Libby Montana News - January 2008

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Ralph Heinert will not file for re-election (January 31, 2008)
State Representative from District 1
by Representative Ralph Heinert media release
In a statement released on January 31st the State Representative from District 1, Ralph Heinert, said he has decided not to file for re-election for the upcoming 2009 session of the Montana legislature. ... FULL STORY
Libby VFD gets $173,500 Assistance to Firefighters grant (January 31, 2008)
by KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $173, 500 Assistance to Firefighters grant to the City of Libby Volunteer Fire Department. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Libby Gorillas or Loggers? (January 31, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
A decision by school administrators to downplay the use of the Libby High School wrestling team’s unofficial mascot has ignited a campaign to “Save the Gorilla.” ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) GPS allows tracking of lawbreakers (January 31, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
A state of the art tracking system being put into use by the local court system is allowing a lawbreaker’s every move to be monitored in real time. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Mike Monroe running for commissioner (January 31, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Libby businessman Mike Munro is throwing his hat into the political ring with a bid for county commissioner. ... FULL STORY
Leave the green gorilla alone! (January 31, 2008)
by Editorial by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
You may have heard the current flap over the Logger Greenchain mascot, the very large green gorilla. I don't know I've ever seen or heard of a real, green, gorilla. But one has been the mascot of the Libby Loggers Green Chain wrestlers for 30 to 35 years. ... FULL STORY
Snow loads causing concerns (January 31, 2008)
by KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
In many areas of the county, significant snow accumulations are pushing the snow loads on some structures to a failure point. In light of recent heavy snows and accumulating moisture we have begun to receive some reports of structural failures, including the r ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Passing Through (January 30, 2008)
A cautious deer keeps an eye on things Tuesday afternoon while looking for food in ever-increasing snow depths. The weather forecast calls for yet more snow on Thursday. ... FULL STORY
Heavy Snow Warning (January 30, 2008)
5 am to 11 pm Thursday
by National Weather Service
The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Heavy Snow Warning in effect from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Thursday. ... FULL STORY
South Flower Ski Report: January 28 (January 28, 2008)
by Greg Rice
Hello skiers! ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Another Blast of Winter (January 27, 2008)
Backhoes, snowblowers, snowplows and shovels were the order of the day Sunday as Libby residents woke up to well over a foot of snow Sunday morning, and it just kept coming. By Sunday afternoon, there was about a foot and a half that had people wondering if i ... FULL STORY
McGregor Lake Resort Fishing Derby (January 27, 2008)
New Owners - Same Great Derby!
The new owners of McGregor Lake Resort, Mark and Julianne Bacialli and Mike Lavoie, announce the upcoming annual fishing derby on McGregor Lake, sponsored by the Resort. The derby is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10. Over 1000 people are expe ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) 39 Bighorn sheep transplanted near Libby (January 24, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
State wildlife officers bolstered the bighorn sheep herd at Kootenai Falls Wildlife Management Area last week with 39 animals captured at Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake. ... FULL STORY
Tony Berget plans to run for County Commissioner (January 24, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Libby Mayor Tony Berget is planning a run at a higher office. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) St. John’s Nurse completes Pediatric Trauma Training (January 24, 2008)
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
(Libby) - Amy Hayes, RN, Emergency Room nurse with St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, recently traveled to the Denver Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO for pediatric trauma training. This three-day conference included hands-on training with over ten faculty physic ... FULL STORY
State-Fish Art Contest (January 20, 2008)
by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Snappy Sport Senter of Kalispell and Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, are sponsoring a regional competition for the national State-Fish Art Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12. The ar ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Ice Fishing on Upper Thompson Lake (January 20, 2008)
Seth Reedy, along with his brother Colin and dog Copper, enjoyed their Sunday morning ice fishing on Upper Thompson Lake. Though not entered in the fishing derby themselves, they had a lot of company on the ice for the Fisher River Valley Fire Department's ann ... FULL STORY
South Flower Creek Nordic Skiing Grooming Report: January 17, 2008 (January 17, 2008)
The South Flower Creek Nordic ski trails were groomed again this morning, Thursday, January 17th. Greg Rice reports that the trails are in excellent shape and have received another half inch of new snow since Tuesday. "Everything is now groomed for both skatin ... FULL STORY
Kirby Maki rehired for Libby school Superintendent (January 16, 2008)
by KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The Libby School Board renewed Superintendent of Schools Kirby Maki's contract for another year at this month's meeting Tuesday night. ... FULL STORY
(5 pictures) Moose Rescue (January 15, 2008)
Young bull moose stuck in creekbed near Libby
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
A young bull moose found buried up to its neck in a mucky creek bed came out alive and kicking thanks to some compassionate humans with a skidder. ... FULL STORY
MT Highway Patrolman’s car hit by semi-truck on Hwy 2 (January 15, 2008)
Patrolman receives minor injuries
by KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Montana Highway Patrolman Bryce Ford was treated for minor injuries and released from St. Johns Hospital on Monday, January 14th , following a two-vehicle crash involving a Highway Patrol car a semi tractor-trailer. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Libby Mayor gives State of the City address (January 15, 2008)
