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Tour of Stevi river park area scheduled

A tour has been scheduled at Stevensville River Park and the fishing access site at the Stevensville river bridge for the public to view the areas being considered in a proposed land swap between local ranch owner Roy Capp and the Town of Stevensville. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting the tour of the…

Potential purchase of parkland and Armory building headed for public vote

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton is considering purchasing the land that includes Claudia Driscoll Park and the old National Guard Armory building and associated parking lot on the west side of town. An application for a $2 million InterCap Loan has already been made, but acceptance of the application does not obligate the…

DEQ drops appeal of Grantsdale Addition wastewater discharge permit invalidation

By Michael Howell The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has dropped its appeal of a District Court decision issued on June 28, 2016 in which Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Seeley sided in favor of Bitterrooters for Planning, the Bitterroot River Protection Association and the Montana Environmental Education Center and invalidated the…

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is Baby Friendly!

Isla Bushmaker and her mother Cara attended the celebration in honor of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s designation as “Baby Friendly.” Isla weighed only five pounds and twelve ounces when she was born last August at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Her mother said that she was grateful for all the support that she received and still receives from hospital staff.

After five years of commitment, training and implementation, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has been officially designated a “Baby Friendly” hospital by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that meet the standards for care and support of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. MDMH…

Council on Aging developing Adult Cottage Cooperative

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Council on Aging Executive Director Paul Travitz has been working for several years now on trying to attract developers to the Council on Aging campus located on Old Corvallis Road. The 20 acres of land, of which the Council on Aging’s office complex takes up about three acres, was donated…

Holton to be appointed Sheriff

  By Michael Howell Barring any unforeseen developments, Undersheriff Steve Holton will be sworn in as Sheriff following the resignation of Sheriff Chris Hoffman at the end of the year. At a meeting last Monday, November 21, the County Commissioners considered taking action to either appoint an Interim Sheriff or possibly advertise for the position…

Bridge on Meyer Lane to be repaired

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners last week approved spending $31,000 to repair the bridge that spans North Burnt Fork Creek along Meyer Lane east of Stevensville. The road was slated for abandonment. In October, after hearing that the bridge had been determined to be unsafe by an engineering firm out of Missoula, Jay…

Campers plead ‘not guilty’ in Roaring Lion Fire arson case

By Michael Howell All three of the young men facing felony and misdemeanor charges of negligent arson for starting the Roaring Lion Fire have filed ‘not guilty’ pleas in District Court. Two of them, Steven Banks and Cody William Knez, are being tried in Judge Jim Haynes’ court while the third, Tyler Landon Johnson, is…

Show of support for Standing Rock Sioux

By Michael Howell About one hundred “water protectors” demonstrated in Hamilton last Tuesday in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and their resistance to the North Dakota Access Pipeline Project. Similar actions took place in towns and cities across the country in response to a call for support from the tribe. Energy Transfer Partners, the…

Stevi Park Board recommends more time to ponder land swap

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Parks and Recreation Board entertained an overflow crowd at town hall last week as about 50 people attended a meeting devoted to gathering public comment on a proposed land swap. No one from the public or on the board spoke in favor of the swap as it is currently proposed….