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

STOKR Sunday 2017
STOKR Sunday 2017 Sunday's Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River (STOKR) was another successful ride for Habitat for Humanity's 23rd annual fundraiser. The riders travel up the Haul Road and Highway 37 to Libby Dam and back to town down the FDR and Highway 37. It takes two STOKRs to build one Habitat for Humanity home, and the twelfth house is currently under construction. See more photos of Sunday's STOKR here (100 photos) and of Saturday's STOKR here (98 photos). Photo by Maggie Craig.

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Easter Eggstravaganza April 15 in Libby
Public comment sought on invasive mussels
Hunter Education classes scheduled for Bigfork, Eureka, Somers, Trout Creek, Whitefish, and Kalispell
How was Lincoln County Real Estate in 2016?

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May 1: Heritage Museum Opens:

May 25: Strutt Your Stuff: Libby Middle/High School student art and projects display, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the library.

June 3: Heritage Museum Opening Celebration: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with oral presentations, square dancing, local musicians, Model T rides, lunch in the historic Sylvanite cookhouse, and more.

June 3: LHS Graduation: Ralph Tate gym, 1:00 p.m.

June 10: West Kootenai Amish Auction: More info: www.visitmt.com

June 22-24: Logger Days: More info: www.loggerdays.org

July 8: Big Sky Bash: At J. Neils Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Headlined by JT Hodges and joined by Erik Dylan and The Devon Wade Band. More info: www.facebook.com. .

July 14-16: Kootenai Highland Gathering: Celtic Highland Games at the River Bend, mile marker 13 on Hwy. 37. More info: Angie at 406-293-3022 or on Facebook at Kootenai Highlanders.

August 4-5: Kootenai River Stampede: PRCA rodeo. More info: Kootenai River Stampede on Facebook.

August 11-12: Riverfront Blues Festival: More info: www.riverfrontbluesfestival.com

August 12: Le Tour de Koocanusa: Fundraiser for David Thompson Search and Rescue. More info: www.letourdekoocanusa.com.

August 17-19: Ignite the Nites: Car show, burnout contest, poker run, Friday night cruise. More info: www.igniterscarclub.com.

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Easter Eggstravaganza April 15 in Libby (posted 4/3/17)
Youngsters age 1-11 years of age and their families are invited to the Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15th from 11AM to 1PM at the Libby Christian Church. There will be thousands of eggs and eight Grand Prizes. Candy and prizes for all. Free lunch. 100 Kootenai River Road in Libby. Easter Services will be on Easter at 8:30AM and 10:45AM at the Church.


Public comment sought on invasive mussels (posted 2/28/17)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) needs your voice in the fight against invasive mussels! New rules aimed at stopping the spread are out for comment:

http://musselresponse.mt.gov

FWP seeks comment on rules aimed at invasive mussels [ http://musselresponse.mt.gov/News/ArtMID/55695/ArticleID/5760/FWP-seeks-comment-on-rules-aimed-at-invasive-mussels]

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed amendments [ http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/rules/pn_0224.html ] to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters.

Invasive mussel larvae were detected for the first time in Montana in October 2016 in Tiber Reservoir - and "suspect" detections turned up in Canyon Ferry Reservoir, the Missouri River below Toston Dam, and the Milk River.

The discovery triggered a natural resource emergency in Montana and led to several recommended strategies to manage the threat of invasive mussels spreading to other areas.

The proposed rule amendments outline several new regulations.

Learn more at musselresponse.mt.gov >> [http://musselresponse.mt.gov/News/ArtMID/55695/ArticleID/5760/FWP-seeks-comment-on-rules-aimed-at-invasive-mussels]


Hunter Education classes scheduled for Bigfork, Eureka, Somers, Trout Creek, Whitefish, and Kalispell (posted 2/11/17)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Spring Hunter Education Classes have been scheduled for a number of communities in northwest Montana. All hunter education classes are free of charge. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. A student must be at least 10 years old to take the course.

All students must register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov; click education, then click hunter education. Detailed instructions will be found at each class site.

