Libby Montana News - March 2009

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Dancer trial ends in hung jury (March 31, 2009)
Mistrial declared
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
(Libby) - William Dancer, on trial in 19th district court for embezzlement from his former employer, Independence Home Center, will get a do-over. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Pediatric Therapy Gym part of rehab facility remodel (March 31, 2009)
At St. John’s Rehabilitation Services
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
(Libby) - In the past two years, the St. John Lutheran Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department, located one block north of the hospital, has experienced significant growth going from eight to 12 permanent staff members, and adding a variety of new services includ ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Hospital employees donate towards new hospital building (March 31, 2009)
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
(Libby) - Employees at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital are making a statement in support of the new hospital building project through payroll contributions that will total nearly $200,000.00. ... FULL STORY
Stimulus bill helps Libby train depot (March 27, 2009)
$509,000 for ADA upgrades
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The recently passed Jobs Bill will put more people to work in Montana by investing $2.5 million to make Montana's Amtrak stations along Amtrak's Empire Builder route so that they meet standards required by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). ... FULL STORY
Libby City Council news (March 27, 2009)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The Libby City Council has appointed Ron Carter to the seat vacated by the resignation of Charlene Lekrone last month. Carter is a local contractor. He will serve until November, when he will have to run for election to hold the seat. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Logger Days 5K / 10K ‘Fun Run for Health’ June 27 (March 26, 2009)
Logger Days is June 25-27, 2009
There will be a new event during this year’s Logger Days: The Logger Days 5K / 10K "Fun Run for Health." The run is sponsored by the Lincoln County Community Health Center, St. John's Lutheran Hospital, the Montana Athletic Club, and the Kootenai XC Ski Club. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Ground broken for new credit union building (March 26, 2009)
Lincoln County Credit Union’s new building site at the corner of Sixth Street and Commerce Way
by Kootenai Valley Record
After several months of planning and waiting for spring to arrive, contractors started moving ground this week on Lincoln County Credit Union’s new building site at the corner of Sixth Street and Commerce Way. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) County, city officials scramble for stimulus funds (March 26, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
County and city officials were scrambling last week to nominate projects for a share of federal economic stimulus funds being divvied up by the Montana Legislature. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Deer through windshield kills driver on Highway 2 (March 26, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
A 50-year-old Marion woman was killed Friday, March 20, on Highway 2 near Kootenai Falls after a deer hit by an oncoming car was thrown through her vehicle’s windshield. ... FULL STORY
FWP Region One seeks applicants for Northwest Montana CAG (March 26, 2009)
Citizen Advisory Committee
by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking volunteer applicants to fill five slots on the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The 12-member CAC is in its 14th year and was established to provide input and guidance to FWP from the public. This i ... FULL STORY
Flathead Electric impacted by HB 641 (March 25, 2009)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Flathead Electric, with 47,000 members and 61,000 meters, would be the only member-owned Cooperative in the state adversely impacted by passage of House Bill 641. The House Committee was expected to vote on HB 641 on Wednesday, March 25th. ... FULL STORY
William Dancer trial update (March 25, 2009)
Former Libby resident charged with money laundering and embezzlement
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Day two of the William Dancer trial wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. Dancer is charged with one count of money laundering and 6 counts of theft by embezzlement. Dancer was managing a Libby branch of Independence Home Center Inc. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Springtime on the Kootenai River (March 22, 2009)
A rafter enjoyed an early spring outing on the Kootenai River Saturday. The weather was cooperative for those anxious to get outside, since snowmelt is seriously underway. ... FULL STORY
Airtanker Base at Kalispell decommissioned (March 20, 2009)
Fire managers will use alternative bases in region for aerial firefighting efforts
by Flathead National Forest
(Missoula, Montana) - The Forest Service, in coordination with federal, state and local fire management partners, is decommissioning the aging airtanker facility at Glacier International Airport this spring. The facility, also called the Kalispell airtanker ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) There's an egg in the nest! (March 19, 2009)
Watch the progess of the egg in the nest here: Libby Dam Bald Eagle Webcam. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Gun control worries lead to booming sales (March 19, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Concerns about the potential for new gun control measures under the Obama administration are contributing to booming sales of semiautomatic firearms, ammunition and reloading supplies, and local businesses are having a hard time keeping many in-demand items in ... FULL STORY
Bridge builder moving ahead on Libby expansion (March 19, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
An Arizona company that manufactures steel bridges and deck joints is looking to have 20 to 25 people working in Libby by May and hopes to have 200 on the payroll within three years, Kootenai River Development Council director Paul Rumelhart told the Lincoln C ... FULL STORY
Zoning concerns expressed at growth policy hearing (March 19, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
