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Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital cuts the ribbon on new ICU

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital CEO John Bartos and Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Jennifer Feighner cut the ribbon last week at the grand opening of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit. It all began with a bake sale held by the nurses working in the old ICU. The other…

MPG Ranch – a long term experiment in restoration

By Michael Howell For over a hundred years, a large ranch at the north end of the valley was in the hands of the Schroeder family and run as a cattle and sheep operation. The Schroeder family homesteaded the area in 1881 when Montana was a territory of the U.S. and much of the Bitterroot…

Stevi playground project gets huge boost from businesses

The Living Centre and Discovery Care Centre are now the official “dream builders” for the development of Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville. Bill Watkins, owner of both facilities, has offered to match all funds raised, up to $100,000, in the current fund drive for Bear Mountain Playground. The Living Centre and Discovery Care Centre,…

Stevi School Board holds special meeting to address complaints

By Michael Howell The Stevensville School Board held a special board meeting on 48 hour notice last week to address the complaints in a letter that was delivered at the last board meeting by Lori and Jim Rokosch. After discussing a variety of options for responding to the complaints, in the end the board decided…

Tickborne Relapsing Fever endemic to the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Most Bitterrooters are familiar with the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Rickettsia rickettsia) that proliferates here during the spring and summer months, the ones known to occasionally transmit such diseases as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Colorado Tick Fever to humans. But another type of tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, not so well known and…

Hamilton school board addresses issue of transgender athletes

By Michael Howell The Hamilton School District Board of Trustees gave clear direction to their representative to the Montana High School Association (MSHA) that he should vote against the association’s proposal to amend eligibility by-laws in consideration of gender identity to read: “The MSHA allows all students, regardless of gender identity or expression, the opportunity…

Parents want to discuss ‘toxic’ atmosphere at Stevi school

By Michael Howell At the beginning of last week’s meeting of the Stevensville School District Board of Trustees, Lori Rokosch made a statement about what she calls a “toxic environment” at the school. “We are here to request attention, answers, and action by the board to address a number of interrelated issues of concern that…

Public comment on hiring Stevi coach heard in private

By Michael Howell At last week’s meeting of the Stevensville School District Board of Trustees, a motion was made to approve all the fall sports head coaching assignments which included hiring Tilford Meyers as football coach, Stacey Sager for girls soccer, Ralph Serrette for boys soccer, Lori Lewis for cross-country, Erin O’Reilly for volleyball and…

City considers sponsoring grant application for local business

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council was set to hear a request at its January 20 meeting from the Ravalli County Economic Development Agency (RCEDA) for the city to sponsor an economic development grant application for a new downtown business called Applied Training Resources (ATR). The grant application would be submitted to the Big…

County lifts restrictions on building in the flood fringe

By Michael Howell During its third meeting in consideration of adopting new flood plain regulations on January 7, the County Commissioners decided, at least in regards to the draft under consideration, that they would lift restrictions on residential construction in the flood fringe. A fourth and final meeting was set for Monday, January 12, at…