Stories for March 2008

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Friday, March 28

March 28, 2008 midnight

Fines levied against Troy Mine for last year's rockfall fatality

Federal regulators released the proposed dollar amounts for fines levied against Troy Mine due to safety violations. The fines total over $90,000 and were incurred after a series of inspections were made over a fatality that occurred there in July of last year.

Fred B. Metzger
March 28, 2008 midnight

Fred B. Metzger

Fred Benjamin Metzger, 89, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008. He was born July 8, 1918 in Brockton, Mont.

Track team turns out record amount of freshmen
March 28, 2008 midnight

Track team turns out record amount of freshmen

Libby High School head coach for track, Ed Tabis, said a lot of kids came out for track this year, noting a high number of freshmen came out for the team.

Seven 'Little Guys' make Finals
March 28, 2008 midnight

Seven 'Little Guys' make Finals

The Libby Wrestling Club finished fourth in last weekend's state championship in Missoula and Arlee, with seven wrestling their way into the finals.

March 28, 2008 midnight

Troy and Libby Police Departments receive grants

The Troy Police Department received notice last week that it will be awarded a grant for enforcing underage drinking laws.

March 28, 2008 midnight

Troy Track team gets set for season

Troy will attend the Bonners Ferry Invitational this Saturday, kicking off their track season in Idaho.

Friday, March 21

LHS tennis swings into action
March 21, 2008 midnight

LHS tennis swings into action

Libby High School tennis coach Kyle Hannah began practice last week, with snow removal the top priority.

Sixth candidate enters race for commissioner
March 21, 2008 midnight

Sixth candidate enters race for commissioner

There will be many a republican to choose from in the Lincoln County Commissioner Dist. 1 election.

Margaret A. Denning
March 21, 2008 midnight

Margaret A. Denning

Margaret A. Denning, 81, of Libby died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the Libby Care Center from natural causes.

Odra “Ody” A. Mathis
March 21, 2008 midnight

Odra “Ody” A. Mathis

Odra “Ody” Allen Mathis passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Kalispell on Sunday, March 16. Ody was born on March 29, 1930 in McHenry, Ky. and was the youngest of 10 children.

Moose on the loose in Kootenai Valley
March 21, 2008 midnight

Moose on the loose in Kootenai Valley

Reports of moose around town - one even snagging a steak off a grill - have increased this year due to their rising numbers and this year's snowfall.

James W. Marshall
March 21, 2008 midnight

James W. Marshall

Jim Marshall, 58, of Billings, passed away unexpectedly from a head injury on March 17, 2008, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

March 21, 2008 midnight

Relocated rams hang on after hard winter

The loss of four bighorn sheep who were recently transported to the Kootenai Falls Wildlife Management area outside of Libby can be chocked up to bad timing, according to Bruce Sterling, a wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks out of Thompson Falls.

Libby Loggers baseball camp registration starts
March 21, 2008 midnight

Libby Loggers baseball camp registration starts

The Libby Loggers will be offering an instructional kids baseball camp on Saturday, April 12.

March 21, 2008 midnight

Turner Mountain's Top to Dog Relay Race

The sixth annual Top to Dog Relay Race happens this Saturday at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 14

March 14, 2008 midnight

CARD surveys seek opinions on asbestos issues

Nearly 400 surveys have returned to the Center for Asbestos Related Disease following the mailing on Feb. 22 of 1,100 surveys to community households and 100 to CARD patients as part of The Voices of Libby Project.

March 14, 2008 midnight

Grace to pay $250 million for Libby asbestos contamination

What is being called the largest payment ever ordered under the federal Superfund program, W.R. Grace has agreed to pay $250 million to reimburse the federal government for the costs of investigation and cleanup of asbestos contamination in Libby.

Annis M. Nixon
March 14, 2008 midnight

Annis M. Nixon

Annis M. Nixon, 77, died Friday, March 7 at her home in Libby. Annis was born to Herman and Crystal (Ceasar) Blink in Milwaukee, Wis. on Sept. 14, 1930.

Movement to save Libby's drive-in seeks more individuals
March 14, 2008 midnight

Movement to save Libby's drive-in seeks more individuals

In 1958, when there were more than 5,000 drive-in theaters across the country, families piled into their cars and trucks to go to the movies.

A new face in longterm care
March 14, 2008 midnight

A new face in longterm care

Although Libby Care Center Administrator David Sande Jr. wasn't looking for a new job, he liked the progressive style of the Libby Care Center.

Thursday, March 13

March 13, 2008 midnight

Kootenai Forest educational seminar tonight

The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition and the Society of American Foresters are teaming up to bring a forum to Lincoln County to hold a Kootenai Forest Educational seminar at 7 p.m. tonight in the Ponderosa Room at Libby City Hall.

Cleo H. Caraway
March 13, 2008 midnight

Cleo H. Caraway

Cleo Harriet Caraway, 91, died Saturday, March 8 at her home on Lake Creek Road near Troy. Born to Fannie Fredrickson Walker and Charles Edward Walker at Milton-Freewater, Ore. on July 4, 1916, Cleo was fond of telling any who would listen that she was born on the 4th of July outside in a tent because it was too hot to stay in the house.

