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School district and special elections in progress

Voters in school districts that are having trustee or levy elections have until May 2 to return their ballots by mail, or in person, to the Election Department at the Courthouse in Hamilton. This is also true for special elections for Florence Rural Fire District – Rebecca Ames or Robert D. DeWitt (vote for one);…

Wading in on the West Fork

By Michael Howell Mike Hansen remembers fishing on the upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River, just below the dam, when he was a kid in the late 1950s. “I fished all day and never saw a person,” said Hansen. Hansen’s roots here go back seven generations. His grandfather was a cross-cut sawyer. Several of…

Trump Jr. stumps for Gianforte in Hamilton

By Michael Howell Republican candidate for Montana’s at-large seat in the U.S. Congress, Greg Gianforte got a little help from his friend and business partner Senator Steve Daines and the President of the United States’ son Donald Trump Jr. at his fundraising efforts in Hamilton last Friday. “The nation is watching us,” said Daines, about…

Ted Burnham – giving others a chance at life

By Michael Howell Ted Burnham, who lives in the Lone Rock area, is a generally happy and healthy guy who likes to help others. He found a way to help people in life threatening situations, without even knowing who they are, and he has been at it steadily for years now. He began making regular…

Stevensville School District developing long range site plan

By Michael Howell The Stevensville School District has initiated the process of developing a long range site plan and deferred maintenance program that could provide a roadmap for future repairs, replacements, and additions to the school campus to cope with aging infrastructure and future growth for decades to come. The District has enlisted the services…

Groups seek to intervene in lawsuit over Forest Travel Plan

Several conservation organizations have filed to intervene in the lawsuit filed last December by several snowmobile, mountain bike, and off-road vehicle interest groups challenging the adoption of the Bitterroot National Forest’s Travel Plan. In their lawsuit, filed on December 28, 2016, the snowmobile, mountain bike, and off-road vehicle interest groups allege that the Forest Service…

How dam safe are we?

Dam safety tested at Lake Como By Michael Howell Lake Como dam safety procedures and protocols were put to the test last week by a team from the Northwest Pacific Region of the Bureau of Reclamation, out of Boise, Idaho. The dam is owned and operated by the Bitter Root Irrigation District (BRID) but is…

Snowpack is heavy, summer may be wet

By Michael Howell According to Ray Nickless of the National Weather Service, western Montana and north central Idaho experienced record setting amounts of rain last October and are enjoying a pretty wet spring that has brought abundant moisture to the region. Total precipitation levels in the region, snow and rain combined, are ranging from 115%…

Music school to hold fundraiser

By Russ Lawrence Just how successful is the non-profit Bitterroot School of Music? “We serve 150 students a week,” said Jenn Adams, on her way out the door to gather silent auction items for the school’s upcoming fundraiser. Those students range from elementary school to senior citizens, she said, and the school offers both voice…

Wildland firefighters: the next generation

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest has always cooperated with Trapper Creek Job Corps Center located south of Darby, but in 2014 an official fire program was initiated with Trapper Creek Job Corps called Guard School in which Job Corps students are trained and certified as wildland firefighters. According to Bitterroot National Forest Fire…