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Stevi park board chair resigns

By Michael Howell Raymond Smith, Chairman of the Stevensville Park Board, has submitted a letter of resignation to the Town, stating, “I have realized the present Mayor does not have faith in the leadership of this board.” The letter recounts the work that the Park Board has accomplished under his leadership. “The new playground and…

Major layoff at Selway Corporation in Stevensville

By Michael Howell Selway Corporation, Stevensville’s top employer and one of the top employers in Ravalli County, has announced a combination of layoffs and reduction in hours affecting most of the company’s 112 employees. Selway is a locally owned company which has been in the steel fabrication business since 1976. It became employee owned in…

RCEDA holds Small Business Celebration

Larry Lockhart of FreightMonster (second from right) is pictured here with RCEDA office manager Alice Mariana, executive director Julie Foster and economic development specialist John Schneeberger at the Small Business Celebration held in Hamilton last week. Lockhart was honored for the noteworthy expansion and diversification of his business over the past year.

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Economic Development Agency sponsored its third annual Small Business Celebration at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton last week. According to RCEDA Economic Development Specialist John Schneeberger, over twenty local vendors participated in the event and around 100 members of the public attended. That’s up from 60 last year,…

Victor honors veterans, Stephani remembered

The Marine Corps League of the Bitterroot presented the Victor School Foundation with a check honoring the late Bill Stephani. Stephani was a retired major from the Marine Corps and he was the vice president of the Victor Schools Foundation. In addition to the league, shown are Belle Burrington, Kay Clevidence, Barbara Jean Stephani and Tommy Dobberstein of the Victor School Foundation. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman   Veterans Day at Victor School has always featured veterans, Marines, and one particular Marine, Bill Stephani. This fall, Stephani lost his final battle and passed on. But his legacy lives on and it was evident, not only in the facility he helped raise money for, but in the students at Victor…

Moving toward a three-commissioner board

Ravalli County voters, in the last election, approved reducing the Board of County Commissioners from a five-member board down to three. The voters also rejected the change in term lengths that appeared on the same ballot, meaning that the commissioners will serve four-year terms. The strategy that was adopted to make this transition, according to…

Ochenski speaks to Bitterrooters

  By Michael Howell Newspaper columnist and wilderness advocate George Ochenski came to Hamilton last week as the featured speaker at the annual banquet and membership meeting of Bitterrooters for Planning. The planning advocacy group is in a tough position politically, located as it is in a Republican dominated county that has eliminated its growth…

Stevensville passes intent to adopt growth policy update

  By Michael Howell At its November 10 meeting, the Stevensville Town Council approved a resolution of intent to adopt an update to the Town’s Growth Policy. Mathew Rohrbach, Community Planner at Land Solutions, noted a few changes that had been made by the Planning and Zoning Board before making its recommendation to adopt the…

Negligent arson charges filed over Roaring Lion Fire

By Michael Howell Three young men were formally charged in Ravalli County Justice Court last week with felony and misdemeanor violations connected with the Roaring Lion Fire. Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright has filed allegations of negligent arson, both felony and misdemeanor violations, against four individuals – three of them 18-year old males from Hamilton…

Former GSK scientists open up shop in Missoula

Following the closure of GSK’s research and development program in Hamilton, 15 scientists and technicians on that research team have formed their own company, Inimmune Corporation, and partnered with the University of Montana in the development of a Center for Transitional Medicine. Pictured in their temporary lab facility at the Montana Technology Enterprise Center in Missoula are Inimmune scientists Van Cybulski, Craig Johnson and Kendal Ryter. Michael Howell photos.

By Michael Howell Back in February of 2015, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and one of Ravalli County’s largest employers, announced consolidation of its research development operations, resulting in the closure of its research and development operations in Hamilton later that year. That announcement did not come as a…

New day for Darby school

Shelby Rogala is the new Community Outreach Coordinator at Darby School, a position that was created following a generous donation to the school district from a Darby graduate. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson Darby High School is using funds provided by a donation from a former student to start new community and schoolwide projects, including a personalized learning program for its students. The recent endowment also provided for Shelby Rogala’s position as the school’s new Community Outreach Coordinator. As such, Rogala splits her time between…