Libby Lofts finds home for bandshell
March 13, 2008 midnight

Libby Lofts finds home for bandshell

Libby Lofts is rounding the bend in the last few hurdles - moving its bandshell, preparing for asbestos abatement, and holding a meeting at 12 p.m. today for interested electrical contractors in the Libby Lofts building, at 111 E. Lincoln Blvd.

March 13, 2008 midnight

Siding with criminals rather than victims

To the Editor:

William C. Carroll
March 13, 2008 midnight

William C. Carroll

William C. Carroll, 67, died Feb. 11, 2008 at St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby.

Alma S. Edwards
March 13, 2008 midnight

Alma S. Edwards

Alma Sederdahl Edwards, 81, died Thursday, March 6 at the Immanuel Lutheran Nursing Home in Kalispell. Alma had formerly resided in Libby for over 60 years. She was born in Hettinger, N.D. on Jan. 26, 1927 to Floyd and Agnes Sederdahl. The family spent the next years on the family homestead on the North Fork of the Grand River in Perkins County, S.D.

Annis Nixon
March 13, 2008 midnight

Annis Nixon

Annis Nixon, 77, a longtime resident of Libby, died Friday, March 7 at her home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Christ Lutheran Church.

Charlotte W. Hogeland
March 13, 2008 midnight

Charlotte W. Hogeland

Charlotte W. Hogeland was born on Nov. 28, 1918 in Pickersville, S.D. to parents, William and Charlotte Saam Picker. She died on March 4, 2008 at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Ore. at the age of 89 years. Charlotte was raised and attended school in South Dakota before moving to Oregon in 1935.

March 13, 2008 midnight

It's time for the 'power of the people' to be enacted

To the Editor:

Thomas R. Parker
March 13, 2008 midnight

Thomas R. Parker

Thomas R. “Tom” Parker was born on Jan. 19, 1948 in Libby to parents, Robert and Marguerite Day Parker. He died on March 4, 2008 at his home in Hermiston, Ore. at the age of 60 years.

Thursday, March 6

March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Ready for the runoff

To the Editor:

March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Negative effects of a gambling establishment

To the Editor:

Libby baseball and softball gearing up for spring
March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Libby baseball and softball gearing up for spring

With spring right around the corner, Libby's softball and baseball teams are preparing to hit the field.

March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

A response to the climate scare tactics

To the Editor:

Kootenai Klassic wrestling awards
March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Kootenai Klassic wrestling awards

- Photo by Erika Kirsch

Number of euthanized animals decreases
March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Number of euthanized animals decreases

Thanks to a spay and neuter programs such as the one implemented by Kootenai Pets for Life in 2002, the number of intakes into area shelters and subsequent euthanized animals have dropped significantly.

March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

The morality of a business venture

To the Editor:

Richard Countryman
March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Richard Countryman

Richard Countryman, 57, passed away surrounded by his family, at Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas, Ore., on Feb. 21, 2008.

Robert B. Bornes Smith
March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Robert B. Bornes Smith

Robert Bjorn Bornes (Rob) Smith, 32, of Missoula (formerly of Libby) died Friday, Feb. 29 in Missoula.

Turner gets crazy with annual event
March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Turner gets crazy with annual event

The Western News

March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

Bringing the tastes of 'down under' to Libby

The Western News

March 6, 2008 11 p.m.

State of Montana confirms Montanore Projects operating permit

Mines Management, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Montanore Minerals Corporation (MMC), has received notification from the State of Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that it has confirmed Hard Rock Operating Permit 150 for the Montanore Project as an active permit. This permit was originally approved and issued in, and remained in force since, 1993.

Tuesday, March 4

March 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Baucus pursues funding for golf course cleanup

Sen. Max Baucus believes the vermiculite found at a Libby Elementary School last week is a perfect example of the need for Libby's asbestos exposure to be declared a public health emergency.

March 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Hope, fear, property taxes and Montanans

In Helena, Democrats and Republicans are getting along nicely to mitigate the effects of the 2009 property tax reappraisal in a cooperative manner. The Revenue and Transportation Committee is entrusted with finding solutions for local businesses and homeowners to the property tax reappraisal. As one of the Legislators on this committee, I see folks rolling up sleeves to do the people's work with an open ear.

March 4, 2008 11 p.m.

A response from Mines Management

To the Editor:

March 4, 2008 11 p.m.

States take over federal immigration law enforcement duties

“He had had a nice, good, idle time all the while - plenty of company - and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it! If he hadn't run out of whitewash, he would have bankrupted every boy in the village.”

Derek R. Refsland
March 4, 2008 11 p.m.

Derek R. Refsland

Derek Robert Refsland was born on March 31, 1986, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Steve K. and Bobbie S. (Rice) Refsland; his death at age 21 occurred at Miramar Marine Barracks in San Diego County, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2008.