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Volume XXII, Number 8

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Thorson manufacturing closing its doors

By Michael Howell

The Thorson brothers, A. Robert (Bob) and Donald (Don), have announced the closing of their longtime livestock equipment manufacturing business near Corvallis, called Thorson Manufacturing. It may spell the end of an era in the livestock equipment business. It is certainly the end of an era in the Thorson family history and in the Bitterroot Valley. More...

Alvin Thorson, founder of Thorson & Sons Manufacturing, invented a "squeeze chute" for catching and handling cattle, a piece of equipment now common on today's farms and ranches. Michael Howell photo.

West Nile Virus human infection reported

By Michael Howell

"West Nile Virus is here," said Ravalli County Public Health Nurse Charmell Owens, "and it's probably here to stay." According to Owens, that means it is time for the public to educate themselves about the virus and take precautions to lessen the chance of infection. Owens announced the first confirmed case of a human being infected by the virus in Ravalli County. More...

Can you spare a kidney?

Stevi woman in need of donor

By Michael Howell

Mary Lyon, of Stevensville, has been a Type I diabetic for over thirty years. About a decade ago, her kidneys began to fail. They have been gradually failing ever since. Now, she realizes, if she is to prolong her life, she will need a new kidney. But finding a kidney is rarely an easy task. More...

Mary Lyon of Stevensville needs a healthy kidney. Michael Howell photo.

Open burning allowed on day-to-day basis

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners passed a resolution last week that allows open burning once again of wood waste from trees, shrubs, and plants. Burning of garbage, however, and other types of waste material, such as used lumber and other construction waste, is prohibited. Before burning allowable waste, approval must be granted from a Hot Line Number, 1-800-225-6779, on a day-to-day basis. The approval is granted or denied for the day depending on the air dispersion and ventilation conditions at the time. More...

Stemman will contested in court

By Michael Howell

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR) and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, Inc. have sued Stevensville residents Joseph King Powell and his wife over the estate of Roy Stemman. The non-profit corporation that provides mental health services and programs to emotionally disturbed youth and their families has asked District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton to invalidate Stemman's 2003 will in which the entire estate was left to Powell. The suit alleges that Stemman was "unduly influenced" by Powell and his wife in the creation of the will just days before his death. More...

Stevi enacts moratorium on extending water services

By Michael Howell

Facing water supply problems with the Creekside Meadows subdivision, the Stevensville Town Council adopted a resolution at their last meeting "to encourage water conservation." It amounts to a moratorium on future annexation until the water problems are solved. More...


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