Stories for February 2006

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Tuesday, February 28

Edna Rice
February 28, 2006 11 p.m.

Edna Rice

Edna A. Rice, 97, a longtime Libby resident, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at a Billings nursing care facility.

February 28, 2006 11 p.m.

Suit filed against deputies, county

A woman arrested on drug charges two years ago has filed suit against Lincoln County and two former deputies, arguing that she was the victim of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations under the federal and state constitutions.

JITTERBUGGING
February 28, 2006 11 p.m.

JITTERBUGGING

Emily McBride and Christian Haugen show their best moves during Libby Middle School's annual jitterbug dance contest on Friday.

February 28, 2006 11 p.m.

Diverse group meets on Kootenai WUIs

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

February 28, 2006 11 p.m.

Libby men to help rebuild destroyed church

A group of volunteers is headed from Libby to Waveland, Miss., to help rebuild a church destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Richard "Dick" Parkinson
February 28, 2006 11 p.m.

Richard "Dick" Parkinson

Richard "Dick" Parkinson, 70, of Libby died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at St. John's Hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.

Thursday, February 23

Walter Martin
February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Walter Martin

Walter Raymond Martin, 85, of Plains, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital.

Glenn Stevens
February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Glenn Stevens

Glenn A. Stevens, 46 died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

FAIR faces big hurdle in Senate

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Libby board OKs grade moves

Fourth-grade classes will be moved to Libby Middle School, kindergarten classes will be at Asa Wood Elementary and high school students will have more stringent graduation requirements next year following action Tuesday by the Libby School Board.

February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Troy transplants experience "impressive" emergency response

To the Editor:

Carole Smith
February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Carole Smith

Former resident Carole Jane Smith, 84, died at home on Jan. 31, 2006 in Reno, Nev.

February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Such a Deal

I'm not sure what the school board has in mind by flatly turning down ConoverBond's offer for a partnership: The Spokane-based company really isn't asking for anything but time to develop a project that could save the old Libby High School.

Trustees stand fast on $350,000
February 23, 2006 11 p.m.

Trustees stand fast on $350,000

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Tuesday, February 21

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

County-wide effort looks at stewardship tool

A series of meetings on stewardship will kick-off next week with goals of replacing lost timber jobs, building economic development, re-training workers for a different type of work in the woods and bringing diverse groups to the table to work on forest restoration and reducing the fire hazard in the urban interface.

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

Law officers deserve better treatment by public

To the Editor:

George Stebbins
February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

George Stebbins

The grandfather of a Libby man, George F. Stebbins, 99, formerly of Kalispell, died on Feb. 4, 2006 in Vancouver, Wash., just short of his 100th birthday.

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

Letter writing causing school woes

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

ESA fix provides remedy for failing federal policy

To the Editor:

Turner Lodge Dedication
February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

Turner Lodge Dedication

"Our motto here at Turner is we only need one guy who knows what he is doing and the rest of use are volunteers," said Bruce Zwang, president of Kootenai Winter Sports during dedication of the new lodge on Saturday. "That man was Lonnie Hansen."

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

Group files lawsuit vs. KNF projects

A Missoula environmental group has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt nine logging projects in the Kootenai National Forest approved since June 2004 and involving 90 million board-feet.

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

Pitiful Pirates penant purloined

To the Editor:

June Hunter Hileman
February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

June Hunter Hileman

June Hunter Hileman, 82, died at home on Feb. 20, 2006.

February 21, 2006 11 p.m.

June Hileman

June Hileman died early Monday morning.

Thursday, February 16

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Proposed sell-off includes 5,000 acres on Kootenai

A Bush administration proposal to sell off more than 300,000 acres of federal lands across the United States includes around 5,000 acres on the Kootenai National Forest.

Scotty Mustard
February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Scotty Mustard

Kevin Scott Eugene (Scotty) Mustard, 33, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Libby.

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

An open letter to the punks in the Honda

To the Editor:

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Resch's actions warrant commission

To the Editor:

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Shame on Racicot

To the Editor:

Lorelai Barnett
February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Lorelai Barnett

Lorelei R. Barnett, 74, of California, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at her daughter's home in Libby from complications of COPD.

Jeannette Hagerty
February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Jeannette Hagerty

Elsa Jeannette Peeso Hagerty, 90, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Libby Care Center, where she had been a resident for several months.

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Turner lodge

There are a plenty of reasons why the entire community should be up at the Turner Mountain Ski Area on Saturday for the dedication of the new day lodge.

Turner lodge dedication set Saturday
February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Turner lodge dedication set Saturday

There will be a special dedication on Saturday, Feb. 18, for the new day lodge at the Turner Mountain Ski Area.

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Developer offers old school proposal

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

Cheney should be sent to Iraq with shotgun

To the Editor:

February 16, 2006 11 p.m.

FAIR hits vote snag in Senate

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

Tuesday, February 14

February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

Industrial district moving to sell land

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

BPA rate proposal could bump local rates 6 percent

Energy retailers and politicians throughout the Northwest are decrying a Bush Administration budget proposal that could see a 10 percent rate increase to help offset the growing federal deficit.

