Stories for January 2009

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Thursday, January 29

January 29, 2009 11 p.m.

County issues air advisory

The Lincoln County Environmental Health Department issued an air advisory on Friday. It is not a air alert but an advisory.

Wednesday, January 28

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Police nab prison ecapees in Troy

Two federal fugitives who were caught Monday afternoon in Troy made an initial appearance Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Jeremiah Lynch in Missoula.

Glow in his soul: Turner Mountain becomes 2nd home for 79-year-old
January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Glow in his soul: Turner Mountain becomes 2nd home for 79-year-old

He carves the familiar slopes as he has for nearly 30 years, gracefully meandering the mountain’s features and maintaining a youthful glow in his soul. 

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Schikora wins divisional title in drama

The Western News

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Column: We need more jobs, not more bailouts

On Inauguration Day, hundreds of Montanans joined millions of Americans in our nation’s capital to celebrate a high point in our nation’s history and a turning point in our national policy.

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 30 Briefly

VA representative to visit Troy, Libby

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: We must clean up our wood burning

Dear Editor:

Henson sentenced to 5 years in jail
January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Henson sentenced to 5 years in jail

A 19-year-old Kalispell woman was sentenced Wednesday for fatally shooting a 67-year-old man last July in Lincoln County with the alleged help of her boyfriend.  

Frontier celebrates fiber optic line
January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Frontier celebrates fiber optic line

During a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Frontier Communications had a clear message – proactive telecommunications infrastructure lays the foundation for economic development.

Graham finds way to beat Columbia Falls nemesis
January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Graham finds way to beat Columbia Falls nemesis

Finally, Justin Graham could raise his arm in victory with a defeat of Columbia Falls’ Kelly Houle.

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Thumbs Up

High court came through

January 28, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Soldier, snowman need to be replaced or retired

Dear Editor:

Monday, January 26

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Officials, residents discuss air quality

The cleanliness of the air in the Libby area has been a longstanding, delicate issue for residents. Throw in woodstoves and the inability to use them during air alerts and those issues intensify.

Loggers all alone atop conference
January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Loggers all alone atop conference

It might not have been pretty but the Libby High School boys basketball team stayed atop the Northwestern A on Saturday night with a 49-40 victory over a down Bigfork program.

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Lady Trojans win at Superior

The Western News

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Fugitives on run after jail break caught in Troy

Two federal fugitives who escaped from Mineral County Jail made it about 150 miles away before they were caught Monday afternoon in Troy. As of Tuesday, they were sitting in Missoula County jail.  

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Troy treading water on project

Troy Mayor Jim Hammons took a discouraging trip to Helena two weeks ago to compete for grants to replace his community’s aging water system.

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Wright wins 6 of 7 matches in return to wrestling mat

The Western News

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

New administration impacts wolf status

Just 48 hours into his new administration, President Barack Obama placed a moratorium on former President George W. Bush’s 11th-hour measures.

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Eureka too much for Lady Trojans, 52-32

The Western News

Troy takes 3-OT thriller over Hawks
January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Troy takes 3-OT thriller over Hawks

Nine-tenths of a second showed on the clock when Thompson Falls junior Will Dalby had a chance to ice a key District 7-B victory on Thursday night over Troy.

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Online Exclusive: Individual results at Class A Duals

The Western News

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Mee hits five 3-pointers in win over Troy

Once Jackie Mee gets into a rhythm, she can be tough to stop.

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby girls win battle at foul line vs. Polson

The final stats from the free-throw line tell the story.

Marcella M. Grant
January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Marcella M. Grant

Marcella M. Grant, 67, of Libby died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at the Libby Care Center from natural causes.  She was born April 10, 1941 in Oklahoma, where she grew up and attended school. She married Autrey Glover in Oklahoma and the two lived in a number of places throughout the country including Washington, Texas, Alabama and even Japan. She moved to Libby in July 2008.

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Eureka scores at buzzer to defeat Troy

The Western News

Club embraces Scandinavian culture
January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Club embraces Scandinavian culture

The Western News

January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 28 Briefly

Sno-Kats Fun Run scheduled for Feb. 7

Taking Aim: Passion drives Scatterguns to range
January 26, 2009 11 p.m.

Taking Aim: Passion drives Scatterguns to range

The snow drifted lightly on a crisp afternoon – silent and peaceful. An exhale of human exhaust steadies the nerves as the shotgun is brought taut into the shoulder.

Friday, January 23

Karen D. Cruzan
January 23, 2009 11 p.m.

