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HAMILTON - Joseph Daniel Ward, 42, of Hamilton passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born January 2, 1972 in Harbor City, California to Jack Ward and Carolyn Barnes.
Joe attended school in Muldrow, OK and graduated from Lincoln High School (Lincoln, MT) in 1990. He served in the US Marine Corp from 1990-1994 and graduated from Montana State University in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in biology.
Joe married his high school sweetheart, Connie Ogilvie, on May 16, 1998. They lived in Salt Lake City, UT and Woodland, CA before returning to Montana in 2006 where they settled in Hamilton. He worked for Ravalli County Health Department prior to his career as a Health Physicist with Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
An avid outdoorsman, Joe shared his passion for hunting, fishing and camping with his two young daughters. Many a time they could be found, clad in camouflage, scouting throughout western Montana. He was well known for his sense of humor, infectious laugh, love for motorized vehicles (most of which were in desperate need of repair) and as a great dad. Joe (or Joey as he was known by many) will be forever missed and always loved.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Barnes. Joe is survived by his wife, Connie (Ogilvie) Ward; their daughters, Bailey (14) and Madison (8); his father, Jack Ward; sisters, Jackie Ward, Carrie Chambers, Chyanna Morgan and Robyn Ward; brother, David Ward; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Daly-Leach Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Following the committal services there will be a reception held in the community room at Daly-Leach Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial be made in Joe’s name to Camp Mak-A-Dream, P.O. Box 1450, Missoula, Montana 59806 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
April 10 Headlines
- Testing the test : Smarter Balanced and the Common Core
- RID resolutions approved by county commissioners
- Artifacts Road Show is coming to Lincoln - Lincoln teen named Young Bowhunter of the Year
- Invasive medusahead grass found in Montana
- Montana minimum wolf counts remain stable
- Lincoln Community Garden greenhouse set to open April 18
- More of an art than a science? maybe not: Seminar takes a look beyond traditional boundaries of the art world
- My Smart Mouth" Violence Prevention
- Track season off and running
- History in hiding
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James E. McConnell died on March 20, 2014 at Village Health Care Center after a short bout of cancer. He was born on November 6, 1946 in Lord’s Valley, PA to Helen Hazen McConnell and Hugh McConnell. Jim graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in physics. In California, he was an electrical engineer and then started his own business in Hamilton, Montana, which he later moved to Lincoln, Montana. Jim worked on many classified contracts for the Navy. Jim married Judy Clark in Lincoln, Montana in 1985. He retired from MSE in Butte in 2011. Hunting, fishing, and camping were his passions. Jim volunteered for the Fire Department and as an EMT. He was also a lifelong member of the NRA. Jim is survived by his wife, Judy, stepchildren, Jason (Jenn) and Cori (Trent), grandchildren Courtney, Sam, Tim, Zurie and Todd, his aunts Lorraine Hazen, Dorothy Davis (JC), Patti Jones and numerous cousins. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at ST Judes Catholic Church in Lincoln and a potluck luncheon will follow at the Lincoln Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lincoln Ambulance and Fire Department. Burial will be at the Florence Carlton Cemetery.
Thank you to the nurses and CNA’s at the Village Health Care Center for their excellent care.
RID resolutions approved by county commissioners Discussions on chip seal projects for the Lincoln and Lambkins Rural Improvement Districts that began in October finally came to an end as the Lewis and Clark County Commission approved two separate resolutions for the repair and preservation of paved roads in Lincoln.
Commissioners Andy Hunthausen and Mike Murray, acting as a quorum in the absence of Commission Chairwoman Susan Good Geise who was dealing with separate commission business in Helena, approved the measures following a public hearing at the Lincoln Government Day meeting April 4.
The approval of the resolutions allows the county take advantage of the Lincoln East Highway reconstruction project scheduled this summer to save on the cost of mobilizing chip seal material to the area.
The resolution for the Lincoln RID, which was established in 2004, funds the cost of a chip seal this year for most paved streets in town, as well as fully funding a second chip seal project in about seven years.
The decision means property owners in the Lincoln RID will see assessments fall from $152 a year to $104.30 per year, which includes an ongoing maintenance assessment of $59.45 and a debt service assessment of $44.84 per year for seven years.
Unlike their neighbors on the Lincoln RID, property owners on the Lambkins RID will see a nearly 76 percent increase in their tax bill. Eric Griffin, county director of public works, noted the county received little or no feedback from property owners in the Lambkins district, which led commissioners to choose the funding for a chip seal this year and provides half the funding needed for another in seven years.
Lambkins property owners are assessed per square foot of property, rather than by geocode and only paid $.0035 per square foot for maintenance of their streets, a rate unchanged since the district was established in 1989. Under the new resolution they will pay a maintenance assessment of $.001972 per square foot per year and a debt service assessment of $.004187 per square foot per year for seven years
The Lincoln RID resolution received one objection from Jim Gillett, who owns property on Pine Street. He voiced concerns that included the permanence of the maintenance fee, the true cost savings of timing the project to coincide with the highway project and assessments based on geocodes.
Commissioner Mike Murray spoke to Gillett’s concerns, noting the issue had been discussed at meetings here for several months. He also pointed out the county commission could review and modify resolutions annually, which allows them to decrease assessments as well as increase them.