Stories for January 2008

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Thursday, January 31

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January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

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Gerhard Frederick Kempff, born on Feb. 24, 1926, flew on the wings of an angel to meet his Lord and Savior on January 28, 2008. Born in Priest River, Idaho, Gerhard grew up in Idaho, Oregon and Spokane, Wash.

Signs of life stirring in old high school
January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Signs of life stirring in old high school

After seven years in the dark, the lights inside the old Libby High School building blazed as part of its transformation into Libby Lofts, which will house high-end condominiums, art studios, business offices and a coffee shop.

Carney files for re-election
January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Carney files for re-election

Eileen Carney, former state representative for the Libby area, filed for re-election on Jan. 28.

January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Asking for a fighting chance

To the Editor:The year was 1991, the first Gulf War was coming to an end. George Bush Sr. is president, gas is only $1.15 per gallon and stamps are just a quarter. Remember those days? Well, the Deputies of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office certainly do, because that was the last year that any of them received a contracted pay raise. Yes, you read that right. It has been 17 years since any Deputy with the Sheriff's Office received a raise beyond the cost of living increases given to all county employees.Sadly, the long term effects of this neglect are starting to have a significant effect on the Deputy Sherriff's. Lincoln County's dubious distinction of being the lowest paid Sheriff's Office in the western half of the state is also having a tremendous impact on recruitment. Position for Deputy Sheriff's are often advertised for months, yet the jobs routinely go unfilled because no qualified applicants are even received. With starting pay in surrounding counties being at least two to five dollars more per hour, quality applicants have absolutely no incentive to work here.In past years, the Sheriff's Reserve program had provided a pool of interested and trained applicants that could easily transition into a full time paid Deputy Sheriff position. Unfortunately, those same reserves are now being recruited away by other agencies. In just the last year, two Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Reserves were hired by the Montana Highway Patrol even though a deputy position was available. Why? Because entry level pay for highway patrol trainees are greater than the wage now paid to Sheriff's Detectives tasked with Homicide, Narcotic, Sex crime and other major case investigations.As Lincoln County continues to grow, calls for service have increased by more than 35 percent over the past 10 years. This growth has also resulted in the dramatic increases in housing costs that we have all seen. With wages set as they are today, many current deputies are unable to afford quality housing and new recruits won't even consider locating to the area.With the potential retirement of as many as six deputies anticipated in the near future, the salary issue must be considered critical.While we understand that public funds are limited, the deputy sheriffs of this county feel very strongly that the next step in the negotiation process in the county's participation in binding arbitration. As of Jan. 21, our written request to the commissioners for binding arbitration has gone unanswered.The members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office strive to provide the highest level of public safety service for this community. In return, we ask only for a fair market wage and continued support of the citizens of Lincoln County.The union members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

From the Board of LC Commissioners

Commissioners Rita Windom, John Konzen and Marianne Roose

Mary "Joyce" Ruple
January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Mary "Joyce" Ruple

Mary "Joyce" Ruple died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at the Libby Care Center. She was born on Feb. 24, 1932 in Conrad, Mont., the daughter of Henry Thomas and Cathryn (Edwards) McCracken. She grew up and attended school in Shelby.

Trojans still going strong
January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Trojans still going strong

After a four point loss to Plains Friday night in Troy (53-49), the Trojans turned it around Saturday, walloping Noxon at home, 66-49.

January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Rough weekend for Lady Trojans

The Troy girls went up against Plains and Noxon back to back last weekend, losing to both.

Home is where the heart is; African girl finds family in Troy
January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Home is where the heart is; African girl finds family in Troy

Florence Laflin is at home in Troy. The stork didn't bring her, but she did come on a big iron bird. She flew on an airplane from Monrovia, Liberia to her new American family in Montana.

January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

Leave the gorilla alone

To the Editor:

January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

JV Lady Loggers pull out a win

In the third and final leg on the road, the JV Lady Loggers prevailed against Eureka, winning 35-26 and reversing a losing streak, which began at home against Bigfork.

January 31, 2008 11 p.m.

