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Work underway on Supply Ditch dam re-construction

By Michael Howell Chairman of the Bitterroot Conservation District (BCD) Howard Eldredge and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) fisheries biologist Chris Clancy, who also serves in an advisory capacity for the BCD, have both been keeping a close eye on the work being done to eliminate a dangerous re-circulating current behind the…

Recreational use rules being considered for the Bitterroot River

By Michael Howell As recreational use of the Bitterroot River continues to increase, officials have begun a process for considering potential rules to address issues of overcrowding. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks began by doing a couple of surveys to determine what, if any, concerns people had about their recreational opportunities and experience…

Hamilton School District considering bond and levy

By Michael Howell Faced with a declining enrollment that is projected to continue over the next few years and the associated decline in funding, the Hamilton School District administration has put together an ambitious plan to deal with the forecasted shortfall in revenues while providing for continued support of the school’s academic programs and at…

Darby Town employees file human rights complaint

By Michael Howell In a letter dated February 10, attorney Ellie Hill Smith informed the Town of Darby that she has been retained by former Town Clerk and Treasurer Nancy McKinney, Town Marshall Larry Rose and Deputy Marshall John Ringer “regarding the unlawful employment discrimination and subsequent retaliation, specifically by your current Mayor JC McDowell.”…

Freezing, thawing, flooding – a winter to remember

By Michael Howell The extended periods of extreme cold temperatures and heavy snow followed by thawing conditions have created a plethora of problems throughout the valley. Starting a couple of weeks ago, several homes in Stevensville were left without water when the feeder lines extending from the main water line to the homes froze up….

Salvaging the remains of the Roaring Lion Fire

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest is moving forward with a hazard tree removal and fire salvage project within the Roaring Lion drainage southwest of Hamilton. About 8,700 acres on both Forest Service and private land burned in the Roaring Lion Fire this past summer. The Forest Service had already approved a 2,300-acre Westside…

Scientists investigate alternative to antibiotic treatment

By Michael Howell Scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) in Hamilton, a division of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), working with colleagues from New Jersey Medical School-Rutgers University, are making headway in their investigation of an anti-body based treatment for at least one kind of bacterial infection that has developed a…

Sheriff issues emergency proclamation over flooding

Ravalli County Commissioners issued an emergency proclamation Friday morning due to continuing flooding issues in Ravalli County.  The most significant areas at this time are east of Corvallis on Willow Creek Road and on the west side near Dutch Hill and Middle Bear Creek Roads.  Motorists should avoid those areas and choose alternate routes until…

Public lands rally held at state capitol

Last week, Governor Steve Bullock joined over 1,000 Montanans in sending a message to the Legislature and Washington D.C. that public lands belong to everyone, Montanans and Americans alike. The crowd included Montana sportsmen and women, conservationists, and outdoor recreation and tourism business owners. “It’s time we send a message that proposals to transfer our…

Potential county Transportation Alternative projects considered

By Michael Howell On February 2, the Ravalli County Commissioners approved sending at least one grant application in for funding from the state’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The county has been receiving a set amount of funding annually in past years under the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP). Under the CTEP funding each county received…