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Volume XXIV, Number 45

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Circus is coming!

Old-fashioned circus in steve for two shows June 15th

Skeeter the Clown gave Stevensville Elementary School students a lesson in balancing a peacock feather on the tip of their fingers last Monday and many of the students showed some talent in that regard. The key, according to Skeeter, is to keep your eye on the tip top of the feather. She was good at it and could balance the feather on her finger, on her nose, or even on her chin. More...

New Hospital Rehabilitation Center opens

By Michael Howell

In a touching ceremony that at times drew tears from speakers as well as audience members, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center last Friday. The center officially opened its doors for business on Monday, June 8. The 12,500 square foot facility cost $3 million to build. The Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Foundation kicked in $50,000 for the project. The project was financed with loans from Farmers State Bank, First Interstate Bank and Ravalli County Bank. More...

Robyn Warner, whose daughter, Abbie Jessop, has received uncountable hours of rehabilitation therapy over her short life, gave a testimonial speech at the opening celebration of the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center about the value of those services for people in need. “To paraphrase a remark made by former First Lady Hillary Clinton, “ said Warner, “Sometimes it takes a whole rehabilitation department to raise a child.”

Hamilton updates Growth Policy

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton City Council adopted an updated Growth Policy at its last meeting on June 2, despite a last minute flurry of protests fueled in part by a letter mailed out to residents in the area surrounding Hamilton by ranch owner Terry Ryan. The Growth Policy describes a planning area that extends two miles outside the current city limits and sets goals and policies to guide development in the area. More...

County to consider Bitterroot passenger rail development

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed last Thursday to set up a committee to look into the cost and potential scope of a feasibility study for revitalizing the valley’s railroad and providing some level of passenger service on the “Bitter Root Branch” that stretches from Missoula to Darby. More...

Study suggest wildfire mitigation efforts misplaced

A recent study conducted by the University of Montana, the University of Colorado, and Colorado State University suggests that the nation’s efforts aimed at protecting communities from the ravages of wildfire may have been misplaced. More...


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