Stories for January 2006

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Tuesday, January 31

Joseph Gilder
January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

Joseph Gilder

Joseph A. Gilder, 71, died at this home on Jan. 20, 2006 in Elgin, N.D.

January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

Recommended wilderness: once it's gone, it's gone forever

To the Editor:

January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

School district eyes moving classes

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

Long way

We've come a long way since the first copy of H.R. 1283 crossed my desk.

James Bernard
January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

James Bernard

James H. Bernard, 55, of Libby, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at his home from natural causes.

January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

Letter on councilman inaccurate with regard to facts, law

To the Editor:

Burns receives input on FAIR
January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

Burns receives input on FAIR

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

Fourth-graders make donation to needy family
January 31, 2006 11 p.m.

Fourth-graders make donation to needy family

Doreen Gruber's fourth-grade class at Asa Wood saved money from their allowances and drew from their savings to give to the holiday Tree of Sharing, sponsored by the Montana Athletic Club-Libby, for a needy family in the community.

Thursday, January 26

? IS FOR NURSE
January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

? IS FOR NURSE

Ruth Fenn, RN at St. John's Lutheran Hospital, takes a fun approach to teaching Mrs. Ralph's kindergarten class at Plummer School about medicine and nursing. This week the youngsters were learning that N is for nurse. (Photo by KC Hoyer)

Planning board proposal advances
January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

Planning board proposal advances

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Zeita Romeiko
January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

Zeita Romeiko

Zeita M. Romeiko, 86, of Libby, died Wednesday Jan. 25, 2006, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital from natural causes.

January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

The fun begins

"Without comprehensive campaign finance reform, we are leaving the system of representative democracy open to the charge and to the reality that political outcomes are for sale. The appearance of favoritism to contributors is damaging; the fear bred of alienating contributors is growing; and each year the expense of campaigning mounts and the pressure to seek financial support wherever it can be found intensifies, even though the consequences are increasingly transparent." — a former U.S. Senator in 1993.

January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

When and where will the wilderness designations end?

To the Editor:

Shirley Price
January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

Shirley Price

Shirley A. Price, 74, a resident of Libby for 18 years, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, with her children by her side.

January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

Libby to host Northwest A Band Festival

Libby High School will be hosting this year's Class A Northwest Band Festival on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30-31

Royce Gilbertson
January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

Royce Gilbertson

Royce J. Gilbertson, 88, longtime Libby resident, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at the Libby Care Center.

January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

KPFL proposal about reducing unwanted animal population

To the Editor:

January 26, 2006 11 p.m.

Burns sets asbestos conference

U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns will hold a video conference with Libby residents on Saturday, Jan. 28, to discuss the asbestos situation.

Tuesday, January 24

Second stove fair draws a crowd
January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

Second stove fair draws a crowd

Nearly 250 people turned in applications for vouchers to subsidize the cost of replacing an old non-EPA certified woodstove at Saturday's stove fair in Libby.

January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

Council restores faith by upholding electorate's choice

To the Editor:

George Elletson
January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

George Elletson

George A. Elletson, 82, of Libby, died Jan. 18, 2006, at his home.

January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

Wounded man seeks treatment release

A man wounded in a Dec. 18 shootout with police in Eureka is seeking release from jail for medical treatment and a psychological evaluation.

January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

Political candidates begin filing

Filing opened Monday for candidates seeking state and county offices in the November election.

January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

Growing pains

Pinal County, Ariz., sandwiched between the ever expanding Phoenix and Tucson, is experiencing a road and traffic crisis with no easy and cheap solution available.

Eric Almeida
January 24, 2006 11 p.m.

Eric Almeida

Eric Z. Almeida, 43, died of a heart attack near his home while working in Belen, N.M., on Jan. 18, 2006.

Thursday, January 19

SIXTH HOME FINISHED
January 19, 2006 11 p.m.

SIXTH HOME FINISHED

Dedication for the sixth home built by the Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity will be Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. along with an open house from 2-4 p.m. at the Libby home at 216 W. 10th. Kootenai Valley Partners The home is for Cristian and Yvette Fernandez and their children Andrea, Miguel, Daniel and Gabriel. The comunity is invited to the open house from 2-4 p.m.

January 19, 2006 11 p.m.

If we give them an inch they will take the mile

To the Editor:

January 19, 2006 11 p.m.

County's offer

Lincoln County's offer to provide $100,000 a year should be a good starting point for negotiations for the Port Authority board.

January 19, 2006 11 p.m.

Burns takes aim at FAIR

U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns has notified Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he would not support the "Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005" unless the bill is changed from its current language, which excludes many Libby residents.

January 19, 2006 11 p.m.

True magnitude of life loss being ignored

To the Editor:

January 19, 2006 11 p.m.

Local man rescues fishermen from frigid reservoir

Matt Mischenko didn't catch any fish at Tiber Reservoir on Saturday, but he is being credited with a far greater accomplishment — saving the life of a fellow fisherman.

Thursday, January 12

James Chappell
January 12, 2006 11 p.m.

James Chappell

James Arthur Chappell, 63, died Dec. 23, 2005 at the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash.

January 12, 2006 11 p.m.

