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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Commissioners should apologize

  I attended the Ravalli County Commissioners’ meeting (1/23/2014) regarding the ongoing Treasurer’s debacle. Treasurer Stamey/Addis/Scott was glaringly absent. I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, shout out in anger, or just be dumbfounded like most of the concerned citizens who attended. What an ongoing county disaster—a bombshell impacting every resident. I don’t recall the…

Drawbridge or welcome mat

  What is your attitude towards business growth and new job opportunity? Not something you may have given much thought, however it definitely is something your state and county elected officials give thought to, as well they should, because they make decisions that affect our appearance and attitude as a place to do business. Are…

Food bank appreciates continued support

  “How are you folks doing down at the food bank?” That’s a question I and my co-workers who volunteer at Haven House Food Pantry in Hamilton get asked a lot. My typical answer is “We’re doing very well, thank you!” Of course, the correct answer is a bit more complicated. On the bright side,…

Trustee Sale Number: 13-00979-5 Loan Number: 0177432994 APN: 758800 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD for cash at Trustee’s Sale on May 23, 2014 at the hour of 10:00 AM, recognized local time, At the front entrance to the Ravalli County Justice Center, 205 Bedford, Hamilton, MT following described real property in Ravalli County,…

Sales/Auctions Blu-J Estate Sales Follow our green signs! Feb 19-21, Stevensville Address posted week of sale. Antiques, collectibles, riding mower, huge dollhouse, complete household and outbuilding. Feb 26-29, Hamilton Address posted week of sale. Complete household. Details soon. View photos at: www.bluejayestatesales.com BIG MOVING SALE – Saturday, February 1st & 2nd, 9 AM to 4…

  Fair theme contest How would you like to create the theme for Fair 2014? The Ravalli County Fairgrounds is looking for a theme for Fair 2014. Last year’s theme was “4-H Pride and an Eight Second Ride.” The Theme Contest is open to all ages and there is no limit for entries. Submit your…

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…