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MAPS founder awarded Purpose Prize fellowship

Encore.org has announced that Peter Rosten of Darby is a national 2013 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize honors Americans 60 and older and is the nation’s only large-scale investment award for senior social entrepreneurs and creative problem solvers. Rosten received the fellowship because of his work as the Founder and President of MAPS: Media…

Sale of delinquent tax deed voided due to treasurer error

By Michael Howell In a recent Opinion and Order, District Court Judge James Haynes has declared void a tax deed acquired by Zinvest, LLC, because the Ravalli County Treasurer failed to file an affidavit of publication for the Notice of Sale of Delinquent Tax Lien for the years 2008 to 2011 with the County Clerk…

Deputy County Treasurer resigns

By Michael Howell Deputy County Treasurer JoAnne Johnson submitted her resignation to Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey in writing last Wednesday, November 20. It stated simply: “I am regretfully submitting my resignation effective 11-27-2013. Due to extenuating circumstances, I am only able to give you a week notice.” Johnson has worked in the county tax…

County hires Wyoming attorney, private citizen pays

  By Michael Howell On Tuesday, November 19, the Ravalli County Commissioners approved spending up to $1,500 to retain the legal services of Budd-Falen Law Offices of Cheyenne, Wyoming to provide a template for filing objections to water right applications being made by the U.S. Forest Service on streams in Ravalli County. The funds to…

Commissioners file objection to another USFS water right application

By Michael Howell The Forest Service is engaged in ongoing water right appropriations for in-stream flows on forest land in several drainages in the valley. According to information provided by Jed Simon, Water Rights Program Manager for the USFS, the Forest Service has already obtained in-stream flow rights on Blodgett, Chicken, Hughes, Burnt Fork, Nez…

TEDD proposal founders on zoning requirement

By Michael Howell Efforts by the county to establish a Targeted Economic Development District north of Hamilton have slowed up as a formidable obstacle has now come more clearly into focus. It’s called zoning. According to Julie Foster, Director of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA), federal regulations involved in the necessary loans and…

Commissioners strip $100,000 from Airport EA grant application

By Michael Howell On Monday, November 18, the Ravalli County Commissioners considered a possible grant application to Montana Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division for $15,700. This was based on an estimated total project cost of $314,000, with the FAA picking up the lion’s share (90%) of $282,600 with local costs (10%) totaling $31,400. The grant…

Cynthia Joan Tharinger

Stevensville – Cynthia Joan Tharinger passed away peacefully, at the home she loved, on November 20 and is now at peace. She was born in Minneapolis on June 11, 1954, one of seven children of Robert and Jean Tharinger. Raised in Minnesota, she came to Montana as a freshman at the University of Montana. Through the…

‘Betsy’ Jane Gray Hannon

(Betsy) Jane Gray Hannon was born in Fallbrook, California on August 27, 1941. She passed away November 19, 2013 after a short fight with ovarian cancer. Betsy was raised on an avocado plantation in Fallbrook, CA, where she rode her horses daily, often riding miles to compete in the closest gymkhana. She later attended Purdue…

Racist comments don’t represent majority

By Archie L. Thomas & Merry E. Schrumpf, Corvallis We are saddened and offended by the public death of our community values, respect and common courtesy as revealed in recent discussions with Native Americans at the hands of our county commissioners and planning board chairman. Many within this community worship a carpenter under the symbol…