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March 4 Briefly

| March 2, 2009 11:00 PM

Stakehoders Coalition elects board, officers

The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition elected 15 residents to its board of directors on Thursday during the organization’s annual meeting.

Elected to the board were Tim Dougherty, Jeff Gruber, Robyn King, John Konzen, Ed Levert, Sarah Lundstrum, Bill Martin, Tracy McIntyre, Chuck Roady, Paul Rumelhart, Jim Simpson, Chas Vincent, Jerry Wandler, Noel Williams and Jerry Wolcott.

Serving as officers are Konzen (president), King (vice president) and Rumelhart (secretary/treasurer).

Four directors at large were also chosen to serve on the executive committee with the officers. Those directors are Gruber, Levert, Lundstrum and Roady.

Federal grant goes to Rexford fire department

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program awarded $22,194 to West Kootenai Fire Protection in Rexford, Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester recently announced.

The AFG program regularly awards grants to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations across the country to help those agencies purchase equipment, vehicles, protective gear and training programs.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training has administered the AFG program with help from the U.S. Fire Administration since 2001. Congress has authorized funding for the program through 2010.

USFS topographic quadrangle maps see price increase

Kootenai National Forest announced that effective March 1, the price of 1/24,000-scale topographic quadrangle maps will increase from $6 to $8.

A forest spokesman said the increase is the first since 2002 and that the U.S. Geological Survey has the primary responsibility of setting map prices as well as selling them. The Forest Service partners with USGS to produce and maintain 1/24,000-scale topographic quadrangle maps over national Forest Service lands.

The Forest Service also said that it participates in the USGS Business Partner Program and is required to adhere to that agency’s pricing.

Maps are available at local district offices and at the supervisor’s office.

For questions, call Barb Young at 406-238-7671 or go online to: ask.usgs.gov/prices/faqs_prices_usgs_products.html .

Farmer’s Market meeting scheduled for Saturday

A signup meeting for the second annual Libby Farmer’s Market is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at Henry’s Café in Libby. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m.

For information, call 293-3996.

Diabetes self-care education programs this month

St. John’s Nutrition and Diabetes Support Services will be presenting three classes in March.

“Basic Diabetes Self-Care” will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 4-6 p.m. “What to Eat? Carbohydrate Counting” will be Thursday, March 12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. “Keeping a Healthy Heart” will be Wednesday, March 18 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for each class by calling 293-0124.

Family Pajama Story Night coming to Libby library

The Libby Public Library will host “Family Pajama Story Night” on Tuesday, March 10 from 6-7 p.m.

Families are invited to come for stories, activities and snacks – all while dressed for bed.

For more information, call the library at 293-2778.