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Vester C. ‘Smokey’ Long

    Vester C. Long, known as Smokey to those who called him friend, entered into rest at home in Placerville, California on June 22, 2014. He was born in Lemon Grove, California on January 27, 1922 to Virgil and Helen Pfister Long who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by…

Fire danger raised to high

Due to the ongoing extremely hot and dry weather, fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest has been moved from Moderate to High. High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from just causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is…

Commissioners reject FOIA request for mailing list

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners last week rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from Larry Campbell, a landowner along Rye Creek Road, for a mailing list of the individuals who enrolled in the County’s Dust Abatement Program last year. Campbell, who has a home right next to the dirt road, was hoping…

Police chief wants to expand duties of animal control/parking officer

  By Michael Howell Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster presented a proposal to the Hamilton City Council last week at its Committee of the Whole meeting that would expand the duties of the Animal Control/Parking enforcement officer and return it to a civilian position instead of using a sworn officer. Taking the opportunity following the…

Stevi gets new Council member

By Michael Howell   Tim Hunter, former owner, with his wife Shelley, of the Bitterroot River Bed and Breakfast, was selected as the new Town Councilor for Ward 1 in Stevensville. Hunter will be filling the seat being vacated by Councilor Ron Klaphake, who is taking on the position of Municipal Court Judge. Only one…

Talking trash

  Last week I had to take some trash to the dump station near Victor, Montana. I had the back of my 1/2 ton truck loaded. The dump attendant told me the charge would be $45. When I got home I had a letter from Bitter Root Disposal saying that my trash hauling fee, from…

Airport issue not understood

  The letter from Mr. Steven Rossiter last week mentioned he is in his seventh decade on this planet. Good for him. I’m starting my ninth decade so hooray for me! I also attended USC in the mid 40’s during my Naval Officer Training program. I hope Mr. Rossiter read my letter in another paper…

Buck Lane-No/Buck Street-Yes

  I read an article in the Ravalli Republic that contained comments about Charles Amos Buck. Being the fourth generation of these Bucks from Ohio, I wanted to share some of the history that I know. Buck Street (not Buck Lane) in Stevensville was named for Amos Buck (my great grandfather) and his brothers, Henry,…

Sheep station closure makes sense

  Closing government facilities never comes easy, but budget reductions could prove good news for wildlife along the Montana-Idaho border. A recent decision by the Obama administration to close the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in the Centennial Mountains helps reduce federal expenditures and should benefit taxpayers, wildlife and hunters. However, opposition is building and it…

Lame duck airport follies

By Chuck DeWitt, Hamilton There are a lot of good reasons to oppose the current plan to lengthen our airport (RCA) runway, but probably the best is that it is supported by the three Commissioners who just took a shellacking by their own party (OK, one just got spanked as the lesser evil). So much…