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Time to prepare for future disasters

By Suzy Foss, Ravalli County Commissioner, Hamilton Over a week ago I called for a meeting with all of our emergency management partners to start a discussion concerning possibilities the coming spring thaw might bring. We have not had a snow load like this since before the fires of 2000. In 2001 we had several…

End of the line for three commissioners

By Stanley Schroeder, Hamilton We appreciate that Commissioners Burrows and Foss publicly apologized, on February 18th, for having voted to appoint Valerie Stamey to Treasurer. It was long overdue, but better late than never. In contrast, Commissioner Stoltz remains unable to man up for his part in this blatant failure to perform basic work background…

Obamacare a success in spire of Daines

Rich and proud tea party Representative Steve Daines says he’s fighting hard to protect Montanans, and all Americans, from the scourges of Obamacare. What does that mean? Who will suffer? To what lengths will Daines go to achieve this? As to lengths, Daines is willing to shut down our federal government. Remember last October when…

Watching our ideologues, and ourselves, fail

By Mark Behnke, Darby Four years ago here in the Bitterroot, a group of approximately 200 local citizens declared quite publicly just how radical their political beliefs were. It was breathtaking. They revealed themselves to be far-right extremists holding beliefs that almost all Americans would regard as just plain paranoid. If not delusional. They even…

Info on Stamey is matter of public record

Star Editorial It has come to our attention that Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Scott, aka Valerie Addis, has told the members of the South Valley Pachyderm Club that the Bitterroot Star obtained her social security number and drivers license and her personnel file from County Chief Finance Officer Klarysse Murphy and used…

Star Editorial – Time for Foss and Stoltz to step down

With a very serious crisis facing all of us that recently led to our county treasurer being placed on administrative leave, it may seem petty and trivial for the Bitterroot Star to be wagging its finger at the county commission as they usher Treasurer Valerie Stamey out the door, and saying “Yes, and why don’t…

Sage Grouse situation problematic for Montana

By Pat Connell, State Representative HD87, Member, Sage Grouse Council Driven by a federal court ordered effort forced by Jon Marble’s Western Watershed Project (WWP) lawsuit, Montana is currently attempting to push back against a pending ESA listing of the Sage Grouse. This entire mess is effectively a poisoned dagger pointed at Montanans and the…

Open Letter to Commissioners re: public lands and reserved water rights

By Darlene Grove, Stevensville As you begin a new year in your position as RC Commissioners, I hope you have taken time to consider the issues you chose to advance in 2013, and evaluate whether the benefits to the general populace of Ravalli County were worth the time, effort and funding expended. As a citizen…

Insight into Treasurer’s Office problems

By Rick Borden, Hamilton Lost amidst the justified uproar surrounding the Ravalli County Commissioner’s Title X decision and the Medicine Tree controversy is the injustice of the appointment of the new county treasurer. The Ravalli County Commission is getting exactly what they deserve. The taxpayers of Ravalli County are not. Remember the November 2010 election?…

Better insurance with Obamacare

By Marty Essen, Victor After much frustration, my wife and I finally got signed up for Obamacare. My mistake was trying to sign up in October, a few days after the Health Insurance Marketplace opened. All hell broke loose at the time, and essentially our application got frozen. Last week, I deleted our application and…