Flower Creek Dam dedication, tour July 20 (posted 7/18/16)
The City of Libby will host a dedication event for the new Flower Creek Dam on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, beginning at noon at the dam site.
Libby Mayor Doug Roll, Public Works Director Jim Hammons and city council members will be joined by John Walsh, USDA Rural Development of Montana Director; Lincoln County commissioners; DNRC Director John Tubbs; State Sen. Chas Vincent; State Reps. Mike Cuffe and Jerry Bennett; Bob Morrison, President of Morrison-Maierle engineering; and primary contractor Johnson-Wilson Constructors.
A tour of the new facility for invited guests and media will take place immediately following the dedication event.
For more details, contact John Grassy, Montana DNRC Public Information Officer, at (406) 444-0465.
Upcoming events in Libby (posted 7/18/19)
Libby Christian Church
July 25-28: Swimming Lessons for babies-4th grade and a special class on basic life saving skills for 5th grade on up. Cost is $15 for 4 days.
Saturday, August 27, 2016: 2nd Annual Kootenai Valley Triathlon
Last year over 70 people registered and the spectators, as well as the athletes, had a great time.
Pedal, Paddle, Run. Join the FUN!!!
For more information and to register visit libbychristianchurch.com/Events or call 406-293-3747.
FWP makes decision to proceed with Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization Project (posted 7/12/16)
To reduce bank erosion and limit instream sediment
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization Project for the purpose of reducing bank erosion and limiting instream sediment from the single largest eroding bank within the Dunn Creek watershed, and increasing habitat diversity for resident trout in Dunn Creek. The project is located on Dunn Creek, approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Libby, Montana.
The draft was out for a 30-day public review through July 9, 2016, with no comment received. Due to the urgent need to reduce sediment in Dunn Creek, it is recommended that the proposed project be implemented as soon as possible. No changes were made to the draft EA; therefore, the draft will become the final document. Copies of the decision notice are available at the FWP office, 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell; Montana State Library, 1515 E 6th Ave., Helena; FWP State Headquarters, 1420 E 6th Ave., Helena; the FWP website and available for viewing at local libraries.
Contact person: Fisheries Biologist Jim Dunnigan, (406) 293-5590, X 224, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lemonade on the Lawn Kicks Off July 13 in Libby (posted 7/12/16)
With ‘The Flood Girls’ author Richard Fifield
Wednesday, July 13 will kick off the 2016 Lemonade on the Lawn series at the Lincoln County Library in Libby, 220 West 6th Street. A program at noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of July and August will be hosted by Libby Friends of the Library. A lunch will be offered for purchase or you are welcome to bring your own and just enjoy the program. Two authors, a musician and rousing interactive word games are scheduled throughout the summer.
The first guest will be Richard Fifield, a native of Troy and author of "The Flood Girls." A 1993 graduate of Troy High School, Richard studied English at the University of Montana graduating in 1998. He then headed to the creative writing program at Sarah Lawrence College graduating with a Masters Degree in 2000. The Flood Girls (published by Simon and Schuster) is his first book. The setting of the book is a small town in Northwest Montana. Although the "names have been changed to protect the innocent", local readers will be caught up in the familiar. It’s a book about alcoholism, forgiveness, inclusion, acceptance and women’s softball!
The Library has copies of the book available for check out. In addition to Richard’s reading on July 13, there will also be a book discussion with the author on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Libby Library. Books will also be available for sale at Lemonade on the Lawn.
On the menu for July 13 will be a selection of summer salads and a roll for $5.00. As always, Friends of the Library will provide free lemonade and a cookie.
Jim Shadle will return on on July 27. We’ll have some fun and challenge with word games a la NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Jeff Wiedel will perform on August 10. Our final guest performance will be August 24 by Neal Lewing "Meagher of the Sword: Montana’s First Governor" made possible through Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau. Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All programs are free and open to the public.
Montana Governor encourages extra caution due to heightened wildfire risk (posted 6/29/16)
Governor Steve Bullock office media release
HELENA, MT – Governor Steve Bullock encourages Montanans to take extra precautions with fireworks, campfires and other outdoor activities during their Independence Day celebrations.
"The recent high temperatures and dry conditions have elevated the wildfire danger across the state, particularly in the southeast portion of the state; where conditions are extremely dry. These conditions coupled with fireworks and increasing summer recreation have put firefighters on heightened alert," Bullock said. "One careless spark could ignite the next wildfire."
Firefighting agencies across Montana dedicate themselves to keeping communities safe from wildfires but it takes everyone working together. Bullock stressed, "We all have an important role in preventing wildfires to ensure we keep Montana green."
Montanans are reminded that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands, and present a wildfire risk wherever there is dry vegetation. Bullock also reminded recreationists to never leave a campfire or barbecue unattended, check tow chains to assure they are not dragging, and remember that vehicles parked or driving in tall vegetation can start a fire. "By using our ‘One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire’ motto we can celebrate our independence while being fire-safe," Bullock said.
Firefighters are already in action across Montana with the recent Moser Dome Road Fire near Laurel, Yates 2 Fire in Carter County and pervious fires in Rosebud County and Powder River County. Central and western Montana is also keeping busy with initial attack on new starts. Crews are working hard to put out these fires before they grow in size. Montana’s fire activity coupled with major fires burning in California, Arizona, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Alaska, is putting a demand on firefighting resources across the West.
Contact your local fire department for information on any local fire restrictions.
Forest Service releases draft revised plans (posted 6/3/16)
Flathead National Forest
On June 3rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service released the draft revised land and resource management plan (draft forest plan) and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Flathead National Forest for public review and comment. In addition to the effects of the draft forest plan, the DEIS includes the environmental consequences of the proposed forest plan amendments to incorporate habitat management direction for grizzly bears for the Helena-Lewis & Clark, Lolo, and Kootenai National Forests. Written and electronic comments will be accepted for 120 days.
Today’s publication of a Notice of Availability of the draft documents in the Federal Register begins the public comment period on both the draft forest plan, amendments and DEIS. A total of two open houses are scheduled in Kalispell and Missoula during the 120-day comment period. These open houses are intended as an opportunity to visit with individual planning team members and review maps of management area allocations by alternatives. The location and schedule of these open houses will be publicized in local newspapers and can be found on the Flathead National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/flathead/fpr. The draft documents are available for review and comment online.
Comments may be submitted via email to email@example.com, via facsimile to (406) 758-5379 or in writing to: Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT., 59901 The Forest Service will carefully review the comments on the draft Forest Plan, Amendments and DEIS. There will also be an objection process for any unresolved concerns prior to the final decision.
For additional information, please contact Joe Krueger, Project Manager, at (406)-758-5243, or firstname.lastname@example.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