Thursday, November 29
County Board of Health gets $1.5 million from state
Gov. Brian Schweitzer was in Libby Wednesday where he presented a $1.5 million check to the Lincoln County Board of Health to help finance treatment for asbestos-related diseases.
Libby native rocks with Lt. Dan
Born in the small mountain town of Libby, Mitch Paliga first heard music when his father would play the harmonica around the house. Paliga's father liked to play old cowboy/folk tunes like "Red River Valley." Mitch's father, Nick, learned how to play the harmonica as a young boy from his childhood friend Lido Vizuti. Lido is the father of the well known trumpet player Alan Vizuti. Mitch's mother, Joyce, also played trumpet when she was in high school so Mitch was doubly inspired to play the trumpet but changed his mind to the saxophone at the last minute for reasons he still doesn't know.
Crew hit with the elements, below and above ground
So much for an uninterrupted holiday weekend for the Libby city street crew.
Erik L. Mize
Erik L. Mize, 42, died Nov. 7 in San Fransisco, Calif. He had been a resident of Stevinson, Calif. at the time of his death.
Melting stops as cold front arrives by weekend
Teased by the white-capped Cabinets for the past month, residents of this mountain town finally got the element that largely defines them.
Tuesday, November 27
George P. Boyle
George P. Boyle, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Libby. He was born Aug. 25, 1931 in Reedsport, Ore. to George and Florence (Collins) Boyle. George was raised and educated in Oregon and Washington.
LHS Speech, Debate and Drama fairs well for season
Libby High School took a small group to Bigfork to compete in the first invitational of the 2007-2008 Speech, Debate and Drama season on Nov. 2. Libby scored third in team sweeps behind Corvallis and Polson. Corvallis has a large team in all three categories of competition, and their competitors are very good.
John L. Foust, Jr.
John "Jack" L. Foust, Jr., 67, passed away at his home in Cashmere, Wash. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, surrounded by his family.
Orville D. Shock
Orville D. "Ozzie" Shock, 84, longtime Kalispell resident died Nov. 19, 2007 at Libby Care Center in Libby. He was born June 6, 1923 in Detroit Lakes, Minn., the youngest of five children, all of whom preceded him in death.
Environmental health science class studies air quality
Words like particulate, microns, ozone, alveoli and volatile organic compounds fly across the room when students at Libby High School are discussing ambient air issues in Gene Reckin's environmental health class.
John Loban, 79, of Libby died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at St. John's Lutheran Hospital from natural causes. He was born Sept. 1, 1928 in
Montana native and long-time Billings resident Troy Becker passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 from a self inflicted gunshot wound. He was 36.
Troy Guild donates quilt to hospital
The "Tender Lovin' Quilters" have a habit of making quilts for causes - this time it's for mammography equipment for St. John's Lutheran Hospital.
Tuesday, November 20
Gary Doubek, 48, a life long resident of Libby died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 at St. John's Lutheran Hospital from natural causes.
Kenneth E. Walton
Kenneth E. Walton, Jr. (lovingly known to family and friends as "Firewater"), 21, died Nov. 14 as the result of injuries received in a vehicle accident near Libby. He was born Jan. 22, 1985 in Libby to Kenneth E. Walton, Sr. and Terri Lisle Walton and was raised and educated in Libby, graduating from Libby High School. While in high school, he had participated in soccer.
Troy resident sentenced in U.S. District Court
Bill Mercer, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, announced Wednesday, Nov. 14 that during a federal court session in Missoula on Nov. 2, before Chief U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, Douglas B. Dutton, a 45 year-old resident of Troy, appeared for sentencing.
Roberta A. Soucy Noble, 63
Roberta A. Soucy Noble, 63, of Troy went be with the Lord on Nov. 14, 2007 of lung cancer from asbestosis.
Hannah R. Wallace
Hannah Rose Wallace, 21, died Wednesday, Nov. 14 as the result of injuries received in a vehicle accident near Libby. She was born in Orange, Calif. on Dec. 23, 1985 to David Hall and Crystal Rose (Huisentruit) Hall. Hannah lived with her family in southern California and later in Spokane, Wash. until coming to Troy at the age of 13.
Mayor Berget suffers severe injury
Libby mayor Tony Berget underwent emergency eye surgery Saturday night after he suffered severe blunt force trauma to his right eye while working on a well pump, according to his wife Deanna.
Holiday recipes abound in Libby
With the holidays right around the corner, families and friends will soon be gathering together to share their meals and make more memories.
Susan K. Amos
Susan K. Amos, 59, of Libby, died Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She was born in Burney, Calif. on Oct. 16, 1948 to Clifford Bednar and Blanche (Wilson) Bednar and was raised and educated in the Burney area. She had lived throughout the western United States, working for many years as a waitress. She married Tim Amos on April 15, 1972. She and her husband came to the Libby area in September 2001.
Thursday, November 15
Traditional art of Hardanger benefits Lincoln County community
Some busy little elves have been meeting in Libby every week at Frames Unlimited, stitching ornaments that will adorn a Hardanger styled tree - complete with an embroidered angel tree topper - for the Festival of Trees, an annual benefit hosted by St. John's Lutheran Hospital Foundation.
Kenneth E. Hutton
Kenneth E. Hutton, 68, died Thursday, Nov. 8, at his home in Libby.
