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Volume XXIV, Number 12

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Armed standoff in Victor ends peacefully

By Michael Howell

On Friday, October 17, following up on an investigation into a possible kidnapping and assault, Ravalli County Sheriff’s deputies found themselves engaged in an 18-hour long armed standoff with 36-year-old Bryce Everett Peterson, of 2440 Chief Victor Camp Road, in Victor. More...

"Nothing over $500 and no negotiating" is the marketing strategy of Cindy Kincheloe, manager of A Forever Home, a furniture store the proceeds of which benefit the Bitterroot Humane Shelter. Evidently the strategy is working, as the store is able to produce about $1000 per month for the shelter. Michael Howell photo.

Humane Shelter runs furniture store

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot Humane Association runs an animal shelter for lost, abandoned, and abused animals at a facility on Fairgrounds Road and it runs a furniture store on First Street.

The used furniture store, called A Forever Home, is filled with restored furniture and antiques. The “adopt a pet” picture board on the wall just inside the door is the first big indicator of the store’s connection to the local animal shelter. The many small stuffed animals perched around the store also symbolize the store’s purpose, which is to raise money for the animal shelter. More...

Human remains found up Little Rock Creek

Remains could be those of hiker missing in the area since 2006

By Michael Howell

Human remains were discovered by a hiker above Little Rock Creek Lake, last Monday, approximately five miles southwest of Como Lake. Those remains have been taken to the State Crime Lab in Missoula for identification and, if possible, determination of the cause of death. Sheriff Chris Hoffman, who also serves as Coronor, said that investigators saw no immediate indications of foul play. More...

Local group found in violation of political practices law

Commissioner of Political Practices Dennis Unsworth has found that a political committee, called Ravalli County Citizens for Free Enterprise (RCCFE), formed in the Bitterroot to repeal the “Big Box” Resolution, was not guilty of violating the political practices law that it was accused of violating by local bookstore owner Russ Lawrence, but it was guilty of violating the reporting and maintenance provisions of Montana law. More...

Higher Ground Foundation being scrutinized by Commissioner of Political Practices

By Michael Howell

Commissioner of Political Practices Dennis Unsworth wants more information from the local citizen’s group called the Higher Ground Foundation, before he accepts the group’s claim that it is an “incidental committee” and contributes to politics only in a small, incidental fashion with respect to its main business, which is education, and thus is not required to disclose its funding sources. More...

Abused horses spawn new group dedicated to help

By Michael Howell

Able, one of the four horses confiscated from Craig and Curtis Hayden, a father and son pair from Woodstock, Georgia, who were charged with misdemeanor cruelty, has touched a lot of people’s hearts. More...


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