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Nez Perce history and culture exhibit opens at museum

By Michael Howell After years of preparation the traveling exhibit called “The Journey of the Resilient Niimiipuu People” made its first stop in Hamilton on what is planned to be a five-year-long tour along the 1,100-mile-long trail taken by the Nez Perce in their ultimately futile flight from U.S. Army troops in the 1877 War….

Victor school levy fails, teachers bite the bullet

By Michael Howell Voters in the Victor School District rejected a proposed general operating levy that would have raised about $196,000 for the school’s General Fund. Just to keep the current programs going, the district was facing an annual budget deficit of about $80,000, according to Superintendent Lance Pearson. He said a big part of…

City gets an earful about Hieronymus Park

  By Michael Howell A close neighbor to Hieronymus Park is feeling a bit imposed upon by park users and would like the City of Hamilton to step up and address the park’s needs instead of leaving it up to the neighbors to provide such things as parking and restroom facilities. “It is our intention…

Non-renewal of school counselor’s contract draws protest

By Michael Howell Despite an overwhelming turnout in support of Stevensville High School Counselor Stephen Coop, a majority of school board members voted last week to follow the recommendation of school administrators and not renew his contract for the coming year. Coop has served as the high school counselor for the last three years. It…

FWP proposes non-native fish kill above Overwhich Falls

By Michael Howell Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has recently released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review of its proposal to remove non-native and hybridized cutthroat trout from the upper portion of Overwhich Creek and its tributaries in the southwest Bitterroot Valley, above Painted Rocks Dam. According to FWP fisheries biologist Chris Clancy,…

Attorney asks federal court to stop state’s investigation

Robert Myers, attorney and former candidate for Ravalli County District Court Judge, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Missoula on May 4, asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing state law concerning criminal defamation because it is unconstitutional. Myers filed the lawsuit after he was informed that…

FWP explores other sites for Stevi fishing access project

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received a letter from the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) concerning an assessment of three potential Fishing Access Sites located along the river near the Stevensville bridge. FWP visited the sites on April 26, with FWP construction and maintenance staff and FAS administrators and engineers…

Legislative Majority Leaders back home in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell In terms of representative influence at the recent legislative session in Helena, Bitterooters had a bit of a boot up as both the Senate Majority Leader and the House Majority Leader hailed from Ravalli County. Back at home Senator Fred Thomas and Representative Ron Ehli took time out to tell the Bitterroot…