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Volume XXIV, Number 58

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kootenai Creek Fire Update

Great Bear Restoration – a growing concern

By Michael Howell

Did you know that probably the largest bag of Potentilla seeds in the whole country is in a freezer just south of Hamilton? No? Well, now you do. I saw it myself at Great Bear Restoration. The Restoration Ecologist, Tim Meikle, who works there, was obviously proud of that fact. More...

Great Bear Restoration has done a lot of growing in its first three years of business. Here (left to right) Restoration Ecologist Tim Meikle, Botanist Matt Ogden and worker Miles Nelson are tending to some business in the 9,000-square-foot greenhouse where over 1.5 million seedlings were grown last year. Michael Howell photo.

Tim Meikle, Restoration Ecologist at Great Bear Restoration, shows off some native seeds, identified by source location and elevation, that are being dried in plastic swimming pools at the Great Bear Restoration greenhouse facility to be used in future land restoration projects. Michael Howell photo.

Great Bear Restoration has developed a new product called EcoSod. It consists of native grasses and plants grown into a fiber mat that can be easily transplanted at the desired site. They make a wetland and upland version of the sod mats. Michael Howell photo.

AG visits Emma’s House

By Michael Howell

State Attorney General Steve Bullock, accompanied by Department of Justice (DOJ) officials Mike Batista and Dana Toole and other staff members, came to Hamilton last week to confer with the multi-disciplinary team of professionals that works at Emma’s House, one of the few facility-based child advocacy programs in the state. More...

State Attorney General Steve Bullock was in Hamilton last week, along with other Justice Department officials, to meet with Val Widmer, Director of Emma’s House, and the multi-disciplinary team that specifically serves children who are the victims, or the witnesses, of crimes. According to Bullock, the facility-based children’s advocacy program can serve as a model for other communities around the state.

Cottonwood Market to close

By Michael Howell

Less than two months after celebrating its grand opening, the Cottonwood Market, a locally owned grocery store in Stevensville, has announced that it is going out of business. According to the operator of the new business, Leo Wikstrom, the doors will only remain open long enough to sell off the inventory. More...

First NorthWest HoneyFest in Stevi this Saturday

By Michael Howell

How many flowers must one honey bee tap to make one pound of honey?

How much honey does the average worker honey bee make in her lifetime?

How long does a ‘drone’ honey bee live?

How do bees communicate with each other?

How far do the bees fly in order to gather nectar and pollen?

What kind of food and drinks can be made with honey? More...

Forum held for Stevi mayoral candidates

By Michael Howell

Stevensville made Ravalli County history this year when the race for mayor drew five candidates. It triggered the first ever primary election for a municipality in the county. The primary election is being conducted by mail ballot. About one thousand ballots went out on August 26. As of last Thursday the county elections office had received 250 ballots. More...

Stevensville made Ravalli County history this year when the race for mayor drew five candidates. It triggered the first ever primary election for a municipality in the county. From left to right the candidates are: Incumbent Mayor Susan Evans, former Stevensville Police Chief Lew Barnett, current Town Councilor Clayton Floyd, Sarah Armijo, and current Town Councilor Paul Ludington.


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