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Corvallis pulls out win over ‘Jackets

By Jean Schurman   Any time Corvallis and Stevensville meet on the hardwood, it’s going to be a good game. The game on Thursday in Stevensville was no different. The two teams were scrappy and battled with Stevensville taking the lead at the quarter. Stevensville played tough defense inside and forced Corvallis to go to…

We still say don’t rush land swap decision

Star Editorial   Officials from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks contacted us recently to express concerns about our recent editorial addressing the proposed land swap at the Stevensville bridge involving the Fort Owen Ranch, the Town of Stevensville and FWP. Their concerns were based on two specific remarks which they considered to…

Town big loser in land swap proposal

Star Editorial by Michael and Victoria Howell   Nearly everyone agrees that the river access at the Stevensville bridge could use some improvement. With limited public access along the length of the Bitterroot, the Stevensville bridge site has weathered heavy usage by the public for many decades, and parking, riverbank protection and sanitation are all…

Public paying for commissioners’ bad decisions

Star Editorial The Board of County Commissioners has developed the habit of giving money away to developers just for the asking, it seems. The distressing part about it is that they are doing it by deliberately evading public involvement by failing to follow the laws governing public notice and public participation. The first case involved…

Regarding Stamey: county doing way too little, way too late

Star Editorial Now, about a year after having filed suit in civil court against former County Treasurer Valerie Stamey to collect $29,000 in fines that were levied against her for failure to perform her duties, the County Commissioners are suddenly anxious to track her down and hold her responsible for her disastrous term in office….

The mounting cost of ‘public’ information

Star Editorial In celebration of National Sunshine Week, President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt wrote about how “It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee a citizen’s right to information, turning the right to know…

On the public’s right to speak

Star Editorial Stevensville School Board Chair Cathi Cook’s recent action to stop Gene Mim Mack, a parent, from commenting on the hiring of a coach after he had merely stated he had an objection is the most blatant attempt we have yet witnessed to silence public comment on an issue of public concern by preventing…

Star Editorial – Hamilton Council to be commended

Last week, the Hamilton City Council unanimously approved the following proclamation. This statement was made in response to the possibility of a ‘big box’ store, purported to be a Walmart, locating just south of Hamilton. Whereas, the Trade Area is defined in the existing conditions report of the City of Hamilton Downtown Master Plan; and…

The rest of the story still leaves concerns

Star Editorial Two people contacted the Bitterroot Star about the story we ran disclosing the information contained in the Human Rights Complaint filed by former Road Department employee Danielle Senn against the Ravalli County Commissioners for wrongful termination. They pointed out that the story failed to disclose that the complaint had been dismissed by the…

Become a Friend of the Bitterroot Star

Star Editorial It has been six years since we made the risky but attractive decision to distribute 7,200 of our newspapers to nearly 3000 individual households and more than 100 newsstands across the county for free. What was attractive about it? Basically, the idea that anyone in the entire community could pick up a paper…