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Volume XXV, Number 24

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Check out the new Bitterroot Star blog!

Bitterroot River water temperatures warming

By Michael Howell

Mike Young, fisheries biologist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, was the guest speaker at the Bitterroot Water Forum in Hamilton last week. Young gave the audience an overview of changing fish populations in the Bitterroot River and tributaries and discussed the effects of hybridization, loss of connectivity and wildfire on the fisheries as well as the potential effect of rising water temperatures on trout populations due to climate change. More...

Turk continues extraordinary journeys

New book is “The Raven’s Gift - A Scientist, a Shaman and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”

By Michael Howell

Longtime Darby resident Jon Turk is a scientist, an environmental educator, an adventurer and a very good writer. He is author of 25 environmental textbooks over the last forty years, but he has also authored a few books based upon some amazing kayak expeditions that make not only very interesting reading, but exciting reading as well. It’s hard not to grit your teeth at times. For instance, when he hauls you along in his small kayak in a mad attempt to propel the vessel beyond the storm driven breakers where the icy waters of the Bering Sea pound upon the cold Siberian shores. More...

Fair Board sets up tree re-placement committee

The Ravalli County Fair Board was sympathetic to the pleas of the Hamilton High School Class of 1956 to replace the large “Daly Cottonwoods” that were recently cut down along Fairgrounds Road by replanting another round of the stately giants. More...

Animal shelter weathers criticism

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners and the Bitterroot Star have received a few letters lately from citizens concerned, even appalled, at the conditions at the Bitterroot Animal Shelter. More...

The Animal Shelter runs its cat rooms following the "open colony theory." Shelter director Vicki Dawson claims that the open colony theory is based on studies that show cats are less prone to illness and stress when kept in a group environment. Right: Shelter staffer Irene Lunn visits with the cats. Aubrey Howell photos.

Dogs at the Animal Shelter get to go out to the playground with volunteers and do the things that dogs do, at least twice a day. A pack run is also arranged and monitored closely for any problem behavior. This gives them the chance to do the things dogs do in a group.


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