News Briefs

Local students named to MSU and
U of M honor rolls
Students named to the fall semester’s honor rolls include those with a 3.5 grade point average or above. Those with an aster-isk after their names had a perfect 4.0 grade point aver-age. Local honor roll students are as follows:
MSU students from Lib-by: Louis Cielak, Eden Ma-nuel*, Adam Neisess, Niklaus Neumann, Jacob Reny, and Courtney Wilkonski
MSU student from Troy: Jeremy Helmrick
U of M students from Libby: Charles Birtwistle, Makayla Cichosz-King*, Hai-ley Craig, Dayln Germany*, Ellen Kearns, Jasmin Larsen, Genesea Meha, and Natasha Swartzendruber*
U of M students from Troy: Alan Carmignani, Calla-han Peel, Kevin Peel, Saman-tha Rohrich, and Azure Ste-ver*

Lauren Sheehan to play at Memorial Center
The Kootenai Heritage Council will present Lau-ren Sheehan on Feb. 1 at 7 pm.
The community can enjoy the delightful tones of Roots Americana music with Sheehan who per-forms in the Elizabeth Cotton/John Hurt vein—a one woman Americana jukebox.
Sheehan will also be visiting area schools to share her experiences, knowledge and talents up-close-and-personal with students the outreach program that KHC always provides for the commu-nities of Libby, Troy and the Yaak.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 presale and students are always ad-mitted free with a paying adult.
This event has been made possible in part though grant support from Westaf, Montana’s Cultural Trust, Montana Arts Council, National En-dowment for the Arts, and the Montana Performing Arts Consortium.

Libby City Council repeals breed dis-crimination
At last Tuesday evening’s Libby City Coun-cil meeting the ban on specific dog breed’s in the City of Libby was lifted. The ordinance also known as the Pit Bull ban had been brought to the Coun-cil for consideration of a ban months ago.
The ordinance com-mittee put forth a recom-mendation in the form of Resolution 1911 to repeal the ban and three citizens also got up to address the issue once the motion was made.
Dianna Andrews dis-cussed the ill effects of the ban on families and on the City, she named a list of organizations that do not support breed specific bans, and she shared sig-nificant information and statistics in support of the repeal.
Tracy Martens then passed pictures of her dogs around to the council to show their personali-ties and reinforce that dog’s personalities are not breed specific.
D.C. Orr asked if the repeal, if passed, would be immediate. The council confirmed that the resolu-tion would happen imme-diately which would allow Pit Bulls in the city imme-diately.
The motion passed to enact resolution 1911 with only one no vote from councilwoman Angel Ford who later resigned from the board for unre-lated reasons.

Libby receives $85,000 tourism grant
Governor Bullock an-nounced last week that the City of Libby was one of 27 communities in the state to be awarded a tourism grant.
A total of $750,000 in grants was awarded through the Tourism Grant Program at the Dept. of Commerce, Office of Tourism and Business Development.
This City of Libby will receive $85, 355 for wel-come and wayfinding signage.

CPMC hires new Sen-ior Life Solutions manager

Last week Cabinet Peaks Medical Center wel-comed to the Senior Life Solutions Program Tara Thornock, RN. Thornock holds an Associate’s De-gree in Nursing from MSU Northern, and has been in the healthcare field for 16 years including more than ten years as Registered Nurse.
Since May of 2017, the Senior Life Solutions Pro-gram at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center has been providing intensive outpa-tient group therapy de-signed to meet the unique needs of adults over the age of 65 who are strug-gling with depression and anxiety often related to aging. Individuals en-rolled in the program un-dergo individual assess-ments and meet in sup-portive and encouraging group sessions three times per week.
“I am thrilled to have Tara on our team,” stated Bruce Whitfield, CEO of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. “I’m confident she’ll do an outstanding job here, and look forward to seeing the Senior Life Solutions Program contin-ue to grow and to serve our community in a posi-tive way!”
For more information on the Senior Life Solu-tions Program, please call 283-6890.

Troy names new judge and approves four new businesses
Troy’s City Council met for a work meeting on Jan. 10, 2018. The main focus of the meeting was to elect a new Troy city judge. The council received three strong applications, but ultimately shoes Allen Dye.
Mayor Dallas Carr stated his intent to crack down on eyesores, junk vehicles, and garbage in Tory. The council hopes tha tthey can work with the owners of Pine Tree Plaza and improve the look of Troy, since the burned building is one of the first things visitors see when en-tering Troy from the west.
At a regular council meeting on Jan. 17, the coun-cil approved four new busi-ness licenses. Craig Carton plans to open TC Enterprises Motorcycle Parts and Repair on Hwy. 2. Charles Roseber-ry, a former missionary is opening the Troy Montana Community Center which will aim to teach basic car repair and fabrication to local youth. He may later add electrician skills, construc-tion, and plumbing to his offerings. Brian Bell was ap-proved for his business Plow Man Services, and Linda Ro-driguez’s in-home senior care business, Linda’s Loving Care, was also approved.
In addition ordinance’s to improve safety and parking congestion around Troy High School were read, public comments were taken and a variance was approved.
The next Troy City Coun-cil meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The public is always wel-come to attend.