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Star awarded county legal, display advertising contracts

The Bitterroot Star was awarded the contract for publishing legal notices for Ravalli County for 2018, following the opening of bids last week. The Ravalli Republic, a five-day-a-week publication, has a sworn circulation of 2,018. The Bitterroot Star, a weekly publication, submitted a bid of $2.00 per 100-word folio for the first insertion and $0.50…

Neighbors voice concerns at public hearing on gravel pits

By Michael Howell Having received plenty of requests from neighboring landowners to hold a public meeting over a couple of proposed gravel pits in the Big Creek area north of Victor, the Department of Environmental Quality did just that on December 12 at Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. The meeting drew about 75 people and…

Log trucks once again rolling out of Bitterroot west side

By Michael Howell The logging trucks are rolling out of some west side drainages as work on the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project has begun. The project is one in a long line of projects on the Bitterroot National Forest that since 2007 have treated more than 30,000 acres of National Forest lands that border…

School principal and son cited for hunting violations

By Michael Howell Stevensville High School Principal Brian Gum and his son Jaren have each been charged by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for killing bull elk in a hunting district where there is no season for bull elk. Both men were cited on the afternoon of October 27, 2017 by north valley…

Local author’s book draws attention to serious dangers of pesticide use

A book written by naturalist, wildlife biologist and rehabilitator Judy Hoy of Stevensville released this week titled “Changing Faces” chronicles in detail more than 20 years of work to document birth defects in wild animals as well as humans in the face of increasing pesticide use in the local area and elsewhere in the United…

Lawsuit filed by former county treasurer dismissed

U.S. District Court Chief Justice Dana Christensen dismissed the federal lawsuit filed on June 16 by former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey accusing over a dozen county officials and employees as well as Michael Howell, publisher of the Bitterroot Star, of conspiring to remove her from office based on false claims. County defendants in the…

Grant provides effective new integrated therapy tool at MDMH

By Michael Howell As part of its efforts to reach out to all of Western Montana, the foundation for Community Health, in Missoula, has reached into Ravalli County with a $10,000 grant to the Daly Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a state-of-the-art tool called a Bioness Integrated Therapy System, known as BITS for short….

Joy Gover – 100 years young

By Jean Schurman Imagine this. In 1917, the United States had just entered World War I. Woodrow Wilson was just beginning his second term as president. The great race horse, Man o’ War, was born. In Butte, Montana, 168 men lost their lives in the Spectacular Mine fire. And in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, on…

Commissioners ponder holiday displays on county land

By Michael Howell On Monday, December 4, the Ravalli County Commissioners held a meeting to discuss holiday displays and address a request from Rabbi Berry Nash from Chabad Lubavitch of Missoula, to place a menorah on display on county property, either in the county office or on the front lawn during Hanukkah. Commission Chair Greg…

Historic Fort Owen Ranch near Stevensville changes hands

By Michael Howell If the beginning of the Fort Owen Ranch is counted from the time that Major John Owen bought the old Mission site for $250 back in the 1850s and brought the first domesticated cattle into Montana, then it is older than the Town of Stevensville. When Owen renamed the place after himself…