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Ignite the Nites Open Car Show August 14-15, 2009
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Kootenai Rapids Soccer The Kootenai Rapids boys' U17 soccer team played twice Saturday at J. Neils Park. The Libby boys won the morning match 4-2, played against Whitefish and Kalispell. The afternoon match, played against Polson (shown), ended in a 1-1 draw. The current team roster can be found at Photo by Maggie Craig.

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April 18: Relay For Life 5K Run/Walk: Join Lincoln County Relay For Life's 1st annual 5K Run/Walk beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Fred Brown Pavilion at Riverfront Park. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Lincoln County Relay For Life. For more information, call Brittany Quick at 406-728-1004 or register at More information about Relay For Life here.

April 24-26: Eureka Rendezvous: "The West is Still Wild" in Eureka, Montana for the town's 37th annual Rendezvous Days. More info: Eureka Rendezvous Days.

April 25: DU Banquet: The 30th anniversary Kootenai Valley Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held in the Ponderosa Room of Libby City Hall, 5:00 p.m. Call Jon at 293-8246 for tickets or more information.

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May 30: Heritage Museum Opens for Season: The museum will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. Their closing day will be Monday, August 31. For more information, call 406-293-7521, or visit www.libbyheritagemuseum .org.

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Real Estate in Libby, Troy & the Yaak – April 2015 (posted 4/8/15)
Guest article by Alice L. Hayes, Loveless Realty
Spring is coming! How's our market? With the return of sunshine and a little warmer weather - we are seeing our sales 'heat-up'. And we are now beginning to look for more residential homes for our buyers.

The figures of the Current Activity and Past Activity show we are moving forward. The beautiful spring like weather has made people begin to think about selling and buying real estate.
2014 showed one more Residential SALES than 2013.
2014 showed Land SALES were three less than 2013.
2014 showed one more Commercial SALES than 2013.
We are looking forward to keeping the SALES momentum moving throughout 2015!

2015—How is Lincoln County Real Estate Progressing in the New Year?

January 1, 2015 — April 1, 2015 Current Real Estate Figures:
16 Residential SALES:

8 in Libby
5 in Troy
3 in Sanders

5 Land SALES:
1 in Libby
4 in Troy

2 Commercial SALES:
2 in Libby

42 Residential PENDING:
18 in Libby
6 in Troy
1 in Yaak
3 in Flathead
14 in Sanders

18 Land PENDING:
10 in Libby
1 in Troy
1 in Yaak
2 in Flathead
4 in Sanders

0 Commercial/M-Family PENDING:

266 Residential ACTIVES:

102 in Libby
72 in Troy
6 in Yaak
16 in Flathead;
70 in Sanders

388 Land ACTIVES:
127 in Libby
108 in Troy
18 in Yaak
31 in Flathead
104 in Sanders

39 Commercial ACTIVE:
20 in Libby
3 in Troy
3 in Yaak
2 in Flathead
11 in Sanders

So How Did Our Market Actually Do? Let’s Compare:
January 1-December 31, 2014

157 Residential SOLDS
53 Land SOLDS
8 Commercial SOLDS

January 1-December 31, 2013
156 Residential SOLDS
56 Land SOLDS
7 Commercial SOLDS

January 1-December 31, 2012
120 Residential SOLDS
33 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS

January 1-December 31, 2011
111 Residential SOLDS
37 Land SOLDS
7 Commercial SOLDS

January 1-December 31, 2010
93 Residential SOLDS
28 Land SOLDS
0 Commercial SOLDS

January 1-December 31, 2009
82 Residential SOLDS
33 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS

Interest Rates Remain at ALL Time LOWS. Inventory selections are growing.
NOW could be a great time to buy!
• As of April 1, /2015 Conforming & FHA Loans:
• 30- Year Fixed; Interest = 3.750%; APR= 3.810%
• 15- Year Fixed; Interest = 3.125%; APR=3.168%

For more information contact:
Alice & Jim Hayes, Team Hayes
Loveless Realty
519 W. 9th
Libby, MT 59923
Phone: 406-293-8364 or 406-293-1926
Text: 406-293-8364
Email: or

Information obtained from Lincoln County MLS.

Hunters' bear identification training required (posted 3/4/15)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, they must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course on its website under the Education tab at Click "Hunter Education," and then "Bear Identification Program".

FWP urges bear hunters to take advantage of the free bear identification training and to ensure they have the required certification before purchasing a hunting license. There are multiple ways to obtain and take the test—go online or pick up a mail-in test from any FWP office. Bear identification tests can also be obtained by writing to: FWP Bear Test, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Hunters may purchase black bear hunting licenses online at, at FWP license providers, or download and print a paper license application and mail it to FWP. Licenses issued through the mail may take two weeks to process.

Online hunter education available to adults (posted 3/4/15)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older.

State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $25 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience.

Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and fall.

For more information go to the FWP website at Click on the Education tab and then click "Hunter Education".

Shooting Range Development Grant deadline May 1 (posted 3/4/15)
Funds help build and improve public shooting ranges in Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the deadline to apply for range development grants is May 1.