A proposed growth policy for Lincoln County won’t bring forth any new regulations without a public review process, and the policy itself may be put to a public vote, county officials said during a public hearing on the policy last week in Troy. ... FULL STORY
Gunmen kill animals, open fire on Kootenai Pets for Life in Troy (March 16, 2009)
No human injuries; 2 suspects in custody
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
Monday morning two gunmen approached the Kootenai Pets for Life animal shelter in Troy, opened fire, killing four outside cats at point blank range, and then opened fire on the building. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Jay Graham's Last Awards Assembly (March 13, 2009)
LHS head wrestling coach to retire from coaching
Libby High School wrestling head coach Jay Graham handed out his last wrestling awards Thursday night at the Winter Activities Awards Assembly for the high school. After 23 years of coaching (18 of them in Libby), he is retiring as a wrestling coach. His son ... FULL STORY
(11 pictures) Libby Middle School Eighth-Grade Science Fair (March 12, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
See the March 10, 2009 edition of the Kootenai Valley Record for the printed version of this story. Photos by Kootenai Valley record. For more information, call 406-293-2424, or e-mail kvrecord@gmail.com. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Stimulus funds eyed for hospital (March 12, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Federal economic stimulus dollars are being targeted to put construction of a new hospital facility in Libby on the fast track. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Frustrated union members meet with commissioners on pay raise (March 12, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Dispatchers, detention officers and clerical staff at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office aren’t happy that they were left out of a deal that provided other county employees with a 2.5 percent pay raise. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Class of 1969 to hold 40th Reunion Aug. 14-16 (March 12, 2009)
Weekend of ‘Ignite the Nites’ Car Show
The Libby High School Class of 1969 will hold their 40th Class Reunion on the weekend of August 14-16, 2009. This is the weekend of the Igniters Car Club "Ignite the Nites" car show. For more information, contact Don Smart at Alpha Computers in Libby, 406-293 ... FULL STORY
St. John’s annual ‘Road to Health’ Health Fair April 4th (March 12, 2009)
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
One sure sign that spring is in the air is the annual "Road to Health" Health Fair sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital. This year the annual event will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Memorial Center in Libby; record crowds ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Koocanusa Reservoir March inflow forecast 84% of normal (March 12, 2009)
by U. S. Army Corps of Engineers – Libby Dam
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released their revised March 2009 April-August inflow forecast for Kootanusa Reservoir. The inflow has fallen from 86% of normal in February to 84% in March 2009. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) It was a nice day Friday... (March 8, 2009)
Last Friday saw a break in the weather, in between the snowstorms of Thursday and Friday night. This view of the Kootenai River was taken just below Libby Dam on Friday afternoon. Cold weather is forecast for the next few days (see related story, below). ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Winter Weather returns (March 8, 2009)
by National Weather Service
A cold Pacific low pressure trough will continue its presence over the northern Rockies Sunday and Monday. A moist and unstable air mass will remain through Sunday and will help maintain snow showers. Cooling aloft will enhance the instability of the air mass ... FULL STORY
(10 pictures) Little Mermaid (March 6, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Aspiring actors got their chance to shine during Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of "The Little Mermaid" on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Memorial Center. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Wilderness advocates seek support from county (March 6, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Wilderness advocates met last week with the Lincoln County commissioners to seek support for a proposal to extend permanent protection to the 88,000-acre Scotchman Peaks area along the Montana-Idaho state line. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Growth policy hearings set (March 6, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
A series of public hearings on Lincoln County’s proposed growth policy will begin next week in Libby and Troy. ... FULL STORY
W.R. Grace files financial report (March 2, 2009)
Reports $3.3 Billion in sales in 2008
by LibbyMT.com
W.R. Grace filed their 4th Quarter 2008 and Full-Year Financial Results statement on February 2, 2009. The company reports sales for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $3.317 billion compared with $3.115 billion for the prior year, a 6.5% increase Net incom ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Libby featured on CNN (March 2, 2009)
U.S. v. W.R. Grace trial highlighted
by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com
Libby and the U.S. v. W.R. Grace trial were featured on the front page of the CNN website on Monday, March 2. Click on this link for the story: Decades later, asbestos-ravaged town has its day in court ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Trial Watch: Technology in the Courtroom (March 2, 2009)
Twitter, blogs, e-mail all playing a role in reporting the U.S. v. W.R. Grace trial
by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com
The W.R. Grace trial is unique in more ways besides the particulars of the case that is being tried. Many people are interested in closely following this case, but who physically cannot be present in the courtroom in Missoula, Montana. With the consent of Jud ... FULL STORY
KLCB says Goodbye to Paul Harvey (March 2, 2009)
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
The KLCB banner is flying at half staff today. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) February Snow (March 1, 2009)
Thursday's snow storm blanketed Libby with about 8-10 inches of new snow...reminding us that although spring is at hand, winter still has a grip. But the skiing was great at Turner Mountain and the South Flower cross-country ski course. Turner reported 14" o ... FULL STORY
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