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April 3, 2020 8:34 a.m.

Kenneth R. Horner, 75

Kenneth R. Horner, 75, passed away at home March 19, 2020. He was born April 13, 1944, in Conrad to James and Mildred Horner, both deceased.

April 3, 2020 8:31 a.m.

Past emergency declaration seen as way to secure resources

A regional public health emergency declared in 2009 by EPA could yield tangible support for Lincoln County residents and healthcare workers as they respond now to the potential for disease tied to the novel coronavirus.

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April 3, 2020 8:31 a.m.

Six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in county

Regional health officials received word April 1 of a sixth positive test for novel coronavirus for an individual in Lincoln County.

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April 3, 2020 8:31 a.m.

EPA delays handoff of Superfund site oversight to DEQ

A time beset by worry for local officials claimed a moment of respite on March 30.

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April 3, 2020 8:26 a.m.

James Phillip Tomlin, 77

James “Jim” Phillip Tomlin, son of Sam and Ione Tomlin was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Spokane, Wash. Jim passed away March 26, 2020, in Kalispell, after the sudden onset of the COVID-19 virus. He was Montana’s first fatality of the pandemic.

April 3, 2020 8:26 a.m.

Southern Pines Plantations to continue block management of former Plum Creek land after sale

The company that purchased 630,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser timberlands in Montana said it fully intends to keep the property in the state’s block management program, which allows hunting and other access to the public.

April 3, 2020 8:22 a.m.

Idaho earthquake felt by residents in Flathead, Lincoln counties

Fleeting impressions of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Idaho on March 31 captured the attention of residents in Lincoln, Flathead, Missoula and Gallatin counties, according to news reports.

April 3, 2020 8:22 a.m.

Bid for snow removal vehicle comes in lower than expected

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners got a welcome surprise March 18 when they learned the bid for a new snow removal vehicle came in well under the expected asking price.

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March 31, 2020 10:31 a.m.

New rules see more businesses closing doors

Gov. Steve Bullock cranked up social distancing mandates another notch with a March 26 stay-at-home directive intended to “buy time for healthcare workers on the frontline” by requiring the temporary closing of all Montana businesses and operations considered non-essential.

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March 31, 2020 8:37 a.m.

COVID-19 claims life of Lincoln County man

The Lincoln County Health Department reported March 25 that it had received notice of the county’s first positive test for novel coronavirus. A day later, the elderly man died.

March 31, 2020 8:36 a.m.

Walleyes in Upper Thompson Lake likely from Noxon Reservoir

Scientific analysis determined that two walleyes discovered in Upper Thompson Lake in October were illegally introduced on separate occasions from the Lower Clark Fork reservoir system.

March 31, 2020 8:36 a.m.

Residency forces Berget to withdraw from county commissioner race

Lincoln County resident Tony Berget said March 20 that he recently determined his residency places him outside the Libby District in which he had planned to run in June against incumbent County Commissioner Mark Peck.

March 31, 2020 8:24 a.m.

Big Sky Bash fundraiser cancelled as pandemic worsens

The Center for Asbestos Related Disease Foundation’s major annual fundraiser was cancelled earlier this month as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic continued to grow.

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March 31, 2020 8:22 a.m.

Lydia Lee Switzer

Lydia Lee Switzer was born on Sept. 21, 1929, in Denver, Colo., and passed away on March 21, 2020.

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March 31, 2020 8:22 a.m.

Troy Public Schools use technology to ride out closure

Incorporating technology into the classroom has made the pivot to remote learning easier in Troy, said Superintendent Jacob Francom.

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March 31, 2020 8:19 a.m.

Reed receives deferred sentence

Lincoln County District Judge Matthew Cuffe handed down a deferred, five-year sentence to a Libby man who assaulted his girlfriend and then tried to convince her to retract her accusations against him.

March 31, 2020 8:19 a.m.

Sheriff’s Office Blotter

The law roundup is compiled from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office incident log. It is not meant to serve as an exhaustive account.

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March 31, 2020 8:19 a.m.

Early morning blaze destroys trailer home

Jesse “Bubba” Jungst smelled an odor with the acrid tang of an electrical fire. He and his dog, Diego, were just waking up March 27.

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March 31, 2020 8:19 a.m.

Grizzlies out and about after winter denning

Radio collar signals reveal that at least two male grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem have left their dens but remain in higher elevations.

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