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Volume XXVI, Number 16

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Stevi agrees to hire two part-time police officers

By Michael Howell

After a great deal of discussion about the history of how the town got into the position of having only one police officer and the difficulties in hiring a new officer “off the street” and questions of liability, the Stevensville Town Council decided to look internally and hire two part-time temporary positions from within the Reserve Officer ranks. Stevensville Police Chief Marble said that, between the two working two days a week, weekends could be adequately covered. The temporary positions would expire on March 2011. More...

Scalpin’ Skalsky celebrates 90th birthday

By Michael Howell

I first heard of ‘Scalpin’ Skalsky, the Stevensville barber, a quarter of a century ago. We had just started our newspaper in 1985 and Stevensville’s Martha Burke, mother of 12, began submitting articles to the Star. One of her first stories was about Steve Skalsky, aka ‘Scalpin’ Skalsky’, and his long and illustrious career spent cutting hair at his barbershop on Main Street. Martha Burke, who went on to become National Mother of the Year, is no longer with us, but Steve Skalsky is still around and still cutting hair. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, November 7, and by the next Tuesday he was back at work as usual. He is the oldest licensed barber in the state of Montana and he is working in the oldest barbershop in the state as well. More...

Star publisher Michael Howell gets a haircut from local barber Steve Skalsky, 90, who has been cutting hair at his shop on Main Street in Stevensville for nearly 60 years. Jean Schurman photo.

Skalsky’s barber shop at 312 Main in Stevensville still has the traditional barber pole and old fashioned awning.

East Fork Road project completed

Sula and Darby area residents gathered outside the Sula Community Center, along with Federal Highway Administration, Forest Service, Montana Department of Transportation, and Ravalli County officials, to cut the ribbon opening the newly rehabilitated East Fork Road last Tuesday, November 9. The clubhouse parking area also got a new pavement job as part of the project. More...

The ribbon was cut last week at the dedication ceremony for the newly rehabilitated East Fork Road. Attending the ceremony were members of the Darby community along with officials from the Federal Highway Administration, Forest Service, Montana Department of Transportation, and Ravalli County, as well as crewmembers from Schellinger Construction of Columbia Falls, all of whom played a role in the project.

Lone Rock residents win appeal on bus route request

By Michael Howell

Lone Rock area residents Molly and Paul Carlson successfully appealed a decision by the Stevensville School District to deny their request to extend a Stevensville High School bus route another seven tenths of a mile up Ambrose Creek Road. More...

Forest Service seeks comment on pine beetle management activities around Lake Como

Bitterroot National Forest officials are looking for public comment on proposed vegetation management activities in and around the Lake Como Recreation Area to address mountain pine beetle concerns. The analysis area encompasses about 5,000 acres of Forest Service lands on the Darby Ranger District, north of Lake Como in the Lick Creek drainage. The public scoping process began on November 8, 2010. More...

County sets deadline for Vanek to expunge property deed

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners have set a December 3, 2010 deadline for Joede Vanek to expunge the deed transferring a newly created parcel of his land to his mother, Carol Vanek. More...


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