Montana's Shooting Range Grant Program, administered by FWP, provides funding to private shooting clubs, organizations, local governments and school districts to build and improve public shooting ranges throughout the state.

To learn more about the Shooting Range Grant Program, and for a grant application, go to the FWP website at, click on the Recreation page and look under Shooting Ranges. Or, call FWP at: 406-444-9947.

Completed Shooting Range Grant applications may be mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, attn: Shooting Range Grant, Communication and Education Bureau, 1420 East Sixth Ave., PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

2015 Big Sky Bash July 11th. Tickets go on sale May 1st.
2015 Big Sky Bash July 11th. Tickets go on sale May 1st. This year's event will feature Three Dog Night and local favorite Copper Mountain Band.
2015 Big Sky Bash July 11th (posted 2/15/15)
Will feature Three Dog Night and Copper Mountain Bands in concert
The CARD Foundation is pleased to announce its 5th annual Big Sky Bash concert to benefit the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD). Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night and local favorite Copper Mountain Band will be performing in Libby on Saturday, July 11th, 2015, with gates opening at 6pm, and music playing from 7pm until midnight at J Neils Park.

Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night celebrate their 4th decade, performing to sell-out crowds and bringing along some of the most astonishing chart statistics in popular music including 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10's, and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs.

Perfectly re-creating their larger than life songs with customary impeccable harmonies and exciting arrangements, Three Dog Night will perform their hits including "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy to The World", "Black and White", "Shambala", "One", "Liar", "Celebrate" and many more songs that drive their chart and sales success.

Three Dog Night, which is made up of founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums), now perform for audiences spanning several generations.

Initially brought together in 1968 by Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years. The now-famous name came from a story about Australian hunters who, on cold nights in the outback, sleep with their dogs for warmth. The coldest evenings are known as a "three dog night".

Recently Three Dog Night added new songs to their arsenal with the release of their first double-A sided single in nearly 25 years. These new tracks, "Heart Of Blues" and the a-cappella ballad "Prayer of the Children", are available now in an exclusive online release. See for more information.

After more than 40 years together, Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base and develop new ways of doing business. They maintain an aggressive schedule of concerts at theatres, performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, corporate events, and casinos. Since 1986, they have performed over 2,300 shows including two Super Bowls.

Copper Mountain Band is a high-energy, mainstream, country music group with family roots that lie deep in the history of Montana. Copper Mountain Band appeals to all audiences as they incorporate music from many genres and styles into their performances. They have found a way to give cover tunes a whole new dimension and they have outstanding original material as well. They have also received praise for their rendition of Cher’s "Just Like Jesse James". They are a one-of-a-kind group with a fiery passion for their craft. The band plays more than 150 dates a year throughout the US and abroad and continues to build their fan base on their way to the top!

Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2015. Ticket prices will be $25.00 advance purchase and $30.00 at the gate. All proceeds from this event will go to the CARD Foundation, the fundraising arm of CARD, to support CARD in its ongoing efforts to provide healthcare, research and outreach to benefit all people impacted by exposure to Libby Amphibole Asbestos. For more information please call 406-293-9274 ex 132.

Libby lies in the northwest corner of Montana and is nestled in a valley carved by the Kootenai River on the flank of the majestic Cabinet Mountain Range and Wilderness Area. Today about 2,800 people live within Libby proper. The main industries are lumber and wood products, mining, tourism and recreation. The movies "The River Wild" and "Always" were filmed here. Contact the Libby Chamber of Commerce for brochures, info on lodging and events, general area information, and contact information for local businesses and services.

When the weather warms and the mountain snows melt away, the Kootenai National Forest comes alive with over 2.2 million acres of public land as a playground. Mountain trails and lakes open up, beautiful wildflowers come in bloom, and wildlife have their young. Libby is the basecamp for the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area, 90-mile long Lake Koocanusa, the Northwest Peaks Scenic Area, and the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. There is good access to most of the Forest and plenty of room to get away from it all!

Winter in Montana means snow, and lots of it! For those who love to play in the deep powder, the Libby area offers tremendous winter fun. Turner Mountain Ski Area, located just 22 miles from Libby, offers challenging downhill skiing with a beautiful view. Their slogan is "steep, deep and cheap", and Turner definitely lives up to that. It's still fairly undiscovered, so you can escape the crowds and get the cheapest lift tickets around. For those who love snowmobiling, there are hundreds of miles of backcountry roads to sled on in the Kootenai National Forest. Cross-country skiers and ice fishermen also can find solitude on a lake and miles of quiet forest trails to enjoy the outdoors. Those who are a bit on the wild and crazy side will love the antics of the Libby Polar Bear Club. Members take winter-time "swims" in frigid Libby Creek every Sunday from October to April. Plungers have ranged in age from 3 to 61. As long as the ice can be broken on the creek, if it has formed, the group will take their plunge, no matter the temperature.

Libby Polar Bear Club
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Libby Polar Bear Club

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