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Court orders release of Stamey’s former employment records

By Michael Howell In an Order and Memorandum issued July 18, Missoula District Court Judge Karen Townsend ordered the Missoula County Public School (MCPS) District to release the documents in its possession related to investigations of misconduct by Stamey while she served as the District’s Food Service Administrator. Other” routine employment” documents were deemed protected…

Stamey can’t be found

  Although the county has filed a lawsuit against former Treasurer Valerie Stamey alleging failure to perform the duties of the Treasurer’s office by failing to produce over 50 reports to various agencies and districts and for official misconduct, papers in the case have not been served because Stamey cannot be located. Sheriff Chris Hoffman…

Boy drowns in boating accident

  Ravalli County Sheriff/Coroner Chris Hoffman says that a three-year-old Stevensville boy drowned in the Bitterroot River on Friday afternoon. Hoffman said that Tristan Iverson, his father, and his six-year-old brother were floating the river in an inflatable raft when the accident occurred, just north of Bell Crossing fishing access between Victor and Stevensville. The…

Hamilton council considers open burning in city

By Michael Howell Hamilton City Councilor Al Mitchell’s suggestion that the City consider allowing the open burning of leaves and yard debris within the city limits has drawn opposition from the Fire Chief, the Parks Director and some other councilors. A city ordinance currently prohibits open burning within the city limits, except for barbeques and…

New grocery store coming to Stevensville

  By Michael Howell Missoula grocery store owner Jim Edwards, Jr. has applied for a business license to operate a grocery store in Stevensville. The store will open in the same building that his father, Jim Edwards, Sr. owned and where he operated Bi-Lo Grocery for many years. In many ways this will be a…

Hamilton Elks Lodge donates Flag Retirement Box for Stevi Veterans Park

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Valley Elks Lodge No. 1651, through the Elks National Foundation, was able to obtain a grant to develop a Community Investment Program within the Bitterroot Valley. Harry Potton, a member of American Legion Post 94 in Stevensville, told the council that the Stevensville Town Council at its 24 meeting that…

Veterans Stand Down scheduled

  Valley veterans are invited to bring their families and their musical instruments to the Ravalli County Fairgrounds this week for the annual Ravalli County Veterans Stand Down. The event is sponsored by the Veteran’s Administration and its bare bones intent is to provide some necessary items to homeless veterans. Each eligible veteran will receive…

Clerk and Recorder appointed Interim Treasurer

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners decided last week to officially appoint Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg to serve as Interim Treasurer until the November elections when the successful candidate would be installed. This decision pretty much memorializes the status quo for how the Treasurer’s Office has been handled since the departure of…

Stevi hardware store owner sues Stevensville Playhouse

  By Michael Howell Phil Henderson, owner of Stevensville Hardware, filed suit in district court on June 13 against the Stevensville Playhouse, seeking a court order either forcing the non-profit organization to fix the wall of the building that is bowed out over his property or remove it. He claims the theater building is unsafe…

Judge rules lawsuit over $675k county settlement will continue

  In a recent Opinion and Order signed on July 14, District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton denied the County’s motion to strike the petition filed against it by Michael Howell, Publisher of the Bitterroot Star, over the decision to pay a $675,000 settlement to Big Sky Development. Howell filed a pro se Petition on behalf…