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Open letter to Hamilton Mayor, City Council

By E.M. Huffman MS, DVM, MPVM and Mike Wiles, Wiles Construction and Excavation, Hamilton From: The “uneducated, ill-informed, concentrated ignorance crowd” of county residents living along Nighthawk Lane We read the quotes in the March 25, 2015 Bitterroot Star characterizing opponents to proposed zoning the “donut area” surrounding the city of Hamilton as patently irresponsible….

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Helena Update – Week 15

The journey doesn’t stop because of the failure or success of a bill passing. Our feelings may get derailed; the agony of defeat is natural as is the thrill of victory. There has been plenty of both as we close in on the last week of the session. The bill is good, public support for…

Reminder to Three Mile residents

On Tuesday, May 5 from 12 to 8 p.m. in the Lone Rock Elementary School gym, two elections will be held for three local government positions. The elected persons will represent the fellow citizens of our Three Mile Community taxing district in School and Fire District matters. Please come to vote to make your voice…

Week of Young Child celebrated

Young children in Ravalli County deserve the best that we can give them. Ravalli County Chapter of the Montana Association for the Education of Young Children asks that Ravalli County come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, held April 12-18. As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated…

Bad timing

The beautiful spring weather is bringing everybody out to enjoy the sun. On April 18th it was a great day to enjoy the day at Lewis and Clark Park. My niece had come to Stevensville from Belgrade to have her son’s “family birthday party” at Lewis and Clark Park. We, the whole family with several…

Doesn’t read Star, but…

For the third week in a row I have received phone calls asking if I have read the Star. And for the third week in a row, I have had to honestly report that I had not. But last night it was delivered. I stopped reading the Star when the reporting did not match up…

Good money after bad?

Valerie Stamey. Ring a bell? She still owes over $17K for fraud in South Carolina from several years back. Her pals, our county commissioners, hired her because they liked her “attitude” (never mind qualifications or experience). They paid her a hefty salary, $1000 per week which is way above the Ravalli County average, while she…

Recycling incentives important to Montana economy

Recycling helps individuals and communities in Montana create a resource from items that would otherwise be trash. Recycling also provides jobs. A 2004 study showed recycling created more than 300 full-time jobs across the state. Since that time, Montana’s recycling rate has gone from 12% to nearly 17% in 2012. However, recycling can be difficult…

Helena Update – Week 14

The hallway wrangling spilled onto the House floor this week. Couple of highly contentious bills were trying to be maneuvered by means other than just voting on the floor. Things like holding a bill in committee to the last moment before a deadline. The rules book was out several times and the rules committee had…

Support for organ donation program

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died before an organ became available. Those community volunteers,…

Support for CSKT Water Compact

Standing up for what is right isn’t always easy, and with an issue as contentious and important as water use, there is bound to be conflict and disagreement—which is why I think Senator Fred Thomas deserves to be thanked for his service to Montana and for his vote in support of the CSKT Water Compact….