Live Birds of Prey at Libby Dam May 14 (posted 5/11/16)
Live Birds of Prey program at the Libby Dam Visitor Center on Saturday, April 14. FREE program!
The Libby Dam Visitor Center is hosting a biologist from Birds of Prey NW along with several diverse birds to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 14. This is a free program. Between 9 a.m. and Noon, visitors may view the birds up close and speak with the handlers individually.
There will be educational presentations by the handlers with the birds periodically throughout the morning. There will also be kid-friendly activities throughout the Visitor Center and more! Bring your binoculars and watch the nesting osprey and eagles downstream of the dam and look for Bighorn Sheep in the hills above.
The visiting raptors are under the care of biologist Janie Veltkamp, of the nonprofit Birds of Prey NW. Janie has studied and worked with birds of prey for twenty years, nursing injured birds back to health. She has also been instrumental in helping re-establish viable populations of endangered raptors such as ospreys and peregrine falcons.
Most recently, Janie and "Beauty," a bald eagle missing half her beak, were featured in a National Geographic special on TV. Birds of Prey Northwest travels with live birds as "animal ambassadors" to help educate the public and raise awareness of the issues facing wildlife today. www.bopnw.org
Libby Dam Visitor Center is located at 260 Souse Gulch Road, approximately 17 miles north of Libby, Montana.
Kim Annis with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will also be there with Bear Aware (and a stuffed bear). The Lincoln Conservation District will also be on hand with info on stream permits and youth programs and also folks from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
For more information, please contact Park Ranger Susan James at 406-293-5577. Look for us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LibbyDamMT/
For more information about International Migratory Bird Day, visit: www.migratorybirdday.org.
For details about National Kids to Parks Day, visit: www.parktrust.org/youthprograms/national-kids-to-parks-day.
Muzzle Loading & Primitive Skills for Women – June 4 & 5 (posted 4/27/16)
In Thompson Falls
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring a Muzzle Loading and Primitive Skills weekend workshop near Thompson Falls on June 4 & 5. Participants will experience an 1800’s style mountain man camp and learn to shoot a muzzle loader, throw tomahawks, start a fire with flint and steel and learn about Dutch oven cooking.
The registration fee of $85 includes 2 nights camping and some meals. A limited number of spaces are available to sleep in a teepee, lean-to or wall tent for an additional $15.
The workshop will be held 8 miles west of Thompson Falls. To register or for more information contact BOW event coordinator Ginger Ward at 406-827-4597. The Registration forms are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov ; click "Becoming an Outdoors Woman", under the Education tab. The registration deadline is May 28th.
Archery License will be required to apply for 2017 (posted 4/27/16)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Starting in 2017 the purchase of a bow and arrow license will be required prior to applying for any Archery only permit.
To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
• show completion of a bowhunter education course
• show proof of purchase of a previous years bow and arrow license from Montana or another state
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state
First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2017 archery only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year.
Bowhunter education classes are offered around the state until July 31st of each year. Please visit: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/getCertificate.html to register for a bowhunter education course.
Real Estate in Libby, Troy & the Yaak – March, 2016 Newsletter (posted 3/23/16)
Guest article by Alice L. Hayes, Loveless Realty
(As of 03/01/16)
The figures for 2015 showed 2015 was quite a good year. And the figures for January through March of 2016 show we continue to move 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. We are looking forward to keeping the SALES momentum moving throughout this new year!
January 1 – March 1, 2016 Current Real Estate Figures:
201 Residential ACTIVES:
84 in Libby
45 in Troy
45 in Yaak
11 in Flathead 53 in Sanders
299 Land ACTIVES:
79 in Libby
87 in Troy
14 in Yaak
41 in Flathead
81 in Sanders
28 Commercial ACTIVE:
15 in Libby
5 in Troy
1 in Yaak
7 in Sanders
SALES & PENDINGS
15 Residential SALES:
8 in Libby
3 in Troy
2 in Yaak
2 in Sanders
2 in Flathead
12 Land SALES:
7 in Libby
1 in Troy
2 in Yaak
1 in Flathead
1 in Sanders
1 Commercial PENDING:
1 in Libby
33 Residential PENDING:
11 in Libby
8 in Troy
2 in Yaak
2 in Flathead
10 in Sanders
12 Land PENDING:
10 in Libby
1 in Troy
So How Did Our Market Actually Do? Let’s Compare
January 1 to December 31, 2015
148 Residential SOLDS
58 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS
January 1 to December 31, 2014
157 Residential SOLDS
53 Land SOLDS
8 Commercial SOLDS
January 1 to December 31, 2013
120 Residential SOLDS
33 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS
January 1 to December 31, 2012
111 Residential SOLDS
37 Land SOLDS
7 Commercial SOLD
January 1 to December 31, 2010
93 Residential SOLDS
28 Land SOLDS
0 Commercial SOLDS
January 1 to December 31, 2009
82 Residential SOLDS
33 Land SOLDS
6 Commercial SOLDS
Interest rates remain at all-time LOWS. Inventory selections are pretty slim and new properties are Welcome.
