Stories for January 2007

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Tuesday, January 30

January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Good News for Downtown

Charles McFarland's job takes him to downtown Libby daily.

January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Consensus found on downtown revitalization

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Lincoln County Coalition compared to fox in henhouse

To the Editor:

Historic Olds draws Leno's interest
January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Historic Olds draws Leno's interest

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Stimson cuts workforce at finger-jointer

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Rock Paper Scissors championship set Feb. 6 in Troy

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Bob Drasdis
January 30, 2007 11 p.m.

Bob Drasdis

Robert John Drasdis, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at his home on Bull Lake.

Thursday, January 25

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Passport requests increase with new law

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Les Skramstad
January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Les Skramstad

Lester Lewis "Les" Skramstad, 70, a longtime resident of the Kootenai Valley, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at his home in Libby following a long battle with mesothelioma.

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Thousands of addresses to change with E-911

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Editor

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Marvin Norris remembered for optimism, friendliness

To the Editor:

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Mine lawsuit isn't a vendetta to put people out of work

To the Editor:

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Mill site grant proposal clears hearing hurdle

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Commissioners conditionally back coalition

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Reporter

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Any direction would be better than another mine in Libby

To the Editor:

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

The Lincoln County Coalition

The Lincoln County Coalition has achieved a remarkable feat.

January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Libby receives $75,000 housing rehab grant

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Jim Brickey
January 25, 2007 11 p.m.

Jim Brickey

James Cecil Brickey Sr., 73, of Libby, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, on the way to St. John's Lutheran Hospital.

Tuesday, January 23

Newlyweds' message found after 3 1/2 years in a bottle
January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Newlyweds' message found after 3 1/2 years in a bottle

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Gerard 'Dard' Wayland-Smith
January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Gerard 'Dard' Wayland-Smith

Gerard "Dard" Wayland-Smith Jr., 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at his home in Libby following an extended illness.

January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Hope for the Old School

Libby School Board member Melanie Wood had a legitimate question for Kalispell developer Bryan Scott on Monday.

January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Heinert bill would allow two rods/lines per angler

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Sandra Gilstrap
January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Sandra Gilstrap

Sandra Ann Gilstrap, 49, of Dillon, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at Barrett Hospital and Healthcare.

Barbara Walsh
January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Elaine Walsh, 76, of Tacoma, Wash., died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, following complications after surgery.

Cabinet Heights residents voice annexation concerns
January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Cabinet Heights residents voice annexation concerns

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Kalispell developer shares vision for old school
January 23, 2007 11 p.m.

Kalispell developer shares vision for old school

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Sunday, January 21

January 21, 2007 11 p.m.

Mining company gets go-ahead for exploration

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Thursday, January 18

January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

The Old School

It's disappointing to hear that ConoverBond is no longer interested in renovating the old high school building in downtown Libby, but it doesn't come as a big surprise.

January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

City has plan to fund Cabinet Heights project without SID

To the Editor:

January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Libby teen surprises, scuffles with burglar

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Middle school art students paint 'Jungle Book' set
January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Middle school art students paint 'Jungle Book' set

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Libby Middle School student Konnor Basso paints the set for "The Jungle Book Kids."

Mining company gets go-ahead for exploration

Iris Hanson
January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

Iris Hanson

Iris M. Hanson, 55, formerly of Libby, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Missoula.

ConoverBond drops old school proposal
January 18, 2007 11 p.m.

ConoverBond drops old school proposal

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Wednesday, January 17

January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

Coalition finds consensus on forest issues

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Editor

January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

County sued from both sides over subdivision

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

EPA offers help with unplanned vermiculite encounters

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Editor

William 'Bill' Ackley
January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

William 'Bill' Ackley

Former Troy elementary principal William "Bill" Ackley, 59, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Florida following a long battle with leukemia.

January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

Gambling revenues hit new high

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Joyce Olsen Rogers
January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

Joyce Olsen Rogers

Joyce Olsen Rogers, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at Libby Care Center.

January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

Rich ruling class becomes our country's aristocracy

To the Editor:

New Year's baby born at St. John's
January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

New Year's baby born at St. John's

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Iris Hanson
January 17, 2007 11 p.m.

Iris Hanson

Iris M. Hanson, 55, formerly of Libby, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Missoula.

Thursday, January 11

New countywide transportation service gaining riders
January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

New countywide transportation service gaining riders

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Marvin Norris
January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Marvin Norris

Longtime Libby resident Marvin A. Norris, 66, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at his home from natural causes.

January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Meeting set on streetscape

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Editor

Robert Benedetti
January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Robert Benedetti

Robert Gene Benedetti, 76, of Missoula died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at his home surrounded by family and pets.

January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Fate of county budget in congressional hands

By BRENT SHRUM Western News Editor

Mayor: Construction booming
January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Mayor: Construction booming

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Racial slurs lead to knife threat at THS

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Barbara Mertel
January 11, 2007 11 p.m.

Barbara Mertel

Barbara Jean Mertel, 73, of Burien, Wash., near Seattle died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006.

Tuesday, January 9

Too-friendly moose no longer loose in Libby
January 9, 2007 11 p.m.

Too-friendly moose no longer loose in Libby

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 9, 2007 11 p.m.

Coalition promoting tourism as economic development

To the Editor:

Fire damages Dakota Avenue home
January 9, 2007 11 p.m.

Fire damages Dakota Avenue home

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 9, 2007 11 p.m.

CRG files suit over Troy Mine reclamation plan

An environmental group filed suit Monday in Helena District Court against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Revett Minerals, alleging failure to enforce and implement provisions of the Metal Mine Reclamation Act for the Troy Mine.

William O. Shirley
January 9, 2007 11 p.m.

William O. Shirley

William O. Shirley III, 66, of Libby died Thursday Jan. 4, 2007, from injuries he suffered in a fall on Dec. 23.

Ruth Plumlee
January 9, 2007 11 p.m.

Ruth Plumlee

Ruth Marie Plumlee, 81, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at her home.

Thursday, January 4

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Kootenai Business Park

All too often people complain about the low-paying jobs and the lack of jobs in Libby. Now there's a chance to possibly make a difference.

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Why is government a party to woodstove exchange program?

To the Editor:

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Hearings set for mill site grant project

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Renovation proposed for Treasure Manor complex

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Post office commended

To the Editor:

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Local food pantries get holiday boost

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 4, 2007 11 p.m.

Local road kill tally sets another record

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Tuesday, January 2

James Racicot
January 2, 2007 11 p.m.

James Racicot

James Victor Racicot, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Kalispell.

January 2, 2007 11 p.m.

TVA seeking volunteers

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

January 2, 2007 11 p.m.

State minimum wage increase takes effect

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter

Bernice Iverson
January 2, 2007 11 p.m.

Bernice Iverson

Longtime Libby resident Bernice (Nikki) Iverson, 99, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Libby Care Center, where she had lived since 1994.

January 2, 2007 11 p.m.

Cable company negotiating with programmers

By GWEN ALBERS Western News Reporter