Friday, August 31
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
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.
Ruby Nissen (Davis), 62, formerly of Willmar, Minn. passed away at her home in Libby on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 29
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"Libby, Montana" exposes legacy of environmental pollution
A documentary film on Libby's asbestos exposure aired on PBS on Tuesday evening.
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.
Results from Member-Guest competition
The Member-Guest competition at Cabinet View Country Club on Aug. 12 ended in a tie.
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.
Delores M. Weldon
Delores M. Weldon, 71, died Aug. 24 at the Libby Care Center.
Friday, August 24
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.
Updating county addresses is a continual process
Lincoln County Commissioners met with the company under contract for the enhanced 911 system Wednesday morning.
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
Several vehicles were parked at Ed Tabis' home recently.
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
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.
Wednesday, August 22
Youth volunteers graduate from program
A group of five local teens graduated on Friday from the Montana Conservation Corps Youth Engaged in Service program.
Clita Mae Brown Schmidt, 89
Clita Mae Brown Schmidt, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 14 at her home in Libby.
Milton Jacob Hilliard, 91
Milton Jacob Hilliard, 91, of Libby, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at the Libby Care Center from natural causes.
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.
Libby graduate competes for Dickinson
Dickinson State University announced the signing of Richard Brumbaugh, a 2007 graduate of Libby High School.
Fighting to put America first
By Rep. Michael Lange Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Billings
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.
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
Friday, August 17
Roads, water mains get much-needed attention
By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News
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.
Billings resident Sharron Stompro passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 from injuries sustained in a single car accident near Helmville, Mont. She was 61.
"Grizz" Eddie Ray Markley
"Grizz" Eddie Ray Markley, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 at his home in the Yaak.
Helping the community and client is key for Board of Realtors
New realty board members elected
Roy E. Grush
Roy Eugune Grush, 86, of Vancouver, Wash. died at his home in Vancouver on June 2, 2007.
Wednesday, August 15
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.
The Velocette and its riders - gaining momentum with time
By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News
Elizabeth A. Pluger
Elizabeth Ann Pluger, 81, died Friday at her home near Troy.
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.
James A. Harris
James A. Harris was born Aug. 30, 1944 and died on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at the age of 62.
Friday, August 10
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.
Fisher River receives votes to increase fees
Lincoln County Commissioners approved the increase of service fees for the Fisher River Fire Service on Wednesday.
Don L. Huit, 73
Don L. Huit, 73, of Libby, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 at his home in Libby from natural causes.
"Crazy" Wildman tests physical, mental tenacity
BY KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News
COLA increase for county employees
Lincoln County Commissioners approved a cost of living allowance increase for elected county officials on Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By KYLE McCLELLAN and CAROL HOLOBOFF The Western News
Libby Relay for Life surpasses all expectations
By KYLE McCLELLAN The Western News
Friday, August 3
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.
Donation evokes memories, raises Relay funds
By CAROL HOLOBOFF The Western News
First Hole in One!
Linda Sverdrup scored the first hole-in-one on the new 18 hole course at Cabinet View Country Club.
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.
Hometown Barrel Racing results
Following the Kootenai River Rodeo on Saturday, the 3D Barrel Racing competition was held.
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.
Wednesday, August 1
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
Alexis (Lexy) Jones, 7, formerly of Libby, died July 25 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. She had cancer.
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.
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.
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.