Women honored for rescue efforts
By Michael Howell
The two women who initiated the efforts to rescue an abused horse left abandoned in the Bitterroot National Forest and, subsequently, three other abused horses, were honored at a ceremony last Thursday. Dawn Merrill and Q Dehart were presented with certificates of commendation signed by Governor Brian Schweitzer for their efforts. More...
It was quite a surprise for Q DeHart (left), and Dawn Merrill (center), when they received citations from Governor Brian Schweitzer for their acts of heroism last summer when they found and rescued an abused horse on the Big Creek Trail. The two women were at times tearful and cheerful as Kathy Good, president of the Bitter Root Humane Association, read a short introduction and presented the citations. Jean Schurman photo.
Georgia men convicted of animal abuse
By Michael Howell
Two men from Georgia were convicted by a jury in Ravalli County Justice Court on Friday, January 30, of animal abuse for mistreating, starving and failing to obtain adequate medical care for the four horses that they took on a two-month-long wilderness pack trip last summer in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. More...
County discusses airport improvement options
By Michael Howell
On February 4, close to 100 people attended a meeting at which the County Commissioners discussed several alternatives to address current safety hazards and future growth at the Ravalli County Airport. More...
The Democratic Women's Club presented a check last week to SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments) for $2,831.19. The money was raised at the Inaugural Ball held on January 20 in Hamilton. The money will be used to help reinstate several children's programs that have been cut recently. Shown are Mary Lyn, Board Chairman of SAFE, Corrine Gantt, President of the Democratic Women's Club, and Susan Johnson, Chairman of the Inaugural Ball. Jean Schurman photo.
Stevi Horizons program moves from talk to action
Over the past month, residents of the Stevensville area have come together to talk about poverty as a part of the Horizons program. In January, over 45 people met in small groups, talking about the kind of community they want to live in and a place where everyone has a chance to thrive. Each small group, or Study Circle, had the chance to interact with fellow community members to talk about the vision they had for Stevensville. Participants then spent time identifying ideas for action or solutions to reduce poverty in their community. More...
Public meeting set for Eastside Highway project
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting a public meeting on Thursday, February 19 to discuss a proposal to reconstruct and rehabilitate a segment of Secondary 203 (Eastside Highway) between Stevensville and Florence from approximately milepost 4.3 (0.2 miles south of the first sharp right-hand curve for northbound motorists) to approximately milepost 10.0 (roughly 300 feet north of Bull Run Road). The reconstruction portion of the project will occur from about milepost 4.3 to milepost 5.3 which will include widening the road and flattening two sharp horizontal curves. The rehabilitation and widening portion of the project will include about 4.7 miles of the roadway on the existing alignment, from approximately milepost 5.3 to milepost 10. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. on February 19 at the Lone Rock Elementary School cafeteria, 1112 Three Mile Creek Road in Stevensville. More...
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