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Daily Archives: 3:40 pm

Commissioners approve levy to pay for lawsuit settlement

  By Michael Howell Last week the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to pass a levy to pay for the settlement of a lawsuit with Big Sky Development, LLC for $675,000. According to Commission Chairman Greg Chilcott, the decision was made because there was not enough money in the Reserve Fund to pay for it. The…

County seeks to quash Treasurer’s subpoena

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey filed a lawsuit against auditor James Woy and the auditing firm Anderson Zurmuehlen, P.C. last February, over a statement included in Woy’s preliminary report to the County Attorney about the status of the Treasurer’s office. Woy wrote: “At this point it is apparent the duties of…

Disrespectful behavior

  Recently I was a volunteer for the Bitterroot College’s presentation of The Medicine Tree: A Catalyst for Cultural Dialogue. The community forum aspect of the program on May 22 was a fantastic community event to help the public gain insight on the Medicine Tree, as well as the culture of the Salish People as…

Star does it again

  Michael Howell and the Bitterroot Star have done it again. Last week’s editorial expose about the backroom deal where ‘our’ present County Commissioners gave away $675,000 taxpayer money to their developer buddies reads like an organized crime novel. Would that it was an historic novel set in Chicago, but it’s a true story about…

Stevi bonuses, city judge, tax levy

  Did you know at the December 12, 2013 meeting, Stevensville’s Town Council voted on Resolution #326 (which is: Administrative/Executive Supplemental Compensation)? Council person Towle read the Resolution #326 into the minutes and council person Bill Perrin clarified that this was brought forward by the council and not the mayor. There was public opposition and…

Questions on mayor’s ‘agenda’

  Before some would jump to poor loser, please indulge a minute or two to read this letter. I was troubled by the order of the last Town Council meeting (05/22/14). It was clear to me that Mayor Mim Mack had ordered the agenda to push for a Permissive Levy to pay for eligible Town…

Kids with guns

  Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common to hear of fatal incidents involving small children and guns. The purpose of this letter is to remind all gun owners in the Bitterroot Valley, especially those with young children, that with the right to gun ownership comes serious responsibilities and obligations. This past Saturday afternoon my husband…

Ownership of America’s lands belongs just where it is

By Jim Elliott, Trout Creek When you have hunted, hiked, worked, and snowmobiled—you name it—on Forest Service land for decades you can begin to feel as if you had an entitlement to that land. Call it the right of possession by proximity and use; but because no one knows that land like we do, or…

MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN RE THE ESTATE OF MARILYN R. (RAE) JACOBS, A/K/A MARKI MARILYN (RAE) JACOBS, Deceased.     Cause No.: DP-2014-37 Department No. 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Kenneth D. Meadows has been appointed as Personal Representative of the above-named estate.  All persons having claims against…

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