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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…

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…