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Cell tower proposal withdrawn

By Michael Howell The company that has been looking to construct a cell phone tower on Hamilton High School property next to River Park has dropped the plan and on May 11, the Hamilton School Board of Trustees withdrew its application, pending before the Hamilton City Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA), for a Conditional Use…

Suicide prevention: some training can help

By Michael Howell Suicide is not often discussed in public. As a result, there is a general lack of awareness about the issue. Did you know, for instance, that Montana is tied with Wyoming for having the highest per capita suicide rate in the nation? Increasing awareness about the problem and providing the basic means…

Jon Turk: Pulling a lifetime of adventure into one talk

By Russ Lawrence Jon Turk knows a thing or two about magic. A lifetime of exploration, much of it solo, has led him to experiences that are inexplicable, except by invoking magic. When taken together, said Turk, the rarest of those experiences – the once-in-a-decade moments – can frame a wondrous outlook on life. “All…

Winter survey of carnivores winds down

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest has been conducting backcountry surveys of small carnivores by placing bait in trees to attract them for a few years now. The bait stations are equipped with brass brushes to collect hair samples for DNA identification and automatic remote camera systems that snap photographs of the animals attracted…

Sapphire Community Health Center gets federal funding

By Michael Howell The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that Sapphire Community Health Center, a non-profit health care provider in Hamilton, will be the recipient of $704,167 in federal funding made available through the Affordable Care Act. The health care center that serves clients on a sliding scale fee adjusted…

RCEDA considers food processing center

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA) is looking for community input concerning the possibility of establishing a food processing center at the Entrepreneurship Center located on Old Corvallis Road north of Hamilton. RCEDA Economic Development Specialist John Schneeberger has prepared a survey to help assess the need and feasibility of a…

‘Ranger’ – Wolves, Wizards, and Wilderness

By Russ Lawrence Some would say that Michael Hoyt is doggedly determined to protect the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness from any kind of encroachment. “Wolf-like” determination is closer to the mark. Hoyt, already the author of a set of guides to hiking the Bitterroots, has now released “Ranger,” a novel for young readers, featuring a young wolf…

FWP to hold open house on fishing regs

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is collecting early public input for setting the 2016-2019 Montana fishing regulations and will host a public open house May 14 in Missoula. FWP’s Region 2 Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says that every four years FWP does a comprehensive review of the fishing regulations and proposes changes as needed. “Early…

Election results

SCHOOL/SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS UNOFFICIAL RESULTS May 5, 2015 SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS Florence Rural Fire District (Mail Ballot) Total Registered Voters: 3,046 # Voters in Election: 1,303 Voter Turnout: 43% Office: Fire Trustee – 3-year term (elect two) Donald G. Allen – 366 Donna M. Allen – 382 Charles Kenneth Brewer – 616 Clint Roberts –…

Youth Conservation Expo this Saturday

By Michael Howell The third annual Youth Conservation & Education Expo is set to take place at Teller Refuge’s Slack Barn this coming Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free-of-charge event has attracted hundreds of kids and parents every year. Last year over 350 kids and families attended. From its simple…