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Circus coming to town

Clown at BVLC

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Stevensville on Friday, June 24, and Skeeter the Clown made an early appearance at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center Monday. While there, she ‘clowned’ around with some of the residents. Pictured are Esther Morton, Harriet Coats, Cora Cochran, Skeeter, Dale Speake and Grace Schara. The circus will…

Stevi struggles with utility bill collections

By Michael Howell – The Town of Stevensville got the word at its June 13 council meeting that, if bill collections for water and sewer services don’t improve, its massive wastewater system improvement project may come to a screeching halt. The Town needs to pass a Bond Resolution to fund the sewer system improvements that…

Hamilton clarifies City Attorney job description

by Michael Howell – Hamilton City Attorney Ken Bell, 66, is ready to ease out of his position as city attorney. Bell plans to continue working part time for the city for a few months as a new attorney is recruited and gets his or her feet on the ground. “When I started as City…

Stevensville School’s building project on track

Another one bites the dust - The 4 to 6 grade building on the Stevensville School campus, constructed in 1936, was demolished last Thursday to make room for a new era and a new set of buildings. Michael Howell photo.

The old fourth- to sixth-grade school building on the Stevensville School District campus was reduced to rubble last week, giving way to a new era and a new set of buildings. Demolition of the 4-6 Grade Building, constructed in 1936, did not draw the same large crowd that turned out for demolition of the junior…

Board of Realtors releases housing stats

An increase in home affordability throughout most of Montana’s major real estate markets was the main highlight of the annual report on Housing Affordability and Montana’s Real Estate Markets, which was released by the Montana Association of Realtors (MAR). The 2011 study marks the fourth consecutive year that MAR has partnered with the University of…

Florence Civic Club to sponsor music group

Attention, amateur musicians, all skill levels: The Florence community is considering starting a music group for community members, any instruments (including your voice), just for fun, beginning this summer. If you’d like to get together with other music-lovers, or would like more information, contact Bruce Wareing at 546-5541. This activity is sponsored by the Florence…

Compromise needed

Dear Editor, The national debt, now above $14 trillion, is equal to about 95% of our GDP. That’s up from 51% in 1988. Now, every man, woman and child living in the United State owes nearly $50,000. The debt keeps accelerating as the federal government borrows about forty cents of every dollar it spends. Only…

Support for physician-assisted suicide

Dear Editor, I am undergoing my second round of cancer. I feel that only I can decide how much pain and loss of ‘quality of life’ I can endure. No one else should have the right to decide for me that I must suffer until I die an excruciating natural death. By taking away my…

Council should focus on real issues

Dear Editor, I offer my personal observations from the June 13, 2011 Town Council Meeting of Stevensville. The primary reason for my attendance was Item B under Unfinished Business – Waste Water Project Bond Discussion. Mr. Dan Johnson from Rural Development (Federal/State Program) and Mr. Dan Semmons (Dorsey Whitney Bond Counsel) were on the agenda…

What’s behind the animal rights agenda

by Theresa Manzella, Willing Servants Any time we send out a mailing concerning the horse harvesting situation, we always get several responses. Fortunately, most of them are positive and supportive and we thank you for your continued support. But every now and again, someone will challenge our position on the subject, which is completely justified,…