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Judge rules lawsuit over $675k county settlement will continue

  In a recent Opinion and Order signed on July 14, District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton denied the County’s motion to strike the petition filed against it by Michael Howell, Publisher of the Bitterroot Star, over the decision to pay a $675,000 settlement to Big Sky Development. Howell filed a pro se Petition on behalf…

Hamilton annexes and zones new parkland

  By Michael Howell In a long anticipated move the Hamilton City Council approved the annexation of 22 acres along the Bitterroot River known as the Taber Property but currently owned by the Bitter Root Land Trust. The annexation petition is contingent upon the City of Hamilton’s acceptance of donation of the property to the…

Fire danger raised to high

Due to the ongoing extremely hot and dry weather, fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest has been moved from Moderate to High. High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from just causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is…

Commissioners reject FOIA request for mailing list

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners last week rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from Larry Campbell, a landowner along Rye Creek Road, for a mailing list of the individuals who enrolled in the County’s Dust Abatement Program last year. Campbell, who has a home right next to the dirt road, was hoping…

Police chief wants to expand duties of animal control/parking officer

  By Michael Howell Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster presented a proposal to the Hamilton City Council last week at its Committee of the Whole meeting that would expand the duties of the Animal Control/Parking enforcement officer and return it to a civilian position instead of using a sworn officer. Taking the opportunity following the…

Stevi gets new Council member

By Michael Howell   Tim Hunter, former owner, with his wife Shelley, of the Bitterroot River Bed and Breakfast, was selected as the new Town Councilor for Ward 1 in Stevensville. Hunter will be filling the seat being vacated by Councilor Ron Klaphake, who is taking on the position of Municipal Court Judge. Only one…

Human rights complaint against county released to public

  By Michael Howell At the request of the Bitterroot Star, the Department of Labor and Industry has released the human rights complaint filed by former Road Department employee Danielle Senn against Ravalli County, Road Department Operations Manager Dusty McKern and Human Resources Director Robert Jenni. Senn claims to have been discriminated against by the…

Stamey drops lawsuit against accounting firm

  By Michael Howell Following a stipulated agreement between suspended Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Scott, aka Valerie Addis, and James Woy and the accounting firm Anderson-Zurmuehlen in which both parties agreed, Judge James Haynes dismissed the case with prejudice on June 26. Stamey filed suit against Woy and the accounting firm he works for…

Groundwater permit application sparks rumors of Walmart

  By Michael Howell Local realtor Lee Foss has applied for a wastewater discharge permit for a large retail facility in the valley that has sparked rumors of Walmart locating a new store here. The permit application shows a diagram of a 156,159 square foot facility designated as a “Retail Store”. The Department of Environmental…

Hamilton adopts preliminary budget

  By Michael Howell After having saved the taxpayers close to $980,000 through reduced taxes over the last two years, the City of Hamilton is now “getting some of that back,” according to Special Projects Director Dennis Stranger who worked closely with City Finance Officer Craig Shepherd in crafting a draft budget for the coming…