Valley News at a Glance
The Montana Department of Transportation would like to inform the public and seek comments on a proposal to resurface approximately 9 miles of Highway 93 north of Florence. The project will begin at milepost 74.28, five-tenths of a mile south of the U.S. Highway 93 and Eastside Highway and Holloway Lane intersection in Florence and extend north to milepost 83.24 at approximately two-tenths of a mile south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and U.S. Highway 12 in Lolo.
Proposed work includes applying a seal and cover (chip-seal) and new pavement markings. The purpose of the project is to extend the service life of the highway and take a cost-effective action to preserve and maintain the existing highway.
The project is tentatively scheduled for 2007, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.
For more information, contact Missoula District Projects Engineer Ben Nunnallee at (406) 523-5846 or Engineering Services Supervisor Shane Stack at (406) 523-5830. People may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Missoula district office at P.O. Box 7039, Missoula MT 59807-7039, or online at www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml, noting comments are for project CN 5962. Alternative accessible formats of pertinent information will be provided upon request.
Hamilton Academic All-State selections
The following is a list of fourth quarter student-athletes who have achieved Academic All State while lettering in a spring activity. In order to attain All State status you must letter in a varsity sanctioned MHSA activity and have a cumulative 3.50 grade point average or better. This is based on a standard 4.00 GPA scale. This is a tremendous accomplishment that speaks volumes for these student-athletes' work ethic and pride in their academic record.
Track and Field
Kristy Moeller of Corvallis, daughter of Glen and Sue Moeller of Moeller's Nursery, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 3, 2006. The ceremony includes the investiture of doctoral hoods and the administration of the Hippocratic Oath, defining the ethical and moral behavior of the medical profession. Kristy will complete one year of Internal Medicine training at Virginia Mason hospitals in Seattle and then three years of ophthalmology training at the University of Washington and affiliated hospitals.
Local pilot participates in Young Eagles program
An area pilot has now given more than 100 young people a free demonstration airplane ride as part of the EAA "Young Eagles" program, which is introducing a new generation to the world of flight.
Among the thousands of pilots around the world who donate their time and aircraft to the effort is Paul O'Bagy of Stevensville. All pilots in the Young Eagles program explain the safe operation of airplanes and principles of flight before the short trips. Participating young people also receive a certificate signed by the pilot after the flight, making them official Young Eagles. The names of the pilots and the participants are also included in the "World's Largest Logbook," which is on permanent display in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and online through the Young Eagles web site.
The Young Eagles Program was unveiled in July 1992 and has now flown more than one million young people, primarily between the ages of 8 and 17. The program's goal is to allow young people to experience positive activities and discover the possibilities available to them within the world of aviation. For more information, visit www.youngeagles.org.
Cooperation from water right holders sought
Over the last six months, the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) Water Resources Division has been diligently working to meet the progress benchmarks in House Bill 22 (HB 22), which provides for the acceleration of the adjudication of all claims to existing water rights in the state. Recently, however, the department is finding a lack of response from some water right holders with regard to their claims for water.
"Folks just aren't responding to letters requesting additional information about their water right claims," explained Jack Stults, DNRC WRD Administrator. "We've heard from folks that they've either thrown away their letter or are just ignoring the request because they believe they've done all they are required to do. And, in most cases, that's not true!"
According to Stults, many folks have received and paid their adjudication fee for their water rights. However, there may be additional steps or information that folks need to complete or provide regarding their water rights to get their claims accurate before they proceed to the Montana Water Court.
"If you receive a letter from DNRC regarding your water rights we encourage you to respond in a timely manner, and provide information to support your claim to water," Stults explained. "Lack of response or delays could result in your water rights getting decreed with errors and possibly issues. This would cause you to have to address those issues in the more formal, time consuming, and costly court process. Working with the DNRC up front can avoid a lot of stress. It's in your own best interest."
