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Workshop on land use planning draws a protest

By Michael Howell Karen Budd-Falen, a Wyoming attorney specializing in land use issues, presented a workshop last Saturday at the Hamilton Middle School that was designed to train elected officials in the process that local government should follow if they want to have a stronger, more effective voice in federal land management issues. According to…

Florence doctor found guilty in opiate case

A jury found Dr. Chris Christensen guilty Monday morning on all 22 counts of over-prescribing opiates to 11 patients, two of whom overdosed and died as a result. Christensen had originally faced 400 felony counts, which were reduced to 22 counts on the eve of his month-long trial in Hamilton before District Judge Jeff Langton….

Town of Stevensville declines settlement offer

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council declined an offer by Roy Capp, owner of the Fort Owen Ranch, to settle a dispute with him without going to court for $16,765. The Capps have threatened to sue over damages to their cropland which they attribute to the town’s installation of a sewer main through the…

Celebrating a successful Sprinkle Pink

By Michael Howell Captain and/or General, as she was variously called, Amy James-Linton from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, led the troops in celebrating last week another successful Sprinkle Pink campaign in support of the hospital’s Mammography Fund. The fund provides for a free breast exam including a mammogram, an ultra sound and a biopsy, if…

Corvallis levy passes, new mayors in three towns

  Voters came through in a major way for the Corvallis School District’s Building Reserve Levy, with 1,551 voting in favor of the levy and 815 voting against it. By approving the levy, the voters have approved the purchase of the Ravalli County Electric Cooperative’s adjoining 21.23 acres of land with improvements for a price…

Bubba’s Bundles – a very special business

By Michael Howell   The new kindling/firewood business that has opened up in Stevensville called Bubba’s Bundles is a special business in a number of ways. The most special thing about it is the young man doing it, Christopher Mosser. He is a recent graduate of Stevensville High School and is starting up a business…

A wish come true

By Michael Howell   Every once in a while, maybe four or even five times a year, some young child in the Bitterroot who is critically ill gets a wish granted. This is made possible by the Montana Hope Project, a non-profit organization supported by the Montana State Troopers Association. The goal of the Hope…

Fire and forest management – according to the experts

By Michael Howell The first in a series of lectures on Fire and Forest Management was held at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville last week. The guest speakers were Carl Fiedler and Steve Arno, who took turns discussing the history and role of fire in the Bitterroot, how fire behaves in managed versus…