Stories for August 2007

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Friday, August 31

August 31, 2007 midnight

It's time for us to grow up and behave

To the Editor:

August 31, 2007 midnight

Remembering a tragic passing

To the Editor:

Ivan W. Troyer
August 31, 2007 midnight

Ivan W. Troyer

Ivan W. Troyer, 92, passed away Aug. 26, 2007 in Spokane, Wash. after a long battle fighting cancer.

Libby Logger girls' golf team takes third, boys' sixth
August 31, 2007 midnight

Libby Logger girls' golf team takes third, boys' sixth

During the Ronan High School Invitational Golf Tournament at the Mission Mountain Golf Course in Ronan on Friday, Aug. 24, the Libby Logger girls' team took third place with 431 points. The boys' team took sixth place overall with 343 points.

August 31, 2007 midnight

Doing the work no one else will

To the Editor:

August 31, 2007 midnight

The consequence of ignoring history

To the Editor:

August 31, 2007 midnight

Local law enforcement increases patrols for Labor Day

The Libby Police Department is joining with thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to take part in a crackdown on impaired driving from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. In each of the last two years, 2005 and 2006, five people died in vehicle crashes over the Labor Day weekend in Montana. On average, about half of the highway fatalities in Montana are due to alcohol involvement. "Every death due to an alcohol-related crash is a death that shouldn't have happened," said Libby Chief of Police Clay Coker. "We are going to do everything we can to prevent this holiday from being a deadly one."

A tennis revival in Libby?
August 31, 2007 midnight

A tennis revival in Libby?

A local organization with big hopes but small funds envisions tennis as the vehicle that will propel revitalization along a dormant piece of prime land in Libby and spur a more active community.

August 31, 2007 midnight

Shana Bernall wins Wildman in less than 8 hours

They came from New York, California and Idaho but it was a Troy woman who won the "crazy" Wildman Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 11.

August 31, 2007 midnight

Searching for a leader with gumption

Letter to the Editor:

Ruby Nissen
August 31, 2007 midnight

Ruby Nissen

Ruby Nissen (Davis), 62, formerly of Willmar, Minn. passed away at her home in Libby on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.

Thompson documentary set to be released next spring
August 31, 2007 midnight

Thompson documentary set to be released next spring

A Florida filmmaker was in the area last weekend shooting scenes for his upcoming documentary that will examine the life of explorer David Thompson.

Libby overcomes slow start, rallies past Glacier
August 31, 2007 midnight

Libby overcomes slow start, rallies past Glacier

The Loggers took a while to get rolling in their season opener — then it was full speed ahead.

August 31, 2007 midnight

The truth is in the testimony?

To the Editor:

Wednesday, August 29

August 29, 2007 midnight

The effects of poking the bear

To the Editor:

August 29, 2007 midnight

Pre Season Golf Tournament at Cabinet View Country Club

The first true 18-hole high school event occurred on Monday, Aug. 20 since the opening of the new 9 in July. It was also the first JV event for Glacier High School.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Site of rockfall still closed, under investigation

It's been two weeks since mining operations reconvened at the Revett Mine in Troy following a fatal incident that killed one man and sent two others to the hospital with minor injuries.

Libby takes Kellogg, 53-20
August 29, 2007 midnight

Libby takes Kellogg, 53-20

The Loggers looked like a seasoned team in this year's season opener against the Kellogg Wildcats in Saturday's game at Teeters Field in Kellogg, Idaho with a screen pass from Ty Ketchum to Jeremiah Big Spring, but the football popped into the air and was grabbed by Logger Jordan Gragert. Libby did not waste any time getting on the board as junior Joel Fuller connected with Jeff Miller on a 26-yard pass to go up 7-0. His longest touchdown was a 65 yard score to Zach Rowan.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Mines Management and Montanore project update

Mines Management, Inc. announced results for the second quarter of 2007 and provided an update on activities at the Montanore Silver-Copper Project, including progress made on preparations for the advanced exploration and delineation drilling program and the permitting process.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Stirring the address pot

To the Editor:

August 29, 2007 midnight

Cabinet View Country Club Championship results

The Cabinet View Country Club Championship was held Aug. 25 and 26. Low Gross honors went to Jim Mee with scores of 73 and 72.

