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Bitterroot Art Guild celebrates 46 years

By Jean Schurman


The Bitterroot Art Guild will have their annual Christmas Show this Friday and Saturday at the 1st Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. The event is free although they encourage everyone to make a donation to of non-perishable food for the Darby Bread Box. The hours are 10am to 5pm on Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. The show features unique crafts, one of a kind art, and jewelry. There will be something for everyone there.

The group has 28 active members located throughout the valley. They are as diverse as the arts and crafts they create. From fine art to quilts to stonework, these individuals make, remake, paint, or tool fancy gifts for that hard to please person.

The Guild’s other big event is in the summer when they put on Art in the Park. This was actually their first endeavor and then the Christmas show came later. These shows are juried shows to ensure there are not too many booths of any one medium or genre. The proceeds from the shows mainly go to scholarships for seniors wanting to go into art. The winners are chosen based upon their resume and their artwork.

The organization also completed the construction on the inside of the old art building at the fairgrounds. They built a bathroom, insulated and put in heating so there would be a place to have events in the colder months. Although they don’t have regular meetings, the group welcomes new members. Just stop in this weekend and see what they have to offer and maybe you’ll want to join too.

Advanced Imaging opens in Stevensville

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…

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…