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Lone Rock robotics program looking for support

Lone Rock 6th grader Crystal Hazel works on the robot that she designed as part of science teacher Rich Montoya’s Robotics Class. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Lone Rock School science teacher Rich Montoya is excited about the new robotics class that has been initiated at the Middle School. The class is designed not only to impart knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, but also to engage the students in hands on development, creative problem…

Bitterroot Public Library – marking a century of service

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By Daphne Jackson   While many external aspects of the Bitterroot Public Library have changed over the past 100 years, its core purpose has remained consistent, according to Library Director Mark Wetherington. “The commitment to public service and serving the public is pretty unwavering, and pretty constant,” Wetherington said. “In the forties it would have…

Riverstone School – an education alternative

Students Atticus Southwell, Gianna Ostby, Ethan Brush and Jackson Jessop watch as teacher Clare Ann Harff demonstrates how to outline a heart with glue during Riverstone School’s art class. Harff said students learn about artists and styles of art through hands-on projects.  Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson   When Sarah Southwell started teaching her children at home, she didn’t plan to create a supplementary school for other homeschool families, she just wanted to give her children more educational options. Southwell said she started homeschooling her children as a method of alternative education to help her son, who was diagnosed…

Talk on Islam draws crowd

UM Professor Samir Bitar addresses a packed house on “Perspectives on Islam” at the Darby Library. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell   The Darby Public Library building could not hold the crowd that showed up last Thursday, March 9, to hear Language Professor Samir Bitar from the University of Montana give an address entitled “Perspectives on Islam.” It was the second of three presentations in a program supported by speakers from Humanities Montana…

Former Forest Service chief to receive UM honorary doctorate

The University of Montana will award an honorary doctorate to former U.S. Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas of Florence during its May 14 commencement exercises. On March 4, the state Board of Regents approved the plan to present Thomas with an Honorary Doctorate of Science. Actor J.K. Simmons will also receive an Honorary Doctorate…

Water right objection filing deadline nears

Time is running out to file objections to water rights on the main-stem and eastside of the Bitterroot River. The Montana Water Court has set a deadline of June 1, 2016 to receive objections to water rights. Stream adjudication is under way in much of the Bitterroot Valley. On December 4, 2015, the Montana Water…

Floodplain violations under investigation

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Floodplain Administrator Brian Wilkinson has been investigating potential floodplain permitting violations at the Bitterroot River Lodge property south of Hamilton since late last summer. Wilkinson wrote the property owners, TDJ Brothers No 2, LLC and Bensch Family, LLC, in August 2015 about potential floodplain permitting violations involving ponds, buildings and…

Corvallis school to run operating levy

By Michael Howell On February 9, the Corvallis School Board voted unanimously to ask the community to approve a General Fund Operating Levy in the amount of $440,000 at the May 3 school board election. If approved the tax levy would support the fund which pays for most operating expenses, including salaries, maintenance needs, supplies…

Otto Teller honored at Woodside FAS

There is a new plaque at the Woodside Fishing Access Site on the Bitterroot River west of Corvallis honoring Otto Teller, the landowner who dedicated the land to the state in 1989 establishing river access there for the public in perpetuity. The plaque says: “For generations to come, we will share in and benefit from Otto Teller’s generous contribution in conserving wild tout fisheries. Otto set the example for all of us by being sensitive to land use and nurturing a healthy environment. We thank Otto Teller for his donation of land and the invaluable contributions he has made to Montana’s national heritage.”

By Michael Howell A dedication ceremony was held at the Woodside Fishing Access Site (FAS) on Thursday, March 3, in celebration of the erection of a new memorial plaque honoring Otto Teller who generously donated the land for the FAS in 1989. Creation of the new memorial plaque was spearheaded by Montana Department of Fish,…

Chamber honors Severson for lifetime achievement

Dan Severson, Stevensville businessman, received a standing ovation as Al Mitchell, Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, presented Severson with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce held its 110th annual awards banquet on February 20 in Hamilton. Awards were handed out in front of a packed house at the Bitterroot River Inn. In fact, according to Al Mitchell, Executive Director, it was one of the most well-attended banquets in years. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Chamber…