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| January 14, 2009 11:00 PM

The Western News

Libby air quality meeting is Jan. 22

The Department of Environmental Quality and representatives from associated agencies will be on hand for an informational meeting about Libby-area air quality issues on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be staged in the Little Theatre in Libby.

Archery club waives range, league fees

The Libby Archery Club’s indoor archery shooting range is now open at Lincoln Lanes Bowling Alley.

Club officials said that because of poor economic times, the range and league fees are waived this year. To use the indoor archery range for practice or to participate in the indoor league, which starts Feb. 2, a person must be a member of the archery club, for liability insurance  reasons.

Membership is $10 per year, $5 for youths  (ages 12-17). Sign up will be Saturday, Jan. 24 from noon-2 p.m. at Lincoln Lanes.

Club membership forms are also available at  Libby Sports Center. For questions call Teri Kelly at 293-2900 or Dorie Stephens at 293-2072.

Trout club plans Jan. 22 meeting

The Kootenai Valley Trout Club announced it will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 in the Fireside Room at the Venture Inn.

On the agenda will be discussion of the Kootenai River Nutrient Project. New members are welcome.

Pioneer society to meet Jan. 18

The Libby Historical Pioneer Society plans to meet on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Libby Senior Citizens Center. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a potluck and the program to follow.

For more information, call 293-8504.

Extension Office offering gardening course

The Montana State University Extension Office is offering a 12-week master gardener training course in Libby beginning Feb. 3.

The course will focus on topics such as botany, soil types and fertilization, tree pruning and care, composting, insect identification and integrated pest management, fruit tree varieties and maintenance, herbs and essential oil crops, vegetable crops, landscaping, rodents and wildlife, and weed identification and management.

The course will be taught by Rae Lynn Hays, county agent, as well as Kirk Sullivan, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Dan Williams, Lincoln County weed coordinator.

Each participant will receive the MSU Master Gardener Manual, Tree and Shrub Selection Guide, Tree and Shrubs Grower Guide and numerous other materials. The course will be held each Tuesday evening from 6-8 through April 21. The cost is $85 and enrollment is limited.

To register, call the Extension Office at 296-9019.

LHS Class of 1989 planning reunion meeting

The Libby High School Class of 1989 is planning a 20th reunion meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Treasure Mountain Casino.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call Leslie Sanderson-Jaqueth at 293-3258.

LHS Class of 1979 planning reunion meeting

The Libby High School Class of 1979 is planning a 30th reunion meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at Treasure Mountain Casino.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Anyone interested is asked to attend.

Flathead Electric schedules outages

Flathead Electric Cooperative announced it will have an outage in the vicinity of Raven Ranger Station on Friday, Jan. 16 from 1-3:30 p.m.

The outage will affect the area from mile marker 49-63 on Highway 2. The area includes Houghton Creek, Silver Butte, Swamp Creek and Arabian Lane.

Sled hockey program coming to region

The Flathead Valley Hockey Association and USA Hockey announced it will bring the first sled hockey program to Montana on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Woodland Ice Center in Kalispell.

The inaugural Sled Hockey Classic will allow participants with physical disabilities to play ice hockey. The event will be open to the public and offered free-of-charge to qualified registered participants. There is no age restriction to participate and sled hockey equipment will be available to those who want to try for the first time.

For a schedule of events or more information, call 406-250-0054 or e-mail flatheadvalleyflames@yahoo.com . Information is also available online at www.usahockey.com/flatheadvalley .

Inflatable planetarium headed to Asa Wood

Lincoln County Libraries is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy with shows inside StarLab, an inflatable planetarium.

Programs inside the dome will include “Greek Mythology,” “Solar System” and “Constellations.”

StarLab heads to Asa Wood Elementary’s gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. All ages are welcome.

For more details, call the library at 293-2778 or go online to: www.lincolncountylibraries.com .

Libby Post Auxiliary to prepare chili, cornbread

The VFW Post No. 1548 Auxiliary will prepare chili beans and cornbread for the organization’s monthly dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 4:30-7 p.m.

Green salad and dessert will also be included. The price is $7.