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Star Editorial Some county commissioners are saying that they “saved” the county millions of dollars with their zero based budgeting and their tough fiscal policies over the past few years. The claim is primarily based on figures reflecting the amount of salaries, wages and benefits that are no longer being paid out. This is called…

Elected officials should support practical land management solutions

Guest Comment By Skip Kowalski, Tony Jones, J.W. Westman and Casey Hackathorn Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments.  The proponents of these schemes…

Beyond sad

  Beyond sad and nauseating that a typical response by governmental staff is to kill an animal such as the beaver that Kimi Smith sadly witnessed in the conibear trap. And, not surprising the trapper slower even still, to check the trap, before Ms. Smith came upon and witnessed this beaver’s tragic death. Mr. Reed…

Support for Hawk

  Ray has been around quite awhile, and has established a history of success in all he has done. First in banking, then into auctioneering along with antique sales and appraisals. Ray was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002, serving eight years, where he again was very successful, establishing himself as a…

Support for government review

  Vote Yes for the referendum on reviewing the government of Ravalli County. Why? For the cost of less than a cup of coffee—$1 or less (based on a property valued at $200,000 or less, with an assessed valuation of $2,000—this assessed figure can be found in the upper right hand corner of your tax…

Time to fire Foss and Stoltz

  I don’t know how any clear thinking citizen of Ravalli County could consider returning Suzy Foss and Ron Stoltz to office for another four years of lousy judgment and fiscal irresponsibility. Look at what their mismanagement has cost the county taxpayers so far: 1) Stoltz and Foss, as the two most unapologetic vocal supporters…

Support for Schallenberger

  I am writing in support of Doug Schallenberger for District 5 county commissioner. I have known Doug for over 35 years and find him to be a fair and honest individual. I know that he believes all voices should be heard and considered in making decisions that are best for Ravalli County. He can…

Support for Ray

  Jennifer Ray has my support for Ravalli County Justice of the Peace, Dept. 1. She has earned this through her experience, hard work and dedication. Jennifer has a total of 12 years experience with the important work of Justice Court. Her duties as court administrator for Dept. 2 have given her extensive experience in…

Voting American

  Our county is in sad decline, possibly going to crash. Now is the time to try to save it and not vote to perpetuate political parties or liberal ideologies. We must beware of candidates who are either Obamacratic enablers like our Democratic Senators, or R&R Republicans (judged as “Reasonable” and “Responsible”) because they often…

Support for Connell

  The Montana Sportsmen’s Alliance would like to let the voters of Ravalli County know that we have endorsed Pat Connell running for Senate in District 44 in Ravalli County. With the passage of HB354 last legislative session, Pat has represented Ravalli County voters well. Pat’s bill, the “Fire Suppression Fund”, which established a way…