Monday, December 31
Costly U.S. Senate race topped Montana stories for 2012
Top 10 Associated Press News Stories of 2012
The $47 million U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Denny Rehberg was Montana’s top news story of 2012, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of state editors.
Montanans to feel the effect of new laws beginning today
Sports story of the Year: Loggers baseball takes 4th in state
It wasn’t a favorable hand to be dealt. Libby, fresh off a second-place finish in the Legion Baseball Western District Tournament, was slated to face the three-time state champion Laurel Dodgers.
Birth: Astella Elice Skinner
Astella Elice Skinner, daughter of Tiana Lysiak and Josiyah Skinner of Libby, was born at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital on Dec. 11.
The Year in Review: Top 12 of 2012
Throughout 2012, there were numerous news stories that rose above most headlines, many of which were ongoing reports. You, our readers, ranked the best and biggest stories of 2012. Here are your results.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Libby Police and Special Response Team officers wait outside the Dale and Catherine Kinniburgh home.
Spinning Squares' Deanna Kehn, left, and Flatheader Roger Jones of Kalispell enjoy an evening of square dancing at Kootenai Valley Christian School.
Car Slide Off
A Montana Highway Patrolman assists a citizen towing out a front wheel-drive van that had slid off at Second Street Ext.
The Western News reader Sarah Becker took this photograph of a view along Bull Lake Road.
Old Photo 1-1
New Moose on the Block ÒMoÓ the Lincoln County Public LibraryÕs new symbol, welcomes kids of all ages to TuesdayÕs story hour. Greeting ÒMoÓ are library board member Shirley Harriman, Blaine Baker, 6, his brother Kyle, 4, Christopher Schnackenberger, 3, and nine-month-old Erin Baker, held by library staffer DeAnna Shaw-Berget. Chuck Blair photo from the Dec. 23, 1992, files of The Western News.
Members of the St. John’s Lutheran Hospital Board officially broke ground on Friday, Oct. 12, at the new hospital site.
Griz Yaak Kim
Kim Annis, Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear biologist, tends to a captured grizzly bear in the Yaak.
Asst. Coach Mort Curtiss advising Robin Kyes during "blood time" vs C-Falls' Billy Gross 1-28-10 Asst. Coach Bill Moe in background.
It was a great season for the Libby Loggers American Legion baseball team that finished fourth in state.
Former Troy mayor Jim Hammons swears in Don Banning at the beginning of his term.
Sunday, December 30
Just maybe ... perhaps, the Mayans were right after all
Letter to the Editor,
Saturday, December 29
Police plan extra patrols for New Years
Law enforcement increases officers’ presence on New Year’s Eve
A word of warning for those New Year’s Eve revelers: Have a plan to get home safely with a sober driver.
Lady Trojans defeat Lady Loggers by 4
Troy, winless last year, took a whack at a larger school and toppled Libby 30-26.
School district manages property now because it is the common sensical approach
Letter to the Editor,
Robert E. Clough, 82, of Libby
Retired U.S. Army veteran and Libby native Robert Elmer “Sarge” Clough, 82, unexpectedly passed away of natural causes at his home Dec. 24, 2012.
Libby grapplers earn split with Whitefish, C-Falls
Greenchain wrestling split its matches Thursday night, overpowering an under-manned Whitefish Bulldog squad 49-30. Libby was then beaten by the Columbia Falls Matcats 51-21.
Libby outduels Troy as rivals clash
Libby led Troy 18-4 at the end of the first quarter en route to a decisive 51-42 victory over the Trojans Thursday.
Friday, December 28
A Run on Rifles: Local merchants unable to stock, get AR-15s, similar semi-automatics
A mentally unstable young man with guns committed a tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed 26 souls.
Robert E. Todd, 89, of Libby
Robert E. Todd , 89, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, after an extended illness.
Gene A. Tracy, 78, of Libby
Gene Arthur Tracy, 78, of Libby, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at home.
Old Photo 12-25
Rained Out Ski enthusiasts in the Libby area received a blow to their hopes with the warm, rainy weather encountered this week. As of Sunday, only another foot of snow was needed, but warm weather and rain had lessened chances by mid-week. When this photo was taken Sunday, Greg Sauber, left, Tom Bonde, Mick Mills and Mark Van Artsdale were preparing to move a toboggan of supplies up the slope. Photo from the Dec. 21, 1972, files of The Western News.