Guest Speaker at Libby Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Residential construction boomed in Libby in 2007, according to figures released last week by Mayor Tony Berget during his annual State of the City address at a luncheon hosted by the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce. ... FULL STORY
Dense Fog Advisory through 11AM Monday (January 13, 2008)
The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Missoula has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet/Flathead/Mission Valley regions until 11:00 AM Monday morning, January 14. ... FULL STORY
X-C Grooming Report: Sunday, Jan 13 (January 13, 2008)
by Greg Rice
Sunday, January 13, 8:24 AM Nordic ski trail grooming report: Warmer temperatures yesterday changed our silky fluffy new snow to clumpy heavy stuff. When that freezes overnight it makes for edge-catching crust. It looks like it is cold enough this AM that I w ... FULL STORY
EPA Discusses 2008 Asbestos Cleanup (January 12, 2008)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
It was much like watching an old movie for the umpteenth time. It was a sense of deja vu. We've been here many times before. ... FULL STORY
Kootenai National Forest Releases SOPA (January 12, 2008)
Schedule of Proposed Actions January - March 2008
by Kootenai National Forest
The Kootenai National Forest has released its latest edition of SOPA (Schedule of Proposed Actions). The SOPA contains a list of proposed actions that will begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation. The schedule shows the proje ... FULL STORY
Bighorn Sheep to be Relocated to Kootenai Falls WMA (January 12, 2008)
Sheep to come from Wild Horse Island
by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
FWP will trap up to 30 sheep on Wild Horse Island and move them to Kootenai Falls Wildlife Management Area west of Libby to augment that existing herd. The capture and relocation effort is planned for early next week, and will depend on weather conditions and ... FULL STORY
Foster and Adoptive Families Needed (January 10, 2008)
Orientation February 18; Pre-service training in March
by Theresa Becker, DPHHS
Foster Care and Adoption Program: ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Moose Munchies (January 7, 2008)
A mom moose shows her twins how to prune the trees at the golf course on Monday afternoon. Food is getting harder to find as winter snowstorms keep hitting the Kootenai Valley. ... FULL STORY
(10 pictures) Turner Ski Area ‘excellent’ (January 9, 2008)
Challenging downhill skiing and snowboarding just 22 miles from Libby
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
The ski season at Turner Mountain is off to one of its best starts in years thanks to plenty of fresh snow just in time for the holidays. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) E-mail a Patient (January 8, 2008)
St. John's Lutheran Hospital
by St. John's Lutheran Hospital Media Release
St. John’s now offers a way for the public to e-mail well wishes to patients while they are at St. John’s hospital. All it takes is a few easy steps, and you can send get-well wishes, words of encouragement, or congratulations on the delivery of a new baby. ... FULL STORY
Comment Period extended through January 21 for Crystal Lake (January 8, 2008)
Fishing Access Site Development Project
by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has extended comment through January 21, 2008 on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the purpose of reestablishing public motorboat access on Crystal Lake in Lincoln County, Montana. ... FULL STORY
Cross-Country Skiers Need Help (January 8, 2008)
South Flower Ski Course
by Greg and Susie Rice
Good news! Jim Wardensky is out grooming this morning. He'll probably just concentrate on the lower loops and NOT go to the clearcut today. Greg plans on grooming on Thursday. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) New members sworn in at City Council Meeting (January 8, 2008)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Three council members were sworn in at Monday's Libby City Council meeting. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Kootenai Falls (January 4, 2008)
Kootenai Falls is an area attraction year-round, seen here on Monday. The trail to the falls and the swinging bridge is accessible, and the area is beautiful in winter. ... FULL STORY
Corps continues to implement VARQ flood control operations at Libby Dam in 2008 (January 4, 2008)
by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this year’s planned operations for Libby Dam would be a continuation of last year’s VARQ flood control operations. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Corps changes restricted areas for boaters, anglers at Libby Dam (January 4, 2008)
by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle – Recreationists, boaters, and anglers need to be aware of changes that will restrict access above and below Libby Dam. The change will go into effect on Jan. 15, 2008. ... FULL STORY
Hunting Regulation Proposals Considered (January 4, 2008)
January 12 Hearing in Kalispell
by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a northwest Montana hearing on the 2008-9 tentative hunting regulations at the Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell Center Mall, on Saturday, January 12, 2008. FWP Commissioner Vic Workman, who represents western Montana on the C ... FULL STORY
South Flower X-C Ski Grooming Update (January 4, 2008)
by Greg Rice
Thursday Jan 3 8:30 pm ... FULL STORY
Responsible Snowmobile Use on the Kootenai National Forest (January 4, 2008)
by Willie Sykes, Kootenai National Forest
Libby, Mont. – The recent storms across Western Montana covered the Kootenai National Forest in a blanket of snow. Autumn colors gave way to a sea of white. Recreationists across the area have started to dig through basements and garages for skies, snowboards ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Asa Wood students learning Sign Language (January 2, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
The first- and second-graders at Asa Wood Elementary are learning a second language, but you won’t hear them using it. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Libby: Positive Trend (January 2, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Looking back at 2007, Mayor Tony Berget thinks Libby may finally have reached “the tipping point.” ... FULL STORY
(24 pictures) Libby Polar Bear New Year Plunge (January 1, 2008)
Held December 30, 2007
by Maggie Craig, LibbyMT.com
The Polar Bear Club of Libby, Montana, had a special reason to "plunge" in the New Year of 2008...SSG Keith Wriston of Butte, Montana, and stationed in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, had requested honorary membership in Libby's Polar Bear Club. Accommo ... FULL STORY
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