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Local conservationists awarded

By Michael Howell Five awards were presented to conservationists last Tuesday, October 17 at the annual Conservation Roundtable banquet held this year up the Rattlesnake in Smoke and Thelma Elser’s barn. The Conservation Roundtable was initiated by Missoulian, Don Aldrich when he created the Don Aldrich Fish Wildlife and Conservation Award in 1986 to recognize…

Hannah’s Hope, a legacy

This is a belief in hope.  Hope for our teachers. Hope for our students. Hope for the world.  Our future lies in our children.  Our children are entrusted to the care of our teachers to instruct them in the ways of the world.  Teachers have a major impact on our children all of their lives;…

Exit Realty partners with Habitat for Humanity

Almost everyone of EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley’s then 27 agents participated at various events in the three communities in which the Brokerage offices are located selling tickets for Habitat for Humanity (HfH) of Ravalli County’s 2nd Annual BBQ Bash as well as the draw for an ATV.   The BBQ Bash was held at Sleeping…

Time to ‘Sprinkle Pink’

In its sixth year of successful fundraising for the Aid for Mammography Fund, the community-driven Sprinkle Pink committee has announced new events and opportunities to increase awareness about the importance of preventative health practices and cancer screenings.   Kicking off a month-long campaign throughout the Bitterroot Valley, the first in a series of “Spirit of…

Unique service dog program celebrates first anniversary

By Michael Howell A new local non-profit organization called Military and Canines celebrated its first year anniversary on September 9 by giving away a service dog named Gunney, a blonde Labrador, to a local Veteran. But, says founder and president LaDonna Harkins, despite the name, the service they are providing is definitely not just for…

Credit Union team honors lost colleague with Relay for Life


By Michael Howell   The Ravalli County Federal Credit Union held a community barbecue last Friday to raise donations for the American Cancer Society as part of its participation in the Relay For Life Cancer Walk coming up this Saturday, September 9t in Missoula.   The Hellgate Chapter Relay For Life Team is comprised of…

Fifty years of caring for the community

By Jean Schurman   How do you go about interviewing someone who has been at the center of almost every important, life changing aspect of your life? From broken limbs to the birth of the first my nephews and then my own children, to the deaths of my parents, Dr. Walker J. Ashcraft has been…

Stevensville Playhouse construction project nears completion

By Michael Howell The long needed re-construction and addition to the backstage area of the Stevensville Playhouse at 319 Main is on scheduled for completion by the end of this month. According to board member Jim McCauley, the exterior work is mostly finished, with a little work left to do on the roof; the inside…

Mayn, Wood take top honors at shooting event

By Michael Howell Sixteen young people attended a training session in firearm use and got the chance to spend the day shooting .22 caliber rifles and pistols on Saturday, June 17 at the Whittecar Shooting Range west of Hamilton.   The shooting event was scheduled as part of the Youth Conservation Outdoor Expo held at…

Old-fashioned ‘Big Top’ circus returning to Stevensville

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will give two performances on Tuesday, June 20 at the corner of Park Street and Middle Burnt Fork Road in Stevensville. Show times are 5 and 7:30 p.m.   Now in its 32nd year, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus…