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Monthly Archives: March 2012

All Valley Players of the year

These students and athletes were recognized for their outstanding performances during the Kiwanis All Valley Classic last week in Hamilton. Also recognized were those teams and individuals who won state championships. In the front row –Stuart Landis, Corvallis, Player of the Year; Aaron Johnston, Darby, state track champion; Mary Conwell, Hamilton, Class A girls singles…

Rugby gaining ground in the Bitterroot

  The Bitterroot Warriors Rugby team held a tournament on Saturday at the Corvallis Events Center complex. Teams from Frenchtown, Missoula and two teams from the Flathead area as well as the local Warriors team competed against one another. Two girls’ teams, Frenchtown and Bitterroot, as well as two junior high teams competed in this…

‘The Brewmeister is in’

  New brewery opens nears Stevensville By Michael Howell It’s been a long time coming, but the taps are finally flowing at Wildwood Brewery. Not only is the beer organic, the entire brewery is organic, in a way. It is the organic outgrowth of a vision driven by a passion that has been slowly taking…

Planning Board hears about Agenda 21

Board member resigns By Michael Howell With no subdivisions to deal with, Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Ravalli County Planning Board was set to hear a presentation from Commissioner Dan Happel of Madison County about Agenda 21. But first came the prayer. Planning Board Chairman Jan Wisniewski opened the meeting by asking for public…

Hamilton commits $10,000 to keep rail line open

  Stevensville hesitates over $30,000 commitment By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council, despite criticism voiced by Mayor Jerry Steele, voted unanimously on March 20 to commit $10,000 to the effort to keep Montana Rail Link’s Bitterroot Spur open for another year. Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA) Executive Director Julie Foster gave the council…

Two valley banks merge

By Michael Howell As of January 1, 2012, two local community banks, Ravalli County Bank and Bitterroot Valley Bank, have merged their operations. Although retaining their separate names and offices, they are now operating one bank under the name The Family of Banks, sharing both assets and a unified computer system. Charles Shonkwiler will continue…

Stevi superintendent takes Helena job

By Michael Howell After a lengthy review process involving over twenty applicants and two separate interviews, Stevensville School District Superintendent Kent Kultgen was awarded a job contract, starting this July, as the Superintendent of the Helena School District. Kultgen learned of the offer Thursday evening and on Friday decided to accept it. The Helena School…

Planning Board made right decision on prayer

By Elliott Oppenheim, Lolo I note with interest that the Planning Board did not approve prayer prior to its meetings. Phyllis Bookbinder’s view is upheld and sound and well reasoned. For a concise discussion of this issue, see, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States. I remember religion in my public school. When I was in elementary school, I vividly recall…

Libertarians storm Democratic Party

  Well, Hallelujah! Seven uber conservatives, after helping to engineer the takeover of the Republican Party in Ravalli County, have filed to become precinct committee men or women for the Democratic Party.  Let’s name names:  Lyle E. Goracke, Jan Wisniewski. Donna Gibney, Pamela Nearpass, Catherine Lieberth, Wayne K. Dunkin and David J. Erickson. Recognize any…

Discouraged and ready to give up… perhaps

  The Ogallala Aquifer isn’t worth fighting over. Agricultural poisons long ago tainted the ground and drinking water. People don’t even taste it anymore; they’ve adapted. Rain, nor snow, nor sleet, can cleanse it. And it’s non-renewing otherwise; it has no other source. The XL pipeline isn’t worth fighting over either. It’s a fait accompli….