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Roaring Lion Fire prompts evacuations

The Roaring Lion Fire roared into view from the second block of downtown Hamilton on Sunday afternoon around 3:40 p.m., gobbling up 2000 acres in less than 12 hours and prompting evacuation of at least 500 homes. More than 3500 acres and at least 14 structures have already burned and continuing hot, dry weather and high winds are cause for concern. Crystal Schurman photo.

By Michael Howell Roaring Lion Fire lived up to its name when it jumped to life on Sunday afternoon and roared across 2,000 acres of forested land in less than 12 hours. At one point the fire was estimated to be consuming the woods at a rate of 200 acres per hour. By noon on…

Adjacent landowners sue to stop Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project

By Michael Howell A couple of objectors to the Bitterroot National Forest’s proposed Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project (Westside Project) have filed suit in federal district court in Missoula to stop the project. Fred Rohrbach and Bitterroot LLC are alleging that the process utilized by the Forest Service and the Westside Project’s final decision does…

Veterans Park in Stevensville gets a mural

Local artist Annie Allen and assistant Cassie Bartlette put the finishing touches on a wall-size mural on the north side of a building at 102 Main in Stevensville. The building houses the Stevensville Main Street Association (sponsor of the mural project) and the mural faces onto Veterans Park and features a depiction of the American Legion Hall. Michael Howell photo.

  By Michael Howell Thanks to a few organizations and a whole bunch of people, Veterans Park on Main Street in Stevensville is now graced with a large and creative work of art. The new art piece is a mural that stretches across the north wall of the building, owned by Dean Vance, that currently…

Stevi mayor clashes with staff over proposed policy changes

By Michael Howell Stevensville Mayor Jim Crews held a staff meeting at Town Hall last week to present some proposed personnel policy changes and get feedback from the town’s employees. “I don’t like staff meetings, but we need to do one,” said Crews. He said he promised that there would be no changes for the…

Stevi Cafe owner attends governor’s business symposium

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By Michael Howell The Stevensville Main Street Association’s economic development committee decided this year to provide a grant for a local business owner to attend the Innovate Montana Symposium in Billings on July 13-14. “Innovate Montana connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to take their ventures to the next level of success in a…

Judicial candidate, wife sue former nanny over letter

By Michael Howell Robert Myers, candidate for District Court Judge, and his wife Jennifer Feighner, filed suit on July 5, 2016 in California Superior Court, San Diego County, against a former employee, Madison Alexander, whom they once employed as a nanny, and “Does 1 through 100,” over a letter to the editor written by Alexander…

Professional misconduct charges filed against Myers

By Michael Howell Charges of professional misconduct were filed on July 15, 2016 before the Commission on Practice of the Supreme Court of Montana against Ravalli County judicial candidate Robert Myers. Leave was granted by the Commission on Practice on July 14, 2016 to Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Jon Moog to file the charges against Myers….

Lt. Governor checks out economic progress in Bitterroot

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney delivered a check for $625,000 last Thursday to FreightMonster, Inc. located on Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton. Shown are Representative Ed Greef, Jennifer Olson of the Montana Department of Commerce Community Grants Bureau, Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, and Larry Lockhart, Jr., president of FreightMonster. Jean Schurman photo.

By Michael Howell and Jean Schurman Lt. Governor Mike Cooney was in the Bitterroot Valley last Thursday for a tour of a couple of the businesses and one of the towns that have benefited from the state’s various economic development programs. In Hamilton he stopped in at FreightMonster, Inc. and handed over a check for…

Lewis & Clark Descent Trail to get improvements, markers

By Michael Howell It’s been a long time since Lewis and Clark descended from the mountain ridges into the Bitterroot Valley. But very soon, according to Darby District Ranger Eric Winthers, visitors to the area will have a chance to literally follow in the footsteps of the explorers as they descended into the valley in…

Irrigators, anglers on edge over low water situation

By Michael Howell One undeniable fact that has Bitterroot River irrigators and anglers on edge right now is that the river is flowing at one third its average volume for this time of year. An unusually hot and dry April jump started an early runoff of the snow pack and already plans are being made…