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Ignite the Nites Open Car Show August 14-15, 2009
Ignite the Nites Car Show Held in August

Two Rivers Rendezvous
Two Rivers Rendezvous The Two Rivers Rendezvous was held over the weekend at Fawn Creek campground, hosted by the Kootenai Muzzleloaders. The Rendezvous is an annual gathering of modern day mountain men and women interested in the 1800s Rocky Mountain West. Shooting was prohibited this year due to the weather, so various demonstrations were scheduled instead. For more photos of the event, click here (14 photos). Photo by Maggie Craig.
Pipers at Kootenai Highland Gathering
Kootenai Highland Gathering The third annual Kootenai Highland Gathering was held over the weekend at the River Bend along the Kootenai River. The Gathering is a celebration of Celtic heritage, culture and kinship. Traditional games sanctioned by the Scottish American Athletic Association were featured, as well as pipers, dancers, music, vendors, and food. See more photos here (25 photos). Photo by Maggie Craig.

Reynolds Creek Fire update: July 26th
Kootenai Valley Triathlon August 29th
Reynolds Creek Fire grows to 4,000 acres
Wildfire in Glacier National Park reaches 2,000 acres
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FVCC Launches Montana’s First Brewing Science and Brewery Operations Program
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Reynolds Creek Fire update: July 26th (posted 7/27/15)
Burning in Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Sunday, July 26, 8:00PM:
The Reynold Creek Fire started on Tuesday, July 21st approximately 6 miles east of Logan Pass, west of St. Mary Lake. Current size is estimated at 3, 237 acres and it is about 30% contained. The cause is under investigation. One structure has been lost, the historic Baring Creek patrol cabin. The fire is burning along the north shore of Saint Mary Lake, in rocky, rugged terrain and burning in timber, brush, and grass. Recent rains have subdued the fire, but it still possesses potential for activity when drier weather conditions return.

Resources on the fire: Resources from Flathead National Forest, Glacier County, East Glacier, Babb, St. Mary, Cutbank, Evergreen, and West Valley Fire Departments, Blackfeet Fire Management, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Flathead County, as well as Glacier County and Montana Disaster & Emergency Services are assisting Glacier National Park. There are currently 655 personnel assigned on the fire, including seven Interagency Hotshot crews and eight 20-person hand crews and other various personnel. There are 24 engines, 7 helicopters and multiple shared air resources working on the fire.

Restrictions and Closures:
The St. Mary Visitor Center at the east entrance to Glacier National Park will reopen on Monday July 27. Hours are from 8 am to 6 pm.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from the St. Mary Visitor Center to Big Bend on the west side of the Divide, a distance of 18 miles. The St. Mary Campground, the Rising Sun Motor Inn, the Rising Sun Campground and Logan Pass are not yet open to the public.

The Sperry Trail is open from Lake McDonald Lodge to Gunsight Pass. Travel beyond the pass is closed due to the fire. Lake Ellen Wilson Backcountry site is now reopened.

The Level 1 (mandatory evacuation) along the west shore of Lower St. Mary Lake was downgraded to Level 2 (warning). The Level 2 status of the east side of lower St. Mary Lake has been downgraded to Level 3 (advisory). The town site of St. Mary remains at a Level 3.

National Park Service employees are now able to access housing and administrative areas.
Current status: Glacier National Park remains open, and excellent recreation opportunities abound. On Sunday, fire crews built line next to the fire’s edge, supported by water drops from helicopters. Below the Going-to-the-Sun Road (east side of the Divide), fireline explosives were used to build fireline in an avalanche chute with heavy brush and downed logs. Firefighters continue dropping snags and clearing debris near the Going-to-the-Sun Road in areas affected by the fire.

For more information and updates: For information on current park activities, visit,,, or Additionally, current conditions can be viewed on park webcams at: Additional updates about the wildfire can be found on the Inciweb national fire situation website:; on the top right corner of the homepage, select Reynolds Creek Fire from the drop-down list.

