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

Kootenai Harvest Festival/Hoot Owl Farm
Kootenai Harvest Festival The ninth annual Kootenai Harvest Festival was held Saturday, September 16, at Riverfront Park, celebrating northwest Montana's local abundance of resources. There was something for everyone at this family-friendly event...a harvest meal for purchase, live music, over 70 vendors, plenty of games and activities for the little ones and a beautiful September day to enjoy it all. Find more photos (13) here. Photo by Maggie Craig.
Clash of the Carvers/Dennis Beach Carving
Clash of the Carvers Libby's seventh annual Chainsaw Carving Championship wrapped up Sunday, September 10, with Sunday's quick carve and auction, final judging of exhibition pieces and subsequent auction, and awards. As always, the carvers produced stunning pieces of chainsaw art. This is one of Libby's premiere events, drawing exceptional talent to town for an incredible weekend of chainsaw carving. Pictured is People's Choice winner Dennis Beach's exhibition piece. Find more photos (24) here. Photo by Maggie Craig.

US 2 Rockfall Stability construction complete
Conservation license required to access most state lands
Libby area real estate news – July 2023
Libby High School Class of 1963 60-Year Reunion Sept. 16

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Thursdays: Farmers Market at Libby: Thursdays at the Chamber parking lot from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Fridays: Libby Lofts Vendor Market: On Mineral Avenue every Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. More info here on Facebook.

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

September 22: The Teccas : At Cabinet Mountain Brewery from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

September 30: Paint It Pink Fun Run: Sponsored by Glacier Bank and Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. 9:00 a.m. at Glacier Bank. Adults $30, Youth 8-18 $15. Youth under 8 free. Dogs $5. Entry forms available at

September 30-October 1: Veterans Stand Down: At the Memorial Center Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open to all veterans and offered by VA and local community partners. Find more information here on Facebook.

September 30-October 1: 2023 Montana State Disc Golf Championships: At the Kooky Noosa course at Libby Dam. More info here.

October 7: Ladies' Night Out: Breast Health Awareness Dessert sponsored by Cabinet Peaks Medical Center at the Memorial Center. Happy hour from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with Bingo starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets $25/each. Reserved tables for eight: $250. Ticket includes six Bingo cards with prizes, charcuterie and desserts. Purchase tickets by emailing

October 14: RMEF Banquet: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet will be held at the Memorial Center at 5:00 p.m. Seating is reserved and no meal tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling Chelsea at (406) 529-6565.

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US 2 Rockfall Stability construction complete (posted 8/24/2023)
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The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and HiTech Rockfall announce the completion of the Rockfall Stability project on US Highway 2 (US 2).

This summer, crews completed rock scaling and installation of rockfall mitigation structures between Troy and Libby on US 2. This project aimed to enhance roadway safety by repairing the existing rockfall structure and removing potentially hazardous and unstable rock material. In addition, work included cleaning out the roadside ditch.

"We are pleased to have this project completed. The rockfall mitigation work enhances roadway safety features for drivers, and extends the service life of the highway," John Schmidt, MDT Missoula District Construction Engineer, said. "We appreciated everyone’s support and patience as we finished this project."

MDT and Hi-Tech Rockfall crews began roadwork in April of 2023. Construction was completed in August. "Rockfall mitigation is vital work to protect our roadways and drivers throughout the mountainous terrain in Montana," Chris Reid, with Hi-Tech Rockfall, said.

MDT values public feedback and is grateful for drivers' understanding throughout travel delays. For more information or a map of the project area, please check out the project webpage:

Conservation license required to access most state lands (posted 7/10/2023)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Working with the 68th Legislature, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) simplified licensing requirements on state lands as part of Governor Gianforte’s Red Tape Relief Task Force.

The two agencies consolidated the conservation license and state lands recreational use license into one annual conservation license, supporting the maintenance of places like fishing access sites (FAS), wildlife management areas (WMA). On Montana school trust lands, conservation license sales will help fund Montana schools and other state institutions.

Effective July 1, Montanans who access state lands will be required to have a conservation license. Hunters, trappers, and anglers in Montana who have purchased licenses and tags this year already possess this license.

"Fishing access sites and wildlife management areas represent some of the most amazing outdoor recreation opportunities we have in Montana. Access to all these sites for a small annual fee is a tremendous bargain," said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Dustin Temple. "By requiring an annual conservation license for everyone 12 and older who uses these sites, we’re ensuring the cost of maintenance is shared by all users, not just hunters, anglers, and trappers."

Increased use on FAS and WMA sites has led to increased maintenance costs. Much of the increased use is from people who come to these sites to enjoy outdoor recreation, not necessarily to hunt, fish, or trap. With the requirement of a conservation license for everyone, that cost of maintenance is shared by all users.

On Montana state trust lands, the conservation license replaces the required State Lands Recreational Use License for general recreation on legally accessible state trust lands that are not otherwise closed or restricted. Recreational use fees are part of the revenue generated from state trust lands and help fund Montana schools and other state institutions.

"Conservation license purchases help fund Montana schools," said Montana DNRC Director Amanda Kaster. "State trust lands are working lands and now it is even easier for residents and visitors alike who recreate on state-managed lands to do their part to support the education of Montana’s students."

Hunters, anglers, and trappers are already required to purchase a conservation license along with their hunting and fishing licenses from FWP. However, for those people who enjoy recreation on any of Montana’s more than 330 FAS and 77 WMA sites, wildlife habitat protection areas, or legally accessible state trust lands, and don’t already buy a hunting or fishing license, they will need to have a conservation license to access those lands. These licenses, which cost $8 for residents, $4 for resident youth ages 12 to 17 and seniors 62 and older, and $10 for nonresidents can be purchased at any FWP office or online at

A Special Recreation Use License is still required for trapping, commercial or concentrated recreation, outfitting, or special events on state trust land. Information on access and licensing for special recreation on state trust land is available at

Montana State Parks do not require a conservation license.

Libby area real estate news – July 2023 (posted 7/3/2023)
Team Hayes Realtors LLC
Goodbye June…Hello July!!
How has the market been so far in 2023?
January 1, 2023 – June 20, 2023 Real Estate figures were:

65 Residential SALES: 49 Libby; 15 Troy; 1 Yaak

44 Land SALES: 24 Libby; 15 Troy; 5 Yaak

6 Commercial/Multi-Family SALES: 6 Libby

23 Residential PENDING: 18 Libby; 5 Troy

25 Land PENDING: 10 Libby; 14 Troy; 1 Yaak

1 Commercial/Multi-Family PENDING (Libby):

100 Residential ACTIVES: 57 Libby; 41 Troy; 2 Yaak

93 Land ACTIVES: 53 in Libby; 36 in Troy; 44 in Yaak

17 Comm/Multi-Fam ACTIVES: 9 Libby

2023 has started off better than we thought it might. High interest and minimal inventory were a challenge - but our inventory has increased over the last few months. Homes and Land are selling, even though you may hear differently. If you’ve thought of selling, this could be the year to contact your Realtor and see if this just might be the time to move forward. Have a wonderful summer - it will be fall before you know it!!

Interest rates are rather challenging.
As of June 30, 2023- Conforming & FHA Loans: Per Quicken
30-Year Fixed: Interest/6.731%; APR/6.808%
15-Year Fixed: Interest/5.987%; APR/6.129%
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Libby High School Class of 1963 60-Year Reunion Sept. 16 (posted 3/22/2023)
Libby High School Class of 1963 is having their 60-year reunion September 16th, 2023, at the Venture Inn, Libby. For more information, call Jackie Ruckman Swanson at 406-293-8851.

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
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