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Category Archives: Valley News

Stevensville holds ‘Ice Bucket Challenge”

About 55 participants, many wearing lime green tee shirts saying ‘Together Scott, Every Step of the Way’, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday. The group made a circle on Main Street in Stevensville with Scott Thomas in the center of the ring.  Thomas was born and raised in Stevensville and suffers from ALS…

RCEDA receives $59,700 in grants

 By Michael Howell USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony J. Preite was in the valley last Wednesday to drop off a check for $59,700 to the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA). The funds are from the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) program and will provide technical assistance to three local businesses. The purpose of…

Plans for Stevensville playground unveiled at council meeting

By Michael Howell Thanks to a citizen driven effort, the Town of Stevensville is on the brink of installing some improved playground equipment at Lewis and Clark Park that could rival some much envied developments in the area including Hideout Mountain in Florence and Dragon Hollow in Missoula. The plans were formally presented at the…

Big Creek, big hearts, big boost

When Randy Lint of Big Creek Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Hamilton opened up shop on Saturday, April 5 for a “Spring Fling” and Marcus Daly Hospice fundraiser, he didn’t know exactly what to expect. “I am excited to create a buzz downtown, give back to a great cause, and share my story about…

City focusing on Ravalli Street improvements

  Residents who live along Ravalli Street in Hamilton, or anyone who uses or crosses the street regularly, may want to attend a public meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss possible improvements to the street. The city selected WGM Group consulting firm last fall to help plan…

Crab Feed to benefit Hamilton Downtown Association

  The Hamilton Downtown Association is hosting its annual Community Crab Feed on Saturday, April 5, in the Community Center at Hamilton City Hall. The fun-filled evening is a fundraiser for the HDA, which supports the Hamilton community and produces events such as Daly Days, the children’s Halloween Costume Parade, and the Christmas Stroll. A…

Victor Community Garden looking for growers

  A work day is planned towards the end of April for the Victor Community Garden to put things in order for the coming season. Through donations and grants garden supporters have installed deer proof fencing and an irrigation well with plumbing and sprinklers. Community members are invited to rent a 20 foot by 20…

County dealing with many road washouts

  By Michael Howell Last week the County Commissioners agreed to transfer about $24,000 in emergency funds to the Road and Bridge Department for the purchase of materials to help repair over 40 road washouts on various roads throughout the county. The washouts were created by the unusual weather event that had many county roads…

Stevensville to join Tree City USA

  By Michael Howell At its March 13, meeting the Stevensville Town Council voted to initiate a membership application to the Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) Tree City USA program. Over 44 Montana cities and towns have joined Tree City USA. Membership is free but certain requirements must be met that could take the…

Town of Stevensville considers permissive levy

By Michael Howell The Mayor of Stevensville recommended that the Town Council consider instituting a permissive levy by resolution as a way to address the constantly rising cost of employee health insurance. Such a levy, if passed, would be implemented annually to cover any increase in the costs of providing health insurance for employees. He…