According to Stults, most of the inquiry letters from DNRC to water right claimants are generally asking for additional clarification or specific information regarding usage of that water right. "The more information and clarity we can obtain with regard to these water right claims prior to bringing them before the Montana Water Court, the faster a basin can be decreed and we can move on with the next basin," Stults explained. "The more DNRC can accomplish in this process, the less work the Water Court will have to do. Only the users of these water rights know the whole story on their true use. If such use could not be clearly identified on the original Statements of Claim by the user, DNRC needs claimant help in clarification. If DNRC requests your help, it is truly in your best interest to assist us. Your water rights are too valuable to let someone else determine what they are."
According to Stults, by failing to read or listen to communications from the DNRC or the Water Court claimants could ultimately be in danger of losing their water rights. "It's important for folks to remember that payment of your adjudication fee is neither a guarantee nor insurance that the water rights are accurate or enforceable. The fee is simply for funding the examination & adjudication to determine that accuracy. So, we're asking for people's assistance in helping us to help them make sure their water right claim is as accurate as possible," Stults said.
Montana's Chief Water Judge, Bruce Loble, reaffirms Stults comments. "I encourage water users to work with DNRC to resolve water right issues prior to the issuance of a Water Court decree. It is often cheaper and faster to correct errors at the DNRC level than to correct them after the decree is issued. Once a decree is issued, the number of procedural hoops increase."
To accomplish this monumental task, HB22 provided additional funding to DNRC and the Montana Water Court, enabling both entities to hire additional staff to complete the adjudication of Montana's existing rights within the next 15 years. As of June 1st, DNRC and the Water Court are on schedule to meet the benchmarks of progress set forth by the Legislature for HB22.
The HB22 legislation was introduced by the Montana Environmental Quality Council and the bill brought before the 2005 Legislature was sponsored by Rep. Walter McNutt (R-Sidney). The bill received substantial support from the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Chamber of Commerce, and Trout Unlimited. As the agency responsible for the administration and regulation of water rights in Montana, DNRC was tasked with the implementation of HB22. For more information about the progress of examination and adjudication of water rights in Montana, per HB22, visit the DNRC HB22 website at: http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/house_bill22/default.asp.
Local youth attend reACT Teen Summit
Youth anti-tobacco activists from across Montana, including Danica Loucks, Eustacia Kathrens, and Cara Christensen of Hamilton and Josh Wortman of Stevensville (as well as Chaperone Ari Santamaria from Tobacco Free Ravalli), attended the reACT Against Corporate Tobacco summit in Bozeman from June 19-22. These teens traveled to Bozeman to unite forces and stop the number one preventable killer in America: tobacco. Supported by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program, a program of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, these teens challenged tobacco marketing practices and refused to be a target of the tobacco industry.
Over 150 Montana teens learned about tobacco prevention, advocacy and media messaging as they joined together to fight corporate tobacco through demonstrations and a memorial. Teens educated the public about Philip Morris’ use of Montana to glamorize tobacco products through increased awareness of the Marlboro "Crazy Mountain Ranch" in Clyde Park, Montana. Following the activism events, youth participants hosted a press conference to launch the first Montana state youth tobacco prevention movement, reACT Against Corporate Tobacco.
Currently the tobacco industry spends more than $49 million on youth targeted marketing in the state of Montana. Danica Loucks (age 15) of Hamilton joined the movement because, "The Tobacco Industry targets teens and uses deceptive methods to get kids to smoke. I'm not going to put up with that." 18,000 Montana youth under the age of 18 alive today will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. "The reACT Against Corporate Tobacco movement will really make a difference in Montana. At the reACT Summit there were a lot of motivated teens who are ready to take back what they learned and use it in their community," says Loucks. For additional information contact Danica Loucks at 363-1919.
Elk Summit area to be temporarily closed
Two roads in the Elk Summit area southwest of Lolo Pass off U.S. Highway 12 will be closed in the upcoming weeks for replacement of road culverts to accommodate fish passage. The Elk Summit area is accessed from Highway 12 about 12 miles west of Lolo Pass at its junction with Road 111 and is part of the Clearwater National Forest.
