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Grantsdale wastewater discharge permit voided

By Michael Howell On Tuesday, June 28, District Court Judge Kathy Seeley in Helena voided a wastewater discharge permit for the Grantsdale Addition, a subdivision located south of Hamilton along Skalkaho Highway. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) first issued a permit for the subdivision in 2006 but the subdivision was not developed and…

Christensen asks for trial delay

Dr. Chris Christensen, the Florence area doctor who ran a popular “cash only” family practice business until he was charged with 400 felony counts, sat down with Star publisher Michael Howell last week to explain his problems in securing legal representation for this case which, if resulting in convictions, could land him in prison for the rest of his life. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Dr. Chris Christensen, the Florence area doctor who is facing 400 felony counts, including two counts of homicide, has asked District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton in a motion filed pro se on May 23, to delay his trial for a year. The trial is scheduled to take place on October 20, 2016…

‘Artrepreneur’ program teaches the business of art

By Daphne Jackson Bitterroot leatherwork artist Olive Parker said she has been working with leather for about 38 years, but didn’t start leatherworking as a business until about five or six years ago. “I was looking for employment, and even though I have a four-year business degree, I was not able to find a job…

Westside forest fire kicks off season

Firefighters continue suppression efforts on the Observation Point Fire, located 10 miles southwest of Hamilton. The fire was first reported on June 24 and is believed to be lightning caused. The fire was estimated at 202 acres as of Monday afternoon, and is burning in very steep terrain, making fire suppression efforts difficult. Crews are…

Home at last – Corvallis WWII POW finally laid to rest

Ninety year old Alfred Simmons, first cousin to the deceased, placed the last of twenty-five roses on the casket, one for each year of the young soldier’s life.

  By Michael Howell A young Army Corporal by the name of George Simmons, from Corvallis, was taken prisoner by the Japanese following the battle of Corrigedor in 1942. He survived the brutal death march to Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp located on Luzon in the Philippines. But conditions were squalid and unsanitary at the…

“I realize this award is only possible because of the hard work and commitment of all Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital employees, physicians and board members,” said John Bartos, CEO, Daly Hospital. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital was ranked among the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals this year by iVantage Health Analytics. The awards were announced at the National Rural Health Association’s 39th Annual Rural Health Conference. Recipients were determined to have outperformed other critical access and rural and community hospitals around the country in…

Myers files complaint against state’s Chief Disciplinary Counsel

By Michael Howell Hamilton attorney Robert Myers, a candidate for District Court Judge, has filed charges in federal court in Missoula against Shaun Thompson in his official capacity as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana over that office’s investigation of a radio ad he placed attacking the incumbent Judge Jeffrey Langton during the…

Election results – County commission to go back to three

By Michael Howell Ravalli County is going back to a three-member board of commissioners. Voters approved the three-commissioner board by a vote of 9,242 (78%) in favor to 3,744 (28%) for retaining the five-member board. Voters rejected the proposed change to six-year terms of office, however, and overwhelmingly approved the current four-year terms by a…

Stamey responds to county attorney instead of court

By Michael Howell Former County Treasurer Valerie Stamey failed to respond to the court after being served papers concerning the civil lawsuit in which the county alleges 58 separate instances of failing to perform her official duties and fines totaling $29,000. It took about two years for the summons to be served on Stamey, who…

Complaint against district judge candidate moves forward

By Michael Howell District Court Judge candidate Robert Myers’ attempt to have the complaint against him made by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel dismissed was denied by the Commission on Practice in an order filed on May 31, 2016. Myers was ordered to answer the complaint within seven days. Instead of answering the complaint by…