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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…

Stevi water project almost complete

  By Michael Howell Donny Ramer of Professional Consultants Incorporated told the Stevensville Town Council last week that the current water project is about 90% complete. The only pipe left to lay as part of the project is the pipe along Third Street between Main and Church. The old water main on Church Street between…

Hamilton Downtown Master Plan – ready for action

  By Michael Howell An incredible amount of work involving city staff, a couple of consulting firms, downtown business organizations and community members has led to the production of a Downtown Master Plan that includes a 90-page Strategic Action Plan containing 16 initiatives with over 70 specific actions aimed at achieving the desired goals of…

County files lawsuit and suspends treasurer

  By Michael Howell Last Wednesday, June 25, Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright told the County Commissioners that the long anticipated lawsuit against Interim Treasurer Valerie Stamey charging her with Official Misconduct had been filed. The county is also seeking $29,000 for 58 separate instances of failing to fulfill her statutory duties as Treasurer by…

Treasurer’s attorney sanctioned in unrelated case

  By Michael Howell Robert Myers, the attorney representing suspended Treasurer Valerie Stamey, was recently sanctioned in Ravalli County District Court in a totally unrelated case involving a parental rights dispute between Sara and Dan Cox, and ordered to pay $10,000. The court found it to be “the minimum amount necessary to deter Mr. Myers…

Citizens say no to changing Stevi Airport regs

  By Michael Howell One thing that rang out loudly in the mostly loud public comment on the proposed adoption of new Airport Affected Area (AAA) regulations for the Stevensville Airport last week, was the sound of silence. Of the thirty-eight people who spoke, not a single person spoke in favor of the proposal. This…

Commissioners to file suit against Treasurer

  By Michael Howell Last Friday, June 20, the Ravalli County Commissioners took the long-anticipated step toward filing a lawsuit against the County’s interim Treasurer Valerie Stamey, alleging official misconduct. The commissioners also scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, June 24, to consider suspending Stamey without pay pending the outcome of the lawsuit. Stamey has been…

Star to get access to road department human rights complaint

  By Michael Howell The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Office of Administrative Hearings recently issued a decision that would allow the disclosure of documents requested by the Bitterroot Star related to a Human Rights Complaint filed by Ravalli County Road Department employee Danielle Senn against the Ravalli County Commission. Senn filed the complaint…

DEQ sued over permit issuance for Grantsdale subdivision

  Bitterrooters for Planning, the Montana Environmental Information Center and the Bitterroot River Protection Association filed suit in District Court on Tuesday, June 24, against the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) challenging the issuance of a groundwater discharge permit for the Grantsdale Addition subdivision located southeast of Hamilton. Attorneys for the three non-profit organizations, Jack…