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Volume XXIII, Number 46

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stevi’s ‘Father Mike’ to retire

By Greg Lemon

For some men, the choice to become a Catholic priest is an easy and quick decision, but not for the Rev. Mike Smith, priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Stevensville and St. Joseph’s Church in Florence.

“Mine (choice to enter the priesthood) was long, slow and circuitous,” Smith said. “I always thought I would do that and I finally did.” More...

There were parades, there was music and dancing, and there was...Huey Lewis in Stevensville! The Bitterroot was a happening place on Saturday, with numerous events including art shows, festivals and more. But the climax had to be the much-anticipated appearance by world-famous pop singer Huey Lewis, who now lives in Stevensville, at the Downtown Saturday Night event during Stevensville Western Heritage Days. Lewis sang and played the harmonica with the Joan Zen band before an adoring crowd of about 2,800 on Third Street in front of the Stevensville Hotel. After the set, Lews signed autographs and graciously posed for photos with his fans. Phil Henderson photo.

It was a weekend of cultural events throughout the valley, and earlier in the day Salish drummers and dancers performed at St. Mary's Mission and at Chief Victor Days. Pictured at left is Isiah Russell, "Young Warrior of the Year" from Ronan. Michael Howell photo.

Chief Victor was represented the parade honoring him at Victor on Saturday. Fifth generation descendant Scottie Gardipee of Evaro rode with his son John and John's daughter Raidyn. Raidyn not only rode in the parade, she later danced at the pow wow where her grandpa was the emcee for the event and dad was in charge of the sound for the drummers. Jean Schurman photo.

River claims a life

The Bitterroot River is notorious for its hazards during flood time. That’s why professional fishing guide and floater David Dedmon was out on the river on Sunday June 15, according to Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman. He was with his wife, Sharon, “sweeping” the river for hazards prior to taking some clients scheduled for later in the week. And that’s how 53-year-old Dedmon, an experienced outfitter and former County Peace Officer, lost his life. More...

A gardener’s nightmare

By Michael Howell

Patti Jo Thomas and her friend Jay Seppel are still in shock and so are their gardens. The two have worked hard over the years to maintain their prolific organic gardens located on land east of Stevensville. This spring, after preparing the soil to plant everything from fruit trees, to flowers, to vegetables in their gardens, the two assiduously applied the magic component, “homemade” fertilizer produced by their two donkeys over the course of the winter. Not too long after the manure was applied, however, the devastating results slowly unfurled. Or, more exactly, failed to unfurl. Some plants shriveled up and died. Others survived, but in horribly stunted and deformed fashion. More...


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