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Eagle Scout project improves bird watching opportunities

By Michael Howell   Homeschooler Nolan Gardner, 12, is a member of Boy Scout Troop #1115 in Florence. He has been a Boy Scout for seven years and when it came time to do a project for his Eagle Scout badge he decided that since he liked birds so much, the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife…

Fires finally fizzle, warnings lifted

By Michael Howell   According to Lolo Peak Fire Operation Section Chief Mike Granger, Mother Nature stepped up in the nick of time to quell the Lolo Peak Fire just as it had spotted out ahead of itself up the Sweeney Creek drainage and leapfrogged past Bass Lake into the upper Bass Creek drainage. The…

New Ravalli Recreation Committee looking for land

By Michael Howell   An open house celebration at Re-Max in Hamilton last Saturday served as the occasion for a surprise announcement by the newly formed Ravalli Recreation Committee and an unveiling of its grand vision of a multi-purpose, 80-acre recreation complex including lots of fields. The conceptual site plan that was unveiled contained a…

Water Forum sponsors irrigation and restoration tour for adults

By Michael Howell   For years now the Bitter Root Water Forum has sponsored an annual spring field trip for high school FFA students titled “Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot,” hauling busloads of kids up to Como Dam and to various irrigation structures, fish screens, dairies and riparian restoration areas in the valley. There has…

Amani Children’s Choir to perform

For the first time ever, the Amani Children’s Choir will be entertaining audiences in our valley this week with joyful African music and dance. This tour group’s visit to Big Sky Country has been in the works for two years. Hosting the choir is Hamilton’s Mosaic Church on Main Street. The choir, from Kampala, Uganda…

Unique service dog program celebrates first anniversary

By Michael Howell A new local non-profit organization called Military and Canines celebrated its first year anniversary on September 9 by giving away a service dog named Gunney, a blonde Labrador, to a local Veteran. But, says founder and president LaDonna Harkins, despite the name, the service they are providing is definitely not just for…

Data supports opposite decision on Bitterroot Job Service

By State Representative Ed Greef, HD 88, Florence   Sad news for the citizens of Ravalli County as the decision to close the Bitterroot Job Service office would seem to be based on reasons other than the Department of Labor’s data. The data shows an office and county that are contributing substantial revenue to the…

Public deserves answers on DPHHS priorities

Montanans need only to look at the front page of any statewide paper or turn on the local evening news to know that our state is experiencing a budget deficit made much worse by a severe and long fire season.   But members of the Legislature have been warning Governor Bullock since long before the…

Consumers deserve forum

The monthly magazine of the MT Electric Cooperatives’ Association has a space for Viewpoint by the CEO. There is no place for members to express their views and I have found this very frustrating over the years. This month the title is “Communication is Key.” We have one-sided communication with Ravalli Electric Cooperative. The annual…

Great Fair Family

Many of us wish to congratulate the Nicholsons as this year’s “Fair Family.” No one deserves it more. Their work and dedication covers several generations. Many folks support and participate in the fair, but folks like the Nicholsons actually help “make it work.” It involves lots of extra hours of time and hard work sometimes….