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Supreme Court upholds decision against Robaks

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court earlier this month upheld a decision by Ravalli County District Court Judge Jim Haynes in a September 15, 2014 order in which he dismissed a complaint filed by Tom and Charlotte Robak against Ravalli County and also affirmed the District Court’s ruling of July 17, 2014 in which…

Venerable landscaping business changes hands

By Russ Lawrence The business was named Montana’s “Small Business of the Year” in 2000, but the founders were a product of the 60’s, beneficiaries of a spirit that said, “we can do our own thing.” That’s according to Gus Johnson, who is now a former co-owner of the venerable Earth & Wood, a Bitterroot…

Cell tower proposal withdrawn

By Michael Howell The company that has been looking to construct a cell phone tower on Hamilton High School property next to River Park has dropped the plan and on May 11, the Hamilton School Board of Trustees withdrew its application, pending before the Hamilton City Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA), for a Conditional Use…

Suicide prevention: some training can help

By Michael Howell Suicide is not often discussed in public. As a result, there is a general lack of awareness about the issue. Did you know, for instance, that Montana is tied with Wyoming for having the highest per capita suicide rate in the nation? Increasing awareness about the problem and providing the basic means…

Jon Turk: Pulling a lifetime of adventure into one talk

By Russ Lawrence Jon Turk knows a thing or two about magic. A lifetime of exploration, much of it solo, has led him to experiences that are inexplicable, except by invoking magic. When taken together, said Turk, the rarest of those experiences – the once-in-a-decade moments – can frame a wondrous outlook on life. “All…

Winter survey of carnivores winds down

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest has been conducting backcountry surveys of small carnivores by placing bait in trees to attract them for a few years now. The bait stations are equipped with brass brushes to collect hair samples for DNA identification and automatic remote camera systems that snap photographs of the animals attracted…

Sapphire Community Health Center gets federal funding

By Michael Howell The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that Sapphire Community Health Center, a non-profit health care provider in Hamilton, will be the recipient of $704,167 in federal funding made available through the Affordable Care Act. The health care center that serves clients on a sliding scale fee adjusted…

RCEDA considers food processing center

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA) is looking for community input concerning the possibility of establishing a food processing center at the Entrepreneurship Center located on Old Corvallis Road north of Hamilton. RCEDA Economic Development Specialist John Schneeberger has prepared a survey to help assess the need and feasibility of a…