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Category Archives: Star Editorial

Star Editorial Some county commissioners are saying that they “saved” the county millions of dollars with their zero based budgeting and their tough fiscal policies over the past few years. The claim is primarily based on figures reflecting the amount of salaries, wages and benefits that are no longer being paid out. This is called…

No excuse for appointment of Stamey

Star Editorial The Bitterroot Star has received a lot of praise in the last week after breaking the story about the default judgment against Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey in a South Carolina court. While it’s a good feeling to get a pat on the back for work well done, the Star shouldn’t be the…

Political extremism harming our county

Star Editorial It’s time to take a look at our county government and point out what’s becoming more clear every day: political extremism is harming our county. With the latest appointment of a County Treasurer who is proving to be incapable of performing her job, we’re just about at ‘ground zero’ in the relentless and…

Now is not the time to turn back

Star Editorial It seems a shame that the impressive record of accomplishments of the current Stevensville Town Council under the leadership of Mayor Gene Mim Mack is being called into question by a few disgruntled folks with loud voices. The history of the town government’s problems prior to this council have been well-documented in the…

Better check the facts before voting

  The Bitterroot Star and KLYQ Radio recently sponsored a candidate forum at which candidates for municipal office in Stevensville were invited to engage in an old fashioned debate. The candidates got a chance to ask questions of each other and answer questions from the audience. The forum was meant to be an educational and…

About the legacy of the Lone Rock community

  The Legacy Ranch Subdivision is coming up for review by the Ravalli County Commissioners in a few days. There is no question in our minds here at the Bitterroot Star that this decision represents a turning point in the destiny of the Lone Rock community. We hope the County Commissioners recognize this as well….

Open Letter to County Commissioners

We greatly appreciate the fact that the Board of County Commissioners took the time and made the effort, while codifying its Public Participation Resolution, to address Judge Langton’s order in a recent lawsuit in which the Board was ordered to “create, adopt and publish guidelines for determining whether an issue is ‘of significant interest to…

It’s strictly about the law

Star Editorial The Ravalli County Commissioners have been slapped with two lawsuits recently over alleged violations of the state’s open meeting laws. It is entirely appropriate and expected that they should not comment directly on the real issues involved in that litigation now that they are in court. What is not expected and is really…

Opportunity knocks – will the door be opened?

  The Stevensville Town Council is bogged down by so many problems it’s hard to know where to start the digging out. Last Monday, a roomful of citizens turned out in the wake of former Mayor Lew Barnett’s resignation to gather information on the current quest for a new mayor, as well as to weigh…

From bad to worse in Stevensville, perhaps

  The news from Stevensville this week is dire. When adults are unable to work together for the betterment of their community, it’s a sad day. Now the mayor and a council person have resigned, both citing the behavior of another council person as the problem. We have to say that, in some ways, the…