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MSU Extension looks toward the next 100 years

By Michael Howell Montana State University Extension celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2014. MSU Extension is a network of educators in all counties of the state and specialists on the MSU campus providing unbiased, research-based education programs and information to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of Montana citizens. MSU Extension has been educating…

Stevi mayor appointed to governor’s Task Force on Equal Pay for Equal Work

By Michael Howell Stevensville’s Mayor Gene Mim Mack was recently appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to serve on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Montana Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force, which was formed in December 2013, is to gather information, furnish advice, and provide the Governor recommendations on policies and actions to…

Star awarded county legal notice bid for 2015

The Ravalli County Commissioners awarded the county’s legal publishing contract to the Bitterroot Star last week. The Bitterroot Star submitted a sworn statement of publication showing an average circulation of about 7,200 per issue. Its bid was the lowest at $2.00 per 100-word folio for the first insertion and $.50 per folio for each subsequent…

Earthquake near Challis felt in Bitterroot

Last Saturday morning about 10:45 a.m. Victoria Howell, editor of the Bitterroot Star, was working at her office desk in downtown Stevensville when her office chair began to rock as if under its own volition. “At first I didn’t know what to think,” said Howell, “but it lasted long enough that I realized it couldn’t…

Commissioners push decision on flood plain regulations into the new year

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners have been considering adoption of revised flood plain regulations for a few weeks now. The first meeting, on December 15, to potentially adopt the new regulations, drew extensive comment from the public and was continued to a meeting on December 22. That meeting, in turn has been continued…

CMC sale proceeds to go to new foundation, university

By Michael Howell Community Medical Center, Inc. (CMC), has executed an Asset Purchase Agreement with RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Inc. Billings – Missoula, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and others, which is scheduled to be consummated and to close on or about December 31, 2014, and which will result in cash being paid at closing…

Bitter Root Water Forum celebrates successful year

By Michael Howell The Bitter Root Water Forum is a vibrant and growing organization, according to Executive Director Heather Barber. She told supporters at their annual end of the year celebration that they were offering more watershed education and restoration projects to the community each year. “This was one of the best years yet for…

Daly Hospital contributes to national efforts for safer care

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that hospital stays are safer now than they were four years ago. Since 2010, 50,000 hospital deaths have been prevented nationwide, a savings of $12 billion in health care costs. Patients are now at a lower risk for getting infections, being administered a…

Commissioners consider allowing residential construction in flood plain

By Michael Howell New residential construction in the flood plain has been prohibited in Ravalli County since 1997. The Ravalli County Commissioners are now considering a proposal from the Planning Department to drop those restrictions for at least part of the flood plain by distinguishing between the flood way and the flood fringe, as state…

Public lands bill signed into law

By Michael Howell On December 12, the U.S. Senate gave its stamp of approval to the historic public lands agreement negotiated by Montana’s Congressional delegation. Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh worked with Senator-elect Steve Daines to include eight Montana lands bills in a broader lands package that passed the Senate 89 to 11. “I…