Colt Creek Road 359, which leads to the Colt Creek trailhead into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, will be closed from its junction with Elk Summit Road 360 for 2-1/2 weeks beginning July 11. Road 359 leaves Road 360 at a point about 9-1/2 miles south of Highway 12.
Elk Creek Road 360, which leads to the Elk Summit Guard Station, Elk Summit and Hoodoo Lake campgrounds and the Elk Summit trail head into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, will be closed about 2 miles beyond Savage Pass at a point 8-1/2 miles south of Highway 12 beginning August 1 for almost two weeks. Closure of Road 360 will temporarily cut off access to Road 359 and Kooskooskia Road 358, which leads to the Kooskooskia Meadows trailhead. For more information call the Powell Ranger Station at 208-942-3113.
Orthopedic surgeon opens practice in Hamilton
Gregory M, Behm, M.D. is please to announce the opening of his practice, Ravalli Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, in Hamilton. He and his family will be relocating from Glendive, MT where he has been in practice for the last seven years.
Dr. Behm attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where he graduated first in his class. He then obtained his orthopedic training at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. The staff at the Campbell Clinic wrote "Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics" which is the most widely read orthopedic textbook in the world. He also had the opportunity to work at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center which is one of the busiest orthopedic trauma centers in the country. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Montana Orthopaedic Society, and Montana Medical Association. In 2005, one of his surgical cases was published in the medical journal "Foot and Ankle International." He is an avid skier and a fitness enthusiast.
Dr. Behm provides general orthopedic surgical and non-surgical care. He has a special interest in sports medicine which includes arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder and ankle; rotator cuff and shoulder problems; ACL reconstruction and many other sports- and activity-related injuries. He performs minimally invasive hip and knee replacements. He also treats foot and ankle problems, arthritis, wrist and hand injuries, fractures and sprains.
Ravalli Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will be located adjacent to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at 1150 Westwood Dr., Suite C in Hamilton. Dr. Behm will start seeing patients on August 14. However, appointment scheduling can be done now by calling 363-2391.
Hawk named Dean of Lay Ministry Institute
On July 1, the Reverend William (Bill) Hawk will begin serving as Dean of the Lay Ministry Institute, a statewide theological education program sponsored by the Montana Association of Churches. The Reverend Hawk brings to the position over 50 years of pastoral experience in the United Church of Christ and a familiarity with small church dynamics. As Dean of the MAC-LMI program, Reverend Hawk will relate to students, faculty and congregational hosts. He will carry out administrative responsibilities pertinent to the 12 courses to be offered during September 2006 to July 2008. The Reverend Dr. Ruth Fletcher, Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Montana, has served as interim Dean of the LMI since the retirement of the Reverend Caroline Conklin in January 2006.
New County Extension Agent hired
Katelyn Andersen has been hired as the new MSU-Ravalli County Extension Agent. She will be largely responsible for 4-H youth work and programs in the county.
Andersen is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming and has her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences. Her Master's Plan B project was focused on clothing for preteens and teen girls. Andersen's coursework was in adolescent development, teaching adults, research in education, qualitative research, community nutrition and consumer issues.
Andersen was a Graduate Assistant for the University of Wyoming, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, which required her to teach university classes under the supervision of department professors. She was also active in a number of campus organizations and collegiate 4-H while at the university. She has served as president of Family and Consumer Sciences National Honor Society for two years.
Recently, she was the recipient of the 2006 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Award for outstanding work teaching undergraduate students. Andersen also received the 2006 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Wyoming. in 2005, she received a graduate student scholarship for exhibiting outstanding performance in the area of research and classroom teaching.
Andersen has visited the Bitterroot Valley regularly during her graduate coursework and assisted with clothing projects in Hamilton last summer. She was also an interview judge for the 2005 Ravalli County fair.
