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Judicial candidate, wife sue former nanny over letter

By Michael Howell Robert Myers, candidate for District Court Judge, and his wife Jennifer Feighner, filed suit on July 5, 2016 in California Superior Court, San Diego County, against a former employee, Madison Alexander, whom they once employed as a nanny, and “Does 1 through 100,” over a letter to the editor written by Alexander…

Professional misconduct charges filed against Myers

By Michael Howell Charges of professional misconduct were filed on July 15, 2016 before the Commission on Practice of the Supreme Court of Montana against Ravalli County judicial candidate Robert Myers. Leave was granted by the Commission on Practice on July 14, 2016 to Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Jon Moog to file the charges against Myers….

Lt. Governor checks out economic progress in Bitterroot

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney delivered a check for $625,000 last Thursday to FreightMonster, Inc. located on Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton. Shown are Representative Ed Greef, Jennifer Olson of the Montana Department of Commerce Community Grants Bureau, Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, and Larry Lockhart, Jr., president of FreightMonster. Jean Schurman photo.

By Michael Howell and Jean Schurman Lt. Governor Mike Cooney was in the Bitterroot Valley last Thursday for a tour of a couple of the businesses and one of the towns that have benefited from the state’s various economic development programs. In Hamilton he stopped in at FreightMonster, Inc. and handed over a check for…

Lewis & Clark Descent Trail to get improvements, markers

By Michael Howell It’s been a long time since Lewis and Clark descended from the mountain ridges into the Bitterroot Valley. But very soon, according to Darby District Ranger Eric Winthers, visitors to the area will have a chance to literally follow in the footsteps of the explorers as they descended into the valley in…

Irrigators, anglers on edge over low water situation

By Michael Howell One undeniable fact that has Bitterroot River irrigators and anglers on edge right now is that the river is flowing at one third its average volume for this time of year. An unusually hot and dry April jump started an early runoff of the snow pack and already plans are being made…

Bitterroot Trail bustling on bicycle celebration day

Roger DeBrito of the Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance presents Gretchen Spiess of Stevensville with a certificate of appreciation at the Stevensville Hotel Bike Camp on Saturday. “We honored Gretchen not because she rode a bicycle across the country, but because of the kind of person she is,” said DeBrito. Both Spiess and DeBrito rode across the country in the Bikecentennial 40 years ago. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Stevensville was prepped and ready for the Montana Bicycle Celebration last Saturday, complete with a brand new Bike Camp at the Stevensville Hotel, and a “Bike and Brew” celebration planned for the late afternoon on Second Street. Most of the hundreds of riders stayed on the main Bitterroot Trail, which now runs…

Stevi airport project could have design change

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council is planning on some last minute design changes to the runway  reconstruction project at the Stevensville airport. The council went ahead and approved the approximately $2 million project as originally designed but plans on making a grant application amendment including the new design change at its next meeting….

Bitterroot Trail to officially open

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the completion of the final segment of the Bitterroot Trail, the 50-mile bicycle path that stretches from Missoula to Hamilton alongside Hwy 93, will take place Saturday, July 16 in conjunction with the Montana Bicycle Celebration which marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Bikecentennial cross-country ride. MT Department…