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Historic Fort Owen Ranch near Stevensville changes hands

By Michael Howell If the beginning of the Fort Owen Ranch is counted from the time that Major John Owen bought the old Mission site for $250 back in the 1850s and brought the first domesticated cattle into Montana, then it is older than the Town of Stevensville. When Owen renamed the place after himself…

Timber industry expert talks about forest issues

By Michael Howell The third and last talk in the recent lecture series being held at the North Valley Library in Stevensville featured Pyramid Mountain Lumber Resource Manager Gordy Sanders. The lecture series was created in response to the many comments on social media and elsewhere about the fires last season and was organized by…

PSC actions extend life of ‘406’ area code

Montana will remain the “406” for a while longer thanks in part to the Montana Public Service Commission’s efforts to ensure phone numbers are allocated more efficiently across the state. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials informed the Commission Monday that the state’s single area code is expected to last into the 2030s. “The 406 area…

American Legion deserves praise

By Jim Hamilton, Chaplain, Florence American Legion Post #134   I would like to commend Corvallis American Legion Post #91 for undertaking the mission of ensuring that a deceased former soldier from Noxon receive a funeral service with full military honors (Missoulian, 11/29/17). The veteran, Jerry Sauve, died almost two years ago in a VA…

Chronic Wasting Disease

  I have read with keen interest the articles that have appeared in both the Ravalli Republic and the Missoulian and would like to inform the public on how they can educate themselves on this subject. (BSE) Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is an unusually slow virus-like agent that is a protein called a “prion” (pronounced pree-on)….

Suspicious of Jones’ tax plan

  I am grateful to Republicans who successfully held the line against raising taxes during the special session. My gratitude notwithstanding, property tax increases are a strong possibility as costs are deferred to bloated local government such as school districts. Furthermore, I am alarmed after researching Republican Senator Llew Jones, the “key architect of the…

Daines should support Wilderness Study Areas

Recently Senator Daines stated he was looking at legislation to eliminate most of the areas in Senator Metcalf’s 1977 Montana Wilderness Study Act. This Act has provided great protection for over 500,000 acres of incredible National Forest wildland in western Montana, including the Blue Joint and Sapphires in the Bitterroot Valley. I have had the…

Wednesday, December 6   Climate science forum The Montana Institute on Ecosystems, in partnership with MSU-Extension in Ravalli County, will host a free educational climate science forum in Hamilton on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bedford Building, 223 S. 2nd St., Hamilton (upstairs). It will feature presentations from authors of…

Strong start for Florence

The Eureka Lions may be the state champion football team but the Florence Falcons ruled the hardwood on Friday night. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the non conference game, winning 66-41. After advancing to the state tournament in 2016, Florence lost to Bigfork in the semi finals…

Lady Broncs stop Big Sky

The Lady Broncs of Hamilton had a good opening game against Missoula Big Sky, claiming a 47-31 win. The Lady Broncs have a nice combination of speed and height. Tessa Della Silva, Kara Nye and Mallory McGill all have stamina and speed, having played soccer this fall. Tristy Searle, Cariann Kunkel and Lauren Ryter have…