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

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Kootenai River The Kootenai River on a recent beautiful fall day. Photo by Maggie Craig.

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Kootenai River Stampede donates to Camp Patriot program
Libby Heritage Museum cancels Holiday Bazaar
Libby Real Estate – Oct. 1, 2021
Sunburst Arts brings music to Eureka
EPA deletes portion of Libby, Montana Superfund site from National Priorities List

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October 14 and 21: Square Dance Lessons Begin: Starting in Libby on Thursday, October 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Libby Elementary School. First two lessons free; $3 per person, per lesson after that. More info here on Facebook.

October 15: Fall Bounty Market in Troy: One last farmers market of the season at the Troy Museum from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Produce, body care products, and some early Christmas shopping.

October 16: RMEF Banquet: 34th annual Lincoln County Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at 5:00 p.m. at the Memorial Center. Reserve tickets here or call Paul at 406-293-9421. No meal tickets will be sold at the door.

October 17: Film Screening: The Beast of Our Time: Free film screening and poetry by Marc Beaudin, author of Life List: Poems, at 5:00 p.m. at the Roosevelt Park Pavilion in Troy. It's a 28 minute documentary into the relationship between climate change and grizzly bears. Presented by the Yaak Valley Forest Council.

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 23: Halloween Square Dance: Libby Spinning Squares will hold their Halloween dance at McGrade School. Mainstream from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Plus at 7:00 p.m. More info: 406-293-1165 or 406-293-3265 or on Facebook at Libby Spinning Squares.

October 30: Halloween Party: At the Halfway House Bar & Grill, 14891 Bull Lake Road in Troy. Costume contest and live music by Shauney Fisher and Bryan Lloyd. Starts at 8:00 p.m. More info: Halfway House Bar and Grill on Facebook.

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.

November 5-6: Heritage Museum Holiday Bazaar: Cancelled: More info: Libby Heritage Museum on Facebook

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Donation to Camp Patriot
Kootenai River Stampede donates to Camp Patriot program (posted 10/9/2021)
Helping disabled military veterans
Kootenai River Stampede PRCA Rodeo media release
As a 501c3 organization and in an effort to "give back to the community" as a whole and the military veterans who have given much to protect our Country in particular, The Kootenai River Stampede PRCA Rodeo is committed to supporting the military in various capacities. On September 30, a check was presented to Micah Clark of the Camp Patriot program by Secretary/Treasurer Trisha Davis-Stacy and President Patty Rambo. The funds will be used to fly a disabled veteran to partake in a Camp Patriot event in the near future.

Camp Patriot, also a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in the Yaak, Montana, dedicates its efforts to take combat wounded and disabled veterans on outdoor adventures and provide outdoor recreational therapy. Several memorable Camp Patriot treks have involved successful 14,411-foot accents by wounded and disabled veterans up to the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington State. A video presentation of one of these challenging feats can be viewed on the CP website at www.camppatriot.org
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Libby Heritage Museum cancels Holiday Bazaar (posted 10/9/2021)
Due to COVID-19 concerns
The Heritage Museum media release
After weeks of monitoring the Covid-19 cases in our county, the decision was finally made to cancel The Heritage Museum Holiday Bazaar for the second year. It was not a decision made lightly, but in good conscience it seemed the best way to protect our vendors, shoppers, volunteers, and our community. We sincerely regret not being able to provide this opportunity for the shoppers as well as all the wonderful crafters, artisans, bakers, and other vendors who intended to participate in this year’s event. We wish them the best and look forward to their return next year.

The Heritage Museum stands as an iconic landmark and represents our community’s interest in our history. Even though it has a strong, long lasting appearance, it must have a new roof in the near future or the building and contents will not stand the test of time. In an effort to generate income for lighting, heat and insurance without using money saved for infrastructure our Heritage Museum volunteers will be selling raffle tickets as usual. Edward Jones donated $400.00 for First Prize and The Shed Restaurant donated four $25.00 gift certificates for Second Prize. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. Tickets will be sold at various locations over the next several weeks, or you can email the museum (heritagemuseum@frontier.com) or call and leave a message at 406-293-7521 to buy tickets. The drawing will occur on November 30th.

