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Stevensville airport improvements approach completion

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Airport has been closed since August 1 for runway improvements that are expected to be completed by the end of October. The improvement project comes as the fruition of over 15 years of planning under the direction of former Airport Manager Don Misevic. The improvement designs, as incorporated into the…

Malarial causing parasite linked to increased chances of surviving Ebola

Dr. Emmie de Witt, a virologist working at Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, is pictured here using a sealed glovebox to inactivate virus in patient blood samples prior to testing for Ebola at the ELWA3 Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, where she worked as a volunteer during the height of the crisis. She has subsequently helped coordinate a study of the data collected and analyzed by scientists from around the world and a dozen organizations that shows evidence of an association between malaria causing parasites and increased survival rates of Ebola infected people. Photo courtesy of NIAID.

By Michael Howell   Nobody wants to come down with malaria. And, of course, nobody wants to come down with Ebola. But if you do get infected by the Ebola virus, you have a better chance of surviving it if you are also infected by the malaria causing Plasmodium parasite. Not only that, the greater…

Rescuing horses – it’s what they do

Christie Anderson and Shannon Alexander, along with rescue horse Sable, are working to give horses another chance. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman What happens to horses who have had injuries, trust issues, grown old, or just aren’t wanted anymore and have no place else to go? There aren’t a lot of options here but one that has been in operation for about eight years is the Western Montana Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation organization. Through…

Hamilton adopts final budget

By Michael Howell   The Hamilton City Council adopted the final budget for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year at its August 16 meeting. The final 2016-2017 FY revenues and expenses are both down by about 22% from last year. According to Craig Shepherd, Finance Officer, this is due primarily to water and sewer projects and associated…

Roaring Lion Fire update

Press Release from Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office August 17, 2016 – Undersheriff Steve Holton said the Stage One Evacuation Alert and Warning due to the Roaring Lion Fire remains in effect from Lost Horse Road to North Gold Creek.  Holton said the warnings were to provide residents with ample notice that the need to evacuate is…

Fire recovery efforts ramp up

Pictured at the “One Stop Shop” Disaster Relief Center in Hamilton is Diane Wright, Director of the Montana Red Cross, and Debbie Hill, Salvation Army volunteer. These food and clothing items are immediately available for people affected by the fire and evacuation. “What makes these disaster relief efforts successful,” said Wright, “is the local volunteers in the affected communities. Nothing like this could be done without them.” Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell The Roaring Lion Fire has been effectively constrained from moving onto the valley floor and taking any more structures out, the skies have cleared and for a majority of residents in the valley life is moving back towards normal. But not for the people directly or even indirectly affected by the fire….

Barn burns following lightning strike

Stevensville’s new ladder truck was put to use for the first time fighting a barn fire last Tuesday that was most likely caused by lightning. The barn was lost but three nearby homes were saved. Trevor Motley photo.

By Michael Howell On the evening of Tuesday, August 9, a large barn located across the driveway from three homes on Easy Street off of Middle Burnt Fork Road east of Stevensville burned down during a lightning storm. Bob Williams, one of the residents in a home just a few hundred feet from the barn,…

Candidate’s request for injunction denied

By Michael Howell   The application of local attorney Robert Myers, candidate for District Court Judge, to the U.S. Supreme Court for an injunction preventing the enforcement of federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy’s recent ruling against him was denied by Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy on August 4th. In July, Myers sought an injunction…

Health board levies fine for failure to comply

By Michael Howell On Tuesday August 9, the Ravalli County Board of Health finally reached a written compliance agreement with Florence property owners Tim and Elaine Burt after discussions and delays lasting over a year and a half concerning a violation of sanitation laws on their rental property. The Burts agreed to meet a list…

Sheriff’s Office update on Roaring Lion fire Stage 1 Alert

Friday, August 12 Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton has issued a press release stating that the Stage One Evacuation Alert and Warning for the area west of Hwy 93, from Lost Horse Road to North Gold Creek Loop, would remain in effect at least through the weekend.  Most of the area is open to residents and…