PITIFUL PIRATES
February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

PITIFUL PIRATES

Steve Lethrud as Bluebeard, Rich Burns as Redbeard and Shanda Jennings as Nobeard are among the Pitiful Pirates, a group of washed out, worn out and wanna-be pirates who hatch a scheme to kidnap a local princess for ransom. The play will be staged Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18 and 24-25 at the Little Theatre at 7 p.m. All seats are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The cast includes 17 area residents.

February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

Racicot-led group opposes FAIR

Former Gov. Marc Racicot represents one of the many organizations opposing the existing Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005.

Robert Lundvall
February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

Robert Lundvall

Robert H. "Bob" Lundvall, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at his home in Libby from natural causes.

February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

Higher costs

It's interesting to find out that while information is unraveling and becoming public about a proposed electrical wholesale boost by the Bonneville Power Administration, the Bush administration is also looking at giving oil companies $7 billion worth of royalty free oil from public lands.

February 14, 2006 11 p.m.

Council decision on tax break prompts thoughts of elections

To the Editor:

Thursday, February 9

February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

YVFC saluted for efforts

To the Editor:

February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

New city council won't let mayor continue illegal position

To the Editor:

Vernon Byrer
February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Vernon Byrer

Vernon J. Byrer, 90, a resident of the Kootenai Valley for the past 53 years, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at the Libby Care Center.

Staff Sgt. Tina Resch of Libby
February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Tina Resch of Libby

Resch cited for heroic actions in Iraq

Bill Crill
February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Bill Crill

William "Bill" DeHale Crill, 67, former Libby resident, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at his home in Willard, Utah, of cardiac arrest.

George "Lefty" Young
February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

George "Lefty" Young

George Joseph "Lefty" Young, 81, a long-time U.S. Forest Service employee and Navy veteran, died on Feb. 8, 2006, at his home.

February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Burns, Baucus take Libby fight to Senate floor

Montana's two U.S. Senators took the fight to the Senate floor on Wednesday urging support for the Libby provisions in the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2006 and challenging their collegues to find another community that faces similar environmental and health challenges.

Amelia Kieffer
February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Amelia Kieffer

Amelia "Millie" Weigand Kieffer, 93, died at her home Jan. 29, 2006.

February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Politicians are magicians drawing attention from issues

To the Editor:

February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

Walking path

The walking path approved by the Lincoln County Commissioners is a more significant economic development tool than most people realize.

February 9, 2006 11 p.m.

City OKs initial lease with KPFL

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Tuesday, February 7

Darrell Lind
February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Darrell Lind

Darrell J. Lind, 69, of Libby, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital from natural causes.

February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Lobbying continues for Libby lung test provision

Two days after returning from Washington, D.C., Dr. Brad Black of Libby was continuing to lobby on Monday for a lung diffusion capacity test provision being added to proposed federal asbestos legislation that could benefit Libby vicitms of asbestos-related disease.

Evelyn Beverly Lewis
February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Evelyn Beverly Lewis

Evelyn Beverly Lewis, 74, of Troy, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, at her home at Angel Island from natural causes.

GREENCHAIN
February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

GREENCHAIN

Libby High School wrestlers won their fourth consecutive divisional championship and fifth in six years on Saturday at Whitefish. The wrestling team had a season dual record of 22-1 with the lone loss coming to Class AA Kalispell. Fourteen wrestlers qualified for the state wrestling tournament which begins Friday at the Metra in Billings.

Mary Katheryn Dye Hveem
February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Mary Katheryn Dye Hveem

Mary Katheryn Dye Hveem, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at the Libby Care Center.

Carroll Smith
February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Carroll Smith

Carroll K. Smith, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Libby Care Center.

February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

La Nina back say federal forecasters

On the heels of a wetter than usual January, La Nina is back to bring more of the same to the Pacific Northwest through the summer, reports the climate forecasters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Elva "Bean" Detjens
February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Elva "Bean" Detjens

Elva E. "Bean" Detjens, 87, longtime Libby resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Libby Care Center.

February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

County OKs motocross subdivision

The Lincoln County Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a subdivision earmarking a portion of the former Stimson mill site for use as a motocross facility.

February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

About time

Imagine this: It's taken over four years and who knows how many bucks before a federal judge in New York City has cleared the air — no pun intended — that city residents were misled about air quality after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

February 7, 2006 11 p.m.

Commissioners OK Libby walking path

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Thursday, February 2

Ellen Gardner
February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

Ellen Gardner

Ellen Gardner, 92, died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006 at the Libby Care Center.

February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

Public accountability pleaded for economic development

To the Editor:

February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

County tables road standards

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

ANOTHER EAGLE
February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

ANOTHER EAGLE

Todd Berget makes some adjustment to his latest steel sculpture mounted in the dining room at McDonald's Restuarant in Libby.

February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

Diverse group offers unique package for forest

BY ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

Commissioners OK nine-member planning board

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

February 2, 2006 11 p.m.

Black heads east to lobby for amendment

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher