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County Government Study Commission wants to hear from public

By Michael Howell On June 3, 2014, the voters of Ravalli County approved the establishment and funding (not to exceed $36,500) of a Local Government Study Commission (LGSC) consisting of five members. On November 4, 2014, out of 19 candidates, the voters elected Alan Thompson, Scott Boulanger, George Corn, Sharon Schroeder, and Marilee Shockley to…

Safeway and Albertsons to remain open in Hamilton

By Russ Lawrence When Safeway and Albertsons announced their intention to merge last year, it left many in Hamilton wondering what effect that would have on the local grocery store landscape. That question was resolved last Friday, January 30, when the newly-merged entity, now owned by Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s, Inc., and controlled by…

Stevi approves location for skate park

By Michael Howell A proposal to build a skate park in Stevensville got a major boost at the Stevensville Town Council meeting on January 22, when the council voted unanimously to approve locating the proposed facility at Lewis and Clark Park. Raymond Smith, Chair of the town’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board and Co-Chair of…

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital cuts the ribbon on new ICU

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital CEO John Bartos and Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Jennifer Feighner cut the ribbon last week at the grand opening of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit. It all began with a bake sale held by the nurses working in the old ICU. The other…

MPG Ranch – a long term experiment in restoration

By Michael Howell For over a hundred years, a large ranch at the north end of the valley was in the hands of the Schroeder family and run as a cattle and sheep operation. The Schroeder family homesteaded the area in 1881 when Montana was a territory of the U.S. and much of the Bitterroot…

Stevi playground project gets huge boost from businesses

The Living Centre and Discovery Care Centre are now the official “dream builders” for the development of Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville. Bill Watkins, owner of both facilities, has offered to match all funds raised, up to $100,000, in the current fund drive for Bear Mountain Playground. The Living Centre and Discovery Care Centre,…

Stevi School Board holds special meeting to address complaints

By Michael Howell The Stevensville School Board held a special board meeting on 48 hour notice last week to address the complaints in a letter that was delivered at the last board meeting by Lori and Jim Rokosch. After discussing a variety of options for responding to the complaints, in the end the board decided…

Tickborne Relapsing Fever endemic to the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Most Bitterrooters are familiar with the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Rickettsia rickettsia) that proliferates here during the spring and summer months, the ones known to occasionally transmit such diseases as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Colorado Tick Fever to humans. But another type of tick, Ornithodoros hermsi, not so well known and…

Hamilton school board addresses issue of transgender athletes

By Michael Howell The Hamilton School District Board of Trustees gave clear direction to their representative to the Montana High School Association (MSHA) that he should vote against the association’s proposal to amend eligibility by-laws in consideration of gender identity to read: “The MSHA allows all students, regardless of gender identity or expression, the opportunity…

Parents want to discuss ‘toxic’ atmosphere at Stevi school

By Michael Howell At the beginning of last week’s meeting of the Stevensville School District Board of Trustees, Lori Rokosch made a statement about what she calls a “toxic environment” at the school. “We are here to request attention, answers, and action by the board to address a number of interrelated issues of concern that…