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Resolution Expo to be held this weekend

  Resolutions and the New Year go hand in hand. Whether it’s losing weight, living a healthier life or deciding to volunteer, this is usually the time to start. Fairgrounds Manager Deborah Rogala and the crew at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds have put together a two-day event to encourage and help people with their resolutions….

Stockgrowers honor Earl and Ida Reynolds

By Jean Schurman The Bitterroot Stockgrowers held their annual banquet Saturday night in Stevensville. One of the most anticipated events of the evening was the naming of the Stockgrower of the Year. This year, the group honored one of the founders of the organization, Earl Reynolds, and his wife, Ida. The couple left Stockton, Utah,…

Victor School using innovative program to improve reading

  By Jean Schurman Learning to read, do math, sit still and listen to the teacher are probably a kindergartener’s or first grader’s biggest tasks. It’s a tough job. Imagine then, that physically the child just cannot sit still or sit up straight long enough for her or his eyes to focus on the alphabet…

County Treasurer left problems hanging in South Carolina

  By Michael Howell Not only is Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Addis, aka Valerie Scott, not responding to the many departments, districts, and organizations lodging various complaints about unrecorded tax receipts and other missing or misapplied funds, it appears she has a history of not answering complaints. For instance, she failed to…

Commissioners hear from school districts on Treasurer’s Office crisis

Emergency meeting called later By Michael Howell Representatives from the county’s school districts showed up at the County Commissioners’ office on Monday morning to express their concerns about the ongoing dysfunction at the County Treasurer’s Office. Consensus amongst the districts was that, rated on a scale of 1 to 10, the situation was “9 to…

Local farmers market to reject genetically modified produce

  At the Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op’s annual meeting last fall, members approved allowing only produce grown from non-genetically modified (non-GMO) seeds. The new rule will be in effect for the upcoming season. A genetically modified seed or animal is an organism changed by the human insertion of laboratory engineered DNA. There is growing evidence…

Hospital gets big boost for new ICU project

  By Michael Howell After receiving an anonymous challenge donation of $800,000 for construction of a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) recently announced another $100,000 has been donated by the Jane S. Heman Foundation to help jump start the donations needed to match that challenge grant. Ron Kullick, Director of…

New hours for Hamilton City Parks

  By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council has approved on first reading an ordinance changing the hours that city parks will be open to the public. All city parks are currently open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thirty days following a second reading approval that would change. Under the new ordinance the parks…

Stevi offers reward for info on cemetery vandalism

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) involved in the vandalism of the Maplewood Cemetery. Anyone with any information is being urged to contact the Stevensville Police Department at 777-3011. The Maplewood Cemetery has suffered from a series of acts of…

Loretta ‘Otis’ Morrell

Missoula – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our “sweetheart” of a wife, Mom, and Granny, Loretta “Otis” Morrell, 78. Loretta was born to August and Augustine Hertz on June 3, 1935 on the family farm in Charlo MT. Loretta graduated from Charlo High School in 1953. She moved to…