Stories for December 2007

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Thursday, December 27

Trojans play hard but suffer defeats
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Trojans play hard but suffer defeats

The Noxon Red Devils, first in their conference, defeated Troy at home last Saturday, 54-42.

Donal E. Croucher
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Donal E. Croucher

Donal E. Croucher died Dec. 23, 2007 in Forsythe, Mont.

Peggy Lee
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee, 83, of Libby died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 at her home in Libby from natural causes. She was born Dec. 12, 1924 in St. Maries, Idaho to David and Emma Reneck May. Peggy's dad was in the military and consequently as a child she lived in numerous places thoughout the country.

December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Logger Greenchain takes Whitefish, Columbia Falls

Libby made an impressive appearance in Whitefish last Friday, winning 56-21 - going on to beat Columbia Falls later that day, 48-35.

December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Baucus, Tester secure nearly $250,000 for Libby asbestos clinic

Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced Friday that nearly $250,000 has been secured for Libby's Center for Asbestos-Related Disease.

Loggers claim double victory against Eureka
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Loggers claim double victory against Eureka

Both the Logger boys and girls were victorious against Eureka in a packed Logger stadium during last Saturday's double header, winning 66-49 and 65-44 respectively.

Troy wins in double overtime
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Troy wins in double overtime

— Photo by Paul Sievers

Deputy state medical examiner speaks to LHS
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Deputy state medical examiner speaks to LHS

Gene Reckin, a science instructor at Libby High School, invited Dr. Walter Kemp, (known as Willy) to speak to his students about his work at the state crime lab in Missoula. Kemp is the deputy state medical examiner and Reckin introduced him as, "the real-deal CSI."

Ronald P. Cartwright
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Ronald P. Cartwright

Ronald Phillip Cartwright passed away at his home in Seattle on Dec. 18, 2007. Ron was born to Meg and Doehler Cartwright and presented to his sister Dorothy and brother Doehler Jr. Cartwright on May 28, 1947.

December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

DEQ extends comment period for Yaak River Watershed Plan

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period on the Yaak River Watershed Sediment Total Maximum Daily Loads until Jan. 14, 2008.

Austin Clark
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Austin Clark

Austin Clark, 73, a long time Troy resident died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at his home in Troy from natural causes. He was born July 25, 1934 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Dave and Thelma Sweet Clark.

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December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

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George T. Worden

A young man with definite plan for his life
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

A young man with definite plan for his life

Joel Brian Cutsforth marches to that different drummer Henry David Thoreau talked about. He will only be 16 in January, but he understands what Thoreau meant when he said, "That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest."

Modern mountain men reenact history
December 27, 2007 11 p.m.

Modern mountain men reenact history

Why go back in time and retrace the footsteps of America's ancestors, from the clothing they wore to the guns they used? Recently, a couple of local modern day mountain men tried to explain why.

Saturday, December 22

December 22, 2007 11 p.m.

Revett set to begin work at Rock Creek mine

A decision made by the U.S. Forest Service could mean Revett Minerals Inc., the Spokane, Wash.-based company pushing for the operation of the Rock Creek mine, may begin work on roads, power lines and a water treatment plant.

December 22, 2007 11 p.m.

Bond for Troy Activity Center passes

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

Humanity knows no borders
December 22, 2007 11 p.m.

Humanity knows no borders

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

JV Lady Loggers nab first win of the season
December 22, 2007 11 p.m.

JV Lady Loggers nab first win of the season

By HOPE NEALSON The Western News

Tuesday, December 18

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Put a stop to the madness

To the Editor:

Lady Trojans on a roll
December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Lady Trojans on a roll

After beating Thompson Falls last Thursday on their home court, 64-59, the Lady Trojans stayed one step ahead of Superior last Saturday in a 50-31 win, bringing their season record to 3-0.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Taxation without representation

To the Editor:

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Selling out our America

To the Editor:

Patrick G. Little
December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Patrick G. Little

Patrick Glenn Little was born July 12, 1965 to Paul and Arlie (Brewer) Little in Livingston. He grew up in the beautiful Paradise Valley but had many places he called "home."

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Celebrating political freedom?

To the Editor:

Jerome (Jerry) Nelson
December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Jerome (Jerry) Nelson

Jerome (Jerry) Nelson, 71, died Dec. 11 at his home in Libby. He was born in Little Falls, Minn. on Oct. 2, 1936 to Walter and Ruth (Bjorklund) Nelson and was raised and educated in that area.

