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Ignite the Nites Open Car Show August 14-15, 2009
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Kootenai Harvest Festival
Kootenai Harvest Festival The seventh annual Kootenai Harvest Festival was held on Saturday afternoon, September 18, at Riverfront Park. Vendors, live music, a garden-to-table harvest meal and games for kids were on the agenda. It was a rainy afternoon but that did not seem to deter many from attending the yearly event celebrating fall. Find 16 photos of the event here. Photo by Maggie Craig.
Bongo Love with his sea life carving
Chainsaw Carving Championship The fifth annual Chainsaw Carving Championship wrapped up Sunday, September 12, with 22 expert carvers putting finishing touches on their carvings for judging and completing one last quick carve for the auction at the end of the day. Pictured above is Bongo Love with his sea life carving. Find photos of Sunday's finished carvings and the artists at work here (61 photos). Photo by Maggie Craig.

EPA deletes portion of Libby, Montana Superfund site from National Priorities List
Fire Restrictions lifted across NW Montana
Libby Real Estate news - July 2021
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Wednesdays: Libby Vendors Market: At Fireman's Park from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. More info: Libby Vendors Market on Facebook.

Thursdays: Farmers Market at Libby: From 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. through September at the Libby Chamber parking lot. For questions, call the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce at (406)293-4167 or find more info here on Facebook.

Fridays: Troy Farmers Market: At the Troy Museum from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. More info here on Facebook.

September 24: Kootenai Forest Fair: At Riverfront Park from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition. Loggers, foresters, biologists and more will be available with exhibits and information.

September 24: Troy Farmers Market Apple Festival: At the Troy Museum from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. Apple pressing, apple pie baking contest, live music with Back Adit, and an expanded farmers market.

October 2: Yaak Wings Walk: To help with expenses of cancer treatment not covered by insurance. More info here on Facebook.

October 23: KPFL Bow Wow Bash: Kootenai Pets for Life dinner/auction fundraiser at the VFW. 5:00 p.m. social and browse auction items with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. Bubba B's Texas BBQ is catering. $25/one or $45/two...must have ticket to eat. Tickets available at the Libby Chamber of Commerce, KPFL volunteers or call 293-1621.

October 31: Trick or Treat Store to Store: Downtown Libby on Mineral Avenue which will be closed from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More info here on Facebook.

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EPA deletes portion of Libby, Montana Superfund site from National Priorities List (posted 9/18/2021)
Deletion reflects continued cleanup progress at site
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LIBBY, MONTANA - On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the deletion of a portion of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site in Libby, Mont. from EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL).  EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality have determined that all cleanup activities required for deletion are complete at Operable Unit 8 (OU8) of the site. 

"This is the third operable unit deletion at the Libby Asbestos Superfund site in three years, a milestone that demonstrates the progress EPA and our partners have made in the cleanup and restoration of properties in Libby," said Betsy Smidinger, Director of EPA Region 8’s Superfund and Emergency Management Division.

The Libby Asbestos Superfund site was placed on EPA’s NPL in 2002 due to high levels of Libby Amphibole asbestos in and around the communities of Libby and Troy. The site is divided into eight Operable Units. Operable Unit 8 of the site is comprised of roadways and highways in and between the towns of Libby and Troy, including U.S. Highway 2, MT Highway 37 and country roads.

EPA is deleting OU8 based on a determination that no further remediation action is needed to protect human health and the environment. The area will continue to be subject to operation and maintenance activities, including regular reviews to ensure protectiveness of the remedy. EPA will continue to address contamination concerns at the remaining Operable Units of the Libby Asbestos site, including the former mine site.

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Fire Restrictions lifted across NW Montana (posted 8/25/2021)
Interagency fire managers across northwest Montana are rescinding Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Recent rain and cooler temperatures have brought needed moisture to forest vegetation and lowered the fire danger across northwest Montana. Fire managers remind the public that debris burning remains closed and does not open until October 1st, 2021.

