EPA deletes portion of Libby, Montana Superfund site from National Priorities List (posted 9/18/2021)
Deletion reflects continued cleanup progress at site
US. Environmental Protection Agency
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.
For more information about the Libby Superfund site, visit: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/libby-asbestos
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:
30-Year Fixed: Interest/2.750%; APR/2.925%
15-Year Fixed: Interest/1.990%; APR/2.306%
TEAM HAYES REALTORS LLC, 417 MINERAL AVE, SUITE 1, IN THE MINERAL PLAZA
OFFICE #: 406-293-2725
Cell #’s: (Alice) 406-293-8364 (Jim) 406-293-1926
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 https://www.stimsonlumber.com/
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.
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