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Landmark Hamilton smokestack turns 100

The great sugar beet factory debacle   One of Hamilton’s iconic pieces of architecture, the large smokestack that looms like a giant watchtower over the north end of town, catches everyone’s eye as they enter or leave the city via Veterans Bridge. It’s an impressive sight, whether you know anything about its history or not….

Montana Environmental Policy Act doesn’t apply to DEQ permitting

By Michael Howell   On September 5, the Montana Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in the case of a disputed DEQ wastewater discharge permit for a large retail store south of Hamilton, reversing in part and affirming in part the lower court’s ruling. The high court reversed the lower court’s order requiring DEQ to…

Stevensville treasurer resigns

Stevensville treasurer Roxanne Wagner resigned unexpectedly last Wednesday, walking off the job at noon after submitting a short letter of resignation, which stated briefly, “I apologize for not being able to provide two week’s notice. I regret that, due to circumstances beyond my control, I need to resign immediately.” She concluded the letter to Mayor…

Fire, smoke, more fire

Surrounding fires fill valley with smoke   By Michael Howell   A weather front ushered in blustery winds and Red Flag conditions to the area last Saturday that continued through Monday, fanning fires across the area into renewed activity. Thick layers of smoke filled the valley and air quality deteriorated to unhealthy conditions.   The…

Hamilton attorney SLAPPed back by California court

By Michael Howell   A California Superior Court has awarded Hamilton attorney Robert Myers’ former nanny, Madison Alexander, $100,617.74 in attorney fees and costs after she successfully filed an anti-SLAPP motion in the libel and slander case which Myers and his wife Jennifer Feighner filed against her in July 2016.   Myers and Feighner claim…

New research methods into tick infections paying off

By Michael Howell   National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists at Rocky Mountain Lab in Hamilton have filled a research gap by developing a laboratory model to study ticks that transmit flaviviruses, such as Powassan virus. The researchers say the culture model will greatly increase knowledge about how flaviviruses infect ticks and could become a…

Evacuation update

August 29, 2017   Due to the Nelson Creek Fire, the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office has placed approximately 65 homes in the Nez Perce Road area from West Fork Road under an Evacuation Order including Lapwai and Fox Lanes and Bear Hollow Court.  Residents are asked to evacuate immediately.  Residents are encouraged to sign-up to…

Evacuation warning on Nelson Fire up West Fork

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton has announced that due to the new Nelson Fire in the West Fork area, all residents of Nez Perce Road, west of West Fork Road are now in an Evacuation Warning area.  Sheriff’s Deputies and West Fork Fire personnel are now going door to door to warn residents that an…

Lolo Peak Fire moves south along containment lines, evacuation orders lifted

By Michael Howell   Over the course of the past week, the Lolo Peak Fire was brought to a standstill along the primary control line stretching from the Idaho border along Highway 12 east to Lolo and south to the mouth of One Horse Canyon. As a result, the evacuation order that had been in…

Court hearing held in Three Mile irrigation system case

Is it a sewer or a Ford? By Michael Howell A hearing was held last Thursday, August 24, before District Court Judge James Haynes in the case of Citizens for Fair Water (CFW) versus the Bitter Root Irrigation District (BRID). The case arose from a controversy over the ownership, operation and maintenance of the Three-Mile…