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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Obituary – Frank Stanford

  Hamilton – Frank Stanford, 88, was born Joseph Frank Stanford, September 2, 1924, to Joe and Margaret Stanford in Hamilton. Frank had a twin brother, Thomas Taylor Stanford. The two boys shared a room at The Living Center in Stevensville. The two of them were great joy and amusement for the caring staff at…

Two conservation easements awarded funds from Open Lands Bond Program

  By Michael Howell In back to back meetings last week, the Ravalli County Board of Commissioners gave approval to grant some of the county’s Open Lands Bond Program (OLPB) to help fund the establishment of conservation easements on two family ranches that have each been in operation for more than a century, the Holloron…

Bitterroot Youth Home looking to add rooms

  By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Youth Home (BYH) is a coeducational, dual-licensed home that provides shelter and longer term group care for local youth. It is located on Providence Way, north of Hamilton High School. The program combines the qualities of short-term sheltering and longer term group care in one program and offers immediate…

Stevensville family charged with running multi-million dollar phone billing scam

By Michael Howell Lawyers for the Federal Trade Commission filed a civil complaint in January of this year against Stevensville couple Steven Sann and Terry Lane (Sann), their son Nathan Sann and their accountant Robert Braach, both from Missoula, accusing them of unfair and deceptive acts and practices for “cramming” $70 million worth of unauthorized…

Montana Red Cross making a difference

By Diane Wright, Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross of Montana When Hurricane Sandy struck last October, Montana Brownie Troop 3623 immediately took action. Realizing that many hurricane victims did not have immediate access to clean drinking water, they designed special water bottles and began selling them throughout their community to raise funds for disaster…

True freedom

Interesting letters in the paper of late: freedom, freemen, water and dog rights. What is freedom? So many definitions and so many passionate pleas. We must know what it is or what we want if we hope to ever get there. Is freedom a place or is it a thing? Does it include such things…

Railroad mess

  The Ravalli County Commissioners Still working on the railroad   Now, what to do with The coming “payload”   Never should have got there (and that includes Stevi and Hamilton too)   Let the railroad run the railroad And stay out of the doo-doo   It’s nice to say I told you Of your…

Gun rights

It appears to me that people don’t know, or understand, our Constitution. They have blinders on and don’t see the reason why our Founding Fathers put the 2nd Amendment into it. To quote from Imprimis, March issue, “The Second Amendment reads as follows: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free…

Thanks from Beta Sigma Phi

  The Ravalli County Beta Sigma Phi chapters thank the citizens and businesses of the Bitterroot Valley for their support of our annual Good Friday Tulip Sale. Because of your generosity, the Bitterroot Community College will be able to purchase lab equipment for their Anatomy and Physiology lab, a requirement for all students pursuing a…

Report from Helena – Week 13

  Is cooperation dead? As Mike Dennison said on Saturday, “not the most flattering picture of their political skills or decorum.” Will the meltdown change the attitude of cooperation? My guess is, yes, it will on the Senate side, however I am optimistic that the House will continue along the path much as we have…