Monday, April 15, 2024
Voters to decide fate of Lincoln County Library system
March 20, 2024 midnight

Voters to decide fate of Lincoln County Library system

Voters in Lincoln County will decide the fate of its three libraries in June.

March 4, 2024 3:20 p.m.

Rexford man killed in fatal U.S. 93 wreck near Trego

A 56-year-old Rexford man died following a traffic accident on U.S. 93 in Lincoln County near Trego on Monday morning.

State inmate involved in 2021 shooting sues Lincoln County
February 28, 2024 midnight

State inmate involved in 2021 shooting sues Lincoln County

Tristan Kirk Assance, 35, filed the suit against the county on Jan. 11 in federal court in Missoula.

Libby City Council backs effort to redevelop historic high school building
January 24, 2024 midnight

Libby City Council backs effort to redevelop historic high school building

Libby City Council agreed last week to endorse an effort by developers to secure a grant to restore and convert the old high school into a an apartment building with community space.

Troy man charged in 2020 grizzly killing
January 24, 2024 midnight

Troy man charged in 2020 grizzly killing

A Troy man accused of killing a collared grizzly bear on his property over bait more than three years ago has agreed to plead guilty to charges related to the alleged incident.

Troy man in critical condition after leading authorities on chase
January 15, 2024 4:20 p.m.

Troy man in critical condition after leading authorities on chase

A Troy man with a troubled past is in an Idaho hospital after a police chase Saturday evening that involved authorities from multiple jurisdictions before ending just over the Montana-Idaho border.

January 13, 2024 midnight

State investigating complaint against Libby Police officer

State investigators are looking into a complaint against a Libby Police officer.

Efforts in Lincoln County to reduce Montana 37 speed limit bear fruit
January 10, 2024 midnight

Efforts in Lincoln County to reduce Montana 37 speed limit bear fruit

Efforts by a group of Lincoln County residents and the county commissioners to lower the speed limit on Montana 37 have proven fruitful.

Libby students show their gratitude to the community
December 26, 2023 8 a.m.

Libby students show their gratitude to the community

Among the many things students did was making and donating several blankets to the women’s shelter, delivering 80 pairs of socks to the Libby Care Center...

Libby's new Peace Officer Park a place for all community members
December 20, 2023 midnight

Libby's new Peace Officer Park a place for all community members

There’s little question that Libby’s newly named ‘Peace Officer Park’ is one of extreme community involvement.

Libby grad named Montana Assistant Principal of the Year
December 16, 2023 midnight

Libby grad named Montana Assistant Principal of the Year

A Libby native has earned high accolades after being named the Montana Assistant High School Principal of the Year.

December 13, 2023 2 p.m.

Missing Lincoln County man found dead near Huson Peak

Johnnie Lee Hantz, 72, who was reported missing on Nov. 29, was found dead Tuesday by a citizen in the Huson Peak area off Quartz Creek Road, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities searching for a missing man in Lincoln County
December 5, 2023 8:42 a.m.

Authorities searching for a missing man in Lincoln County

The search continues for a missing Lincoln County man.

Body of missing Troy woman recovered from Savage Lake
November 9, 2023 noon

Body of missing Troy woman recovered from Savage Lake

At about 11:10 a.m., Two Bear notified the Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle had been located submerged in Savage Lake, about 82 feet offshore from the boat ramp.

Troy man pleads guilty to DUI homicide in death of friend
November 4, 2023 midnight

Troy man pleads guilty to DUI homicide in death of friend

A Troy man who pleaded guilty to DUI homicide in Lincoln County District Court last week may avoid time behind bars.

October 27, 2023 midnight

Ballot box for Troy area voters will remain in former dispatch center

The ballot box for Troy absentee voters will be maintained in the former office of the now defunct dispatch center.

Drought raises concerns for Libby water supply
October 18, 2023 midnight

Drought raises concerns for Libby water supply

Libby City Administrator Sam Sikes said the city is completing an engineering report to identify infrastructure upgrades, working with the U.S. Forest Service on hydrology projects and will consider state and federal grants to increase water storage capacity.

