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Special for the Missoulian Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Patrol seeks witnesses to Friday accident

The Montana Highway Patrol would like to talk to two motorists believed to have witnessed an accident Friday in which Gerrit James Hamilton, 18, of Lolo was killed while riding his bicycle across Highway 93 South.

The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Friday near the intersection with Blue Mountain Road.

Hamilton, a University of Montana freshman, initially was struck in the northbound lane by a Ford pickup. He then was thrown into the southbound lane where he was struck by a Dodge pickup, according to the Highway Patrol.

Capt. Mike Frellick of the patrol said witnesses also saw a northbound black pickup traveling in the inside (fog line) lane and a southbound white car that appeared to have made an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting Hamilton.

What the motorists saw could aid Highway Patrol officers as they try to accurately re-create the accident scene and determine the sequence of events, Frellick said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident and has not talked to the Highway Patrol is asked to call 543-7766.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

Meeting focuses on river pollution

The Tri-State Water Quality Council will meet Wednesday in Missoula to review progress in ridding the Clark Fork River of nutrient pollution.

Council members, including local governments, private businesses and environmental groups in the watershed, will hear reports on several clean-the-river projects launched since a voluntary agreement was signed inn 1998.

The cities of Missoula and Deer Lodge, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Butte-Silver Bow Metro Sewer, Missoula County and the Missoula City-County Health Board are signatories to a voluntary nutrient reduction agreement which commits them to dramatically reducing nutrient pollution in the Clark Fork River.

The pollution - nitrogen and phosphorus - causes algae blooms in the river and disrupts aquatic life, irrigation and recreation.

Since 1998, the city of Missoula has signed a design contract for an expansion and upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant and the city of Deer Lodge has worked to install a land application system for its treated sewage effluent.

Reports on those and other river cleanup projects are planned from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the 4B's Conference Center, 3803 Brooks St. The meeting is open to the public.

Sherry Devlin, Missoulian

Helena forest proposes exchange of land

The Helena National Forest will take public comment through April 28 on a proposed land exchange in the Big Belt Mountains.

Landowner Owen Voigt wants to trade a 50-acre inholding he owns in Coxey Gulch for 40 acres of national forest land along Deep Creek, also in the Big Belts.

Both parcels are moderately steep with open stands of Douglas fir and minor amounts of lodgepole pine overstory, with bunchgrass and sagebrush in the understory. Voigt's land has evidence of some historic mining activity; the Helena National Forest land does not.

Voigt's land is surrounded by the national forest. The land exchange would eliminate the inholding and consolidate public ownership.

For more information or to comment, contact Steve Wyatt, Townsend Ranger District, at 406-266-3425, or at 415 S. Front, Townsend, MT. 59644.

Sherry Devlin, Missoulian

Nepali law expert to speak at UM

The next installment of the International Law Lecture Series at the University of Montana will feature Upendra Acharya, Nepal's leading environmental law and policy expert.

Acharya will discuss "International Law and Environmental Policy in Developing Countries: Nepal's Experience" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the law school's Castles Center. The lecture is sponsored by the International Law Society and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

Acharya is on leave from his law professor position at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu while he finishes a doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He has spent the last two years as the environmental legal consultant for the Chippewa Cree Tribe at the Rocky Boy's Reservation, where he has authored and helped enact tribal ordinances governing lead paint, wetlands and clean water.

He also litigated Nepal's first major environmental case before the Nepalese Supreme Court and drafted much of Nepal's current environmental statutory and regulatory system.

University Relations

Police will honor Missoula volunteers

As part of National Volunteer Week, the Missoula City Police Department will honor residents who in 1999 contributed nearly 2,000 hours of service to make the community a safer place to live.

Department volunteers will be recognized at a Wednesday luncheon.

"It is also a good time to remind Missoula residents about the importance of volunteering and making volunteer service a regular part of their lives," according to a department press release.

President Richard Nixon established the week's recognition of volunteers as a yearly celebration in 1974.

An independent survey last year revealed that more than 109 million adults volunteer some 20 billion hours, worth an estimated $225 billion.

There are many local volunteer opportunities available. To learn more about where help is needed, call Volunteer Services, 523-2748.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

Salvation Army food drive under way

The Salvation Army is conducting its Spring Food Drive mail appeal to replenish its food pantry at 339 W. Broadway.

To help, bring any extra canned goods to the Thrift Store between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or send contributions to Box 8123, Missoula, Mont. 59807. The drive lasts through Saturday.

Missoulian

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