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Election results

SCHOOL/SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS UNOFFICIAL RESULTS May 5, 2015 SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS Florence Rural Fire District (Mail Ballot) Total Registered Voters: 3,046 # Voters in Election: 1,303 Voter Turnout: 43% Office: Fire Trustee – 3-year term (elect two) Donald G. Allen – 366 Donna M. Allen – 382 Charles Kenneth Brewer – 616 Clint Roberts –…

Youth Conservation Expo this Saturday

By Michael Howell The third annual Youth Conservation & Education Expo is set to take place at Teller Refuge’s Slack Barn this coming Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free-of-charge event has attracted hundreds of kids and parents every year. Last year over 350 kids and families attended. From its simple…

Stevensville District Ranger retires

By Michael Howell It was thirty-five years ago, in 1980, that Dan Ritter got his first job working for the U.S. Forest Service on a trail crew in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. After that he worked as a wilderness ranger on the forest for six summers before finally getting a permanent job in…

Earth Day celebrated – with a native touch

By Michael Howell Tim Ryan, archeologist, artist, educator and a registered member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, came to Stevensville School last week to help celebrate Earth Day by sharing the culture, history, and ingenuity of the native people of Montana. Ryan addressed the grades K-3 assembly and the grades 4-8 assembly sharing…

Stevensville school superintendent to take job in Arlee

Stevensville School District Superintendent David Whitesell has submitted his resignation effective June 30, 2015. Whitesell applied for a job as school superintendent in Arlee several months ago hoping to be closer to his children who attend school in that district. “I think that anyone who knows me understands the importance my children play in both…

Hamilton parking restrictions remain in place

By Michael Howell The 90-minute parking time limit in downtown Hamilton will remain in place. After approving an ordinance on first reading that would have lifted the 90-minute time limit on parking, the City Council changed its tune on Tuesday, April 21, and voted the ordinance down on second reading, leaving the 90-minute time limit…

Park represents lasting legacy of Steve Powell

By Michael Howell Steve Powell passed away in 2013. There are many reasons and many ways to remember the man. A lot of people must have encountered him professionally over the years and remember him as a surveyor. Others may only have known the musician who played for many years with the well-known band, the…

Support sought for poultry processing plant

By Michael Howell Right now, according to Julie Foster of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority, there is no state licensed poultry processing facility in the state of Montana. But if Beau McLean of Living River Farms and Laura Garber of Homestead Organics Farm are successful, the first licensed facility in the state may be…

County considers seven-year road improvement schedule

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners are considering a seven-year road pavement improvement schedule as well as a schedule for chip sealing county roads. No decision was made about the schedule, but the Commissioners considered one submitted by the County Road and Bridge Department last week and will continue to accept public comment. No date…

Non-profit free press foundation launched

Last week the Bitterroot Free Press Foundation held a public meeting at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton and announced that the organization had recently received its 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status. BFPF President Dale Burk and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Howell gave an update on the organization’s activities to date and its goals for the future….