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Treasurer’s Office – is the audit an audit?

  By Michael Howell Many people are wondering about the ongoing audit of the Treasurer’s Office. It appears that a lot is hanging on the outcome of the process. Members of the public, County Commissioners and the County Attorney have all expressed frustration over the situation in which the Treasurer remains on paid administrative leave…

Scientists one step closer to understanding and possibly treating hantavirus infections

By Michael Howell A group of scientists, including three from Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton –Doctors David Safronetz, Joseph Prescott and Heinz Feldman – have created an animal model that promises to unlock some of the secrets of how Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a disease spread by deer mice, actually works when it infects humans….

Another conservation easement proposed in Burnt Fork drainage

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Open Lands Bond Program board has recommended approval of using $150,000 in Open Lands Bond Program funds to help establish another conservation easement in the Burnt Fork drainage east of Stevensville. The new conservation easement would be placed on 329 acres of the Lazy Burnt Fork Ranch owned by…

Painted Rocks Reservoir full and spilling over

  Water levels in the Bitterroot River have risen dramatically since Painted Rocks Reservoir reached capacity and began spilling over Friday evening, May 2 at about 10 p.m. According to dam manager Larry Schock, the reservoir outflows will increase from 427 cubic feet per second (cfs) to at least 600 cfs, and the outflows will…

Please tell me it’s just a bad dream

By John Davenport, Hamilton There are many campaign signs around the county now obscuring the view. Once again it is the season for placards promoting the political pornography rampant in Ravalli County. Unfortunately, I have seen many posters for Suzy Foss, Jeff Burrows, and the inscrutable Ron Stoltz. Most of these signs are posted in…

Outrageous

  I’ll bet Ravalli County residents thought the County had filed charges against Treasurer Stamey. Well, think again. According to a report in the Bitterroot Star on April 23rd, County Attorney Fulbright never filed a lawsuit authorized by the County Commissioners against Treasurer Stamey, saying “We see that as part of a bigger picture.”  We…

Would you believe?

  This is of deep concern, as it is surprising that the three County Commissioners – Suzy Foss, Jeff Burrows, and Ron Stolz – who brought upon Ravalli County citizens deep humiliation and distress with the appointment that was made by them in regards to the Ravalli County Treasurer, have nevertheless put their names on…

Turning a blind eye

  For those of you that already know this fact just bear with me, but for those who do not, I’m hoping I’ll summon someone out there who not only finds this as loathsome and offensive as I do, but more importantly, who’ll have enough repulsion in them to actually make a difference in eliminating…

Dump failed political system

Why does it seem every solution must be political? At least as seen from the articles in the papers, this valley is fixated on political process and so-called political solutions. But are the politicians, government agents and bureaucrats our problem-solvers and gods really? The people pay the politicians, government agents and bureaucrats to do what?…

Trapping at Lee Metcalf Refuge

We recently received a call. After spending over three years as a trail volunteer for Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, this volunteer quit as a result of finding a beaver trapped, crushed and drowned, intentionally from a conibear. When she asked the staff what was going on they said these were planned trappings for…