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Volume XXIV, Number 41

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hamilton Feed and Farm burns

By Michael Howell

Hamilton Feed and Farm, a farm and ranch supply business, was destroyed by fire last Saturday evening. The Hamilton City Fire Department responded to an emergency call at 8:30 p.m. and found the Feed and Farm store on Foxfield Street, two blocks east of Hwy. 93, engulfed in flames. Firefighters fought the blaze throughout the night and were able to limit most of the damage to the Feed and Farm building itself. More...

Hamilton Feed and Farm, on Foxfield Street in Hamilton, was extensively damaged in a fire on Saturday night. Photo supplied by Dennis Ross.

Bitterroot Economy - Recession receding?

By Michael Howell

Economists are beginning to talk about the national recession easing up sooner than was expected. Some even expect a movement towards recovery by the second half of 2009 instead of in 2010 or even later as many had feared just a few months ago. More...

Chamber of Commerce President Tom Pool of Farmers State Bank, left, talks with economist Larry Swanson of the O'Conner Center for the Rocky Mountain West. Michael Howell photo.

Slump in housing industry may have bottomed out

Local builder is optimistic

By Michael Howell

First quarter reports from the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA) show a deep slump for single family housing starts over the last three to four years that might be about to hit bottom. The slump is statewide, but has reached deep into Ravalli County as well. More...

Bitterroot Job Service seeing changes

By Michael Howell

Patti Furniss, manager of the Bitterroot Job Service, said that unemployment statistics are hard to understand because there are so many factors involved. First off, not everyone is counted. Those who have become discouraged and quit looking for work or left the area to seek work elsewhere are not counted. Self-employed people and independent contractors are tracked through a federal study, but people who have had their jobs reduced to part-time are not accounted for in the statistics. More...


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