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Planning Board recommends denial of Flatiron Ranch subdivision

By Michael Howell – In a five to two vote last Wednesday, June 8, the Ravalli County Planning Board decided to recommend denial of the FlatIron Ranch subdivision application. In a series of preliminary votes on the seven criteria applicable in subdivision review, a majority of the board found that the application was insufficient in…

Habitat for Humanity helps provide another home

Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity turned over the keys to a new home to a family in Hamilton last week. Travis and Vanessa Sanderson, and their children Kalhan, Jazmyn and Gabriel (whose hand prints and signatures now grace the sidewalk leading to the front porch), are the happy new owners.

By Michael Howell – Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its fifth home in the valley last week by turning over the keys to a new home on Cherry Street in Hamilton to Travis Sanderson and his family. Ravalli County HFH is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a…

GSK celebrates 30th anniversary of Hamilton lab site

Site Director at the Glaxo-Smith-Kline Biologicals laboratory in Hamilton, Michael Covarrubias, served as Master of Ceremonies at the 30th anniversary celebration of the lab site held Tuesday, June 7. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell – Employees and community members gathered outside Glaxo-Smith-Kline Biologicals laboratory on Old Corvallis Road last Tuesday, June 7, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the lab site founded in 1981 with the formation of Ribi ImmunoChem Research, Inc. by Drs. Edgar Ribi, John Cantrell, Steven Swartzman and Reno Parker. The foundation of…

Prather powers Stevi Main Street Association

Joan Prather

By Michael Howell – Joan Prather is the “energizer bunny” for the Stevensville Main Street Association. She just doesn’t ever stop. She was hired as a full-time director for this non-profit organization that operates on contributions and membership fees in 2000 and has been running non-stop ever since. In fact, if you counted the hours…

Thank you for Labenske benefit

Dear Editor, I would like to thank the Stevensville Super 1 Foods – Barry, Rich, Maryann, John, Shawna and James – and the girls at Ridgeway Pharmacy and the Coca-Cola Company for all their help and participation in the fundraiser for Keith Labenske. I would also like to thank everyone for their continuing support. An…

Poor old Mitchell Slough

Dear Editor, I have had an undying affection for this waterway for 65 years, ever since my brother-in-law took me to fish it for the first time. At that time all the irrigation was ‘done by flood irrigating. The water soaked deep into the ground and created little creeks that harbored (kid fish) brook trout….

Swimming Pool Blues

Dear Editor, I have to really question if the Town of Stevensville truly wants to have a Community Pool? The Community Pool season has once again been delayed. It seems like just last year when the Town and the Stevensville Community Foundation couldn’t come to terms on getting the work done to open the pool…

The Recycling Blues

Oh, it’s good that we recycle things when we’ve got a place to go And the Fairgrounds are the present place but the commissioners say, “No!” So where will we dispose of stuff, like cardboard, cans, or paper? To haul that stuff to Victor is really quite a caper. Come on then, dear commissioners, and…

Educational system in deep trouble

by W.C. Bolen, Hamilton – Our educational system is in deep trouble. In a recent letter to you a writer stated that 90% of those testifying at the May 26 Commissioners’ meeting were in favor of having the Commissioners, not the voters, decide on airport expansion. Regardless of one’s position on this matter there’s a…

Running for a cause

Almost 100 runners and walkers took part in the second annual Hemry Foundation and G.O. Fun Run and Walk. The one-mile run featured many participants of all ages including small athletes in strollers being pushed by grandparents. The 5K run was for more serious runners but all had a ton of fun. The Hemry Foundation…