What was the property really worth?

To the Editor:

Wednesday, January 30

Libby Greenchain hangs tough at home
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby Greenchain hangs tough at home

The Greenchain defeated Whitefish Friday in Libby, 45-27, but lost in a tie at 39 to Columbia Falls Thursday.

January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Competition continues for candidacy

The Western News

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January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

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Debra L. Marshall

Harold T. (Grumpy) Chappel, Jr.
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Harold T. (Grumpy) Chappel, Jr.

Harold spent the last weeks looking for the perfect truck to follow his father and friends on the final run.

January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Troy Mine at fault for Libby miner's death

The Western News

Libby defeats Eureka, falls to Whitefish on Saturday
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby defeats Eureka, falls to Whitefish on Saturday

The Loggers came out fast in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating Eureka 53-29 in last Thursday's game on the road.

Candles cause fire at Vicks Lane
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Candles cause fire at Vicks Lane

There were no injuries reported in a structure fire at 240 Vicks Lane on Friday afternoon in Libby.

Libby girls win in Eureka, fall to Whitefish
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby girls win in Eureka, fall to Whitefish

The Lady Loggers were on the road over the weekend, losing to Whitefish by three points Friday and defeating Eureka Saturday, 42-22 .

Heavy snow causing structural damages
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Heavy snow causing structural damages

Heavy snow that started early Saturday morning and didn't stop until late Sunday caused a whirlwind of plowing and shoveling in Libby as people tried to stay one step ahead of the drifts.

Lucille I. Penney
January 30, 2008 11 p.m.

Lucille I. Penney

Lucille I. Penney, 85, died Jan. 21, 2008 at the Libby Care Center. Lucille was born in Calgary, Alberta on March 19, 1922 to Archie and Bertha Duckett.

Thursday, January 24

January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Roe v. Wade 35 years later

To the Editor:

Loggers defeat Bigfork, fall to Glacier
January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Loggers defeat Bigfork, fall to Glacier

Libby went on the road last Friday, defeating Bigfork 67-51, but lost at home to Kalispell Glacier in a fight to the end, 64-60.

January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

What are the costs really?

To the Editor:

January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Logger Greenchain wrestles hard at State A duals

After a close match in Polson last Thursday, Libby headed to Belgrade for the State A Duals, where they placed fourth overall.

Ankle monitoring devices offer more options
January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Ankle monitoring devices offer more options

A Libby business is continuing it's conjunctive work with local law enforcement by offering ankle bracelets as an alternative for jail time.

January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Gorilla squad soon to be extinct

Some, such as the current Libby High School administration, may ask what a gorilla has to do with Loggers, but for generations, some Libby wrestlers have coveted it as a symbol of their strength.

Thai flavors abound in Libby kitchen
January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Thai flavors abound in Libby kitchen

They didn't meet until they moved from their homeland, Thailand, to the same street in Libby - but it's cooking that finally brought Chaniya Ninbanphot Cole and Chittima Chuanchid Williams face to face.

January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

An ┬░)()(unprecedented┬░+/- opportunity

To the Editor:

January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Open letter to commissioners

To the Editor:

Lady Trojans back in action
January 24, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Trojans back in action

The Lady Trojans are getting their groove back after a bout with the flu, stunning Superior in their home court, 60-36.

Tuesday, January 22

January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Cable television vs. satellite in Libby

To the Editor:

JV Trojans defeat Thompson Falls in OT
January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

JV Trojans defeat Thompson Falls in OT

The Junior Varsity Trojans defeated Thompson Falls last Friday in overtime at home, 31-29. It was a freethrow that won it.

January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Primary Politics

Primary elections are somewhat unique to American politics and are a way that members of a political party decide who will carry their banner in the "real" or general election. There's nothing very strange about that, but what I have always found interesting is that the state governments pay for the parties to do this by providing the space, the machines, and the money to carry out the endeavor. To me it's like having a government financed selection process for leadership of the Mystic Knights of the Sea.

