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Bitterroot ammo manufacturer meets with Trump

By Michael Howell Darren Newsom, a successful local businessman with one of the valley’s largest manufacturing firms, got to meet with Donald Trump last week in Las Vegas. Newsom, who owns an ammunition manufacturing plant in Victor and a retail outlet called Ammo and More in Stevensville, had a chance to talk with the Republican…

Salish story telling event in Hamilton

Tony Incashola, Director, Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee, will be in Hamilton on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m. to tell Salish Winter Stories (which may only be told in winter when the weather keeps us inside). The event is free to all. Stories may include how local landmarks (such as Sleeping Child Hot Springs) got…

Stevensville Main Street to get facelift

As Founders Day approaches, the celebration of Stevensville’s 175th Anniversary, the committee in charge of making preparations for the event is doing what it can to encourage the downtown business and home owners to spruce things up a bit and make as good an impression as possible on the throngs of out-of-towners expected to attend….

Governor visits hospital to discuss state’s Medicaid program

By Michael Howell Governor Steve Bullock came to the Bitterroot Valley last week to tour Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) and discuss implementation of the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act (HELP Act), which made Medicaid health care benefits available to an estimated 70,000 previously ineligible Montana residents beginning on January 1 of this year….

Stevi receives grants for growth policy update

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received notice from Governor Steve Bullock that two grants have been awarded to the town to be used in updating the Town’s Growth Policy. One of the grants, for $6,000, was awarded by the Montana Main Street program. Stevensville joined the National Main Street Association in 2000, prior…

Hamilton council considers future goals

By Michael Howell To kick off the new year, members of the Hamilton City Council brainstormed potential goals for the coming year at a Committee of the Whole meeting last week. A number of ideas surfaced including potentially getting involved in a recycling effort, developing a policy or possibly an ordinance addressing homelessness and possibly…

Sheriff to run for county commissioner

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat on the Board of County Commissioners. He will face fellow Republican and current Commissioner J.R. Iman in the June Primary election. Hoffman has served as Sheriff for four terms and will remain in that position while he…

Lost skier’s body found

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman announced in a press release that the body of missing skier Bart Allen Pickard was found on the south side of the Lost Trail Ski Area, near Meadows Trail, last Saturday, January 16. The 65-year-old Corvallis resident was reported missing when he failed to show up at home after he…

Falkow awarded National Medal of Science

By Michael Howell The White House announced last month that part-time Bitterroot valley resident Stanley Falkow, PhD, the Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor in Cancer Research, Emeritus, at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2015 National Medal of Science. Falkow is being recognized for his pioneering work in studying…

Data is in from groundwater study in river bottom

By Michael Howell The data is in, according to Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) analyst Kirk Waren, from a three-year study of groundwater and surface water interaction in the shallow aquifer between Corvallis and Stevensville between the Union Ditch on the east and the main stem of the Bitterroot River on the west….