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Law enforcement pursuit near Libby ends in fatal crash

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — A brief law enforcement pursuit of a reported reckless driver near Libby ended in a fiery crash that killed a 31-year-old Missoula man.Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Neil Duram says several citizens reported a reckless driver on U.S. Highway 2 at about 5 p.m. Thursday.Duram said he


High-speed chase leads to second Libby-area fatality in a single day

A high-speed chase involving several officers ended in a fiery crash, killing a 31-year-old Missoula man in Libby Thursday afternoon, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.


Fire burning near northwestern Montana vermiculite mine

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — Specially trained firefighters are wearing respirators as they fight an apparently human-caused blaze in northwestern Montana near where asbestos-tainted vermiculite was mined for decades.The forest fire was first discovered Thursday afternoon west of Libby, near the now-closed W


Trial underway for woman charged with Montana homicide

Ezra Skinner testified this week that his wife, Sarah Carpenter, shot and killed 31-year-old Travis Gillett after drugging, binding and abducting him from Pondera, Idaho.


Pre-evacuation notices issued for some homes in Northwest Montana

The Ten Mile Fire is burning 19 miles south of Eureka, Montana. The U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday it is 696 acres and 30% contained. But, there are three other fires burning in the same area. Together they have burned about 1,241 acres, based on infared imagery.


Shelter open in Eureka for residents impacted by wildfires

EUREKA -A shelter is open in Eureka for those impacted by wildfires burning in Lincoln County.The American Red Cross of Montana opened a shelter with the Eureka Church of God at 1295 2nd Avenue East.Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for residents on the following roads:Edna Creek RoadLake Cree


Guest opinion: DEQ's duty to enforce Montana mining law

Mining has brought great riches and economic progress to our state; it can be argued mining built this state and minerals from Montana fueled the development of our nation. It also left a legacy of pollution and cleanup we're still addressing today.The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is


Huckleberry Festival set to take over T.C.

The 39th Annual Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek will kick off this weekend. Organizers are touting what an accomplishment nearly four decades has been. Had it not been for 1999, when no one stepped up to organize the Huckleberry Festival, this would have been the 40th year. Thankfully, in 2000 s


EPA opens door to new asbestos use, despite Libby legacy

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened the regulatory door to new asbestos products in the United States, despite ongoing legal battles by thousands of Montanans sickened or killed by asbestos-related diseases.The move came as a surprise to Kalispell attorney Roger Sullivan, who represents a


Libby schools holding workshop for subs

August 07, 2018 at 5:00 am | The Western NewsA training workshop will be held Friday for people who want to substitute for teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries in Libby schools.The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Central Administration Building at 724 Louisiana Ave.


N. Idaho police search for suspect following fatal shooting

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Police in northern Idaho are searching for a man following a fatal shooting at a motel.Sandpoint police say the shooting occurred at about 7 p.m. Monday at the Meandering Moose Motel in Sandpoint.Officers responded and found a man with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was tra


Officials identify victim killed at Sandpoint apartment

SANDPOINT, Idaho — The Sandpoint Police Department identified the victim in the shooting that occurred on August 6 as 34-year-old Blas Salvador Alonzo "Duke" Dias.Dias was shot by an unknown male when he opened the door of his apartment located at 317 Marion Avenue.According to officials, he was sho


Fire burning north of Sandpoint causes estimated $700,000 in damage

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho – A fire burning 11 miles north of Sandpoint, Idaho, has caused an estimated $700,000 in damage.


Idaho residents receive phone messages from neo-Nazi

The Spokesman-ReviewreportsSandpoint, Idaho, residents have received automated phone messages from Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who has called for the U.S. to be "free from Jews."


As Heat Wave Approaches, Wildfires Grow Across Northwest Montana - Flathead Beacon

As of Aug. 6, there were at least six major fires in Northwest Montana, from deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the Idaho border.


Sandpoint police searching for possible shooter

SANDPOINT, Id. -- Sandpoint police are investigating a shooting on the 300 block of Marion Street on Monday.Police said a shooting was reported to have happened at about 7 p.m.The suspect is described as a darker skinned male between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. Witnesses said he was between 5-f


Sandpoint neighbors react to Neo-Nazi robocalls

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Dozens of Sandpoint residents have been picking up their phones in the last week to hear a voice telling them "America has a Jewish problem" on the other line. That voice belongs to Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi running for Senate in California as a Republican.


Gunman at large following deadly shooting in Sandpoint, Idaho motel

The person is described as a darker-skinned male between 20 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, with short hair. He could be wearing a light blue-colored T-shirt and tan-colored shorts.


Kootenai Forest Signs Off on Salvage Project - Flathead Beacon

Public involvement included discussions with tribes, state and county government, general public, and timber industry representatives.


From the archives: A firefighter remembers the summer of '88

Buy NowGary Wegner of Libby, Mont., shows the strain of a long day of battling the Yellowstone Fires as they swept through Grant Village. The iconic photo of Wegner, who now lives in Bozeman, would be picked up through the Associated Press and by USA Today.Robert Bower / Post Register file