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Monthly Archives: July 2012

President’s comment shameful

  President Obama, on 14 July 2012, said, “If you got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Any United States of America (USA) President obviously should know better! What a view of the American entrepreneurship! American business leaders are flabbergasted at such a stupid comment! Obama must believe that the…

Be informed

This letter is to share information. I recently watched a segment on C-Span 2’s Book TV Show that featured the author, Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT. The name of his book is “Health Care Reform: What it is, Why it’s necessary, How it works”. The book is in a comic book format, takes…

Thanks to Clothes Closet and Pantry Partners

  This letter is to honor and thank all, each and every hand, that provides this community with “The Clothes Closet” and “Food Bank.” In our time of a depressed economy, those of us in need receive free clothing, household items and food. I, for one, am very grateful to each cheerful, helpful volunteer that…

Let’s be honest about ‘Obamacare’

By Van P. Keele, Hamilton Obamacare is law. The conservative US Supreme Court recently ruled that Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in fact constitutional. Despite tens of millions of Americans now benefiting from Obamacare, it remains controversial, misunderstood, and disliked by many–many who already benefit from it. Having passed constitutional muster and now 2…

  Scottish Irish Festival meetings You’re invited to the bi-weekly meetings for the planning of the 2012 Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival. The Festival is August 24-26 and volunteers are needed to help with the biggest one yet. The meetings are every other Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hidden Legend Winery, Sheafman Corner, Hwy 93, south…

Burrows appointed to county board of commissioners

County Sheriff Chris Hoffman (right) and Undersheriff Perry Johnson (center) questioned Jeff Burrows extensively about his relationship to a website that has posted some extremist views regarding law enforcement. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Jeff Burrows was appointed by the Ravalli County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 11, to fill the commission seat for District 4 following the resignation of former Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher. Kanenwisher, a Republican, resigned to pursue his career as a cardiac nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah after serving only one and a…

Chrandal Creek Fire Update – July 17, 2012

DATE OF DETECTION: July 6, 2012 CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT SIZE: 1,800 acres CONTAINMENT: 15% LOCATION: 42 miles south of Darby, MT (32 air miles) AGENCY: U.S. Forest Service – Bitterroot National Forest (MT) & Salmon-Challis National Forest (ID) YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Continued cooler temperatures and increased humidity resulted in minimal fire growth Monday. Afternoon thunderstorms were…

County natural resource policy being hashed out

By Michael Howell Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) Supervisor Julie King told Ravalli County Commissioners last week that Bitterroot National Forest officials will not be participating in the local attempt at forming a natural resource policy. The county is developing the policy to address the management of natural resources in the county, including those resources located…

Open Lands Bond money approved for riverfront park

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners approved granting $35,000 from the county’s Open Lands Bond to help fund the placement of a conservation easement on about 22 acres of riverfront property in Hamilton. The 22-acre property was recently purchased by the Bitterroot Land Trust with plans to place a conservation easement on the property and…

Hamilton discusses impact fees

By Michael Howell At the last Committee of the Whole meeting of the Hamilton City Council on July 10, a discussion and presentation concerning proposed transportation impact fees drew a protest from a few councilors. Councilors Lynette Helgeland and Joe Petrusaitis both complained that impact fees were not on the agenda for discussion. What was…