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Volume XXVI, Number 7

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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McKibbin exhibit at River’s Mist

By Michael Howell

Bobbie McKibbin, of “Drawn West Studio,” is the featured artist for September at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville. She is one of the foremost pastel landscape artists in the nation. She is both talented and prolific. She has works hanging in 50 corporate offices and 10 museums including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. Seventeen pieces are currently on display at the River’s Mist Gallery. It is the largest exhibition of her work since her show at the Missoula Art Museum in 2005. More...

Rehberg visits valley

By Michael Howell

U.S. Representative to Congress Denny Rehberg was in the Bitterroot Valley last week on what he called a “listening tour.” More...

Congessman Denny Rehberg met with Valley Veterans Service Center Director Robert Embree (left) and Board Member Don Simonich (center) on a “listening tour” last week to hear their concerns about veterans. He also met with owners of Bitterroot Tool and Machine in Stevensville and Blue Marble Energy in Corvallis to hear about the concerns of small business owners in the area. Michael Howell photo.

Skalkaho wild sheep update

Wildlife scientists continue to be baffled by the disease afflicting some of the wild sheep living in the Skalkaho area east of Hamilton. In the field, the disease showed some signs and symptoms similar to those of pneumonia, such as a deep and persistent cough, but it was not the typical time of year for such an outbreak. Other things made the diagnosis questionable as well, so no one was particularly surprised when the lab results came back negative for pneumonia. More...

Canyon Lake Dam to get emergency repairs

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has signed a Decision Notice and Finding Of No Significant Impact for the Canyon Lake Dam Project, allowing emergency repairs to take place immediately. The decision authorizes the Canyon Creek Irrigation District (CCID) sufficient helicopter access to fly in needed materials and equipment to repair a sinkhole in the embankment of the dam beginning today. More...

Former Stevi resident leads assault on pirate-controlled ship

By Michael Howell

As a small kid growing up in Stevensville, young Thomas Hartrick may not have even dreamed of leading an assault on a pirate ship and rescuing its rightful crew. But that’s what USMC Staff Sergeant Thomas Hartrick did last Thursday, September 9 at 5 a.m. Bahrain time in the Gulf of Aden. More...

Break-in at Stevensville theater

Sometime between Friday night, September 3, and Monday morning September 6, someone broke into the Stevensville Playhouse theater, broke through some gates, made their way upstairs, dragged the safe into the bathroom and busted it open with an axe, and generally wreaked havoc, stuffing things in the toilet, spraying ‘silly string’ everywhere, trying to burn a manikin and throwing lights and lighting equipment from the second floor to the seating area below. There was also some graffiti on the walls. More...

St. Mary's Mission designated a National Historic District

The director of the National Park Service, a division of the United States Department of the Interior, has announced the designation of Historic St. Mary's Mission in Stevensville as a National Historic District. The action now lists all the historic buildings at St. Mary's Mission in the National Register of Historic Places. The technical designation for the Stevensville location is "St. Mary's Historic District Boundary Increase." More...

Salish Tribal Members and Father Leonard Jensen, circa 1945, during the fall pilgrimage to St. Mary's Mission.

Brotherly love

By Jean Schurman

It hasn’t been the kind of summer that Kyle Anderson of Stevensville thought it would be. It began with lots of baseball with the Bitterroot Bucs, hanging with friends and doing what any normal 16 year old would be doing. However, that all took a drastic turn on June 13. More...

City gets new web site

The City of Hamilton has a new virtual image. Information about the City has been available on line for quite a while, but starting in September the city has posted a new, more attractive, easier to use and more informative portal to the wider world. More...


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