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Volume XXV, Number 38

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Sapphire Community Health Center adds hours

By Michael Howell

Sapphire Community Health Center, a private non-profit corporation, was formed in 2000 and, following a decade long effort, finally established a facility offering primary health care on a sliding fee scale to the medically underserved population of Ravalli County. The facility, which opened in February on a limited one day a week schedule, served close to 50 clients per month in the first two months. As of last week, however, the facility is now open five days a week. More...

In the spacious and comfortable reception room of the Sapphire Community Health center are (l to r): Receptionist Danni Tipton, Physicians Assistant Barbara Burke, Planning Project Coordinator Apryle Pickering and Nurse Chandala Curtiss. (Not pictured are Nurse Practitioner Susan Reynolds and Dr. Laura Shelton, M.D.) The primary health care center targets serving low income people on a sliding fee scale and is now open five days a week. Michael Howell photo.

Commissioner Carlotta Grandstaff has served on the Board of Sapphire Community Health since it was formed in 2000. Working for about a decade to establish a facility to provide primary health care to low-income residents of Ravalli County, Grandstaff says she has learned to be “patient and tenacious.” The decades long effort of Grandstaff and other board members culminated in the opening of the Sapphire Community Health Center last January. The center is located at 316 North Third Street in Hamilton. Michael Howell photo.

Levy for veterans on the ballot

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners have agreed to place a one mill levy on the June 8 ballot to support veteran’s services provided by Valley Veterans Service Center (VVSC) in Hamilton. More...

Corvallis Cemetery looks to voters for funding

By Michael Howell

“Perpetual care comes with a cost,” said Corvallis Cemetery District President Donald Thorson in a letter to Corvallis area taxpayers beseeching them to approve a one mill raise in the annual mill levy. More...

Believing in angels

By Michael Howell

“Strange things happen in cemeteries,” said Corvallis Cemetery District President Donald Thorson.

He related the story of a large stone monument in the cemetery that frequently gets turned over. He said it’s a big monument and not the kind of thing that can be blown over by the wind. He said that it has happened when there was snow on the ground and there were no tracks around it. More...

Stevi planning board to tackle marijuana zoning

One can hardly read or watch the news recently without being aware of the explosion in use, growing and dispensing of medical marijuana in Montana. The Stevensville Town Council has passed an interim ordinance which prohibits the growing, selling or distribution of medical marijuana within the Town and an area one mile surrounding, which will be in effect for a period of six months. The Stevensville Planning and Zoning Committee has been directed to develop new zoning regulations to regulate growing, distribution, sale, etc. More...

Stevi to receive recognition from USDA Rural Development

The Town of Stevensville's Wastewater Treatment System will receive statewide recognition by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Montana, on Friday, April 30, at 12 noon at Lewis and Clark Park. Matthew Jones, State Director, USDA Rural Development Montana, will honor Stevensville and help plant a tree for Earth Day. Mayor Lewis Barnett will accept the Autumn Blaze Maple on behalf of the Town. A plaque will be installed at noon commemorating Stevensville's efforts to protect the environment. More...


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