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Environmentalist legend ‘Brandy’ Brandborg dies

Renowned environmental activist Stewart “Brandy” Brandborg, 93, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018. His daughter Betsy said the end came quickly and painlessly. Just last month Brandborg was honored at an event in Hamilton that drew hundreds of people. He is perhaps best known for his…

Ground breaking held on new athletic field

By Michael Howell Ground was broken last week for a major sports complex to be constructed on Hamilton High School grounds south of the schools parking lot. School administrators, Board members, teachers and coaches and several football, track and soccer players turned out for the occasion. The new sports complex, estimated to cost roughly $4…

Stevi to proceed with tobacco-free parks ordinance

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council voted unanimously at its meeting on April 9th to schedule a first reading of the recently drafted ordinance prohibiting the use of tobacco products in town parks and recreational facilities. The Council was approached last month by a local Girl Scout troop asking for a smoking ban in…

Hedman honored for life’s work

By Michael Howell Wayne Hedman of Hamilton was recently honored by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Hedman was born in January of 1939, and grew up on a “stump ranch” on Blanchard Lake Road just south of Whitefish. He said the Flathead valley at the time was covered with…

Sheriff’s Deputies armed with opioid overdose treatment

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton announced that the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office has trained Deputy Sheriffs and Detention Officers in use of the opioid counter drug Narcan. Sheriff Holton said all sworn staff and the Detention Center have been issued and equipped with Narcan, in the event they encounter someone who might…

Oldtime Bluegrass Festival scheduled for Saturday

By Jean Schurman For 18 years, one of the harbingers of spring has been the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association’s Oldtime Bluegrass Festival and Fundraiser. This year will be no different. The 19th annual Old-time Bluegrass Festival will be this Saturday, April 14, from noon to 8:30 p.m. at Lone Rock School northeast of Stevensville. “It’s…

Disc golf course proposed for Hamilton’s Hieronymus Park

By Michael Howell The proposal to create a disc golf course in Hieronymus Park in Hamilton was postponed last week after the Hamilton City Council heard from some irate citizens who said they were surprised by the proposal and in adamant opposition. Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf introduced the agenda item by noting that money had already…

Commissioners consider permit system for opening roads

By Michael Howell What is a road? That is one question that the Ravalli County Commissioners are wrestling with in the face of an increasing number of conflicts over road issues, many of them having to do with what are called the Orchard Tracts. It is a legacy from the valley’s Apple Boom days of…