Jean Schurman A little less than 71 years ago, Ken Gardner walked into a diner in Sugar City, Idaho, for a hamburger. A young waitress took his order, and ultimately his heart. Lois Bird was the lunchtime waitress for her uncle at the Del Rio Inn. Everyday she walked down from the high school…

State wolf numbers still strong

Wolf numbers in Montana remained healthy in 2016 and more than three times the federally-mandated minimums.   Montana’s annual wolf report shows a minimum of 477 wolves were counted for 2016. This is down from 536 wolves counted in 2015, but doesn’t necessarily reflect a reduction in wolf numbers, but rather a reduction in counting…

Historic Stevensville Hotel has new owners

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Hotel began its structural existence as the Bitterroot valley’s first hospital in 1910, then run for many years by Dr. William Thornton. Over the years it transitioned into a nursing home, a daycare center, and then a boarding house before going through a major transition beginning in 2004 when former…

Not to be missed: 50 miles of possibilities

If you find yourself looking for a fun and interesting way to spend a June weekend in the Bitterroot Valley, don’t miss the annual Bitterroot 50 Mile Garage Sale on June 23-24. This event is celebrating its third year, and has matured into a well-attended tradition.   From Lolo to Darby, a stretch of 50…

Sapphire Community Health clinic funded for three more years

By Michael Howell No one is turned away at the Sapphire Community Health clinic in Hamilton for inability to pay and, thanks to a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), our local Community Health Center will continue to offer its valuable services to Bitterroot community members for another three years. Community Health…