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Monthly Archives: February 2014

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…

No confidence

  Kudos to the Hamilton City Council on their unanimous vote of “No Confidence” in the commission’s choice of Queen Foss to the planning board. Foss seems to not understand. Really, are you kidding me? You should take the first word of your statement to the paper “honestly” to heart and of course it’s not…

Support for Hawk

  There is no doubt that some of the recent decisions made in Ravalli County government have backfired. We all make mistakes but one redeeming characteristic is we generally recognize and correct them. With Ray Hawk throwing his “hat in the ring” and running for the office of Commissioner for Ravalli County, we have the…

Get on board at healthcare.gov

Joel Olinghouse and Jerry Haslip got the memo. They were wonderfully perfect in giving the textbook Republican opposition response to Obamacare. Their arguments were enthusiastic and entertaining, but predictably lacking in truth, compassion, and financial soundness. We must all thank Joel and Jerry (J&J) for shining the spotlight on present-day Republican family values and morals,…

Friendly valley

  My husband and I moved to Hamilton one month ago and are impressed with the friendliness of people we meet. When I mention that I am new to town, they never fail to say” Welcome to the Valley.” Bitterroot Valley is beautiful and I can see why people are proud of it. Thanks for…

Victor Park memories

  When the Victor Garden Club gave up our much loved Victor Park to the county, a whole bunch of memories came flooding back to me. When I see Gene Buroker, Victor shop owner, he says, “Louise, why don’t you and I do Chief Victor Days – we could do it, I know we could!”…

Believing in Darby

Wow! What a year we had in 2013! Are you ready for 2014? Well, I’m stoked to see what we can accomplish in this new year, and I would like to share a few thoughts. Above the desk in my office is sign that only says “BELIEVE.” That’s it, but it speaks volumes to me…