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Stevensville moves forward with temporary FAS

By Michael Howell   According to Stevensville Mayor Jim Crews, the Town of Stevensville has gotten every permit required to construct a temporary boat launch on the Town’s River Park property north of the Stevensville bridge.   “At this point we are just waiting to get together with the Flood Plain Administrator, FWP officials and…

Stevensville Helitack base buzzing

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Airport has been buzzing with activity since the fire season burst into full bloom this summer. A covey of helicopters, including at one time four Chinooks and a Black Hawk, have been using the airport as a base for attacking fires in both the Bitterroot, Sapphire and Swan mountain ranges….

The fire this time

By Michael Howell Smoke filled the Bitterroot valley last weekend, turning both the sun and moon into red orbs at certain times of the day and night. The smoke is coming from all over, including surrounding states and even Canada. According to the Forest Service’s inciweb internet site, on Monday there were nine active fires…

About the Lolo Peak fire

By Michael Howell According to LaWen Hollingsworth, Long Term Fire Analyst from the Missoula Fire Research Laboratory, the fire on Lolo Peak is burning from the top down and will pass through very different vegetation types as it moves down and across the steep slopes. It will move down slope through an over mature forest…

MT National Guard mobilized for firefighting

On Sunday, 15 soldiers and one CH-47D Chinook helicopter of the Montana National Guard were mobilized to support the Meyers Fire, located 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg. Following assembly and in processing, the soldiers were scheduled to depart for the fire area at 2 p.m. Monday.   Governor Steve Bullock declared a fire emergency for…

County to deed land to Stevi for fishing access site

At a regular meeting on August 3, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted 4 to 0 to deed a 1.52 acre piece of land located at the northwest corner of the Stevensville bridge to the Town of Stevensville for development as a park with fishing access.   Deputy County Attorney Howard Recht confirmed that the law…

Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark

By Michael Howell The epic journey of the Corps of Discovery across the American west and back, and the records that were kept along the way, have provided generations of Americans a treasure trove of historical and scientific observations that continue to reveal new insights as time goes by. But the journals, as much as…

Fire danger level raised to ‘extreme’

Hamilton, Montana (August 2, 2017) – Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest will be raised to “Extreme” beginning tomorrow, August 3, 2017. Firefighters responded to 13 human-caused fires in Ravalli County over the weekend including several sparked by fireworks, cigarette butts thrown into dry grass and even one involving a canon.  Four of the…

Fishing restrictions on river to go into effect

Warm water temperatures have triggered “hoot-owl” fishing restrictions, beginning Thursday, August 3, on the Bitterroot River from Veteran’s Bridge on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton, downstream to the confluence with the Clark Fork in Missoula (approximately 55 miles). “Hoot owl” restrictions close fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight. The Bitterroot joins a portion of…

Fires (still) all around us

Lolo Peak Fire now 4792+ acres The Lolo Peak Fire, burning northwest of Florence, was listed at 4,792 acres as of Monday afternoon. The lightning-caused fire started in remote backcountry in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on July 15. Incident Commander is Greg Poncin of Northern Rockies Team 1. A total of 427 people are assigned to…