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Grief and how to handle it

By Michael Howell Just as grief itself can manifest in so many different ways, so too does the therapy, the counseling, and the support. A new form of bereavement support in a group setting is now being offered by Marcus Daly Hospice. Social worker Michelle Meyer, who is heading up the program, said that she…

Local cowgirl vying for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana

By Jean Schurman Dakoda Hankinson of Stevensville will be competing for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana beginning January 10 in Great Falls at the Montana Pro Rodeo Finals. Hankinson is the 17-year-old daughter of Sarah and Calvin Hankinson of Stevensville. She is home schooled and is a junior. She has an older brother and sister, as…

Greetings from Cheers Unlimited

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

Welcome to Wildwood Brewing

Wildwood Brewing, located just north of the Stevensville Junction at 4018  Highway 93, was first dreamed up in the mind of Jim Lueders many years ago back in Chicago. Jim made the move to Montana in 1979 for schooling and by 1981 he was home-brewing his own beer. This opened the door for him to…

School nurse program gets boost

By Michael Howell Stevensville School Nurse Connie Johnson and School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Moore were elated last week when Amy James-Linton, a representative from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, showed up to hand them a check for $6,500 to help fund the school nurse position. Moore said that the number of students with special medical…

Operation Christmas Child to hold shoebox gift collection week

November 13 to 20 is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts. Bitterroot Valley families are on a mission to make an impact in the lives of children in need. They are donating colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world—many of whom have never received a gift before…

Sacajawea sculpture unveiled in new Darby home

A bronze sculpture of Sacajawea, the Shoshone woman who guided and interpreted for the Corps of Discovery, was dedicated last Friday at the Sacajawea Rest Pocket Park n Darby. Ted Hall, Darby resident and author of the “Trail Between Two Rivers” and “Lost Path,” who was a key player in initiating the purchase of the…

Local conservationists awarded

By Michael Howell Five awards were presented to conservationists last Tuesday, October 17 at the annual Conservation Roundtable banquet held this year up the Rattlesnake in Smoke and Thelma Elser’s barn. The Conservation Roundtable was initiated by Missoulian, Don Aldrich when he created the Don Aldrich Fish Wildlife and Conservation Award in 1986 to recognize…

Hannah’s Hope, a legacy

This is a belief in hope.  Hope for our teachers. Hope for our students. Hope for the world.  Our future lies in our children.  Our children are entrusted to the care of our teachers to instruct them in the ways of the world.  Teachers have a major impact on our children all of their lives;…

Exit Realty partners with Habitat for Humanity

Almost everyone of EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley’s then 27 agents participated at various events in the three communities in which the Brokerage offices are located selling tickets for Habitat for Humanity (HfH) of Ravalli County’s 2nd Annual BBQ Bash as well as the draw for an ATV.   The BBQ Bash was held at Sleeping…