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New coordinator at Hamilton Downtown Association

By Daphne Jackson The Hamilton Downtown Association’s new coordinator, Hannah Honey, said she thinks it is important for people to realize how shopping locally can affect the community. “Keeping the local economy strong, making sure people are aware that when they purchase locally, and when they actually frequent our local businesses that it really does…

Eagle Scout project promotes importance of reading

By Randi Burdette If you walk past the Hamilton High School library, you can’t help but notice a new addition to the wall. A tile mural created by junior Max Mignot now faces the streams of high schoolers and visitors walking the halls of the high school. The mural, which reads “Read” next to a…

New taxi service opens in valley

By Jean Schurman For those people who don’t want to leave their car in airport parking while they go on a trip, there is a solution. For those who have had a bit too much to drink and need a ride home, there now is a solution. And, for those who need to get from…

B.E.A.R. program offers outdoor opportunities for local youth

By Randi Burdette The outdoors has always mattered to Montanans, especially in the Bitterroot Valley. Anyone who has grown up here has had the pleasure of having the Rocky Mountains be their backyard. Most children are fortunate to have opportunities to explore their surroundings. But for those who don’t, they can find the opportunity through…

VFW Post 1507 raising funds for fire victims

VFW Post 1507 is accepting donations to help Joe and Betty Antanavage of Victor who lost their house and nearly everything they owned in a fire on December 30. The Antanavages were in bed when a fire broke out in their adjoining garage. They weren’t injured but getting away from the flames was a terrifying…

Pantry Partners provides for hundreds

The Pantry Partners food bank of Stevensville completed its food box give-away on Tuesday, December 22. Cleo Guenther, director of Pantry Partners, said 360 boxes were given out or delivered to those in need. “This feeds about 1,225 people”, she said. Guenther said she has noticed that there are more extended families living together. “Now…

Bitterroot Valley Urgent Care offers affordable health care option

By Liz Cook Bitterroot Valley Urgent Care, located at 1230 North 1st Street in Hamilton, is locally owned and operated by husband and wife, Greg and Cyndi Hutton. The clinic first opened on August 17, 2015. Dr. Hutton treats the patients and Cyndi works the front counter, helping patients check in. Dr. Hutton has been…

Happy New Year from Cheers Unlimited

By Liz Cook Cheers Unlimited, located at 501 S. 1st Street in Hamilton, has been locally owned and operated by Dan and Denise Moerkerke since 1989. Cheers is the only State Liquor Store in Hamilton. Dan and Denise pride themselves on bringing affordable liquor, beer and wine to the people of Hamilton. Recently, Cheers celebrated…

Local donations reach record high for Christmas ‘shoeboxes’

Bitterroot Valley, North Fork and Salmon, Idaho residents were extremely generous in helping children overseas this Christmas season. From this area, volunteers were able to collect 3,718 of the total Missoula area collection of 8,854 shoeboxes—filled with a “Wow!” item, like a doll or soccer ball, and other fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for…

MAPS entrepreneurial class opens on-line store

By Michael Howell Students at MAPS Media Institute have launched their own on-line jewelry store. The institute has offered free after-school classes in design, filmmaking, music and technology since it was founded by Peter Rosten in 2004. From the beginning MAPS has offered classes that combined education with the real world of business and students…