Karen D. Cruzan

Karen D. Cruzan, 67, of Libby died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 at the Libby Care Center from natural causes.

Wednesday, January 21

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Maki's contract officially approved on 5-2 vote

In a 5-2 decision, the Libby School Board on Tuesday approved Superintendent Kirby Maki to a contract extension with the district.

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Woman thanks Libby for reaching out

Dear Editor:

Libby School Board ponders about what to do with Asa Wood
January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby School Board ponders about what to do with Asa Wood

Certain issues arise for the Libby School District when consensus is easily achieved. One of those discussions involves building a new elementary school to replace the 56-year-old Asa Wood building.

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Global warming not caused just by humans

Dear Editor:

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

County trying to hire justice of the peace quickly

Lincoln County commissioners hope to have a new justice of the peace by the end of next week, an ambitious goal as applications are being accepted until Tuesday.

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Pastor hopes to organize pro-life event

Dear Editor:

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 23 Briefly

LMS overtime activity Saturday night

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

National publication recognizes Libby HS with high honor

Libby Public Schools has another feather in its hat.

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Leaving a legacy for future generations

Dear Editor:

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Lincoln County legislator busy with forest management

With the 61st Montana state legislative session under way, Lincoln County’s second-term representative Chas Vincent (R-HD2) has several proposed bills aimed at forest and fire management.

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Hunters have to endure 'dog-and-pony show'

Dear Editor:

January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

Presidential memories while Obama takes oath

We don’t know what lies in our future. But while watching the inauguration Tuesday of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, it’s easy to see that Americans have great hope that positive change is upon us.

St. John's hospital site revealed
January 21, 2009 11 p.m.

St. John's hospital site revealed

St. John’s Lutheran Hospital finally made public at Tuesday’s Libby City Council meeting what many suspected all along – the new hospital will be built adjacent to the current facility.

Monday, January 19

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Improving market gives hope to Troy Mine

Troy Mine workers found out this week that they will keep their jobs at least through February, a momentary relief after receiving a 60-day notice last December that the mine could temporarily close due to low metal prices.

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

County lays groundwork for job education program

Historically dependent on natural resources for its economic vitality, Lincoln County has not been an easy place to obtain a steady job for years now.

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby Care Center hires local administrator

After going through three administrators in the past two years, the Libby Care Center opted to choose a local to take on the job.

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Loggers fill 7 of 8 baseball tournament slots

The Western News

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Graham takes 1st in division at Rocky Mtn.

The Western News

Wolves delisted but challenges lie ahead
January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Wolves delisted but challenges lie ahead

The recent federal decision to delist the northern Rockies gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act and turn management over to the state has many affiliated organizations feeling déjà vu.

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Visit to Libby could be on EPA's agenda

The new Barack Obama presidential administration will bring a changing of the guard for federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency where nominee Lisa Jackson awaits legislative confirmation.

Adventures with Terra, the Alaskan malamute
January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Adventures with Terra, the Alaskan malamute

It all started when the boys cried, “wolf.”

Loggers downs Polson; tied for league lead
January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Loggers downs Polson; tied for league lead

To veteran Loggers boys basketball coach Wally Winslow, it’s typical to be involved in a tight Northwestern A race.

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Panel to discuss Libby's air quality

When an air quality alert banned Libby-area residents from using wood-burning stoves for three days last October, upset residents rallied at the courthouse.

Hitting the slopes
January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Hitting the slopes

Brandon Roberts/The Western News

January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 21 Briefly

The Western News

Logger defense shines in win at Troy
January 19, 2009 11 p.m.

Logger defense shines in win at Troy

Heading into the second quarter and trailing by a bucket, the Libby High School boys basketball team seemed to flip its defensive “on switch” in a nonconference battle at Troy.

Saturday, January 17

William Van Rice Sr.
January 17, 2009 11 p.m.

William Van Rice Sr.

William Van Rice Sr., 60, a lifelong resident of Troy, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at his home in Troy from natural causes.

Harley L. Newman
January 17, 2009 11 p.m.

Harley L. Newman

Harley L. Newman, 74, died Jan. 15, 2009 at his home in Libby.

R.G. Miller
January 17, 2009 11 p.m.

R.G. Miller

R.G. Miller, 85, of Libby died Jan. 13, 2009 at his home in Libby.

Carson R. Hinton
January 17, 2009 11 p.m.

