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Commissioners approve Open Lands funds for 61 Bar Ranch

Burnt Fork area gets another conservation easement By Michael Howell Last Thursday the Ravalli County Commissioners gave preliminary approval to spending $295,000 out of the county’s Open Lands Bond Program for the purchase of a conservation easement on the 61 Bar Ranch, located east of Stevensville. It is the latest addition to a string of…

County seeks clarification of ‘hard look standard’ in Legacy ruling

By Michael Howell The Montana Association of Counties is seeking legislative changes to clarify the “Hard Look Standard” as it was applied in the recent lawsuit over the Legacy Ranch subdivision in Ravalli County. In that case, which was decided in favor of Bitterrooters for Planning, the court invoked the “hard look standard” relating to…

State considers abandoning Painted Rocks State Park

And not promoting visitation to Fort Owen State Park By Michael Howell Regional State Parks Manager Chet Crowley and Bitterroot District Manager Loren Flynn told the Ravalli County Commissioners last week that their agency is considering dropping Painted Rocks State Park from its inventory and reducing its involvement in Fort Owen State Park in Stevensville….

County asks for default judgment against former treasurer

By Michael Howell Ravalli County has asked District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton to issue a default judgment against former County Treasurer Valerie Stamey for $151,478.22. Stamey was accused in a civil lawsuit filed in June 2014 of 58 counts of failure to perform her duties as Treasurer. She was fined $29,000, that is $500 per…

Florence women raising funds to help needy children in India

Nancy Brown with a sponsored child at a children’s home in Bihar, India. Photo courtesy of Nancy Brown.

By Daphne Jackson Thousands of miles from the Bitterroot Valley, a children’s home in Bihar, India feeds, educates and houses more than 450 children. In October, Florence resident Nancy Brown will make her third visit to this home with an Oregon-based organization called Open Arms India. Brown said she first became aware of Open Arms…

County to abandon Meyer Lane if adjacent landowners agree

By Michael Howell After two hours of discussion last Thursday, the Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to abandon Meyer Lane, a short connector road between North Burnt Fork Road and Middle Burnt Fork Road east of Stevensville. The abandonment was conditioned, however, on the landowners along the road coming to some agreement amongst themselves about the…

Corvallis teachers picket

By Michael Howell Teachers in the Corvallis School District have been picketing outside the school buildings every morning for the past week before entering the building at class time. According to teachers’ union representative Christina Berger, the picketing is meant to let the community know that the teachers are working without a contract. “We are…

Hamilton High School, where graduation matters

Hamilton High School students Rachel Grimes (left) and Emily Fussell (right) discuss the Certified Nurse Assistant program with School to Work Supervisor Becky Brough (center left) and Superintendent of Public Education Denise Juneau (center right). Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell As part of the Graduation Matters Montana program, Hamilton High School has achieved one of the highest graduation rates in the state and, according to Principal Dan Kimzey, that will increase to about a 97% graduation rate once the latest results are tallied. Graduation Matters Montana was launched by Superintendent of Public…

Community celebrates 175 years

Stevensville Founders Day event tops off Montana history conference Following more than 18 months of planning, the 2016 Founders Day took place last Saturday at Historic St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville. No doubt the cool, cloudy fall weather was a factor in the lower than expected attendance – estimated at somewhere between 300 and 1000…

‘Roots and Branches: 175 years of Montana History’

By Michael Howell   “Roots and Branches: 175 Years of Montana History,” that was the theme of the 43rd annual convention of the Montana Historical Society held in Hamilton this year to coincide with the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Stevensville, Montana’s first town. The conference, which stretched over three days,…