Glacier Oil Development
Snow covers the entrance sign to Glacier National Park Dec. 11, 2012, in West Glacier, Mont. Glacier officials are concerned about the effects of oil and gas development on the Blackfeet Indian reservation, and are asking for an in-depth study on the environmental impacts. Blackfeet tribal officials say they are complying with all requirements before drilling and they bristle at the suggestion they can't develop their resources safely. (AP Photo/Matt Volz).
Senior guard Holli Higgins drives around Dayln Germany in third quarter action vs. Libby.
Gage Tallmadge keeps the pressure on as sophomore guard Collin Johnson looks to pass in first quarter action vs. Troy.
Senior guard Dan Leggins' layup in second quarter won't go vs. Troy
Does Payne really believe unions urge a slower pace?
Letter to the Editor,
Fiscal cliff: Republicans need to start supporting President Obama agenda
Letter to the Editor,
Happy ewe year: Winter is a time of arrival for some babies
The snowy season is not a time of dormancy in the animal world. Winter is the time that lambs and goat kids come into the world.
A Christmas story of lost production and a Wall Street anomaly
When Revett Minerals’ Troy Mine shut down temporarily early this month, employees were concerned that they might have to go without paychecks during one of the most expensive seasons of the year.
Roy G. Lucas, 73, of Columbia Falls
Roy G. Lucas, 73, of Columbia Falls, died Friday Dec. 21, 2012, in Columbia Falls from natural causes.
Linda J. Dabel, 67, of Troy
Linda J. Dabel, 67, of Troy died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident.
Construction on dam has halted for season
Construction work was halted for the season on Libby’s project to replace the Flower Creek Dam, the city’s 56-year old structure.
High-end electrical, sewer customers to see a rate increase
Twenty-two high-use electric consumers in Troy and all sewer customers are going to see increased rates in January.
Trap, skeet signup is slated for Jan. 5
The Libby Scattergun Committee of the Libby Rod & Gun Club has scheduled Saturday, Jan. 5, for its annual trap and skeet league registration.
Polar Bears to dip in Kootenai Dec. 30
The Libby Polar Bear Club will take its annual New Year’s dip in the Kootenai River at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Riverfront Park Boat Ramp.
River Bend concert slated for Dec. 29
The River Bend Restaurant & Saloon will present the Mission Mountain Wood Band’s Christian Johnson, master fiddler, guitarist and mandolin player at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the restaurant.
Feds begin investigation of crash that killed two during snowstorm
A federal aviation investigator arrived in Lincoln County Friday to search for clues that might explain what caused a plane carrying two people to crash into Swede Mountain in the early morning hours Wednesday.
Boy, 13, is suspended for having knife at LMS
A 13-year-old Libby Middle School student has been suspended indefinitely for bringing a pocket knife to school, educators have confirmed.
Accident kills woman, 67
Two-week infant, toddler, 2, taken to hospital after collision
A 67-year-old Libby area woman died as a result of injuries suffered Thursday afternoon in a head-on accident on Highway 2 just west of Libby.
Twice the snow, twice the fun as Turner opens
It looks like Santa has decided to give the skiers and snowboarders of Lincoln County an early Christmas present. Weather patterns this past week have resulted in a doubling of the base layer at the bottom of Turner Mountain and over a foot of new snow at the top.
Hoops Scores 12-21
Libby’s basketball teams travelled to Troy on Thursday night and split the games.
After Glacier upset, Greenchain stays at home against league rivals
After a surprising upset of defending Class AA champion Kalispell Glacier 46-30, Libby Greenchain wrestling is feeling good and was prepared for a double-meet against Whitefish and Columbia Falls on Thursday night.
Montana State University Regents Professor Michael Sexson, right, accepts an honorary doctoral degree on behalf of author Robert Pirsig from MSU president Waded Cruzado Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Bozeman, Mont. Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and former MSU professor was honored at the university's first fall commencement in more than 50 years. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)
Patrick at Stinger
Stinger Vice President of Montana Operations Steve Patrick explains the bridge-building operation during a tour in February.
Monday, December 24
Sunday, December 23
Russell Marsh, son of Jessica and Dave Marsh of Libby, was born Dec. 11, 2012.
Friday, December 21
Douglas lived life on the edge
Carl Douglas was a risk-taker who never ran from a challenge, built a multi-million company from scratch and loved to fly airplanes. But he lost his life when those traits collided during a snowstorm in the middle of the night at 4,200 feet.
Gary Leonard and Steve Bryant scouted the trails at Turner Mountain last week in preparation for the season opener Saturday, Dec. 22.
