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Lutheran pastor to be honored by Our Savior congregation

Our Savior Lutheran Church of Stevensville will host a celebration dinner on Sunday, August 30, to honor the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Reverend Ray Larson, a former pastor of the congregation and now a member. Reverend Larson is now retired, but since a Lutheran minister in Montana never really retires, he is serving…

Bitterroot College moves to new home

Bitterroot College University of Montana opened at its new location at 103 S. 9th St. in Hamilton on Tuesday, August 18. The new location – in the Westview Building known for its expansive views of the Bitterroot Mountains – is owned by the Hamilton School District. Bitterroot College UM, formerly located at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship…

Daly Hospital gets new equipment for mammograms

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has just purchased a new piece of equipment that’s going to make a huge difference in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The new breast mammography machine produces a three dimensional image that is larger than what the old equipment could produce and provides more detail. “This…

Tasting Room moves winery from cellar to Main Street

By Russ Lawrence For years, Blodgett Canyon Cellars wines have been produced in Kevin Broughton’s basement. Now, the production equipment is moving from his cellar to the back room of his brand-new Main Street tasting room in downtown Hamilton, where wine-sippers are welcomed, and his wares can be sampled and sold. The Blodgett Canyon Cellars…

Short is new trustee at Lone Rock

Paula Short is the newest Trustee on the Lone Rock School Board. She was appointed by board members last week to serve the remaining term of Dan Metully, who moved out of the school district earlier this summer. Short was one of three candidates who submitted letters of interest for the vacated position. She will…

Hamilton High School’s Mitchell retires after 39 years

By Jean Schurman Although he retired this spring, the reality of his retirement won’t hit until late August when the teachers head back to school. Marion “Mitch” Mitchell has been a high school teacher for 39 years, all in Hamilton. But this August, instead of setting up his classroom and preparing to teach another senior…

Historic Como Schoolhouse jewel of south valley

The old Como Schoolhouse, located about 11 miles south of Hamilton, at the corner of Hwy 93 and Old Darby Road, is a true icon of the Bitterroot Valley. For 112 years it has been a beacon in the Como community. Even today, valley residents admire it as they drive by. Newcomers sometimes think it…

Community Appreciation Day at St. Mary’s Mission

This coming Saturday, May 30, St. Mary’s Mission is hosting a Community Appreciation Day with free tours and refreshments. The Mission plans to recognize the Stevensville Community Foundation and the Stevensville Civic Club with honorarium bricks. Engraved bricks can be purchased by anyone wishing to contribute. The historic chapel at St. Mary’s Mission, founded on…

Simmons honored as Corvallis Parade Grand Marshal

By Jean Schurman It’s only appropriate that the Grand Marshal for this year’s Corvallis Memorial Day Parade is Al Simmons. He is not only a Navy veteran of World War II but is also a veteran of the Corvallis School marching band. The parade theme this year is “Corvallis High School Band: marching since 1940…

Local club tackles trail clearing along Coyote Coulee

By Michael Howell With over 1,600 miles of trail on the Bitterroot National Forest to take care of, the U.S. Forest Service often accepts help in doing basic maintenance of the trail system. This was the case last week when it came to clearing up Coyote Coulee Trail #127 on the Darby Ranger District. Coyote…