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Former Job Service site is home to new tech business

By Russ Lawrence Elliott Lander and his wife, Grace, found their way to the Bitterroot Valley via Triple Creek Ranch, where the Texas couple came for a break from their Houston-area business. Then, they came back. And again, repeatedly, until they realized that they had developed a connection with the valley. Eventually, they purchased a…

Local RML scientist talks about Ebola

By Michael Howell Dr. Marshall Bloom, Associate Director of Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML), gave a community based talk about the Ebola virus last week at the Darby Public Library. He told the audience that he doesn’t work directly on the virus and thus does not consider himself an “expert,” but he does know a lot…

Hamilton contemplates accepting land gift

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council is mulling over the possibility of accepting as a gift 12 acres of land located behind the K-Mart store on Highway 93 at the north end of town. According to City Planner Dennis Stranger, the owner of the land, Mr. Seals, has tentatively committed to donating the land…

Stevensville airport manager resigns

By Michael Howell Stevensville Airport Manager Steve Knopp is resigning effective March 1, 2015. Knopp told the Council that he has enjoyed the time spent as a volunteer and believes he has completed his duties to the best of his knowledge and abilities while being employed full-time elsewhere. “Unfortunately I do not feel that I…

Ski season officially begins

Lost Trail Ski Area on the Bitterroot and Salmon-Challis National Forests has announced that they will begin their 76th season of operations this Thursday, December 4. Open Thursday-Sunday, the ski area has hundreds more acres of new terrain this year, thanks to some recent thinning operations on the mountain. For the latest conditions and information…

Whitetail harvest up, mule deer, elk on par with last year

The big game hunting season closed on Sunday with elk and mule deer harvest on par with last season, and white-tailed deer harvest solidly higher at all three hunter check stations in west-central Montana. The Bonner Check Station is Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s bellwether for whitetail harvest in Region 2, where the season total…

DEQ approves wastewater discharge permit for large retail store

By Michael Howell The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved a wastewater discharge permit for a proposed large Retail Store to be located on Blood Lane and Highway 93 south of Hamilton. The permit application was received last June and the agency held a public meeting and a public hearing in Hamilton to take…

Senator visits Florence School

By Michael Howell By Michael Howell Montana Senator Jon Tester paid a visit last week to Jackie McCann’s first grade class at Florence-Carlton School. He stopped in to read a book to the students, including students from Rochelle Bloomquist’s fourth grade class. The book, “Postcards from Washington D.C.: Traveling with Anna,” is a series of…

County updated on effects of property value reappraisals

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners heard from state officials last week about what to expect from the recent reappraisal of property values for tax purposes. After experiencing decades of rising property values in the state and in Ravalli County, some property owners are expecting a little tax relief following the most recent reappraisal…

Stevensville Town Council opposes ‘big box’ development

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council approved a proclamation at its November 13 meeting in opposition to the construction of large-scale retail facilities in Ravalli County. Although the proclamation has no legally binding effect on development outside the town limits, council members felt it was important to make a public statement in opposition to…