Stories for February 2008

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Thursday, February 28

Gragert and Rowan selected for Montana all-star teams
February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Gragert and Rowan selected for Montana all-star teams

Both senior Loggers Jordan Gragert and Zack Rowan will represent Montana in all-star football teams this summer as they also prepare for football scholarships with college programs.

Little Guy wrestling enjoying big year
February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Little Guy wrestling enjoying big year

Libby's Little Guy Wrestlers placed second out of 16 teams last Saturday at the Corvallis Junior High Dual Team Tournament, topping two Missoula teams and another from Kalispell to get there.

Neal R. Kammerzell
February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Neal R. Kammerzell

Neal R. Kammerzell, 78, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 at the Libby Care Center. He was born on March 13, 1929 at Denver, Colo. to Henry and Marie Baumgardentr Kammerzell.

February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Open burning allowed March 1

With open burning season beginning March 1, 2008, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reminds those who conduct open burning that only clean, untreated wood and plant material can be burned. It is illegal to burn waste generated from residences such as tires, baling twine, plastic, treated or painted lumber, dead animals or animal waste.

February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Five candidates race for commissioner

The competition for the Lincoln County Commissioner Dist. 1 position continues to heat up with a total of five candidates thus far vying for the position.

Wolf delisting derailed
February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Wolf delisting derailed

There's no disputing the fact that more wolves have been hanging around Libby lately.

February 28, 2008 11 p.m.

Youth center scheduled to open in October

The Western News

Tuesday, February 26

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby man arrested on drug charges

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Lincoln County Sheriff's Det. Shane Hight was notified by members of the Bonner County Sheriff's Office in Idaho that they had arrested Jerry Wilburn of Libby.

Thompson Falls takes Troy down
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Thompson Falls takes Troy down

The Trojans took third in the Western B boys' divisional tournament, despite losing in the consolation semifinal to Deer Lodge, 51-46.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

The rest of the story

Due to recent negative assertions publicly made by Glenn Dobbs, leveled at Revett, I feel it is necessary to set the record straight.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Supporting our troops

To the Editor:

Aaron D. Holland
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Aaron D. Holland

Aaron D. Holland passed away Feb. 20, 2008 in Missoula. He was born Feb. 27, 1983 to Donald and Corala Holland.

Lady Loggers take third at divisionals
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers take third at divisionals

Bouncing back from a loss against Whitefish, 52-45, the Lady Loggers went on to defeat both Ronan and Polson, placing third overall in the Northwestern A divisional tournament.

Loggers battle Whitefish, CFalls at divisionals
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Loggers battle Whitefish, CFalls at divisionals

The Loggers fought to the bitter end - in overtime - against Whitefish during the first round of the Northwestern A Boys' divisional basketball tournament at Glacier High School Thursday night, losing 57-50.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Teen hit by train in Libby

The Western News

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

County, reservation receive grant to reduce binge drinking, drunk driving

They're two of the biggest problems in the region - binge drinking and drunk driving - but local prevention specialists hope to change that through a federal grant awarded last month.

David R. Holt
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

David R. Holt

David R. Holt, 39, died in Troy on Feb. 21, 2008. He was born Aug. 8, 1968 at Kirksville, Mo. to John W. and Viola (Burnett) Holt.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Enough of the co-mingling

To the Editor:

Robin F. Kovar
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Robin F. Kovar

Robin F. Kovar, 76, died at his home in Otis Orchards, Wash. on Feb. 20, 2008. He was born in Troy on June 8, 1931 to John and Tressa (Davis) Kovar. He was the oldest of 10 children. He attended school in Troy.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Ante up to control climate or not

Global warming is a verifiable fact, but whether it is human caused is still open for debate. According to the Assistant Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. there is no scientific evidence that humans are causing global warming.

Moose lodge casino still in question
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Moose lodge casino still in question

More than 200 people packed a special Libby City Council meeting Monday at 7 p.m. to debate whether another casino in the form of Moose Lodge 2671, which plans to have gaming machines, a bar and a pool table in a “fraternal club” type of atmosphere, should be allowed in Libby.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

A chosen career path

To the Editor:

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Preparing for the impending melt

Dear Lincoln County Residents,

One files for Clerk of District Court
February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

One files for Clerk of District Court

The first to file for the Lincoln County Clerk of District Court position has officially submitted an application.

February 26, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby rocks Northwestern A Conference rankings

With 18 games under their belts, the six Northwest A Conference teams have competed and the dust has settled, revealing Libby's leadership.

Thursday, February 21

Leaving la vida loca behind for the vast Northwest
February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Leaving la vida loca behind for the vast Northwest

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Taking back the lands

To the Editor:

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

"Steep" showing fund raiser for Turner Mountain

The Western News

KVCS students discover Libby
February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

KVCS students discover Libby

The Western News

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Quite the scare tactics

The August 2007 issue of IMPRIMIS presents an article, "Global Warming: Man Made or Natural" by Dr. S. Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia.

Upward teaches more than just sports
February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Upward teaches more than just sports

Not every basketball team is led in prayer by the referee before each game, but Upward is not a typical basketball league.

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby casino on hold

Because more than 75 people showed up to voice concern over a potential casino to be installed in the former Ben Franklin building, Libby Mayor Tony Berget has called a special meeting on the subject at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

A consideration for the council

To the Editor:

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Fearmongering and our Constitutional protections

Protecting our freedoms is not a partisan political issue but that's never stopped politicians from making it one. A recent confrontation between the President and the House of Representatives has caused an anti-terrorism bill that contained some good—and some not so good—parts to fail. As a result House Democrats are being blamed by Republicans from the White House on down for jeopardizing America's safety by insisting on anti-terrorist legislation that Democrats believe does not erode our Constitutional rights. Democrats are claiming the President is just protecting big business from being sued for breaking the law.

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Snokats Fun Run revs up weekend

The Western News

Lady Loggers take control
February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers take control

Winning their sixth game in a row, Libby catapulted over Polson and into the second place slot in the Northwestern A league, 33-26.

February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Questioning the hunting ethics

To the Editor:

Robert E. Wilson
February 21, 2008 11 p.m.

Robert E. Wilson

Robert (Bob) Edward Wilson, 59, of the Plano - Egin Bench area in Idaho died suddenly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.

Tuesday, February 19

February 19, 2008 11 p.m.

Doctors work toward information dissemination

The Libby Area Technical Assistant Group, also known as TAG, had a special presentation by Dr. Aubrey Miller during their monthly meeting in February. Miller is a physician in the U.S. Public Health Service and a Senior Medical Officer and Toxicologist for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Region 8 Office.

Troy turns heads at tournament
February 19, 2008 11 p.m.

Troy turns heads at tournament

In the District 8-B tournament, Troy beat Plains, 51-41 Friday night - almost clinching another upset the next - only to be stopped by a basket against number one seeded Thompson Falls, 64-66.

Loggers fight to survive
February 19, 2008 11 p.m.

Loggers fight to survive

The Loggers gave Polson a run for their money Saturday night, losing in the final seconds, 59-55, while Whitefish capitalized on a sluggish Logger defense Thursday night to win, 90-64.

Friday, February 15

Willie M. Gossett
February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Willie M. Gossett

Willie (Earline) Marie Gossett, 58, a long time Troy resident died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in Libby. She was born April 7, 1949 in Superior to Edward and Phyllis McDowell Williams. She grew up and attended school in Superior and Troy. She lived in Missoula for 10 years and then returned to Troy. She owned and operated the Home Bar in Troy and also the Dirty Shame in the Yaak. She enjoyed fishing and hunting camp.

LHS students learn from Mount Sinai doctor
February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

LHS students learn from Mount Sinai doctor

By CAROL HOLOBOFF The Western News

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Questioning the intelligence of the government

To the Editor:

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Setting the right example for Libby area youth

To the Editor:

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

LCSO asks for help with fuel thefts

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is seeking information in ongoing fuel thefts in the immediate Libby area. The thefts are primarily diesel fuel taken from heavy equipment parked at area businesses.

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Time to pay it back?

To the Editor:

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Thanking a benevolent community

To the Editor:

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Postal stamp prices set to increase in May

The Western News

February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Public funding for private elections

By Sen. Jim Elliott

Lady Trojans heartbreak at home
February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Trojans heartbreak at home

By HOPE NEALSON The Western News

Permits for hunting mountain lions still controversial
February 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Permits for hunting mountain lions still controversial

By HOPE NEALSON The Western News

Tuesday, February 12

Wilma Rosemary Shepherd Bassett
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Wilma Rosemary Shepherd Bassett

Willi, as she liked to be called, was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Mary Francis (Mollie) Oxford Shepherd and Willard Samuel (Shep) Shepherd on April 12, 1919. She passed quietly to her rest on Feb. 6, 2008. She had been a resident at the Masonic Home in Helena for nine wonderful years. She is survived by her daughter, G. Rene' Maloon and her husband John of Spokane, Wash.; son Sean Dullea and his wife Katie of Sandpoint, Idaho; her sister Leah Bennett of Kettle Falls, Wash; five grandchildren: William McNeill, of Columbia Falls, Fawn McNeill-Barr of Okeechobee, Fla., N. Asia Goins of Spokane, Aaron Murrell, of New Port Richey, Fla. and Ariana Turano of Columbia, S.C.; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Discussing conservation and natural resources

The Environmental Quality Council's (EQC) January meeting in Helena focused primarily on Global Warming and Conservation Easements. The oversight sub-committee had the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) up for review.

Four Logger wrestlers place in State
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Four Logger wrestlers place in State

At Saturday's All-Class State Wrestling Tournament in Billings this weekend four Loggers placed in the top five while the Greenchain took 11th in their division with 83 points overall.

Loggers fight, but fall against Ronan
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Loggers fight, but fall against Ronan

Despite a late rally, the Loggers lost in the final seconds to third-ranked Ronan, 57-55.

February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Discovering the history of a local treasure

To the Editor:

Libby three vie for commissioner
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby three vie for commissioner

A former Libby businessman has become the third to file for the District 1 Lincoln County Commissioner seat.

Winogene Earl
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Winogene Earl

Winogene Wood Earl died on March 6, 2007 in Tucson, Ariz.

February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

A different side of the story

To the Editor:

Lionel Shaurette
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Lionel Shaurette

Lionel "Dexter" Shaurette, 91, died on Feb. 3, 2008 at Royal Park Nursing Home in Spokane, Wash. Services will be held at a later date and a full obituary will appear in the papers at that time. Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Libby.

Has Image
February 12, 2008 11 p.m.

Has Image

Anna Mae Mitchell

Thursday, February 7

JV Trojans' season improving
February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

JV Trojans' season improving

It was a battle to the end in Tuesday's game in Libby, but the Trojan Junior Varsity team was defeated, 43-38, bringing them to 8-9 this season.

February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

Waiting for something of substance

To the Editor:

February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

Montana should have a voice too

To the Editor:

February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

Working for a better Lincoln County

To the Editor:

Mee paves way to Trojan defeat Tuesday in Libby
February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

Mee paves way to Trojan defeat Tuesday in Libby

Scoring the first 11 points of the game and 31 overall, senior Jim Mee led the way to a Logger victory last Tuesday in Libby against the Trojans, 76-50.

February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

Trojan seniors appreciate unwavering school spirit

All three seniors on the Trojan basketball team - Zack McDougall, Joseph Day and Matthew Rogers - used the same word to describe their fans in Troy: loud.

February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

Anti-casino voices speak to Libby City Council

More than 75 people showed up to voice concern over the possibility of another gambling establishment moving into the old Ben Franklin building located at 419 W. 9 St. in Libby.

February 7, 2008 11 p.m.

A common sense management policy

Letter to the Editor:

Tuesday, February 5

Has Image
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Has Image

Paul "Pat" Orr, Sr.

Both Trojan boys and girls take Arlee
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Both Trojan boys and girls take Arlee

The Trojans were on fire this weekend, defeating St. Ignatius, 52-43 in Troy last Friday night and beating Arlee on the road the next night, 61-46, while the Lady Trojans beat Arlee in double overtime, 67-63.

Lucille I. Penney
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Lucille I. Penney

Lucille I. Penney, 85, of Libby died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at the Libby Care Center from natural causes. She was born March 28, 1922 in Kealry Springs, Saskatchewan. She grew up on a farm outside of Calgary, Alberta and walked to school every day.

Libby boys power through for a win
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby boys power through for a win

In a 1-2-3 punch, the Loggers knocked out Columbia Falls on their home court Saturday, 55-48, working together to score a Northwestern A victory.

Aaron McKay
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Aaron McKay

Aaron McKay, 56, a former resident of Libby, died Jan. 17, 2008, in Puyallup, Wash. Aaron was born Jan. 9, 1952, in Big Timber, Mont., to Pat and June McKay. He moved to Libby in 1964 with his family, where he attended junior and senior high school.

New family physician joins LCCHC
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

New family physician joins LCCHC

The emphasis on family medicine in a rural area is what drew Dr. Emily Colson to Libby's Lincoln County Community Health Center.

No end in sight for snow
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

No end in sight for snow

It seems there will be no reprieve of the snow that has enshrouded Libby and Troy in recent weeks.

Roy A. Cook
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Roy A. Cook

Roy A. Cook, 92, long time resident of Libby, died Jan. 30, 2008 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. He was born May 24, 1915, the last of 12 kids born to Hart H. and Elisabeth (Mealue) Cook on the homestead in Big Gulch 12 miles east of Hot Springs. He went to school in Oliver Gulch.

February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

13 wrestle their way to state

In divisionals last weekend in Ronan, the Greenchain claimed third in the Northwestern A championships at 142.5 points, with the Chiefs taking first (206) and Polson nabbing second (186.5).

Dennis L. Hill
February 5, 2008 11 p.m.

Dennis L. Hill

Dennis L. Hill, 61, of Denver, Colo., formerly of Libby, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 in Denver.