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FWP explores other sites for Stevi fishing access project

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received a letter from the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) concerning an assessment of three potential Fishing Access Sites located along the river near the Stevensville bridge. FWP visited the sites on April 26, with FWP construction and maintenance staff and FAS administrators and engineers…

Legislative Majority Leaders back home in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell In terms of representative influence at the recent legislative session in Helena, Bitterooters had a bit of a boot up as both the Senate Majority Leader and the House Majority Leader hailed from Ravalli County. Back at home Senator Fred Thomas and Representative Ron Ehli took time out to tell the Bitterroot…

Marcus Daly Hospital in Top 100…again!

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital was recently ranked among the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in rural America by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Rural hospitals in the United States were analyzed through a comprehensive and objective performance assessment…

Meet Citizen Henry Wuensche

By Russ Lawrence The number of U.S. citizens living in Ravalli County just went up by a single digit, as long-term farmer/resident Henry Wuensche renounced his German citizenship at a ceremony in Butte on April 26, and swore an oath to become a naturalized citizen. He celebrated by immediately registering to vote in his first…

Water and the economy

By Michael Howell Dr. Larry Swanson, economist and Director at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana, was the keynote speaker at this year’s second annual Water Symposium at the Bitterroot College. Swanson said that he arrived in Montana in the fall of 1988 from Nebraska, where he had…

Future is in our hands, says UM Nobel Laureate Running

By Michael Howell Dr. Steve Running, University Regents Professor of Global Ecology at the University of Montana, spoke in Hamilton last week at the invitation of Bitterrooters for Planning. He is an expert in global ecosystem monitoring and shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of…

School district and special elections in progress

Voters in school districts that are having trustee or levy elections have until May 2 to return their ballots by mail, or in person, to the Election Department at the Courthouse in Hamilton. This is also true for special elections for Florence Rural Fire District – Rebecca Ames or Robert D. DeWitt (vote for one);…

Wading in on the West Fork

By Michael Howell Mike Hansen remembers fishing on the upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River, just below the dam, when he was a kid in the late 1950s. “I fished all day and never saw a person,” said Hansen. Hansen’s roots here go back seven generations. His grandfather was a cross-cut sawyer. Several of…

Trump Jr. stumps for Gianforte in Hamilton

By Michael Howell Republican candidate for Montana’s at-large seat in the U.S. Congress, Greg Gianforte got a little help from his friend and business partner Senator Steve Daines and the President of the United States’ son Donald Trump Jr. at his fundraising efforts in Hamilton last Friday. “The nation is watching us,” said Daines, about…

Ted Burnham – giving others a chance at life

By Michael Howell Ted Burnham, who lives in the Lone Rock area, is a generally happy and healthy guy who likes to help others. He found a way to help people in life threatening situations, without even knowing who they are, and he has been at it steadily for years now. He began making regular…