Barbara J. Graham
January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Barbara J. Graham

Barbara Joyce Graham, 75, of Libby passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 with her family at her side. She was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Dec. 2, 1932.

January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Drug abuse: an uphill battle

Editor's note: This is the final part of a multi-part series on prescription drug abuse in Lincoln County. The names have been changed to protect the identities of the minors involved.

Trojans bounce back from TF, defeat Superior
January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Trojans bounce back from TF, defeat Superior

In spite of a midnight trip back from a disappointing loss in Thompson Falls Thursday night, 76-43, the team re-focused quickly to overtake Superior Saturday, beating the Bobcats, 60-36 in Superior.

New animal shelter slowly but surely happening
January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

New animal shelter slowly but surely happening

The Kootenai Pets For Life has dug a well, completing the first stage in building their new animal shelter in Libby, which will replace their Troy facility.

January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

A matter of gun control

To the Editor:

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January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

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Sandra L. Peterson

Lady Loggers defeat Wolfpack, can't hold off Vals
January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers defeat Wolfpack, can't hold off Vals

In two home games that came down to the final seconds, the Lady Loggers beat Glacier, 40-37 Saturday, but lost by a basket Thursday to an undefeated Bigfork, 41-43.

January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Promote the great state of Montana

To the Editor:

Ethel J. Baldani
January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Ethel J. Baldani

Ethel J. Baldani, 97, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 at Libby Care Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1910 in Farmington, Mont. to Edward and Hilda Haakensen Anderson.

January 22, 2008 11 p.m.

Perjury from our government officials?

To the Editor:

Thursday, January 17

Libby MHP trooper injured in vehicle accident
January 17, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby MHP trooper injured in vehicle accident

A Libby Montana Highway Patrol trooper was injured on Monday in a two-vehicle crash involving a semi tractor-trailer.

Tuesday, January 15

January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby beats Polson 53-52

With six seconds left in the Libby vs. Polson boys' basketball game, Jordan Gragert made a layup, catapulting Libby over Polson, 53-52.

News
January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

News

The recent storms across Western Montana covered the Kootenai National Forest in a blanket of snow. Autumn colors gave way to a sea of white. Recreationists across the area have started to dig through basements and garages for skies, snowboards, and snowmobiles. It is time to start thinking about hitting the slopes of Turner Mountain, cross-country skiing along favorite trails, or traveling the miles of snow-covered groomed and non-groomed open roads.

January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Lack of funding pushes EPA project back

The Environmental Protection Agency's Region 8 Work Plan for 2008 does not include the clean up and abatement of the green and tee boxes at Cabinet View Country Club because of insufficient funding.

Roger L. Bernhard
January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Roger L. Bernhard

Roger L. Bernhard, 73, a lifetime resident of the Tobacco Valley, died Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Mountain View Manor in Eureka. Roger was born in Eureka on Nov. 10, 1934 to Xennie Bernhard and Agnes (Mathis) Bernhard.

Sports
January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Sports

The Loggers held off the Trojans, 54-47 last Friday night in packed Troy arena until the last minute of the game.

January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Prescription pill abuse becoming widespread problem in county

Editor's note: This is the second part of a multi-part series on prescription drug abuse in Lincoln County. The names have been changed to protect the identities of the minors involved.

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January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

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Lynda Morck

January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Three Loggers place at Rocky Mountain Tournament

Of the 11 Loggers who represented Libby at the 32-man-bracket Rocky Mountain Tournament last weekend, 3 placed in the top 6 of their weight class, but one stood out as the "the talk of the tournament," according to coach Jay Graham.

Leslie E. Rose
January 15, 2008 11 p.m.

Leslie E. Rose

Leslie E. Rose, 97, died Jan. 12, 2008 at the Libby Care Center. He was born Jan. 7, 1911 at Houser Lake, Idaho to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rose.

Thursday, January 10

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Holding government accountable

To the Editor:

Dora E. Jahnke
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Dora E. Jahnke

Dora E. Jahnke was born on Jan. 22, 1920 in Brusett, Mont. to Earl and Elvira Stanton. She passed away on Jan. 7, 2008.

