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Bear Mountain Playground gets finishing touches

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

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

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 (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

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

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

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…

Robbins on Main – dipping into olive oil, and more

By Daphne Jackson   Valley residents craving a taste of something fresh will enjoy the new line of food products at a local Hamilton store. Robbins on Main recently expanded to sell gourmet olive oils and vinegars from Bozeman company Olivelle. Shop owner Bunny Robbins said she had been thinking about taking this step for…