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Category Archives: Valley News

Bear Mountain Playground project gets big boost

  Billy Donaldson, president of the Stevensville Civic Club (left), recently presented a check for $7500 to organizers of the Bear Mountain Playground project that will be built at Lewis & Clark Park next year. The group is in the process of raising $195,000 for the custom-made playground that will be all-volunteer built. Bear Mountain…

‘Sprinkling Pink’ at Valley Drug

  By Michael Howell October is here. The days are growing shorter and colder. The leaves are turning shades of red and orange. And businesses everywhere are turning pink. Yes, pink is now a regular fall color as businesses in the Bitterroot band together with the community and support the annual Sprinkle Pink campaign aimed…

Founders Day to focus on Fort Owen

    The Stevensville community will gather Sunday, September 28, at 2 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s Mission located at the west end of 4th Street. It was 173 years ago that the community of Stevensville was first settled. In recent years, Founders Day – which is co-sponsored by the Stevensville Civic Club and Historic…

Marcus Daly Hospital gives back to sports programs

  By Jean Schurman Last Wednesday morning, administrators, athletic directors and coaches from the valley’s high schools gathered at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Rehab Center to learn about a new program the hospital is offering, and also receive money for their respective sports programs. Each fall, before practice starts for the fall sports, MDMH…

4H/FFA livestock sale brings exceptional prices

By Jean Schurman The 4H and FFA Market Livestock Sale at the Ravalli County Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the year, especially by the members. It’s kind of a love/hate event. The members want to sell their animals and do well in their projects, but over the year their animals have…

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…