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Daily Archives: 11:35 pm

County road supervisor gets a raise… crew gets the shaft?

  By Michael Howell On Monday, November 4, the County Commissioners held a closed door meeting to evaluate the performance of Road and Bridge Department Supervisor Dusty McKern. The result, according to unofficial minutes of the meeting, was a 4 to 0 vote “to grant a compensation increase in the amount of $3,000 (annually) which…

County objects to another USFS water right application

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners decided last Friday to file an objection to the water right application recently filed by the U.S. Forest Service for in-stream flows on Lost Horse Creek. The water right being sought is for in-stream flows in the creek while it traverses Forest Service land and would not affect…

Conservation advocate talks to locals about the movement

  By Michael Howell Brock Evans, nationally renowned environmental activist, lawyer, lecturer and writer, and current President of the Endangered Species Coalition, gave a talk in Hamilton last Wednesday at the Hamilton Community Center. Evans is author of a new book called “Fight & Win: Brock Evans’ Strategies for the New Eco-Warrior,” which has been…

‘Sprinkle Pink’ campaign raises record amount

There are no words to say but, “Congratulations!” Sprinkle Pink is a community effort and with everyone getting involved, the results are sky high this year. The total amount raised from our community is $44,755.73! With the match from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, the total amount donated to the Aid for Mammography Fund for this…

Grantsdale School bell to be preserved

  By Michael Howell Last June, Grantsdale Elementary School, which at the time was the oldest continually operating school in the state of Montana, closed its doors. But if the Bitterroot Valley Historical Society board of directors gets its way, the old bell tower and iconic bell that rang out for generations of Bitterroot school…

Water Supply Plan must take fire impact into account

By Pat Connell, State Representative, HD 87 The DNRC is currently responding to a Legislative directive to produce an updated Water Supply Plan for Montana. I want to highlight a simple, but extremely important fact that seemed at least to be downplayed and possibly overlooked from what I heard at the recent Montana Watershed Coordination…

Another kooky idea

Well, County Commissioner Foss has done it again. Now she wants the Federal lands to be under State and local control. Obviously, as usual, Commissioner Foss has no idea what this would entail or the devastating outcome. The State and counties would need large organizations and a large budget to manage the Federal lands. The…

‘Anti-American Lands Council’?

  So now Commissioner Foss wants County tax money to fund membership in a political lobbyist organization supporting one of her favorite TParty causes. The organization calls itself ‘American Lands Council’. What a deception. It’s more like anti-American Lands Council. They advocate handing our NATIONAL public lands over to local control. Can you imagine Commissioner…

A question for all the community

What if city residents (or county residents if we are talking about a county) hired a company such as a property management company to manage things within the city limits? Make sure traffic lights worked, the roads got upgraded when needed, etc. etc. Then we would not need the tax/theft system we have today that…

Campaign reflections

I am writing this letter on Election Day long before any results are known for the record. Negative has really been redefined in this campaign. It makes me sad. Equally unfortunate is the notion that somehow if the mayor is re-elected we will not be going back to division within the community. Those seeds have…