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

Fishing the Kootenai
Floating and Fishing the Kootenai A great way to spend a pleasant August day in Libby is to float or fish the Kootenai River, as these folks were doing Saturday, August 8. Whether fishing, bird-watching or just floating down the river, we're lucky to have the Kootenai in our back yard. Photo by Maggie Craig.
Hot August Showdown
Hot August Showdown The Kootenai RC Racers held their 8th annual Hot August Showdown remote control car races over the weekend, July 31-August 2, at their new track, Cabinet Mountain RC Raceway, in the Port Authority complex. There were 66 entries this year as the event continues to grow, and the new track, designed by Chad Dodd, provided an awesome venue for this year’s races. Find more photos (13) and a list of winners and sponsors here and more photos and information about Kootenai RC Racers here on their Facebook page. Photo by Maggie Craig.

Ignite the Nites Car Show 2020 in Libby August 13-15
Montana sheriffs say they cannot enforce Governor’s face mask order
Governor Bullock issues statewide mask mandate for Montana
US 2 Swamp Creek East project nearly complete
Hot August Showdown 2020 July 31-Aug 2 in Libby

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Wednesdays: Libby Mt Farmers Market: At the Methodist Church parking lot, noon to 6:00 p.m. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. More info here on Facebook.

Thursdays: Farmers Market at Libby: At the Chamber of Commerce from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. For safety, there will be a modified layout to help with social distancing, a hand washing station, a drive through option for preorders only and no food samples. More info here on Facebook.

Fridays: Troy Farmers Market: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Troy Museum. Social distancing will be followed. More info here on Facebook.

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August 22: Aerobatic Fun Fly: Hosted by the Kootenai RC Flyers from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the RC Flyers field on the Haul Road. Come fly or come to watch. More info here on Facebook.


August: Riverfront Blues: Cancelled. Announced on Facebook here.

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Ignite the Nites Car Show 2020 in Libby August 13-15 (posted 8/13/2020)
2020 Show Hours and Event Schedule
Thursday, August 13

High Stakes Poker Run - Register and start at the Mint Bar 4pm, end at the Switchback Bar & Grill 7pm
Live music to follow performed by the Copper Mountain Band from 8pm – 12:00pm.

Friday, August 14
NEW! Selfie Scavenger Hunt. 2pm – 7pm. $5 per person.
Igniter’s registration table on Mineral Avenue.
Car Show Registration. 3pm – 7:30pm. Igniter’s registration table on Mineral Avenue.
Friday Night Cruise. 6pm – 9pm. Mineral Avenue.
Neon Lights & Flame Throwers. 9pm. Mineral Avenue.
Live Music & Street Dance. 9pm. 2nd Street and Mineral Avenue.

Saturday, August 15
Car Show Registration
8 AM – 12 PM | Igniter’s registration table on Mineral Avenue.
Car Show
9 AM – 3 PM | Mineral Avenue.
Poker Walk
10 AM – 1 PM | $5 per hand | Igniter’s registration table on Mineral Avenue.
Flashback to the 50’s – Hollywood Glamour Pin-Up Girl & Wild Rockabilly Costume Contests (NEW!)
1 PM | Register at DJ’s booth on 6th Street next to Sears Hometown.
Awards Ceremony & Pedal Car Drawing
3 PM | Mineral Avenue.
Burnout Contest
5 PM | Millpond Motocross Park | Follow sign across from Saverite South (33934 US Hwy 2).

Update from The Igniters Car Club regarding masks:
Because we are being scrutinized, if you can't wear a mask or face cover/face shield or comply with the 6' social distancing directives, we prefer that you don't jeopardize your health or others as well as future events in our county.

