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

Train ride at the Kootenai Highlander Gathering
Kootenai Highlander Gathering There was fun for everyone, including the wee ones, at the Kootenai Highlander gathering held at the River Bend July 18-20. The gathering, celebrating Celtic heritage, provided traditional Highlander games, music, food and vendors, along with games and activities for the little ones. Photo by Maggie Craig.

Libby City Council moves forward with new ordinances
Blood Drives in Troy, Rexford and Libby
Cotillion Dance Class offered in Libby Sept 15-20
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Lemonade on the Lawn returns in July & August
Two young female grizzlies relocated to the Cabinet Mountains
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July 26: Playing for Fundsies Golf Tournament: Cabinet Peaks Medical Center fundraiser at Cabinet View Golf Club. It's a "Pirate Party" and it's open to the public. All proceeds benefit capital improvements at CPMC. More info: 283-7140.

August 1-2: Relay For Life: At Libby High School. More info: Libby Relay For Life.

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Libby City Council moves forward with new ordinances (posted 7/23/14)
Downtown business sidewalk encroachment and open containers
Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
On Monday, July 21, 2014, the Libby City Council passed on second reading, Ordinance 1849 and 1850.

Ordinance 18-49 deals with sidewalk encroachment by downtown businesses using the sidewalk to display merchandise or to provide outside dining on the sidewalk. The ordinance now requires a permit and an accompanying annual fee, for use of the sidewalk, and based on the square footage used for enclosed cafes, on the sidewalk. The fee is yet to be determined. That determination will be made by the ordinance committee and referred to the council. For final determination. The ordinance specifically addresses sidewalk cafes. Smoking is prohibited in sidewalk café areas. Serving of alcohol is limited only to those seated at tables. Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages must be served in glass containers. Sale of alcohol in sidewalk establishments will not be permitted after 9:30pm. The area must be fenced by a minimum four foot fence.

Ordinance 18-50 provides for enforcement of the open container ordinance on private property such as privately –owned parking lots open for public parking. Outdoor venues such as sidewalk cafes, open air restaurants and outside taverns adjacent to the licensed business serving food and alcoholic beverages would be exempt.

By Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio, e-mail:,

Blood Drives in Troy, Rexford and Libby (posted 7/22/14)
The American Red Cross has put out a call for blood and platelet donors to help alleviate a potential looming blood shortage for medical needs. All blood types are needed. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

Upcoming Blood Drives in northwest Montana:
Troy: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM: Troy Kootenai Senior Community, Kootenai Senior Center 304 3rd St

Rexford: Thursday, July 31, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:15 PM: West Kootenai Community Church, 5910 West Kootenai Road

Libby: Thursday, August 21, 2014
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM: VFW, 114 West 2nd Street

How to Donate Blood
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or on Twitter at @RedCross.

Cotillion Dance Class offered in Libby Sept 15-20 (posted 7/22/14)
The National League of Junior Cotillions North Idaho Chapter will be at Libby Ballet at Asa Wood School for a dance session for youth 5th-12th grades. Must have at least 16 students to be able to have the program, maximum class size is 20 students (10 girls and 10 boys). Class will be from 4:30-6PM Monday-Friday that week. Dances that will be taught include waltz, foxtrot, swing, cha cha, and popular line dance steps. Young ladies learn how to follow a gentleman's lead and boys learn to be confident in escorting their partners through refreshment lines, receiving lines, seating them properly, assisting with refreshments, doors, coats and more. Many of these dance lesson skills also translate into life skills in respect for everyday life. Boys will wear navy or black suit jackets and ties (can be provided if necessary) and girls wear knee length or longer skirts or dresses (leggings may be used with shorter dresses for modesty in dance). Tuition cost is $210 which includes books, name tags, refreshments at every meeting, correspondence materials, certificates, prizes for contests, dance cards, gloves for girls, corsages and boutonnieres for the ball. For more information and to sign up, call Janelle Starr at or locally call Christine Wilkinson at 406-293-3313.

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Lookouts on the Kootenai National Forest July 23 (posted 7/16/14)
Lemonade on the Lawn program in Libby
Libby Friends of the Library
Lemonade on the Lawn continues at the Lincoln County Library in Libby on Wednesday, July 23rd at noon with Lookouts on the Kootenai National Forest presented by archaeologist Becky Timmons. The Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana still has examples of all different types of lookouts built. Learn about the different characteristics and history of each. For a unique outdoor experience, many are available for rent.

Lunch will be offered for sale or you can bring your own. On the menu will be a croissant sandwich with your choice of turkey or ham with cheese along with chips for $4.00. There will be free lemonade and a cookie for everyone. Lemonade on the Lawn is sponsored by Libby Friends of the Library the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of July and August.

Lemonade on the Lawn returns in July & August (posted 6/23/14)
Libby Friends of the Library
Last March, the Libby Friends of the Library conducted a survey to determine the direction of Lemonade on the Lawn at the Library. To address concerns that the group wasn’t meeting the desires of the community, input was requested to determine the preferred day and time, as well as the types of programs that would be of most interest. Using the survey responses, the Friends of the Library have made plans for this summer which we hope will entice everyone to come and enjoy the variety of programs.

Lemonade on the Lawn will take place the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of July and August at Noon on the library lawn. Free lemonade and a cookie will be provided, and lunch will be available for purchase, or you’re welcome to bring your lunch.

