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Daily Archives: 6:31 pm

Commissioners to sue to collect fines from treasurer

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously last Tuesday, February 18, to institute the lawsuit required to collect $29,000 in fines from Treasurer Valerie Stamey. The Commissioners identified in a two hour long process at least 58 monthly reports and settlements, required to be produced as part of the Treasurer’s duties, which…

Treasurer sues auditor for libel

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, who has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an audit investigation of her office, has filed a lawsuit against the firm that is currently conducting the audit. In the lawsuit Stamey alleges that lead auditor Jim Woy and his company Anderson ZurMuehlen committed…

School district take Stamey info request directly to court

  By Michael Howell The Missoula County Public School District has taken a set of requests for information from the media about Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, who worked at the school district under the name Valerie Addis, directly into District Court. The District has named the Bitterroot Star, KECI and the Missoula Independent and…

Commissioner Foss unwelcome on Hamilton planning board

  By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council made several appointments to various boards and committees at its last meeting on Tuesday, February 18, but one thing was clear, they did not want to accept County Commissioner Suzy Foss as a representative on the Hamilton City Planning Board. What wasn’t clearly expressed is exactly why….

Ole Raymond Field

  Ole Raymond Field, loving husband, father, and grandfather, left this world in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 of natural causes, with his wife Linda by his side at home in Missoula. Born May 19, 1944 in Loring, MT to Raymond and Erminie Oberlander Field. They…

Theodore ‘Ted’ McNinch

  Stevensville – Theodore “Ted” R. McNinch, 87, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his family on February 13, 2014. He was born into this life on May 19, 1926 in Lima, Montana to Leslie and Annie McNinch. During his school-aged years, which were spent near Lima and Dell, MT, Ted developed a life-long love…

Patricia L. Lanier

  Missoula – Patricia Lynnette Norton Lanier, 60, of Missoula, MT, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at her home. She was born October 1, 1953 in Missoula, the daughter of Helen Schwab and Homer Norton. Pat graduated from Sentinel High School in 1972. She married Kenneth Lanier in 1978, bought their home in 1979,…

End of the line for three commissioners

By Stanley Schroeder, Hamilton We appreciate that Commissioners Burrows and Foss publicly apologized, on February 18th, for having voted to appoint Valerie Stamey to Treasurer. It was long overdue, but better late than never. In contrast, Commissioner Stoltz remains unable to man up for his part in this blatant failure to perform basic work background…

Apology pitiful

  The apology offered up by a member or two of the Ravalli County Commission about the mess they created in the treasurer’s office was just about as pitiful as the job they have been doing since they were elected. Suzy Foss and company had the opportunity to appoint Linda Isaacs, a well qualified person,…

Pathetic AND scary

  Tuesday’s apologies by the two Ravalli County Commissioners would be pathetic were it not for the fact they are still making decisions for the county. Commissioner Foss did NOT deliver an apology (the dictionary defines apology as indicating a person’s regret about doing or saying something; an admission of error). Foss accepted no responsibility…