Montana sheriffs say they cannot enforce Governor’s face mask order (posted 7/21/2020)
Thirty-eight Montana sheriffs signed a joint opinion editorial letter on July 17th basically saying they cannot enforce the Governor’s statewide face covering mandate. It appeared as a guest column on the Gallatin Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The letter included the signature of Lincoln County Sheriff Darren Short. It said in part, "The statewide face covering mandate is a public health directive. "The directive is not a mandate for law enforcement to issue citations and arrest violators." The letter urged people to take personal responsibility and make public health safety decisions based on peoples own personal circumstances and exposure to and interaction with vulnerable populations.

Related Links: Gallatin Sheriff’s Office Facebook page
Montana Sheriffs: Mask Mandate Is Not Enforceable KBUL Newst

Masks required upon entry
Masks required upon entry
Governor Bullock issues statewide mask mandate for Montana (posted 7/17/2020)
For all persons ages 5 and up in indoor public places, effective until state of emergency is declared over
Montana Governor Bullock issued a statewide mask mandate on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 declare that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. COVID-19 is an easily transmissible, potentially fatal respiratory illness that spreads in the air through droplets from infected persons. COVID-19 is transmissible even by individuals who are not currently showing symptoms of the disease and who do not know they are infected.

The order requires wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth and applies to counties with four or more active cases, effective immediately. The Governor’s directive states that use of a fabric covering over the mouth and nose is an effective means of limiting the potential for transmission to others by both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals infected with the virus. "Recent research suggests that universal use of face coverings in enclosed public spaces would substantially reduce the spread of COVID-19."

It applies to certain indoor business settings that are open to the public and outdoor gatherings with 50 or more people when distancing is not possible.

Face Covering Requirement in Indoor Spaces Open to the Public
Except as provided in section 4 of the Directive, all businesses, government offices, or other persons responsible for indoor spaces open to the public shall require and take reasonable measures to ensure that all employees, contractors, volunteers, customers, or other members of the public wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while entering or remaining in any indoor spaces open to the public.
Face coverings shall be provided for all employees and volunteers.
All points of entry open to the public shall have a clearly visible sign posted stating: "Mask or face covering use required for ages five and older."

Face Covering Requirements for Certain Organized Outdoor Activities
Except as provided in section 4 of the Directive, for any organized outdoor activity where social distancing is not possible or is not observed, sponsors shall require and take reasonable measures to ensure that all persons attending an organized outdoor activity wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times.

This section applies only where the nature of the organized outdoor activity makes it impracticable for all attendees to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from each other, or any organized outdoor activity where attendees are not observing at least six feet of physical distance from others.

At all outdoor gatherings of 50 or more people, whether or not it constitutes an organized outdoor activity, all individuals except those covered by section 4 of this Directive are required to wear face coverings while in attendance where it is impracticable to maintain six feet of physical distance at all times, or whether attendees are not observing at least six feet of physical distance from others.

Businesses, government offices, other persons responsible for indoor spaces open to the public, and sponsors of organized outdoor activities are not required to ensure the following individuals wear face coverings:
Children under the age of five. All children between the ages of two and four, however, are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with the provisions of this Directive. Children under the age of two should not wear a face covering.
Persons consuming food or drinks in an establishment that offers food or drinks for sale.
Persons engaged in an activity that makes wearing a face covering impractical or unsafe such as strenuous physical exercise or swimming.
Persons seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired.
Persons giving a speech or engaging in an artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical performance for an audience, provided the audience is separated by at least six feet of distance.
Persons temporarily removing their face covering for identification purposes.
Persons required to remove face coverings for the purpose of receiving medicalevaluation, diagnosis, or treatment.
Persons who have a medical condition precluding the safe wearing of a face covering.

This Directive is enforceable only against businesses and other persons who are responsible for indoor spaces open to the public, or sponsors of organized outdoor activities as defined in this Directive.

Local public health agencies and law enforcement should focus their enforcement of this Directive on education, providing warnings and education about the risk of transmission, while reserving the imposition of penalties, trespass enforcement, and other formal enforcement mechanisms for only the most egregious, repeat violations that put the public at risk.