Kootenai Valley Triathlon August 29th (posted 7/23/15)
5K run/7 mile paddle/7.5 mile pedal
Libby Christian Church is sponsoring the Kootenai Valley Triathlon on Saturday, August 29th. This is a 5K run/7 mile paddle/7.5 mile pedal, a competitive race for serious racers and a great triathlon to try as a beginner. Participants may take part in the race individually or in teams. The event starts at 9:00AM.

More information about the race is available at or stop by the church office to pick up a registration form. Mail completed forms to: Libby Christian Church, 100 Kootenai River Road, Libby, MT 59923 (attn: Triathlon) or drop it by the church office. For more information contact Jared Lampton at 406-283-1582 or Matt Warner at 406-293-3747.

Reynolds Creek Fire grows to 4,000 acres (posted 7/22/15)
Located in Glacier National Park
National Park Service - Glacier National Park
Update Thursday, July 23, 2015: The Reynolds Creek fire was reported at approximately 3:45p.m. on Tuesday, July, 21. It was located near Grizzly Point, approximately six miles east of Logan Pass. The fire is burning in rocky, rugged terrain consisting of mixed conifers. The fire is currently being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team. Additional resources are arriving, including fire crews, helicopters, and engines. Greg Poncin’s Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 10:00p.m. Thursday evening.

Extreme fire behavior continued Wednesday on the fire and by end of shift the fire was approximately 4,000 acres. Fire crews continued to monitor the southwest section of the fire and perform direct suppression where feasible. Along the northeast portion of the fire, water drops were made throughout Wednesday to help slow fire spread, and crews began performing structure assessments northeast of the fire.

Glacier National Park representatives confirmed that the historic Baring Creek Cabin, a National Park Service backcountry cabin, was lost due to the fire. No other structures have been burned, and no injuries have been reported.

Current suppression activities for Thursday include monitoring the southwest portion of the fire and trying to seize opportunities for anchoring the fire into St. Mary Lake. Additionally, crews will work on direct suppression along the northeast flank of the fire, as conditions allow.

Firefighters will also continue assessing the north and east portions of the fire, as well as structure assessment needs in that area, as the fire moves in that direction.

Closures: The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed between the St. Mary entrance on the east side and Big Bend on the west side.

Glacier National Park is over 1.1 million acres, with numerous, excellent recreational experiences available. Although part of the east-central portion of the park is currently closed to public access, the majority of the park is still open, including Many Glacier, Two Medicine, West Glacier, the west side of the Going-to-the-sun highway, routes along the southern perimeter of the park, as well as numerous trails. Refer to Glacier National Park’s Facebook, Twitter, and FlickR accounts for current information on recreational opportunities.

Evacuations: Several evacuations in and around the St. Mary Visitor Center have been implemented as precautionary measures. Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and Blackfeet Law Enforcement have evacuated the west side of Lower St. Mary Lake and may continue with evacuations on the East shore of Lower St. Mary Lake. The townsite of St. Mary is being evaluated for possible evacuation. The National Park Service employee housing and administrative areas for non-essential personnel have also been evacuated.

Within the park, the St. Mary Campground, the Rising Sun Motor Inn, and the Rising Sun Campground have been evacuated. The St. Mary Visitor Center is closed to the public.

Date Started: 07/21/2015

Size: Approximately 4,000 acres

Percent Containment: 0%

Personnel Assigned: 200, including hand crews and other various personnel

Equipment Assigned: 25 engines

Aircraft Assigned: 6 Helicopters; multiple shared air resources

Cooperating Agencies: Resources from Flathead National Forest, Glacier County, East Glacier, Babb, St. Mary, Cutbank, Evergreen, and West Valley Fire Departments, Blackfeet Fire Management, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Flathead County, as well as Glacier County and Montana Disaster & Emergency Services are assisting Glacier National Park.

