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Obituary – Roberta (Bea) E. Hudson Scotten

  Roberta (Bea) Scotten, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on the morning of March 12, 2013, at her home in Florence, Montana. Bea was born in the old Galt Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, to Mary and Harold Hudson on June 16, 1926. She was raised on the family wheat farm south of…

Obituary – Brandi Elizabeth Welty

  Brandi Elizabeth Welty, at the age of 32, passed away peacefully with family surrounding her on Tuesday March 12, 2013. Brandi was horn October 25, 1980 at South Bend, Washington. Her parents Martine “Marty” and Elbert G. Welty were very proud. Brandi moved to Stevensville, Montana in 2005 with her mother and son. She…

Florence School Superintendent suspended for serial plagiarism

  By Michael Howell The Florence Carlton School Board of Trustees took action at an open meeting on Monday, March 18 to suspend Superintendent John McGee for two weeks without pay and place a letter of reprimand in his personnel file regarding multiple acts of plagiarism over a number of years in the school’s newspaper,…

Residents concerned about proposed Stevi substation

  Michael Howell Residents in the neighborhood of a proposed electrical substation came to the Stevensville Town Council and spoke up during the public comment portion of the March 14 meeting to express their concerns about the location. They did not believe it fit in the neighborhood and were interested in what the town government…

Legacy Ranch review rolls on

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Planning Board held its third meeting to review the proposed 639-residential-living-unit Legacy Ranch subdivision between Florence and Stevensville on the Eastside Highway last Wednesday, March 20. Planning Board Chairman Jan Wisniewski announced that since the first two meetings were set aside for public comment, this meeting would be only…

Time to improve veterans’ services

By Patricia Meakin, Stevensville If we are going to fight wars, we should be willing to take care of our injured veterans in an expedient manner. Yet, hundreds of thousands of veterans have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to find that they are fighting a new enemy: red tape. Imagine coming home with…

Freemen were right about local government

  In 1996, the Montana Freemen were a well-known group. I’ve heard Ravalli County Sheriff Printz rode out on horseback to negotiate their surrender, later to win a court case in the US Supreme Court letting local governments off the hook for paying for firearm background checks. While it is wrong to threaten government officials,…

Freedom

  What is freedom? Is it a figment of our minds, a desire like trust, like faith, like love, hope or is it perhaps something similar to all of these desires? Psychologists use the following example: restrain a tiny baby’s hand or feet and the child will fly into a rage if it can’t move…

Activist government

  Unlike reform, radical social change is “fixing” things on a grand scale – the old order has to be uprooted and destroyed. For us Americans, that means this: Gays, who all think alike and have the same social agenda, whether positioned within the media or within government, are not to suffer anything – in…

On killing dogs

  I’m still waiting to see if the County Commissioners will write into law that Ravalli County will enable a Justice of the Peace to execute any dog he pleases. The first county in Montana to try it. The last I heard of the process was in the local media, including the Bitterroot Star on…