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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  Wednesday, December 21   BPL story time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, December 21 to enjoy “Let’s Play Again” with storyteller Sally Blevins. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. You’re all invited to “Stay…

Inhumane practice must stop

  What makes a person incapable of humane thought and feelings? What makes a person blind to the agony and suffering caused by their own doing? Where does empathy and compassion hide while someone calmly sets their indiscriminate traps? Everyone should be appalled and outraged that trapping is still legal in civilized society. The continuation…

Wake-up call

  In January 2009 a presumptuous, newly elected head of state issued a series of executive orders: Guantanamo was to be closed within a year. The CIA interrogation program was suspended, et al. The troublesome fact is that this wishy-washy administration disdains military tribunals. (They have been used in our history from the Revolutionary War…

Where does the buck stop?

    I often wish I was an economist so I could manage large sums of other people’s money. As it is I only have our handful of pocket change to manage. I don’t need an economist’s degree to keep track of our pennies, nickels and dimes. If you can count to one hundred you…

Most important clarification

    Thank you very, very much for your excellent article concerning our recently published study, “Observations of brachygnathia superior in wild ruminants in Western Montana, USA.” Your article stated everything correctly, using the proper words for what our study reported. An article about our study, published in another weekly newspaper, incorrectly called the developmental…

Wolves are victims of fear and exaggeration

By Marty Essen, Victor   “The wolves, they’re going to kill our children!” “The wolves, they’re a giant, aggressive, Canadian subspecies!” “The wolves, they’re devastating our livestock!” “The wolves, they’re killing all our elk!” Perhaps now that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has extended the wolf hunting season—due to lack of success—we can stop listening…

Warm Holiday Wishes from All of Us at The Star!

The entire Bitterroot Star crew. Back row, l to r: Randy Cook, Hamilton downtown business delivery; Robby Huhn, circulation crew supervisor; Ryan Frederickson, circulation crew; Nick Mathews, circulation crew and Stevensville and Hamilton residential delivery; Dusty Schurman, valleywide newsstand delivery; Paul Brush, Stevensville residential delivery; middle row, l to r: Serica Lucas, Hamilton residential delivery; Cara Ayres, sales consultant; Mike Huhn, circulation crew; Jean Schurman, sports editor and sales consultant; Kris Prather, circulation crew; seated: Victoria and Michael Howell, owners/publishers. We all look forward to serving you in 2012. Susanne Meikle photo.

Warm Holiday Wishes from All of Us at The Star!

Warm holiday wishes from all of us at the Bitterroot Star! The entire Bitterroot Star crew. Back row, l to r: Randy Cook, Hamilton downtown business delivery; Robby Huhn, circulation crew supervisor; Ryan Frederickson, circulation crew; Nick Mathews, circulation crew and Stevensville and Hamilton residential delivery; Dusty Schurman, valleywide newsstand delivery; Paul Brush, Stevensville residential delivery; middle row, l to r: Serica Lucas, Hamilton residential delivery; Cara Ayres, sales consultant; Mike Huhn, circulation crew; Jean Schurman, sports editor and sales consultant; Kris Prather, circulation crew; seated: Victoria and Michael Howell, owners/publishers. We all look forward to serving you in 2012. Susanne Meikle photo.

Human rights complaints released

  By Michael Howell Deputy County Attorney Geoffrey Mahar’s human rights complaints against County Attorney William “Bill” Fulbright and Ravalli County were released to the public by the Human Rights Bureau last Thursday, December 15. Several entities sought the release of the complaints but were refused based upon an objection by Mahar that it would…

County ordinances under review

  By Michael Howell ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE The county’s Animal Control Ordinance is headed for major revisions following the elimination of the Animal Control Officer from the county budget, the resignation of the Animal Control Board and the subsequent collapse of the county’s dog licensing program. The ordinance came into question when the Commissioners’ Administrative…