Cause: Under investigation

Related Links:
Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire – July 22, 2015 National Park Service, July 22, 2015
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Fire info and maps Inciweb fire reports
Large Fire Map

Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road on east side of Glacier National Park closed due to Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire.
Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road on east side of Glacier National Park closed due to Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire.
Wildfire in Glacier National Park reaches 2,000 acres (posted 7/23/15)
Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road on east side of park closed due to Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire
Glacier National Park
WEST GLACIER, MONTANA – Firefighters and fire-fighting resources continue to respond to the Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire on the east side of Glacier National Park. At this time, the fire is estimated to be approximately 2,000 acres. The fire management priorities are safety of public and fire-fighting personnel, protection of property and values at risk, and containment of the fire.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed between the St. Mary entrance on the east side and Big Bend on the west side. The road closure is in response to the fire, firefighter and visitor safety, fire response activities, and park personnel priorities. The duration of the road closure is unknown.

The St. Mary Campground is being evacuated. The campground has approximately 148 sites.

The Rising Sun Motor Inn, operated by Glacier National Park Lodges, and the Rising Sun Campground were evacuated Tuesday evening.

The St. Mary Visitor Center will close to the public at 12 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 22. It will be used as a fire staging area. The duration of the closure is unknown at this time.

Park rangers and personnel are searching for backcountry hikers in the area to evacuate them and direct them to safety. The parking areas of the St. Mary Visitor Center and the Apgar Visitor Center have been established as gathering areas for park visitors that may have been separated from their group.

The park is assisting visitors retrieve their vehicles that were left along the Going-to-the-Sun Road yesterday due to fire activity in the area. One vehicle was consumed by the fire.

The fire is moving quickly in heavy timber with extreme spread potential. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning in effect from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today for Glacier National Park. This warning means that critical fire weather conditions are anticipated, including strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures. These conditions may create explosive fire growth potential.

Preplanning is being conducted for possible evacuation in the St. Mary area. National Park Service personnel are working in cooperation with Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and Blackfeet Emergency Management.

All interpretive programs in the St. Mary Valley are cancelled until further notice. There is a temporary flight restriction over the fire area.

An interagency incident command team has been ordered and will arrive this afternoon. Resources from Flathead National Forest, Glacier County, East Glacier, Babb, St Mary, and Cutbank, Fire Departments, Blackfeet Fire Management, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Evergreen and West Valley Fire Departments and Flathead County are assisting Glacier National Park.

A fire information phone line has been established at 406-732-7791.

The fire was first reported at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday (July 21, 2015) and was located near Grizzly Point, approximately six miles east of Logan Pass. Park dispatch received numerous reports of the fire from shuttle bus drivers, Glacier Boat Company employees, park employees and visitors.

Related Links:
Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire National Park Service, July 22, 2015
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Fire info and maps Inciweb fire reports
Large Fire Map

Stage I Fire Restrictions still in effect for NW Montana (posted 7/21/15)
Northern Rockies Coordination Group – Kalispell Area
Stage I Fire Restrictions are still in effect across North West Montana.

Jurisdictions include:
• Flathead National Forest
• Kootenai National Forest
• Bob Marshall Wilderness Lands within the Flathead National Forest
• Glacier National Park
• Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
• U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
• MT-DNRC Northwestern Land Office
• Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Region 1
• Counties: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders
• Property within city limits in the area are EXEMPT from this order

Stage I fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. This last week, wildland fire agencies have responded to over 34 fires in the area with 17 of those human caused. The human caused fire starts are from unattended campfires, vehicles and logging equipment. Please be careful when working or recreating outdoors.

During Stage I, "Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire" is prohibited unless noted in the exemptions. Exemptions include fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG, or other activities for which there is a permit or written authorization.

Lists of federal and state sites exempted from Stage I, and county-specific conditions under which campfires are allowed are available to the public via and posted at agency offices and fire departments. Signs will be posted in the field. Completely contained wood stoves with a fire screen or spark arrester are allowed ONLY in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, instead of campfires. Counties allow campfires under certain conditions, and it is your responsibility to know what they are before you light one. By state law, a campfire is defined as "a fire set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes; not more than 3 feet in diameter or height; void of overhanging branches; with all combustible material cleared at least 1-1/2 times the diameter of the fire; or a barbecue in a noncombustible container.

In addition to the campfire restrictions, smoking is prohibited unless within an enclosed vehicle, building, or in an area 3 feet in diameter, that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

These restrictions apply to any lands outside of designated city limits, regardless of ownership. The restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant long-term change in fire danger.

The smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so always crush smokes dead out; never leave a campfire unattended; ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational; stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation; and observe all fire restrictions. Take precautions, but always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Also remember that cross country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands.

FVCC Launches Montana’s First Brewing Science and Brewery Operations Program (posted 6/18/15)
This fall, Flathead Valley Community College will introduce Montana’s first brewing science and brewery operations program to prepare individuals for entry-level careers in the rapidly-growing craft beer industry. With only a handful of these programs taught in the nation, FVCC’s program was developed with the input of many local craft brewing businesses to meet the workforce needs at the local and national levels.

According to the Craft Brewers Association, the craft beer industry is growing at a rate of 17 percent annually, currently representing 20 percent of the market share in national beer sales. It is estimated that a new craft brewery opens every 16 hours in the United States and over 115,000 craft brewing industry jobs were created across the nation in 2014. Montana ranks among the top five states in craft breweries per capita.

Students who successfully complete the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program will have gained practical experience in brewing through coursework and internships at Montana breweries. Graduates will have the skills to demonstrate the fundamental techniques of brewing beer and the understanding of the microbiology and biochemistry concepts involved in beer fermentation. The program also will focus on the production, selection and analysis of brewing materials, including malt and hops; evaluation of beer quality; classification of beer style and characteristics; brewery operations safety; packaging and handling technologies; practical aspects of the brewing process; and business principles, including compliance and licensing.

For more information, contact FVCC Agriculture Program Director Heather Estrada, Ph.D., at (406) 756-4182 or or visit

Real Estate in Libby and Troy – June 2015 (posted 6/18/15)
Team Hayes Realtors—Alice & Jim Hayes
The figures of the Current Activity and Past Activity show we are moving forward. Our amazing warm and sunny weather puts sellers and buyers in the mood to think about selling and/or think about buying real estate.

2014 showed one (1) more residential sale than 2013. 2014 showed land sales were three (3) less than 2013. 2014 showed one (1) more commercial sale 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?

298 Residential ACTIVES:

120 in Libby
79 in Troy
11 in Yaak
16 in Flathead
72 in Sanders

380 Land ACTIVES:
125 in Libby
106 in Troy
18 in Yaak
32 in Flathead
99 in Sanders

40 Commercial ACTIVE:
21 in Libby
4 in Troy
3 in Yaak
2 in Flathead
10 in Sanders

January 1, 2015—June 1, 2015 Current Real Estate Figures:
47 Residential SALES:

28 in Libby
8 in Troy
10 in Sanders
1 in Flathead

18 Land SALES:
7 in Libby
6 in Troy
3 in Yaak
1 in Flathead
1 in Sanders

4 Commercial SALES:
4 in Libby

36 Residential PENDING:
18 in Libby
6 in Troy
1 in Yaak
3 in Flathead
8 in Sanders

16 Land PENDING:
7 in Libby
5 in Troy
2 in Flathead
2 in Sanders

1 Commercial/M-Family PENDING:
1 in Flathead

Information obtained from Lincoln County MLS.

Interest rates remain at ALL Time LOWS.
Inventory selections are growing.
NOW could be a Great Time to buy or sell!
As of 6/01/2015 Conforming & FHA Loans:
30-Year Fixed; Interest = 4.11%; APR= 4.18%
15-Year Fixed; Interest = 3.31%; APR= 3.44%

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

Information obtained from Lincoln County MLS.

Team Hayes Real Estate
Alice and Jim Hayes

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
These people must be craaaazzzzzy!
Libby Polar Bear Club

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