October 11, 2023 midnight

Lincoln County votes to lower school property tax mill collection

At the Oct. 4 commissioners meeting, the vote was unanimous on a resolution to reduce the mill levy from 95 to 77.9 for the 2024 fiscal year.

Kootenai campground killer sentenced to state prison
October 5, 2023 2:07 p.m.

Kootenai campground killer sentenced to state prison

Garry Douglas Seaman, 64, appeared in Lincoln County District Court on Thursday and received two 60-year concurrent sentences.

October 4, 2023 7 a.m.

Stimson Lumber owner critical of U.S. Forest Service

Stimson’s mill in Plummer, Idaho, has dropped about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of last week.

September 27, 2023 midnight

Board votes to dissolve Troy Dispatch Center

After discussion at a Sept. 22 meeting, Troy Area Dispatch Board members John Righter, Heather McDougall and Hank LaSalla voted unanimously to dissolve the Troy Area Dispatch District and permanently transfer dispatch services to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

September 13, 2023 7 a.m.

Federal pandemic relief money helps Lincoln County commissioners pass balanced budget

The commissioners had to use the last of the American Rescue Plan Act money it had - $800,000 - to help get to a balanced budget.

Kalispell attorney Garry Seaman pleads guilty to two counts of deliberate homicide
August 21, 2023 12:55 p.m.

Kalispell attorney Garry Seaman pleads guilty to two counts of deliberate homicide

A Kalispell attorney pleaded guilty Monday to two felony charges of deliberate homicide and attempted homicide in relation to the shotgun shootings of two people, one fatal, at a campground near Libby Dam last year.

Libby clinic files for bankruptcy following $6 million judgment over false asbestos claims
August 9, 2023 11 a.m.

Libby clinic files for bankruptcy following $6 million judgment over false asbestos claims

The Center for Asbestos Related Disease in Libby filed for bankruptcy in federal court Monday, just months after a jury ruled that it had submitted hundreds of false claims on behalf of patients.

August 9, 2023 midnight

Lincoln County puts local marijuana tax to voters

At the July 26 Lincoln County commissioner’s meeting, the vote on a resolution for a 3% tax on retail sales of both categories of marijuana was unanimous. Registered voters will decide the matter in a special election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Prosecutors in Lincoln County push for higher wages
August 5, 2023 midnight

Prosecutors in Lincoln County push for higher wages

The Lincoln County Attorney's Office is pushing for higher wages for its employees, citing the growth in cases and retention struggles.

Man accused of starting Gravel Pit Fire charged with arson
August 4, 2023 1:32 p.m.

Man accused of starting Gravel Pit Fire charged with arson

A homeless man living out of a van is accused of starting the Gravel Pit Fire in the Fisher River Valley east of Libby on Aug. 1.

Libby man charged after alleged Russian roulette game ends in death
August 1, 2023 8:40 a.m.

Libby man charged after alleged Russian roulette game ends in death

A Libby man facing charges involving the death of another local man on Memorial Day weekend during a game of Russian roulette appeared in Lincoln County District Court on July 24 and pleaded not guilty.

Officials seek info on wildfires outside of Libby
July 30, 2023 midnight

Officials seek info on wildfires outside of Libby

Several wildfires sparked by fireworks on the Jennings Haul Road this month has authorities seeking the public’s help in tracking down the people who caused them.

Authorities investigate fatal shooting at Rexford Bench boat launch
July 27, 2023 10:35 a.m.

Authorities investigate fatal shooting at Rexford Bench boat launch

Two men are dead after a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the Rexford Bench boat launch on Lake Koocanusa in Lincoln County.

Troy Dispatch no longer taking calls for service
July 26, 2023 7 a.m.

Troy Dispatch no longer taking calls for service

Emergency and non-emergency dispatch services for the Troy Area District were transferred to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch on Monday, July 17.

Kootenai Outdoor Adventure Club making memorable connections
July 23, 2023 midnight

Kootenai Outdoor Adventure Club making memorable connections

It’s an ambitious undertaking to be sure, but the benefits of the Kootenai Outdoor Adventure Program are very tangible.