Somers: All students must attend an orientation on February 27 at Somers Middle School from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Students must attend the entire session. Classes then continue on March 13, 14, 15, and 16 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Field day is scheduled for Saturday, March 18. Contact West Plummer at: 406-250-3437.

Trout Creek: First class is February 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the Trout Creek Fire Station. The schedule for the remainder of the course will be determined at that time. Contact is Harold Hudson, 406-827-4010.

Whitefish: Classes held at the Whitefish Middle School 6-9 p.m. on March 6, 7, 9, 10; field course is held on Saturday, March 11. Contact is Ron Nail,406-862-4509.

Eureka: Held at the Eureka Middle School. Orientation is February 27, 7-9 p.m. Classes held 7-9 p.m. on March 6, 7, 9, 13 and 14; field course set for Saturday, March 11 and test night is Thursday, March 16. Contact: Megan Strom, 406-249-6018.

Bigfork: All classes held at the Bigfork High School music room. Orientation is March 22, 7-8 p.m. Classes are held on March 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31; field course is held on Saturday April 1; test night is April 3. Contact: Rod Day, 406-249-5402

Kalispell: Orientation and material pickup is scheduled for Monday April 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks headquarters on North Meridian Road. Students will need to stop in for the brief orientation any time during that four hour period. At the orientation, students will pick up their manuals and receive course instructions. Classes will be held at the Flathead High School from 6-9 p.m. on April 10, 11, 12, and 13; field day is Saturday April 15 at the Flathead Valley Trap Club. Test night is back at the high school on Monday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m. Call FWP (752-5501) or Mike Corkish, lead instructor, 406-212-8122.


How was Lincoln County Real Estate in 2016? (posted 1/12/17)
Alice Hayes, Loveless Realty, Libby, Montana
January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 Current Real Estate figures:

SALES & PENDINGS:
175 Residential SALES:
104 in Libby
36 in Troy
8 in Yaak
6 in Flathead
21 in Sanders

83 Land SALES:
38 in Libby
17 in Troy
11 in Yaak
8 in Flathead
9 in Sanders

5 Commercial SALES:
3 in Libby
2 in Sanders

19 Residential PENDING:
11 in Libby
4 in Troy
1 in Flathead
3 in Sanders

15 Land PENDING:
11 in Libby
4 in Troy

Commercial/M-Family PENDING: 0

ACTIVE LISTINGS:
154 Residential ACTIVES:
69 in Libby
36 in Troy
6 in Yaak
8 in Flathead
35 in Sanders

217 Land ACTIVES:
96 in Libby
67 in Troy
15 in Yaak
20 in Flathead
19 in Sanders

24 Commercial ACTIVE:
16 in Libby
1 in Troy
1 Yaak
1 in Flathead
5 in Sanders

2016 has been a busy year and many people have been able to find that ‘just right home’ or ‘just right piece of land’.
What were the price ranges of SOLDS in 2016???
10K - $150,000 = 71 Sales
150K - $250,000 = 60 Sales
250K - $500,000 = 36 Sales
500K - $800,000 = 3 Sales
800K - $1,500,000 =5

"So How Did Our Market Actually Do? Let’s Compare"
1/1—12/31/2015:
143 Residential SOLDS
58 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS

1/1—12/31/2014:
157 Residential SOLDS: 53 Land SOLDS: 8 Commercial SOLDS

1/1—12/31/2012:
120 Residential SOLDS
33 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS

1/1—12/31/2011:
111 Residential SOLDS
37 Land SOLDS
7 Commercial SOLDS

1/1-12/31/2010:
93 Residential SOLDS
28 Land SOLDS
0 Commercial SOLDS

1/1 – 12/31/2009:
82 Residential SOLDS
33 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS

Interest Rates Remain at ALL Time LOWS—
NOW Could be a Great Time to Buy!
As of 12/31/2016 Conforming & FHA Loans:
30- Year Fixed; Interest = 3.78%; APR= 3.81%
15- Year Fixed; Interest = 3.01; APR=3.13%

Cell #’s:
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(Jim) 406-293-1926
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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.

SUMMER
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
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!
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