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River Health Check program gets Community Focus grant

The Bitterroot River Health Check, a community based water quality monitoring program, was chosen to be the recipient of the Rapp Family Foundation’s 2017 Community Focus grant. The Rapp Family Foundation’s grant of $15,260 will go toward the purchase of the equipment necessary to establish a permanent headquarters/laboratory for the Bitterroot River Health Check at…

City of Hamilton adopts Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan

By Michael Howell   The City of Hamilton is the second municipality in the valley to sign on to the newly updated Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for Ravalli County & Municipalities. Eric Hoover, County Director of Emergency Management, explained at the September 5 meeting that having such a plan is a pre-requisite to receiving certain federal…

Stevensville police chief pleads for a records clerk

By Michael Howell   Stevensville Police Chief James Marble recently sent a memo to Mayor Jim Crews pleading for a full time Police Records Clerk, “or at least 20 hours per week.” Mayor Crews read the memo aloud to the Town Council at its September 25 meeting in which a discussion and/or decision on the…

Panel recommends disbarment for Hamilton attorney

By Michael Howell   An adjudicatory panel of the Commission on Practice has recommended to the Montana Supreme Court that Hamilton attorney Robert Myers be disbarred from the practice of law.   The Commission actually issued three recommendations to the Court based on three separate counts of professional misconduct each of which was considered at…

Bitterroot fault under study

  By Michael Howell   One of the high points in the geologic history of the Bitterroot valley, or one of the lowest depending on which side of the fault line you were on, came when the earth cracked at the edge of the Idaho Batholith pulling the Sapphire Mountains off the top of the…

Eagle Scout project improves bird watching opportunities

By Michael Howell   Homeschooler Nolan Gardner, 12, is a member of Boy Scout Troop #1115 in Florence. He has been a Boy Scout for seven years and when it came time to do a project for his Eagle Scout badge he decided that since he liked birds so much, the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife…

Fires finally fizzle, warnings lifted

By Michael Howell   According to Lolo Peak Fire Operation Section Chief Mike Granger, Mother Nature stepped up in the nick of time to quell the Lolo Peak Fire just as it had spotted out ahead of itself up the Sweeney Creek drainage and leapfrogged past Bass Lake into the upper Bass Creek drainage. The…

New Ravalli Recreation Committee looking for land

By Michael Howell   An open house celebration at Re-Max in Hamilton last Saturday served as the occasion for a surprise announcement by the newly formed Ravalli Recreation Committee and an unveiling of its grand vision of a multi-purpose, 80-acre recreation complex including lots of fields. The conceptual site plan that was unveiled contained a…

Water Forum sponsors irrigation and restoration tour for adults

By Michael Howell   For years now the Bitter Root Water Forum has sponsored an annual spring field trip for high school FFA students titled “Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot,” hauling busloads of kids up to Como Dam and to various irrigation structures, fish screens, dairies and riparian restoration areas in the valley. There has…

Amani Children’s Choir to perform

For the first time ever, the Amani Children’s Choir will be entertaining audiences in our valley this week with joyful African music and dance. This tour group’s visit to Big Sky Country has been in the works for two years. Hosting the choir is Hamilton’s Mosaic Church on Main Street. The choir, from Kampala, Uganda…