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Breach of trust by Forest Service

By Jeff Lonn & Michele Dieterich, Hamilton   The United States Forest Service continues to ignore public input and destroy trust with their planning of the Westside project south of Hamilton. At a meeting last week, Bitterroot National Forest made it clear that before releasing the final decision, they had already lined up workers to…

Letters to the Editor

Job well done

“Valerie Stamey served in South Carolina” – such sweet words. The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Chris Hoffman, followed up on numerous alleged sightings of Stamey over the past two years. Their diligence and hard work will hopefully bring Stamey to justice. It’s gratifying to know that instead of spending thousands of…

Seeking justice

I’m writing this letter to inform my fellow citizens that in March of 2011, a Missoula district court judge, the Bitterroot Conservation District (BCD), and other state officials perpetrated a fraud upon the Montana Supreme Court (SC), in the attorney fees phase of a SC case that was known as the “Mitchell Slough case.” They…

We can’t afford more refugees

Let’s get real. Yes, we are all descendents of immigrants, most of us from a time when our country was much in need of settlers followed by a time when the Industrial Revolution needed workers. Now we are a country burdened by $19 trillion in debt, much of our industry moved out of the country,…

Jameson wrong about refugees

In response to Jameson: The countries cited by Mr. Gibney weren’t his quote but those of Adam Shaw. These countries need to support their own people, it’s not our responsibility to take in Muslims for any reason. What about the Christians being be-headed and killed by these people? Should we not take the Christians in…

Trees didn’t have to go

Yesterday I saw a tree cutting operation beginning along the Stevensville bike path and then read an article about how NorthWestern Energy is whacking all those trees for the benefit of their power lines. First I heard of it. Whatever happened to public comment on environmental destruction projects? Sorry, but it irritates me when people…

Let the voting begin!

Absentee ballots have been mailed and received. Time to look at the Ravalli County ballot! Soon time to consider the candidates on a sample Primary Election Ballot printed in the newspapers. Not much interested in the Primary Election? Please remember that in December of 2018, all the terms expire for all sitting, and elected in…

Hats off to BfP!

My hat is off to the Bitterrooters for Planning (BFP). While I am personally not a member of this organization, their recent win against the County Commission is a great victory for the citizens of Ravalli County and the ecology of the Bitterroot Valley of which we are a part. Citizens, critters of all shapes…

Info wanted

I am making a request to the public for any historical information related to the bell that used to be in Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville. I am working with the Stevensville Historical Museum on my Eagle Scout project. My project is to paint the bell, build a new structure for it at the…

Support for Chilcott

As I told Greg Chilcott when he was the President of the Montana Association of Counties in 2013, county commissioner was the worse job in elective politics. The commission has relatively little control over the laws they must operate under and are close enough to the people to be bombarded with complaints. Greg for many…

‘Reality check’ – really?

I am not prone to respond to individual letters to the editor very often. But Mr. John Gibney’s, in the May 4 edition of the Star, requires a concerned response. While I do not attempt to change your point of view, Mr. Gibney, I would like to see reasoned and accurate discussion about the refugee…