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Libby, Montana
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Nordic statues in the Libby Town Park
One of several Nordic statues in the Libby Town Park.


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Chamber of Commerce
Churches
Community Events
Dining
Elevation
Emergency Services
Employment
Government
Groups/Organizations
Income
Internet Access
Labor Force
Library
Lodging Facilities
Major Industries
Maps
Medical Facilities
Mileage
Movies Filmed in Libby
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Radio & Television
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Libby viewLibby is located in northwestern Montana, 72 miles south of the Canadian border, 89 miles northwest of Kalispell, Montana, and 35 miles east of the Idaho border. The Kootenai Indians roamed the Kootenai River valley area for hundreds of years before the first white explorers and trappers visited the area. White trappers and miners came to the area in the late 1800s seeking fur and gold in area streams. The original townsite of Libby was located several miles upstream from the confluence of Libby Creek and the Kootenai River, but was relocated to its present location in 1892 when the railroad built tracks along the Kootenai River joining Idaho with eastern Montana. Libby was named after the daughter of an early settler. Libby became the county seat for Lincoln County in 1909, the county being named after President Abraham Lincoln. Today, about 12,000 people live within a 4 mile radius of Libby proper.
Area Attractions:
Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area - Network of trails to high mountain lakes and vistas. Trail hikes range from easy to rigorous. Snowshoe Peak is the highest peak (8,712 feet).
Cabinet View Golf Course - 9-hole course with views of Cabinet Mountains. Open to the public. Cross-county ski trails in the winter.
Heritage Museum - Historical, cultural & wildlife displays-tours available.
Koocanusa Reservoir - 90 mile long lake. Fishing for kokanee salmon & trout, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailboating, swimming, numerous boat docks and lake edge camping.
Kootenai Falls - Swinging bridge overlooking falls on the Kooteani River, park with picnic area, hiking trails and fishing access.
Kootenai National Forest - 2-1/4 million acres for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, skiing, wildlife viewing. Over 1,450 miles of streams and rivers for fishing. 
Kootenai River - Blue ribbon fishing, boating, floating.
Libby Creek Gold Panning Area - Open to the public on upper Libby Creek. An area gold prospecting club owns claims in the area as well.
Libby Dam - Tours of dam in season, day use areas, playground, boat ramp, picnic area, interpretive center .
Ross Creek Cedars - Old grove cedar trees south of Bull Lake, informative trail, picnic area. Located 23 miles south of Troy and 3 miles west of Hwy 56. Campground and Bull Lake nearby.
Scenic Byway - Highway 37 from Libby to Eureka along Koocanusa reservoir.
Turner Mountain Ski Area - 22 miles from Libby on Pipe Creek Rd-alpine ski area.

Nearby downhill ski areas:
  Big Mountain Ski Area (2 hours southeast in Whitefish, Montana) 
  Schweitzer Ski Area (2 hours southwest in Sandpoint, Idaho).

Glacier National Park is 2-1/2 hours to the east.

Airport
Libby Airport

Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development:
Libby Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 704
406-293-4167
www.libbychamber.org

Kootenai River Development Corp
(Formerly the Lincoln County Economic Development Council)
PO Box 621
406-293-8406
http://www.kootenaird.org

Churches:
22-all denominations
Churches

Community Events:
Irish Fair - March
STOKR Bike Ride - May
Logger Days - July
Hot August Nites - August
Nordicfest - September
(Click here for Calendar)

Dining:
Fast Food to Fine Dining
McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen
Dining Businesses

Elevation: 2,066 feet

Emergency Services:
Enhanced 911
Volunteer Ambulance
Volunteer Fire Department

Employment:
1998 Employment by Industry Chart

Top 10 Private Employers in Lincoln County (listed alphabetically)*
First National Bank
Libby Care Center
McDonald's
Mountain View Manor Good Samaritan Center
Owens & Hurst Lumber
Pamida
Plum Creek Timber
Rosauer's Food & Drug
St. John's Lutheran Hospital
Stimson Lumber Company
*Source: Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Research & Analysis. List includes ONLY private industry employers subject to Unemployment Insurance. Does not include railroads and city, county, state, and federal government agencies (including public school districts and universities).

GOVERNMENT: [City of Libby]  [Lincoln County] [State & Federal]
Town Government-Libby
Airport City-County, 5126 Farm to Market Rd, (406) 293-4947
Ambulance Service, Courthouse, Emergency Only, 911
Building Inspector, (406) 293-2731
Chamber of Commerce, 905 W Ninth, (406) 293-4167, fax: (406) 293-3222
City Court, 952 E Spruce St, (406) 293-2731
City Hall, 952 E Spruce St, Suite 100, (406) 293-2731
  City Maintenance Shop, (406) 293-2776
  Remp Addn, (406) 293-2775
Fire Department
  Emergency Only, 911
  Non-Emergency Calls, (406) 293-9217
Mayor, 952 E Spruce St, (406) 293-2731
Police, 603 Mineral Ave, (406) 293-3343
Senior Citizens Center, 206 E 2nd, (406) 293-7222
Wastewater Treatment Plant, (406) 293-2775
www.cityoflibby.com

