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First legal same-sex marriage performed in Stevensville

By Michael Howell Just two days prior to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes it illegal for states to ban same-sex marriages, a Stevensville couple took advantage of the ruling last November by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down Montana’s ban. Cathy Scholtens and Becky Howard have been in love…

Forest officials won’t consider county’s objection to Travel Plan

By Michael Howell Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King hand delivered a letter to the County Commissioners last week confirming that the County cannot legally object to the adoption of the Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan because it failed to file any comments on the issue during the public comment period and thus lacks standing…

Stevi council supports bicycle camp in town park

By Michael Howell Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack broke a tie vote last week to approve the location of a proposed bicycle camp at Lewis and Clark Park. Not only was the council split on the issue, public comment was also about evenly divided with 13 people commenting in favor of the location and 13…

Bear Mountain Playground seeks volunteers

Bear Mountain Playground needs volunteer s for September’s construction. The community-supported playground-building project will take place September 16-20 in Stevensville’s Lewis and Clark Park. The steering committee has been busy raising funds and awareness, but now is the time for individuals and groups to step forward and commit to helping out. “We’re not talking about…

Hamilton study commission considers governance options

By Michael Howell In the 2014 primary election, the voters for the City of Hamilton voted in favor of establishing a local study commission. Melvin Monson, Lynette Helgeland, and Robert Smaus were elected to serve on the commission in the 2014 general election. Dennis Stranger, City Planner/Special Projects Director, was appointed as the ex-officio and…

Hamilton mayor proclaims ‘Independents’ Week

By Michael Howell Hamilton Mayor Jerry Steele issued a proclamation last week declaring the week of July 1st through the 7th “Independents Week,” a week dedicated to celebrating all the locally owned businesses that are integral to the unique flavor of the city making it “the place we want to live and work.” The proclamation…

MAPS students win top awards

By Michael Howell Two young students at MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton have the unusual distinction of tying for first place with themselves in the 2015 Northwest Regional High School Student Awards for Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science. The awards were presented in Seattle on June 6. The students, Caleb…

Judge hears arguments in Legacy Ranch case

By Russ Lawrence District Court Judge James A. Haynes challenged attorneys on both sides of the Legacy Ranch subdivision issue in a hearing last Thursday, June 11, but Alan McCormick, representing Ravalli County, took much of the heat. “Judge Haynes is always well-prepared, and always asks great questions,” said McCormick after the hearing. Legacy Ranch…

Legacy Ranch lawsuit hearing scheduled

Bitterrooters for Planning will present its legal argument in district court this week challenging Ravalli County’s decision to approve the largest residential subdivision in the county’s history. Bitterrooters for Planning has sued Ravalli County Commissioners over the county’s approval of the Legacy Ranch subdivision, a 639-home development adjacent to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge…

Bozeman businessman touts telecommuting as key to economic development in Montana

By Michael Howell Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte was in Hamilton last week as part of a statewide tour promoting his economic development efforts aimed at bringing young college graduates who have found high paying jobs elsewhere in the country and the world back to Montana. The plan is not to create a high paying job…