Pend O’Reille Shores Resort has once again generously donated two 3-Night stays at their resort. These mini vacations will be offered on Facebook as Silent Auctions. The first auction will begin Friday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 AM and end Saturday, Nov. 6 at 4:00 PM. The second auction will begin Friday, Dec. 3 at 10:00 AM and end Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4:00 PM. Details and complete rules will be found on the Silent Auction post at https://www.facebook.com/LibbyHeritageMuseum

Losing a major fundraiser two years in a row can be devastating to a small non-profit. We hope that better days are ahead for everyone. The Heritage Museum is genuinely grateful for the support of this community. We wish the best to all and look forward to a festive Holiday Bazaar in 2022.

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Libby Real Estate – Oct. 1, 2021 (posted 10/9/2021)
Alice Hayes, Team Hayes Realtors LLC
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’! Fall has arrived - warm days, cool evenings, beautiful fall colors - such a pretty time of the year!

How has the Market been in 2021?
1/1/2021 - 09/30/2021 Real Estate figures were:

194 Residential SALES:
128 Libby; 48 Troy; 18 Yaak

141 Land SALES:
67 Libby; 61 Troy; 13 Yaak

11 Comm/Multi-Family SALES:
7 Libby; 2 Troy; 2 Yaak

44 Residential PENDING:
27 Libby; 15 Troy; 2 Yaak

38 Land PENDING:
22 Libby; 13 Troy; 3 Yaak

2 Comm/Multi-Family PENDING:
1 Libby; 1 Troy

51 Residential ACTIVES:
30 Libby; 15 Troy; 6 Yaak

63 Land ACTIVES:
35 in Libby; 24 in Troy; 4 in Yaak

16 Comm/Multi-Fam ACTIVES:
12 Libby; 4 Troy; 0 Yaak

Interest Rates are truly amazing! Now could be a great time to purchase.
As of 09/30/2021 -
Conforming & FHA Loans: Per Quicken
30-Year Fixed: Interest/3.01%; APR/3.361%
15-Year Fixed: Interest/2.28%; APR/2.811%

TEAM HAYES REALTORS LLC
417 MINERAL AVE, SUITE 1
IN THE MINERAL PLAZA
LIBBY, MONTANA
OFFICE #: 406-293-2725
(Alice) 406-293-8364
(Jim) 406-293-1926
Email:
alice@alicehayes.com
jim@alicehayes.com
Website: www.teamhayesrealtors.com


Sunburst Arts brings music to Eureka (posted 10/9/2021)
Sunburst’s series is held at the Lincoln County High School auditorium in Eureka. Shows begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door. Season passes and Patron packages are available at the door or purchased in advance at the Sunburst office. For information, call 406-297-0197 or visit https://www.sunburstarts.org/. Single tickets are $15/person. Students 18 years and younger or adults 90 or older are admitted for free. Season tickets are $60/person. The Patron package ($175) includes two season tickets.

October 14, 2021 America’s Sweethearts
This trio is remarkable and happens to be some of the greatest talent New York City has ever seen. They bring their sweet harmonies and toe tapping numbers to Montana from the Big Apple. What a way to open Sunburst’s 23rd concert season! Don’t miss an opportunity to hear songs from the 40s through the 60s. Read more here

November 19, 2021 Junior
This band caught our attention the first time we heard it and we knew these musicians would be a big hit for the Tobacco Valley audience. Their sound speaks to us of today and of Montana with a mixture of instruments and vocals you will surely enjoy. Hear them here - YouTube

January 23, 2022 Bridge & Wolak
Michael Bridge (accordions & piano) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet & piano) form an acclaimed musical duo, who integrate traditional acoustic instruments with 21st century digital technology. They perform their own unique repertoire of classical, world and jazz fusion. Sunburst is pleased to welcome these international musicians to our community’s stage. www.bridgewolak.com

March 25, 2022 Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin Band
Dee-Dee and her band are hot with just the right mixture of blues and jazz with a few sweet notes thrown in to make this the perfect concert for March. Recognized for her strong voice as well as her performance, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin gives a show that is everything you could possibly hope for - and more. www.deedeedarbyduffin.com

April 22, 2022 Dolce Canto
Dolce Canto performs exceptional and diverse choral music with artistry and sensitivity. This Missoula-based eighteen-member choir shares its enthusiasm of sacred and secular music representing various historical periods and musical styles. The perfect finale to our 23rd season. Listen here



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


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.

SUMMER
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
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
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