August 29, 2007 midnight

The discovery of living a lie all along

To the Editor:

Local artist published in national magazine
August 29, 2007 midnight

Local artist published in national magazine

Taking pictures has always been Roxanna Escudero's passion. She now may add being a published artist to her list of accomplishments.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Results from Member-Guest competition

The Member-Guest competition at Cabinet View Country Club on Aug. 12 ended in a tie.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Ladies' golf league results

As summer schedules wind down, the lady golfers at Cabinet View Country Club remain active for a couple more weeks. Twenty participants vied for honors on the challenging new nine holes of the course on Wed., Aug. 22. Faye Schoknecht had the answer to all the hazards of the formidable woods, water and sand traps, as she came in with the Low Gross score of 48. This not only won the honor of "Best in Group A", but was also the Special Event of the day prize-winner. Low Net in Group A was shared by Louis Flasche and Paulette Nosler with scores of 34 each. In Group B, Alice Miller topped the field with 53 strokes, while Judy Strong carded 35 for the best Low Net score.Chip-ins were the order of the day, as the course yielded four of those elusive feats. Lois Flasche had two, while Faye Schoknecht and Linda Counter each scored once from off the green.Ladies' League will conclude competition on Wednesday, Aug. 29. There will be a luncheon scheduled in September when awards will be presented for the season's play.Submitted by Phyll Minde

Delores M. Weldon
August 29, 2007 midnight

Delores M. Weldon

Delores M. Weldon, 71, died Aug. 24 at the Libby Care Center.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Lady Logger Soccer team kicks off season with win

The Lady Logger Soccer team opened their season with a 3-0 away win against the Stevensville Yellowjackets on Saturday.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Libby is a great place to live and visit

To the Editor:

August 29, 2007 midnight

"Libby, Montana" exposes legacy of environmental pollution

A documentary film on Libby's asbestos exposure aired on PBS on Tuesday evening.

August 29, 2007 midnight

The reality of asbestos contamination in Libby

To the Editor:

Irene Parmenter
August 29, 2007 midnight

Irene Parmenter

Irene Parmenter, 90, died Monday at her home in Libby. She was born Aug.14, 1917, in Cabinet, Idaho to Edward and Maude (Curnutt) Swanson.

August 29, 2007 midnight

Bringing good news to good people

To the Editor:

Friday, August 24

August 24, 2007 midnight

Developer may have big plans for an old building

Another Kalispell developer came forward Tuesday night with a $150,000 offer to buy the old high school building and renovate its three floors into stylish lofts, office space and an artist space.

Continued frustration over address changes
August 24, 2007 midnight

Continued frustration over address changes

Frustrated by the financial burden and inconvenience of having to change their addresses in accordance to the county's new E-911 system, rural residents packed the county commissioner's office Wednesday to voice their opinions.

Loggers are ready for some football!
August 24, 2007 midnight

Loggers are ready for some football!

A swarm of blue and white padded uniforms and helmeted heads went through the football practice drills with a lot more energy and a lot less sweat as the temperature in Libby cooled down this past week.

August 24, 2007 midnight

John Graham travels to Myrtle Beach for Golf Tournament

John Graham, from Libby, will be one of over 4,000 amateur golfers competing in the PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship. The tournament, which is held in the "golf capital of the world," Myrtle Beach, S.C., takes place the last week in August.

Libby man named Coach of the Year
August 24, 2007 midnight

Libby man named Coach of the Year

Several vehicles were parked at Ed Tabis' home recently.

August 24, 2007 midnight

Updating county addresses is a continual process

Lincoln County Commissioners met with the company under contract for the enhanced 911 system Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, August 22

August 22, 2007 midnight

CVCC Ladies' League continues to play

It was "Catch Up" week for Cabinet View lady golfers on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Last week's competition was held on the as-yet un-rated new nine holes, so the specialty prizes involving handicaps were not awarded. Therefore, there were four sets of winners in this week's play.One event involved being closest to the pin on #9 green after chipping a ball out of the sand trap. Group A winner was Blanche Ward, while Alice Miller came the closest for Group B. Winners of the Long Drive contest were Sharon Michels and Judy Strong. Sandy Willis captured the prize for the Fewest Putts in Group A with 15, with Barb Tripp using only 16 putts to best Group B. Tripp also won the Longest Putt challenge while Sharon Michels secured that honor in Group A.Michels and Tripp were Multiple winners as they also topped the Low Gross category with scores of 49 and 55. Low Net Honors went to Sharon Curtiss (33) and Alice Miller (35). Linda Watson scored a chip-in on Hole #9.Ladies' League will continue Wednesday morning play throughout the month of August.- Phyll Minde

America is home for woman of the world
August 22, 2007 midnight

America is home for woman of the world

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

August 22, 2007 midnight

Ladies golf results

Lady golfers were out in good numbers on Wednesday, Aug. 8 as 24 competitors tried out the new nine holes at Cabinet View. It was the first Ladies League Day contest held on the newly completed course, which opened for play July 28.

August 22, 2007 midnight

Republicans - protect your vote

To the Editor:

August 22, 2007 midnight

Questioning the safety of home

To the Editor:

August 22, 2007 midnight

Interim Committee Appointments

By Rep. Chas Vincent Libby

Milton Jacob Hilliard, 91
August 22, 2007 midnight

Milton Jacob Hilliard, 91

Milton Jacob Hilliard, 91, of Libby, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at the Libby Care Center from natural causes.

Clita Mae Brown Schmidt, 89
August 22, 2007 midnight

Clita Mae Brown Schmidt, 89

Clita Mae Brown Schmidt, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 14 at her home in Libby.

August 22, 2007 midnight

Libby graduate competes for Dickinson

Dickinson State University announced the signing of Richard Brumbaugh, a 2007 graduate of Libby High School.

August 22, 2007 midnight

A North American Union?

To the Editor:

August 22, 2007 midnight

BPA plans to rebuild power lines

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

Youth volunteers graduate from program
August 22, 2007 midnight

Youth volunteers graduate from program

A group of five local teens graduated on Friday from the Montana Conservation Corps Youth Engaged in Service program.

August 22, 2007 midnight

Our forests are in our hands

To the Editor:

August 22, 2007 midnight

Trying to find the truth in Libby

To the Editor:

August 22, 2007 midnight

Fighting to put America first

By Rep. Michael Lange Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Billings

August 22, 2007 midnight

Dancer awaits trial for embezzlement and money laundering

A 2005 Libby mayoral candidate and businessman accused of money laundering and embezzlement is back in Spokane after posting $50,000 and will return for trial late this fall.

Friday, August 17

Helping the community and client is key for Board of Realtors
August 17, 2007 midnight

Helping the community and client is key for Board of Realtors

New realty board members elected

Sharron Stompro
August 17, 2007 midnight

Sharron Stompro

Billings resident Sharron Stompro passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 from injuries sustained in a single car accident near Helmville, Mont. She was 61.

August 17, 2007 midnight

Roads, water mains get much-needed attention

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

August 17, 2007 midnight

Address changes causing undo hardship?

To the Editor:

August 17, 2007 midnight

Giving credit where credit is due

To the Editor:

August 17, 2007 midnight

Thanks for the success of Relay for life

To the Editor:

August 17, 2007 midnight

Libby folks do it again

To the Editor:

August 17, 2007 midnight

Questioning the Growth Policy

To the Editor:

"Grizz" Eddie Ray Markley
August 17, 2007 midnight

"Grizz" Eddie Ray Markley

"Grizz" Eddie Ray Markley, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 at his home in the Yaak.

Roy E. Grush
August 17, 2007 midnight

Roy E. Grush

Roy Eugune Grush, 86, of Vancouver, Wash. died at his home in Vancouver on June 2, 2007.

August 17, 2007 midnight

Thanking all the local volunteers

To the Editor:

Herman A. Sleizer
August 17, 2007 midnight

Herman A. Sleizer

Herman August Sleizer died Aug. 13, 2007, at the age of 99. He was born in Sauk Rapids, Minn., and spent his early years in Libby. He lived most of his adult life in Spokane, Wash.

August 17, 2007 midnight

Supporting immigration reform

To the Editor:

August 17, 2007 midnight

Battling the address mess

To the Editor:

Ignite the Nites lights up the Gut starting Friday
August 17, 2007 midnight

Ignite the Nites lights up the Gut starting Friday

Cruising with power

Wednesday, August 15

James A. Harris
August 15, 2007 midnight

James A. Harris

James A. Harris was born Aug. 30, 1944 and died on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at the age of 62.

August 15, 2007 midnight

The Velocette and its riders - gaining momentum with time

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

August 15, 2007 midnight

Sheriff's Office searching for former Libby resident

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance in apprehending Fred Alsteine Goodenough, a 64-year-old white male.

Elizabeth A. Pluger
August 15, 2007 midnight

Elizabeth A. Pluger

Elizabeth Ann Pluger, 81, died Friday at her home near Troy.

August 15, 2007 midnight

All the world's a stage with Shakespeare in the Park

Montana Shakespeare In The Parks begins its landmark 35th season of providing exceptional entertainment throughout the region starting in June. The nine-week tour begins in Bozeman and will mount nearly 70 performances in 53 communities this summer throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho and North Dakota.

August 15, 2007 midnight

Asbestos found on creek rocks

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

Friday, August 10

Edward Lee Boggess, 66
August 10, 2007 midnight

Edward Lee Boggess, 66

Edward Lee Boggess, 66, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Edward was born in Visalia, Calif. on July 1, 1941 to Lonnie and Hazel Richards Boggess. He was the oldest of 10 children.

August 10, 2007 midnight

A thank you to Libby for the great hospitality

To the Editor:

Don L. Huit, 73
August 10, 2007 midnight

Don L. Huit, 73

Don L. Huit, 73, of Libby, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 at his home in Libby from natural causes.

August 10, 2007 midnight

A conspiracy felt at all borders

To the Editor:

August 10, 2007 midnight

Fisher River receives votes to increase fees

Lincoln County Commissioners approved the increase of service fees for the Fisher River Fire Service on Wednesday.

August 10, 2007 midnight

COLA increase for county employees

Lincoln County Commissioners approved a cost of living allowance increase for elected county officials on Wednesday.

August 10, 2007 midnight

Changes come with new addresses

BY KYLE McCLELLAN

"Crazy" Wildman tests physical, mental tenacity
August 10, 2007 midnight

"Crazy" Wildman tests physical, mental tenacity

BY KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

August 10, 2007 midnight

Stand up for couple who lost herd

To the Editor:

Wednesday, August 8

August 8, 2007 midnight

Upgrade is behind the times

To the Editor:

August 8, 2007 midnight

An honest political party?

To the Editor:

August 8, 2007 midnight

Pleading for a summer staple

To the Editor:

Pamela Sue Snow Rushford, 42
August 8, 2007 midnight

Pamela Sue Snow Rushford, 42

Pamela Sue Snow Rushford, 42, of Libby, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at her home in Libby from natural causes. She was born April 8, 1965 in Denver, Colo. to Ray and Patricia Jacobs Snow. Her father was a hard rock miner and moved from mine to mine, so as a young girl Pamela lived in numerous towns thoughout Colorado, Missouri and New Mexico. In 1980 at the age of 15 she moved to Troy. She enjoyed her grandkids, collecting glass figurines and country music.

August 8, 2007 midnight

Fires prompt emergency declaration in Montana

Montana was under a state of emergency Monday as firefighters battled several huge blazes, including one northeast of Missoula that had burned more than 28 square miles and was within a mile of homes.

August 8, 2007 midnight

Giving the ultimate gift

To the Editor:

August 8, 2007 midnight

Gov. Schweitzer receives report on Montana-wide bridge inspections

Gov. Brian Schweitzer asked Montana Department of Transportation Director Jim Lynch on Friday for a report on Montana bridges.

Jack Lee Keene, 61
August 8, 2007 midnight

Jack Lee Keene, 61

Jack Lee Keene, age 61, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; died suddenly of natural causes. He was born July 29, 1946 in Philippi, W. Va. to Adrian B. Keene and Mary Schelin. Jack attended Butte schools and had extended schooling in the Navy from November 1963-July 1967. He lived in Butte most of his life before moving to Troy and finally to Coeur d'Alene. An in-depth career as a Boilermaker for the Anaconda Company and Self contractor, he belonged to the Boilermakers union.

