Libby Montana News - December 2008

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South Flower X-Country Ski Report 12/28/08 (December 28, 2008)
by Greg Rice
Grooming was last done Friday a.m. (skate and classic everywhere except just classic above Jabber Jct. (upper part of Treasure Tour); much thanks to Mark Mason. Saturday afternoon Roller Coaster, Shorty's Loop and the play area were groomed again for the nigh ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Libby Polar Bears New Year Plunge (December 28, 2008)
The Libby Polar Bears plunged in the New Year Sunday afternoon in Libby Creek. Left to right are Beth Wickward, Dan McLaury, Rick Klin and Elliot Wickward. And Tasha, who has her own Polar Bear certificate. ... FULL STORY
(9 pictures) Vacation Fun (December 28, 2008)
Skidale Hill near Libby Middle School provides sledding and snowboarding fun over Christmas break. Pictured is Levi Erickson on Saturday, practicing his snowboarding skills. ... FULL STORY
Turner still needs more snow to open (December 25, 2008)
Ski area near Libby
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Turner Mountain, usually open for Christmas week skiing, is closed. The ski area did receive a big dump of snow on December 12 - about a foot. On December 18th they got 5 more inches bringing the base to 20" at the summit and 16" at the base. However, it is li ... FULL STORY
Henson sentencing January 12 (December 25, 2008)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Heather Henson will be sentenced Jan. 12 before Judge Micheal Prezeau. She was convicted in District Court last week for the mitigated attempted murder of Larry Kingsley. Henson is looking at spending from two to 40 years in prison. ... FULL STORY
EPA designates Libby a Nonattainment Area (December 25, 2008)
Years of effort not enough to bring Libby into attainment
by Environmental Protection Agency
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer was notified on Monday, December 22, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final decision to designate Libby, Mont., as a nonattainment area, as it failed to meet the revised 24-hour fine particle (PM2.5) air quality s ... FULL STORY
Libby Dam outflow schedule (December 25, 2008)
by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Libby Dam
Libby Dam outflow will be gradually decreased towards minimum flow (4,000 cfs) on January 1st, 2009, beginning December 24th, as follows: ... FULL STORY
Libby vermiculite to be studied (December 23, 2008)
EPA gives $2.1 million research grant to Hamner Institute for a 3-year study
The Environmental Protection Institute (EPA) has given a $2.1 million grant to the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences to fund a three-year study of vermiculite from the Libby area. The study will include inhalation exposure to laboratory animals (rats), d ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Trees at Festival do much more than raise money for hospital (December 23, 2008)
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
Behind all the twinkling lights, the shimmering gala attire, and the festive bantering of the live auction, something else, far beyond fundraising, was taking place at this year’s SJLH Festival of Trees. ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) Polar Bear Weather (December 21, 2008)
by Maggie Craig
Polar Bear Rick Klin displays some ice from Libby Creek during his swim Sunday afternoon. Sunday's air temperature was about zero, with the water temperature slightly above freezing. The Polar Bears' New Year plunge will be held next Sunday, December 28, at ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Latest storm adds more snow (December 18, 2008)
Libby was feeling the effects of the most recent storm to pass through the area Wednesday night and Thursday. Close to a foot of snow was added to the accumulation, sending plows, snowblowers and shovels into action. More of the same - cold weather and snow ... FULL STORY
South Flower X-Country Skiing (December 18, 2008)
by Susie and Greg Rice
We have a couple items to share with you: ... FULL STORY
Henson found guilty of Mitigated Attempted Deliberate Homicide (December 18, 2008)
Not guilty on two other counts
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Heather Henson has been convicted of mitigated attempted deliberate homicide in the shooting death of Larry Kingsley at the Sylvan Lake campground last July. ... FULL STORY
(3 pictures) Self defense claimed as bizarre homicide case unfolds (December 17, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Nineteen-year-old Heather Henson has never denied shooting Larry Kingsley. It’s up to a jury to decide, however, whether the killing of the 67-year-old man by Henson and her 17-year-old boyfriend last July at Sylvan Lake was premeditated murder or justifiable ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Revett eyes potential shutdown of Troy Mine (December 17, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Revett Silver Co. announced Friday that it may be shutting down production at its Troy Mine in 60 days if metal prices remain at currently depressed levels. ... FULL STORY
D.C. Orr appointed to fill vacant City Council seat (December 17, 2008)
Replaces Doug Roll
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The Libby City Council has appointed a replacement councilman to replace Doug Roll, who has now moved to the Mayor's position. The Council, on a vote of 3 to 1 appointed, often city critic, D.C. Orr, to fill the vacant seat until the November 2009 election, at ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Police Chief Coker graduates from FBI National Academy (December 17, 2008)
Training for law enforcement leaders
by Libby Police Department
On December 12, 2008, Libby Chief of Police Clay Coker graduated from the 235th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. ... FULL STORY
Libby compensated for groundwater contamination (December 17, 2008)
International Paper pays mitigation settlement
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The City of Libby has negotiated a two year agreement with International Paper to mitigate aquifer problems created by Libby's original Superfund site, at the former mill site, now the Kootenai Business Park. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Clear and Cold (December 15, 2008)
