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Daily Archives: 3:47 pm

‘Ordway’s Cove’ – Did Lewis & Clark camp here?

By Michael Howell   If you are attempting to walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery as they traveled west through what is now Montana and Idaho, when you come to the confluence of Moose Creek and the North Fork of the Salmon River you have a choice to…

Union snubbed in county Road Department lay-offs

  By Michael Howell At a budget meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to eliminate five driver/operator positions and two secretarial positions in the Road Department. They plan on creating a new job description for an administrative assistant position for which the current two office staff members who are being laid…

Hamilton to make offer on site for new Justice Center

    By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton is looking to purchase some property at the corner of Foxfield and Skeels as the future site of a planned Justice Center that would house the Police Department, the City Court and the City Attorney’s office. The Council was split over the issue and Mayor Jerry…

Wildfire update

Afternoon winds, hot temperatures, and single-digit humidity pushed the lightning-caused Gold Pan Fire burning in the remote Frank Church wilderness in Idaho to 200 acres on Sunday. The fire is located 35 air miles southwest of Darby, west of the Selway River and Magruder Ranger Station near Kim Creek Saddle. It’s burning on the West…

Dr. John Lee Swanson

  August 16, 1936 – July 8, 2013 Dr. John Lee Swanson, 76, of Missoula, MT and the Bitterroot Valley, died unexpectedly in the arms of his wife Deirdre of an inoperable dissected aorta at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Monday, July 8, 2013. He was active and happy, and planning golf dates and…

Verlin Howard Rees

  Hamilton – Verlin Howard Rees, 75, of Hamilton, died of natural causes on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Marcus Daly Hospice. Verlin was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Bonner to Robert and Emma Rees. He attended Bonner Grade School. He was in the National Guard at Fort Ord, CA, from 1960 to 1967. Verlin…

John Lee Adams

  Victor  -  John Lee Adams, 74, of Victor, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of natural causes. John was born on May 28, 1939 in Kellogg, ID to Jack Cleburn and Kathryn (Davis) Adams. After high school graduation, John went on to receive some college education and then served…

Another opinion

  Recent diatribes by Van P. Keele and Marty Essen in local newspapers about global warming are merely opinions based upon their interpretation of “facts”! It is imperative to point out that there are many, many very significant factors that affect climate change. Surely, logically thinking people will concede that it is irrational to believe…

Common Core evil

    Common Core or CC is one size fits all, with no provision for students with learning difficulties and evil to the core. Its only design is to make community activists. CC is intrusive and will store all family and students’ private information to be given to Federal Government which in turn will sell…

Commissioners pro-job?

    For three years our Ravalli County has been run by a very conservative government. So how are things shaping up? Where are the jobs, based on “conservative, pro-growth” policies that our commissioners promised and proudly espouse ad nauseam? Well, I don’t know, so I’m counting on some–any–commissioner to fill us in. Speaking of…