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Adolescent drug abuse escalates in Lincoln County

Editor's note: This is a multi-part series on prescription drug abuse in Lincoln County. The names have been changed to protect the identities of the minors involved.

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

W. R. Grace trial to test validity of claims

Reports of speculators paying up to $25 per share for stock in W. R. Grace & Co., which is said to be an unusually high amount for a company in bankruptcy, and suggestions that W. R. Grace & Co. is willing to gamble the company on the decision of a lone bankruptcy judge seems to rest on the company's belief that there is medical evidence to test the validity of claims.

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Give a Helping Hand a great success

To the Editor:

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

What is fair among cable companies?

To the Editor:

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

The private American militia

To the Editor:

Logger Greenchain is 4-2 at Western Montana Duals
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Logger Greenchain is 4-2 at Western Montana Duals

Libby had a strong start at the Western Montana Duals in Ronan this weekend, however the Greenchain wasn't able to sustain it, leaving the tournament with 4 wins and 2 losses under their belts.

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

A note from Rep. Heinert

The new year is upon us and it is my hope that all you folks have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Libby mayor addresses chamber of commerce
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby mayor addresses chamber of commerce

The Western News

Local artist loves his work
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Local artist loves his work

Bronze sculpting is sometimes called the art of lost wax.

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

In memory of our homeless neighbors

~ By Lt. Governor

Lady Loggers wear down Troy on Tuesday
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers wear down Troy on Tuesday

In a game that started off close, the Lady Loggers eventually took control and ran away with the score, 60-19.

JV girls going strong this season
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

JV girls going strong this season

According to Jon England, Junior Varsity Lady Logger coach, all the girls are contributing and starting to click this season.

Sexually violent predator coming to Libby soon
January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

Sexually violent predator coming to Libby soon

The Western News

January 10, 2008 11 p.m.

A thankful holiday season

To the Editor:

Tuesday, January 8

January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Hey guys, how about some help?

Haven't made any New Years Resolutions? Want some ideas? A sobering evaluation of '07 seems in order for citizens to recognize that more accountability must be demanded of government, local, state, and national. The malaise which has settled over the land and dimmed the bright pursuit of the American dream has developed largely because of circumstances brought about by poor policy decisions at the top. We find it no longer wise to abide by "live and let live policies" when federal actions relative to a bridge collapse in Minneapolis or the Katrina disaster in the Southeast determines whether or not senior citizens in Lincoln County walk or ride. We are faced with the reality that the quality of our futures depends upon the effectiveness of our own collective efforts.

January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby Mayor delivers State of the City Address

The Western News

January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers take two in a row

The Lady Loggers were up 26-15 going into the Friday's 4th quarter against Columbia Falls Friday night in Libby, keeping the Wildcats at bay to eventually win their first Northwestern A victory, 36-26.

Joan Minette Hughes
January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Joan Minette Hughes

Joan Minette Hughes, 87, passed away Jan. 1, 2008 at Brendan House in Kalispell.

Trojans tackle two different overtimes
January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Trojans tackle two different overtimes

Arlee may have slipped past Troy in overtime 72-62 on Saturday in Troy, but the Trojans made their first conference win in Mission, who they beat 48-45 in overtime the night before.

Welcoming the first baby of 2008
January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Welcoming the first baby of 2008

On Friday, Jan. 4 the staff at St. John's Lutheran Hospital welcomed Ashlenn James, daughter of Heather and Mitchell James as the first baby born in 2008 in Lincoln County. Ashlenn made her entrance at 8:10 a.m. weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. Dr. Jana Hall, who also delivered the New Year's Baby in 2007, was the attending physician. Ashlenn joins her big sister Alyssa James, 3.

January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

The Year in Review, part 3

Oct. 17

Bronson D. Parsons
January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Bronson D. Parsons

Bronson D. Parsons, 25, of Missoula, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula from injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle.

Loggers suffer two league losses
January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Loggers suffer two league losses

Coach Wally Winslow said the team just ran out of time in the end against Ronan last Saturday in Libby; the Chiefs won, 57-48.

