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Hamilton to vote on change in form of government

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton’s Local Government Review Study Commission issued a final report in February that places a possible change in the form of government on the ballot in the June 7 Primary election. The City’s local government study commission, formed in 2014, is composed of three voting members, Lynette Helgeland, Melvin…

Veterans Service Center open at new location

Mike Warner, Veterans’ Services Officer, at his desk in the Valley Veterans Service Center, now located at 217 N. 3rd in Hamilton. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson   A local veteran assistance program plans to offer veterans an increased range of services, thanks to a new, more spacious location at 217 N. 3rd Street in Hamilton. Veterans’ Services Officer Mike Warner, who has been running the Valley Veterans Service Center for about a year, said the extra space has…

Annual auction sign of spring

Randy Kearns, owner of Gardner Auction, carries on a family tradition with the staging of the 56th Annual Spring Equipment Auction on April 9th in Hamilton. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman   In 1960, Morris Gardner, a well-known local businessman and auctioneer, began what is now one of the first signs of spring, Gardner’s Spring Equipment Consignment Auction. The first auctions featured only farm equipment – plows, tractors, hay balers and other equipment that was needed to run a small, or large, farm….

Study released on effects of low dose pesticide poisoning

By Michael Howell   Local wildlife rehabilitator Judy Hoy is one of the authors cited in a study recently published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine which claims to demonstrate that even low doses of glyphosates, a chemical ingredient in many pesticides, can be considered a serious health problem. Lead author…

Get ready to ride! Missoula/Bitterroot bike trail coming soon

State Rep. Ed Greef has been an advocate for more bicycle paths in the Bitterroot and is promoting the Missoula to Lolo portion that will open this summer, completing the Bitterroot Trail from Missoula to Hamilton. Star file photo.

By Michael Howell State Representative Ed Greef of Florence is a believer in the old adage about economic development: “build it and they will come.” He attended the latest meeting of the Hamilton City Council to urge them to get ready because the Bitterroot Trail, a bike and walking path from Missoula to Hamilton, will…

Town of Stevensville without a judge

By Michael Howell After refusing to confirm Mayor Paul Ludington’s appointment of Chee Burnsides to serve as Stevensville Municipal Judge at its previous meeting, the Stevensville Town Council chose not to reconsider that decision at its most recent meeting on March 24. According to the Mayor, this places the Town in a very difficult position,…

Hamilton Council updated on Freight Monster expansion

By Michael Howell At its last meeting, the Hamilton City Council approved a $3,256 draw and got an update on the grant that was obtained last year to fund a business expansion project at Freight Monster, Inc. a clean-tech manufacturer and service provider which moved to a new location at 189 Old Corvallis Road. The…

County government study commission changes ballot language

  By Michael Howell At a meeting on March 14, the Ravalli County Local Government Study Commission amended its Final Report and changed the ballot language following a last minute exchange of emails and memos between attorneys for the County, Montana Association of Counties (MACo) and attorney George Corn who serves on the Study Commission….

Stevi council denies mayor’s judge appointment

  By Michael Howell On Thursday, March 10, the Stevensville Town Council refused to consent to Mayor Paul Ludington’s appointment of Chee Burnsides as Stevensville Municipal Court Judge. Councilmembers did not object to the appointment of Burnsides per se, but to the Mayor’s appointment process. Mayor Ludington said that after reviewing in detail the 12…

MDT discusses Eastside Highway improvements

  By Michael Howell Montana Department of Transportation officials were in the valley last week to give the County Commissioners an update on several projects planned for Ravalli County. MDT Regional Manager Ed Toavs said the agency was especially interested in getting feedback from the commissioners on the safety improvement project planned for the Eastside…