Stories for June 2006

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Friday, June 30

June 30, 2006 midnight

Pickup stolen from Mineral Avenue

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Spillways close at Libby Dam
June 30, 2006 midnight

Spillways close at Libby Dam

The spillways at Libby Dam are closed for the first time in 19 days and releases from the dam are down to 23,423 cubic-feet per second as of Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Schmidt
June 30, 2006 midnight

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt, 29, died Sunday, June 25, 2006, at Rathdrum, Idaho, following a year of battling cancer.

June 30, 2006 midnight

Senate ignores middle class

To the Editor:

June 30, 2006 midnight

Logger Days

Logger Days may be one of the most important festivals for the community of Libby right now.

June 30, 2006 midnight

Revett ramps up production at Troy mine

Production is ramping up at Revett Minerals' Troy mine while work continues on a revised biological opinion for the company's Rock Creek project, Revett officials told the Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday.

June 30, 2006 midnight

Longtime Libby teacher and coach retires

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

June 30, 2006 midnight

Assessment says subsidence problems not expected at Rock Creek

An independent assessment of subsidence at Revett Minerals' Troy mine has been completed and indicates that similar issues are not expected to arise at the company's proposed Rock Creek project.

Herbert Cooper
June 30, 2006 midnight

Herbert Cooper

Herbert L. Cooper, 73, of Troy, died in his sleep at St. John's Lutheran Hospital.

Wednesday, June 28

June 28, 2006 midnight

Good luck at Thompson Lake campgrounds with new rules

To the Editor,

June Schultz
June 28, 2006 midnight

June Schultz

Myra 'June' Schultz died after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer.

June 28, 2006 midnight

Inmates being treated inhumanely at Lincoln County jail

To the Editor,

June 28, 2006 midnight

Spill slated to end - finally

By mid-day Tuesday, the spill was scheduled to have ended at Libby Dam 19 days after it started to make room in Lake Koocanusa for rapidly rising runoff fed by an unusually wet month of weather.

Kerry Ann Parker
June 28, 2006 midnight

Kerry Ann Parker

Kerry Ann Powell Parker, 50, died June 20, 2006, at her home in Libby.

George 'Kootenay' Kovar
June 28, 2006 midnight

George 'Kootenay' Kovar

George "Kooteney" Kovar, 53, formerly of Troy, died June 20, 2006, in Spokane.

June 28, 2006 midnight

Accused again

The New York Times is being accused of everything but sedition these days because once again the newspaper has revealed that the present administration is hell-bent on whittling away American rights without the public's say-so.

June 28, 2006 midnight

Two dead in Eureka shooting

A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl died early Saturday from a single gunshot fired by the man at a Eureka-area residence.

June 28, 2006 midnight

Wealthy ruling class in United States seems to be blind

To the Editor,

Ellwood takes initiative for downtown 'exposure'
June 28, 2006 midnight

Ellwood takes initiative for downtown 'exposure'

Don't tell Christi Ellwood there's nothing worth advertising in downtown Libby.

Friday, June 23

June 23, 2006 midnight

Moving on

The great 2006 spill at Libby Dam is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Ronald Dodge
June 23, 2006 midnight

Ronald Dodge

Ronald Wayland Dodge, 19, of Billings, died due to injuries received in a vehicle accident on June 12, 2006.

Jimmy McGuire
June 23, 2006 midnight

Jimmy McGuire

James "Jimmy" McGuire, 81, formerly of Libby, died June 15, 2006, at Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell.

Corps begins cutting back releases
June 23, 2006 midnight

Corps begins cutting back releases

Releases from Libby Dam are being decreased 1,000 cubic-feet per second every four hours until the total outflow is at 30,000 cfs, Libby Dam managers announced Tuesday.

June 23, 2006 midnight

Logger Days parade attracts record entries

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

June 23, 2006 midnight

Schools spending $170,00 on building maintenance

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Jay Yarn
June 23, 2006 midnight

Jay Yarn

Jay Allen Yarn, 42, of Gillette, Wyo., and formerly of Libby, died June 7, 2006, from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident five days earlier in Gillette.

Mountain triathlon scheduled Aug. 12
June 23, 2006 midnight

Mountain triathlon scheduled Aug. 12

The first Backcountry Wildman, a mountain triathlon event starting and ending in Libby, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12.

Friday, June 16

June 16, 2006 midnight

Serious

We're in an emergency situation at Libby Dam.

June 16, 2006 midnight

Cleanup workers in Libby working for everyone's future

To the Editor:

June 16, 2006 midnight

Residents complain about aspects of EPA cleanup

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

June 16, 2006 midnight

Commissioners tell EPA to expedite decision on cleanup

Following up on Tuesday's public meeting, the Lincoln County Commissioners on Wednesday urged Environmental Protection Agency assistant regional administrator Max Dodson to expedite the issuance of the agency's record of decision for its Libby cleanup activities and stressed to Dodson that the people he heard from at the meeting don't represent the community as a whole.

June 16, 2006 midnight

Kootenai River moves from Blue Ribbon to Purple Heart

To the Editor:

June 16, 2006 midnight

Enough is enough

To the Editor:

June 16, 2006 midnight

Judge dismisses portion of Grace conspiracy charge

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

June 16, 2006 midnight

Schweitzer thanked for visiting troops in Iraq

To the Editor:

June 16, 2006 midnight

Damage tally from spill rises in Idaho

BY ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

June 16, 2006 midnight

Spring Fling brightens day

To the Editor:

Robert Clawson Sr.
June 16, 2006 midnight

Robert Clawson Sr.