Carl Douglas talks to reporters shortly after opening Stinger operations in Libby.
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Chris Williams stands in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Helena, Mont. Williams took a stand as the only Montana medical marijuana provider to reject a plea deal with the government and insist on a jury trial instead. His conviction and possible prison sentence of 80 years branded him a martyr among marijuana advocates. Now Williams is looking to not simply reverse that conviction but to also strike down the federal Controlled Substances Act as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)
Crash Rescue One
Members of David Thompson Search & Rescue await instructions Wednesday 2.5 miles up the Haul Road
Trap, skeet league signup is set Jan. 5
The Libby Scattergun Committee of the Libby Rod and Gun Club has scheduled Saturday, Jan. 5, for its annual trap and skeet signup.
Kason Andrew Courteau
Kason Andrew Courteau, son of Melanie and Justin Courteau of Libby, was born Dec. 12, 2012.
A weary Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe addresses the local media Wednesday evening
Libby woman, 67, dies of accident injuries
A 67-year-old Libby woman has died as a result of injuries suffered Thursday afternoon in a head-on accident on Highway 2 just west of Libby.
Thursday, December 20
Fillers celebrate 50 years of doing business in Libby
Sports Center owners are thankful
Fifty years ago, when Ardell Filler rolled into Libby with his wife and three daughters, it was because he was pursuing a new adventure as a dairy distributor.
We may now add two more items to America's legacy: Naivete, foolishness
Letter to the Editor,
Let's all remember: Park was intended for W.R. Grace victims
Letter to the Editor,
Douglas, Smith, found dead on Swede Mountain
The worst fears were confirmed at 8 p.m. Wednesday night when a Montana Aeronautics aircraft located the wreckage of Stinger Welding owner and CEO Carl Douglas' plane in Williams Gulch, near the top of Swede Mountain.
Wednesday, December 19
Troy girls wins first game against Noxon, Libby girls still battling injuries
Margaret Mee, 72, of Trego
The world gained another guardian angel on Dec. 10, 2012, when Margaret Mee, 72, passed away at her home, enveloped in the love of her family, from a brief battle with cancer.
David Thompson S&R
David Thompson Search and Rescue discuss plans while searching for Carl Douglas' missing plane.
Remnants of Stinger CEO's plane found on Swede Mountain
UPDATE: 5:49 p.m. The plane was located in William's Gulch, on top of Swede Mountain. The tail section of the plane, which housed the transmitter, was intact.
Libby, Troy lose before rivalry game
Both local boys basketball teams had trouble with out-of-conference opponents this weekend.
Wake up, America: Our nation's wealth is in its people and natural resources
Rose Ellen Fore, 92, of Libby
Rose Ellen Fore, 92, of Libby passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at the Libby Care Center.
Phyliss E. Yonally, 72, formerly of Libby
Phyllis Elaine Yonally, 72, passed away Dec. 11, 2012, of natural causes at the North Central Care Center in Spokane, Wash.
CEO: Revett mine to remain closed for at least another week
The Revett-owned silver and copper mine located just outside Troy that closed Dec. 1 because of falling rock, will not open this week as hoped.
Shoo Fly Fishing shop offers anglers right mix
Anglers have a sixth sense when it comes to locating fly shops. It’s a little bit like discovering a nice river eddy where that trophy lunker may be lurking.
Tuesday, December 18
Grants help District 4 buy computers, upgrade wireless system
Libby Elementary to get 80 laptops
Wrestling results: Tri-State/Buzz Lucey
Libby’s grapplers split up last weekend.
Westgate Clinic offers large-animal service
Dr. Fred Conkel has been in business for a few months in Libby, but after spending 42 years practicing veterinary medicine in Oregon, he’s still the new guy in the area.
EPA air-quality standards to stiffen to become more stringent
County enforcement likely to increase with guidelines
Reacting to a court order, the Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized an update to its national air-quality standards that will require counties to meet the stricter guidelines by 2020.
EPA closes office for Christmas
The Environmental Protection Agency Information Center will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, reopening the Dec. 26.
KPFL chipping not offered this month
Kootenai Pets for Life, the local no-death pet adoption agency, will not conduct a micro-chipping event this month.
Turner Mountain to open Dec. 22
Take your goggles and ski pants out of the closet. You’re going to need them.
Basketball teams prepare to play at home this Saturday
Good news for basketball fans this weekend: All four local teams are playing at home.
