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Hospital to open rural health clinic in Darby

John Bartos, CEO of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, gave the Darby Town Council an update last week about the hospital’s plans to open a Rural Health Clinic in Darby. According to Bartos, the hospital is leasing and renovating a building on the north end of town and plans to open a primary care clinic in…

Stevensville mayor resigns

Stevensville Mayor Paul Ludington submitted his resignation last Friday, to be effective at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The letter of resignation states: “It is with a heavy heart and a good bit of sympathy for the employees of the Town of Stevensville that I must submit my resignation…

Stevi mayor and council at impasse over town judge

By Michael Howell At its Thursday, April 14 meeting, the Stevensville Town Council rejected for the third time a request from Mayor Paul Ludington to appoint Chee Burnsides as Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Stevensville. The motion to appoint Burnsides was voted down on a 3-0 vote with Councilors Stacie Barker, Robin Holcomb…

Advocating for kids – Emma’s House fills critical role

By Daphne Jackson Emma’s House, a local Children’s Advocacy Center, will host several events through the rest of April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kierstin Schmitt, Prevention Coordinator for Emma’s House, said the upcoming events will focus on informing participants about what Emma’s House does, as well as providing prevention training, particularly…

County govt study commission poses three questions to voters

By Michael Howell A majority of members of the Ravalli County Local Government Study Commission are recommending that Ravalli County should continue with the commission form of government and that issues relating to the number of commissioners, term length of commissioners, and type of election (partisan versus non-partisan) should be placed on the ballot. The…

Hamilton to vote on change in form of government

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton’s Local Government Review Study Commission issued a final report in February that places a possible change in the form of government on the ballot in the June 7 Primary election. The City’s local government study commission, formed in 2014, is composed of three voting members, Lynette Helgeland, Melvin…

Veterans Service Center open at new location

Mike Warner, Veterans’ Services Officer, at his desk in the Valley Veterans Service Center, now located at 217 N. 3rd in Hamilton. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson   A local veteran assistance program plans to offer veterans an increased range of services, thanks to a new, more spacious location at 217 N. 3rd Street in Hamilton. Veterans’ Services Officer Mike Warner, who has been running the Valley Veterans Service Center for about a year, said the extra space has…

Annual auction sign of spring

Randy Kearns, owner of Gardner Auction, carries on a family tradition with the staging of the 56th Annual Spring Equipment Auction on April 9th in Hamilton. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman   In 1960, Morris Gardner, a well-known local businessman and auctioneer, began what is now one of the first signs of spring, Gardner’s Spring Equipment Consignment Auction. The first auctions featured only farm equipment – plows, tractors, hay balers and other equipment that was needed to run a small, or large, farm….

Study released on effects of low dose pesticide poisoning

By Michael Howell   Local wildlife rehabilitator Judy Hoy is one of the authors cited in a study recently published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine which claims to demonstrate that even low doses of glyphosates, a chemical ingredient in many pesticides, can be considered a serious health problem. Lead author…

Get ready to ride! Missoula/Bitterroot bike trail coming soon

State Rep. Ed Greef has been an advocate for more bicycle paths in the Bitterroot and is promoting the Missoula to Lolo portion that will open this summer, completing the Bitterroot Trail from Missoula to Hamilton. Star file photo.

By Michael Howell State Representative Ed Greef of Florence is a believer in the old adage about economic development: “build it and they will come.” He attended the latest meeting of the Hamilton City Council to urge them to get ready because the Bitterroot Trail, a bike and walking path from Missoula to Hamilton, will…