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Judge rules on ownership of Three Mile Irrigation System

By Michael Howell Ravalli County District Court Judge James Haynes decided a long and somewhat bitter dispute last month in favor of the Bitter Root Irrigation District. The District was sued in October of 2015 by the group Citizens for Fair Water (CFW) over the question of ownership and operation and maintenance of the Three…

Marcus Daly Hospital launches $15 million expansion project

By Michael Howell Work has already begun on a $15 million expansion project at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital involving the construction of a brand new set of operating rooms for general surgical services and the addition of an operating room dedicated to caesarian sections adjoining the Birthing Center. The new ORs are being built on…

Plans change for Hamilton school athletic complex

By Michael Howell Hamilton School District Superintendent Tom Korst said that the two projects on the drawing board, the renovation and expansion of Daly Elementary School and the construction of a new track and field at the High School, were moving forward despite some significant challenges. Both projects are being financed by a voter approved…

Friends of Metcalf Refuge supports Montana Natural History Center

By Michael Howell Friends of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge has donated once again to the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC). The $10,000 check recently turned over to the MNHC will further that organization’s mission which is to foster a meaningful sense of understanding and stewardship of nature through education. “The Refuge has proven…

County moving forward on airport land acquisition

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners voted on December 27, 2017 to move forward with the process of obtaining an appraisal for purposes of establishing the fair market value of the properties adjacent to the Ravalli County Airport. The acquisition of these lands would be required to complete the current plans for improvement and…

Plan in the works to restore fishing access at Stevi bridge

By Michael Howell According to Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2 Supervisor Randy Arnold, serious talks have been initiated with Myla Yahraus, the new owner of Fort Owen Ranch, that could lead to the re-opening of the historical fishing access on ranch land right next to the bridge prior to the upcoming…

Trexlers to be honored by Bitterroot Stockgrowers

By Jean Schurman Longtime Bitterroot Valley ranchers and agriculture boosters Cliff and Jane Trexler will be honored by the Bitterroot Stockgrowers at the group’s annual banquet on Saturday, January 13 in Hamilton. From an early age on his family’s ranch outside of Bynum, Montana, and throughout his adult life in the Bitterroot Valley, Cliff Trexler…

Stamey appeals case ruling

Former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey has filed an appeal of the Federal District Court order issued in December dismissing her case filed against sitting and former county commissioners, other county officials and employees and the co-publisher of the Bitterroot Star, Michael Howell. Following the recent suspension and disbarment of Hamilton attorney Robert Myers, who…