Lawmakers seek to rekindle mining-reform efforts
While the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties each year from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, it does not collect any such royalties from gold, uranium or other metals mined from the same places, congressional auditors reported Wednesday.
Resident says rationale to eliminate federally funded program baffles
Letter to the Editor,
New economy does not leave much for young, growing Montana families
Letter to the Editor,
Birth: Ava Jane Willoughby
Ava Jane Willoughby, daughter of Megan James and Ellis Willoughby of Libby, was born Dec. 10, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.
Birth: Ilyah-Marie Claire Green
Ilyah-Marie Claire Green, daughter of Britni Green and Domonic Sargent of Libby, was born Dec. 8, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.
Birth: Gabriel David Crum
Gabriel David Crum, son of Melissa and Jeremiah Crum of Libby, was born Dec. 6, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.
Birth: Brennen David Caldwell
Brennen David Caldwell, son of Jessica and John Caldwell, was born Dec. 6, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.
Don Waldron, 84, of Kalispell
Don Waldron, 84 of Kalispell, passed away on Dec. 6, 2012, in Arizona of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Patricia L. Hill, 84, of Libby
Patricia “Patty” L. Hill, 84, of Libby, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, at Northwest Healthcare in Kalispell from natural causes.
Speaking From Experience
Recovering alcoholic relates to the years he counseled others
Bob Hanley is 61 years old.
Falling rock closes Troy mine
Chairman: Underground work halted before quake
Officials at Revett’s Troy Mine hope to resume underground operations as early as today if they receive a green light from geotechnical consultants.
Old Photo 12-18
Seniors Christy Konzen and Tracee Hanson and their teammates hold up the first place trophy at the state Class B tournament in Lewistown. Greg Van Tighem photo from the Dec. 9, 1992, files of The Western News.
Violinist Christine Wilkinson performed “The Messiah” on Sunday evening at the Memorial Center. The Libby Orchestra and Choir concert attracted hundreds.
Jamie Brebner played the clarinet as Edwina Smith performed on the trumpet.
Messiah Trio Women Choir
Choir members Sherry Schweitzer, Andrea Rasmussen, Deanna Benton and Cindy Curtiss sang the evening away.
Choir members Carl Linn, Francis Horton and Justin Lauer performed during the inaugural pieces.
Senior Michaela Curry snags a second quarter offensive rebound, followup shot no good and fouled, 2 for 2 from the charity stripe sets the score at 10-4 Troy.
Senior Breanna Opland all hemmed in under the basket looking to pass first quarter vs. Noxon.
BIZ Libby Sports Center
Ardell and Sheryl Filler, center, celebrated 50 years in business in Libby. The couple witness the event with their employees and children, which now includes four generations. The couple opened Libby Sports Center in 1967.
Sophomore guard Gage Tallmadge drives the lane, shot won't go, fouled and 1 for 2 from the line ties the game at 39, fourth quarter vs. Noxon.
Junior guard Gabe Hickman drives the lane 4th quarter vs. Noxon.
County Sanitarian Erik Leigh holds a tape that shows air quality reports.
Friday, December 14
Dr. Fred Conkel delivered this colt, one of his many talents with larger animals.
FILE - This April 4, 2012 file photo shows the Newmont Gold Quarry pit in Battle Mountain, Nev. While the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties each year from fossil fuels extracted from federal public lands and waters, it does not collect any royalties from gold, uranium or other metals mined from the same lands, Congressional auditors reported Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012. A Government Accountability Office report found that the federal government doesn’t even know how much these so-called “hard rock” mines produce from federal public lands in 12 Western states _ where most of the mining occurs. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, David B. Parker, file) NEVADA APPEAL OUT; NO SALES
Fernanda Krum and Robert Rivers,stand in their new brewery in Missoula, Mont. to be called Big Medicine Brewing Company, on Nov. 14, 2012. The brewery will be inspired by beer from around the world and their message will be that of peace. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Eliza Wiley)
Long Shot of Lion
I’m sure the big cat had preferred to sleep off the meal in a place other than in a tree.
The Revett Mine table included Doug and Ruby Miller, Renee Guisewite, Carol Armstrong, John Shanahan and Tim and Darla Lindsey. The annual Festival of Trees was Saturday evening at the Memorial Center.
Amber Mercer, Michelle Mercer, Molly Munro and Carrie Cooper stood for a photo while admiring the Festival of Trees arbor.
Dr. Jay Maloney and his wife, Laurie, were among the attendees.
Bob Hanley, with Dory at his feet, relayed stories of counseling addicts.
