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Unbalanced airport fund delays adoption of Stevi budget

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville held a public hearing on Wednesday, August 31, to take public comment on the 2016-2017 FY Preliminary Budget. In the course of public comment it was noted that the budget was not balanced. Although the expenses in the preliminary budget are set at $4,592,933 and that outstrips the…

River flows

Watching the river flows... Bell Crossing is a critical area on the Bitterroot River for maintaining instream flows. Aubrey Howell photo.

River flows better than expected in spite of ‘severe drought’ listing By Michael Howell Despite the recent “Severe Drought” declaration in Ravalli County, the water flows in the Bitterroot River are doing “better than expected,” according to local officials who are keeping close tabs on the situation. Better than expected, but not necessarily up to…

County given ‘severe drought’ status

Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney announced last week that Ravalli County, along with eight other counties in the state, including Teton, Lewis & Clark, Powell, Missoula, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Carbon and Yellowstone counties, have all reached a “Severe Drought” status, as defined by the Montana Drought Response Plan and state statute. In addition, seven more counties…

A paddler’s life

After his talk at the Ravalli County Museum this month and after the hurricane season subsides in Colombia, Tyler Bradt, of Stevensville, will return to South America to complete the last leg of his circumnavigation of the earth in his sailboat, the Wizard’s Eye. Photos courtesy of Tyler Bradt.

By Michael Howell Bored? Looking for some excitement? How about paddling your kayak over a 189 foot high water fall. That’s the kind fun and excitement that Tyler Bradt likes to have. He set a world record doing just that when he dropped over the top of Palouse Falls in April of 2009. Bradt is…

Bringing community together over food

Rita Hall (center), coordinator of the kids’ summer meal program in Stevensville, gets ready to help her volunteers serve a free meal of Creamy Zucchini Fettucine prepared by Chef Eric Loessberg (left) after he demonstrated how to make the dish in front of more than 100 people at St. Mary’s Family Center. Victoria Howell photo.

By Victoria Howell More than one hundred people showed up at St. Mary’s Family Center in Stevensville recently to get a free lesson from local chef Eric Loessberg, along with a taste of the food he showed them how to prepare. The event was organized by Rita Hall, who has been running a free summer…

Local group launches water monitoring program

The Bitterroot River Protection Association has announced the inauguration of the Bitterroot River Health Check program, a water quality monitoring program which aims to build a network of sampling stations along the Bitterroot River and a few tributaries that would be monitored for water quality in perpetuity. “The goal of the Bitterroot River Health Check…

Stevensville airport improvements approach completion

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Airport has been closed since August 1 for runway improvements that are expected to be completed by the end of October. The improvement project comes as the fruition of over 15 years of planning under the direction of former Airport Manager Don Misevic. The improvement designs, as incorporated into the…

Malarial causing parasite linked to increased chances of surviving Ebola

Dr. Emmie de Witt, a virologist working at Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, is pictured here using a sealed glovebox to inactivate virus in patient blood samples prior to testing for Ebola at the ELWA3 Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, where she worked as a volunteer during the height of the crisis. She has subsequently helped coordinate a study of the data collected and analyzed by scientists from around the world and a dozen organizations that shows evidence of an association between malaria causing parasites and increased survival rates of Ebola infected people. Photo courtesy of NIAID.

By Michael Howell   Nobody wants to come down with malaria. And, of course, nobody wants to come down with Ebola. But if you do get infected by the Ebola virus, you have a better chance of surviving it if you are also infected by the malaria causing Plasmodium parasite. Not only that, the greater…

Rescuing horses – it’s what they do

Christie Anderson and Shannon Alexander, along with rescue horse Sable, are working to give horses another chance. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman What happens to horses who have had injuries, trust issues, grown old, or just aren’t wanted anymore and have no place else to go? There aren’t a lot of options here but one that has been in operation for about eight years is the Western Montana Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation organization. Through…

Hamilton adopts final budget

By Michael Howell   The Hamilton City Council adopted the final budget for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year at its August 16 meeting. The final 2016-2017 FY revenues and expenses are both down by about 22% from last year. According to Craig Shepherd, Finance Officer, this is due primarily to water and sewer projects and associated…