Missing Koocanusa cliff jumper found dead
July 20, 2023 12:35 p.m.

Missing Koocanusa cliff jumper found dead

A missing Lincoln County man was found dead in Lake Koocanusa on Wednesday evening.

Missing Whitefish mushroom picker found alive in Canada
July 11, 2023 1 p.m.

Missing Whitefish mushroom picker found alive in Canada

According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Clifford Persons was picking mushrooms with a friend in an area about 11 1/2 miles east of Eureka.

Michigan homicide suspect escapes custody in Sanders County
July 9, 2023 midnight

Michigan homicide suspect escapes custody in Sanders County

A Michigan man wanted for a 2011 homicide escaped from custody Sunday morning in the Plains area.

July 5, 2023 midnight

Murder suspect expected to return willingly to Michigan

A Michigan man wanted for a 2011 homicide won't fight extradition back to his home state.

Asbestos clinic leaders say verdict won’t halt efforts
July 4, 2023 midnight

Asbestos clinic leaders say verdict won’t halt efforts

A federal jury’s decision that the Center for Asbestos Related Disease in Libby committed fraud has left clinic leadership undeterred.

Michigan murder suspect arrested near Libby
June 29, 2023 1:10 p.m.

Michigan murder suspect arrested near Libby

A Michigan man wanted for a 2011 homicide was behind bars Wednesday in the the Lincoln County Detention Center.

June 23, 2023 4:15 p.m.

Collision on U.S. 2 kills one in Troy

An early-morning traffic crash Friday in Troy claimed the life of a 21-year-old Livingston man, formerly of Libby.

Lincoln County hires new election administrator
June 6, 2023 8:55 a.m.

Lincoln County hires new election administrator

Two months after the resignations of Lincoln County’s clerk and recorder and both elections officials, it has filled two of the three positions.

May 20, 2023 10:10 a.m.

One killed in two-vehicle wreck on Bull Lake Road in Lincoln County

A 32-year-old Libby woman died in a two-vehicle traffic accident that left another person injured Friday evening on Bull Lake Road.

May 13, 2023 midnight

Woman's body found in Libby's Flower Creek

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a body in Flower Creek near the Libby Cemetery and Libby baseball and softball fields about 2:37 p.m., May 10.

May 5, 2023 midnight

Francom stepping down as Troy Schools superintendent

Troy Junior and Senior High School Superintendent Jacob Francom announced his resignation last week.

April 15, 2023 midnight

Man accused of running over trooper facing drug smuggling charge

A Rexford man accused of running over a Montana Highway Patrol trooper in February is facing an additional charge for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into the Lincoln County Detention Center.

Libby City Council approves separation agreement with police chief
April 9, 2023 midnight

Libby City Council approves separation agreement with police chief

Libby City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a separation agreement with Police Chief Scott Kessel.

April 4, 2023 midnight

Resignation of Lincoln County clerk, election officials sparks response from residents

A proposed subdivision in the Yaak may have sparked the most discussion at a Lincoln County Commissioners' meeting last week, but the recent resignations of three county employees also generated comments.

Clerk and recorder, election workers resign in Lincoln County
March 29, 2023 midnight

Clerk and recorder, election workers resign in Lincoln County

With a handful of school board elections around the corner, the Lincoln County clerk and recorder and staff of the county’s Elections Department have resigned from their posts.

GoFundMe fundraiser set up for injured trooper
February 19, 2023 midnight

GoFundMe fundraiser set up for injured trooper

The Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was grievously injured during an incident involving a three-time convicted felon in northern Lincoln County last week has been identified and a fundraiser has been launched to support him and his family.

Man accused of injuring trooper in vehicle chase makes first court appearance
February 17, 2023 2:50 p.m.

Man accused of injuring trooper in vehicle chase makes first court appearance

A Lincoln County man accused of running over a Montana Highway Patrol trooper during a law enforcement pursuit Thursday made his initial court appearance Friday.

February 17, 2023 9:18 a.m.

Updated: Montana Highway Patrol trooper injured in Lincoln County chase

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper is in stable condition after being run over during a vehicle chase in Lincoln County on Thursday afternoon, authorities say.