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Victor honors veterans, Stephani remembered

By Jean Schurman   Veterans Day at Victor School has always featured veterans, Marines, and one particular Marine, Bill Stephani. This fall, Stephani lost his final battle and passed on. But his legacy lives on and it was evident, not only in the facility he helped raise money for, but in the students at Victor…

Moving toward a three-commissioner board

Ravalli County voters, in the last election, approved reducing the Board of County Commissioners from a five-member board down to three. The voters also rejected the change in term lengths that appeared on the same ballot, meaning that the commissioners will serve four-year terms. The strategy that was adopted to make this transition, according to…

Ochenski speaks to Bitterrooters

  By Michael Howell Newspaper columnist and wilderness advocate George Ochenski came to Hamilton last week as the featured speaker at the annual banquet and membership meeting of Bitterrooters for Planning. The planning advocacy group is in a tough position politically, located as it is in a Republican dominated county that has eliminated its growth…

Stevensville passes intent to adopt growth policy update

  By Michael Howell At its November 10 meeting, the Stevensville Town Council approved a resolution of intent to adopt an update to the Town’s Growth Policy. Mathew Rohrbach, Community Planner at Land Solutions, noted a few changes that had been made by the Planning and Zoning Board before making its recommendation to adopt the…

Negligent arson charges filed over Roaring Lion Fire

By Michael Howell Three young men were formally charged in Ravalli County Justice Court last week with felony and misdemeanor violations connected with the Roaring Lion Fire. Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright has filed allegations of negligent arson, both felony and misdemeanor violations, against four individuals – three of them 18-year old males from Hamilton…

Former GSK scientists open up shop in Missoula

By Michael Howell Back in February of 2015, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and one of Ravalli County’s largest employers, announced consolidation of its research development operations, resulting in the closure of its research and development operations in Hamilton later that year. That announcement did not come as a…

New day for Darby school

By Daphne Jackson Darby High School is using funds provided by a donation from a former student to start new community and schoolwide projects, including a personalized learning program for its students. The recent endowment also provided for Shelby Rogala’s position as the school’s new Community Outreach Coordinator. As such, Rogala splits her time between…

Hamilton School District gets AdvancED accreditation

By Michael Howell After a two-year review of its system by a local review team, the Hamilton School District recently received certification by the AdvancED program in Montana. It is one of only five schools in the state to be certified by the program. Darby was the first in the state to be certified in…

Stevensville Playhouse to get backstage improvements

 By Michael Howell The Stevensville Playhouse has already gotten a face-lift, now it’s about to get a long needed backstage-lift. A major three-level addition to the back of the building is in the works that would provide a much needed storage area, a changing room, and an off-stage area for performers, as well as a…

Group addresses homelessness in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Several non-profit organizations and agency representatives came together last spring to discuss the issue of homelessness in Ravalli County. While the problem is not obvious to the casual observer, with no large homeless camps full of people living out of duffle bags and shopping carts, it is an issue if you listen…