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Sapphire Community Health clinic funded for three more years

By Michael Howell No one is turned away at the Sapphire Community Health clinic in Hamilton for inability to pay and, thanks to a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), our local Community Health Center will continue to offer its valuable services to Bitterroot community members for another three years. Community Health…

Landowner announces closing of popular boat launch

By Michael Howell   Roy Capp, owner of the Fort Owen Ranch, has posted signs at the Stevensville bridge fishing access site announcing that he plans to close the boat launching area near the bridge that has traditionally been used by the public. Tired of the trespassing and the trash, Capp made a proposal to…

Hamilton school bond, levy approved

By Michael Howell   Needless to say, the Hamilton School District administration is ecstatic at the voters’ approval of a $400,000 General Fund levy and a $9.75 million bond. The Bond was approved by a vote of 2,754 to 2,108. The vote on the levy was closer, with 2,483 approving the levy and 2,402 voting…

A Bitterroot original – Helen Ann Bibler was true to her roots

By Rod Daniel It’s been more than five months since Helen Ann Bibler left her beloved Bitterroot Valley for the last time, catching a charter flight to Seattle following a fire in her Hamilton home. But memories of the eccentric fourth generation Bitterrooter are alive and well in the hearts and minds of her many…

Stevensville River Park is a park

Town belatedly adds it to record By Michael Howell After all these years, either because it failed to do so in the beginning or because the records were lost, the Stevensville Town Council last week established without a doubt that River Park is indeed “dedicated parkland.” The question of whether the 22-acre park was ever…

Cemetery cell tower gets conditional nod

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council approved a land lease agreement on May 2 that would allow Gold Creek Cellular, a Montana Limited Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, to install a cellular tower at Riverview Cemetery provided it obtains a conditional use permit from the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The city council held a public…

Future Irrigators of America

By Michael Howell   Every year a contingent of young members of Future Farmers of America, from various school districts in the county, convenes on Lake Como to participate in workshops and a tour of the dam and some of the associated irrigation works, including a visit to one of the end points of all…

Nez Perce history and culture exhibit opens at museum

By Michael Howell After years of preparation the traveling exhibit called “The Journey of the Resilient Niimiipuu People” made its first stop in Hamilton on what is planned to be a five-year-long tour along the 1,100-mile-long trail taken by the Nez Perce in their ultimately futile flight from U.S. Army troops in the 1877 War….

Victor school levy fails, teachers bite the bullet

By Michael Howell Voters in the Victor School District rejected a proposed general operating levy that would have raised about $196,000 for the school’s General Fund. Just to keep the current programs going, the district was facing an annual budget deficit of about $80,000, according to Superintendent Lance Pearson. He said a big part of…

City gets an earful about Hieronymus Park

  By Michael Howell A close neighbor to Hieronymus Park is feeling a bit imposed upon by park users and would like the City of Hamilton to step up and address the park’s needs instead of leaving it up to the neighbors to provide such things as parking and restroom facilities. “It is our intention…