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  Darby food bank collections The Darby Bread Box is collecting canned fruit, tuna and sugar for the months of June and July. Items can be dropped off at People’s Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby. Any donation is appreciated.   Corvallis All Class Reunion The tenth annual Corvallis All Class Reunion will…

  Hamilton Senior Center activities Monday – 11:45 lunch, bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd week, 7 p.m. Tuesday – cloggers at 3 p.m., line dancing 6-7:30 p.m., country dance lessons 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday – 11:45 lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5 p.m., country dance lessons at 7:45 p.m. Thursday…

Hospital donates to Hamilton school nurse program

Hamilton School District Nurse Nancy Doyle and School District Superintendent Duby Santee accept a $9,800 check from Dr. Frederick Ilgenfritz of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. The money, donated by the hospital board and staff, will be used in the school district’s nursing program and for scholarships for sports physicals. Amy James-Linton photo.

  By Michael Howell Last week, on behalf of the board and staff at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Dr. Frederick Ilgenfritz handed over a check for $9,800 to Hamilton School District Superintendent Duby Santee and School District Nurse Nancy Doyle, $6,500 of which will be used in the school district’s nursing program and $3,300 for…

Stevi flooded with questions about high water bills

  By Michael Howell For the Town of Stevensville sending out water bills this month was nothing like a routine operation. In fact, according to Mayor Gene Mim Mack, Town Hall has been snowed under for the last two weeks dealing with the response as about 150 of the recipients either called or came into…

Chamber director settling in

Al Mitchell, well-known Hamilton businessman, is new interim director of the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell As a Hamilton City Councilor and owner of a downtown business – The Paper Clip – you would think that Al Mitchell had enough to do. Not true. So now he has taken on another job as interim Director of the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce, following the departure of previous director…

Hamilton Schools superintendent retires

Hamilton School District Superintendent Duby Santee is retiring at the end of the month. He and his wife, a Montana native raised in Eureka, don’t plan on leaving the Bitterroot Valley, however. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Duby Santee is retiring after serving five years as Superintendent of the Hamilton School District. Santee didn’t start out as a teacher or an administrator. His first job was in the financial division of Borg Warner, a carburetor manufacturer in Chicago. Santee worked on financing inventories for new businesses. In 1978 he…

Hamilton cell phone ban passes with amendment

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council passed an ordinance on second reading that will prohibit the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle in the city limits. The ordinance drew some last minute appeals for an amendment to make an exception for ham radio operators and some criticism from people against…

A bunch of crackpots?

In a recent email to fellow commissioners, Commissioner Foss stated the following: “Our county is currently considered the leader in producing solid policies other counties can emulate, in the past we have been the laughing stock of the state. Personally I prefer to be a leader in county government versus a follower.” So what are…

‘Bad’ fog

It’s summertime and yet there’s no shortage of fog here in the Valley–particularly, around Stevensville. After years of living a blue-collar, working-class existence, and after years of watching Missoulian newspaper homosexuals and gays at the University of Montana throw Montana’s workingclass heterosexuals under the bus, I decided to say some long overdue things about Lee…

Stop the corruption

How do you like political ads now that corruption and lying are legal? In 2012, Conservatives dismantled Montana’s ban on knowingly lying in political ads (Sources: Havre Daily, March 24, 2012; Great Falls Tribune, May 3, 2012). Conservatives, led by American Tradition Partnership, Montana Right to Life, and Beaverhead and Lake Republican Central Committees, also…