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Pregnant Hamilton woman charged with endangering baby

HAMILTON — A Hamilton woman who has been charged in three separate felony cases since last September is now facing a felony criminal endangerment charge for putting her unborn child at risk by taking illegal drugs.

August 28, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Nathan Borg speaks with Roger Mikesell

Nathan Borg speaks with Roger Mikesell

Nathan Borg speaks with Roger Mikesell about the problems he’s had with elk and deer eating his bales of hay. Borg is the new Bitterroot Valley-based biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

August 24, 2014 12:03 pmLoading…
FWP facing biologist shortage in Region 2

FWP facing biologist shortage in Region 2

MISSOULA — Every year, sportsmen from all over the country make thousands of inquiries to state wildlife biologists on topics ranging from clarifications on hunting regulations to tips on places to go.

August 24, 2014 12:02 pmLoading…

Victor man facing felony DUI charges after ruckus along river

An alleged drunken confrontation along the Bitterroot River led to felony DUI charges for a Victor man.

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Crescent Lake: Good fishing, goats found in Pioneers

Crescent Lake: Good fishing, goats found in Pioneers

MELROSE — Mountain goats, three crystal-clear lakes filled with trout, and a short side trip to see historic charcoal kilns are waiting for those willing to navigate a narrow mountain road into southwest Montana’s Pioneer Mountains.

August 19, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Logging operations

Logging operations

Logging operations are seen at the Bitterroot National Forest’s Bass Creek Recreation Area in June 2013.

August 14, 2014 11:40 am
Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake in the Pioneer Mountains is a place to find solitude and some good fishing.

August 07, 2014 10:36 am
Andrea Shortsleeve

Andrea Shortsleeve

Bitterroot National Forest wildlife biologist Andrea Shortsleeve collects information from a bat acoustic monitoring site near the Painted Rocks Reservoir.

July 20, 2014 11:34 pm
Bitterroot researchers listen, gather data on bats

Bitterroot researchers listen, gather data on bats

PAINTED ROCKS — There was a time when the bats in the Bitterroot were something of a mystery.

July 20, 2014 11:05 pmLoading…
Richard Barber of Manhattan

Richard Barber of Manhattan

Richard Barber of Manhattan has been searching for answers from Remington ever since his son was killed when a rifle accidentally went off when his wife unloaded it in 2000.

July 07, 2014 5:05 pm

California motorcyclist leads deputies on high-speed chase

HAMILTON — A California man is facing two felony counts of criminal endangerment after allegedly leading law officers on a chase with speeds in excess of 100 mph.

June 18, 2014 1:57 pmLoading…
Lost Trail plane crash

Lost Trail plane crash

This is the scene this morning of the site of Tuesday's plane crash in the parking lot at Lost Trail Pass.

June 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Hamilton firefighters respond to 1st grass fire of June, warn of dry conditions

Hamilton Volunteer Fire Fighters responded to their first grass fire in June. Fire Chief Brad Mohn said if the weather continues to remain dry, there could be a lot more of these to come. “We had a nice wet spring, which allowed the grass in the low levels of the valley really grow,” he said…

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Poached wolf overcame odds to reach Montana

STEVENSVILLE — OR-18 made history of sorts before it took a bullet on the last day of May in the Sapphire Mountains.

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Salish-Pend d’Oreille cultural leader brings lesson to Bitterroot Valley

HAMILTON — “I think the Creator made each one of us different for a reason.”

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Bird day

Bird day

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated in Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone on May 17.

May 07, 2014 2:45 pmLoading…

Ravalli County commissioner alleges intimidation by sheriff

HAMILTON – Ravalli County Commissioner Suzy Foss says the county’s sheriff backed her into a wall and verbally intimidated her in a crowded hallway last month.

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Veterans’ files removed from center have been returned

HAMILTON — About 200 veterans’ files removed by an employee of the Valley Veterans Service Center just before his arrest for allegedly making threats against the president were returned this week.

April 17, 2014 12:10 pmLoading…

Veterans center employee may have records

HAMILTON — A former Valley Veterans Service Center employee charged with making threats against President Barack Obama removed virtually every file from the center before his arrest last week.

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Veterans Services Center employee arrested after threatening president

Veterans Services Center employee arrested after threatening president

HAMILTON — A Valley Veterans Service Center employee has been arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for threatening the president following an investigation that temporarily closed the Hamilton-based organization.

April 07, 2014 5:07 pmLoading…
Valerie Stamey

Valerie Stamey

Stamey

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FBI launches investigation into Ravalli County Treasurer's Office

FBI launches investigation into Ravalli County Treasurer's Office

HAMILTON – One investigation into the troubled Ravalli County Treasurer’s Office has concluded and another one – this by the FBI – was confirmed to have started this week.

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Ravalli County commissioners OK lawsuit against interim treasurer

Ravalli County commissioners OK lawsuit against interim treasurer

HAMILTON — Ravalli County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to direct the county attorney’s office to file a lawsuit against interim treasurer Valerie Stamey.

