Libby Montana News - February 2009

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Draft EIS for Montanore Project released for public comment (February 27, 2009)
Public hearing in Libby on April 16
by Kootenai National Forest
The Kootenai National Forest and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality are releasing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Montanore Project for public comment. The Montanore Project is a proposed copper and silver underground mine located a ... FULL STORY
KNF raises price for topo maps (February 27, 2009)
$2 price increase to cover rising operational costs
by Kootenai National Forest
According to a media release from the Kootenai National Forest, effective March 1, 2009 the price of 1/24,000 scale Topographic Quadrangle Maps will increase from $6.00 to $8.00 to cover rising operational costs. This represents the first price increase of th ... FULL STORY
W.R. Grace Trial Watch: Victim’s petition for writ of mandamus granted (February 27, 2009)
U.S. Court of Appeals overturned Judge Molloy’s decision to exclude victims from trial proceedings
by LibbyMT.com
On Friday, February 27, a three-judge appellate panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals granted a writ of mandamus petition by Melvin and Lerah Parker on behalf of victims in the U.S. vs. W.R. Grace trial taking place in Missoula. ... FULL STORY
W.R. Grace Trial Updates (February 25, 2009)
by LibbyMT.com
Below are updates on the USA v. W.R. Grace trial. Lawyers gave opening statements on Monday. The trial is expected to last several months. ... FULL STORY
Pre Healthfair Health Screening Tests Available (February 25, 2009)
Hospital to give away Free Cholesterol Screenings
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
St. John’s Lutheran Hospital’s Annual Road to Health: Health Fair will be held on April 4, 2009 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Memorial Center in Libby. The fair --popular for its interactive health/wellness related exhibits, kid friendly activities, free bon ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Rehberg visits CARD clinic (February 25, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg visited Libby’s Center for Asbestos Related Disease last week to offer his support in finding funding to keep the clinic open. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Recommendation: Vacate Asa Wood (February 25, 2009)
School board committee proposes four-year timeframe
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
A Libby School Board committee is recommending that the district set a four-year timeframe to move out of Asa Wood Elementary. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Plea agreement reached in Christmas Day shooting (February 25, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
A Libby man charged with shooting his brother on Christmas Day pleaded guilty Monday to criminal endangerment in return for a recommendation from the county attorney’s office for a six-year deferred sentence and the dismissal of charges of assault with a weapo ... FULL STORY
(22 pictures) Kootenai Cross-Country Ski Day (February 22, 2009)
by Maggie Craig
The Kootenai Cross-Country Ski Club hosted a community ski day Saturday at the South Flower Cross Country Ski Course. The event was well-attended, with skiers (and sledders) enjoying a beautiful, sunny day with warming fires and home-baked treats available al ... FULL STORY
Real Estate in Libby, Troy, & the Yaak (February 22, 2009)
by Guest article by Alice Hayes,Loveless Realty
Welcome to real estate in Lincoln County. We have the privilege of being longtime residents of a beautiful area in the "last best place." It is always our pleasure to assist buyers wishing to relocate to our special corner of Montana. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Bridge maker looks at industrial park (February 22, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
An Arizona-based manufacturer of steel bridges and deck joints is taking a close look at the Kootenai Business Park Industrial District as a possible location for expansion, according to Kootenai River Development Council director Paul Rumelhart. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Asa Wood principal resigning (February 22, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Asa Wood Elementary principal Marjorie O’Brien-Johnson has announced plans to resign her position as of the end of the current school year. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Shooting victim arrested on assault charges (February 22, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
A Libby man shot during a dispute with his brother early on Christmas Day was arrested last week on domestic abuse charges after his girlfriend called 911 and reported that he had thrown her down a set of stairs. ... FULL STORY
St. John's Lutheran Hospital Annual Health Fair (February 20, 2009)
Calling All Vendors
by Kate Bartz, St. John's Lutheran Hospital
St. John's Lutheran Hospital is gearing up for its annual community wide "Road to Health" Health Fair on Saturday, April 4, 2009, and is looking for vendors who might want to participate by entering an exhibit. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Libby Bald Eagle Cam back online (February 18, 2009)
Eagles are back for the new nesting season
Libby Dam officials report that the Libby Dam Bald Eagle cam is back online today, Wednesday. February 18th. "Thanks to the efforts of Libby Dam's Electrical Crew and ACE-IT (Army Corps Engineers Information Technology (Computer folks) the eagle cam is back i ... FULL STORY
Trial Watch: Judge denies Change of Venue motion for W.R. Grace trial (February 18, 2009)
by LibbyMT.com
On Tuesday (Feb. 17), two days before jury selection, attorneys for W.R. Grace filed a motion asking to have the trial moved out of Missoula because "inflammatory pretrial publicity" would make it impossible to find an impartial jury in western Montana. This i ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Thinking of Summer – Kootenai Falls (February 17, 2009)
