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Eagle Scout project improves bird watching opportunities

By Michael Howell   Homeschooler Nolan Gardner, 12, is a member of Boy Scout Troop #1115 in Florence. He has been a Boy Scout for seven years and when it came time to do a project for his Eagle Scout badge he decided that since he liked birds so much, the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife…

Fires finally fizzle, warnings lifted

By Michael Howell   According to Lolo Peak Fire Operation Section Chief Mike Granger, Mother Nature stepped up in the nick of time to quell the Lolo Peak Fire just as it had spotted out ahead of itself up the Sweeney Creek drainage and leapfrogged past Bass Lake into the upper Bass Creek drainage. The…

New Ravalli Recreation Committee looking for land

By Michael Howell   An open house celebration at Re-Max in Hamilton last Saturday served as the occasion for a surprise announcement by the newly formed Ravalli Recreation Committee and an unveiling of its grand vision of a multi-purpose, 80-acre recreation complex including lots of fields. The conceptual site plan that was unveiled contained a…

Water Forum sponsors irrigation and restoration tour for adults

By Michael Howell   For years now the Bitter Root Water Forum has sponsored an annual spring field trip for high school FFA students titled “Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot,” hauling busloads of kids up to Como Dam and to various irrigation structures, fish screens, dairies and riparian restoration areas in the valley. There has…

Amani Children’s Choir to perform

For the first time ever, the Amani Children’s Choir will be entertaining audiences in our valley this week with joyful African music and dance. This tour group’s visit to Big Sky Country has been in the works for two years. Hosting the choir is Hamilton’s Mosaic Church on Main Street. The choir, from Kampala, Uganda…

Landmark Hamilton smokestack turns 100

The great sugar beet factory debacle   One of Hamilton’s iconic pieces of architecture, the large smokestack that looms like a giant watchtower over the north end of town, catches everyone’s eye as they enter or leave the city via Veterans Bridge. It’s an impressive sight, whether you know anything about its history or not….

Montana Environmental Policy Act doesn’t apply to DEQ permitting

By Michael Howell   On September 5, the Montana Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in the case of a disputed DEQ wastewater discharge permit for a large retail store south of Hamilton, reversing in part and affirming in part the lower court’s ruling. The high court reversed the lower court’s order requiring DEQ to…

Stevensville treasurer resigns

Stevensville treasurer Roxanne Wagner resigned unexpectedly last Wednesday, walking off the job at noon after submitting a short letter of resignation, which stated briefly, “I apologize for not being able to provide two week’s notice. I regret that, due to circumstances beyond my control, I need to resign immediately.” She concluded the letter to Mayor…

Fire, smoke, more fire

Surrounding fires fill valley with smoke   By Michael Howell   A weather front ushered in blustery winds and Red Flag conditions to the area last Saturday that continued through Monday, fanning fires across the area into renewed activity. Thick layers of smoke filled the valley and air quality deteriorated to unhealthy conditions.   The…

Hamilton attorney SLAPPed back by California court

By Michael Howell   A California Superior Court has awarded Hamilton attorney Robert Myers’ former nanny, Madison Alexander, $100,617.74 in attorney fees and costs after she successfully filed an anti-SLAPP motion in the libel and slander case which Myers and his wife Jennifer Feighner filed against her in July 2016.   Myers and Feighner claim…