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Monthly Archives: September 2013

A question of decency

  On Wednesday, September 18th, I accepted an invitation to debate Mr. Clayton Floyd, the opposing candidate in the Mayor’s race. I was pleased that the Bitterroot Star had organized this event for the benefit of the voters of Stevensville. As the debate was about to begin, Mr. Floyd laid out his new brochure in…

Recovery from mental and substance use disorders is possible

  All around us in Montana, there are hundreds of people in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. They are contributing to our businesses, connecting with their families, and giving back to the community. Every day someone begins their journey of recovery. However, too many people are still unaware that prevention works, and that…

Local elections affect us all

By Linda McCulloch, Montana Secretary of State I remember the first time I voted an official ballot. It was 1973, just two years after 18-year-olds were granted the right to vote. I remember walking into the voting booth and closing the curtain behind me. As I started to mark my ballot, I realized how important…

  Wednesday, September 25   DCPL Write On Club The Darby Community Public Library Write On Club meets Wednesdays after school from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning September 25. All you need is pen, paper and your imagination. This club will “write on” from prompts, props and word association games. Your creativity will spring forth…

Local pastor found guilty of securities fraud, innocent of theft and conspiracy

  By Carlotta Grandstaff The jury in the Harris Himes trial split the verdict down the middle, with guilty verdicts on the three counts of securities fraud and three acquittals on the remaining three counts of theft and conspiracy. Himes represented himself in the five-day trial. The six felony counts were filed by the office…

Local pastor’s fraud trial, day 4

  By Carlotta Grandstaff James Bryant took the witness stand Thursday morning and testified for his co-pastor and co-defendant Harris Himes. He told a horrific tale of violence, which, though fascinating to hear, seemingly had no relevance to the comparatively mundane charges of theft and securities fraud that both men face. Bryant’s tale is this:…

Local pastor’s fraud trial, day three

 By Carlotta Grandstaff Pro-gay rights and pro-abortion activists are behind the criminal case against Pastor Harris Himes. So said Himes himself, not to a jury but to Missoula’s Talk Back radio program two years ago. The prosecution played the entire interview with KGVO radio’s Peter Christian before the jury on day three of the state’s…

Alleged victim testifies in pastor’s fraud trial

  By Carlotta Grandstaff Harris Himes’s alleged victim, Geoffrey Serata, took the witness stand today and told a tale that’s as old as humankind itself: innocent, unworldly naïf comes into some money and discloses it to someone slicker and worldlier. The money vanishes. The naïf has his eyes opened, trust is broken and, in modern…

Local pastor on trial for theft and securities fraud

  By Carlotta Grandstaff Harris Himes, a self-described Christian pastor from Hamilton who is charged with six felony counts of theft and securities fraud, has been through two attorneys and three judges in the two years since the state of Montana filed criminal charges against him. And when the jury pool assembled Monday morning to…

Hamilton soccer team surprises Corvallis

It’s always an unknown when rivals play, no matter what the sport. Thursday, on the Hamilton and Corvallis boys’ soccer team proved this adage. The Corvallis boys are a mature, well-balanced team that are big, strong and fast. Hamilton, on the other hand, starts five freshmen and is very young and inexperienced at the high…