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Donald Lee Johnston

Hamilton – Donald Lee Johnston, 57, died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, due to multiple medical issues at the St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born to Goldie Lee (Lewis) and Clarence H. “Slick” Johnston on Friday, March 30, 1956, in Baker, Oregon. First a logger by family tradition, Don was able to grow…

Frank Roger Grenfell

  Frank Roger Grenfell, 61, died suddenly at his home in Missoula on January 16, 2014. Roger was born to Frank and Dorothy Grenfell on December 29, 1952, the second youngest of six kids. Roger grew up in the Three Mile area in Stevensville, where as a child, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with…

County Treasurer placed on leave as fallout continues

By Michael Howell On Tuesday, January 21, beleagured Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey chose to use the meeting at which she was scheduled to give an update on her work in the treasurer’s department to instead launch a salvo of her own, making allegations of corruption and deceptive practices on the part of county officials….

County attorney says investigation under way

  By Michael Howell Before the County Commissioners could hold their meeting to discuss instituting an investigation into treasurer Valerie Stamey’s allegations made public at an update meeting last Tuesday, January 21, County Attorney Bill Fulbright had already instituted his own investigation. He told the commissioners on Thursday that their decision to undertake what may…

Sapphire Community Health to open women’s clinic

  In an effort to fill the health care gap in Ravalli County, Sapphire Community Health recently developed an outreach program to provide health services to underserved women in our community. Opening this spring at the Sapphire Community Health clinic in Hamilton, this outreach effort is staffed entirely by volunteers. Doctors, nurses, and other health…

County takes ownership of Victor Park

  By Michael Howell At a meeting last week, the Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to accept ownership of the Victor Park. The Victor Garden Club is handing over the parkland, which is located across from the fire hall, to the county, and it will now be managed by the Victor Park District. The Victor Garden…

Star Editorial – Time for Foss and Stoltz to step down

With a very serious crisis facing all of us that recently led to our county treasurer being placed on administrative leave, it may seem petty and trivial for the Bitterroot Star to be wagging its finger at the county commission as they usher Treasurer Valerie Stamey out the door, and saying “Yes, and why don’t…

Circus is in town!

  Come one, come all to the most dysfunctional show of all. What’s it cost to attend such a show of this caliber? Well, if you don’t live and pay taxes in Ravalli County, it’s free. Where else can people be hired with zero experience. All you need is enthusiasm! Where else can you see…

Truth in reporting

  Valerie Stamey, Ravalli County Chief Nuisance and Tea Party Exemplar Nonpareil, complained in her recent diatribe that the media et al are orchestrating her character assassination. Not so, Ms. Stamey. It was a suicide. Colleen Miller Stevensville

Apologies for leaving

  To the people of Ravalli County, my apologies for having to leave my term as your County Treasurer early. Sometimes, as was this case, family has to take priority over everything in life. My husband’s health condition demanded changes from both of us. I sincerely wish I had been able to complete my term…