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Smoke from open burning. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Open Burning is Underway Again

Spring and summer open burning season started at the beginning of March, but the Bitterroot Valley was covered by over a foot of snow then. Now, much of the low elevation snow has melted.

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February snow
photo by Peter Christian
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Western Montana Buried in Snow – More Coming [AUDIO]

Sunday night into Monday morning, February 24. residents all over western Montana were anxiously watching the sky, waiting for a highly anticipated snow event. They were not disappointed.

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Lots of snow in the road. (Fullerton Photo)
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Snow Day – Victor and Darby Schools

Over a foot of snow fell in places in the Bitterroot Valley, following two days of snow, with two schools taking a "snow day" Monday, February 24.

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UM President Royce Engstrom. (Fullerton Photo)
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UM President to Visit Bitterroot Valley Schools

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom and other UM administrators will be visiting Florence-Carlton, Stevensville and Hamilton High Schools Thursday, February 21.

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power plant
photo courtesy of Northwestern Energy
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5,900 Households Affected by Thursday Morning Bitterroot Valley Power Outage [AUDIO]

Over 6,300 households were suddenly without power early on the coldest morning of the year in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, February 6.

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New Snow
photo by Peter Christian
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Bitterly Cold Temperatures Throughout Western Montana – Power Out in Bitterroot Valley

Dozens of communities around Western Montana reported double digit below zero temperatures on Wednesday night into Thursday, February 6.

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Members of the audience selecting 'taglines' from wall displays. (KLYQ Photo)
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Picking A Catchy Tagline for the Bitterroot

Four phrases describing the Bitterroot Valley to tourists made it through a selection process at a meeting Wednesday in Hamilton.

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The first of three megaloads to reach Montana at Conner, Montana January 20. (Fullerton/KLYQ Photo)
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Megaload at Conner, Starts Journey through Bitterroot

With good traveling weather, the first of three megaloads to pass through Montana, on its way to Canada, crossed over Lost Trail Pass and parked along US 93 at Conner Monday morning.

The moving company, Omega-Morgan, will be moving the 350-foot long trailer through Hamilton Monday night and Tuesday morning

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sleeping child harley
A trip on a Harley in 1915 or so. (Photo courtesy of Fullerton Family Archive)
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Old Bitterroot Photo on the Way to Sleeping Child

I'm not sure who this might be, posing by a signpost leading to Sleeping Child Hot Springs, but the motorcycles are from as early as 1915, from what I can find on the internet.

Does your family have old Bitterroot Valley photos that show the history of our place? I'll be putting a few up online this year from my family's collections

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Mountain Lion
Photo courtesy of beyond the trail/Flickr
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Bitterroot Study Shows High Mountain Lion Numbers

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently finished a study that showed mountain lion populations were higher than predicted in the Bitterroot Valley.

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