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Hamilton attorney disbarred

By Michael Howell Hamilton attorney Robert Myers has been disbarred from the practice of law in the state of Montana. The Montana Supreme Court, in a set of three unanimous Orders of Discipline issued on December 28, 2017, accepted and adopted the recommendations for disciplinary action made by the Commission on Practice. Applied consecutively, the…

Local business rises out of the ashes

By Jean Schurman On January 2, 2017, the building in Hamilton that housed Global Wireless and Vac and Sew caught fire and was totally destroyed. Kelly Clark, owner of Global Wireless and the building, didn’t want to give up on his customers, and couldn’t give up because the business was his livelihood, along with five…

Thomas named Stevensville’s Public Works Director

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville’s public works used to be run by a couple of “twin” directors. One was Ed Sutherlin, usually referred to as Streets, Alleys and Parks Supervisor. The other was George Thomas, usually referred to as the Water and Sewer Supervisor. They were both generally present at any significant project…

Commissioners cancel discussion of condemnation for airport expansion

By Michael Howell Controversy over potential expansion at the Ravalli County Airport is decades old. Things appeared to be moving forward in January of 2016 when the Ravalli County Commissioners approved an Environmental Assessment that presented a preferred option for construction of a 5,200 foot long, 75 foot wide runway extending 1,550 feet further to…

Dustin M. Chouinard MARKETTE & CHOUINARD, P.C. 601 South First Street P.O. Box 515 Hamilton, MT 59840 ( 406) 363-1110 Attorneys for Co-Petitioners MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF: J.W.R., A Minor Child . Cause No. DG 17-31 Dept No. 2 NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION NOTICE IS HEREBY…

What about the national debt?

  I am a Republican who is actually serious about balancing the budget, a rarity. I have said for many years the Democrats buy their votes with handouts to their supporters and the Republicans buy their votes with tax cuts; we cannot afford either. When we are out of power we are fiscal conservatives, when…

Beware of political carpetbaggers

  The case of Buckley v. Valeo was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court over 40 years ago. It allowed individuals to spend an unlimited amount of their own money on pursuing a public political office. Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot took advantage of this decision when he ran for president in the 1990’s. This…

Elk incident highlights bigger problem

  In response to your article regarding Brian Gum and his son illegally shooting bull elk along Home Acres Road (December 27, 2017): I was extremely disappointed to hear Mr. Gum excusing his actions rather than taking responsibility for them. The behavior he modeled here is simply blaming others to excuse his own inappropriate actions….

Support for Christensen

  Dr. Christensen was our family doctor and we were very happy with him. The way the trial turned out was unbelievable. My wife and I went to the trial several times and we were amazed to see what a rigged, planned, smear campaign it was. First, the judge would not allow people to testify…

Tax cuts and the national debt

By Bob Brown, Whitefish   As a young high school American government teacher, I compared our system to an automobile that was useful if it could start, speed up, slow down and stop. When the people thought government needed to be more active, they elected liberal Democrats to press down on the accelerator. When people…