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Daily Archives: 6:45 pm

Backtracking on the treasurer

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey and her current husband, Richard Stamey, both moved to Montana, sometime in 2007, from South Carolina, where they each left records of financial and legal difficulties in various circuit courts across the north end of the state. Records show that her maiden name was Valerie April…

Commissioners want answers from treasurer on SC judgment

  By Michael Howell Greg Chilcott, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, authored a letter which was hand delivered to the Treasurer’s Office last Friday by Human Resources Director Robert Jenni, notifying Treasurer Valerie Stamey that “a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:00…

County CFO bypasses treasurer, cuts checks

  By Michael Howell On Monday, January 13, every School District Superintendent in the county except one, along with their business managers and clerks, made a case before the Ravalli County Commissioners that they now rated the situation at the County Treasurer’s Office a full scale emergency. They related in detail the seriousness of the…

Public access advocates claim victory in Ruby River case

On January 16,  the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court and assured public access to the Ruby River from bridges on land owned by Atlanta media mogul James Cox Kennedy. The decision sets a precedent that validates all Montana stream and bridge access laws. The Court affirmed a previous decision that two of the…

No excuse for appointment of Stamey

Star Editorial The Bitterroot Star has received a lot of praise in the last week after breaking the story about the default judgment against Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey in a South Carolina court. While it’s a good feeling to get a pat on the back for work well done, the Star shouldn’t be the…

Treasurer debacle highlights commission’s inability to govern

  I’ve lived for 90+ years in mostly conservative communities. Never have I witnessed such governing incompetency as demonstrated by our five Ravalli County Commissioners. There are far too many examples of the commissioners’ ineptitude, disregard for valley residents’ well-being, wrong-headed priorities, and boneheaded decisions. It would aggravate my arthritis and make me hypertensive to…

Not my Republicans

I spent most of my life as a Republican, but when I came to the Bitterroot I discovered that the local party was very different from the party whose principles I had grown to know and respect. I am now independent and vote for people I think are honest and intelligent. Being ethical is more…

Treasurer’s Office audit requested

  The citizens of Ravalli County deserve a Treasurer’s Office that is efficient and capable of collecting and disbursing monies accurately and in a timely manner; a Treasury that can be trusted with their hard-earned dollar and a Commission who is in support of making that possible. In light of recent findings regarding the Treasurer’s…

Re: Ravalli County Treasurer

  The sequence of events that have unfolded in recent months regarding the total ineffectiveness of Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Addis, aka Scott, are simply unbelievable! The lack of management ability of the five Ravalli County Commissioners, and their inability to take corrective action, results in a political scenario that is guaranteed to…

DAV desperately seeking drivers

  Disabled American Veterans is seeking volunteer drivers to take veterans to and from their Veterans Administration (VA) approved medical appointments. Drivers are needed now to serve the entire Missoula and Bitterroot area. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a tax-deductible, non-profit organization run by volunteers. During the past year, our six vehicles that operate…