Libby beats Bigfork, falls in Kalispell
December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Libby beats Bigfork, falls in Kalispell

Despite Libby's 49-22 win over Bigfork last Friday night, coach Wally Winslow noted the team needed a remedy for the shooting flu.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Thankful for good neighbors

To the Editor:

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Freshman Loggers lose to BigFork, 54-32 - beat Kalispell, 62-54

After a halftime tie at 24, Bigfork outscored Libby 19 to 4 in the third quarter and 11 to 4 in the fourth to win by 22 points. Garrett Craig led Libby in scoring with 15 points. Reese Jensen netted 7 and Cree Maloney scored 5.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers lose to Kalispell Flathead, Bigfork

The Bigfork High School girls' basketball team had an 11-point lead against Libby in an explosive first quarter opener for the two Northwestern A teams. Although Libby always kept the pressure on, coming within 8 points of Bigfork with 3:43 left in the game, Bigfork's defense kept the Loggers at bay, winning 50-35.

Baucus secures new van for Libby Senior Center
December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Baucus secures new van for Libby Senior Center

Residents in Libby are hailing the brand new addition to an aging transport fleet Thursday after Montana Sen. Max Baucus announced the donation of a new van to the Senior Citizens of Lincoln County transport service.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Loggers take fourth in tourney

While the Loggers competed in the Buzz Lucey Tournament last weekend in Eureka, placing fourth, coach Jay Graham took two juniors to compete individually in the Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d'Alene.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Making holiday goodies together makes the season special

Every year before Christmas as a little girl, I rolled out the Pebernoder - a Danish cookie that has been passed down among the Nealson women - from my grandma to mom to me. Niblets are cut from a snake-like ribbon of dough consisting of lots of butter, cardamom, ginger and white pepper.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Appeal for help from the public and law system

To the Editor:

Hard time at home for Trojans
December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Hard time at home for Trojans

The Trojans fell to Superior last Saturday, 52-40, also losing the night before to Thompson Falls, 74-47.

December 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Thanks to community members

To the Editor:

Thursday, December 13

Old high school project pushes forward
December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Old high school project pushes forward

The project developer for the old high school building in Libby met with the Libby Merchants' Association on Tuesday morning to discuss the plans for the renovation project.

December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Ballot deadline approaching for Troy Activity Center

Tuesday, Dec. 18 is the last day to submit the mail ballots for the Troy Activity Center bond.

December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

DEQ seeks comments on Yaak River

Public comments regarding the Yaak River Watershed will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Harold Olbekson
December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Harold Olbekson

Harold Olbekson, 52, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

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December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

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William L. Heitert

December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Lincoln Lanes bowling leagues results

Lincoln Lanes

December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Trojans get ready for back-to-back home games

The Troy boys' basketball team will be at home this weekend, playing Thompson Falls this Friday at 4:15 p.m. and Superior on Saturday in a double header with the Lady Trojans, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Troy.

Norman W. Hanson
December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Norman W. Hanson

Norman W. Hanson, 82, of Libby died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at the Libby Care Center in Libby from natural causes.

Polson edges Logger Greenchain, 43-42
December 13, 2007 11 p.m.

Polson edges Logger Greenchain, 43-42

In a tightly contested dual where every match mattered, Libby was unable to hold its 36-15 lead with five weight classes left.

Tuesday, December 11

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Support for the youth of the community

To the Editor:

Black lab pups want home for Christmas
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Black lab pups want home for Christmas

Matt Damm didn't expect to play daddy to a litter of black Labrador puppies, but when their mother was poisoned with antifreeze, he stepped up to the plate.

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Trojans fall at Plains Tournament

The Trojans lost to Valley Christian last Saturday in the Plains Tournament, 59-78.

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Fighting for the Bill of Rights

To the Editor:

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

No teacher like experience

To the Editor:

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Seeking more freedom, less government

To the Editor:

Lady Trojans come from behind to beat Stillwater Christian
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Lady Trojans come from behind to beat Stillwater Christian

In a breathtaking turn of events, senior Lady Trojan Liz Straley made one 3-pointer in the fourth quarter - and then another - taking the lead away from the Cougars and never looking back, 41-34.

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Secure Rural Schools plan would bring $93 million to Montana

Montana Sen. Max Baucus has brokered a deal that will pump more than $93 million into Montana's timber dependent communities and rural counties through 2011.

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Deputies serve multiple arrest and search warrants

On Thursday, Dec. 6 at approximately 8 p.m., a team of Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies served multiple arrest and search warrants in the Libby area. These warrants were the culmination of an extensive investigation led by Sheriff's Detective Boyd White.

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

A victory for the little guy

Montana Viewpoint

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Beware of sending valuables

To the Editor:

Lady Loggers snag one, let one slip away in tourney
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers snag one, let one slip away in tourney

The Lady Loggers were off to a great start with a win over Corvallis in Friday's tournament, 42-29; but they lost momentum the next day against the Lady Bronc's, losing 47-36 despite a momentary comeback.

