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Igniters Car Show 2014 The Libby Igniters Car Club hosted its annual Ignite the Nites car show Saturday, August 16. About 400 entries lined Mineral Avenue to the delight of the crowd that browsed the vehicles under an intermittently drizzly sky. Visit Igniters Car Show for more (43) photos. Photo by Maggie Craig.

Lemonade on the Lawn Aug. 27
Drowning victim identified
Drowning accident claims man in Middle Thompson Lake
Quilt Show 2014 Sept. 12-14 in Libby
MT Landowners granted new wolf tool
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Astronomy presentation August 29th in Libby
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Lemonade on the Lawn Aug. 27 (posted 8/25/14)
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library will host the final Lemonade on the Lawn on Wednesday, August 27 at noon. "Beyond Help" with Lee Tonner and friends will provide musical entertainment. This group is always a crowd pleaser with their bluegrass, Irish and other favorites.

You’re welcome to bring your lunch, or you can buy it there. The Servant Team from Christ Lutheran Church will be serving a pulled pork sandwich and coleslaw for $5.00. As always, Friends of the Library will provide free lemonade and a cookie.

Friends of the Library is appreciative of everyone who supported Lemonade on the Lawn this year.

Drowning victim identified (posted 8/18/14)
Anthony Joseph Bachman of Missoula, Montana
Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
Anthony Joseph Bachman, age 62, of Missoula, drown after falling off of the bow of a moving pontoon boat on Middle Thompson Lake, across from Logan State Park, about 45 miles southeast of Libby about 6:10 pm Saturday, August 16th.

Witnesses aboard the boat attempted to rescue Bachman, but were unsuccessful. Initial indications are that alcohol consumption was a major contributing factor to this accident.

The body of the victim has not been recovered from about 160 feet of water. The search for Bachman continued until dark Saturday night, resumed all day Sunday and the search is again active today (Monday, August 18th). Divers, dog teams, and sonar equipment have been on scene.

Members of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Fisher River Valley Fire & Rescue, David Thompson Search and Rescue, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and Flathead County Sheriff's Office responded. Flathead County Sheriff's 'Air-1' helicopter responded. Alert Helicopter was placed on standby.

The accident is being jointly investigated by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

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

Drowning accident claims man in Middle Thompson Lake (posted 8/18/14)
Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
Saturday (August 16), about 6:10 pm, an adult male drown after falling off of a boat on Middle Thompson Lake, across from Logan State Park, about 45 miles southeast of Libby.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Fisher River Valley Fire & Rescue, David Thompson Search and Rescue, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and Flathead County Sheriff's Office responded.

The body of the victim has not been recovered. Divers and sonar equipment are on scene.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family.

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

Quilt Show 2014 Sept. 12-14 in Libby (posted 8/12/14)
During Nordicfest
Everyone is invited to view this year’s Quilt Show September 12-14th during Nordicfest. The show will be in the former Asa Wood Elementary School, 700 Idaho Avenue. Join Quilter of the Year Kayley Robertson. There will be a quilt raffle, baked goods, country store, and quilt basket. Admission is free.

Quilt Show Hours:
Friday, Sept. 12 – Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13 – Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14 – Noon to 4:00 p.m.

MT Landowners granted new wolf tool (posted 8/7/14)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission recently adopted rules and an annual wolf quota completing the process necessary to allow private landowners to take a limited number of wolves per year that potentially threaten livestock, domestic dogs or human safety.

The rule was adopted to comply with Senate Bill 200, a new state law passed by the Montana Legislature last year.

The annual quota allows landowners or their agents to take up to 100 wolves a year without a hunting license. The statewide quota for this effort will be examined in four 25-wolf increments. Each time the number of wolves taken nears 25, 50, and 75, the commission must approve the next increment toward the 100-wolf quota.

"This approach offers another tool landowners can use if it's needed," said Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. "One of our top priorities is to minimize livestock losses and we're continuing to make a positive impact there."

Montana's verified wolf population remained stable last year at minimum of 627 wolves, compared to 625 in 2012.

The rule, which doesn't apply to public lands, comes as confirmed wolf depredations on livestock took a significant drop in 2013 and follows a trend of fewer overall agency control actions.

Confirmed livestock depredations due to wolves in 2013 were down 27 percent from 2012 loses. Cattle losses were the lowest recorded in the past seven years and reflect a general decline in wolf depredations that began in 2009.

A variety of nonlethal predation deterrents are also employed in Montana in cooperation with landowners to reduce the risk of wolf attacks. FWP collaborates with landowner communities on range-rider projects and with individual landowners to provide fladry—a century's old technique of attaching colorful flags or fabric on fence lines to flap in the breeze to keep wolves at bay—and advice on keeping wolves out of livestock areas.

In all, 75 wolves were removed via lethal control in 2013, down from 108 in 2012. Of the 75 wolves removed for livestock depredations, eight were taken by private citizens with permits to take offending wolves or under Montana's defense of property laws.

Landowners also have the right to take wolves in the act of attacking livestock without affecting the 100-animal quota.

Related Links:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Learn about Montana's wolf population.
Wolf Watch - By Cat Urbigkit

Wildfire update (posted 8/5/14)
Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
The Kootenai Forest has successfully dealt with 16 fires the first three days of August.

10 Mile, South Fork Hill, and Parsnip: South Fork Hill is largest fire on the Forest, just about 4 acres.
Pulpit and Gold Creek: Each one is .5 acres.
Warland and Skyline: Warland is about 1.5 acres;
Pilgrim 1 and 2, and Lucky Luke all less than .5 acres.
Type 2 helicopter, a Type 1 helicopter, and a fixed wing with air attack on board.

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

Astronomy presentation August 29th in Libby (posted 8/5/14)
Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
The Astronomy Club invites the public to a special presentation on Friday, August 29th, at 7 pm, in the Fireside Room of the Venture Inn, in Libby. Mike Herr, retired NASA Senior Engineer, will be displaying what he often presents at a planetarium. The topics will cover planets, the moon, constellations with Greek/Roman stories, nebulae, galaxies - a mix of everything with a focus on what attendees find of most interest.

Herr was last employed at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Department, China Lake, California. His experience includes being an engineer, and sometimes manager on such projects as the Mars Pathfinder, the Space Shuttle Escape System, the E-2C personal survival ensemble, the P-3C escape system integration as well as development and testing a variety of parachute, recovery, weapon retardation and crew escape systems. All of which require a very intimate understanding of the science behind our solar system.

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

Decision on appointing new County Commissioner postponed (posted 7/29/14)
To replace resigning Ron Downey
Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
The Lincoln County Commissioners were to name a replacement Tuesday morning for resigning Ron Downey. However the Commissioners have postponed the controversial appointment until 3pm Wednesday.

It appears the selection is between four "good" candidates, but Commissioner Mike Cole said he was not ready to make a decision. The selection of the appointee is by the currently seated Commissioners.

The controversy stems from the question of whether the replacement should be by appointment, or by public election. The county's legal council has indicated it should be by appointment.

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

Editor’s Note: The Board of Commissioners is the Executive Authority for Lincoln County. The Board consists of three members, each of whom represents a portion of the county. All Commissioners are elected by all county voters and serve a six-year term. Commissioner Downey was elected to represent District 2, the Troy area of the county.

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:,

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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