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Stevensville council appoints interim mayor, new judge

By Michael Howell At the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the Stevensville Town Council, Council President Jim Crews, who has been serving as acting mayor since the resignation of former Mayor Paul Ludington, was officially appointed as interim mayor to serve until the next general election. There were two candidates for the mayor’s position, Crews…

Sheriff’s Office hosts Crisis Intervention Training

Sgt. Jim Anderson, Statewide Coordinator for the Montana Crisis Intervention Training from the Gallatin Academy, Ravalli County Deputy Dan Mendonca CIT Coordinator for Ravalli County and his teammate River Front Counselor Kimber Smith address a roomful of law enforcement and other agency services including the Hamilton Police Department, the Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Valley Veterans, Ravalli Services, Western Montana Mental Health Clinic, and Heart Ministries.

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Montana Academy, with Riverfront Mental Health Center and West House in Corvallis, May 16th through May 20th. The purpose of CIT Montana is to train first responders, law enforcement officers, detention staff, and dispatchers in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals…

Primary election candidate profiles

The Bitterroot Star gave all candidates in this election cycle the same set of questions: • Why are you running for this office and why are you the best candidate for this position? • What issues will be your focus? • What sort of experience do you have, i.e. jobs, businesses, political offices held? •…

Thomas perseveres to earn degree despite ALS

Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship student Scott Thomas will receive his degree during commencement Saturday, May 6, 2016 in Bozeman.  MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

By Denise Hoepfner, MSU News Service On Saturday, 175 graduates of the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship made their way across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas. For one student, the accomplishment was the culmination of a life-altering diagnosis, a wealth of love and support, a new hope and…

Bitterroot College grad pursuing dream

Rob Williams will be among this year’s 30 graduates at the Bitterroot College commencement ceremony this Friday. Williams has earned an associate degree in fine arts. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson Bitterroot College student Rob Williams said his interest in voiceovers started when he was five years old. “Every Tuesday they had five movies for a dollar at the local VHS store, so we’d walk down together, go get video tapes, and watch movies all night,” he said. “Popcorn and movies every Tuesday…

Bitterroot Aquatic Center delays change in schedule

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Aquatic Center (BAC) Board of Directors has decided to delay changes in its schedule that would have reduced the evening practice hours of the Bitterroot Swim Team (BST). Swim team parents showed up in force to protest the changes when they were initially announced this spring. BAC board chairperson Carla…

Lawsuit to close primaries dismissed

Local Republican Central Committee to continue the battle By Michael Howell U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris on Monday, May 2, dismissed the lawsuit that was filed by the Montana Republican Party and ten county GOP central committees seeking to have Montana’s open primary law declared unconstitutional. The state party backed out of the case…

Stevensville Firefighter Cadet program looking for volunteers

Zach Jensen (far left), a recent graduate of the Stevensville Firefighter Cadet Program, now working as a full-fledged volunteer firefighter, stands along with current cadets (left to right) Kevin Clinnin, Garrett Dawson and Kaleb Behner next to the town’s new ladder truck, which they have just cleaned. Cadet Program Director Ryan Schnee is looking for four more high school or home schooled students from 14 to 17 years old to sign up for the summer training. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Firefighter Cadet Program is looking for four additional volunteers to fill out its summer training program. During the summer, the program is expanded and cadets meet once a week, usually on Wednesdays, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to cadet program director Ryan Schnee, “It’s a learn by doing…

Bitterrooters for Planning awarded $70,000 in legal fees in Legacy case

By Michael Howell On Wednesday morning, May 4, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $70,000 settlement agreement for legal fees incurred by Bitterrooters for Planning in its successful challenge of the Commissioners’ approval of the Legacy Ranch subdivision.  The District Court overturned the approval and awarded legal fees to BfP. The county…

No Eastside bikepath this time around, says MDT

By Michael Howell   Officials from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) were in Stevensville last week to discuss the proposed improvements to the Eastside Highway beginning just south of the traffic circle at Eight Mile Road and proceeding south almost to Stevensville. The meeting was held at the request of Paul Hayes who is…