December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

CAG seeks community involvment with 2008 EPA budget allocation

Editor's Note: This is the last of a four part series looking into the Project Matrix developed by Paul

David K. Barnett
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

David K. Barnett

David K. Barnett, 44, of Libby died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 at his home in Libby. He was born Dec. 12, 1962 in Libby to Gail and Tammy Burpee Barnett. He grew up and attended school in Libby and graduated from Libby High School in 1981. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served for four years as a radioman 3rd class.

Loggers pin their way to victory, place third in tourney
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Loggers pin their way to victory, place third in tourney

Pinning every Bonners Ferry middle weight between 145-171 last Thursday night in Libby, the Loggers won, 66-26.

Harrison L. Wade
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Harrison L. Wade

Harrison Lee Wade, 68, died Nov. 25, 2007 in Napa, Calif. from natural causes.

Harold (O.B.) Olbekson
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Harold (O.B.) Olbekson

Harold Olbekson, 52, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

Logger boys win, help Northwestern A take tourney
December 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Logger boys win, help Northwestern A take tourney

The Libby boys beat Corvallis, 68-46, in the Northwestern A vs. Southwestern A Boys Tip-off Tournament last Saturday in Whitefish, with Jim Mee making a game-high of 28 points - five of them 3 pointers.

Thursday, December 6

Local gifts abound in area just in the nick of time for holidays
December 6, 2007 11 p.m.

Local gifts abound in area just in the nick of time for holidays

Shopping locally for the holidays not only gives a personal touch to gifting, it fattens your neighbors' pockets, boosts the local economy and saves a sometimes harrowing trip to the city.

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December 6, 2007 11 p.m.

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June Sumpter died in Pasco, Wash.

December 6, 2007 11 p.m.

Sichting found guilty

A guilty verdict was reached after three days of trial against a Libby man accused of a failed murder-for-hire plot.

Ashley R. Hall
December 6, 2007 11 p.m.

Ashley R. Hall

Ashley R. Hall, 15 month old daughter of Jeffrey D. Hall, Jr. and Cody (McKinzie) Hall, passed away Nov. 29, 2007 at her home in Concord, Ohio. Ashley was born in Bremerton, Wash. on Aug. 30, 2006.

Tuesday, December 4

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December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

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Ronald R. Shuck

LHS wins title of Best in Show at journalism workshop
December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

LHS wins title of Best in Show at journalism workshop

Staff members of Libby High School's school newspaper, the Tamarack, made quite a showing during a journalism workshop held at North Idaho College recently.

Tami Lyn Kidd
December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Tami Lyn Kidd

Tami Lyn (Criner) Kidd, age 40, of Clarkston, Ga., passed away Nov. 11 due to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

19-year-old Libby man indicted on vehicular assault

The 19-year-old driver who crashed an SUV head-on into a tree and injured his eight passengers Sept. 22 has been charged with vehicular assault and criminal endangerment, both felonies.

Santa at Rosauers, and just about everywhere else
December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Santa at Rosauers, and just about everywhere else

Santa sat in the Rosauers cafe Saturday and listened to request after request from bashful-looking yet gift-hungry youths.

December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Jury trial this week for Sichting

A Libby man appeared in a U.S. District Court jury trial starting Monday in Missoula on federal murder-for-hire charges.

Lola J. Freeman
December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Lola J. Freeman

Lola Joyce Freeman, 89, died Nov. 23, 2007 at her home near Troy. She was born to Leon and Della (Metcalf) Bates in Albuquerque, N.M. on Nov. 22, 1918.

Ashley R. Hall
December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Ashley R. Hall

Ashley R. Hall, 15 month old daughter of Jeffrey D. Hall, Jr. and Cody (McKinzie) Hall, died Nov. 29, 2007 at her home in Concord, Ohio. Ashley was born in Bremerton, Wash. on Aug. 30, 2006. Ashley was the loving infant daughter of Jeffrey D. Hall, Jr. and Cody McKinzie Hall and the sister of Taylor and Jordan, all of Concord; granddaughter of Gail A. Snyder of Madison, Ohio and the late Jeffrey Snyder, Sr.; Sandra McKinzie of Libby; and Kenneth McKinzie of Oroville, Calif.; the great-granddaughter of Lois Hall, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Bob and Betty Cody of Troy; and Ruth Boudreaut of Rock Springs, Wyo.

Loggers gain experience the hard way
December 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Loggers gain experience the hard way

The Logger wrestlers took a pounding in their first match of the season against Ronan last Saturday night, losing 16-55.