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Riverfest in the Root held. Kids (and adults) enjoyed a variety of activities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the Bitterroot River at the fourth annual Riverfest in the Root held last Saturday at River Park in Hamilton. Here, Orion Masar of Placerville, CA moves sand and gravel around in a working model of…

RCEDA receives $59,700 in grants

 By Michael Howell USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony J. Preite was in the valley last Wednesday to drop off a check for $59,700 to the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA). The funds are from the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) program and will provide technical assistance to three local businesses. The purpose of…

Public comment period extended on DEQ permit for large retail store

  By Michael Howell The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reopened the public comment period for a Ground Water Pollution Control System permit application that it is being considered on a property located south of Hamilton on Blood Lane. The wastewater system would serve a large retail establishment rumored to be a Walmart….

Stevi adopts permissive levy but doesn’t fund it

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council recently decided to expand its health care coverage for employees by including dental and vision options in which the town would pay half the cost in a 50/50 cost share plan. Now, at its most recent meeting on August 14, the Council adopted a permissive levy to…

Groups plan to sue over airstrip expansion in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

  Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater have filed a 60-day Notice of Intent (NOI) to sue the US Forest Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service over the potential impacts to imperiled bull trout and other rare species from the planned expansion of the Fish Lake Airstrip in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of…

Charles J. Roubik, III

Hamilton – Chuck Roubik completed a life filled with honor, love, kindness, and principle on August 15, 2014. He was born on March 2, 1932 and raised in Wilmette, Illinois. One of four children, he enjoyed his family: his parents, Charles Roubik, Jr. and Frances (Hayes); his sister Catherine (Ray Schuler, Jr.); his sister Barbara…

Community eligibility provides free school meals, helping fight hunger in MT

By Kristen Lothrop, Montana Food Bank Network For many families across Montana, the start of the new school year comes as a relief. Back-to-school means back to school meals and the assurance that their children will have access to up to two nutritious meals every school day through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast…

Comment on Wolf Stamp proposal

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park’s proposed Wolf Stamp hearing on 8/14 was well attended. No matter the stamp name, all wildlife will benefit from education, habitat acquisition, increased game wardens and nonlethal measures to address conflicts with livestock and wildlife. As FWP addresses financial shortages, the cost of administering Montana’s trapping program exceeds the revenue…

Everything begins at home

I was talking with a young friend and mother about bullying the other day and learned that her young son has had some trouble with it in pre-school or day-care, I’m not sure which. What really surprised me, though, was that when she talked with the person in charge, the wife of an eminent educator…

Don’t let corporations skate on taxes

The Great Recession “officially” ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn’t believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet…