Stories for April 2008

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Tuesday, April 29

Libby lands slew of personal bests
April 29, 2008 midnight

Libby lands slew of personal bests

The Libby track team upped its anty at the Annual A.C.M. Invitational hosted by Whitefish High School last Saturday, posting 22 personal bests for the girls and 38 for the boys.

Clara J. Knauss
April 29, 2008 midnight

Clara J. Knauss

Clara Jane Knauss, age 89, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2008, surrounded by her loving family, at the Colonial Manor in Whitefish.

April 29, 2008 midnight

Troy suffers loss in Plains, Frenchtown

Troy had a rough weekend, falling to Deer Lodge on Friday in a doubleheader in Plains, 10-5 in the first game and 7-2 in the second, and losing both games Saturday in the Frenchtown Invitational, Stevensville, 9-1, and Florence, 15-5.

Libby hits rough patch in Frenchtown
April 29, 2008 midnight

Libby hits rough patch in Frenchtown

Although starting off with a win against Hamilton, 9-8, in the Frenchtown Invitational, Libby’s undefeated status came to an end when they lost their next three games over the weekend, finishing 1-3 in the tournament.

Dr. Ted Pacheco
April 29, 2008 midnight

Dr. Ted Pacheco

Dr. Ted Pacheco, 74, died on April 26, 2008 in Mesa, Ariz. Arrangements are pending.

April 29, 2008 midnight

Thanking the community volunteers

To the Editor:

Linden “Fuzzy” O. Edwards
April 29, 2008 midnight

Linden “Fuzzy” O. Edwards

On April 27, 2008 Linden “Fuzzy” O. Edwards passed away in Tucson, Ariz.

Freda M. Eggert
April 29, 2008 midnight

Freda M. Eggert

Freda M. Eggert, 86, died on April 28, 2008 at the Libby Care Center. She was born and raised at the family farm near Cortland, Neb. on Aug. 23, 1921.

April 29, 2008 midnight

Two major drug arrests in Libby and Troy land dealers in jail

Two men were arrested last week with felony counts of Intent to Distribute Dangerous Drugs, according to court documents.

April 29, 2008 midnight

Thanks to the people of District 8

To the Editor:

April 29, 2008 midnight

Wings Week kicks off Saturday with several events

The Western News

April 29, 2008 midnight

Eureka sweeps Troy girls tennis

The Lions girls’ tennis team dominated Troy last Tuesday afternoon in Eureka, 7-0.

Judge faces hearing over sexual impropriety accusations
April 29, 2008 midnight

Judge faces hearing over sexual impropriety accusations

Gary D. Hicks, justice of the peace in Libby, will eventually face a hearing before the Montana Judicial Standards Commission over allegations of sexual misconduct, after the Commission looked into allegations that he sexually harassed, even offering legal aid in exchange for sexual favors, to several women.

April 29, 2008 midnight

Seeking the truth about administrators

To the Editor:

Donald “Mac” L. Mack
April 29, 2008 midnight

Donald “Mac” L. Mack

Donald (Mac) L. Mack, 82, a former resident of Libby, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at Mountain View Manor in Eureka. He was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Seattle to Fred Mack and Minnie Thomson Mack. He married Mary in 1957 in Anchorage, Alaska. They resided in Alaska for 34 years until moving to Libby in 1995.

April 29, 2008 midnight

Blogging about experiences

To the Editor:

Saturday, April 19

April 19, 2008 midnight

Farmers market scheduled to open downtown

In a meeting last Monday night, 12 to14 Farmers Market vendors said they were interested in staying put at the former location, splitting from the former Kootenai Farmers Market's decision to move.

Edmund B. Scheffler
April 19, 2008 midnight

Edmund B. Scheffler

Edmund Burton Scheffler, 37, of Madison, Wis. and former Libby resident passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at home. He was born on Jan. 21, 1971, in Milwaukee, Wis. the son of George and Susan M. Scheffler. He accepted Jesus on Nov. 21, 2007, and attended Evangel Life Center. Ed worked at Pick-N-Save as a manager.

April 19, 2008 midnight

Meetings begin for a vision of Libby in 100 years

Issues relating to Libby's future kept some city council members in discussion later than normal this week.

Helen Sauber
April 19, 2008 midnight

Helen Sauber

Helen Sauber was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Wetumka, Okla. She graduated from Wetumka High School in 1940. She graduated from Hermann Hospital School of Nursing in Houston, Texas that was affiliated with the University of Houston.

April 19, 2008 midnight

Arrest in Libby yields illegal drugs

Rian Erik Britt, 31, was arrested on Sunday after an investigation revealed that he was carrying 8 1/2 pounds of marijuana and 1 pound of hashish.

Troy tennis competes in Missoula
April 19, 2008 midnight

Troy tennis competes in Missoula

Troy played a round robin in Missoula over the weekend, with all the Trojan girls winning at least one of their three individual matches.

April 19, 2008 midnight

Libby School Board apologizes to Asa Wood principal

During the Libby School Board meeting on Tuesday, the board made a motion to extend an apology to Asa Wood Elementary School principal Marjorie O'Brien-Johnson.

Troy softball continues victories
April 19, 2008 midnight

Troy softball continues victories

The Trojan softball team has been on the offensive, maintaining its third place position in the league.

Dolores R. (Weenee) Smith
April 19, 2008 midnight

Dolores R. (Weenee) Smith

Dolores R. (Weenee) Smith, 77, died Monday, April 14, 2008 at St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Kalispell on Aug. 21, 1930 to Joe and Violet (Moerke) Ritzman.

Roshae M. Hales Jenne
April 19, 2008 midnight

Roshae M. Hales Jenne

Roshae Marie Hales Jenne was born Dec. 19, 1985 and passed away April 13, 2008 as a result of complications from Cystic Fibrosis and Influenza. Even though Roshae was born with Cystic Fibrosis she lived every day at full speed ahead and never acknowledged that she was anything but a normal kid.

April 19, 2008 midnight

Palmer helps Troy boys to third in Charlo

Although the Vikings swept their own Charlo Invitational Tuesday, Troy junior Aaron Palmer helped boost the Trojans to third place with triple wins in the high jump, triple jump and javelin.

Thursday, April 17

Jenny L. Peterson
April 17, 2008 midnight

Jenny L. Peterson

Jenny Lou Peterson, 39, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 in Libby. She was born on Jan. 22, 1969 in Libby to James and Evelyn Stiegal Peterson. She was raised and educated in Troy. She enjoyed the out-of-doors and crafts.

Clyde B. Smith
April 17, 2008 midnight

Clyde B. Smith

Clyde B. Smith, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Heritage Place in Kalispell. Clyde was born on April 1, 1926 in Little Fork, Minn. to Carl and Anna Smith. He was raised in Little Fork, graduating from Little Fork High School in 1944.

Barbara A. Ursacki
April 17, 2008 midnight

Barbara A. Ursacki

Barbara Ann Ursacki, 78, died April 9, 2008 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby surrounded by her family. She was born on November 16, 1929 at Covina, California to Edgar and Eystle (White) Piper.

April 17, 2008 midnight

Lincoln Lanes bowling results

Lincoln Lanes

Tennis team gains momentum
April 17, 2008 midnight

Tennis team gains momentum

The Libby girls tennis team won its last three matches against Sandpoint Friday (4-3), Columbia Falls (5-2) Saturday, and Ronan (6-1) Saturday, while the Libby boys also swept Columbia Falls (5-2) and Ronan (5-2).

Jerry W. Peek
April 17, 2008 midnight

Jerry W. Peek

Jerry Wayne Peek, 53, of Hayden Lake, Idaho passed away on March 30, 2008 at his home. He was the son of Auldin and Elfrieda Peek.

April 17, 2008 midnight

Forest fire in Lower Lake Creek caused by pile burning

A small fire on Lower Lake Creek Road, initially thought to be a residential fire, was extinguished by the U.S. Forest Service last week. Four engines from Troy Rural Fire Department initially responded to the scene but contacted the Forest Service. The burn was designated a wildland fire since there were no buildings on the scene.

April 17, 2008 midnight

Thankful for the local health professionals

To the Editor:

April 17, 2008 midnight

Take time on area roadways

To the Editor:

Groundbreaking ceremony for new courts draws crowd
April 17, 2008 midnight

Groundbreaking ceremony for new courts draws crowd

— Photo by Hope Nealson

April 17, 2008 midnight

Confusion lingers over health care of Grace claims

The settlement between W.R. Grace & Co. and the Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants, announced on April 7, is being met with skepticism by some in the Libby community.

April 17, 2008 midnight

Grizzly vs. brown bear - know the difference

The federal enforcement division will be in the area checking bear hunters this spring, as well as have a decoy - a grizzly bear - just in time for bear season, which began yesterday, Tuesday, April 15.

Libby has 'Wright' stuff in Bigfork
April 17, 2008 midnight

Libby has 'Wright' stuff in Bigfork

Seth Wright led Libby to second in the Bigfork Invitational track meet last Saturday with his triple wins in high jump (6-4), long jump (19-3 1/2) and triple jump (42-7).

April 17, 2008 midnight

Only the little people pay taxes

Now that we’ve all filed our income taxes for the year, and thereby paid our share of keeping America great, it seems like as good time as any to reflect on the fairness of the Montana income tax system.

Wednesday, April 9

April 9, 2008 midnight

Open letter to the Libby School District

To the Editor:

Libby tennis team trekking onward
April 9, 2008 midnight

Libby tennis team trekking onward

The Libby boys and girls tennis teams lost to Polson (2-5 and 3-4) on their homecourt Friday and Saturday to Whitefish (0-7 and 2-5), before bouncing back against Troy, 5-2 and 6-0.

April 9, 2008 midnight

Giving thanks to a kind community

To the Editor:

April 9, 2008 midnight

Is benefiting the majority the way to go?

To the Editor:

April 9, 2008 midnight

New E-911 service still poses problems for ambulances and residents

Progress is being made in the effort to fix the 911 system in Lincoln County.

April 9, 2008 midnight

Another side of the fire suppression issue

To the Editor:

Trojan softball slides into victory
April 9, 2008 midnight

Trojan softball slides into victory

With only one loss in conference so far, the Trojans are hitting their stride since the team's beginning just three years ago.

William D. Evans
April 9, 2008 midnight

William D. Evans

William D. Evans, 75, died Sunday, March 30, 2008 at his home in Troy. He was born on Jan. 17, 1933 in Sheridan, Wyo., the son of Eldon and Shirley (Johnson) Evans.

Friday, April 4

Troy and Libby kickoff softball season together
April 4, 2008 midnight

Troy and Libby kickoff softball season together

In a game that was mostly a friendly competition, the class A Loggers defeated the class B Trojans, 8-2 in the first game and 13-3 in the second.

Fourth Republican enters for Dist. 1, State Representative
April 4, 2008 midnight

Fourth Republican enters for Dist. 1, State Representative

There is a new Republican contending for State Representative in the first district. Jerry Bennett, an active businessman and volunteer in the Libby community, looks to replace current representative Republican Ralph Heinert who is stepping down after two terms.

April 4, 2008 midnight

Rock Creek Mine set to open as “mirror” of Troy Mine

Revett Minerals is set to begin building on the Rock Creek Mine site. In a presentation to the Troy and Libby communities, President Bill Orchow and Vice-president Carson Rife outlined the basic argument for public approval of the operation.

Thirl R. Payton
April 4, 2008 midnight

Thirl R. Payton

Thirl R. Payton, 86, of Troy died Sunday, March 30, 2008 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center from natural causes. He was born May 28, 1921 in West Virginia to Albert and Polly Spence White.

April 4, 2008 midnight

Pavilion and Riverfront plans to be unveiled in Mainstreet meeting

Libby Mayor Tony Berget and the Libby City Council will present their plans for the Fred Brown Pavilion, Riverfront Park and Mineral Avenue as part of a series of presentations about Main Street Revitalization on April 8.

Wednesday, April 2

Four new Firefighter 1's named
April 2, 2008 midnight

Four new Firefighter 1's named

There are four new members of the Firefighter 1 team at the Libby Volunteer Fire Department.

April 2, 2008 midnight

Grant awarded to Northwest Montana for unemployment

There is good news on the economic front in Montana.

April 2, 2008 midnight

Put a stop to animal cruelty

To the Editor:

Janice R. Sigismond
April 2, 2008 midnight

Janice R. Sigismond

Janice Roberta Sigismond, 68, of Hardin formerly of Libby, passed away March 24, 2008.

April 2, 2008 midnight

Defending the freedoms of the country

To the Editor:

April 2, 2008 midnight

Trojans brave elements in Plains' co-ed relays

The Troy track team travelled to Plains last Thursday, beginning their season amidst flurries to take first in the combined long jump and 800 Medley relay.