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Hamilton School District gets AdvancED accreditation

By Michael Howell After a two-year review of its system by a local review team, the Hamilton School District recently received certification by the AdvancED program in Montana. It is one of only five schools in the state to be certified by the program. Darby was the first in the state to be certified in…

Stevensville Playhouse to get backstage improvements

 By Michael Howell The Stevensville Playhouse has already gotten a face-lift, now it’s about to get a long needed backstage-lift. A major three-level addition to the back of the building is in the works that would provide a much needed storage area, a changing room, and an off-stage area for performers, as well as a…

Group addresses homelessness in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Several non-profit organizations and agency representatives came together last spring to discuss the issue of homelessness in Ravalli County. While the problem is not obvious to the casual observer, with no large homeless camps full of people living out of duffle bags and shopping carts, it is an issue if you listen…

Hamilton and Stevensville experience rash of commercial burglaries

By Michael Howell A rash of commercial burglaries of main street businesses in Stevensville may be coming to an end following the recent arrest of two juveniles. According to Stevensville Police Chief James Marble, a total of nine burglaries of commercial establishments in Stevensville took place between January 19 and this September. Marble said that…

Commissioners discuss state legislative proposals

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners met last week with local legislators and prospective legislators, to discuss bills being proposed in the upcoming legislative session. Representative Ed Greef, running for re-election in the north valley, spoke about the proposed changes to the subdivision regulations that would address the county’s concerns about the “hard look”…

Stevi group meets with officials over Fort Owen State Park future

By Michael Howell Not many Montana communities can boast of having a state park, with its attendant tourist draw, and the Stevensville Main Street Association is not about to let anything bad happen to theirs. State Parks Region 2 Director Chet Crowser and Regional Manager Loren Flynn met with several concerned citizens last week at…

Stevensville Growth Policy update moves forward

By Michael Howell A draft update of Stevensville’s Growth Policy was presented last week to the Stevensville Planning and Zoning Board and will be passed on to the Town Council with some recommended changes before going to a public hearing in early November. The update was prepared and presented by Mathew Rohrbach of Land Solutions,…

Community symposium held

By Michael Howell Deb Halliday, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Public Instruction, was the keynote speaker at the Bitterroot College Community Symposium held last week in Hamilton. Approximately 80 people attended the event, the aim of which was to bring various non-profit organizations, volunteers, local officials and agency representatives together to identify existing…

Salish retrace ‘Trail of Tears’

About a hundred Salish Indians walked into Stevensville last Saturday. For some it was the culmination of a fifty-eight mile walk from the Jocko Church on the Flathead Reservation, tracing in reverse the same route that was taken by their ancestors when they were forcefully expelled from their homeland in 1891. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Members of the Bitterroot Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai tribes joined together last week to walk from the Flathead Reservation, where the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes now live, to the homeland of the Salish in the Bitterroot valley near Stevensville. The walk was done in honor of their ancestors who were…

Staff, council resignations leave Darby mayor scrambling

By Michael Howell Darby Mayor J. C. McDowell had to scramble to keep the Town Hall open for business following the abrupt departure of longtime Clerk and Treasurer Nancy McKinney and three council members. McDowell said that the clerk’s resignation came as a surprise. He said he was informed on Thursday, October 7 by the…