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Commissioners consider reorganizing Treasurer’s Office

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg brought a plan for reorganization of the Treasurer’s office to the County Commissioners for their consideration last week. It would involve creating two “lead” positions, one to head up operations in the tax side of the office and another to lead the motor vehicle…

County drops idea of merging planning, environmental health dept, hires DEH director

  By Michael Howell A continued discussion about combining the Planning Department and the Department of Environmental Health under one administrator died on the vine last Monday, March 24, as the County Commissioners came to a consensus to maintain the status quo and keep the departments separate. Later in the day they appointed John Palacio…

Lone Rock School puts mill levy on the ballot

  In May 2014, the Lone Rock School District will be seeking a 5% general fund mill levy. This levy will pay to sustain the present programs at their present level as well as add some campus security. Based on student enrollment, the state of Montana pays school districts 80% of the money that is…

County considers possible merger of planning, environmental health departments

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners discussed the possibility of merging the Planning Department with the Department of Environmental Health last week. A scenario was presented by the Planning Department that would involve both departments sharing the same physical space and both departments sharing an administrator who would have control over the budgets…

County files suit to collect fines from Treasurer

  By Michael Howell On Monday, March 10, the Ravalli County commissioners moved unanimously to file the lawsuit aimed at collecting $29,000 in fines from County Treasurer Valerie Stamey. At a previous meeting on February 18, the commissioners identified in a two-hour long process at least 58 delinquent monthly reports and settlements, required to be…

Valley businesses share concerns with local legislators

  All six Ravalli County state legislators recently met with 10 small business owners and managers to listen to their concerns and hear their thoughts regarding economic opportunity and struggles in Ravalli County. The businesses participating included Ironhaus Manufacturing, Bitterroot Tool & Machine, R & R Conner, Lakeland Feeds & Supply, Selway Corporation, Glacier Tool…

Animals seized in alleged neglect case

  On Monday, March 10, the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant west of Hamilton in support of an investigation into the alleged neglect of various domesticated animals. With the assistance of the Bitterroot Humane Society, four chickens, three ducks, 17 head of cattle, three donkeys, one horse, 21 sheep and two yaks…

Stevensville applies for grant – could produce 40 new jobs

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council agreed unanimously to apply for a grant from the Department of Commerce’s Big Sky Trust Fund to help start up a new business in town that may create 40 new jobs over the next few years. The jobs will pay $14.43 per hour minimum. The business is called…

Florence fire chief under investigation

  By Michael Howell The Florence Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees has launched an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and possibly criminal actions by past and present employees including current Fire Chief Charlie Lambson. Accusations of mismanagement and possible criminal activity have surfaced and resurfaced at the department over the last few years. The…

Forest Service making headway in protection of Wildland-Urban Interface

  By Michael Howell Acting Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest Dan Ritter gave the Ravalli County Commissioners an update on the agencies activities designed to reduce the fire hazard in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) along the Forest Service boundaries. Ritter said that due to the prevailing winds being almost always from the west, the…