Lincoln County
Lincoln County Courthouse: 406-293-7781
On the web:
http://www.lincolncountymt.us/

Department of Labor and Industry-Libby Job Service
417 Mineral Ave, Suite 43
406-293-6282
http://rad.dli.state.mt.us (demographics)
http://jsd.dli.state.mt.us (Montana Job Service)
Libby Courthouse
Montana Motor Vehicle Division, Driver's Licensing
512 California Ave
406-293-7781

U.S. Forest Service-Kootenai National Forest
Supervisor's Office
1101 Hwy 2 West
406-293-6211

US Army Corps of Engineers-Libby Dam
406-293-5577

US Postal Service
518 Main Ave
406-367-4184

Groups & Organizations:

American Field Service (AFS)
Boy & Girl Scouts of America

Cabinet Backcountry Horsemen

Committees for Loggers Days & Nordicfest

Community Band

Eagles 4-H Club

Friends of the Library

Heritage Museum Volunteers

Hospice

Hospital Auxillary

Igniter's Car Club
Kiwanis Soccer League

Kootenai Bird Club

Kootenai Fly Fishers

Kootenai Kiwanis

Kootenai Valley Grange

Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild

Libby Chamber of Commerce

Libby County Junior Fair

Libby Farm Women's Club
Libby Fine Arts Club
Libby Food Pantry

Libby Little Guy Wrestling

Libby Lions Club

Libby Little League

Libby Rod & Gun Club

Libby Rotary Club

Libby Saddle Club

Libby Senior Citizens

Libby Summer Recreation

Libby Writers Group

Literacy Volunteers of America

Model Railroaders

MT Athletic Club

Search & Rescue

Toastmasters

TOPS

Volunteer Ambulance & Fire Department

YMCA After-School Program
Income:
Median Income/Lincoln County households: $26,754 (1999 Bureau of Census)

Internet Access:
Local internet access is provided by service providers listed below. High-speed DSL and satellite access are now available in the Libby area.

Kootenet County government-run, internet service provider, www.libby.org.

MontanaSky.net, www.montanasky.net/. They offer local dial-up internet access for the Libby area and high speed DSL for northern Lincoln County. E-mail accounts and web site hosting available. They have offices in Libby, Eureka, Rexford, Kalispell and other towns in Montana.

Labor Force (Lincoln County):

Kootenai Job Service Work Force Center (Libby)
Montana Demographic Info

US Dept of Labor Statistics

Year
Civilian Labor Force
Employed
Unemployed
Unemployment Rate
2005
7,820
7,182
638
8.2%
2004
7,743
6,989
754
9.7%
2003
7,684
6.795
889
11.6%
Information obtained as of 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Library:
Lincoln County Public Library-Libby
220 W 6th St
406-293-2778

Lodging Facilities:
Campgrounds, Bed & Breakfasts, Motels, Fire Lookout Rentals

Major Industries:
Lumber & Wood Products: Lincoln County is the largest producer of wood products in Montana and 1st in the state in commercial forest land.
Mining: Current mining operations are for copper, gold and silver. In the 1960s and 70s a large vermiculite mining operation was located northeast of Libby. This mine is now closed.
Tourism: Kootenai National Forest, Kootenai River, Libby Dam, Lake Koocanusa, local museum, golf course, Turner Mountain Ski area, local attractions
Recreation: Camping & hiking, water sports & fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and skiing
Agricultural Information

Maps: Area Map

Medical Facilities:
Libby Convalescent Center: 100 bed capacity providing continuous nursing care for patients.

St. John's Lutheran Hospital: Private, not-for-profit, non-denominational community hospital. Thirty-seven bed facility (26 acute care, 3 intensive care beds, 8 transitional/swing beds)  with a wide range of surgical services and emergency care. Helicopter transport services are available for patients requiring specialized care in a larger hospital in Spokane, Kalispell or Missoula. Inpatient services, obstetrics St Johns Hospital(about 150 deliveries/year), birthing room, surgical service, Advanced Cardiac Life Support & Trauma Life Support Certified Physicians on 24-hour/day call. ICU/CCU cardiac treatment & monitoring, clinical laboratory with 24-hour blood bank, radiological services. Outpatient services include respiratory therapy, rehabilitation services (physical, occupational, speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation), Prompt Care Clinic, Home Health, and Kootenai Reginal Dialysis Satellite. Web site: http://www.sjlh.com/

Various Chiropractic, Dental & Optical care providers

Mileage to Other Cities:
  Calgary, Canada - 320
  Denver, Colorado - 1,188
  Helena, Montana - 285
  Kalispell, Montana - 89
  Missoula, Montana - 190
  Portland, Oregon - 510
  Salt Lake City, Utah - 725
  Seattle, Washington - 447
  Spokane, Washington - 168

Movies Filmed in Libby:
Always (1989)
The River Wild (1993)

Museums:
The Heritage Museum has historical displays and exhibits on local history, Native Americans, lumber industy and wildlife. Located on US Hwy 2 just south of Libby. 406-293-7521 (off season 406-293-4733)

Newspapers:

Kootenai Valley Record, weekly
507 Mineral Avenue
293-3434
kvrecord@gmail.com

The Montanian, weekly
PO Box 946
406-293-8202
E-mail: news@montanian.com

The Western News, twice weekly
PO Box 1377
406-293-4124
http://www.thewesternnews.com
E-mail: westnews@libby.org

Regional newspapers are delivered daily.