The Cabinet Mountains stood bright and beautiful Monday morning as the day dawned clear and cold. Temperatures will remain cold for the coming week, and a winter storm watch was issued Monday afternoon in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday after ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Winter has Arrived (December 13, 2008)
This was the scene Saturday afternoon after Libby's first snowfall of the season Friday night. About eight inches of snow blanketed the Libby area. Colder temperatures have settled in and a wind chill advisory is in effect until Monday morning. The cold wea ... FULL STORY
Economic slowdown impacts Libby (December 12, 2008)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Amidst all the dismal economic and financial some that hits home. ... FULL STORY
Kalispell woman on trial for murder (December 12, 2008)
Heather Henson pleads not guilty of deliberate homicide in death of Larry Kingsley
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
A Kalispell woman accused of murdering 67-year-old Larry Kingsley appeared in 19th District Court in Libby this week. ... FULL STORY
Winter weather on the way (December 12, 2008)
by National Weather Service
A strong winter storm will impact the Northern Rockies over the weekend. Initially snow will develop over the mountains of northwest Montana Friday afternoon as a cold front approaches from the west. This front will push through Idaho and western Montana provi ... FULL STORY
(8 pictures) Logger athletes honored at awards ceremony (December 11, 2008)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Libby High School athletes, including the 2008 Montana Class A state champion boys’ soccer team, were honored during the school’s fall activities awards ceremony last week at Ralph Tate Gymnasium. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Finance reports detail cost of getting elected (December 11, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
House District 1 winner Jerry Bennett was Lincoln County’s big spender in the 2008 election season, shelling out a total of $18,777.50 according to campaign finance reports filed with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. ... FULL STORY
Libby soldiers set to deploy to Iraq in January (December 11, 2008)
Will be in Iraq for one year
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Libby soldiers who are members of the Helena-based 639 Combat Support Supply Unit of the Montana Army National Guard are set to be deployed to Iraq next month. The unit is set to leave in January for Fort Lewis, Washington. for mobilization. The 639 will have ... FULL STORY
Stimson Lumber cited (December 11, 2008)
Pays administrative fine for delinquent progress report
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Stimson Lumber Company paid the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administrative penalties totaling $480 to resolve violations of the Montana Opencut Mining Act. In an administrative enforcement action, the DEQ cited Stimson Lumber Company for ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Finding the perfect tree (December 8, 2008)
by Karen Kemmerer
Dave Kemmerer carries the family’s choice for their Christmas tree. "What better way to welcome in the holidays, than cutting down your tree and enjoying the 'hunt' for the perfect one with your family?" said wife Karen. Christmas tree permits are available fr ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Kootenai River (December 4, 2008)
The Kootenai River and Cabinet Mountains are shown on Thursday afternoon. We've enjoyed a relatively mild fall and early December in Libby, with not much snow to report. That may begin to change, however, starting this weekend and into next week. Rain, free ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Treasure Tones to perform Dec. 14 (December 4, 2008)
Annual Christmas Concert
by Phyll Mackey, Kootenai Valley Record
The sound of music will be filling the Memorial Center on Sunday, Dec. 14, when Libby’s Treasure Tones present their annual Christmas Concert. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Lodgepole Way Fire (December 4, 2008)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Libby volunteer firefighters prepare to enter a burning home at 63 Lodgepole Way on Nov. 25. The house, owned by Martin Krebs, sustained heavy damage to the upper floor from the fire. The cause is believed to have been accidental and woodstove related. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Stimson: Finger-joint closure permanent (December 4, 2008)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Stimson Lumber Co. has made it official – the Libby finger-joint plant won’t be reopening. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Hicks fights to stay in office (December 4, 2008)
Judge responds to commission’s recommendations
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Justice of the Peace Gary Hicks is asking the Montana Supreme Court to set aside a recommendation by the state’s Judicial Standards Commission that he be removed from office due to alleged ethical violations. ... FULL STORY
Lincoln County Credit Union will build new building in Libby (December 3, 2008)
Will break ground in Spring of 2009
by Lincoln County Credit Union
Within the next year, Libby will boast a new building on the corner of Commerce and 6th Street. The Lincoln County Credit Union’s Board of Directors announced that the Credit Union will be lining up subcontractors and breaking ground on its new home in the Spr ... FULL STORY
Libby Dam lowers Kootenai River flows (December 3, 2008)
To assist BPA with immediate transmission line repair
Bonneville Power Administration is performing an immediate transmission line repair in Montana which is requiring immediate lowering of flows in the Kootenai River near Libby. ... FULL STORY
Northwest Montana Whitetail harvest lowest in a decade (December 2, 2008)
by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Results at the six northwest Montana check stations indicated that the 2008 hunting season was one of the slowest since 1997. ... FULL STORY
Forestry work begins at Chain of Lakes Fishing Access Site (December 2, 2008)
by Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks will be conducting forestry work at the Thompson Chain of Lakes Fishing Access Site through December of 2008. Temporary road restrictions may be enforced for the duration of the project. Workers will be harvesting trees to impro ... FULL STORY
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