Hamilton (MT) VFD Holding $100 Per Ticket Dinner/Entertainment Fundraiser for New Fire Station
Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, Mont. Mar. 15—Sapphire Lutheran Homes is hosting a fundraising dinner on March 24 for the new fire station being built by the City of Hamilton. Dominic Farrenkopf, mayor and SLH community life director, said the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department is in “dire need of a new fire station” and that raising funds is important as inflation has increased the building costs.
Florence-Carlton celebrates signing day for 6 student-athletes
FLORENCE — Florence-Carlton High School celebrated a signing day for student-athletes who will take their talents to the college level next year. Six athletes from Florence were honored on Tuesday for making their college commitments official. That included:. Patrick Duchien who will play football at Montana State. Ryan Winters...
Bitterroot NF responds to reports about Sheep Creek mineral exploration
The historic Sheep Creek Columbite Deposit Mine Site is located approximately 38 miles south of Darby in Ravalli County.
Corvallis schools "in a secure status" due to nearby mountain lion activity
The Corvallis School District state on social media that law enforcement is on scene and "we are in a secure status."
Stanley Alan Kastens
Victor – With profound sadness, the family of Stanley Alan Kastens, announces his passing on February 21, 2023, at the age of 71. He was born October 13, 1951, to Albert and Arlene (Samson) Kastens of Ludell, KS. As a child Stan was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Ludell. He attended Lutheran parochial school north of Ludell and graduated from Atwood High School, Atwood, KS in May 1969.
Renowned author leaves bookstore ‘Breathless’
The group of people who’d come to Chapter One Bookstore to meet renowned author David Quammen had already filled the front of the store by the time the event got underway last Wednesday, March 8th. Bookstore co-owner Mara Luther was very pleased to see the turnout, saying that it is important for bookstores to help build connections between readers and authors. In the case of David Quammen, Luther says that his time in Hamilton was particularly exciting, not only because of his impressive writing career, but because he is a Montanan and had come to town, in part, to meet with representatives of the Rocky Mountain Lab.
Hamilton girls end successful season at state
The story of the Class A State girls tournament in Bozeman on March 9th-11th was the dominance of the teams from Eastern Montana. The Eastern A teams took all four places, and no team from the West beat a team from the East. The Hamilton girls lost, 49-71, in their first round game against Billings Central on Thursday, March 9th. This sent them to a loser out game against Browning on Friday where they played a great game and won, 68-47. Finally, they played Laurel in the consolation semifinal and lost, 58-62. This ended a successful season for the Lady Broncs where they took 2nd in divisionals and won a game at the state tournament. They will miss seniors Taryn Searle, Layne Kearns, and Alexes Brenneman, but the future looks bright for Hamilton as they have a strong group of girls coming back next year.
Public workshop scheduled for Mud Creek Project
The Bitterroot National Forest signed the Decision Notice for the 48,486-acre Mud Creek Project in January. The decision authorized the forest to move forward with planning and implementing fuels reduction, vegetation management, and transportation system activities southwest of Darby. As part of the implementation planning process, West Fork District Ranger...
FWP officials give tips for preventing bear encounters this spring
MISSOULA, Mont. — Black bears are emerging from hibernation. Over the last three weeks, three have been spotted in the Missoula area. One was reported in the University District near the Rattlesnake confluence, another in West Riverside on Woody Mountain and a third near Stevensville. Montana Fish, Wildlife and...
Corvallis School District asking voters to support levy request
The money would be used to bridge the funding gap that has been created due to rising operating costs.
Hamilton boys end season with heartbreaker at state
The difference between winning and losing in Class A boys basketball is razor thin. For example, Hamilton and Dillon were by all measures equal teams this season, with Hamilton going 2-1 versus the Beavers and each of those games decided by 2 points or less. But at State in Bozeman on March 9th-11th, Hamilton was eliminated after losing two tough games and Dillon got hot and was the state runner up. It’s hard to predict what might happen once the game starts.
Bitterroot Health breaks ground for new Darby clinic
Bitterroot Health broke ground last Wednesday for a new planned healthcare facility in Darby. The facility will be called the Darby Scripps Clinic, and according to Bitterroot Health CEO, John Bishop, the facility will be over 7,000 square feet. The facility project took two years to plan and will include space for walk-in service, limited emergency services, an X-ray suite, primary care facilities, home for the ambulance, rehabilitation services and crew and a future pharmacy. The latter will come after the building is operational. The facility will also be taking on a new doctor, Carlee Kalbfleisch, MD. In total, it will cost over $6 million and is planned to reach completion by late 2023. Bishop spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony about the goals of Bitterroot Health, and said though they are headquartered in Hamilton, “the valley as a whole is primarily what our mission is.”
Stevensville approves final plat for Burnt Fork Estates, phase I
On March 9th, following a public hearing, the Stevensville Town Council approved the final plat for Phase I of the Burnt Fork Estates subdivision. Phase I involves six lots for single-family residential homes on the newly named Sassafras Court cul de sac on the south side of Creekside Drive and to the west of Syringa with access off Creekside Drive.
Book by former Stevi residents chosen for Montana Book Award
Montana is often described as a place with such natural beauty that it moves and inspires people, or so would be said by the authors of “On a Benediction of Wind.” The book pairs photography and poetry pertaining to the natural world and was conceived and based on the Bitterroot Valley and Stevensville. The piece was recently awarded the 2022 Montana Book Award of the year. Photographer Barbara Michelman, and writer Charles Finn, worked for some time to create what they describe, as a “good meal” paired with a “fine wine.”
Stevensville High School unveils athletic improvement center
The Stevensville School unveiled a state of the art Athletic Improvement Center (AIC) on Wednesday, March 8th. A diverse group of community members had given their time, effort, and donations to help establish the new facility and were honored with a first look at the center. The Stevensville School District...
Ravalli County celebrating 130 years of history this month
A new exhibit at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton is helping to mark the county's 130th birthday.
Cooperative event raises $45k for youth outdoor experiences
The first annual Montana Matters Banquet went off without a hitch, say event organizers. Tom Powers, a leading member of Montana Matters and Montana Conservation Elders, wanted to thank everyone involved with the event. “This is definitely a great committee to work with. They are a crack team. Everybody bent over backwards to make this a successful event and everybody is owed a big thank you.” He especially wanted to put out a big thank you to Tracey Manning.
Summit Career Center registration deadlines approaching
Summit Career Center is accepting applications for its spring 2023 program in Stevensville through March 20, with classes beginning April 3. The center’s new Missoula program is also accepting new students; applications are due by May 22, with classes beginning June 5. The center prepares motivated adults, who are...
New Lolo School on track for August move-in
School leaders say everything is on track for students and teachers to move into the new Lolo Elementary School by late summer, and be ready for classes in the new building in the fall. And the supply chain problems that have plagued other major construction projects in recent months aren't...
Stevensville schools adjust, post COVID-19
Like a lot of schools, post Covid-19, Stevensville is struggling with reductions in their budget. According to Stevensville Schools Superintendent Dave Thennis, the main struggle for many schools comes from the phasing out of pandemic funds. During the outbreak, the federal government issued extra financial assistance to schools nationwide through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER). These came through several different bills, and grants. The funding was intended to help schools continue to meet the needs of students through remote learning and other technologies.
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