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High Country ramblings

Tobacco Valley hiker Keith Nemeroff and pup Winston descend from the summit of Baldy Mountain, a.k.a. Mt. Mahaney, toward Baldy Lake on July 4. Poorman Mountain in the Ten Lakes area is visible across the U.S. and Canada border to the south, on horizon right.

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At the top

Glacier lilies litter the open summit of McGuire Lookout as a runner approaches the peak July 3. Photo by Nikki Meyer

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Trail ride

Participants Taylor Gentry and Andy Gentry ride along the Tobacco River at the Eureka end of the Kootenai Trail during a fund-raiser on July 5. Photo by Nikki Meyer

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Passing sunset

Woodsmoke hovers above a greening-up field as snow clings to the peaks above Therriault Pass at sunset. Photo by Nikki Meyer


Winter heralds

Turning larch down low and snow up high herald the approach of winter. Photo by Nikki Meyer

 Turning larch down low and snow up high herald the approach of winter.

Gold standard

The banks of Grave Creek just before the Stoken Bridge are ablaze with fall colors in a recent photo. Photo by Larry Cheek


Sunset from Stahl

In a view over Mt. Barnaby from Stahl Peak, the sun sets Friday over a Tobacco Valley shrouded in the mists of a week-long inversion. Photo by Krista Nemeroff








Autumn colors

Morning sun lights up a maple tree on the lawn of Lincoln Electric in Eureka. Photo by Krista Nemeroff

 Morning sun lights up a maple tree on the lawns of Lincoln Electric in Eureka.

Glowing evening

Haze and storm clouds make the Canadian Rockies glow as seen recently from Airport Rd. Photo by Nikki Meyer


Neva Bolen

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Opal F. Frost

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Bull moose party

A bull moose, its antlers still velveted knobs, looks up reluctantly from foraging in the waters of Lick Lake on a warm afternoon Saturday. Photo by Krista Nemeroff

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Brayden John Titchbourne

Brayden John Titchbourne, 18, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Brayden (Bubba) brought laughter and smiles wherever he and his sarcasm went. He was an animal lover, social butterfly, strong, confident, and a family-oriented young man. Not only was he a wonderful son, but brother, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend. He had a beautiful outlook on life and lived by carpe diem — seize the day. Bubba will be remembered for his witty humor, big heart and ear-to-ear grin.

He is survived by parents Jay and Julie Titchbourne; sisters Kaydi and Hope; grandparents Barb Osler of Eureka, Tom and Inis Baker of Power, Mont., and Ray Titchbourne of Mesa, Ariz., and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will remember the joy and laughter Brayden brought to their lives.

Funeral services were Monday, June 3, at the Church of God in Eureka. A potluck reception and campfire were planned to follow the graveside service at the Osler family campground on Dickey Lake in Trego, weather permitting.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Eureka.

James McGowen

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Dr. Andrew Ivy

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Danny E. Fowler

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Lunch break

Mid-chew, a young bighorn sheep looks up from grazing among the broken cliffs above Lake Koocanusa.

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Gary Dennis Root

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Isabella Mustard

wath Mustard, 91, of Fortine and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, passed to the light on Dec. 23, 2012, at Kona Community Hospital following a tragic car accident while riding with one of her dearest friends on their way to play Bingo on Dec. 4.

She was born June 4, 1921, in Anaconda to Michael Horwath of Hungary and Mary Maxwell of Scotland.   Her parents owned a bakery and she and her younger sister Chrissie and brother James would help their parents deliver the baked goods to customers.

She grew up surrounded by the love of her Scottish family; her Uncle George Maxwell and Aunt Lucy along with their children, Georgie, Carol and Richard lived in nearby Warm Springs and her Aunt Christina Mesenko and Uncle George lived in Anaconda with their children Ann and Fred.

Her maternal grandparents, James and Isabella Mason Maxwell, lived just a few blocks away and instilled within her the desire to always strive for her best while growing up.

She worked at the Galen State Sanatorium as an aide following graduation from Anaconda High School. After marrying her husband, Orville Mustard, in 1942, she served as one of the first dispatchers for the Ant Flat Ranger Station at Trego.