Districrt 4 Technology Coordinator Melody Rohrer displays one of the Chromebooks that Libby Elementary studetns will begin working with in the second semester.
Thursday, December 13
Wednesday, December 12
Williams' 24 can't save Troy from Cougs
A tall, quick, aggressive Stillwater Christian team took its toll on Troy’s girls basketball team, breaking the game open and winning 49-34.
Foul trouble, turnovers lead to Stillwater rally and win
There was a point in Troy’s boys basketball game against Stillwater Christian when the Cougars’ senior forward, Josh Bray, decided he didn’t want to miss anymore.
Logger wrestlers pin Badgers, 61-24 in first home match
With an impressive run in the middleweight classes, Libby Greenchain beat the Bonners Ferry Badgers by a resounding 61-24 on Thursday, improving on the tournament in Havre.
Meyers' rendition of 'A Christmas Carol' is true to Dickens
Hooray for the Pitiful Players’ rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol!”
Nurse, PhD critical of commissioners' view of county grant
Letter to the Editor,
Unions once fulfilled a purpose; now they cause unintended consequences
Letter to the Editor,
Few presidents have faced the challenges of those of President Obama
Letter to the Editor,
Extension budget - $35K - is approved by commissioners
Lincoln County Commissioners have allocated $13,999.19 for the half-time position of Extension Advisor.
Birth: Zahmann celebrates his first birthday
Zahmann Lataevious Sykes, son of Willie and Angela Sykes of Libby, celebrated his first birthday Nov. 26. His paternal grandparents are William and Viola Sykes of Grenada, Miss.
Birth: Porter M. Schiller
Porter Michael Schiller, son of Jessica Lyons and Stephen Schiller of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, was born Nov. 29, 2012.
Birth: Trenton J. Svendsbye
Trenton James Svendsbye, son of Jerica and Buddy Svendsbye of Libby, was born Nov. 20, 2012.
Birth: William Niemi
William Niemi, son of Tara and Janes Niemi of Libby, was born Nov. 22, 2012.
Birth: Orion Foote
Orion Foote, son of Jennifer Goodman and Jeremiah Foote of Libby, was born Nov. 12, 2012.
Birth: Shandrea J. Carr
Shandrea Jane Carr, daughter of Mary Carr of Libby, was born Nov. 12, 2012.
Gracie celebrates her first birthday
Gracie Lynn Jones celebrated her first birthday Sept. 29, 2012.
William H. Boelke, 82, of Spokane
William H Boelke (Bill), surrounded by his family at his Spokane, Wash., home passed away peacefully on Dec 4, 2012, from lung cancer.
State agency begins program to prevent type 2 diabetes
Effort offers tools, resources to help
Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and an estimated 79 million adults are at risk for developing the disease.
Milo D. Estell, 70, of Libby
Milo D. Estell, 70, of Libby died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2012, at his home in Libby from natural causes.
MSU students of varying disciplines travel to Antarctica for studies
Eight Montana State University students majoring in everything from English to earth sciences have headed to Antarctica to learn more about the ecology, climate and geopolitics of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Accreditation plan gets the green light
Troy School District got the go-ahead on its plans to become regionally accredited.
Cook agrees to lead an action committee to make public aware of mill-levy request
Tuesday, December 11
Nelson, Winslow make all-state team
The list of Libby’s all-conference athletes is long.
Williams aims to lead Troy to new heights
Jordan Williams has hoops in her blood. Her dad refereed basketball games and her mom played high school ball.
Last-second free throw lifts Loggers over the Badgers, 41-40
As the first free-throw shot bounced around and clanked off the rim, Libby’s senior guard Will Reichel groaned and put his hands to his head.
Quilters will assist at Dec. 15 meeting
The Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild has answers to quilting questions, and they are willing to share their knowledge as they do the third Saturday of each month.
Acquired grants entirely pay for radio conversion
Visitors to the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency office at Libby City Hall will see boxes stacked high, apparently a burden to navigate the office.
Commissioners accept grant for fire exercise at former mine
Lincoln County Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously accepted federal grant funding to perform a countwide fire exercise at the former site of the W.R. Grace Mine.
Some area ski resorts begin seasons this weekend
Turner Mountain hopeful for a mid-month opening
Hey, all you ski and snowboard enthusiasts, are you ready for some exciting news? Well, ready or not, here it comes.
Legionnaires are grateful for the generosity of a local family
Letter to the Editor,
It's good to see the actions of our elected officials on crucial area issues
Letter to the Editor,
Council decision puts tall weeds in the right category
Libby City Council members on Monday approved Ordinance No. 1826, and it just makes good sense.
