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Bitter Root Water Forum celebrates successful year

By Michael Howell The Bitter Root Water Forum is a vibrant and growing organization, according to Executive Director Heather Barber. She told supporters at their annual end of the year celebration that they were offering more watershed education and restoration projects to the community each year. “This was one of the best years yet for…

Daly Hospital contributes to national efforts for safer care

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that hospital stays are safer now than they were four years ago. Since 2010, 50,000 hospital deaths have been prevented nationwide, a savings of $12 billion in health care costs. Patients are now at a lower risk for getting infections, being administered a…

Commissioners consider allowing residential construction in flood plain

By Michael Howell New residential construction in the flood plain has been prohibited in Ravalli County since 1997. The Ravalli County Commissioners are now considering a proposal from the Planning Department to drop those restrictions for at least part of the flood plain by distinguishing between the flood way and the flood fringe, as state…

Public lands bill signed into law

By Michael Howell On December 12, the U.S. Senate gave its stamp of approval to the historic public lands agreement negotiated by Montana’s Congressional delegation. Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh worked with Senator-elect Steve Daines to include eight Montana lands bills in a broader lands package that passed the Senate 89 to 11. “I…

Reconstruction of dangerous diversion dam a high priority

By Michael Howell Wade Farrell shed a few tears as he gazed silently upriver at the dam on the Bitterroot River north of Woodside Crossing that had taken the life of Joslyn, his six year old daughter. His sister described the incident. They had been swept over to the right bank of the river in…

Doris Milner inducted into Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame

By Michael Howell The late Doris Milner, longtime Bitterroot Valley resident and renowned wilderness advocate, was among the first dozen Montanans to be inducted into the newly established Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Helena on December 6, 2014. Other people inducted into the Hall of Fame that day include Granville Stuart,…

Local legislators get a look at school security upgrades

By Michael Howell In 2013, the Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 348, sponsored by Senator Fred Thomas (R-Stevensville), allowing local school districts to transfer funds from any budgeted or non-budgeted fund, other than the debt service fund or retirement fund, to its building reserve fund to cover costs of security upgrades. The intent was to…

Stevi gets new police officer

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville has a new police officer. Officer Craig Robertson was sworn in last Sunday. Robertson previously was employed as the county’s Adult Probation and Parole Officer. He worked for six years in the Sheriff’s Office in San Bernadino, California. He will be attending the state Police Academy starting on…

Burnt Fork Market opens its doors

By Michael Howell After months of anticipation, punctuated by a few unanticipated delays, the doors finally opened last week to Stevensville’s new grocery store. Owner of the newly opened Burnt Fork Market, Jimmy Edwards, was raised in Stevensville. His father, Jim Sr., ran the grocery store, called Bi-Lo, in the same building on Main Street…

County Commission meetings now being streamed, archived

Would you really like to see what your County Commissioners are up to but maybe you work from 9 to 5 and can’t make any of the meetings? Now you can! All you need is a computer with the minimum system requirements and you can come home, have dinner, then head to the living room,…