March 11, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
65 elk collared; study underway in Sapphire Mountains

65 elk collared; study underway in Sapphire Mountains

STEVENSVILLE — The trackers are now officially on the trail of the wapiti that call the North Sapphire Mountains home.

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A blizzard warning didn't slow Bitterroot Valley ranchers in their morning feeding chores.

February 28, 2014 3:42 pm
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Chuck Preston of Stevensville didn't let a little wind and snow slow him down from getting his animals fed Friday morning.

February 28, 2014 3:42 pm
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022814 corvallis icicle

Ten-year-old Gregory Perez was ready for a school day of show-and-tell after finding an icicle nearly as tall as he. Perez was packing his prize to Corvallis Elementary on Tuesday morning as the rest of the community dug out for another large snowfall.

February 27, 2014 12:21 pm
Barn

Barn

Lee Metcalf Refuge.

February 26, 2014 2:02 pm
Lee Metcalf Refuge

Lee Metcalf Refuge

Lee Metcalf Refuge.

February 26, 2014 2:02 pm
Norm Williams

Norm Williams

Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams looks over the spot where he found the body of 61-year-old Linda Shelley . A 24-hour convenience store was just a short walk away.

February 24, 2014 12:03 pm
'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

HAMILTON — Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams remembers the cold, hard rain that fell on the day they found her.

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Teamster and his draft horses keep sleigh skills alive along Lolo Creek

Teamster and his draft horses keep sleigh skills alive along Lolo Creek

LOLO — Waylon and Willie are a patient sort.

February 17, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Auditor finds Ravalli County treasurer hasn't fulfilled duties

Auditor finds Ravalli County treasurer hasn't fulfilled duties

HAMILTON – An independent auditing firm said Friday that it is clear the office of the Ravalli County treasurer has not fulfilled its duties.

February 15, 2014 1:11 pmLoading…
Valerie Stamey

Valerie Stamey

Ravalli County treasurer Valerie Stamey.

February 15, 2014 1:12 pmLoading…

Early morning wreck kills one in Hamilton

HAMILTON — An early morning head-on collision on the east side of Hamilton left one person dead and another in critical condition.

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Boy, grandmother spend dangerously cold night stuck in West Fork Bitterroot

DARBY – A grandmother and her 8-year-old grandson spent a very cold night stranded in the Bitterroot Mountains after getting stuck in exactly the same spot where a man perished just three days earlier.

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Ravalli County treasurer months behind in payments to local governments

HAMILTON — Ravalli County is running on reserves.

January 08, 2014 12:41 pmLoading…

Man dies after fall from embankment in West Fork Bitterroot

DARBY - A man died Friday after falling off a 30-foot embankment while apparently attempting to free his vehicle, which had become stuck on a remote road in the West Fork of the Bitteroot.

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Study finds elusive carnivores after forest fire

DARBY — There was no way of knowing what kind of critters might venture through the charred trees left last year in the wake of a wildfire in Soldier Creek.

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Hamilton man pleads guilty to charges stemming from marijuana-laced candy

Hamilton man pleads guilty to charges stemming from marijuana-laced candy

HAMILTON – A little over a year and a half after his daughter was found handing marijuana-laced candy out on a school bus, Robert W. McCoy pleaded guilty last week to three drug charges in Ravalli County District Court.

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Bitterroot Valley economy on its way up from the bottom

HAMILTON — Vicki Steele no longer feels like the Bitterroot Valley is on a freefall toward the bottom of the barrel.

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Hamilton business survives, thrives in changing economy

Hamilton business survives, thrives in changing economy

HAMILTON – Timber framers are like farmers.

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Hamilton's Timber Builders

Hamilton's Timber Builders

Sean McGrath of Hamilton’s Timber Builders carefully sands a beam for a project at the Yellowstone Club.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
Hamilton pastor sentenced to 90 days in jail, restitution for securities fraud

Hamilton pastor sentenced to 90 days in jail, restitution for securities fraud

HAMILTON – Hamilton pastor Harris Himes will get to spend Christmas with his loved ones.

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Harris Himes

Harris Himes

Serving as his own attorney, Hamilton pastor Harris Himes told a Ravalli County jury in his opening statement that he planned to attack the credibility of a Hamilton man who claims Himes bilked him out of $150,000 in 2008. Himes said he plans on calling between 15 to 20 witnesses in the tria…

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After dramatic rescue from pond, Hamilton man warns of ice dangers

MISSOULA — Fred Burnham loves the golden retriever he calls Pumpkin.

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At least 9 elk shot in 5 minutes near Sula; young hunters cited

SULA — In a five-minute span on the day before Thanksgiving, the French Basin near Sula sounded like a war zone.

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Mountain sheep crashes Thanksgiving at Bitterroot home

Mountain sheep crashes Thanksgiving at Bitterroot home

HAMILTON — It won’t be the score of a football game or the perfect holiday meal that the Silcher family will remember about Thanksgiving Day 2013.

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Cultures clash at meeting between CSKT, Ravalli County over Medicine Tree

HAMILTON — Cultures clashed at a Ravalli County Commission meeting this week focused on the future of a 58-acre parcel of land in the southern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley.

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