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Stevi School Board holds special meeting to address complaints

By Michael Howell The Stevensville School Board held a special board meeting on 48 hour notice last week to address the complaints in a letter that was delivered at the last board meeting by Lori and Jim Rokosch. After discussing a variety of options for responding to the complaints, in the end the board decided…

Tickborne Relapsing Fever endemic to the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Most Bitterrooters are familiar with the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Rickettsia rickettsia) that proliferates here during the spring and summer months, the ones known to occasionally transmit such diseases as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Colorado Tick Fever to humans. But another type of tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, not so well known and…

Hamilton school board addresses issue of transgender athletes

By Michael Howell The Hamilton School District Board of Trustees gave clear direction to their representative to the Montana High School Association (MSHA) that he should vote against the association’s proposal to amend eligibility by-laws in consideration of gender identity to read: “The MSHA allows all students, regardless of gender identity or expression, the opportunity…

Parents want to discuss ‘toxic’ atmosphere at Stevi school

By Michael Howell At the beginning of last week’s meeting of the Stevensville School District Board of Trustees, Lori Rokosch made a statement about what she calls a “toxic environment” at the school. “We are here to request attention, answers, and action by the board to address a number of interrelated issues of concern that…

Public comment on hiring Stevi coach heard in private

By Michael Howell At last week’s meeting of the Stevensville School District Board of Trustees, a motion was made to approve all the fall sports head coaching assignments which included hiring Tilford Meyers as football coach, Stacey Sager for girls soccer, Ralph Serrette for boys soccer, Lori Lewis for cross-country, Erin O’Reilly for volleyball and…

City considers sponsoring grant application for local business

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council was set to hear a request at its January 20 meeting from the Ravalli County Economic Development Agency (RCEDA) for the city to sponsor an economic development grant application for a new downtown business called Applied Training Resources (ATR). The grant application would be submitted to the Big…

County lifts restrictions on building in the flood fringe

By Michael Howell During its third meeting in consideration of adopting new flood plain regulations on January 7, the County Commissioners decided, at least in regards to the draft under consideration, that they would lift restrictions on residential construction in the flood fringe. A fourth and final meeting was set for Monday, January 12, at…

Space-age ceramics manufactured in valley

By Russ Lawrence Value-added manufacturing is one of the gold standards for economic development, but sometimes the aluminum standard is just as good. The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority recognized that when they awarded a small grant to help SpaceAge Ceramics get on their feet in Hamilton last year, manufacturing ceramic guide blocks for band…

Stevensville adopts revised Development Code

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council adopted an updated and revised Development Code at its meeting on January 8. The second reading of the ordinance was continued from a meeting at which the motion was tabled on December 11, 2014. A review of the Town’s Development Code was initiated in the Planning and Zoning…

Stevensville theater faces potential closure over building safety

By Michael Howell Stevensville Hardware owner Phil Henderson has taken the Stevensville Playhouse to court alleging that the theater building, which is adjacent to his property, has a wall leaning over into his property interfering with his own plans for construction. Henderson also alleges that the building is unsafe and should be condemned. Henderson has…