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Commissioners delay action on Treasurer’s status

  By Michael Howell Last Thursday, April 17, the Ravalli County Commissioners, following the advice of County Attorney Bill Fulbright, agreed to leave Treasurer Valerie Stamey on paid administrative leave at least until the auditors submit a final report concerning activities in the Treasurer’s office. Stamey was placed on administrative leave in January after refusing…

Stevensville artist joins Montana’s Circle of American Masters

  To celebrate Montana’s rich heritage and showcase the present-day vitality of the folk arts, the Montana Arts Council will honor 10 new members of Montana’s Circle of American Masters at an induction ceremony in the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the State Capitol in Helena on Friday, at 3 p.m. on April 25, 2014….

Eagles dying from lead poisoning

  By Michael Howell Bird rehabilitators here in the Bitterroot have been dealing with the problem of lead poisoning of raptors for a long time. This past month a sick eagle was discovered near Hamilton and taken to Wild Skies Raptor Center in Missoula. According to Brooke Tanner at the center the bird’s blood-lead levels…

Stevensville takes stock of water, sewer projects, present and future

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville took a good look at its ongoing water and sewer projects as well as a peek into the future at a Committee of the Whole meeting last week The town has initiated massive and costly improvements to both the water and sewer systems that have driven the cost…

Report finds Treasurer’s allegations unfounded

  By Michael Howell Retired judge Nels Swandal submitted an eight-page final report on March 28 summarizing the results of his investigation into the allegations made by County Treasurer Valerie Stamey against various county officials. The report was made public the following day by County Attorney Bill Fulbright. Fulbright hired Swandal to conduct an independent…

Florence doctor’s license suspended

    By Michael Howell On April 7, the Screening Panel of the Board of Medical Examiners (BME) at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry held an emergency meeting and summarily suspended Dr. Chris Christensen’s license to practice medicine in the state. They did so based on information provided by law enforcement that was…

School board reverses decision, counselor ousted on fourth vote

By Michael Howell In a process fraught with confusion, the Stevensville School Board of Trustees voted last week not to renew the contract of non-tenured school counselor Katherine Mason for the coming 2014-1015 school year. At a meeting the previous month, the board voted down a motion to accept the school administration’s recommendation of non-renewal…

Dangerous conditions prompt Woodside to Tucker FAS river closure

  Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks put an emergency rule in place on Friday, April 11 that closes the Bitterroot River near Corvallis to all floating from Woodside to Tucker Fishing Access Sites due to flow conditions that make portage around the Supply Ditch Diversion Dam very difficult. The Supply Ditch Diversion, located approximately three…

Treasurer’s office temporarily reorganized

  By Michael Howell Last Tuesday, April 1, the County Commissioners decided not to fill the vacant position of Chief Deputy in the Treasurer’s office and use the vacancy savings to pay for stipends for two “lead” positions instead, one in the Tax Office and one in the Motor Vehicle Division, that would bring their…

Auditor’s latest update released

  By Michael Howell The latest update concerning the independent audit being conducted at the Treasurer’s office was released to the public last Friday, April 4. The update, from James Woy, of Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., PC, the independent firm conducting the audit, discusses the status of the audit through March 27. It is the…