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Daily Archives: 4:42 pm

Federal budget sequestration cutbacks hit county

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County officials have been notified by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that, due to failure of Congress to reach a deal on balanced deficit reduction to avoid sequestration, the President issued a sequestration order canceling approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the federal government for the remainder of…

Montana WWII vets awarded French Medal of Honor

    By Michael Howell Five Montanans received the French Medal of Honor at a ceremony held at the Ravalli County Veterans Memorial in Heironymous Park in Hamilton last Saturday. The five veterans of World War II fought on French territory in Normandy, Southern France, Northern France, and the Ardennes, participating in the Liberation of…

Hospital Foundation unveils plans for ICU expansion

  By Michael Howell The Daly Hospital Foundation is going public with a Power of Health Initiative to raise funds for a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. The plan involves transforming a cramped 492 square foot facility that holds three beds separated only by curtains into a five-bed facility in…

Florence’s Baerlocher calls it a day

This summer, Sam Baerlocher of Florence is going to be doing something different. Instead of ferrying a bunch of teenage boys around to summer basketball tournaments and putting on camps, he will be rebuilding roofs and painting houses. After 28 years of coaching in some capacity or another, Baerlocher has stepped down as the head…

Sales/Auctions Blu-J Estate Sales! May 8-9 Day One 5:30pm-8pm Day Two 9am-5:30pm 2124 Silver Ridge Rd. Two miles up Lost Horse Rd. Follow green signs. Cute small sale full of cabin decor, fishing, antiques, leather modular sofa, log bed, garage and more! View at www.bluejayestatesales.com 363-1600 Parking is tight and narrow, please be patient and…

Fine tuning on the track

  With Class B and C schools heading to district track meets and Class A athletes having only one more weekend before Divisionals, this week’s track meets took on added pressure. The Corvallis girls stepped it up at the Wayne Estes meet in Anaconda and powered their way to a 136 point win in the…

Open Letter to Commissioners re: Legacy

Sunnyside Orchards Legacy Ranch is proposed on Eastside Highway in Dry Gulch with 659 new homes on 368 acres: — roughly 400 feet from pristine Bitterroot River that feeds Columbia River and Pacific Ocean —roughly 400 feet from Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge with no count of dogs, cats, or parties —in a bottleneck valley…

Florence trustee candidates in violation of campaign laws

  I have filed a formal complaint against Bill Hester, Colby Reynolds and Kevin O’Brien of Florence for two illegal campaign activities. I have sent a formal complaint to the Commissioner of Political Practices. The voters should know that Florence-Carlton School District Trustee candidates are in violation of Montana State Law. Earlier this month thousands…

Disenchanted with Town of Stevensville

I am disenchanted by the council’s decisions regarding the residents of Stevensville and their best interests. It appears that the mayor and the council work for THEIR best interests as opposed to the townspeople’s that they represent. Persons who choose governing positions put themselves in the public spotlight to be criticized as well as praised…

  Wednesday, May 8   BPL Preschool Story Time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, May 8 to enjoy “In My Garden!” with storyteller Paula Prescott. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are…