Sue Neathamer sent in this photo of Kootenai Falls: "My husband and I had the privilege of visiting your beautiful area a couple of years back and made a point to see the Kootenai River and falls….absolutely breathtaking! After coming across your website, I t ... FULL STORY
W.R. Grace and Libby (February 17, 2009)
by LibbyMT.com
W.R. Grace has categorically denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that company officials were concerned about employees and their health and took what steps they believed were reasonable and appropriate at the time. The company has stated they have taken serious ... FULL STORY
Trial Watch: USA v. W.R. Grace (February 17, 2009)
Judge restricts prosecution’s opening statements to jury
by LibbyMT.com
Below is more news following the upcoming trial of W.R. Grace. The trial is being held in bankruptcy court in Missoula, Montana. Jury selection begins on Thursday, February 19th: ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) W.R. Grace asbestos trial to begin Feb.19 (February 16, 2009)
Trial being held in Missoula, Montana
by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com
The long-awaited trial of W.R. Grace & Co. begins on Thursday, February 19, with jury selection in Missoula. The trial will begin the following week and is expected to last about four months. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) LHS Basketball Senior Night (February 15, 2009)
Libby High School hosted a community appreciation night Friday with the boys' basketball teams playing Troy. The senior cheerleaders and basketball players were honored at this last home game of the season. Senior cheerleaders included Rachel Cernick, exchan ... FULL STORY
(4 pictures) The skiing is great at Turner! (February 11, 2009)
Ski area 20 miles from Libby
by LibbyMT.com
Turner Ski Area describes themselves with the phrase, "Steep, Deep and Cheap". They are located in the Kootenai National Forest approximately 20 miles from Libby. 60 percent of the runs are rated Black Diamond. Thirty percent are More Difficult and 10 percent ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Nice Catch (February 11, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Cody Crace, 6, proudly hefts the 30-inch, 9-pound bull trout he caught last week while fishing with his dad, Vic, and uncle Hans Peterson at Lake Koocanusa. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) City eyes elimination of LPD (February 11, 2009)
Contract with sheriff's office considered to cut costs
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
Libby officials are looking into the possibility of eliminating the city police department in favor of a contract with the county sheriff's office, but LPD Chief Clay Coker says history shows the idea won't work. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Schikora featured in magazine (February 11, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Former Libby resident and country music artist Mike Schikora is featured in the February/March 2009 issue of "American Cowboy" magazine. ... FULL STORY
Paint it Pink Mammography Program Up and Running (February 11, 2009)
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
The details of the Paint It Pink (PIP) Mammography Program have been finalized, and the program is being launched on February 1, 2009. ... FULL STORY
Price of stamps going up May 11 (February 11, 2009)
by United States Postal Service
On May 11 the price for a 1-ounce First-Class Mail stamp will increase from 42¢ to 44¢. Prices for other mailing services — Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (including Parcel Post), and Extra Services — will also change. The average increase by cla ... FULL STORY
Hunter Education Classes Scheduled (February 10, 2009)
by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Spring Hunter Education Classes have been scheduled for some communities in northwest Montana. All hunter education classes are free of charge and open to hunters and non-hunters alike. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the ... FULL STORY
(23 pictures) Winter Fun in Libby (February 10, 2009)
by Maggie Craig
The weekend of February 7-8 was a busy one in Libby. The Lincoln County SnoKats had their annual fundraising fun run, McGregor Lake Resort had its annual ice fishing derby on McGregor Lake, Libby High School hosted the divisional wrestling tournament, and Tur ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Go Red For Women (February 7, 2009)
SJLH employees promote heart health
by Maggie Craig
St. John's Lutheran Hospital employees wore red on Friday to promote heart health awareness for women. The American Heart Association started the national Go Red For Women campaign to raise awareness among women that heart disease is their number one killer. ... FULL STORY
Koocanusa Reservoir inflow forecast (February 6, 2009)
by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Libby Dam
The February 2009 April-August inflow forecast for Koocanusa Reservoir has fallen from 87% of normal in January to 86% in February. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Wolves on the rise as whitetail numbers fall (February 6, 2009)
by Brent Shrum, Kootenai Valley Record
With the wolf population on the rise, state wildlife officials aren’t making any promises regarding a quick recovery of northwest Montana’s flagging whitetail deer herds. ... FULL STORY
(2 pictures) Sheffield picked for JP (February 6, 2009)
New judge is retired sheriff’s deputy
by Kootenai Valley Record
Jay Sheffield, a sheriff’s deputy with 30 years of experience in law enforcement, has been chosen from a field of 26 applicants to replace Gary Hicks as justice of the peace. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Survey examines attitudes toward Cabinet-Yaak grizzlies (February 6, 2009)
by Kootenai Valley Record
Residents of Lincoln and Sanders counties are generally supportive of current grizzly bear recovery efforts in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem but are less supportive of the importation of additional bears and opposed to more road restrictions, according to a surve ... FULL STORY
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