As the weather continues to cool and we move into the fall, camping and outdoor recreation are popular activities. Be prepared and have the proper tools to extinguish a campfire before you light it. Bring a bucket, water, and shovel to drown and stir the campfire until it is completely out. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

The following jurisdictions are rescinding fire restrictions on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at 12:01AM.
• Flathead National Forest lands including the Great Bear and Bob Marshall Wilderness, in Flathead, Lake, Missoula, Lewis and Clark, and Powell Counties, Montana.
• Kootenai National Forest lands in Flathead, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties in Montana and Kootenai National Forest lands in Bonner and Boundary Counties in Idaho.
• Glacier National Park
• Lost Trail and Swan River National Wildlife Refuge lands.
• Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Kalispell, Libby, Stillwater, and Swan Units. State Land and Private Classified Forested Land within Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln Counties.
• Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Region 1 within Flathead, Lake, Sanders, and Lincoln Counties.
• Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln Counties
• F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company lands will open to public use.
• Stimson Private Timber Company lands will open to public use. Campfires are prohibited.
• Flathead Ridge Ranch lands will open to public use. Campfires are prohibited. The following jurisdictions are rescinding fire restrictions on Thursday, August 26th, 2021 at 12:01AM.
• Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Plains Units. State Land and Private Classified Forested Land within Sanders County.
• Sanders County The following jurisdictions are rescinding fire restrictions on Friday, August 27th, 2021 at 12:01AM
• Green Diamond Resource Company lands in Lincoln, Sanders, and Flathead Counties will open to public use. Campfires are prohibited.
• SPP Montana timberlands in Lincoln, Sanders, and Flathead Counties will open to public use. Campfires are prohibited.

Libby Real Estate news - July 2021 (posted 8/2/2021)
Team Hayes Realtors LLC
How has the market been in 2021?
1/1/2021 - 06/30/2021 Real Estate Figures Were:

111 Residential SALES:
76 Libby; 28 Troy; 7 Yaak

98 Land SALES:
50 Libby; 40 Troy; 8 Yaak

4 Commercial/Multi-Family SALES:
3 Libby; 1 Troy

55 Residential PENDING:
34 Libby; 14 Troy; 7 Yaak

42 Land PENDING: 17 Libby; 21 Troy; 4 Yaak

6 Commercial/Multi-Family PENDING

54 Residential ACTIVES:
30 Libby; 16 Troy; 8 Yaak

70 Land ACTIVES: 50 in Libby; 16 in Troy; 5 in Yaak

19 Comm/Multi-Fam ACTIVES: 14 Libby; 5 Troy; 0 Yaak

2021 has continued as a ‘wild’ year - but with the ‘rush to buy’ in Montana - our Inventory of Listings is at an all time low! We are looking for listings to share with our Buyers. If you have considered selling your home, we would like to visit with you and give you some ideas of how we can help. And you never know - we just might have a very qualified buyer or buyers ‘waiting in the wings’.

Interest Rates are truly amazing! Now could be a great time to purchase.
As of 06/30/2021 - Conforming & FHA Loans:
Per Quicken
30-Year Fixed: Interest/2.750%; APR/2.925%
15-Year Fixed: Interest/1.990%; APR/2.306%

OFFICE #: 406-293-2725
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Stimson Lumber Company land closure (posted 7/31/2021)
Bruce Rowland, Stimson Area Woodlands Manager-Montana
Stimson Lumber Company is committed to protecting its forest resources and to the recreating public’s safety. The ongoing drought and hot summer temperatures have substantially increased the risk of wildfire, leading to making the difficult decision to close all of Stimson’s Inland Region timberlands to public access and recreation, effective August 2, 2021.

The public’s use of open Stimson roads and walk-in access to our privately-owned timberlands in northern Idaho, western Montana and Eastern Washington is being closed due to the extreme risk. Stimson will regularly evaluate the situation but anticipate the closure will last until wetting rains reduce the hazard later in the season.

For inquiries about the closure, contact our office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at (208) 762-6559. Additional information on the company’s public access program can be found at

Stimson Lumber Company is a family-owned forest products company based in Portland, Oregon. The firm owns over 600,000 acres of timberland in the Pacific Northwest and is a leading producer of forest products in the U. S.

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.

Libby Polar Bear Club
These people must be craaaazzzzzy!
Libby Polar Bear Club

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