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Auditors issue initial report on treasurer’s office failures

  By Michael Howell The County got its first response from the independent auditing firm, Anderson-Zurmuehlen, that is conducting an audit of the Treasurer’s office following the placement of Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey on administrative leave. “At this point it is apparent the duties of the Ravalli County Treasurer were not properly executed and…

Stevi places local government study commission on ballot

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council placed creation of a local government study commission on the ballot for the June 3 primary elections. A draft proposal to create a three-member study commission funded up to $15,000 was amended twice before being approved. The final motion was to place a five-member study commission on…

Wave of retirements hits Stevensville school district

  By Michael Howell Several veteran teachers in the Stevensville School District have announced plans to retire at the end of this school year. Seven resignations were accepted last week at the regular school board meeting that represent almost 240 years of cumulative teaching experience. Resignations accepted last week include: junior high teacher and coach…

Hawk announces candidacy for county commissioner

Former state legislator and small business owner Ray Hawk has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Ravalli County Commission. He pledged to put his vast budgeting and business experience in both the private and public sectors to work for the citizens of Ravalli County and to restore the people’s trust in the County…

Meeting scheduled for Hamilton Downtown Master Plan

The City of Hamilton is preparing a Downtown Master Plan to guide the future of its historic business district, with the help of consultants from Marketek, Inc.  To help the City prepare the plan, and to gain insight from residents and critical downtown stakeholders, a public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20, from…

Dora Dilts

1936 – 2014 Stevensville – On February 4, 2014, Dora Dilts died peacefully at home after losing her battle with cancer. She was born March 12, 1936 in Yakima, WA to Merrill and Gladys Newby. She spent her young years in the apple orchards of Yakima. Her family came to Montana when she was nine….

Ellsworth Terrill Nobles

  Corvallis – Ellsworth Terrill (Terry) Nobles was born 28 May, 1920 to Edward Thomas and Edith Sherman Nobles in Bellingham, Washington. He attended Bow grade school, then Mt. Vernon High School, graduating in 1937. He attended Skajit Valley Junior College, then University of Washington prior to enlisting 21 November, 1941. After flight school, his…

Robert Nordberg

  Dec. 30, 1938 – Feb. 13, 2014 Missoula – Bob Nordberg, 75, died at St. Patrick Hospital ending a long battle with arterial disease. Bob was born in Missoula to Ole and Lily Nordberg. He graduated from Sentinel High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 until February 1962. After…

Obamacare a success in spire of Daines

Rich and proud tea party Representative Steve Daines says he’s fighting hard to protect Montanans, and all Americans, from the scourges of Obamacare. What does that mean? Who will suffer? To what lengths will Daines go to achieve this? As to lengths, Daines is willing to shut down our federal government. Remember last October when…

Support for Star

  I don’t often choose to financially support private enterprise but I am making a notable exception for the Bitterroot Star. Had it not been for the exceptional investigative reporting by Michael Howell, we would still be completely in the dark regarding our county treasurer. With all the crazy things that our county commission has…