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Fenceposts A rite of summer . . . then, and now

My dad, Paul Jaques with my brothers, Dean and Tom, bringing in a load of hay on our place west of Victor. This was taken in the mid 1950’s.

  It’s hot. Probably the only people who are really excited about this hot dry weather right now are the farmers and ranchers who are putting up hay. This rite of summer has to be done whether the weather is ideal or not. And Mother Nature can be fickle. You never know when a downpour…

Red Sox sweep A Mavs

The Bitterroot Red Sox came from behind to top the Missoula A Mavs in the first game of a double header last Thursday. After spotting the Mavs nine runs, the Red Sox broke loose in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored six runs to take the lead and win, 13-11. Trevor Zeiler hit…

Collateral damage

eagle

Two eaglets rescued – one survives. The Bitterroot Valley has been lashed by some pretty stiff winds this summer and on Tuesday, June 26, a strong wind blew over a large cottonwood tree on a local ranch. Unfortunately this old cottonwood held a bald eagle nest containing two eaglets. Ranch manager Troy Webster discovered the…

Ban on cell phone use while driving being challenged

By Michael Howell Jan Wisniewski, Chairman of the Ravalli County Planning Board, and Democratic candidate for House District 87, is ready to challenge City Hall. Wisniewski is spearheading a petition drive to place the issue of the Hamilton city ordinance banning the use of cell phones while driving on the November ballot. The ordinance, which…

Fire burning in Hughes Creek drainage south of Darby

The Chrandal Creek fire, approximately two miles northwest of Irishman’s Rock in the Hughes Creek drainage, exhibited moderate fire activity Sunday under some cloud cover, producing little growth in fire size, which was estimated at 89 acres as of Monday morning. The fire is burning in subalpine fire and beetle killed lodgepole pine. Air support…

Hill campaigns in Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill was in the Bitterroot last week on a campaign junket that is taking him around the state. He stopped at the Bitterroot Star office in Stevensville to share the highlights of his political agenda with the local press. Hill characterized his political agenda as having essentially three…

Refuge survives hot air balloon infiltration

By Jim Hamilton, Florence   The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Stevensville avoided near disaster over the holiday weekend during this year’s Stevensville Summerfest. Event organizers contracted the services of an out-of-state aerostat lift company to provide balloon rides over and around the North Valley area of Ravalli County to complement the weekend…

More on Stevi water issues

  I regret I was wrong. Two paid officers, 7 reserves, 3 Sheriff, and at least 1 State trooper, and a DUI task force. I am well aware of how the reserve system is set up. My ex-husband was one. It was his free ticket into the Sheriff’s department. ie:  He didn’t have to go…

Who’d of ever thunk it!

  The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare (mostly). Some complicated legalities, but, what else is new? I was interested in Romney’s “Repeal and Replace” response on the day of the decision. He said on day 1 that he would repeal it, and then listed all the things he’d replace – which was a list of everything…

Pledge of integrity

Now that SCOTUS has decided what’s best for Montana (when it comes to controlling what money corporations can donate for political campaigns), I’ve decided that I will only allow information provided by independent newspapers and public access television to inform my vote. Any mass media outlet owned by a large corporation (like Lee Newspapers) will…