August 8, 2007 midnight

The talents of Libby residents

To the Editor:

August 8, 2007 midnight

Meeting the locals

To the Editor:

Dennis H. (Dan) Gompf
August 8, 2007 midnight

Dennis H. (Dan) Gompf

Memorial and graveside services for Dennis H. (Dan) Gompf will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the City of Libby Cemetery.

Baucus threatens subpoena for EPA documents
August 8, 2007 midnight

Baucus threatens subpoena for EPA documents

By KYLE McCLELLAN and CAROL HOLOBOFF The Western News

James A. Harris, 62
August 8, 2007 midnight

James A. Harris, 62

James A. Harris, 62, died Wednesday, Aug. 1at his home in Libby. Jim was born in Alameda, Calif. on Aug. 30, 1944 to Arthur Harris and Anna Wyrick Harris. He resided in the bay area of California for many years until coming to Libby fifteen years ago. He was the father of five, Karen, Mark, Buck, Beau and Anna and was loved by many people.

August 8, 2007 midnight

Reaping what you sow

To the Editor:

August 8, 2007 midnight

Libby Relay for Life surpasses all expectations

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

August 8, 2007 midnight

Fighting for citizens' rights

To the Editor:

Friday, August 3

August 3, 2007 midnight

Mine investigation could take months

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

August 3, 2007 midnight

Donation evokes memories, raises Relay funds

By CAROL HOLOBOFF The Western News

August 3, 2007 midnight

Playing For Fundsies welcomes a crowd

The field was full for the 16th Annual St. John's Lutheran Hospital Foundation's Playing For Fundsies Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 28, raising a record $23,000 for Digital Mammography.

August 3, 2007 midnight

First Hole in One!

Linda Sverdrup scored the first hole-in-one on the new 18 hole course at Cabinet View Country Club.

August 3, 2007 midnight

Baucus to bring EPA chief to Libby

Montana Sen. Max Baucus, frustrated over asbestos cleanup efforts, will bring the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to Libby on Monday, Aug. 6.

August 3, 2007 midnight

Hometown Barrel Racing results

Following the Kootenai River Rodeo on Saturday, the 3D Barrel Racing competition was held.

Michael E. Ivins, 55
August 3, 2007 midnight

Michael E. Ivins, 55

Michael E. Ivins, 55, of Libby, died Monday, July 30, 2007 from injuries sustained in a mining accident at the Genesis Mine near Troy.

Legion Baseball Tournament
August 3, 2007 midnight

Legion Baseball Tournament

M's roll; Loggers fall short

Saying farewell after three decades
August 3, 2007 midnight

Saying farewell after three decades

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

Beverly D. Moore, 62
August 3, 2007 midnight

Beverly D. Moore, 62

Beverly D. Moore, 62, died Thursday, July 26 in Libby.

Wednesday, August 1

Clarence Wayland (Wade) Dodge, 92
August 1, 2007 midnight

Clarence Wayland (Wade) Dodge, 92

Clarence Wayland (Wade) Dodge, 92, fell asleep in death July 24, 2007. A lifetime resident of Sanders County, Wade was born, as he always said, "Somewhere between Noxon and Heron, on Nov. 21, 1914 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dodge.

Patricia Edith (Bentley) Racicot, 79
August 1, 2007 midnight

Patricia Edith (Bentley) Racicot, 79

Patricia Edith (Bentley) Racicot, 79, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, died at the Cooney Convalescent Home on Thursday, July 26, 2007.

Alexis (Lexy) Jones, 7
August 1, 2007 midnight

Alexis (Lexy) Jones, 7

Alexis (Lexy) Jones, 7, formerly of Libby, died July 25 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. She had cancer.

Holdin' on with all he's got
August 1, 2007 midnight

Holdin' on with all he's got

Bareback rider Noah Bayes, of Adrian, Ore. riding "Poker Face" during Libby's 4th Annual Kootenai River Rodeo.

August 1, 2007 midnight

Revett rock slide kills one

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

August 1, 2007 midnight

Sluggers, fans descend on Libby

By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News

Stephen Harvey Jackson, 52
August 1, 2007 midnight

Stephen Harvey Jackson, 52

Stephen Harvey Jackson, 52, of Sterling, Colo., went to be with his Lord at the end of June 2007. Services were held July 18 at Tennant Funeral Home with the Rev. Derek DeToni-Hill officiating. Inurnment, with military rights, was at the Riverside Cemetery.