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Groups plan to sue over airstrip expansion in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

  Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater have filed a 60-day Notice of Intent (NOI) to sue the US Forest Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service over the potential impacts to imperiled bull trout and other rare species from the planned expansion of the Fish Lake Airstrip in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of…

Commissioners miss chance to place issue on ballot

  By Michael Howell At a meeting last Thursday, the County Commissioners discussed the possibility of placing the issue of reducing the number of commission seats from five to three on the ballot in the upcoming elections in November. At the end of about two hours of discussion and public comment a motion was made…

New city park almost a done deal

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton moved one step closer to adding a new piece of land to its park system last week when it unanimously approved on second reading the Public Industrial zoning designation for the recently annexed riverfront property that is destined to become a city park. Former owners of the 22-acre…

Stamey appeals release of records

By Michael Howell Former Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Addis, aka Valerie Scott, has appealed a Missoula District Court ruling that would have allowed the release to the public of that portion of her employment records with the Missoula County Public School District relating to any disciplinary issues concerning financial misconduct. Stamey worked at the…

Incident at bar results in felony charges

A Darby man has been arrested and charged with Assault with a Weapon, and Possession of a Destructive Device, both felony offenses, following an incident at the Conner Bar early Saturday morning. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said that deputies responded to Conner, south of Darby, just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, on…

Action finally taken over failed septic

By Michael Howell After several months of futile efforts at trying to deal with a failed septic situation at a property on Bowman Road, an action was recently filed in Ravalli County District Court by a Deputy County Attorney from Beaverhead County to prevent the residence on the property from being occupied. The issue was…

Fire burning in Lost Horse area

Smoke has been visible in the southern part of the Bitterroot coming from the lightning caused Lost Horse fire, located 10 miles southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot Mountains near Brandy Peak. It was discovered July 25 at approximately 4 p.m. The fire is burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain, near the top of…

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…