Businesses, other persons responsible for indoor spaces open to the public, and sponsors of organized outdoor activities may deny entry, refuse service, or ask to leave any person, except those provided for in section 4 of this Directive, who refuse to wear a face covering. If such a person refuses to wear a face covering and refuses to leave the premises, a peace officer may enforce the State’s trespassing laws and any other laws the person may violate.

The state of Montana has had 2,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths as of the time of this report. Lincoln County has had 40 confirmed cases and 1 death.

This Directive is effective immediately (July 15, 2020) and expires at the end of the declared state of emergency in Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center made 'Mask Required Upon Entry' signs and they are available free for Libby Chamber members for pick up at the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Read the full mask order directive here.

US 2 Swamp Creek East project nearly complete (posted 7/15/2020)
Chip sealing begins mid-July
Chip sealing work will begin on US Hwy 2 Swamp Creek East project beginning July 14th, depending on the weather. Motorists should expect fresh oil and loose gravel on the roadway. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane and controlled with a pilot car when workers are present. Delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected. The speed limit will be reduced to 35mph in the work zones.

The US 2 Swamp Creek East project involves reconstructing five miles of roadway and a bridge over Swamp Creek approximately 15 miles southeast of Libby. Construction is anticipated to be completed in fall 2020.

Improvements include:
• Widening the travel lanes to 12 feet.
• Adding 4-foot shoulders on both sides of the roadway.
• Replacing a bridge over Swamp Creek with a wider single-span concrete bridge.
• Repaving the road surface of US 2.
• Using Geofoam blocks as part of the road base to limit the settling of the road.

Hot August Showdown July 31-Aug 2 in Libby, sponsored by the Kootenai RC Racers.
Hot August Showdown July 31-Aug 2 in Libby, sponsored by the Kootenai RC Racers.
Hot August Showdown 2020 July 31-Aug 2 in Libby (posted 6/17/2020)
Kootenai RC Racers
The Hot August Showdown 2020 event will be held July 31-August 2, 2020 in Libby. The event is sponsored by the Kootenai RC Racers. ‘RC’ stands for radio-controlled vehicles.

The Hot August Showdown (HAS) 2020 is a weekend-long race held at the Kootenai RC Racers’ new home track, the Cabinet Mountain RC Raceway in Libby, Montana. This huge dirt track, designed by Chad Dodd, is ready for its HAS debut. Also debuting at HAS 2020 are two new classes: eTruggy and Mini-Truggy.

Practice: July 31st – 0800 drivers’ meeting / 0830 start
Qualifying: August 1st – 0800 drivers’ meeting / 0830 start
Finals: August 2nd – 0800 drivers’ meeting / 0830 start

Link to RCSignups event:

Entry Fees:
KRCR Club Member: $10.00 each class
Non Member: $25.00 first class, $15.00 each additional class

1/10th Scale:

• 2WD Buggy
• 4WD Buggy
• 2WD Short Course Truck
• 4WD Short Course Truck
• 2WD Stadium Truck
• Mini-Truggy

1/18th Scale:
• eBuggy
• Nitro Buggy
• eTruggy
• Nitro Truggy

Classes may be combined, similar to the HAS 2019 format, if entries are low in any class.

**2S LiPo only for 1/10th-scale classes**

**4S LiPo only for 1/8th-scale classes**

**MyLaps Transponders Required - NO loaner or rental transponders available**

2020 Sponsors:
Scheer Bros. Hobbies
Venom Power
Boca Bearing Company
Hitec / Multiplex USA
Savox USA
Team Associated
Big Sky Lumber Supply
Country Inn Motel
Libby Volunteer Fire Department
Metro by T-Mobile
Rick's Rental
Riley's Excavating and Concrete
Kootenai Drug True Value, Troy, MT

If you are looking for some great RC racing in northwest Montana, the Hot August Showdown – in its eighth year – is the place to be. Event WiFi provided by Libby’s Metro by T-Mobile. Cabinet Mountain Mobile Catering is the on-site food vendor for HAS 2020.

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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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