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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lois Ruth Mauger Willi

Hamilton – Lois Ruth Mauger Willi, 90, of Hamilton, passed March 31, 2014 at Valley View Estates. She was born November 2, 1923 in Midwest, Wyoming to the late Clarence and Audrie Mauger. She went to school in Midwest, WY and in 1940 the family moved to the Bitterroot. She married Lloyd K. Clark (not…

Doris Marie Marjerison

Stevensville – Doris Marie (Sorenson) Marjerison, 64, of Stevensville, passed away on March 31, 2014 after living her life with cancer for the last 13 years. She was born on May 20, 1949 in Dillon, Montana, the daughter of Elmer and Thelma Sorenson. Doris was raised in Dillon, Twin Bridges and Butte, Montana, and Boston,…

Commissioners delay action on Treasurer’s status

  By Michael Howell Last Thursday, April 17, the Ravalli County Commissioners, following the advice of County Attorney Bill Fulbright, agreed to leave Treasurer Valerie Stamey on paid administrative leave at least until the auditors submit a final report concerning activities in the Treasurer’s office. Stamey was placed on administrative leave in January after refusing…

Stevensville artist joins Montana’s Circle of American Masters

  To celebrate Montana’s rich heritage and showcase the present-day vitality of the folk arts, the Montana Arts Council will honor 10 new members of Montana’s Circle of American Masters at an induction ceremony in the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the State Capitol in Helena on Friday, at 3 p.m. on April 25, 2014….

Eagles dying from lead poisoning

  By Michael Howell Bird rehabilitators here in the Bitterroot have been dealing with the problem of lead poisoning of raptors for a long time. This past month a sick eagle was discovered near Hamilton and taken to Wild Skies Raptor Center in Missoula. According to Brooke Tanner at the center the bird’s blood-lead levels…

Stevensville takes stock of water, sewer projects, present and future

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville took a good look at its ongoing water and sewer projects as well as a peek into the future at a Committee of the Whole meeting last week The town has initiated massive and costly improvements to both the water and sewer systems that have driven the cost…

Introducing the Bitterroot Free Press Foundation

Star Editorial   By Michael Howell, Publisher, Bitterroot Star At the Bitterroot Star we are used to getting pats on the back and comments like “good job,” and “keep it up,” from people who appreciate the invaluable service supplied by an old fashioned independent weekly newspaper. People express appreciation for everything from the local high…

Support for Connell

  Ravalli County voters are fortunate to have the opportunity to elect Rep. Pat Connell to Montana Senate District 44 this June. Pat’s legislative accomplishments and dedication to his constituents are well known in Helena. Last Legislative Session, Pat was influential on a number of important issues, including water rights, wildfire, wildlife and education. Pat…

Support for Boulanger

  Pat Connell is trying to fool you into believing he voted with the majority of Republicans in the House last session. He is using a chart that completely distorts the facts. He fails to say that the so-called “majority” of Republicans included the ones who voted like Democrats. The chart is meaningless. The simple…

Support for Florence school board incumbents

    The Florence-Carlton School is conducting a school board trustee election. This election is a mail-in election. Ballots will go out this Wednesday, April 16th. Ballots must be returned by May 6th, 2014. The Florence-Carlton Education Association held a public candidate forum on Wednesday, April 9 at Florence-Carlton school. The four school board candidates…