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Status report on Treasurer’s office

  By Michael Howell It’s been over a month since Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg volunteered to step in and help oversee the day to day functions of the Treasurer’s office following the placement of Treasurer Valerie Stamey on administrative leave. Plettenberg said on Monday that the office staff – with the help…

New site found for Stevensville substation

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council heard from representatives of NorthWestern Energy that a new location had been found for the company’s proposed electric substation in Stevensville. The company began looking for alternatives when the site originally proposed drew substantial resistance from residents of the Winslett subdivision. The first site under consideration was…

Logging for the health of the forest – a new paradigm

By Michael Howell While one of the worst blizzards in decades rolled into the Bitterroot and most people hunkered down next to a warm fire, Shawn Stoker was out logging. Logging on frozen, snow covered ground is one way to lessen the impacts of the operation on the land. It means less scarification of the…

Hamilton School District proposes general fund levy

  By Michael Howell The Hamilton School District Board of Trustees is asking the community to step up and pass a general fund levy to fund a set of initiatives focused on achieving the District’s newly adopted mission and educational goals. The total cost of implementing the new goals is estimated at $485,000 annually. The…

Trap-free public lands initiative ready for signature gathering

  A new initiative, I-169, by Trap Free Montana Public Lands, has been approved by the Attorney General’s office for signature gathering. If I-169 qualifies with 24,175 signatures, Montanans can vote in November’s general election to achieve trap free public lands, which comprise about 35 percent of Montana land. “Many Montanans want trap free public…

Effects of fire on fish in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Ever wonder how a raging wildfire affects the fish population in streams that are burned over? Well, things look pretty good for the native westslope cutthroat trout, according to Chris Clancy, FWP Fisheries Biologist for the Bitterroot. We are in a unique position to learn a few things about it here in…

Gas leak causes problems at county jail

  On Sunday, February 23, at 1:20 a.m., inmates in the west block of the Ravalli County Detention Center began complaining about a bad smell emanating from the air vent in their housing area. Detention officers entered the area to investigate, and learned that several of the inmates were suffering from symptoms which included headache,…

Commissioners to sue to collect fines from treasurer

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously last Tuesday, February 18, to institute the lawsuit required to collect $29,000 in fines from Treasurer Valerie Stamey. The Commissioners identified in a two hour long process at least 58 monthly reports and settlements, required to be produced as part of the Treasurer’s duties, which…

Treasurer sues auditor for libel

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, who has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an audit investigation of her office, has filed a lawsuit against the firm that is currently conducting the audit. In the lawsuit Stamey alleges that lead auditor Jim Woy and his company Anderson ZurMuehlen committed…

School district take Stamey info request directly to court

  By Michael Howell The Missoula County Public School District has taken a set of requests for information from the media about Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, who worked at the school district under the name Valerie Addis, directly into District Court. The District has named the Bitterroot Star, KECI and the Missoula Independent and…