Birds of a feather: Merchants flock for eagle effort project
When Libby Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanda Jennings approached the Libby City Council last month about putting the world’s largest bald eagle on Mineral Avenue, she had no idea she was asking the wrong governing body.
Storm, wind causes widespread power outages
High winds, heavily forested areas and mild weather came together to cause power-outages and fire troubles in Libby on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Health Department grant comes under scrutiny, criticism
Opposition to federal grant grows
When the Lincoln County Health Department in March secured the $436,000 federal grant for the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, Nurse Micki Carvey immediately saw the huge benefits.
Veterans granted memorial resolution
Special meeting may solidify pact
Libby City Council members on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that will, in principle, place the Veterans Memorial at Riverfront Park.
Curtiss is back on payroll
Arbitrator rules school district to pay him, beginning Dec. 7
Mort Curtiss, the Libby High School teacher terminated Sept. 19, 2011, after being charged with distributing prescription drugs, has been reinstated after meeting all pre-trial diversion and subsequent agreements.
Josh Bowers, junior, tops his Bonners Ferry opponent, Quinn Cummings. Bowers won a marathon, pinning Cummings half-way through the third period.
Wrestle Bailey Too
Austin Bailey won his match over Travis Beck in 189 after pinning him in 32 seconds.
Austin Bailey pins Travis Beck at 189 in 32 seconds. His win was the first match of the day.
Michael Ayala pins Bonners Ferry’s Jared Coogan at 125. Ayala pinned Coogan in a minute, 20 seconds for six points. The Loggers cruised to a 61-24 victory over the Badgers.
Scrooge Nephew's Visit
Scrooge rejects the invitation of his nephew, Freddie, to come to Christmas dinner as Bob Cratchit scribes away.
Scrooge Ghost of Present
The Ghost of Christmas Present, aka Rick Ball, left, takes Scrooge to the Cratchit home. Ebenezer Scrooge, aka, Keith Meyers, inquires about Tiny Tim’s fate.
This March, 2007 photo provided by National Park Service photographer Doug Smith shows a Gibbon wolf pack standing on snow in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Restrictions on gray wolf harvests around Yellowstone are under consideration as the state prepares to kick off its inaugural wolf trapping season on Dec. 15, 2012. Conservation groups want limits on trapping after several wolves collared by park scientists for research were shot by Montana hunters in recent weeks. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Doug Smith)
Old Photo 12-11
Fifty Years Later VFW Post 1548 Commander Tim Hershberger presents Bronze Star Medal to Harry Tripp for 1942 World War II action in defense of Bataan and Corregidor. Tripp's wife Barbar looks on with pride. Chuck Blair photo from the Dec. 4, 1992, files of The Western News.
Tommy Cook, a project engineer with a local engineering firm, has agreed to form a committee to urge the public to vote in favor of a tax increase to support the school district.
Junior guard Kelli Lundin runs into heavy Cougar traffic in third quarter action vs Stillwater.
Senior guard Alanah True-Silva drives around Stillwater's Serena Koch in second quarter action Friday night.
Gala Tony Rebo Auctioneer
Hospital Facilities Manager Tony Rebo ran the auction.
Gala Kate and Leslie
Kate Stephens, left, and Leslie Jaqueth were recording auction receipts. The St. John’s Hospital Foundation received more than $60,000 during the Gala.
Gala Food Line
The evening offered various entrees and quality cuisine for the full house of guests.
Members of the dietary staff who prepared the food include, from left, Cristita Cooper, Tom Thompson, Candy Clark, Jo Steiger, Jeanie Gilder and Julie MacDonald.
Sophomore guard Gage Tallmadge brings the ball down court with Stillwater's Jeremiah Hashley in tow, fourth quarter.
Junior guard Gabe Hickman goes airborne under the basket while passing to Austin Grable in fourth quarter action vs Stillwater Friday.
Friday, December 7
MHP Bryce Ford checks the seat belt in Thursday's one car rollover at the 3.2 mile marker on Pipe Creek Road.
After a investigation that began immediately after the Dec. 1 fire at 561 Terrace View, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department issued a release stating the cause of the blaze was intentionally set by means of an ignitable liquid. The source of that liquid was introduced by an unknown person or persons, the statement says. A criminal investigation of the circumstances surrounding this fire is ongoing.The release states the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Libby Fire Department and G4S Compliance & Investigations combined their efforts in this investigation.
