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Greef, Gorski file for House District 88 seat

Sharon Greef of Florence has announced she is a Republican candidate for the state legislature in House District 88, which is the north end of Ravalli County. Greef is running for the seat currently held by her husband, Representative Ed Greef, who will be termed out at the end of 2018. Greef says she brings…

CASA volunteers provide vital service for children, courts

By Michael Howell Two new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children, Mike Cressler, a retired military attorney and Denny Sutherland, a retired firefighter from the National Park Service, were recently sworn in by Ravalli County District Court Judge James Haynes. They are the latest volunteers to join the Bitterroot CASA program under the direction…

School principal responds to hunting violation charges

By Michael Howell On December 13, the Bitterroot Star published a letter to the editor concerning an alleged hunting violation by a school official based on rumors circulating in the community, which stated, “Just wondering why everyone has been quiet about a high-ranking school official and his son allegedly shooting two trophy elk on private…

Health officials report increase in influenza activity in state

Local and state public health officials are seeing an increase in influenza activity across the state, with nearly 200 new cases, 40 hospitalizations, and several outbreaks reported over the past two weeks. Reported cases are slightly higher than this time last year; however, influenza activity typically does increase in December. Department of Public Health and…

Fires cost Montana up to $240.5 million in visitor spending, report says

Montana lost up to 800,000 visitors due to the fires and smoke this past summer, according to a report produced by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. “The reduction in visitation resulted in a loss of $240.5 million in visitor spending, translating to a 6.8 percent loss in expected…

Star awarded county legal, display advertising contracts

The Bitterroot Star was awarded the contract for publishing legal notices for Ravalli County for 2018, following the opening of bids last week. The Ravalli Republic, a five-day-a-week publication, has a sworn circulation of 2,018. The Bitterroot Star, a weekly publication, submitted a bid of $2.00 per 100-word folio for the first insertion and $0.50…

Neighbors voice concerns at public hearing on gravel pits

By Michael Howell Having received plenty of requests from neighboring landowners to hold a public meeting over a couple of proposed gravel pits in the Big Creek area north of Victor, the Department of Environmental Quality did just that on December 12 at Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. The meeting drew about 75 people and…

Log trucks once again rolling out of Bitterroot west side

By Michael Howell The logging trucks are rolling out of some west side drainages as work on the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project has begun. The project is one in a long line of projects on the Bitterroot National Forest that since 2007 have treated more than 30,000 acres of National Forest lands that border…

School principal and son cited for hunting violations

By Michael Howell Stevensville High School Principal Brian Gum and his son Jaren have each been charged by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for killing bull elk in a hunting district where there is no season for bull elk. Both men were cited on the afternoon of October 27, 2017 by north valley…

Local author’s book draws attention to serious dangers of pesticide use

A book written by naturalist, wildlife biologist and rehabilitator Judy Hoy of Stevensville released this week titled “Changing Faces” chronicles in detail more than 20 years of work to document birth defects in wild animals as well as humans in the face of increasing pesticide use in the local area and elsewhere in the United…