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Volume XXIII, Number 37

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Two indicted in Florence murder case

By Michael Howell

It’s been a long time coming. But last Tuesday, April 8, two men were arraigned in federal court in Missoula before U.S. District Court Judge Jeremiah Lynch for the murder of three women at a Florence hair salon. The triple murder, which the indictment alleges was committed “in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner in that it involved torture or serious physical abuse,” sent shock waves through the Bitterroot Valley, creating an aura of fear and outrage that lingered for many years in the tiny community of Florence. More...

Classrooms Without Walls students Tabitha Hooten and Forrest Hoyt (far left and far right) were able to gain practical experience by doing extracurricular work analyzing mountain goat DNA. Art Rzasa and Jim Striebel (middle left and middle right) helped develop the program and have aided the students in their research. Photo by Callie Ward and Shandra Williams.

Corvallis students to present study on mountain goat DNA

By Greg Lemon

You wouldn’t expect high school students to be authoring a scientific paper on the genetic diversity of mountain goat populations in Montana, but Forrest Hoyt and Tabitha Hooten at Corvallis High School are doing just that.

Hoyt, 17, and Hooten, 16, will be submitting their paper later this month at the Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council symposia at Heber Valley, Utah. More...

Florence coach fired, re-hired

School Board members apologize

By Michael Howell

A few members of the Florence-Carlton School District Board of Trustees got a lesson in democracy this past week. It began with a decision last Tuesday, April 8, not to renew the contract of head boys basketball coach Sam Baerlocher and table the hiring of assistant boys basketball and football coaches. It ended this Monday with approval of a motion to rescind Tuesday’s decision followed by a new decision to renew Baerlocher’s contract as head coach and his job as the school’s Activity Director. More...

Darby School District discusses law enforcement policy

By Michael Howell

The Darby School Board held a special meeting last Saturday to discuss access to the school by law enforcement and the consequences related to inappropriate access to the school. The discussion was precipitated by a recent drug arrest made at the school by Darby Town Marshal Larry Rose. More...


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