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Sapphire Community Health now open

By Michael Howell Sapphire Community Health, a not-for-profit primary health care facility that turns no one away for lack of money and charges on a sliding scale fee based on the individual’s or family’s ability to pay, has re-opened for business after being closed in 2012 due to lack of funding. The clinic’s top notch…

Comment sought on proposed Bitterroot River closure rule

By Michael Howell The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed biennial rule that would allow the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to temporarily close a portion of the Bitterroot River surrounding the Supply Ditch Diversion Dam to protect public safety. The dam is located on the east branch…

Miss Montana spreads anti-bullying message

By Michael Howell Miss Montana Danielle Wineman visited several schools in western Montana on her Crown to Classroom Tour which focused on anti-bullying. Wineman of Cut Bank, a 23 year old theatre arts graduate of Stephens College, was crowned Miss Montana 2015 on June 13 in Glendive and is touring the state as an ambassador…

Hamilton adopts updated Growth Policy

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton adopted an updated Growth Policy last week. According to Special Projects Director Dennis Stranger, the update has been in the works for about a year and the city Planning Commission met five times on the issue before recommending approval to the City Council. Stranger said that a recent…

Bike path branded: Bitterroot Trail

By Michael Howell Representatives from Adventure Cycling and Destination Missoula came to Stevensville last week to get some community input concerning the “branding” of the bike path that will soon stretch from downtown Missoula to Stevensville. They were also looking for input on the design. Eva Dunn/Froebig of Adventure Cycling said her involvement stemmed from…

MOU could lead to Stevi Fishing Access Site

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the owners of the Fort Owen Ranch that could lead to the establishment of a dedicated and maintained Fishing Access Site at the Stevensville Bridge which crosses the Bitterroot River on…

Health board to consider info on rising incidence of birth defects, illnesses

By Michael Howell Local wildlife rehabilitator Judy Hoy is hoping the fourth time is the charm in her decades-long attempt to get the Ravalli County Board of Health to request the Environmental Protection Agency to test the foliage, snow and rain, surface water and urine of domestic grazing animals in the county to determine what…

Hamilton council considers public art and homelessness policies

By Michael Howell At its November 10 Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the Hamilton City Council heard from Terry Marasco, owner of the Signal Bar & Grill, about the possibility of having public art on display in the City. Marasco and Councilor Jenny West both serve on the Business Attraction Committee of the…

Special Stevensville Founders Day calendar released

By Michael Howell It’s not too early to get your 2016 Founder’s Day – 175th Anniversary calendar and support the Historic St. Mary’s Mission. It’s includes November and December of 2015 so you can get started anytime now, if you are interested in counting off the days, for instance, to that fateful day 175 years…

County adopts development plan, approves TEDD

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners met last Thursday, November 19, for “Review and approval of a Comprehensive Development Plan for the Targeted Economic Development District (TEDD) in Airport Area and Preliminary Engineering Report (PER).” Commissioners Greg Chilcott and J.R. Iman were absent and the remaining commissioners quickly decided not to deal with the PER…