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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  Marcus Daly Hospice Raffle Marcus Daly Hospice staff and volunteers are hosting their annual fundraising raffle. The raffle features many products and services from local vendors. The Grand Prize is a Montana sapphire ring from Asmus Jewelers valued at over $700. Other items include: Tee Time with a Teacher from the Hamilton Golf Club;…

Undersheriff takes job with state council

By Michael Howell   Ravalli County Undersheriff Perry Johnson is resigning from his 27-year tenure with the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office to take a job as Executive Director of the Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council in Helena. The POST Council is an independent quasi-judicial board that was formed in 2007. The Council…

County treasurer resigns

By Michael Howell County Treasurer Marie Keeton has submitted a letter of resignation to become effective at the end of the month. Keeton told the Bitterroot Star on Monday that her resignation had nothing to do with the job. “I’ve been extremely happy with my job here at the county and I very much appreciate…

Commissioners object to another Forest Service water right request

  By Michael Howell Last Tuesday, August 6, the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to file an objection to the water right application being made by the U.S. Forest Service on Nelson Creek, a tributary to the Nez Perce up the West Fork of the Bitterroot. The water right is for in-stream flows on the creek…

County settles wrongful discharge case

  By Michael Howell Back on September 21, 2011, Ravalli County Road Department Secretary Jackie Johnson’s (now Jackie Johnson Souza) employment was terminated. Souza filed suit on September 13, 2012, alleging wrongful discharge and age discrimination. Last Tuesday, July 30, the County Commissioners agreed to settle Souza’s claims for $33,000 without admitting any liability. Souza,…

Stevi sewer project to move forward in spite of grant denial

  By Michael Howell Stevensville’s wastewater treatment improvement project remains financially feasible and will move forward despite the fact that an anticipated grant from the state did not come through. The Town’s Community Development Block Grant application for $450,000 was recently denied, but changes in interest rates and other factors will keep the project within…

Some landowners resist portage routes on Mitchell Slough

  By Michael Howell Last November Andy Roubik asked the County Commissioners to establish Portage Routes on Mitchell Slough to allow fishermen access through, over or around fences and other obstructions, such as low bridges, that landowners have placed across the river channel. The 16-mile-long river channel was the subject of a lawsuit that was…

Berniece Bishop

  Stevensville – Berniece DeLaire (Reynolds) Bishop, of Stevensville, MT passed away at Hillside Manor in Missoula, on Saturday, August 3, 2013. She was born in Bainville, MT on March 2, 1926, the daughter of Curtis and Ida Adams Reynolds, the third oldest of five children. Berniece received her education in Bainville and began working…

‘Jonnie’ Stella Sisler

  Stevensville – “Jonnie” Stella Lita Adams Sisler was born in the desert town of Ripley, California to Texas born civil engineer Claude Simpson Adams and his wife Louise McBride Adams. Due to a traumatic event she was born prematurely. Her mother, determined to save her baby, would swing her by the feet, face down…

Stanley Stepanski Jr.

Florence – Stanley Stepanski Jr. passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana after a short illness. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 66 years old. Stanley, Stan or “Big” Stan, as he was known, was born December 1, 1946 in Long Beach,…