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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…

Treasurer investigation under way amid new allegations

By Michael Howell In the week following Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey’s departure from her office on administrative leave, county staffers have been attempting to organize the data she left in her wake, discovering more than $800,000 in undeposited tax payments which are now in the bank. An estimated payment of $4 million was sent…

Stevensville man sentenced for incest and other charges

  By Michael Howell James Morris Colburn of Stevensville was sentenced last week by Ravalli County District Judge James Haynes on a number of convictions including two separate convictions of incest and convictions of sexual intercourse without consent and two charges of sexual assault against a neighbor child. Both victims were eleven years old at…

Pedestrian bridge at Woodside river crossing to be funded

  The proposal to build a pedestrian bridge at the Woodside crossing of the Bitterroot River was one of 25 transportation alternative projects recently approved by the Montana Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2014. The project has an estimated cost of $900,000. The current Transportation Alternative (TA) program replaces the Community Transportation Enhancements Program…

County Treasurer placed on leave as fallout continues

By Michael Howell On Tuesday, January 21, beleagured Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey chose to use the meeting at which she was scheduled to give an update on her work in the treasurer’s department to instead launch a salvo of her own, making allegations of corruption and deceptive practices on the part of county officials….

County attorney says investigation under way

  By Michael Howell Before the County Commissioners could hold their meeting to discuss instituting an investigation into treasurer Valerie Stamey’s allegations made public at an update meeting last Tuesday, January 21, County Attorney Bill Fulbright had already instituted his own investigation. He told the commissioners on Thursday that their decision to undertake what may…

Sapphire Community Health to open women’s clinic

  In an effort to fill the health care gap in Ravalli County, Sapphire Community Health recently developed an outreach program to provide health services to underserved women in our community. Opening this spring at the Sapphire Community Health clinic in Hamilton, this outreach effort is staffed entirely by volunteers. Doctors, nurses, and other health…