Helen L. Prugh
Helen L. Prugh, 87, of Libby died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 at the Libby Care Center from natural causes. She was born Jan. 9, 1920 in Kansas City, Mo. to Leon and Genevieve West Fontaine.
Jeanette E. Ryan
Jeanette Ellen Rogers Ryan, age 67, died Sunday, Nov. 11, at her home in Litchville, N.D. She died under the care of her children and hospice after a long battle with cancer.
A visit to the Bonneville Power Administration
Last week I accompanied a group of legislators from Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon on a tour of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) headquarters in Portland Oregon; and to one of their transmission distribution systems in Vancouver, Washington. The BPA is the largest generator and distributor of electricity in the Pacific Northwest.
Woodstove changeout a success but misuse 'significant'
Libby is under the national microscope this winter as those in charge of monitoring the nation's air quality await the results of our woodstove changeout program, according to environmental health officials.
Two Libby residents killed, one critical in crash
Two Libby area young adults, one male, 22, and one female, 21, were killed in an early morning vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 2 near milepost 61, just west of Manicke Church. The approximate time of the crash was 3:20 a.m.
Tuesday, November 13
Fisher River firefighters coming home after stint in California wildfires
Two Fisher River firefighters are on their way home from a special assignment in southern California where they were part of a strike team that battled the wildfires there.
Four Lady Loggers make All-Conference
Four of Libby's volleyball players were voted Class A All-Conference at the conclusion of the State match last weekend.
Libby derailed in Class A Championship
Winning their first game of the Class A State volleyball match against Laurel 3-1, Libby eventually took fourth after being bounced to the losers' bracket by the team who ended up taking the Class A throne, Lewiston.
Leaking propane causes huge explosion
Dell and Jo Osborn were sleeping soundly at 4 a.m. Friday morning at their Milnor Lake Road home when an explosion in their guest house blew out a bay window in their main home and left nothing at the foundation of the guest house.
Karen K. Killingstad
Karen Kay Killingstad, 54, of Libby, died Monday, Nov. 5, at the Libby Care Center after a long and violent battle with cancer, strokes and a near drowning incident.
Hope G. (Ritzman) Parker
Hope G. (Ritzman) Parker passed away Nov. 11, 2007.
Bull Lake residents: slow down and enjoy the scenery
Several near-accidents along state Highway 56, some involving 18-wheelers and fire engines, have Bull Lake Road residents and Lincoln County commissioners appealing for a speed limit reduction.
Thursday, November 8
Williams takes most votes in Libby election; incumbents ousted in Troy election
Although city council challenger Peggy Williams wasn't really challenging anyone — three candidates were competing for three positions — the newcomer took home the biggest vote Tuesday night, according to results released by the Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder Office .
Hampered Lady Trojans fall to Eureka and State finalist Loyola in Divisionals
After two seniors broke training rules and another came down with a cold the day before Divisionals, Troy lost to Loyola and Eureka in three games.
Commissioner appeals for more CAG involvement
The community task force charged with guiding the EPA's efforts in Libby has seen a sharp decline in numbers, according to a county commissioner who serves on the group.
Monday, November 5
Trying to save a little piece of heaven
Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness set out three years ago to protect a wilderness mass of 88,000 acres straddling the Montana/Idaho border.
Road construction nearing completion
The construction on U.S. Highway 2 between Libby and Kalispell in the Swamp Creek area is just about completed, however the stretch of road won't be chip sealed until next year.
Loggers prepare for dogfight in semi-final battle in Billings Saturday
A packed Loggers stadium watched Libby come from behind in the second half to overtake the Sidney Eagles 47-26, clinching the Class A Quarterfinal victory.
Alvin "Al" R. Nicholls
Alvin (Al) R. Nicholls, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. in Libby.
Lady Loggers wipe out Whitefish for ticket to state
The Lady Loggers beat Whitefish in five games - twice, clinching first place in the Class A Northwest Divisionals in Ronan. Libby will travel to Montana State University in Bozeman for the All-Class State volleyball tournament to play their first team, the 2nd Eastern ranked Laurel at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Anna Marie Graham
Anna Marie Graham, 102, died Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Mountain View Manor in Eureka.
LHS freshman seeking donations for overseas travel as ambassador
When 14-year-old Dietrich Coleman received a flyer in the mail about People to People International, he researched the 50-year-old educational student ambassador program and filled out an application.
Vikkie L. Olsen
Vikkie Linn Olsen, 52, died Friday, Nov. 2 at her home in Libby following a valiant battle with cancer.
Thursday, November 1
City of Troy gets the ball rolling in biomass facility
City of Troy officials met this morning with consultants to discuss the practical feasibility of constructing a 10 Megawatt biomass facility to supply energy to the city and surrounding areas. A biomass facility would burn biomass sources, which is usually wood, for energy.
The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
A Congressional hearing was held last week that caught the attention and angst of many folks in the West. The subject under discussion was a bill introduced by East Coast members of the U. S. House of Representatives that locks up over 23 million acres of land in five western states, including seven million in Montana.
Libby to host Sidney in 2nd Round Class A Football play-offs
The undefeated Loggers will play a 7-2 Sidney at 1 p.m. at Logger Stadium this Saturday, fighting for the right to battle it out for the Class A State Championship.
John D. Riggs, Jr.
John David Riggs, Jr., 60, a resident of the Gaston, Ore. community, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at his home.
Health insurance - the legitimate object of government
"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities."