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Florence doctor arrested on 400 felony counts

By Michael Howell Florence Doctor Chris Arthur Christensen was arrested without incident at his home last Wednesday on two counts of negligent homicide, nine counts of criminal endangerment, 388 counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs (opiate and non-opiate), and one count of possession of dangerous drugs. If found guilty of all the charges, Christensen…

Two new District Rangers on Bitterroot National Forest

By Michael Howell Tami Sabol is the new Stevensville District Ranger and has only been on the job for a few days. Born in Portland, Oregon, she graduated from the University of Montana in 1996. After graduating she went to work for Plum Creek Timber Company. As senior forester she managed the Lolo and Potomac…

Skatepark to begin construction

Construction should begin this week on the new Stevensville Skatepark. Although the crew from Evergreen Skateparks is set to begin construction within the coming week, the Stevensville Skatepark Committee is still about $65,000 short of the final goal of $225,000 for the skatepark. This money is needed to finalize the park structure, signage and amenities….

Stevensville adopts tree ordinance

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council approved on first reading a tree ordinance giving the Town the right to plant, prune, maintain and remove trees, plants and shrubs within the lines of all streets, alleys, avenues, lanes, squares and public grounds “as may be necessary to insure public safety or to preserve or enhance…

Hamilton considers changes in public notice policy

By Michael Howell Hamilton City Attorney Karen Mahar brought a few suggestions for changes in the city’s public notice policy to the table at the council’s most recent Committee of the Whole meeting. Mahar said that she had reviewed the city’s policy in the light of some recent Ravalli County District Court rulings concerning sufficient…

Buck Horn Fire still burning

By Michael Howell Heavy smoke has blanketed the Bitterroot Valley for days, despite the fact that, as of Monday, August 24, the Buck Horn Fire was the only uncontained, active fire burning on the Bitterroot National Forest, and according to forest officials, the majority of smoke is coming from other western states. The lightning-caused Buck…

ATR owner says layoffs temporary

By Russ Lawrence “We believe this is temporary,” said ATR owner Elliott Lander, of a scale-back at their Hamilton office, which is currently running with only two employees. The Main Street office opened earlier this year, and grew to five employees, with plans to expand rapidly to more than two dozen. “The drastic fall in…

Hamilton downtown business district levy approved

By Michael Howell At a public hearing held on August 18, the Hamilton City Council heard some objections to approving the work plan and budget for the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement District (DHBID), but upon consideration unanimously approved a resolution assessing a tax levy on property within the district for the coming fiscal year 2016….

High correlation found between pesticide use and disease

By Michael Howell A recent research article published in the on-line open access journal “Poultry, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences” documents a high correlation between the rising use of glyphosate-based pesticides in the U.S. and the rising incidence of various diseases and birth abnormalities in animals and humans. The article [Hoy J, Swanson N, Seneff S…

Hamilton adopts FY 2016 budget and levies taxes

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council approved a final budget for FY 2016 that projects about $10 million in total expenses with about $9 million in revenues. Projected expenses are roughly split into thirds with $3,300,000 going to personnel, $3,550,000 in operational costs and about $3,350,000 in capital expenditures. About 24% of the projected…