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Daily Archives: 8:23 pm

Treasurer’s office temporarily reorganized

  By Michael Howell Last Tuesday, April 1, the County Commissioners decided not to fill the vacant position of Chief Deputy in the Treasurer’s office and use the vacancy savings to pay for stipends for two “lead” positions instead, one in the Tax Office and one in the Motor Vehicle Division, that would bring their…

Auditor’s latest update released

  By Michael Howell The latest update concerning the independent audit being conducted at the Treasurer’s office was released to the public last Friday, April 4. The update, from James Woy, of Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., PC, the independent firm conducting the audit, discusses the status of the audit through March 27. It is the…

Lawsuit to collect fines from Treasurer not filed

  By Michael Howell It has been almost a month since the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to file a lawsuit to collect about $29,000 in fines from County Treasurer Valerie Stamey. But as of Monday, April 7, there is no record at the courthouse of any suit having been filed. At a meeting this past…

Florence doctor’s license suspended

By Michael Howell The Montana Board of Medical Examiners issued a Summary Order of Suspension of the medical license of Florence doctor Chris Christensen, M.D., on Monday, April 7, following a raid on the clinic on April 1. The suspension is in force pending a hearing on a complaint against the doctor resulting from an…

ATF offers $5,000 reward in explosives theft



  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) are requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding the recent theft of approximately 285 pounds of high explosives from an explosives bunker located near Victor. Between approximately March 15 and April 1, suspect(s) used forced entry to access…

Horror of abuse through eyes of one child

By Sarah Corbally, DPHHS Child and Family Services Division Administrator   Looking out the window, and cautiously waiting for the moment when his father gets home, the fear begins to set in. Many reoccurring questions start to develop in his head; “What will he do this time? Was it my fault? Will it hurt?” Fear…

On job creation

Are more jobs created under Republican or Democratic administrations? I was talking to a conservative friend of mine recently. He’s a great guy and we have invigorating, civil discussions over the phone. He repeated an assertion, commonplace among Republicans, that more jobs are added during Republican administrations. After all, aren’t Republicans more business friendly?  I…

Support for Connell

We wish to express our support for Pat Connell and his candidacy for SD 43. Pat is a friend, neighbor and currently our Representative in HD-87. We could go on and on about his virtues but – most importantly – where and when it counts, Pat’s heart (and brain) is always in the right place….

Mis-understanding Foss

Commissioner Foss, I have read and re-read your recent rambling submittal three times and continue to feel sorrow that so many folks in Ravalli County seem to misunderstand your intentions, me included! None of us like to be criticized and it seems in the past years you have generated a significant amount. I am sure…

Support for I-169

This letter is in support of 1-169 which if passed by the people of Montana would ban trapping on public lands. Now, to dispel some myths. First – The trapping community wants you to believe that this initiative was created and financed by out of state ‘special interest groups’. Truth – Trap Free Montana Public…