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Hamilton man instrumental in passage of Wilderness Act fifty years ago

By Michael Howell   As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, one Bitterrooter, who was instrumental in getting the law passed by Congress in 1964, is ready to celebrate, but at the same time he has some deep concerns about the future of the Act and the wild lands that it…

Hamilton City Council takes stand against ‘big box’ store

  By Michael Howell At its last Committee of the Whole meeting the Hamilton City Council decided to draft a statement in response to the Department of Environmental Quality’s request for public comment on a proposed wastewater discharge permit along Highway 93 a few miles south of the city limits intended to serve a large…

Stevensville car thief suspect arrested

  By Michael Howell At the September 25 meeting of the Stevensville Town Council, Police Chief James Marble reported that some arrests have been made following a rash of vehicle thefts in the North Valley that kept Ravalli County Sheriff’s Officers and Stevensville Police busy for a few days. Five vehicles were stolen in the…

DEQ gets an earful about wastewater permit for big box store

  By Michael Howell The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) came to Hamilton last week to hear from the public about a wastewater discharge permit for a large retail store to be constructed at the intersection of Highway 93 and Blood Lane south of Hamilton. The agency scheduled a meeting for question and answer followed…

Republican Central Committee wants closed primaries

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Central Committee has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Helena contesting open primary elections in Montana. They are seeking to enjoin Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and Ravalli County Elections Administrator Regina Plettenberg from distributing Republican primary ballots to non-Republican voters. They claim in the lawsuit…

Hamilton Council hears about high alcohol fuel

  By Michael Howell State Representative and candidate for the Senate Pat Connell told the Hamilton City Council last week that oil, natural gas and coal are only a part of the state’s and the nation’s energy portfolio and he wanted them to know about another important alternative besides the solar and wind options. It…

North valley car thefts under investigation

  The Ravalli County sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of car thefts that took place on on Monday, September 15, in the Stevensville/Florence area. Five separate reports of stolen vehicles were received. Sheriff’s deputies were able to recover the five vehicles, but they had all sustained damage. All the vehicles that were taken had…

Next Habitat for Humanity house to be ‘blitz built’

  By Michael Howell Ground was broken last Tuesday, September 9 at the site of the latest Habitat for Humanity house scheduled to be built in Stevensville. The house lot is located in the Twin Creeks Subdivision on the southeast side of town. A crowd gathered on a blustery afternoon to witness the groundbreaking. Every…

No permissive levy in Stevensville for now

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council decided last week to table its discussion concerning a permissive medical levy until the next budget cycle. At its previous meeting, the Council had considered adopting a permissive medical levy without funding it. Most of the public in attendance expressed opposition to the levy. Councilor Jim Crews…

Body of missing Stevensville man found

    According to Ravalli County Sheriff/Coroner Chris Hoffman, elements of True North Search Dogs, Ravalli County Search and Rescue, and Ravalli County Sheriff’s Deputies located and recovered the body of George Alex Baumann on Saturday, September 13th. Hoffman said that Baumann, the 56-year-old Stevensville man missing since August 26th, was found in heavily timbered,…