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RML looking into Zika virus

Dr. Sonja Best, head of the Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit at Rocky Mountain Laboratory, talks about RML’s plans to look into the Zika virus.

  By Michael Howell The Zika virus has suddenly gotten the world’s attention and, subsequently, it’s gotten the attention of a group of scientists working at Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) in Hamilton. “We’ve worked on a group of viruses that Zika virus is related to, called flaviviruses, for over ten years here at Rocky Mountain…

Antrim bequeaths land to FWP

Bird and wildlife lover Priscilla Antrim, who passed away in August 2015, bequeathed 214.8 acres of land to the state to be managed as part of the Three Mile Wildlife Management Area which it adjoins. This is a photograph of her land in 2013 when it was the site of a cutting-edge habitat restoration project that included design components such as “snag creation” and placement of nesting boxes for the benefit of wild birds.

By Michael Howell Priscilla Antrim was born on June 25, 1932 and grew up on the family sheep ranch northeast of Stevensville. She left home after attending high school in Missoula and went off to college in Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy/Religion. She worked…

Stevi Council creates joint TIFD/TEDD board

  By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville created a Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD) on the north edge of town in November 2010. In November 2013, it created a Targeted Economic Development District at the Stevensville Airport. On February 11, the Town Council held a public hearing to take public comment about forming a…

Eastside Highway safety improvements planned

  By Michael Howell A section of the Eastside Highway stretching from a point a little bit north of the Birch Creek Road (mile post 12) intersection to a point a little bit south of the Pine Hollow Road intersection (mile post 18.1) has recently been field reviewed for implementation of a safety improvement project…

Schools receive MDMH nurse grants

  On Thursday, February 11, both Darby and Hamilton School Districts received Marcus Daly Nurse Grant funds for their school nurse programs. John Ormiston, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital board member, was present to disburse the monies. “The school nurses are an extension to the healthcare system,” said Ormiston. “They help educate families, teachers and take…

Building a new way to live

For Daniel and Katherine Ray, cob building is more than a style of construction, it is a lifestyle. It’s about keeping life simple and less costly. It’s about a mortgage-free house. It’s about freedom.

By Michael Howell The house that Daniel and Katherine Ray built is a philosophical statement as much as it is an abode. It bespeaks a devotion to the basic and simple things in life, to the organic, to an eco-friendly lifestyle, and to the ultimate in thriftiness. The couple was able to build their livable,…

Commissioners place museum levy on the ballot

By Michael Howell The Ravalli county Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, February 8, to place a one mill levy on the June Primary ballot to fund the Bitterroot Valley Historical Society’s (BVHS) operation of the Ravalli County Museum. The one mill levy is estimated to raise about $74,000 annually. A homeowner with a home valued…

Annual Cowboy Ball this Saturday

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The 5th Annual Cowboy Ball, sponsored by the Rockin’ RC Rodeo Committee and the Ravalli County Fair, will be held this Saturday night, February 13, at the 1st Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Each year a different project is selected and the proceeds from the ball go to that project. The theme for…

Ravalli Recycling to stop accepting plastic

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Recycling, Inc. has decided to indefinitely suspend collection of plastics, starting March 1. RCR Board Chair Pam Small said that it was not an easy decision to make and a lot of thought and research was done before taking this step. She said the decision was based on information obtained…

Ravalli Electric to expand valley solar project

Members who missed out on the first 88 panels in Ravalli Electric Co-op’s first-ever community solar project can now take advantage of a second phase. Initially having planned for a 25kw system with room to grow, it was unclear whether the program would have enough demand to expand beyond that. “We were really unsure of…