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Hamilton Council hears about high alcohol fuel

  By Michael Howell State Representative and candidate for the Senate Pat Connell told the Hamilton City Council last week that oil, natural gas and coal are only a part of the state’s and the nation’s energy portfolio and he wanted them to know about another important alternative besides the solar and wind options. It…

North valley car thefts under investigation

  The Ravalli County sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of car thefts that took place on on Monday, September 15, in the Stevensville/Florence area. Five separate reports of stolen vehicles were received. Sheriff’s deputies were able to recover the five vehicles, but they had all sustained damage. All the vehicles that were taken had…

Next Habitat for Humanity house to be ‘blitz built’

  By Michael Howell Ground was broken last Tuesday, September 9 at the site of the latest Habitat for Humanity house scheduled to be built in Stevensville. The house lot is located in the Twin Creeks Subdivision on the southeast side of town. A crowd gathered on a blustery afternoon to witness the groundbreaking. Every…

No permissive levy in Stevensville for now

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council decided last week to table its discussion concerning a permissive medical levy until the next budget cycle. At its previous meeting, the Council had considered adopting a permissive medical levy without funding it. Most of the public in attendance expressed opposition to the levy. Councilor Jim Crews…

Body of missing Stevensville man found

    According to Ravalli County Sheriff/Coroner Chris Hoffman, elements of True North Search Dogs, Ravalli County Search and Rescue, and Ravalli County Sheriff’s Deputies located and recovered the body of George Alex Baumann on Saturday, September 13th. Hoffman said that Baumann, the 56-year-old Stevensville man missing since August 26th, was found in heavily timbered,…

Household garbage difficult to regulate

  By Michael Howell Gary Cargile’s level of frustration reached extreme proportions last week when he was told by the Ravalli County Board of Health that it could do nothing about the household garbage piling up on his neighbor’s property. Cargile told the Board that his neighbor had amassed a huge pile of household garbage…

DEQ invites comments on water quality plan for 11 Bitterroot streams

  The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a water quality document and plan for the Bitterroot River and a number of its tributaries. A public meeting is planned in Hamilton later this month to answer questions and to discuss the document. The “Bitterroot Watershed Total Maximum Daily Loads and Water…

Complaints surface over county road maintenance

  By Michael Howell Last week the Ravalli County Commissioners received a petition bearing over 50 signatures and asking for road improvements along Nighthawk Lane in Hamilton. It’s not the only road improvement petition that the county has received this summer. The one they got in July from people who use Daly Avenue from Marcus…

Daughter of Holocaust survivor speaks to Darby High

  By Jean Schurman The tale that was related to the junior high and high school students of Darby on Sept. 3 sounded like something right off the silver screen. But this was a true story, brought to the students by Jeannie Smith, the daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Holocaust survivor. Smith came to…

WWII paratroopers meet in Stevensville

  By Michael Howell When Golda Weber first met WWII veteran Carl Paul she was inspired. Paul had started the first chapter of the National 82nd Airborne Division Association west of the Mississippi in Kamiah, Idaho. The next thing you know, Weber was secretary/treasurer of the Montana Chapter which was chartered in 2003. The Chapter…