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Stevi council denies mayor’s judge appointment

  By Michael Howell On Thursday, March 10, the Stevensville Town Council refused to consent to Mayor Paul Ludington’s appointment of Chee Burnsides as Stevensville Municipal Court Judge. Councilmembers did not object to the appointment of Burnsides per se, but to the Mayor’s appointment process. Mayor Ludington said that after reviewing in detail the 12…

MDT discusses Eastside Highway improvements

  By Michael Howell Montana Department of Transportation officials were in the valley last week to give the County Commissioners an update on several projects planned for Ravalli County. MDT Regional Manager Ed Toavs said the agency was especially interested in getting feedback from the commissioners on the safety improvement project planned for the Eastside…

Lone Rock robotics program looking for support

Lone Rock 6th grader Crystal Hazel works on the robot that she designed as part of science teacher Rich Montoya’s Robotics Class. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Lone Rock School science teacher Rich Montoya is excited about the new robotics class that has been initiated at the Middle School. The class is designed not only to impart knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, but also to engage the students in hands on development, creative problem…

Bitterroot Public Library – marking a century of service

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By Daphne Jackson   While many external aspects of the Bitterroot Public Library have changed over the past 100 years, its core purpose has remained consistent, according to Library Director Mark Wetherington. “The commitment to public service and serving the public is pretty unwavering, and pretty constant,” Wetherington said. “In the forties it would have…

Riverstone School – an education alternative

Students Atticus Southwell, Gianna Ostby, Ethan Brush and Jackson Jessop watch as teacher Clare Ann Harff demonstrates how to outline a heart with glue during Riverstone School’s art class. Harff said students learn about artists and styles of art through hands-on projects.  Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson   When Sarah Southwell started teaching her children at home, she didn’t plan to create a supplementary school for other homeschool families, she just wanted to give her children more educational options. Southwell said she started homeschooling her children as a method of alternative education to help her son, who was diagnosed…

Talk on Islam draws crowd

UM Professor Samir Bitar addresses a packed house on “Perspectives on Islam” at the Darby Library. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell   The Darby Public Library building could not hold the crowd that showed up last Thursday, March 9, to hear Language Professor Samir Bitar from the University of Montana give an address entitled “Perspectives on Islam.” It was the second of three presentations in a program supported by speakers from Humanities Montana…

Former Forest Service chief to receive UM honorary doctorate

The University of Montana will award an honorary doctorate to former U.S. Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas of Florence during its May 14 commencement exercises. On March 4, the state Board of Regents approved the plan to present Thomas with an Honorary Doctorate of Science. Actor J.K. Simmons will also receive an Honorary Doctorate…

Water right objection filing deadline nears

Time is running out to file objections to water rights on the main-stem and eastside of the Bitterroot River. The Montana Water Court has set a deadline of June 1, 2016 to receive objections to water rights. Stream adjudication is under way in much of the Bitterroot Valley. On December 4, 2015, the Montana Water…

Floodplain violations under investigation

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Floodplain Administrator Brian Wilkinson has been investigating potential floodplain permitting violations at the Bitterroot River Lodge property south of Hamilton since late last summer. Wilkinson wrote the property owners, TDJ Brothers No 2, LLC and Bensch Family, LLC, in August 2015 about potential floodplain permitting violations involving ponds, buildings and…

Corvallis school to run operating levy

By Michael Howell On February 9, the Corvallis School Board voted unanimously to ask the community to approve a General Fund Operating Levy in the amount of $440,000 at the May 3 school board election. If approved the tax levy would support the fund which pays for most operating expenses, including salaries, maintenance needs, supplies…