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Local groups to hold meeting on box store proposal

Bitterrooters for Planning will host “Our Water, Our Towns, Our Business,” an informational public meeting on the proposal for a large-scale retail store near Hamilton on Monday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Hamilton City Hall. The meeting is free and open to the public. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality…

Florence school trustee resignation accepted

By Michael Howell Florence-Carlton School District Trustee Colby Reynolds’ resignation is final following a unanimous vote to accept it at the October 13 school board meeting. Reynolds first submitted notice of his resignation on August 25, effective the previous day, but then attempted to withdraw his resignation in an email sent to the Superintendent and…

Conservationist honored

Stewart “Brandy” Brandborg of Hamilton, one of the founders of the 1964 Wilderness Act which is 50 years old this year, addressed a standing-room-only audience in Hamilton last week at the screening of the U.S. Forest Service film about his years of public service in getting the Wilderness Act approved by Congress. The film, entitled…

Meet the County Local Government Study Commission candidates

The Star has received numerous requests for information on the 19 candidates running for the five-member County Local Government Study Commission. We asked each candidate to submit a paragraph or two telling readers why they are running for the study commission. Here are their responses. Scott Boulanger My name is Scott Boulanger and I am…

City of Hamilton signs skate park MOU

  By Michael Howell After years of effort a formal agreement between the City of Hamilton and the non-profit organization Circle 13 Skate Park and the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority to create a skate park in Hamilton has been approved. The memorandum of understanding outlines the responsibilities of the various partners in the project….

Stevensville discusses changes in curfew

  By Michael Howell Stevensville Police Chief James Marble has asked the Town Council to consider changing the hours of curfew to get underage children off the streets a little earlier in the evening to possibly help curb vandalism in the community. The Town already has a curfew and currently anyone under the age of…

The Ebola connection

  By Michael Howell The front cover of a recent issue of Bloomsberg Businessweek declared in red letters that looked something like smeared blood, “EBOLA IS COMING.” Dr. Vincent Racaniello, Professor of Virology at Columbia University Medical Center, blogged soon after, “Although the article presents a good analysis of the hurdles in developing antibody therapy…

Deadline extended for comment on ‘big box’ wastewater discharge permit

  As a result of technical difficulties associated with the electronic means of receiving comments from the public, DEQ is extending the public comment period for a wastewater discharge permit being considered for a large retail store to be located south of Hamilton on Blood Lane and Skalkaho Highway. The deadline is being extended to…

Florence school trustee resigns (maybe)

  By Michael Howell For unstated reasons on August 25, Florence Carlton School Board trustee Colby Reynolds emailed notice of his resignation to Superintendent Bud Scully and to trustees Tara Zeiler, Jay Dixon, Pat Appleby and Mel Finlay. The e-mail stated simply, “I am officially resigning from the Florence Carlton School Board effective 8-24-2014. Thank…

Hamilton man instrumental in passage of Wilderness Act fifty years ago

By Michael Howell   As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, one Bitterrooter, who was instrumental in getting the law passed by Congress in 1964, is ready to celebrate, but at the same time he has some deep concerns about the future of the Act and the wild lands that it…