Chief operating officer Kirk Leopold, left, and vice president Clint Walker assemble a short-barrel AR-15 on Nov. 20, 2012 at NEMO Arms in Kalispell, Mont. NEMO Arms specializes in AR-15 rifles built with various alloys to reduce weight and increase durability. (AP Photo/The Daily Inter Lake, Patrick Cote)
Early Childhood Program
Lincoln County Health Department Nurse Micki Carvey, center, gestures as she speaks to Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting representatives Dianna Frick, left, and Leslie Lee. Listening in are Lincoln County Commissioners Ron Downey and Tony Berget, right.
Junior Jordan Williams brings the ball down court in the third quarter Saturday vs the Lady Red Devils.
Kraig “Coppertop” Nelson, senior center, looks to post up in heavy traffic in the third quarter. Nelson had 10 points and threw his weight around in the close contest.
Barak Lapka, senior forward, launches a shot in the third quarter against Bonners Ferry. Lapka had 10 points in the nailbiter.
Collin Johnson, sophomore guard, passes to Jared Winslow in the first quarter of play against Bonners Ferry. Libby held the Badgers to five points in the first quarter.
Hudson Hannah revs his toy chainsaw, showing his Logger team spirit at the Bonners Ferry game.
Thursday, December 6
Greenchain opens in Havre tourney
Crace takes first at 130-pound division
If nothing else can be said about Libby Greenchain Wrestling’s performance at the Havre Tournament this weekend, it certainly gave the grapplers an idea of what they needed to work on.
Wednesday, December 5
Troy girls basketball returns every starter from last year's struggling squad
Lady Trojans have 0-18 hill to climb in 2012-2013
The good news for Troy girls basketball: All the starters return from last year’s team.
Israel will strike Iran
According to various intelligence agencies, Iran could have nuclear armaments ready for use against Israel by early 2013. The devices could be nuclear bombs or, more likely, nuclear warheads on missiles.
Fiscal cliff looms; will either party do what must be done to save the country?
Letter to the Editor,
Wife of Vietnam veteran questions Park Committee's reason for treatment
Letter to the Editor,
Lillian K. Laing
Lillian Kay Laing, daughter of Misty Youell and Devin Laing of Libby, celebrated her first birthday Nov. 15.
Wilfred J. Sauby, 72, of Libby
Wilfred J. Sauby, (Kemo) (Willy), 72, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his home in Libby.
Mary Gillick, formerly of Libby
Mary Gillick was called home suddenly on Nov. 11, 2012, from Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.
Gerald L. Palmer, 70, formerly of Libby
Gerald Lee Palmer, 70, of Portland, N.D., died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D.
Barbara L. Neadeau, 64, formerly of Libby
Barbara L. “Bobbie” Neadeau, 64, a former Libby resident, passed away Wednesday Nov. 28, 2012, in Bigfork.
Helen L. Hedahl, 89, formerly of Libby
Helen Laverne Larson Hedahl, 89, formerly of Libby, surround by her family, went to be with her Lord, on Nov. 20, 2012, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Chester, Va.
This year's 'Nutcracker' reminds us of imagination, dreams
As the holiday season descends, our world is in flux and chaos. It’s not always that easy to find comfort and peace in traditional fare.
House fire under investigation
A house fire Saturday in the 700 block of Terrace View in Libby is being investigated by law enforcement and state and local fire officials.
Stinger, creditor sued for payment
Steelmaker seeks $1.1 million balance
Stinger Welding, Inc., of Coolidge, Ariz., the bridge and span builder that has a manufacturing branch in Libby, has been sued by a creditor for the balance of $1.1 million in steel.
Change in thinking: Airport expansion to come on north end
Libby Airport officials know times are tough and funding for development is tight, however, they know they must look toward the future.
Tuesday, December 4
Libby 12-year-old, Ryggs Johnston, won the 10-12 boys division at the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour Tournament at Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on November 24 and 25.
Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake David Marion with Ace, one of the Great Pyrenees from the film Santa Paws2: The Santa Pups, on Wednesday, November 28, at A Country Animal Hospital in Eureka. Ace is now 16 months old and weighs 125 pounds. According to Marion, he's still growing.
Old Photo 12-5
Troy Community Theater Troupe Here are the members of the Troy Community TheaterÕs first production of ÒMy Three Angels:Ó (sitting) B.J. Rice, Waveland King, (standing) Travis Winslow, Janea Erickson, (in WinslowÕs arms), Alberta Savage, Jim Carney, Bonnie Franke and Jeff Matsushita. (not pictured: Jim Chance) Photo from the Nov. 25, 1999, edition of The Western News.
