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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…

County takes ownership of Victor Park

  By Michael Howell At a meeting last week, the Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to accept ownership of the Victor Park. The Victor Garden Club is handing over the parkland, which is located across from the fire hall, to the county, and it will now be managed by the Victor Park District. The Victor Garden…

Backtracking on the treasurer

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey and her current husband, Richard Stamey, both moved to Montana, sometime in 2007, from South Carolina, where they each left records of financial and legal difficulties in various circuit courts across the north end of the state. Records show that her maiden name was Valerie April…

Commissioners want answers from treasurer on SC judgment

  By Michael Howell Greg Chilcott, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, authored a letter which was hand delivered to the Treasurer’s Office last Friday by Human Resources Director Robert Jenni, notifying Treasurer Valerie Stamey that “a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:00…

County CFO bypasses treasurer, cuts checks

  By Michael Howell On Monday, January 13, every School District Superintendent in the county except one, along with their business managers and clerks, made a case before the Ravalli County Commissioners that they now rated the situation at the County Treasurer’s Office a full scale emergency. They related in detail the seriousness of the…