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Volume XXVI, Number 5

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Fire on the mountain

Thanks to aggressive and effective fire fighting techniques, as well as cooperating weather, the fire burning west of Hamilton has been held to 300 acres with no lives or structures lost. More...

A terrifying sight west of Hamilton last week, the face of Downing Mountain glowed as firefighters battled to save threatened homes in the area. David Sylvester photo.

Main Street in Hamilton offered a good view on Friday afternoon, August 27 of the ominous smoke plumes from the Downing Mountain fire. Jean Schurman photo.

USFWS severs ties with Friends of the Metcalf Refuge

By Michael Howell

Regional officials of the US Fish and Wildlife Service have notified the Friends of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge that the agency is terminating a Memorandum of Understanding with the local non-profit group. More...

Garden of 1,000 Buddhas reaches into Bitterroot

By Michael Howell

A Garden of 1,000 Buddhas. It sounds like something you might see in Tibet. Or Nepal. Or even India. But in Arlee, Montana? More...

“Build it and I will come,” said the Dalai Lama about the Buddhist Peace Center, envisioned by Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, that is now becoming a reality in Arlee, Montana. Rinpoche, on the left, is pictured here with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

At the center of the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas is Prajnaparamita, the Great Mother, also called “Yum Chenmo” in Tibetan. Her image represents compassion for all living beings married with the wisdom of complete understanding. Seated on a lion’s throne this figure reaches 24 feet in height.

The acuostic duo, Joan Zen, will be playing at a fundraiser for the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas to be held this Thursday, September 2, at River Rising Bakery on Main Street in Hamilton, from 6 to 9 pm.

New water rates approved in Stevi

Town switches to monthly billing for all utilities

By Michael Howell

Despite the one letter of protest stating that the proposed rate hike would be a huge hardship, the Stevensville Town Council approved, following a public hearing held just prior to the August 23 regular meeting, a significant hike in the town’s water rates. More...

Bagpipers from all over led the opening ceremony at the first Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival at the Daly Mansion on Saturday. Attendees got a chance to immerse themselves in Scottish-Irish cultural heritage, including athletic competitions, music, food and arts and crafts. Jean Schurman photo.

Spreadbury case against city attorney dismissed

By Michael Howell

Missoula District Court Judge John Larson, on Tuesday, August 17, dismissed the claims made by former Hamilton mayoral candidate Michael Spreadbury against City Attorney Ken Bell. More...

Linendoll is Fair Grand Marshal

By Jean Schurman

One has a sense that Les Linendoll is seldom uncomfortable among people. Throughout his career as a teacher and later in life as a dedicated public servant serving on many volunteer boards, he has always been quick to greet people with a smile and handshake. But this year’s grand marshal for the Fair Parade is having doubts about being in the lead at the parade. More...

Les Linendoll, Parade Grand Marshal. Jean Schurman photo.


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