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REC celebrates Valley Solar project

Above: Governor Steve Bullock stands with dozens of solar panel purchasers who were honored for their commitment to clean local energy production. Many of the purchasers are owners and operators of the co-op and REC General Manager Mark Grotbo thanked them for making the investment, “especially when the economics are longer-term but looking into the future of things to come. Without your investment, thought, support and enthusiasm, this wouldn’t have happened,” he said. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Officials and members of Ravalli Electric Cooperative (REC), joined by government officials and members of the public, all convened on the company’s Woodside substation last Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the Valley Solar installation that is producing electricity for the REC grid. The solar panel project turned out to be…

Stevensville’s utility rate help program to continue

Stevensville Mayor Jim Crews administered the oath of office to new Municipal Court Judge Maureen O’Connor assisted by O’Connor’s son, who held the Bible, at a swearing in ceremony last Friday at the town hall. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council met on Thursday, May 26 with only two council members present. Mayor Jim Crews stated that he had contacted Dan Clark at the Local Government Center in Bozeman looking for guidance. Crews said that the way it works is the seat that he vacated to assume the position…

Manzella to head Montana delegation

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State Representative Theresa Manzella (HD 85) of Hamilton has been selected to lead the Montana delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first time a person from Ravalli County has been selected to lead the state delegates to the GOP convention. She will be the one who casts the vote…

Victor Fire District replaces ambulance

L to r: Austin Gagnon, Christa Mertins, Madison Bahr and Jason Bahr delivered Victor’s new ambulanceto the Victor Fire District garage.

Ten year ago, the Victor Volunteer Fire District purchased a 1997 Ford F250 ambulance from the Telluride, Colorado Fire District. The ambulance had 20,000 miles on it and now has nearly 80,000. That ambulance has now been replaced by a later model (2005) Ford F250 purchased from the Genesee, Idaho Fire District. The new replacement…

Soldier’s remains to finally come home

It’s been a long time coming, but the remains of Corporal George G. Simmons, born on October 28, 1917, will finally be laid to rest in the Corvallis Cemetery next to his parents, almost three quarters of a century after his death. Corporal Simmons survived the infamous Bataan Death March, but died a short time…

Darby invites you to rock in the new arena

Cal Ruark, President of the Darby Rodeo Association, stands in front of the new skyboxes at the Darby Arena. There is already a waiting list for these private rodeo viewing spaces that will each have its own flat screen TV with instant replay feature. A grand opening celebration of the arena will be held this Saturday, June 4. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman Darby is gearing up for another big happenin’ this weekend. The grand opening of the ‘new’ Darby Arena will be on Saturday, June 4th. Gates open at noon and the music and fun begins at 2 p.m. The theme of the event is “Come Rock in the Arena.” The event will feature…

Court voids discharge permit for proposed ‘big box’ store

By Michael Howell On Monday, May 16, Helena District Court Judge Mike Menahan ruled in favor of the non-profit organizations Bitterrooters for Planning (BfP) and Bitterroot River Protection Association (BRPA) in their case against Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over the groundwater discharge permit that was issued on November 17, 2014 to local realtor…

Elusive former county treasurer finally served

By Michael Howell Former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka/Valerie Addis, aka/Valerie Scott, has finally been served papers in the civil suit filed against her by the Ravalli County Commissioners. Stamey fled the county after being suspended from office and charged by the county commissioners with 58 instances of failing to perform her official duties…

Crews sworn in as Stevensville mayor

Newly appointed Mayor Jim Crews was sworn in last week and is ready to pound the gavel at the next Stevensville Town Council meeting. The Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

It’s official! Former council member and acting mayor Jim Crews was officially sworn in as mayor last week at Town Hall. Crews replaces former mayor Paul Ludington who resigned following a dispute with the council as it repeatedly rejected his attempts to appoint a judge to replace former municipal judge Ron Klaphake. The council eventually…

Local EMS service receives state award

Mark Butler, William Torres, Roy Perry and Gina Tan, members of Marcus Daly Hospital Ambulance Service, with the plaque they received EMS Service of the Year.

  Emergency Medical Service personnel from Hamilton were among those honored by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) during an awards ceremony at the Capitol in Helena last week. Representatives from Marcus Daly Hospital Ambulance, Blaine County Ambulance II, American Medical Response Billings, Lewis and Clark County 911 Dispatch Center, St. Patrick…