Population:
Libby area city limits-2,800
Libby area wide-11,675
Lincoln County-19,101 (2004 US Census Bureau estimate)
Lincoln County population is 5.2 people/square mile (as of 2002 info)
*(Source: US Bureau of the Census 2004 estimate. Census and Economic Information Center, Montana Department of Commerce, Helena, MT 59620, 406-444-2896)
Lincoln County Census Information

Radio & Television:
2 FM radio stations, 1 AM radio station
  KLCB Radio-1230 Khz 
  KTNY-FM
  101.7-Local stations
  Web site: www.todaysbestcountryonline.com/

  Montana Public Radio, 90.5 FM (available in Libby)
  www.mtpr.org

Libby receives reception from several radio stations from other areas of Montana and Spokane, Washington. Television: KCFW (9-NBC) Channel 60, Kalispell; KPAX (8-CBS) (Channel 62), Missoula; KXLY, Spokane (4-ABC) (Channel 64). Duane Williams of radio station KLCB-KTNY has a satellite link to carry KUSM, Bozeman, (Montana-PBS), (Channel 66).

Recreation Facilities:
Athletic Club (1)
Baseball Diamonds
Bowling Alley (1)
Campgrounds (many)
Casinos (several)
Drive-In Movie Theater, Regular Movie Theater
Golf Course (1, 18-hole, open to the public)
Horse Arena
Ice Skating Rink (winter only, outdoor)
Model Airplane Runway
Parks & Picnic Areas
Playgrounds
Skateboard Park
Tennis Courts (4 at High School, Courts on Hwy 37)
Turner Mountain Ski Area (22 miles from Libby, alpine ski area)
Walking or Driving Tour of Libby Historical Buildings
Walking & Riding Trails in Parks

Schools:Libby High School
3 public grade schools
1 public middle school
1 public senior high school
2 private schools (one Christian and one 7th Day Adventist)
Community College-Extension of Flathead Valley Community College

Libby K-12 Schools Superintendent
724 Louisiana Ave
406-293-8811

MORE PUBLIC SCHOOL INFO
PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Social Services

Lincoln County Help Line
PO Box 2
Libby, MT
(406) 293-3223 or 1-800-700-7345
E-mail: lcwhl@libby.org

Libby Train DepotTransportation:

Libby Airport: The Libby City/County general aviation airport offers charter service, rental aircraft and a flight school. It has a 5,000 ft lighted runway with beacon. The nearest commercial airport is in Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport which is serviced by Delta, Horizon, United Express, and has charter service and car rentals. 5136 Farm to Market Rd, 406-293-4947
Major Roads: State Highways 37 & 56, US Hwy 2
Railroads: AMTRAK 4 days/week for passengers and freight. Burlington Northern daily freight.
Truck Carriers: Two truck companies provide freight service to Libby. One carrier offers terminal service with daily pickup & delivery for 2-day service to Spokane, 1 day service to Kalispell, and 3-day service to Missoula-Portland-Seattle. Other carriers service Libby twice weekly.

Utilities & Energy:
Cable: Adelphia Communications, 406-293-8788
Electricity: 
  Flathead Electric Co-op, 121 W 4th, Libby, 293-4107
  Northern Lights Energy, Troy, 208-263-5141
  Lincoln Electric Cooperative Inc, Eureka, 406-296-2511
Heating Sources: Electric, wood, solar, fuel oil, propane
Refuse Disposal: Landfill accessed on Pipe Creek Road with private pick-up service
Sewage: City waste treatment plant
Telephone: Frontier
Water: Municipal water source is Flower Creek Reservoir
  City of Libby Water Department, 952 E Spruce, 406-293-2731

Weather:
Four distinct seasons.
Average Precipitation: 18.85 inches/year
Average Snowfall: 55.6 inches/year
Snowfall occurs mostly in December-February
Late fall & early winter months have the most precipitation
Average Temperature: January 30.8, July 89.7
Average 79 freeze-free days per year
Humidity: Low
Average Wind Velocity: 2 miles/hour
Elevation: 2,100 feet

Wildlife:
Big Game: Bear (black & grizzly), deer (white-tailed & mule), elk, moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, Rocky Mountain big horn sheep
Smaller Animals: Beaver, eagle (bald & golden), grouse, martens, osprey, many species of waterfowl

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