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Bitterroot College grad pursuing dream

Rob Williams will be among this year’s 30 graduates at the Bitterroot College commencement ceremony this Friday. Williams has earned an associate degree in fine arts. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson Bitterroot College student Rob Williams said his interest in voiceovers started when he was five years old. “Every Tuesday they had five movies for a dollar at the local VHS store, so we’d walk down together, go get video tapes, and watch movies all night,” he said. “Popcorn and movies every Tuesday…

Bitterroot Aquatic Center delays change in schedule

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Aquatic Center (BAC) Board of Directors has decided to delay changes in its schedule that would have reduced the evening practice hours of the Bitterroot Swim Team (BST). Swim team parents showed up in force to protest the changes when they were initially announced this spring. BAC board chairperson Carla…

Lawsuit to close primaries dismissed

Local Republican Central Committee to continue the battle By Michael Howell U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris on Monday, May 2, dismissed the lawsuit that was filed by the Montana Republican Party and ten county GOP central committees seeking to have Montana’s open primary law declared unconstitutional. The state party backed out of the case…

Stevensville Firefighter Cadet program looking for volunteers

Zach Jensen (far left), a recent graduate of the Stevensville Firefighter Cadet Program, now working as a full-fledged volunteer firefighter, stands along with current cadets (left to right) Kevin Clinnin, Garrett Dawson and Kaleb Behner next to the town’s new ladder truck, which they have just cleaned. Cadet Program Director Ryan Schnee is looking for four more high school or home schooled students from 14 to 17 years old to sign up for the summer training. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Firefighter Cadet Program is looking for four additional volunteers to fill out its summer training program. During the summer, the program is expanded and cadets meet once a week, usually on Wednesdays, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to cadet program director Ryan Schnee, “It’s a learn by doing…

Bitterrooters for Planning awarded $70,000 in legal fees in Legacy case

By Michael Howell On Wednesday morning, May 4, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $70,000 settlement agreement for legal fees incurred by Bitterrooters for Planning in its successful challenge of the Commissioners’ approval of the Legacy Ranch subdivision.  The District Court overturned the approval and awarded legal fees to BfP. The county…

No Eastside bikepath this time around, says MDT

By Michael Howell   Officials from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) were in Stevensville last week to discuss the proposed improvements to the Eastside Highway beginning just south of the traffic circle at Eight Mile Road and proceeding south almost to Stevensville. The meeting was held at the request of Paul Hayes who is…

District judge candidate charged with professional misconduct

Attorney Robert Myers, Hamilton, speaking at a recent meeting of the North Valley Pachyderm Club. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Robert Myers, local attorney and candidate for Ravalli County District Court Judge for District 21, has been charged with professional misconduct. The state Commission on Practice granted leave to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to file the charges on April 13 and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Jon Moog filed the charges with the…

Earth Day focus: recycling

Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) board members and volunteers showed up on Earth Day to clean up the yard at the non-profit recycling center located on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) board members and volunteers showed up on Earth Day to clean up the yard at the non-profit recycling center located on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton. “Times are hard for recyclers,” said RCR President Pam Small. She said that a severely depressed market for recyclables has recently…

Public discusses north Eastside Highway improvement concerns

By Michael Howell Bitterrooters for Planning (BfP) held a public meeting to discuss the highway improvement project planned for the Eastside Highway from Eight Mile Road to Stevensville last week. The meeting was held at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge and included a panel consisting of Tom Reed, Refuge Manager, Don Burgess, Florence resident and…

Town looking for judge and mayor

By Michael Howell   Following Mayor Paul Ludington’s resignation last week, Council President Jim Crews is serving as acting mayor. Crews presided over a special meeting called on April 21, at which the three remaining council members, following the recommendations of Town Attorney Brian West, put the application process in motion to select a new…