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Volume XXV, Number 43

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Comment on our front page stories on the new Bitterroot Star blog!

Lightning strike causes total loss of home

By Michael Howell

Ruth Carmona was relaxing in her hillside home northeast of Corvallis last Thursday afternoon watching T.V. from the sofa and dozing, when: KA-BOOM! More...

Sportsmen question legislative candidates

One of the state’s oldest sportsman’s organizations, Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association (RCFWA), formed in 1910, held a forum for local legislative candidates last week, quizzing them about resource management issues that are of particular concern to the group. More...

FWP wolf specialist comments on species and disease

By Michael Howell

Canis Lupus

Canis Lupus, the largest member of the Canidae family, called the Gray Wolf, sometimes called the Timber Wolf, has been around for a long time, since the late Pleistocene around 300,000 years ago. It shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog. It is the topic of much debate among hunters, wildlife lovers and prospective legislators. More...

Code Talkers exhibit at Lone Rock School

By Michael Howell

Native Words, Native Warriors. That’s the title of an exhibit produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Museum Traveling Exhibition Service in honor of the Native American “code talkers” who played a crucial role in many of the most crucial battles of World War II by speaking in code in their native languages. The code was never cracked by our enemies during the war. It allowed for messages from the front to be relayed directly from speaker to listener in a matter of three minutes instead of the average four-hour delay using the standard code and decoding systems in use at the time. More...

Students at Lone Rock Elementary School got a chance last week to view the traveling Smithsonian Museum exhibition honoring the Native American “Code Talkers” who helped win World War II.

Through oral histories taken from the veterans themselves, “Native Words, Native Warriors” celebrates and honors this important but little-reported aspect of American history. The exhibition included videos examining the development of the code, battlefield experiences and the sharp turnaround many of soldiers experienced as they transitioned from Indian boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their Native language to using it as their call to duty for their country. Michael Howell photo.

FWP Commission considers 2010 wolf season quotas

By Michael Howell

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on proposed 2010 Wolf Season Regulations and Quota Alternatives. The agency is also looking for public comment on a proposed 2010 Nongame Check-off Work Plan, proposed 2010 HB 454 Hunting Access Agreement and proposed 2010 Fall Upland Game Bird Quotas and Limits adopted by the FWP Commission at its May 13, 2010 meeting. More...

Rock climbers and homeowners look for answers regarding Lost Horse Quarry

By Michael Howell

Bitterroot National Forest officials representing almost every department in the agency and BNF Supervisor Julie King and Darby District Ranger Chuck Oliver met with a few people representing rock climbers and other recreational interests and homeowners along Lost Horse Creek Road at the Lost Horse Quarry last Thursday, May 27. The recreationists and homeowners want some assurances in writing about the Forest Service’s intentions with regard to the future use of the Lost Horse Quarry. They are not likely to get what they want, according to King. More...

Forest Service officials gathered with representatives of recreational interests and local homeowners at the Lost Horse Quarry last Thursday to discuss quarry activity. Michael Howell photo.

Spreadbury case moves forward

By Michael Howell

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremia Lynch has ruled that a lawsuit filed by former mayoral candidate Michael Spreadbury can move forward. The judge granted a request by Spreadbury to plead his case in forma pauperis, meaning that Spreadbury will argue his own case due to lack of funds to afford an attorney. More...

Burglars take safes in Darby

By Michael Howell

Darby Town Marshal Larry Rose is investigating the burglary of two bars and the attempted burglary of a mercantile store and a bank ATM machine early Sunday morning. More...

All parties plead not guilty in medical marijuana case

By Michael Howell

All parties involved in the Stevensville medical marijuana case involving allegations of theft and a subsequent “vigilante style” beating have pleaded not guilty to the various charges. More...


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