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County moving forward on airport land acquisition

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners voted on December 27, 2017 to move forward with the process of obtaining an appraisal for purposes of establishing the fair market value of the properties adjacent to the Ravalli County Airport. The acquisition of these lands would be required to complete the current plans for improvement and…

Plan in the works to restore fishing access at Stevi bridge

By Michael Howell According to Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2 Supervisor Randy Arnold, serious talks have been initiated with Myla Yahraus, the new owner of Fort Owen Ranch, that could lead to the re-opening of the historical fishing access on ranch land right next to the bridge prior to the upcoming…

Trexlers to be honored by Bitterroot Stockgrowers

By Jean Schurman Longtime Bitterroot Valley ranchers and agriculture boosters Cliff and Jane Trexler will be honored by the Bitterroot Stockgrowers at the group’s annual banquet on Saturday, January 13 in Hamilton. From an early age on his family’s ranch outside of Bynum, Montana, and throughout his adult life in the Bitterroot Valley, Cliff Trexler…

Stamey appeals case ruling

Former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey has filed an appeal of the Federal District Court order issued in December dismissing her case filed against sitting and former county commissioners, other county officials and employees and the co-publisher of the Bitterroot Star, Michael Howell. Following the recent suspension and disbarment of Hamilton attorney Robert Myers, who…

New leadership in municipalities

By Michael Howell Three new mayors were sworn in and have begun serving in Hamilton, Stevensville and Darby. Dominic Farrenkopf took the oath of office as Mayor of Hamilton a bit early, actually being sworn in by City Court Judge Michael Reardon on Thursday, December 21, 2017 in order to avoid a vacancy in the…

Local cowgirl vying for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana

By Jean Schurman Dakoda Hankinson of Stevensville will be competing for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana beginning January 10 in Great Falls at the Montana Pro Rodeo Finals. Hankinson is the 17-year-old daughter of Sarah and Calvin Hankinson of Stevensville. She is home schooled and is a junior. She has an older brother and sister, as…

Public land issues

  Senator Jennifer Fielder, Thompson Falls, angered by Washington state for stopping trapping on public lands, came to Montana to trap. Montanans attempted to stop trapping on public lands, that angered her. She, RMEF and the NRA tried to pass legislation in the 2017 legislature to prevent that from ever happening and a new bill…

Support for Daines’ WSA release bill

  In 1977 Congress passed the Montana Wilderness Study Act (MWSA). This Act identified nine areas in the state of Montana that were to be studied for their potential to be recommended to Congress as Wilderness Areas. The Forest Service was directed to evaluate those WSAs for their suitability for Wilderness designation, which they dutifully…

Time for Wilderness Study Areas to be released from limbo

By Hans McPherson, Stevensville, President, Montana Farm Bureau Federation   Senator Daines recently introduced S. 2206, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. This bill would release five “Wilderness Study Areas” in Montana that for 40 years have been called “study” areas. According to the law, these and other “study areas” were to be…

David T. Markette Dustin M. Chouinard Megan S. Winderl MARKETTE & CHOUINARD, P.C. 3 601 S. First Street P.O. Box 515 Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-1110 DavidM@mcpcattorneys.com Attorneys for Personal Representative MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Darlene A. Gramza, Deceased. Probate No. DP 17-146 Dept. No….