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Stevensville Helitack base buzzing

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Airport has been buzzing with activity since the fire season burst into full bloom this summer. A covey of helicopters, including at one time four Chinooks and a Black Hawk, have been using the airport as a base for attacking fires in both the Bitterroot, Sapphire and Swan mountain ranges….

The fire this time

By Michael Howell Smoke filled the Bitterroot valley last weekend, turning both the sun and moon into red orbs at certain times of the day and night. The smoke is coming from all over, including surrounding states and even Canada. According to the Forest Service’s inciweb internet site, on Monday there were nine active fires…

About the Lolo Peak fire

By Michael Howell According to LaWen Hollingsworth, Long Term Fire Analyst from the Missoula Fire Research Laboratory, the fire on Lolo Peak is burning from the top down and will pass through very different vegetation types as it moves down and across the steep slopes. It will move down slope through an over mature forest…

MT National Guard mobilized for firefighting

On Sunday, 15 soldiers and one CH-47D Chinook helicopter of the Montana National Guard were mobilized to support the Meyers Fire, located 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg. Following assembly and in processing, the soldiers were scheduled to depart for the fire area at 2 p.m. Monday.   Governor Steve Bullock declared a fire emergency for…

County to deed land to Stevi for fishing access site

At a regular meeting on August 3, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted 4 to 0 to deed a 1.52 acre piece of land located at the northwest corner of the Stevensville bridge to the Town of Stevensville for development as a park with fishing access.   Deputy County Attorney Howard Recht confirmed that the law…

Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark

By Michael Howell The epic journey of the Corps of Discovery across the American west and back, and the records that were kept along the way, have provided generations of Americans a treasure trove of historical and scientific observations that continue to reveal new insights as time goes by. But the journals, as much as…

Time to raise tobacco tax

By Lyndsay Stover, Hamilton   Whether or not you use tobacco, you are paying for it. Every year, each household in Montana spends $791 in taxes due to smoking. What’s more, Montanans spend a total of $440 million annually in health care costs directly caused by smoking.   Did you know that raising taxes on…

Good grief, Mr. Greef!

The July 26 edition of this newspaper carried a letter from Representative Ed Greef that favored trading the town park for a smaller acreage by the bridge. His letter also denigrates the mayor and town council and all those that followed the democratic process and spoke against the land trade at regularly scheduled council meetings….

Alternative to sales tax

My wife and I recently heard from a friend of ours that was traveling around Pennsylvania and New Jersey and spent over $100 a day going through highway toll booths. We had same experience a while back traveling near Chicago.   It came to me that, instead of imposing a sales tax on the residents…

In Memoriam: Liu Xiaobo

On July 13, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a political prisoner in China and a champion of democracy, died of liver cancer in a Chinese hospital. The world mourned, but in China his death was barely noted. The Chinese government is responsible for Liu Xiaobo’s death. It imprisoned him unjustly, then withheld proper medical…