If you have any new ideas or improved approaches for the 4-H program, now is a good time to express suggestions. Contact Katelyn Andersen via email at Katelyna@montana.edu or call the Extension Office at 375-6611.
Whitworth College has recently named Kristin Person of Florence to the 2006 Laureate Society. Inclusion in the Laureate Society is achieved solely by those students who have shown an exemplary academic diligence by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.75 throughout the semester. Whitworth College is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Spokane, Washington.
Dragon Brigade attends Karate Classic
The Bitterroot Dragon Brigade attended the 20th annual Western Montana Karate Classic Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. This tournament has been held in Missoula for the past 20 years and has been organized and put together by Chris and Patti Crews of A.K.K. Martial Arts. Teams from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and Utah attended.
The Bitterroot Dragon Brigade got off to a great start Friday night, taking 1st in the Team Forms events. Both the Black Belt Team, captained by Vanessa Williams, and the Under Belt Team, captained by Katie Exner, captured 1st paces, edging out teams from Utah and Washington. The Brigade's 3-man Sparring Teams took 1st and 2nd Place in a fairly large field. Team MAFEA (Martial Artists Fighting to End Abuse) from Salt Lake City placed 3rd with a team member borrowed from the Brigade. Eric Kercher from Corvallis filled in for their sick team member.
Newcomer and White Belt Taylor Bess took 1st Place in the Under Belt Kicks & Tricks Division. Hamilton's John Rankin won the Black Belt Kicks & Tricks as well.
Saturday was the start of the individual and more traditional events. Competitors competed in Forms, Sparring and Weapons Division. The Dragon Brigade's youngest members won a division Sweep in 5 and Under Forms, with Meaghan Dal Collo placing 1st, Raffi Walsh taking 2nd and Jonathan Campbell placing 3rd. The team enjoyed another sweep in Jr. Black Belt Forms with Slater Powell taking 1st, Tuff Price in 2nd, and Jesse Golden taking 3rd.
The Brigades Jr. Black Belt, Slater Powell, had a very successful weekend, placing 1st in the three individual divisions and as a team member on the 1st Place Black Belt Team Forms team and the winning Team Sparring team. Slater fought his way to Grand Champion in the Jr. Black Belt Division.
The Brigade will now take a break from competition to prepare for a demonstration. They will be performing at the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk in the Portland, OR area in the first weekend of August.
Births at Marcus Daly Hospital, Hamilton
Mary J. Wentz, 86, left this earth to return to eternal life with her Heavenly Father on Monday, June 19, 2006. She died of breast cancer.
She was born on November 3, 1919, in Irwin, Ohio and was the daughter of Vance Alva and Florence (Scott) Jordan. As a girl she lived in Ohio and Montana. She graduated from Missoula County High School in 1937.
On November 19, 1937 she married James R. Miltibarger. The couple lived in Michigan where their two daughters were born during WW II. The family moved back to Montana when the war ended. Jim died in 1980 and Mary later married Richard Wentz in 1981.
Mary worked for Hagan Potatoes in the Stevensville area for many years. Later she went to work for North Valley Nursing Home doing the work she dearly loved. She continued her employment with the nursing home for 19 years. Mary also loved working with small children and was a foster grandparent through the Aging Services in the Head Start Program.
Mary was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Peone, Arlee and Florence Lindsley, Missoula; sister Doris McDaniel, Grants Pass, OR; stepsister Joanne Salyer, Stevensville and stepbrother George Juhnke, Missoula. Nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 22 at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with Bishop Steve Smith officiating. Burial followed at the Victor Cemetery.
Dorothy Rose Grenfell, of Stevensville, went to meet the Lord Friday, June 16, 2006 at the age of 88 at Hunter's Glen in Missoula with her family close by her side.
She was born in Absarokee, Montana on April 10, 1918 to Arthur and Rose (Mason) Donaldson.
