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Bitterroot Trail to officially open

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the completion of the final segment of the Bitterroot Trail, the 50-mile bicycle path that stretches from Missoula to Hamilton alongside Hwy 93, will take place Saturday, July 16 in conjunction with the Montana Bicycle Celebration which marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Bikecentennial cross-country ride. MT Department…

New bicycle camp to open at Stevensville Hotel

Gene Mim Mack and Robbie Springs, owners of the Stevensville Hotel, look over the grounds of their new bike camping facility that is currently under construction and will hopefully be finished in time to coincide with the offical opening of the Bitterroot Bike Trail on July 16. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell The owners of the Stevensville Hotel, Gene Mim Mack and Robbie Springs, are putting in a bicycle camping facility on the hotel grounds, behind their historic building at 107 E. 3rd.  It’s been a long time coming but it may be just in time for the expected surge in bicyclists associated with…

Westside forest management project approved

By Michael Howell Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) for the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project. The decision authorizes the forest to move forward on plans to thin approximately 2,300 acres of overstocked National Forest System (NFS) lands between Lost Horse Creek and…

Key issues identified for Stevensville growth policy update

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville is updating its growth policy and several residents showed up to participate in the process at a meeting last week hosted by John Kellogg of Professional Consultants, Inc. and Matthew Rohrbach of Land Solutions, who are spearheading the effort. Attendees got a chance to help identify Stevensville’s assets…

Wildlife managers from around the world visit the Bitterroot

Lea Guthrie, Stewardship Coordinator for the Bitter Root land Trust, and Dave Campbell, board member and retired Forest Ranger, discuss weed control, irrigation, and conservation easements with land managers from around the world. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Twenty-six land and wildlife managers from 16 different countries visited the Bitterroot Valley last week as part of the 2016 International Seminar on Protected Area Management. The trip to the Bitterroot was only one part of a jam-packed tour of Western Montana that included trips to Glacier National Park, the Iverson Ranch…

Cal Ruark, Darby’s ringleader

Cal Ruark has been working steadily the past few years to turn Darby from a down-and-out timber town into a up-and-coming rodeo capital of the region. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman Although he probably wouldn’t be totally comfortable with the label of ringleader, Cal Ruark is a man who gets things done. When he decides upon a course of action, he never moves back from that. There may be some bumps in the road but he just takes them in stride and keeps…

Initial ruling made in judicial candidate’s case over ad

By Michael Howell U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy has issued an initial ruling in attorney Robert Myers’ case against Shaun Thompson in his official capacity as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana. Thompson took action against Myers claiming that he violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of Professional…

Grantsdale wastewater discharge permit voided

By Michael Howell On Tuesday, June 28, District Court Judge Kathy Seeley in Helena voided a wastewater discharge permit for the Grantsdale Addition, a subdivision located south of Hamilton along Skalkaho Highway. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) first issued a permit for the subdivision in 2006 but the subdivision was not developed and…

Christensen asks for trial delay

Dr. Chris Christensen, the Florence area doctor who ran a popular “cash only” family practice business until he was charged with 400 felony counts, sat down with Star publisher Michael Howell last week to explain his problems in securing legal representation for this case which, if resulting in convictions, could land him in prison for the rest of his life. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Dr. Chris Christensen, the Florence area doctor who is facing 400 felony counts, including two counts of homicide, has asked District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton in a motion filed pro se on May 23, to delay his trial for a year. The trial is scheduled to take place on October 20, 2016…

‘Artrepreneur’ program teaches the business of art

By Daphne Jackson Bitterroot leatherwork artist Olive Parker said she has been working with leather for about 38 years, but didn’t start leatherworking as a business until about five or six years ago. “I was looking for employment, and even though I have a four-year business degree, I was not able to find a job…