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Volume XXIII, Number 50

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Quilters piece together a successful show

By Jean Schurman

The art is real. Although the two quilters who were honored at the Sapphire Quilters show over the weekend rely on needles, thread and fabric to create their art, the time effort and skill put into these quilts is truly inspiring. Mary Alice Sutherland and Cindy McKinley were the featured quilters at the show held at the Stevensville gym. Between the two, they had over one hundred quilts on display. More...

Cindy McKinley (l) and Mary Alice Sutherlin were the two featured quilters at the Sapphire Quilt Club’s “In My backyard” quilt show over the weekend. Jean Schurman photo.

More moisture, still a drought

Fire management officer expects ‘typical’ fire season

By Greg Lemon

Spring was cool and wet and now the river levels are healthy, but despite this, forests are still drying out.

“We really haven’t had any rain since about June 11,” said Rick Floch, Bitterroot National Forest fire management officer. “While we’re not as bad off as we were last year, it’s running pretty close.” More...

Cutting of trees in River Park questioned

By Michael Howell

The City of Hamilton’s tree and vegetation management policies have been a recurring subject of public dispute for years now. Following the recent removal of several cottonwood trees in River Park last week, the issue threatens to boil over once again. More...

Hamilton mayor Jessica Randazzo listens as Robert Swank of the Hamilton Parks Department points out branches that may be a problem on the path at the River Park. Chris Charlonne and Dennis Palmer were also along on the observation trek where Mayor Randazzo checked out safety concerns regarding the trees in River Park. Jean Schurman photo.

Stevi teacher dismissed

After deliberating for about six hours behind closed doors at a specially called meeting, Stevensville School Board members voted unanimously to dismiss tenured high school English teacher James Wood. The July 1 meeting was called by Superintendent Kent Kultgen for the Board to consider his recommendation to dismiss Wood. More...

Petition to repeal Growth Policy in circulation

By Michael Howell

A petition to repeal the Ravalli County Growth Policy has been approved as to form by the County Attorney’s office and is ready to be circulated, according to Treasurer of the Citizen’s Coalition for Repealing the Growth Policy, Dan Cox of Conner. More...

Off Road Vehicle driver cited

Citation for interference also issued

By Michael Howell

A few citations were issued last week over an incident involving resource damage by illegal use of off road vehicles in the vicinity of the East Fork Guard Station on the Bitterroot National Forest. A witness to the events on Sunday, July 6, telephoned a complaint to TipMont which was relayed to the US Forest Service law enforcement division. More...


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