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Stevensville discusses changes in curfew

  By Michael Howell Stevensville Police Chief James Marble has asked the Town Council to consider changing the hours of curfew to get underage children off the streets a little earlier in the evening to possibly help curb vandalism in the community. The Town already has a curfew and currently anyone under the age of…

The Ebola connection

  By Michael Howell The front cover of a recent issue of Bloomsberg Businessweek declared in red letters that looked something like smeared blood, “EBOLA IS COMING.” Dr. Vincent Racaniello, Professor of Virology at Columbia University Medical Center, blogged soon after, “Although the article presents a good analysis of the hurdles in developing antibody therapy…

Deadline extended for comment on ‘big box’ wastewater discharge permit

  As a result of technical difficulties associated with the electronic means of receiving comments from the public, DEQ is extending the public comment period for a wastewater discharge permit being considered for a large retail store to be located south of Hamilton on Blood Lane and Skalkaho Highway. The deadline is being extended to…

Florence school trustee resigns (maybe)

  By Michael Howell For unstated reasons on August 25, Florence Carlton School Board trustee Colby Reynolds emailed notice of his resignation to Superintendent Bud Scully and to trustees Tara Zeiler, Jay Dixon, Pat Appleby and Mel Finlay. The e-mail stated simply, “I am officially resigning from the Florence Carlton School Board effective 8-24-2014. Thank…

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…