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Riverfest in the Root held. Kids (and adults) enjoyed a variety of activities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the Bitterroot River at the fourth annual Riverfest in the Root held last Saturday at River Park in Hamilton. Here, Orion Masar of Placerville, CA moves sand and gravel around in a working model of…

Public comment period extended on DEQ permit for large retail store

  By Michael Howell The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reopened the public comment period for a Ground Water Pollution Control System permit application that it is being considered on a property located south of Hamilton on Blood Lane. The wastewater system would serve a large retail establishment rumored to be a Walmart….

Stevi adopts permissive levy but doesn’t fund it

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council recently decided to expand its health care coverage for employees by including dental and vision options in which the town would pay half the cost in a 50/50 cost share plan. Now, at its most recent meeting on August 14, the Council adopted a permissive levy to…

Groups plan to sue over airstrip expansion in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

  Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater have filed a 60-day Notice of Intent (NOI) to sue the US Forest Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service over the potential impacts to imperiled bull trout and other rare species from the planned expansion of the Fish Lake Airstrip in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of…

Commissioners miss chance to place issue on ballot

  By Michael Howell At a meeting last Thursday, the County Commissioners discussed the possibility of placing the issue of reducing the number of commission seats from five to three on the ballot in the upcoming elections in November. At the end of about two hours of discussion and public comment a motion was made…

New city park almost a done deal

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton moved one step closer to adding a new piece of land to its park system last week when it unanimously approved on second reading the Public Industrial zoning designation for the recently annexed riverfront property that is destined to become a city park. Former owners of the 22-acre…

Stamey appeals release of records

By Michael Howell Former Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Addis, aka Valerie Scott, has appealed a Missoula District Court ruling that would have allowed the release to the public of that portion of her employment records with the Missoula County Public School District relating to any disciplinary issues concerning financial misconduct. Stamey worked at the…

Incident at bar results in felony charges

A Darby man has been arrested and charged with Assault with a Weapon, and Possession of a Destructive Device, both felony offenses, following an incident at the Conner Bar early Saturday morning. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said that deputies responded to Conner, south of Darby, just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, on…

Action finally taken over failed septic

By Michael Howell After several months of futile efforts at trying to deal with a failed septic situation at a property on Bowman Road, an action was recently filed in Ravalli County District Court by a Deputy County Attorney from Beaverhead County to prevent the residence on the property from being occupied. The issue was…

Fire burning in Lost Horse area

Smoke has been visible in the southern part of the Bitterroot coming from the lightning caused Lost Horse fire, located 10 miles southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot Mountains near Brandy Peak. It was discovered July 25 at approximately 4 p.m. The fire is burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain, near the top of…