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gray wolf
Tracy Brooks photo USFWS

Who’s afraid of the big, bad….

A huge drop in elk population in the Bitterroot Valley's West Fork has caused concern from wolf managers. The 2010 survey showed 764 elk there. The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) would like to have between 1,600 to 2,400 elk in the zone-wide area

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Everyone’s A Winner !

The awards were plentiful at the 105th Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Former Chamber President Rosie Huckstadt was MC for night.
Award winners were:
Business of the Year - Hidden Legend Winery
Business Person of the Year - Al Mitchell of the Paper Clip
Unsung Hero - Colleen Meyer of Stevensville
Community Asset - Bitter Root Humane Association
Volunteer of the Year - DeeDee Adams
Economic Development - Cal Ruark of Darby
New Business of the Year - Max Coleman's Sleeping Child Farms
"Spark Plug" Award - Bunny Robbins and Tony Dees
The "Laurel" Award - Carol Smith
Executive Director Rick O'Brien had positive comments about the coming year and there were brief presentations from outgoing President Mike Pflieger and Incoming President Dr Dirk Beyer

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forest stream
McConnell Photo

Make It Memorable

Is there a place in the Bitterroot that you think could use a little TLC?
The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee is accepting project proposals from the public until March 30th for this year's funding

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No Brucellosis in Tests

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks tested 43 elk in the East Fork and West Fork of the Bitterroot Valley in February. Blood samples, which are part of a larger 3-year study, showed no signs of brucellosis

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RR Conner crew
R&R Conner photo

R&R Conner is in Top Seven

The Bitterroot Valley's R&R Conner Inc. is in the running for the US Chamber of Commerce's Dream Big Small Business of the Year. R&R is a family-run business specializing in helicopter logging of timber and has been featured on the History Channel's series Ax Men

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larry swanson
KLYQ Photo

Economic Recovery Will Be Slow

The future of Ravalli County's economy relies on healthcare for a burgeoning retirement-age population and helping existing and new technical-professional businesses.
Larry Swanson of the O'Conner Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Missoula presented the latest data to the annual Bitterroot Valley Business and Economic Workshop in Hamilton

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St Mary Lookout
US Forest Service Photo

There’s A Summer Place…

It's one of the best views of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana. The Forest Service lookout at the top of St Mary Peak west of Stevensville will be staffed by volunteers this summer. The Bitterroot National Forest and the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation are looking for volunteers who will live at the lookout for up to 4 weeks at a time

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