Dancer Annie Wilkinson, center, is flanked by Julia Martineau, left, and Saryn Wilkinson.
Nutcracker Sleigh Ride
Clara, aka Isabelle Martineau, and the Nutcracker Prince, Landon Wilkinson, are pushed in the sleigh.
Nutcracker Presenting Nutcracker
Mark Curtiss, portraying Herr Drosselmeyer, presents The “Nutcracker” to Isabelle Martineau during Friday’s performance.
Josh Broderick held Annie Wilkinson, who played the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Nutcracker Golden Angels
In the opening scene of Act 2, the angels lighted the way to the magic Kingdom of Sweets.
Nutcracker Freeing the Ginger Snaps
Doug Roll, Libby mayor, portrayed Mother Ginger as the Ginger Snaps found their way to the stage from under his hoop dress.
Junior forward Breanna Opland passes to Kelli Lundin in first quarter action vs Eureka.
Junior Jordan Williams drives past T-Falls' Logan Beckman to score in first quarter.
Savannah Wooden leads the “reindonkey”with Ariana Schnoberger in tow at the parade.
Matthew White emerges successful Saturday in the apple bobbing contest. The trick is to push the apple against the side or bottom of the tub. It is also helpful to have upper front teeth.
Carnival Snow Woman
Lisa Block led the Libby Christmas Parade on Saturday from the Libby Care Center parking through town before reaching the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Mineral Avenue. The parade included various participants and spectators. The evening was capped off with the Christmas Fair at Asa Wood.
Libby Middle School choir members Shelbie McLinden, left, and Kristen Lindgren kept the crowd entertained with a few seasonal selections.
Lucas Cook, 5, watches as a south-bound freight rounds the bend.
Abbiegale King, 9, emerges a winner Saturday evening in the apple bobbing contest.
Snowwoman Lisa Block led the way Saturday evening during Libby's second annual Christmas parade.
Monday, December 3
Lady Loggers short on experience, long on tenacity
To say Libby will field a young girls basketball team would be an understatement.
A regular vet check-up for your pet should include a look at their teeth
We have been told since childhood how necessary it is to take care of our teeth.
Environmental movement has disabled our once-vibrant economy
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Quinn, a junior, leads Libby in a season full of young players
When you are counted on to be the biggest playmaker for your basketball team as a junior in high school, it adds a lot of pressure on most kids.
Sunday, December 2
Treatment of local veteran group through the memorial monument process stumps reader
Letter to the Editor,
Knife fight leaves two men injured
One man taken to hospital for injuries
The Western News
Testing the waters: City seeks data on hydropower
Libby City officials are seeking proposals from qualified engineering firms for the development, feasibility and design for hydropower generators located both at the proposed dam site at Flower Creek and along the water-transmission lines.
Birth: Tanner M. Schnackenberg
Tanner Mahki Schnackenberg, son of Jared Schnackenberg and Shannon Dinsdale of Bozeman was born Oct. 11 at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Jack Taylor, 67, formerly of Libby
Jack (John) E. Taylor received his Crown of Life in Quartzsite, Ariz., on Nov. 26, 2012.
Margaret M. Jones, 79, formerly of Libby
Margaret Maxine Jones, 79, of Dublin, Va., passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at her residence.
Collin E. Holstein, 65, of Libby
Collin Ellis Holstein passed away at his home in Libby on Nov. 26, 2012, after a six-month courageous battle with brain cancer.
Park Committee urges resolution for veterans
Lincoln County veterans inched a little closer toward finding a permanent home for a monument at Riverfront Park, as discussions with Park Committee members continued Tuesday during a noon meeting at City Hall.
Water-rights fears lessened
A looming threat of litigation still hangs over the compact
Trojans set realistic goals
In Head Coach Cory Andersen’s fourth year at the helm of the Troy boys basketball program, he is quick to acknowledge how gifted his team was last season.
Loggers look to a fresh start; wins
With the loss of eight seniors from last season to graduation, Libby’s boys basketball team will need to use the first few weeks of the season to give valuable varsity experience to a new crop of starters.
Statewide jobless rate dips; county rate increases
Montana’s unemployment rate continued to move downward in October, dipping 0.1 percent to 6.0 percent while the national rate increased by 0.1 percent in October following a large drop last month.
Sawmill owner comments on planned facility on Port Authority property
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