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Volume XXIII, Number 51

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Into Africa

Trip to the other side of the earth

By Mary Irwin

Our American friends said, "Don't go;” our Zimbabwe contact said, "Don't come, it's too dangerous right now." But, Larry wanted to hunt Cape Buffs and I had made promises. This would be our third trip to Africa and our second to Victoria Falls. The Falls started drawing me back almost as soon as we flew home last time. Their beauty is beyond description for me. More...

Stevensville resident Mary Irwin, center, with local pastor Peter Mudenda, distributing gifts to people in the remote village of Chidobe. Irwin spent much of her time in Zimbabwe helping with humanitarian relief efforts. She says the trip helped her understand the Biblical answer to the question, "Who is my neighbor?" Photo courtesty of Mary Irwin.

Planned wolf hunt stopped in its tracks

By Michael Howell

With the stroke of a pen last Friday, Federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy brought to a halt planned, licensed, public wolf hunts in the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

In a 40-page ruling released just after 4 p.m. on July 18, Molloy granted a preliminary injunction that effectively reinstates the Gray Wolf’s protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.  The wolves will remain on the list of federally protected species until the court case filed by a dozen environmental groups challenging the removal of the Gray Wolf from the list is resolved. More...

Forest Service approves quarry use by county

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot National Forest has approved a request by Ravalli County to extract up to 1,000 cubic yards of riprap material from the Lost Horse Canyon quarry, southwest of Hamilton. That decision will almost certainly lead to a lawsuit in federal court, according to members of the Lost Horse Canyon Coalition. More...

Daly celebrates opening of new emergency department

By Michael Howell

Dr. James G. Hansen cut the ribbon last Friday at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Emergency Department grand opening. Hansen was the first emergency care physician hired at the Hospital in 1983. He said that back in those days patients might pay with a cord of wood or some garden vegetables. Things have changed a lot since then. More...


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