January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Which is more important: health or money?

To the Editor:

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January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

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Roy L. Fletcher

Robyn R. Dennis
January 8, 2008 11 p.m.

Robyn R. Dennis

Robyn R. Dennis, 32, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at her home in Libby. She was born Oct. 25, 1975 in Kalispell to Robert and Jeannie Blixt Dennis. She grew up and attended school in Libby, graduating in 1994.

Friday, January 4

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Murder-suicide claims Libby couple

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

People's tax dollars at work

To the Editor:

Robert L. Plough
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Robert L. Plough

Robert L. Plough, 49, of Libby died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 in Libby.

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Montana Viewpoint

By Sen. Jim Elliott

Marie Nicholls
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Marie Nicholls

Marie Nicholls, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 27 in Libby. Marie was born in Libby to John Solem, Sr. and Mabel (Paulson) Solem on Jan. 14, 1928.

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

The Year in Review, part 2

June 20

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Thanking the community

To the Editor:

James C. Cornwell
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

James C. Cornwell

James C. "Jim" Cornwell was born on Sept. 2, 1954 in Madison, Wis. to E. Jim and Darlene Tainter Cornwell. He died on Jan. 1, 2008 at his home in Irrigon, Ore. at the age of 53 with his loving wife Gloria at his side. In 1964 his family moved to Montana and settled in Lincoln County where he grew up.

Former Troy resident killed
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Former Troy resident killed

By ERIKA KIRSCH Western News Editor

Sonya A. Neisess
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Sonya A. Neisess

Sonya Anne Neisess, 45, died Saturday, Dec. 29 at her home in Libby. She was born in Valparaiso, Ind., the fifth child of Rush Dean and Carolyn Elaine (Fant) Colley on Sept. 27, 1962.

Louise A. Plough
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Louise A. Plough

Louise A. Plough, 54 of Libby died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 in Libby. She was born Jan. 14, 1953 in Great Falls to James and Rose Mary Taurman Kelly.

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Reflecting on an interesting year

To the Editor:

Klifton M. Harris
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Klifton M. Harris

Klifton Montana Harris was born March 23, 1913 in Edgerton, Ohio. He died Dec. 27, 2007. As a young boy, he lived on his family's upper and lower ranches in the Judith Basin, Montana, where they raised horses and wheat. Kliff also lived in family homes in Pacific Grove, Calif. and Ohio. He married Bonita Neikirk from Bryan, Ohio in 1937. They moved back to Pacific Grove, where Kliff resided for 67 years. Kliff was a fine golfer on the Monterey Peninsula and club champion in the late 1940's in Pacific Grove.

Diane E. Spencer
January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Diane E. Spencer

Diane E. Spencer, 61, of Libby died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at her home in Libby from natural causes.

January 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Remembering a good friend

To the Editor:

Wednesday, January 2

Arline M. Watkins
January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

Arline M. Watkins

Arline Martin Watkins, 87, passed away from natural causes in her daughter's home on Christmas Day. Arline and her twin sister, Ardith, were born to Margaret and Harry Martin at home in Poplar on Aug. 26, 1920.

Giving back to those who have given so much
January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

Giving back to those who have given so much

Despite the dismal circumstances that brought her to the hair salon on Friday, Ashley Neisess and her family were still able to keep their afternoon jovial for the most part.

Donal E. Croucher
January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

Donal E. Croucher

Donal E. Croucher, 39, died Sunday, Dec. 23 in Forsyth, Mont. as the result of injuries received in a vehicle accident. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla. on Oct. 7, 1968 to Edward and Christine (Brock) Croucher. Don was raised and educated in many places in the United States and Japan while his father served with the United States Marine Corps.

January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

Two Libby residents shot, killed Friday

The Western News

January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

The Year in Review

Jan. 3

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January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

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Brady A. Nelson

Louaine C. Posey
January 2, 2008 11 p.m.

Louaine C. Posey

Louaine Posey, of Everett, Wash. died on Dec. 15, 2007.