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Advanced Imaging opens in Stevensville

Rita Hall and Glynnis Lloyd are staffing the new clinic.

Rita Hall and Glynnis Lloyd are staffing the new clinic.

By Liz Cook

Advanced Imaging is now open in Stevensville at the Stevi Junction Plaza, just north of the Ole’s gas station/convenience store. The facility is offering tomosynthesis or 3D imaging, the newest state of the art technology in mammography. According to Diagnostic Radiologist Dr. Michael Stewart, “this technology allows for a deeper image of the breast tissue with a 40% improvement of sensitivity rate. This method gathers between 60 to 90 images per breast. In the end the sensitivity picks up cancer at earlier stages and allows for few call back screenings. In most cases cancer is found before the person is able to feel an abnormality.” According to Dr. Stewart, “finding breast cancer in stage one has a 98% cure rate and often times does not need chemotherapy.”
Some things Dr. Stewart and the staff at Advanced Imaging want you to know is that there are women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer: those with a genetic mutation called BRCA, those from certain ethnic groups and those who have a strong family history. While family history can play a part in the risk for breast cancer, it is important to know that 75% of women diagnosed today have no family history. Dr. Stewart recommends women start getting yearly screening at age 40 as long as they are healthy.
While the procedure can be uncomfortable, it can save lives. With this technology the entire appointment takes about 15 minutes with only about a total of 16 seconds of compression for both breasts. Technician Glynnis Lloyd takes the time to walk through the procedure with each patient and works with their tolerance to make sure the procedure is as comfortable as possible.
In most cases images are read within 24 hours and results are sent back to the patient’s primary care provider.
Secretary/receptionist Rita Hall can help you determine what your insurance will cover. Medicaid and Medicare are accepted and the procedure is covered. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 777-5242, but walk-ins are always welcome. Advanced Imaging is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bear Mountain Playground gets finishing touches

Trapper Creek Job Corps Union Cement Mason Instructor Alan Brown and his crew of Wesley Canal, Jonathan Yeargain, Derrick Johnson, Dayan Hope, Aaron Ramirez, Tommy Espinoza and Max Fisher put the finishing touches on the path leading into Bear Mountain Playground at Lewis & Clark Park in Stevensville.

A Trapper Peak Job Corps masonry crew was busy in Stevensville last week working on one of the last projects for the Bear Mountain Playground. Alan Brown, a Union Cement Mason Instructor, has been leading a crew of seven young men from the TPJC Masonry program at Lewis and Clark Park in framing up the…

Groundbreaking held for next Habitat home

Breaking ground at the latest building site for Habitat for Humanity Ravalli County are prospective homeowner Jennifer Larson with her daughters Aksel and Emma Mitchell. Also pictured is David Haywod, Habitat for Humanity President of the Board, and volunteer Family Support Worker Christy Borgen.

By Michael Howell Last week community members gathered at 511 6th Street in Hamilton to break ground on the latest home being built by Habitat for Humanity Ravalli County. Jennifer Larson and her two children, Aksel and Emma Mitchell, were chosen by the non-profit organization to be the owners of the new home. Executive Director…

Valley’s Community Band brings together music lovers of all ages and abilities

The Bitterroot Community Band is shown here giving one of its free summer concerts at Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton, a valley tradition on warm summer evenings. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson For many amateur musicians in small towns, it can be difficult to find opportunities to continue making music after graduating from a school band. For musicians in the Bitterroot Valley, the Bitterroot Community Band provides a chance to keep going.
Jeremy Ruff, who has been the director of the Bitterroot Community Band for…

Recycling program recognizes volunteers at annual event

Ravalli County Recycling volunteers from Hamilton and Stevensville locations gather for a photo at the appreciation dinner.

Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner recently, celebrating five plus years in operation and honoring members who have been instrumental in the success of Ravalli County Recycling’s efforts. Through donations from key businesses in the community these volunteers were awarded generous gifts for their loyal service. RCR’s volunteer crew is made…

Cooperative poultry processing plant now open in Hamilton

Montana Farmers Union has announced that a partnership with the Montana Poultry Growers Co-op has resulted in a co-op run poultry processing facility near Hamilton at Homestead Organics Farm. Last week the co-op owned facility received the official license to operate from the Montana Department of Livestock. Bureau Chief Gary Hamel presented the license to…

‘Hoot Owl’ fishing restrictions lifted on Bitterroot

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks lifted “hoot owl” fishing restrictions on the Bitterroot and Blackfoot River and its tributaries yesterday. The Bitterroot River from Tucker Crossing downstream, as well as the entire Blackfoot and its North Fork, Copper, Monture and Morrell tributaries, have been under restrictions since July 29 to reduce the impact on drought-stressed…

Historic fire bell preserved through Eagle Scout project

Eagle Scout Michael Zielinski arranged to have this historic fire bell of the Stevensville community moved to a permanent location at the Stevensville Historical Museum, where he built this display structure as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Michael Zielinski of Troop 1115 recently completed his Eagle Scout project for the Stevensville Historical Museum. Finishing the project was his last requirement for the Boy Scout Eagle Rank. While selling Boy Scout popcorn last fall, Michael met Renee Endicott, the coordinator for the Bear Mountain Playground. Michael had helped build the playground on multiple…

Corvallis FFA sponsors livestock jackpot

Cash Trexler of Corvallis brings his steer in front of the judge during the market steer contest at the Corvallis FFA Livestock Jackpot. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman The weather looked like the end of August on Sunday, and so did the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Hogs, goats, sheep and beef cattle were in the barns and in the Robert Hornung arena on Sunday. With young exhibitors grooming and spiffing up their animals, you would have thought it was the Ravalli…

Victor student headed to Thailand

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By Jean Schurman Ali Elliot of Victor will be heading to Thailand next week for a month-long stay in Thailand. Elliot is the daughter of Lucy Brieger and Steve Elliot. She will be a senior this fall at Victor School. This American Youth Leadership Program trip is fully sponsored by the State Department and the…