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Daily Archives: 5:03 pm

PSC holds listening sessions on proposed NWE purchase of dams

  By Michael Howell The Public Service Commission (PSC) held two listening sessions in the valley last week, one in Stevensville and the other in Hamilton, to hear what the public had to say about NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of eleven Montana dams from Pennsylvania-owned PPL Montana. PPL bought the dams from Montana Power following…

Hamilton school levy approved by voters

By Michael Howell According to unofficial results the Hamilton School’s general fund levy of $485,000 was passed by a vote of 1,292 in favor to 1,122 against. School officials worked hard on presenting the plan to spend the money on a number of programmatic improvements as well as general operations. About $175,000 will go to…

Volunteer resigns over beaver trapping at Metcalf NW Refuge

  By Michael Howell Tom Reed, Manager of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, has had to do a lot of explaining since one of the refuge volunteers, Kimi Smith, made public her experience discovering a dead beaver in a conibear trap in one of the refuge’s ponds. Smith’s reaction was to throw up and…

Commissioners deny Road Department employee grievance

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners voted 4 to 0 to deny a grievance filed against Road and Bridge Department Supervisor Dusty McKern last week. Road Department employee Crystal Dale filed the grievance, claiming that she had been intimidated, and retaliated against, by her boss. She complained specifically about being “written up” for…

Roger J. Brinkerhoff

  Roger J. Brinkerhoff, of Sheridan, WY, died in Sheridan on May 4, 2014. Roger was born on August 27, 1952 in Salina, Utah to Kyle Larsen and Iris (Jones) Brinkerhoff. At a young age he moved to Stevensville, Montana where he spent a majority of his life. He attended school there, graduating from Stevensville…

Local show worth seeing

  “Whistle Down the Wind”, now playing at the Stevensville Playhouse, is a very interesting choice for this theater! This is one of Webber’s least-known musicals, and it never made it to Broadway for who knows what reason. I can guess… the musical score is very challenging, especially in the wide range for each singer….

Support for Hawk

  The last four years have proven to be a major challenge for Ravalli County. The election of three new Commissioners with new ideas and a different perspective of the role of Commissioners has resulted in poor decisions that caused a near shut down of the Treasurer’s office. This caused untold difficulties for all of…

Support for Connell

  I would like to address a letter I saw a week or so ago about how Scott Boulanger was the better of the two running for state senate. If you want someone who follows the party line and never thinks on their own than Scott is the man for the job. His voting record…

Support for Connell

  My last letter on this topic was titled “Mama’s Wisdom” and at the end of the letter I asked our three infamous County Commissioners how their appointments were working out for them. That was before the County Treasurer debacle surfaced and the Planning Board Chair was not reappointed so I believe my question has…

Re: Commissioner Suzy Foss

  Commissioner Foss, every time I start getting comfortable thinking your term is coming to an end (surely the residents of Ravalli County will be sick and tired and vote you out of office) you resurface. This time with your letter titled “Support for local control” in the April 30 Star. Your opinion is of…