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Community leaders rally behind Literacy Bitterroot

Citizens take issue with public library policy By Michael Howell Terry Ryan, Managing Director of the local non-profit Rob and Terry Foundation, has rounded up signatures from all five county commissioners, current mayor of Hamilton Jerry Steele and both candidates for Hamilton mayor, Travis Martinez and Dominic Farrenkopf, State Representatives Ron Ehli, Ed Greef, and…

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital awarded for quality care

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital was honored for successfully demonstrating high performance on several national quality initiatives. During the annual conference held by the Montana Hospital Association (MHA) in Billings, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital received a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for Montana. “The application process for…

Mason’s road to recovery

By Jean Schurman Almost everyone in Victor knows Mason Kay. He has been on the Victor Fire Department since he was just out of high school. He is currently the assistant fire chief. He has been an EMS first responder and worked at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in the ER. He is also the assistant…

Treasurer’s office upgraded

By Michael Howell Memory can play tricks on you at times and exaggerate things, but I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that going to renew your license plate at the county tax office prior to the current renovations was some sort of gloomy, medieval experience. Long lines of people up against one wall…

Bitter Root Arts Guild celebrates 47 years with show

The Bitterroot Arts Guild will have its annual Holiday Show and Sale this Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. The event is free although the Guild encourages everyone to make a donation of non-perishable food for the Darby Bread…

Operation Christmas Child to hold shoebox gift collection week

November 13 to 20 is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts. Bitterroot Valley families are on a mission to make an impact in the lives of children in need. They are donating colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world—many of whom have never received a gift before…

Fee increase proposed for national parks is a symptom

By Michael Hoyt, Corvallis   In a press release dated October 24, 2017, the National Park Service (NPS) opened the 30-day public comment period for their proposed “peak season” fee increases at 17 of our nation’s most-visited parks—Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Tetons are among the 17 listed. Using the currently acceptable weasel-words of bureaucratic doublespeak,…

Now is the time

  A letter to Senators Daines, Tester and Representative Gianforte, Gentlemen, it is about time that we place a ban on assault type weapons like the AR-15, AK-47, etc. The Second Amendment was conceived during the time when the only personal weapons that American citzens had were single shot muskets and pistols. While legislation to…

Compelled to respond

  Though I am loathe to wade into an ongoing and bitter war of letters conducted in these pages, I wish to correct a recent contributor, who stated that “insurance is NOT the job of the government, it is not in the Constitution,” [emphasis her own]. I would point out that in its very first…

Commissioners did the right thing

  The public spoke and the county commissioners listened. Recently, south valley legislative representative Theresa Manzella scheduled a meeting with the commissioners to ask them to meet with Karen Budd-Falen. Westerners are certainly familiar with Budd-Falen, or if they’re not, they should be. She is a Wyoming attorney who never met a national forest or…