As of 03/01/2016 Conforming & FHA Loans:
30-Year Fixed; Interest = 3.74%; APR= 3.81%
15-Year Fixed; Interest = 3.00%; APR=3.13%
(Per Mort. 101)
For more information, contact:
Alice & Jim Hayes, Team Hayes
519 W. 9th
Libby, MT 59923
Phone: 406-293-8364 or 406-293-1926
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Information obtained from Lincoln County MLS.
Montanore Project RODs available (posted 2/21/16)
Kootenai National Forest
In December 2015, the Kootenai National Forest (KNF) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a Joint Final Environmental Impact Statement (Joint Final EIS) for the Montanore Project, a proposed copper and silver underground mine located about 18 miles south of Libby near the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana.
The KNF identified Mine Alternative 3 and Transmission Line Alternative D-R as its preferred alternatives in the Joint Final EIS. The KNF has set forth its final decision and rationale in its Record of Decision (ROD). The KNF ROD is available in two formats: 1) it can be downloaded as a PDF from the Forest Service’s web page (http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/kootenai/landmanagement/projects) or 2) it can be requested in a CD format from the KNF Project Coordinator, Lynn Hagarty, KNF, 31374 US 2, Libby, MT 59923-3022, 406-293-6211. Notice of the decision will be published in The Missoulian (Missoula, Montana), the paper of record for the KNF.
DEQ identified Mine Alternative 3 and Transmission Line Alternative D-R as its preferred alternatives in the Joint Final EIS. DEQ has set forth its final decision and rationale in its ROD. The DEQ ROD can be downloaded as a PDF from DEQ’s web page (http://deq.mt.gov/Land/hardrock/Montonore-Mine-Project). Notice of DEQ’s mine, transmission line, and air quality decisions will be posted on DEQ’s website and included in the notice of decision in The Missoulian.
For more information, contact the KNF Project Coordinator, Lynn Hagarty (contact info above) or the DEQ Project Coordinator, Craig Jones, DEQ, 1520 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, MT 59620-0901, 406-444-0514.
Libby Dam Visitor Center receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation (posted 2/13/16)
Open OutDoors for Kids program
Libby, MT - Libby Dam and its nonprofit partner the Corps Natural Resource Foundation are one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a 2016 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. This year 4th graders from Libby, Eureka and Troy public schools will expand their usual field trip experience with pre and post-visit lessons from a park ranger, as well as an opportunity to earn a free national park pass. Their teachers won't have to worry about getting them to Libby Dam, as the grant covers transportation costs to get the 4th graders to the US Army Corps of Engineers park on Lake Koocanusa.
This grant, part of the Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program, supports the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park.
"It is inspiring to see the National Park Foundation and many other partners step up to support our goal of getting fourth graders and their families into parks, public lands and waters that belong to all Americans," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "These generous grants will ensure children across the country have an opportunity to experience the great outdoors in their community while developing a lifelong connection to our nation's land, water and wildlife."
National Park Foundation grants have made it possible for more than 400,000 students (including this year's grantees) to visit national parks and other public lands and waters.
"We want to help people everywhere, from all backgrounds, discover how national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waters are relevant to their lives, and the best way to do that is to give people the opportunity to experience them first-hand," said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. "Through our grants that provide funding for transportation and in-park learning, we are able to connect youth and their families to these special places and inspire people across the country to find their park which, in turn, can foster a lifelong connection to all that public lands and waters have to offer."
Students visiting Libby Dam this year will learn about the Corps of Engineers delicate, daily balancing act at Libby Dam between natural resource management, flood risk management, hydropower production and recreation. Science curriculum elements covered will include: Ecosystems and Changes, the Water Cycle and Hydropower production. Hands-on activities will be included with help from the Lincoln County Conservation District's stream trailer model and students will take home educational materials, including information on how to download a free paper park pass for each 4th grader.
"Our park has so much to offer beyond just a tour of the dam. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of what is here, expand what we already offer teachers and students in the way of educational field trips, as well as an opportunity to build partnerships between the Corps, the National Park Service, Lincoln County Conservation District, the schools and our students - the true future stewards of our public lands," said Susan James, US Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger at Libby Dam.
For the full list of grantees, and their projects, visit www.nationalparks.org/everykidinapark.
The Libby Dam Visitor Center opens Memorial Day weekend 2016.
Other Upcoming Events:
May 21, 2016: Kooky-noosa Challenge, Disc Golf tournament at Libby Dam.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
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
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.
These people must be
Polar Bear Club