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Marcus Daly Hospice service, volunteers recognized

Marcus Daly Hospice Services and three of its volunteers – Judy Fowler, Ellen Green and Wanda Green – have been recognized for the commitment to end-of-life care by the Hospice Care Foundation of Missoula. On Tuesday, January 21, Kevi Berger, Director of the Hospice Care Foundation, and Salinas Callison joined over 30 Marcus Daly Hospice…

Bruce Takeshi Burk

Bruce Takeshi Burk, 53, died at his home in Lolo, Montana on January 28th, due to complications from lifelong muscular dystrophy. He had lived in Lolo for the past 30 years, where he founded and served as editor-publisher of a community newspaper, The Lolo Peak News. Bruce was born in Kalispell on April 7, 1960,…

Kathleen Ann Wessel

Florence – Kathleen (Kathy) Ann Wessel, 61, unexpectedly passed away January 26, 2014 due to natural causes. She was born June 6, 1952 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Edward and Frieda Dietz. Married to Cliff Wessel for the past 17 years. They were filled with fishing, reading, boating, hunting and enjoyment of the outdoors in big…

Treasurer investigation under way amid new allegations

By Michael Howell In the week following Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey’s departure from her office on administrative leave, county staffers have been attempting to organize the data she left in her wake, discovering more than $800,000 in undeposited tax payments which are now in the bank. An estimated payment of $4 million was sent…

Stevensville man sentenced for incest and other charges

  By Michael Howell James Morris Colburn of Stevensville was sentenced last week by Ravalli County District Judge James Haynes on a number of convictions including two separate convictions of incest and convictions of sexual intercourse without consent and two charges of sexual assault against a neighbor child. Both victims were eleven years old at…

Pedestrian bridge at Woodside river crossing to be funded

  The proposal to build a pedestrian bridge at the Woodside crossing of the Bitterroot River was one of 25 transportation alternative projects recently approved by the Montana Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2014. The project has an estimated cost of $900,000. The current Transportation Alternative (TA) program replaces the Community Transportation Enhancements Program…

Commissioners should have chosen Johnson

  The Commissioners finally brought Valerie Stamey to a meeting to explain the lawsuit brought by eastern attorneys concerning $18,149.00. That gave her plenty of time to write something inflammatory about the Commissioners, thus allowing her to evade the issue. It was a well calculated smoke screen when the meeting finally occurred at which she…

Pay attention to upcoming election

  Full ballots coming up this year! June 3, 2014: Federal-State-County Open Primary Election. Here are some of the Ravalli County Offices up for four year terms: Administrator, Attorney/Auditor, Clerk & Recorder, Treasurer/Assessor, Sheriff/Coroner. You might go to the Ravalli County Homepage, then go to “Election” and it may be a shock to see so…

Apology to county employees

  I want to personally thank all the hard working “blue collar” Ravalli County employees for their unflinching work ethic, professionalism, and commitment to public service. I also want to send out an apology to our dedicated county workers and, for that matter, all Bitterroot residents. Why do I, Doris Adam, apologize? Because it’s clear…

No politics here!

  Ms. Foss was quoted in last week’s Star stating that she doesn’t know what political persuasion the people she and her fellow commissioners have hired or appointed during their tenure. “It’s really easy to take something like this and turn it into a big political thing,” she’s quoted as saying about the treasurer debacle…