Port OKs temporary KRDC funding

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

State of the City: Challenging and changing says mayor
January 12, 2006 11 p.m.

State of the City: Challenging and changing says mayor

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

January 12, 2006 11 p.m.

Baucus staff collects input on FAIR

Staff members from the offices of U.S. senators Max Baucus and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) were in Libby on Wednesday gathering input on asbestos reform legislation expected to reach the Senate floor later this month.

January 12, 2006 11 p.m.

City delays decision on animal shelter

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Tony Holzer
January 12, 2006 11 p.m.

Tony Holzer

Anton C. (Tony) Holzer, 59, a Kootenai Valley resident for the past 38 years, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at his home in Libby.

Tuesday, January 10

NEW YEAR'S BABY
January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

NEW YEAR'S BABY

Annika Mae Benner became the first baby born at St. John's Lutheran Hospital for 2006. Annika Mae was born Jan. 7, 2006 at 2:45 a.m. to Kendra Benner, a teacher at Libby Middle School. Proud dad is Monty Benner of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Annika weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 1/4 inches. She joins a three-year-old brother, Chase. In 2005, there were 105 newborns delivered at the Libby hospital.

January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Can't help it

You know, sometimes someone has to say something.

January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Local air quality regs change postponed

Adoption of proposed changes to air quality regulations for the Libby area has been delayed pending revisions to the draft regulations to clear up concerns raised during a review by Lincoln County Attorney Bernie Cassidy and state Department of Environmental Quality officials.

Andrew Spranger
January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Andrew Spranger

Former Libby resident Andrew Spranger of Lewistown died on Jan. 4, 2006.

January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

County jail remains over capacity

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Mary Catherine Ciesla
January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Mary Catherine Ciesla

Mary Catherine Ciesla, 85, of Libby died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 at her home in Libby from natural causes.

January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

State highway foreman unfairly blamed in fatal accident

To the Editor:

January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Snowshoe reclamation meeting scheduled

Reclamation plans for the abandoned Snowshoe Mine site, 10 miles southeast of Libby, will be shared by Montana Department of Environmental Quality officials during a public meeintg in Libby on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Hearings on mining rules should be held closer to home

To the Editor:

Don Larson
January 10, 2006 11 p.m.

Don Larson

Helena businessman, and father of a Libby woman, Donald W. "Don" Larson, 83, died on Jan. 1, 2006.

Thursday, January 5

January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Wounded man transferred to county lockup

A man wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a Eureka police officer on Dec. 18 was transferred Wednesday from a Kalispell hospital to the Lincoln County jail.

January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Body count not in for asbestos

To the Editor:

Charles "Pappy" Hutton
January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Charles "Pappy" Hutton

Charles H. "Pappy" Hutton, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Troy road work under way
January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Troy road work under way

Work began this week on a project to widen the county road on the north side of the Roosevelt Bridge over the Kootenai River in Troy.

Jennie Seay
January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Jennie Seay

Jennie Mae Seay, 84, of Libby, died Saturday Dec. 31, 2005, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital from natural causes.

January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Motorists tally 340+ deer kills in 2005

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

Shocked

I got home from the wrestling matches Tuesday night and turned on the television before I started scrambling some eggs.

January 5, 2006 11 p.m.

County opposes stricter mine water treament proposal

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

Tuesday, January 3

Myrtle Benoit
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Myrtle Benoit

Myrtle G. Benoit, 83, of Libby, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at the Libby Care Center.

January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Philip Morris has probably killed more people than Grace

To the Editor:

January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

State road foreman shares blame in death

To the Editor:

January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Stove fair kicks off second phase of changeout

The second phase of Libby's woodstove changeout program will kick off with a stove fair at the Memorial Center on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Alma Parkinson
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Alma Parkinson

Alma O. Parkinson, 100, of Libby, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at the Libby Care Center.

MacDonald's latest role commanding attention
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

MacDonald's latest role commanding attention

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

Barzia 'Bart' Teske
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Barzia 'Bart' Teske

Barzia Robert "Bart" Teske, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, as the result of injuries received in a well-drilling accident near Libby.

Vann McDonald
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Vann McDonald

Vann J. McDonald, 51, died Dec. 17, 2005 at his home in Libby.

Joann Collier
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Joann Collier

Joann J. Collier, 71, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby.

Dale Bjorklund
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Dale Bjorklund

Dale Bjorklund, 53, of Troy died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at Brendan House in Kalispell following a battle with cancer.

Gordon Anderson
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Gordon Anderson

Gordon Edmond Anderson, 77, died on Dec. 17, 2005 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Mary Jane 'Janey' Schreiber
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Mary Jane 'Janey' Schreiber

Mary Jane "Janey" Schreiber, 63, died at her home in Plymouth, Vt., on Dec. 27, 2005.

January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Elks Lodge, community aid local Katrina victims

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Good decision

Lost in the holiday shuffle is a decision just before Christmas by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Donald Molloy requiring three environmental groups to post a $100,000 bond to continue their appeal of a salvage logging sale near Butte.

Donald Davis
January 3, 2006 11 p.m.

Donald Davis

Donald A. Davis, 70, of Troy, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital from natural causes.