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Huls tree is national champ

  By Michael Howell It’s not like the Huls family doesn’t have a lot to brag about already with respect to their dairy operation, but now they’ve got even more to brag about, since one old tree on the place is now a National Champion. Yep. The huge shade tree located between the old house…

Donald M. Noakes

Oklahoma City, OK  -  Donald M. Noakes, 71, formerly of Stevensville, passed away on January 22, 2014 at the Oklahoma City Hospital of natural causes.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Galilee Baptist Church, 208 Higgins Lane in Stevensville.  Condolences and memories may be shared…

David L. Ashman

Hamilton – David L. Ashman, 69, of Hamilton passed away Friday, January 24, 2014. He was born May 18, 1944 to Frank C. and June R. (Smith) Ashman. He grew up and was educated in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada where he received a degree in Wildlife Biology. He began his career working for the…

Bonnie Scripps

  Bonnie Sue Scripps (nee Storey) of Darby, Montana, passed away on February 7, 2014 at the age of 63. She had fought a courageous battle since being diagnosed with cancer in late 2013. Bonnie was born on January 26, 1951, and her lifelong passion for the culinary arts led her to Florida, where she…

Stameys filed false campaign finance report

By Michael Howell According to Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl, Richard and Valerie Stamey filed a false campaign finance report in 2011 with the intention of misleading the  Commissioner’s staff concerning a previous settlement agreement. Motl notes that this action is a violation of Montana criminal code as well as a violation of a…

Government study commission to be on ballot

  By Michael Howell At a meeting last week the Ravalli County Commissioners placed the potential creation of a local government study commission on the ballot for public consideration in the June primary election. The five-member study commission would be funded up to $36,500 and the Commissioners made it clear that their intention is to…

Stevensville nearly caught up on audit backlog

  By Michael Howell After falling years behind in audits of the Town’s books, the Stevensville Town Council got the word at its last meeting that no audit opinion was possible for the Fiscal Years ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011 because there was not sufficient information to even make an assessment. Not…

Hamilton adjusts transient vendor fees

  At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 4, the Hamilton City Council approved on first reading an ordinance change that would establish a single transient vendor fee of $50 for all vendors. The previous ordinance imposed two fees, one $100 fee for food and flower vendors and a $50 fee for retail vendors. The…

Black comedy

  Suspended Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey has taken some hard knocks recently for her manifest incompetence, legal troubles from her previous incarnation in South Carolina, and her seemingly wild and bizarre accusations against just about anyone within her orbit. Yet there must be another side to the story. Here we are in the grip…

Way out of touch

  One can only wonder what goes on in the collective mind of the three teapublicans, namely Foss, Stoltz and Burrows, that currently hold sway on the Ravalli County commission… is it grandiose delusions, hubris, or just garden variety stupidity? Whichever or whatever it may be, isn’t it time to put these people on hold before…