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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…

Recycling business keeps more than a million pounds out of landfill

With help from 40 eager volunteers, three part-time paid staff, and a new, large site for its yard, Ravalli County Recycling, Inc., is collecting and keeping out of the landfill some 516 tons (more than a million pounds, in 2014) per year of donated cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastics, office mix, aluminum and steel cans. It…

Local chiropractor traveling with Team USA for World University Games

Local chiropractor, Dr. Amy Berglund of Active Care Chiropractic in Stevensville, is currently traveling with the U.S. Delegation to Granada, Spain as part of the U.S. medical team at the World University Games, which takes place February 1-14. Other members of this elite medical team include the head Sports Medicine physician and two physical therapists,…

Town of Stevensville backs Bear Mountain

Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack and Council member Tim Hunter presented a check for $10,000 to committee members of Bear Mountain Playground last week. “We have had tremendous support from the Mayor and Town Council from the very beginning stages of our project,” said Renee Endicott, Steering Committee co-chair. In addition to the “diamond-level” donation…

B.P. Hackett honored by Bitterroot Stockgrowers

By Jean Schurman The early part of January is somewhat of a quiet time for ranchers and Stockgrowers in the valley. Although there are animals to feed, calving and lambing hasn’t begun, and so it is a good time to get together and socialize. The Bitterroot Stockgrowers Association has recognized this fact and set this…