Stevensville Montana

Some of the hundreds attending the fundraiser at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Stevensville Saturday
Edward O'Brien

Jamie Calhoon is taking it one day at a time. Ask her how she’s doing and she’ll give you a straight answer:

“If you would have asked me two and a half weeks ago, I would have said, ‘not very good.' she said Saturday. "It was an eye-opener to sit and listen to Casey. It hit me in the face that, ‘Oh my God, we could have lost him’, and it scared the crap out of me.”

Calhoon is talking about her son-in-law, Casey Blanchard.

Blanchard, his mom, Julie, and best friend Shelley Hayes were shot last month in Missoula at point-blank range with an AR-15.

Hundreds of people came to the fundraiser at this supermarket in Stevensville Saturday, which raised more than $36,000 for Trooper Wade Palmer's family
Edward O'Brien

Last month’s shooting of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer shocked the state and drew national headlines. But for one small Bitterroot Valley town, it’s personal.

Palmer and his family live in Stevensville where residents turned out by the hundreds Saturday to support the Palmer family.

The front entrance of Stevensville High School, which was built in 1958 and has had no renovations since the 1970s.
Stevensville Public Schools

The Stevensville School Board has voted to run two construction bonds in both the elementary and high school districts before voters in May. The bonds total over $20 million.

The superintendent for the Stevensville Public School District, Robert Moore, says they will address significant needs for both the kindergarten through 3rd-grade elementary building and for the high school -- especially for the high school.

Snow plow. Stock photo.

Another blast of winter weather was expected to drop up to 8 inches of fresh powder in parts of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys by Wednesday evening. This just two days after a powerful winter storm buried Hamilton and Stevensville in up to 2 feet of snow.

Montana Residents Dig Out As Storm Shuts Down Highways

Feb 26, 2019
Snow falling in Missoula, Feb. 25, 2019.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Residents in western Montana dug out from more than 2 feet of snow Tuesday as a winter storm pounded the southern part of the state, closing major roadways and prompting backcountry avalanche warnings.

Missoula set a new daily snowfall record with 8.6 inches (22 centimeters) on Monday, breaking a mark that had stood since 1917.