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MAPS Media Institute offers first summer program

By Michael Howell After proving to be a highly successful after school program for students over the last eleven years operating from September to May, MAPS Media Institute is now expanding its operations through the summer. MAPS founder and Director Peter Rosten said the change was made primarily due to student demand. “They were asking,…

Veterans get deserved recognition

By Michael Howell World War II veterans Lt. Colonel Charles Zadra, of Missoula, Colonel Edward Sperry, of Stevensville, Corporal Richard Nelson, of Stevensville, and Lt. J. G. Raymond Gonzalez, of Stevensville each received several medals related to their military service at a ceremony held in Lewis and Clark Park last Saturday. Medals were awarded posthumously…

State Supreme Court upholds sanctions against local attorney

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court last week upheld a decision by District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton to level sanctions against attorney Robert C. Myers for submitting unsupported legal and factual allegations and filings made for an improper use. Myers was ordered to pay $10,000 as a sanction for the violation. The original case…

Something stinks in north Hamilton area

By Michael Howell Something smells so bad, on occasion, in the north Hamilton area around Tammany Square and the surrounding area, that property owners and businesses located there have brought the matter up to the Hamilton City Council. In a letter signed by several of them they state that the odor smells like sewer fumes…

Supreme Court upholds decision against Robaks

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court earlier this month upheld a decision by Ravalli County District Court Judge Jim Haynes in a September 15, 2014 order in which he dismissed a complaint filed by Tom and Charlotte Robak against Ravalli County and also affirmed the District Court’s ruling of July 17, 2014 in which…

Venerable landscaping business changes hands

By Russ Lawrence The business was named Montana’s “Small Business of the Year” in 2000, but the founders were a product of the 60’s, beneficiaries of a spirit that said, “we can do our own thing.” That’s according to Gus Johnson, who is now a former co-owner of the venerable Earth & Wood, a Bitterroot…

Cell tower proposal withdrawn

By Michael Howell The company that has been looking to construct a cell phone tower on Hamilton High School property next to River Park has dropped the plan and on May 11, the Hamilton School Board of Trustees withdrew its application, pending before the Hamilton City Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA), for a Conditional Use…

Suicide prevention: some training can help

By Michael Howell Suicide is not often discussed in public. As a result, there is a general lack of awareness about the issue. Did you know, for instance, that Montana is tied with Wyoming for having the highest per capita suicide rate in the nation? Increasing awareness about the problem and providing the basic means…

Jon Turk: Pulling a lifetime of adventure into one talk

By Russ Lawrence Jon Turk knows a thing or two about magic. A lifetime of exploration, much of it solo, has led him to experiences that are inexplicable, except by invoking magic. When taken together, said Turk, the rarest of those experiences – the once-in-a-decade moments – can frame a wondrous outlook on life. “All…

Winter survey of carnivores winds down

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest has been conducting backcountry surveys of small carnivores by placing bait in trees to attract them for a few years now. The bait stations are equipped with brass brushes to collect hair samples for DNA identification and automatic remote camera systems that snap photographs of the animals attracted…