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Star’s own Jean Schurman named Volunteer of the Year

Longtime Bitterroot Star employee Jean Schurman has been selected as Volunteer of the Year by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce. Jean’s face is ubiquitous around the valley as she performs her duties as sports editor and advertising consultant for the Star, but also in the many groups and committees she serves on in her…

County road department contract a done deal

By Michael Howell A negotiated contract between the Laborers’ International Union Local #1686 and the Ravalli County Road and Bridge Department was approved by the Ravalli County Commissioners last week. The negotiations were deadlocked for over a year and a half as former Commissioner Ron Stoltz bargained on behalf of the county. The newly adopted…

Non-profit ’roundup’ aims to improve local services

By Michael Howell Last week an astonishing number of people representing various non-profit groups and public agencies showed up for a meeting designed to enhance communication and awareness among themselves. Often the people who fall into one safety net have needs that outstrip a particular agency or group’s focus and specialty and they would be…

Hamilton school district asks for parking variance for college

By Michael Howell Hamilton School District Superintendent Tom Korst came to the last Committee of the Whole meeting to ask the Hamilton City Council to consider granting a variance to the city code requirements concerning the number of parking spaces required at the old Westview school building that the district has agreed to lease to…

Man drowns in Bitterroot River

According to a press release from the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, March 25, at approximately 12:35 p.m., the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, Ravalli County Search and Rescue, Victor Volunteer Fire Department, and Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department, along with Emergency Medical Services from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, responded to an emergency on the Bitterroot…

Installing deluxe Wood Duck accommodations at Teller

By Michael Howell If you know a Wood Duck in the Bitterroot Valley who is looking for just the right spot to raise a little brood, but is maybe in too much of hurry or too tired to think of any new excavation and is looking for one of those popular pre-made boxes, you should…

Rocky Mountain Homes adapts to new business environment

By Russ Lawrence For decades, the log home industry was one of the cornerstones of the Bitterroot economy. Built on the availability of cheap logs salvaged from catastrophic local fires in the 1960’s and 70’s, Rocky Mountain Log Homes opened in 1974 and grew to become one of the leaders in the category, shipping Montana-made…

Hamilton Council ponders response to ‘the Z word’

By Michael Howell At its last council meeting Hamilton City Council members pondered the scoping meeting that was previously held as a first step in updating the city’s Growth Policy. Council president Jenny West called it “a tough meeting.” The dominant issue raised by the public concerned the possibility of extra territorial zoning by the…