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Time to free Barry Beach

By Bob Brown and Jim Elliott “It [is] more a duty [of an Attorney General] to save an innocent than to convict a guilty man.” We know we do not live in a perfect world where only the guilty are convicted and the wrongly accused go free, but prosecutors can sometimes seem more interested in…

Comprehensive planning is best option

By Jim Rokosch, President, Bitterrooters for Planning; Carlotta Grandstaff, Communications Director; Board of Directors: Kelsey Milner, Doug Soehren, Sarah Roubik, Kathie Roubik, Marilyn Saunders, Bill Nelson, Russ Lawrence, Skip Kowalski, Bill LaCroix, Stewart Brandborg, Larry Campbell Bitterrooters for Planning is a 501-c-3 qualified, Montana non-profit, dedicated to advocating for comprehensive land-use policies, a county-wide Growth…

Hospital committed to serving community

By Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Board of Directors: Don Lodmell, PhD, Board Chairman; Bill Bean, Board Vice Chairman; Tom Anderson, Barbara Ackerman, Susannah Benjamin, Frederick Ilgenfritz. MD, Allen W. Jones, MD, Brian Kelleher, MD, John Ormiston, James Owings, CPA This year marks 84 years of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital caring for our community. For the…

Parking plan for new Bitterroot College site

By Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College, University of Montana The Bitterroot College University of Montana would like to thank N.J. Gilmore for the concerns she expressed in her “Where’s the parking?” letter to the editor (July 15, 2015) regarding parking once the College moves to its new location at the Hamilton School District’s Westview building….

Stevi bicycle camp partners with hotel

By Kathleen Meyer, Chair, Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee The Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee has accepted an offer it couldn’t refuse. The invitation came as a tentative idea three months ago, but has now solidified. The Bicycle Camp and the Stevensville Hotel, the latter owned by Mayor Gene Mim Mack and Robbie Springs, will merge in…

Concerns over Stevensville bike camp proposal

By Clayton D. Floyd Jr. Stevensville Regarding the June 25th meeting of Stevensville Town Council and its portrayal in the July 1st Bitterroot Star. The meeting really focused on one agenda item – placement of an overnight bike camp in Lewis and Clark Park. As was reported there were 436 signatures on an unofficial petition,…

More questions than answers for REC member

By Suzanna McDougal, Hamilton I attended my first Ravalli Electric Co-op REC annual meeting in June. The Corvallis Gym held many members. I came with questions. At one point the members were asked if anyone had a question. Of the couple hundred folks that were there, no one responded. I believe that was because there…

Stevensville bike camp – an opportunity not to be missed

By Kathleen Meyer, Chair, Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee With a petition against such an idea circulating in town, the Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee will present their well-honed plan and ask for the approval of the Town Council at their Thursday, June 25th meeting at 7 p.m. Committee members, I among them, share the vision of…

Bullies attempt to stop local control

By Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder, Thompson Falls Over the past 3 years, the idea of transferring federally managed public lands to the states has swelled from a small town dream to a full-fledged national movement. As grass roots support grows, organized opposition bolsters their attempts to distort the truth and dirty the reputations of…

Halt use of dangerous glyphosate now!

By Judy Hoy, Stevensville Birth defects now common on newborn mammals, especially grazing animals and human babies appear to be caused by the synergistic effects of a combination of factors. Such factors are the result of exposure to pesticides, especially the most used herbicide in the world, Roundup/glyphosate. Factors include disruption of retinoic acid (Vitamin…