An avid dancer and vocalist, she enjoyed teaching all the latest dance steps and songs to her beloved new family and friends. As Orville was a first cousin to the Osler brothers, and his brother Jack lived nearby, this included a large number of folks. A true pioneer woman, she packed water to their cabin and ranch animals from a stream on their ranch near Crystal Lakes for 11 years and cooked with a wood-burning stove. Purchasing their home from the Ericksons at the end of Deep Creek Road finally gave her running water.

In 1947, daughter Laura Ann was born and work focused on the care of her child, husband and ranch.

Isabella was an active member of the Fortine Community Church and was a community ambassador to many families. She was honored with a Community Service Award for her community activism.

Many will recall cream puffs or Hawaiian fruitcakes given by her as random acts of kindness.  She would always take time to assist friends in need, sit with an ailing patient, take food to those who were having difficult times, and celebrate every wedding, birth, and birthday of her community friends. She was an original columnist with the Tobacco Valley News and served in this capacity for decades with her “Fortine Flickers” column.

A wonderful hostess and cook, Isabella’s home was always full of family and friends enjoying meals, celebrations, card games and dances. Isabella was a charter member of the Mountain View Home Demonstration Club and an active member of the Just Neighbors Club. She was a member of the Rebeccas and served as their Grand Matron. She was a 4-H parent as well as a parental leader for the Fortine Community School.  In later years she was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Isabella became the clerk for the Fortine School District and served in this capacity until her retirement at age 70. During these years she also worked as a clerk at the Fortine Mercantile. She adored her husband, Orville, who preceded her in death in 1983.  During the 30 years that followed his death, she enjoyed traveling nationally and abroad with her daughter and husband and she spent each winter vacationing in Hawaii where she made many friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura Mallery-Sayre; son-in-law, Dr. Frank Sayre; granddaughter, Laura and husband Dru Dunworth; and great-grandsons Jack and Shane Dunworth of Austin, Texas; nephew Dan and wife Jan Vuicich of Phoenix; nephew Michael and wife Starla Horwath and children of Missoula; niece Helen and husband Dan Blank and son of Anaconda; cousins Richard Maxwell, Carol Crego, Ramona Maxwell, Fred and wife Sharon Mesenko and children.

Her family also included all the Osler family and the dependents of the Mustard family including grandniece Fern and husband Mike Sartori and family. She was Grammabelle to Tim and Lynn Rose Pine, Aunt Izzy to the family and beloved mother to her grateful daughter. Isabella was a friend to all that met her.


Memorial services will be held for her at the Fortine Community Church on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m., followed by grave side services at the Fortine Cemetery.  Isabella’s family invites you to please save the date, come and share stories and celebrate the life of this amazingly wonderful woman.

Floyd William Henley

Floyd William Henley passed from this life on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

He was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Searcy County, Ark., to Floyd Benjamin and Ruth (Russel) Henley. Floyd married Ivene Lay on Feb. 17, 1943 at Saint Joe, Ark.; they had 69 wonderful years together.

Floyd served two tours with the Civilian Conservation Corps as a teenager. He served in the United States Army Air Cops during World War II and then worked in the war industry after his discharge. Floyd was retired but was a small businessman and master mechanic. He was active in Masonic lodges in Montana and Oklahoma and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wynona, Okla.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

He was survived by his wife, Ivene of the home; his daughter, Floydean Henley of Pawhuska, Okla.; his sons Keith Henley and wife Candace of Chandler, Okla., and David Henley and wife Jean of Silverdale, Wash.; as well as two sisters; four brothers; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at First Baptist Church, Wynona, Okla., with Keith Henley and Bill Lay officiating.

Pianist was Candace Henley and music selections were “Come Morning” and “Carried Away.”

Casket bearers were David G. Henley, David K. Henley, John Henley, Kenneth Henley, Charles Henley, Orville Henley. Honorary casket bearers were Jack Henley, Frank Henley, Corbin Henley, Kyler Henley and Rye Henley.

Interment followed in the Prairie View Cemetery in Prue, Okla., with Powell Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.