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Commissioner Foss unwelcome on Hamilton planning board

  By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council made several appointments to various boards and committees at its last meeting on Tuesday, February 18, but one thing was clear, they did not want to accept County Commissioner Suzy Foss as a representative on the Hamilton City Planning Board. What wasn’t clearly expressed is exactly why….

Auditors issue initial report on treasurer’s office failures

  By Michael Howell The County got its first response from the independent auditing firm, Anderson-Zurmuehlen, that is conducting an audit of the Treasurer’s office following the placement of Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey on administrative leave. “At this point it is apparent the duties of the Ravalli County Treasurer were not properly executed and…

Stevi places local government study commission on ballot

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council placed creation of a local government study commission on the ballot for the June 3 primary elections. A draft proposal to create a three-member study commission funded up to $15,000 was amended twice before being approved. The final motion was to place a five-member study commission on…

Wave of retirements hits Stevensville school district

  By Michael Howell Several veteran teachers in the Stevensville School District have announced plans to retire at the end of this school year. Seven resignations were accepted last week at the regular school board meeting that represent almost 240 years of cumulative teaching experience. Resignations accepted last week include: junior high teacher and coach…

Hawk announces candidacy for county commissioner

Former state legislator and small business owner Ray Hawk has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Ravalli County Commission. He pledged to put his vast budgeting and business experience in both the private and public sectors to work for the citizens of Ravalli County and to restore the people’s trust in the County…

Meeting scheduled for Hamilton Downtown Master Plan

The City of Hamilton is preparing a Downtown Master Plan to guide the future of its historic business district, with the help of consultants from Marketek, Inc.  To help the City prepare the plan, and to gain insight from residents and critical downtown stakeholders, a public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20, from…

Stameys filed false campaign finance report

By Michael Howell According to Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl, Richard and Valerie Stamey filed a false campaign finance report in 2011 with the intention of misleading the  Commissioner’s staff concerning a previous settlement agreement. Motl notes that this action is a violation of Montana criminal code as well as a violation of a…

Government study commission to be on ballot

  By Michael Howell At a meeting last week the Ravalli County Commissioners placed the potential creation of a local government study commission on the ballot for public consideration in the June primary election. The five-member study commission would be funded up to $36,500 and the Commissioners made it clear that their intention is to…

Stevensville nearly caught up on audit backlog

  By Michael Howell After falling years behind in audits of the Town’s books, the Stevensville Town Council got the word at its last meeting that no audit opinion was possible for the Fiscal Years ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011 because there was not sufficient information to even make an assessment. Not…

Hamilton adjusts transient vendor fees

  At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 4, the Hamilton City Council approved on first reading an ordinance change that would establish a single transient vendor fee of $50 for all vendors. The previous ordinance imposed two fees, one $100 fee for food and flower vendors and a $50 fee for retail vendors. The…