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Stevensville landmark home revitalized as law office

    By Michael Howell Stevensville Attorney Kenneth Bransby has taken an old house that sat empty on the town’s Main Street for years and turned it into a first class law office. The house, built in 1900, did not exactly fit the needs of his business but it does now after six months of…

Cooper Firearms – their aim is true

  By Eric Brockett Along time ago in Southern Illinois, I remember sitting on a log with my grandfather out in the woods before light. We were squirrel hunting. One of the things that makes this memory so special, other than listening for the sound of acorns dropping from the trees that the squirrel chewed…

Stoneydale Press Publishing Company – built on a solid foundation

By Eric Brockett When one builds a house it is critical to have a strong foundation, such as stone or concrete. This type of foundation will support whatever is built above to weather storms and/or the difficult times that might lie ahead.  Dale and Patricia Burk, owners of the Stoneydale Press Publishing Company in Stevensville,…

Mitchell Slough portage routes discussed

    By Michael Howell After hearing from Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist Chris Clancy last week, the County Commissioners took Clancy’s recommendations concerning the Mitchell Slough Portage Route Request and decided to take over the efforts at contacting affected landowners. They also agreed to select a commissioner to serve as…

County schedules hearing on SB 324 changes

  The Ravalli County Commissioners are reviewing, for possible adoption, a resolution that deals with buildings for rent or lease as per Senate Bill 324. Information about this new law and any requirements for Ravalli County in regard to changes within the county’s subdivision regulations will be discussed at a public hearing on Wednesday, August…

Darby students benefit from Farm to School Program

      By Michael Howell Farm to School Programmer Shayla Smith has been working hard for the past year trying to introduce both students and staff at Darby school to the concept of eating fresh, locally grown foods and she’s having some success. The local program is the result of a successful grant application…

Holton appointed Undersheriff

  Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman today appointed Steve Holton to the position of Ravalli County Undersheriff. Holton is a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, having begun his career there as a Reserve Deputy in 1996. He was hired as a full-time deputy in 1999, and graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in…

Cure more important than cause; let’s move on

By Larry Campbell, Darby I read Mike Mercer’s LTE with a chuckle, not that it is funny, but sometimes you gotta laugh. He suggests that, yes, climate change is real, but doesn’t believe humans are causing it. This is the latest ‘last refuge’ of flat-lander climate change debaters. It is beside the point. Many disasters…

On religious freedom and climate change

  We have seen increasingly over the past few decades, a wide-spread outcry against the connection between church and state. As stated in the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” the last part being at the heart of the debate. The meaning of…

Thanks to community

  When Larry Milless was informed he needed to have a fundraiser and set aside a substantial amount in order to qualify for a kidney transplant, it was a complete surprise. Having worked on many fundraisers for others, it never occurred to us to have one ourselves. Our daughter Cheryl took the bull by the…