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Wednesday, June 8 Preschool story time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s area of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, June 8 to enjoy “Garden Stories” and hear books read by Paula Prescott. This story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. For more information call…

Florence splash park dedicated

Within minutes the crush was on as kids mobbed the various fountains at the new Florence splash park and laughter mixed with the sound of splashing under bright clear skies. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell – You couldn’t ask for a better day to celebrate the opening of a splash park for children than last Saturday, June 4. The sky was a cloudless blue, winds were calm and temperatures were headed towards the 80s as the water first started squirting from the fountains at Willow Springs, the…

Planning Board to review FlatIron Ranch subdivision

By Michael Howell – The Ravalli County Planning Board will be reviewing one of the largest subdivision proposals in the county’s history tonight, Wednesday, June 8, in the commissioners’ meeting room at 7 p.m. FlatIron Ranch subdivision has been in the works for a long time. An application was originally submitted on June 22, 2006….

Commissioners set deadline for use of Fairgrounds for recycling

By Michael Howell – At a meeting last Thursday, the Ravalli County Commissioners set a deadline of November 1, 2011 for Ravalli Recycling Inc. to vacate the Fairgrounds. The newly formed non-profit company has been working along with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers collecting recyclables at the Fairgrounds one day a week on a…

Darby receives trails grant

Darby trail committee members Jim Anderson, Mary Morris, Ron Fannin and Jim Aronson were presented with a check by Beth Shumate, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Trails Grants Coordinator from Helena.

The Town of Darby is the recipient of a $35,000 grant for expansion and improvements on the Trail of Discovery trail system, which will be over 6 miles in length upon completion. The Darby Trail of Discovery continues to grow and link neighborhoods, rural subdivisions, and City parks and schools. The trail system provides safer…

Sapphire Community Health announces closure

By Michael Howell – The Board of Directors of the Sapphire Community Health Center has made the tough decision to close the facilities doors on June 30, according to board member Carlotta Grandstaff. She said the action was dictated by the slash in funding at the federal level for such facilities. Sapphire Community Health, Inc….

Bitterroot Bucs double header

Billy Hanna into second

The Bitterroot Bucs and the Belgrade Bandits split a double header on Sunday. The Bucs won the first game, 14-4 after five innings. Justin Biereley was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the first game. Senior Coe Golden, who only played the first game because of graduation later in the day, went 2-for-3…

Sports Talk – Lessons, and hugs!

This was graduation weekend for the valley. Each spring friends and family gather to celebrate this rite of passage for young adults. And each spring I take a few minutes to reflect upon the outgoing class and my interactions with them. This year is particularly poignant for me because of two little girls from Florence….

Hamilton Booster Club All Sports Banquet held

The annual Booster Club All Sport Banquet took place at Hamilton High School on June 2. Everyone was treated to a steak dinner and then a program was held to honor the Hamilton High School student athletes. During the evening, all of the coaches were introduced, as were the extracurricular achievers of the week. Kaurie…

Thanks from Pantry Partners

Dear Editor, On behalf of Pantry Partners Food Bank, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the Post Office Food Drive on Saturday, May 14th. We appreciate the generosity of those in Stevensville who contributed 1520 lbs; those in Victor who contributed 271 lbs., and those in Florence who contributed 62 lbs. Because…