Robert T. Clawson Sr., 86, died at his home on Tuesday June 13, 2006, after a lengthy illness.

Wednesday, June 14

Bruce Ninneman
June 14, 2006 midnight

Bruce Ninneman

Bruce Alan Ninneman, 49, of Libby, died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Libby.

Big spill ongoing
June 14, 2006 midnight

Big spill ongoing

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

June 14, 2006 midnight

Back nine work nears final stage

By Roger Morris Western News Publisher

June 14, 2006 midnight

Guides worried about economic hit

Kootenai River guides are facing a crippling blow to the blue ribbon fishery as a major spill from Libby Dam continues.

June 14, 2006 midnight

Pipe bomb suspect arrested

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Bob LeCount
June 14, 2006 midnight

Bob LeCount

Robert A. "Bob" LeCount, 48, a former Libby and Troy resident, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Springfield, Ore.

Ruth Hawk
June 14, 2006 midnight

Ruth Hawk

Ruth Hawk, 85, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Missoula Community Hospital.

June 14, 2006 midnight

Property owners maintain vigil

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

June 14, 2006 midnight

CARD given grant for X-ray tests

Libby's Center for Asbestos Related Disease has been awarded a federal contract to test the effectiveness of digital X-rays in diagnosing and treating people exposed to asbestos fibers.

Jerry Fisher
June 14, 2006 midnight

Jerry Fisher

Jerry L. Fisher, 56, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at his home in Libby.

Kent Brogdon
June 14, 2006 midnight

Kent Brogdon

Kent K. Brogdon, 81, died June 2, 2006, at his residence in Gridley, Calif.

Friday, June 9

June 9, 2006 midnight

Regional EPA boss hosts meeting

Max Dodson, assistant regional administrator for the EPA, will host a public meeting on Tuesday, June 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Memorial Center.

John Postlethwaite
June 9, 2006 midnight

John Postlethwaite

John J. Postlethwaite, 86, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

John Kittilson
June 9, 2006 midnight

John Kittilson

John E. Kittilson, 81, of East Helena, died Sunday, June 4, 2006.

Carolyn Miller
June 9, 2006 midnight

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn J. Miller, 75, died Monday, June 5, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

June 9, 2006 midnight

Police chief to face sheriff in fall vote

Libby chief of police Clay Coker defeated former probation officer Rick Morrow by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Tuesday to take the Republican nomination for Lincoln County sheriff.

June 9, 2006 midnight

At what cost?

The halting for the city water line to the Riverpark area on Tuesday presents a serious dilemma that could prove economically costly to individuals, contractors and local government.

June 9, 2006 midnight

Corps eyes small spill to avoid big spill

A controlled spill from Libby Dam is being considered starting as early as Saturday, June 10, as Lake Koocanusa nears full pool.

Vermiculite stops city water line
June 9, 2006 midnight

Vermiculite stops city water line

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Health forcing Libby artist to quit
June 9, 2006 midnight

Health forcing Libby artist to quit

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Keven Walsh
June 9, 2006 midnight

Keven Walsh

Keven Russell Walsh, 55, died June 5, 2006, at his home on Vashon Island, Wash.

Jefferson 'J.B.' Wages
June 9, 2006 midnight

Jefferson 'J.B.' Wages

Jefferson Byron "J.B." Wages, 76, died May 30, 2006, in Bonners Ferry.

Wednesday, June 7

Charlotte Larson
June 7, 2006 midnight

Charlotte Larson

Charlotte Cael Larson, 81, died May 30, 2006, after a long illness.

June 7, 2006 midnight

Free mammogram saves Libby woman

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

June 7, 2006 midnight

More answers needed on downtown plan

To the Editor:

June 7, 2006 midnight

It's the little things

Sometimes when we look at the forest, we miss the single tree. You can follow the math: It takes more than one tree to make a forest.

Robert Lampton
June 7, 2006 midnight

Robert Lampton

Robert L. Lampton, 89, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Libby Care Center.

June 7, 2006 midnight

Eve emerges from den without cub

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Speakers help LHS graduates imagine their future
June 7, 2006 midnight

Speakers help LHS graduates imagine their future

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Friday, June 2

June 2, 2006 midnight

Primary election

The primary election Tuesday is quite interesting.

Yaak couple seeks old mill preservation
June 2, 2006 midnight

Yaak couple seeks old mill preservation

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

June 2, 2006 midnight

Castaneda reminisces, looks ahead during final days at USFS

By ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

Recovering Mahoney sets goals marking progress
June 2, 2006 midnight

Recovering Mahoney sets goals marking progress

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Marian Frament
June 2, 2006 midnight

Marian Frament

Marian A. Frament, 87, of Libby died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at the Libby Care Center from natural causes.

Dumpster-diving bear nabbed at Halfway House
June 2, 2006 midnight

Dumpster-diving bear nabbed at Halfway House

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Marjorie Higgins
June 2, 2006 midnight

Marjorie Higgins

Marjorie Kathryn Cripe Higgins, 87, of the Spokane Valley died May 28, 2006, at home with family members by her side.

June 2, 2006 midnight

Hanging death suit filed against county

The family of a woman who hung herself in the Lincoln County jail three years ago has filed a lawsuit alleging that negligence on the part of the sheriff's office and the Western Montana Mental Health Center contributed to her death.