Carson R. Hinton

Carson R. Hinton, 94, died on Jan. 14, 2009 at his home in Libby. He was born on July 26, 1914 at Wymore, Neb., the son of Grove C. and Pearl (Smith) Hinton. He grew up in Wymore and when he was in the seventh grade, he started working as a hired hand on farms to help his family.

Barry L. Mickelson
January 17, 2009 11 p.m.

Barry L. Mickelson

Barry L. Mickelson, 60, of Libby died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby from natural causes.

Wednesday, January 14

Roll delivers first 'State of the City' address
January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Roll delivers first 'State of the City' address

Though revenues have been sluggish for years, Libby’s city budget is keeping up with expenses, Mayor Doug Roll said during his first “State of the City” address on Wednesday.

Christine A. Reeder
January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Christine A. Reeder

Christine A. Reeder died Dec. 24, 2008 at her home in Libby from natural causes.

January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 16 Briefly

The Western News

January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby man gets prison time for molesting young son

Christopher Haines, 26, of Libby was given a maximum 20-year sentence, with 15 years suspended, on Tuesday after being charged for sexually molesting his young son.

Marjorie Joan Scott Knight
January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Marjorie Joan Scott Knight

Marjorie Joan Scott Knight, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby.

Libby's Industrial District, Troy Mine partner to move ore to plant via rail
January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby's Industrial District, Troy Mine partner to move ore to plant via rail

The Big Cam III Cummings diesel and 32-volt electrical system roar into motion, creating enough torque to move the eight ore-loaded rail cars from the Industrial District to a line adjacent the main Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway track that runs through Libby.

January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Feds delist gray wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the gray wolf will be delisted and states will assume management duties.

January 14, 2009 11 p.m.

Boards give school superintendents passing grades

Whatever the position in a school district – students, teachers or superintendents – there are always tests.

Monday, January 12

January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

New technical adviser appointed to Libby

Filling a position that had been vacant for more than a year, the Technical Advisory Group recently appointed Terry Spear to the post of technical adviser.

Lady Loggers split pair in Northwestern A play
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Lady Loggers split pair in Northwestern A play

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Libby High School girls basketball team had struggled offensively with a 19.4 shooting percentage. But somehow, the Lady Loggers stayed in the game and nearly came up big to steal a Northwestern A victory.

Troy erupts for back-to-back victories
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Troy erupts for back-to-back victories

Playing one of the strongest teams out of Class C, the Troy High School boys basketball team knew they would be in for a challenge Saturday night with a visit from Arlee.

New Year's baby arrives at St. John's
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

New Year's baby arrives at St. John's

The Western News

Troy girls down Arlee by 17 points
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Troy girls down Arlee by 17 points

With only two seniors on each roster, the Troy and Arlee girls basketball teams definitely have a youthful feel to their respective lineups this season. As such, each school is working its way forward in search of experience and seasoning to take their programs to the next level.

Michael Clifford Tiegen
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Michael Clifford Tiegen

Michael Clifford Tiegen, 61, died Dec. 24, 2008 in his sleep at his home in Roseburg, Ore.

Greenchain wins 4 of 6 at Western A Duals
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Greenchain wins 4 of 6 at Western A Duals

The Western News

January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Semitool cuts 13 Libby employees

Semitool permanently cut 13 employees from its Libby plant on Thursday.

January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 14 Briefly

The Western News

January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Rock Creek Mine gets DEQ approval

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality approved changes to the Rock Creek Mine’s draft Environmental Assessment last month, granting conditional approval to begin digging an adit, part of the project’s first phase.

January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby High hosts speech, drama invitational

Be it theatrical performances or linguistical onslaughts, the Libby High School speech and drama team has expressed diverse talents and rare forte.

Libby boys now 2-1 in region
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby boys now 2-1 in region

The Western News

Experiences & experiments: Circus of Science wows local students
January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Experiences & experiments: Circus of Science wows local students

From the big top to school gymnasiums, the Circus of Science rolled into Libby on Thursday, wowing children and adults with experiences and experiments.

January 12, 2009 11 p.m.

Snow, ice disrupts cell phone, Internet service in region

Snow and ice severed a fiber-optic cable southeast of Libby last Wednesday night to create over two days of sporadic cell phone and Internet service for customers in northwestern Montana.

Friday, January 9

January 9, 2009 11 p.m.

Severed fiber-optic cable interrupts cell, Internet service

Snow and ice severed a fiber-optic cable southeast of Libby Wednesday night to create sporadic cell phone and Internet service for customers in northwestern Montana.

January 9, 2009 11 p.m.

