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City, county agree on skatepark at fairgrounds

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners signed onto a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Hamilton and Circle 13 Skatepark Project, Inc. last week that could lead to the donation of about half an acre of ground in the southeast corner of the Ravalli County Fairgrounds to the city for use as a…

Commissioners to look into status of gated road

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners were urged last week to take action, one way or another, in order to settle the dispute over the locked gate that blocks public access about eight and a half miles up Hughes Creek Road. The gate has been there for over forty years and, as one commissioner…

IronHaus, Inc. awarded job creation grant

Governor Steve Bullock announced last Friday that Hamilton-based IronHaus, Inc., which manufactures high-end handcrafted iron fireplace doors and systems, is one of eight businesses in Montana awarded grant funds for job creation. The company has been awarded $37,500 from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund to implement a plan is designed to create five…

Stevi mayor to veto fire engine purchase, start process over

By Michael Howell Stevensville Mayor Paul Ludington said he is going to veto the budget amendment passed by the council at its last meeting that would have approved the purchase of a ladder truck for the Fire Department, some necessary additional equipment and some optional equipment for the total sum of $28,000. The budget amendment…

Museum board wants levy on ballot

By Michael Howell The Board of Directors of the Bitter Root Valley Historical Society, which operates the Ravalli County Museum, asked the County Commissioners last week to consider placing a one mill levy on the June ballot to support operations of the museum. One mill is estimated to raise about $80,000. Back in 1974, a…

Bitterroot ammo manufacturer meets with Trump

By Michael Howell Darren Newsom, a successful local businessman with one of the valley’s largest manufacturing firms, got to meet with Donald Trump last week in Las Vegas. Newsom, who owns an ammunition manufacturing plant in Victor and a retail outlet called Ammo and More in Stevensville, had a chance to talk with the Republican…

Salish story telling event in Hamilton

Tony Incashola, Director, Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee, will be in Hamilton on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m. to tell Salish Winter Stories (which may only be told in winter when the weather keeps us inside). The event is free to all. Stories may include how local landmarks (such as Sleeping Child Hot Springs) got…

Stevensville Main Street to get facelift

As Founders Day approaches, the celebration of Stevensville’s 175th Anniversary, the committee in charge of making preparations for the event is doing what it can to encourage the downtown business and home owners to spruce things up a bit and make as good an impression as possible on the throngs of out-of-towners expected to attend….

Governor visits hospital to discuss state’s Medicaid program

By Michael Howell Governor Steve Bullock came to the Bitterroot Valley last week to tour Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) and discuss implementation of the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act (HELP Act), which made Medicaid health care benefits available to an estimated 70,000 previously ineligible Montana residents beginning on January 1 of this year….

Stevi receives grants for growth policy update

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received notice from Governor Steve Bullock that two grants have been awarded to the town to be used in updating the Town’s Growth Policy. One of the grants, for $6,000, was awarded by the Montana Main Street program. Stevensville joined the National Main Street Association in 2000, prior…