The events will kick off on July 9th with a musical performance by Bill Rossiter: Sixteen Tons and What Do You Get? Songs and Stories of Work in America. The songs from union halls, mines, fields, factories, picket lines and jail cells are the sound-track to an important part of American history, and they can still stir us. Always a crowd-pleaser, Rossiter comes to us through a grant from Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau. Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust.

On July 23rd, the next program, "Kootenai National Forest Lookouts" will be presented by archaeologist Becky Timmons. Learn the history and characteristic styles of these lookouts in our own backyard.

John Nores Jr., California Department of Fish and Wildlife Patrol Lieutenant and author will join us on August 13th to read from his book "War in the Woods: Combating the Marijuana Cartels on America’s Public Lands" and share his experiences. For two decades, Lt. Nores has been investigating environmental crime and wildlife loss cases related to water pollution, stream alteration, habitat destruction, commercial black market wildlife sales, and all other aspects of wildlife resource crimes. He and his team specialize in suspect apprehension, marijuana eradication, environmental restoration, marijuana public safety outreach training, in addition to handling all other high risk tactical challenges faced by game wardens today. Lt. Nores is also featured in the National Geographic channel’s game warden reality television series, "Wild Justice." "War in the Woods" has been optioned for a motion picture that is in development now.

Closing out this season’s dates will be music by "Beyond Help" with Lee Tonner and friends on August 27th. This group is a local favorite with their bluegrass and Irish selections, among others.

Libby Friends of the Library hope that you will join us for free lemonade and a cookie while you enjoy these programs the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of July and August.

Two young female grizzlies relocated to the Cabinet Mountains (posted 6/20/14)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Two young female grizzly bears were relocated to the Cabinet Mountains as part of the Cabinet Mountains grizzly bear population augmentation program.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) captured the two 2-year olds grizzly bears in Deadhorse Creek in the Whitefish Range (Flathead National Forest). The bears are siblings and were captured in the backcountry specifically to be relocated to the Cabinet Mountains as part of an on-going grizzly bear population augmentation program. The bears have no history of conflict with humans and have never been captured before. The bears were relocated to the Cabinet Mountains and released above Spar Lake in the Kootenai National Forest.

This program is an on-going effort to boost and recover the grizzly bear population in the Cabinet Mountains and is a cooperative effort between FWP and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Under the program, FWP captures bears in backcountry areas of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and USFWS monitors the animals after their release in the Cabinet Mountains. All grizzly bears relocated to the Cabinets are monitored with a radio collar until their collars drop off. The collars utilize the global positioning system (GPS) to gather locations every few hours in order to follow the bears’ movements.

The relocation of these female grizzly bears marks the twelfth and thirteenth grizzly bears to be released into the Cabinet Mountains as part of this cooperative population augmentation program since 2005.

For more information, contact Kim Annis, FWP Libby Area Bear Management Specialist, at 406-291-1320 or Wayne Kasworm, USFWS CYE Grizzly Bear Research Biologist, at 406-293-4161 x205.

2014 Lincoln County Real Estate at a glance (posted 6/5/14)
Guest article by Alice L. Hayes, Loveless Realty
January 1, 2014 through June 1, 2014 Current RE Figures:
49 Residential SALES: 33 in Libby; 10 in Troy; 6 in Sanders

24 Land SALES: 6 in Libby; 9 in Troy; 3 in Yaak; 6 in Sanders

3 Commercial SALES: 2 in Libby; 1in Sanders

29 Residential PENDING: 16 in Libby; 4 in Troy; 1 in Yaak; 1in Flathead; 7 in Sanders

10 Land PENDING: 5 in Libby; 3 in Troy; 2 in Sanders

1 Commercial/M-Family: 1 in Sanders

291 Residential ACTIVES: 120 in Libby; 74 in Troy; 13 in Yaak; 6 in Flathead; 78 in Sanders

416 Land ACTIVES: 157 in Libby; 109 in Troy; 25 in Yaak; 20 in Flathead; 105 in Sanders

36 Commercial ACTIVE: 16 in Libby; 7 in Troy; 1 in Yaak; 2 in Flathead; 9 in Sanders

Information obtained from Lincoln County MLS

Alice & Jim – Team Hayes Realtors,
406-293-8364 or 406-293-1926
Loveless Realty - 519 W. 9th - Libby, Montana

Summer events in Eureka (posted 5/27/14)
May 31: Community Square Dance Pinkham School House, 7PM. Live music caller.

June 2: Tickets go on sale for St Paul and the Broken Bones concert (July 23) Tickets purchased in advance are $12. They will be $15 the day of the concert.

June 11: Eureka’s Farmers Market opens Music by local musicians offered every Wednesday.

June 28: Summertime Festival Breakfast from 8-11am to support the Animal Shelter

July 23: St Paul and the Broken Bones concert Lincoln County High School Auditorium, 8PM. Tickets $15 at door

July 24-26: New Old Time Chautauqua

July 24: Community Potluck Riverside Park 6pm Everyone welcome – bring a dish to pass, eating utensils and folding chairs. Musical instruments welcome also.

July 25: Evening performance Lincoln County High School Auditorium 7pm, Tickets $5/adult and $1/students

July 26: Parade Come watch or participate if you want. Noon downtown

July 26: Free community workshops Everything from Juggling to Community Conversations to Musical Instrument Building. 1 – 4:30pm Historical Village

August 18: Shakespeare in the Parks "Romeo and Juliet" Historical Village. 6PM. Box dinners sold at village prior to show

For more information contact:
Sunburst Community Service Foundation
PO Box 1863
Eureka, MT 59917

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.

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