Dorothy moved to Missoula with her parents and brother where she attended grade school. She finished her high school education in Stevensville where she met Frank Grenfell. The couple was married on May 8, 1935 and moved to the Stevensville Three Mile area. They had six children: Rose, Sylvia, Jim, Gwen, Roger and Ross. Dorothy raised her children and supported and assisted Frank in numerous projects on their farm until 1994.
Dorothy belonged to the Three Mile Garden Club and to the local craft club. She enjoyed taking apart small appliances, repairing and restoring them back to their original state. She was a diligent seamstress, an avid canner, and baker. She knitted and crocheted gifts for all her 20 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren (with one on the way). Dorothy will dearly miss her beloved companion, Mitzi, her Pekinese.
Dorothy was very charitable with her time when it came to her family. She nurtured and loved them dearly until the day she died.
Frank, her husband of 63 years, preceded her in death, also her brother Walter, older sister Pearl and son-in-law Jack McNett.
Survivors include her six children: Rose McNett, Federal Way, WA; Sylvia (Delos) Dickerson, Stevensville; Jim (Joy) Grenfell, Edgewood, WA; Gwen Grenfell, Missoula; F. Roger Grenfell, Missoula and Ross (Paula) Grenfell, Missoula. Also surviving are her 20 grandchildren: John McNett, Colleen Hildebrandt, Kent McNett, Kurt McNett, Kevin Dickerson, Karri Lawson, Karla Rocheleau, Doug Grenfell, Rhoda Story, Dal Stevens, Valerie Stevens, Kim Stevens, Brenda McCullar, Vicki Schmid, Dana Jenkins, Chris Grenfell, Stacy Barry, Jennifer Lippy, Angela Grenfell and Jeremy Grenfell.
Her great grandchildren are: Monique, Mark, Chase, Marlayna Hildebrandt, Vivien and Ben McNett; Joshua and Codey Lawson, Kelsey, Kendall, and Kailan Rocheleau, Jimmy and Sara Story, Jessica Gader, Jeremy Brown, Kristopher Thayer, Adam Crittenden, Miranda, Malia and Anitra Schmid, Bridger and Hunter Ament, Denver Jenkins, Logan Grenfell, Andrew and Alivia Barry and Gabriel Lippy. Dorothy¹s legacy is her family and her faith. The light of the Lord is now with her.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 21 at the Whitesitt Funeral Home with Pastor Tom King officiating. Burial followed at the Florence-Carlton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Hospice, American Heart Association, Dementia or Diabetes Association.
Alexander Nash, 87, formerly of NYC, passed away in Florence among family on June 24, 2006. Al has been residing at Kathy's Place in Florence for the last three and a half years where he had been struggling with Alzheimer's disease. Over the past week the disease had taken its toll, and he quickly and peacefully passed away.
Al was born on June 27, 1918 and saw many changes throughout his life. He served in the Army during the Second World War, joined the New York City Police Department eventually becoming a detective, and then running Globe Security after he retired from NYPD.
He was preceded in death by his brother George, his sister Elizabeth, and his loving wife Florence who he has missed dearly. He has twin daughters, Patricia and Florence, two grandchildren, Gregory and Cheryl, and one great grandson, Ryan. Grandpa Nash played a prominent role in the lives and hearts of his grandchildren, helping to raise them in the early years, and then providing ongoing adventures and wonderful memories during school holidays and summer vacations.
He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, the Police Square Club, the AARP and his church, and traveled worldwide with friends and neighbors. Above all, he continually helped everyone that he was acquainted with. He was never too busy to give a ride, help someone fix something, grow beautiful plants for the church or give support wherever he could.
While many of his peers and family members have passed on, the memory of Alexander Nash will live on in everyone's hearts.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Chapel in Stevensville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 11 a.m. until service time. Al will be laid to rest next to his wife at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth, N.Y. following services at the Fredericks Funeral home in Flushing, N.Y.
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