Semitool cuts Libby jobs by 40 percent

Semitool permanently cut 13 employees from its Libby plant on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 7

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Libby to re-enter nostalgic days

Dear Editor:

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Column: Retreat to cabin provides great family moments

For a few seconds, I felt a little silly.

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 9 Briefly

The Western News

The Rev. Bernard J. Koenig
January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

The Rev. Bernard J. Koenig

The Rev. Bernard J. Koenig 82, of Ronan died on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 from natural causes.

Council amends snow ordinance
January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Council amends snow ordinance

The Libby City Council at Monday’s meeting unanimously passed an emergency ordinance amendment that outlaws pushing snow into city streets.

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Reader offers thanks to road crews

Dear Editor:

Forest Service office deals with leaky building
January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Forest Service office deals with leaky building

In one office, water pours through the ceiling near a window and pools on the floor. Next door in the supervisor’s office, furnishings are pushed to one side so a cleaning crew can extract water from the carpeting. Out front, the receptionist unlocks a cabinet where maps are kept in an effort to air them out and prevent damage.

Trapping continues its regional presence
January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Trapping continues its regional presence

More than 200 years ago, map maker and trapper David Thompson arrived in the valley while following the Kootenai River. With him came the Northwest Fur Co.

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Reimbursement from Hicks should be pursued

Dear Editor:

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby police up to full staff

The Libby Police Department has a full staff – for now.

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

St. John's hospital opens Cancer Resource Center

The Western News

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Column: USFS skips a chance to do things right

If you’re like me and can’t keep up with the Bush administration’s last-minute policy changes, you might have failed to notice a recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service. In its rush to tie up loose ends, the Forest Service is hammering out new internal agency guidance documents, called “directives.” 

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Letter: Gore just messenger in climate change issue

Dear Editor:

January 7, 2009 11 p.m.

Bobcat season reaches quota on Dec. 28

Bobcat season closed on Dec. 28 for trappers and houndsmen.

Monday, January 5

James Donald Cummings Sr.
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

James Donald Cummings Sr.

James Donald Cummings Sr., 59, died Jan. 1, 2009, after a hard battle against kidney/bone cancer.

Loggers knock off Whitefish, 46-45
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Loggers knock off Whitefish, 46-45

So much for flying under the radar.

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Lady Trojans down Red Devils

The Western News

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Local unit called to Iraq duty

The Western News

Looking to quench thirst
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Looking to quench thirst

A young moose meanders out of the woods to wet his palate on a sunny Sunday afternoon along Highway 2 just south of Libby. With the woods blanketed in winter's white, many animals travel the same paths as people to force drivers to keep a watchful eye while behind the wheel.

Libby repeats hot start in home gym
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby repeats hot start in home gym

For the second straight home game, the Libby High School girls basketball team burst out of the gate to force opponents into an immediate search for answers.

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Troy boys win in double OT

The Western News

Herb Neils
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Herb Neils

Herbert “Herb” Winston Neils, 82, died Jan. 2, 2009 at the St. Francis Hospice in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Libby's tennis legend: Herb Neils dies at age 82
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Libby's tennis legend: Herb Neils dies at age 82

A man of many passions, Herb Neils will be remembered in his own way by the people whose lives he touched in Libby.

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Backcountry avalanche warning issued

The Western News

Greenchain splits duals vs. Glacier, Whitefish
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Greenchain splits duals vs. Glacier, Whitefish

The Western News

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

State funding could help asbestos-related agencies stay afloat

Without continued state funding, local officials believe several asbestos-related agencies in Lincoln County will not survive 2009.

Lloyd D. Williamson
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Lloyd D. Williamson

Lloyd Douglas Williamson, 69, a longtime Libby resident, died from natural causes on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby.

Year in Review: September-December 2008
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Year in Review: September-December 2008

(Editor’s note: This is the final of three stories reviewing Libby and Troy news of the past year. In this issue, read about events from September through December 2008. In the Dec. 31 edition, January through April was reviewed followed by May through August in the Jan. 2 issue. Also, take note of the list of names that accompany this series. They are the friends, neighbors and relatives that we lost over the year).

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Jan. 7 Briefly

Benefit to help resident pay medical expenses

Doris J. Battin
January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Doris J. Battin

Doris J. Battin, 64, died on Dec. 31, 2008, at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby.

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Heavy snowfall provides challenges for residents

Preventative measures and relatively low snow density has helped Lincoln County residents stay safe during what has seemed like non-stop snow.

January 5, 2009 11 p.m.

Centennial book seeks 'Roll of Honor' nominees

The Western News