Libby Christian Church offers summer programs for youth (posted 5/15/15)
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 15-18. (9am-noon) Four fun-packed days of Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, singing, dancing and games. For 4-year olds and kids going into K-4th grade. Register online at http://www.libbychristianchurch.com/#/ministries/children
"EXPERIENCE THE ADVENTURE" - New for kids going into 5th-8th grades. Rock climbing, hiking, archery, rafting and more. At the same time as Vacation Bible School. (Cost is $10. Use same registration form as Vacation Bible School.)
JESUS KIDS DAY CAMP June 22-25. Day camp at Elohim Camp Center for kids going into K-3rd grade. (8am-2pm) Register at http://www.rmbible.org/elohim/camps.htm
ELOHIM CAMP Fun overnight camp at Elohim Camp Center. July 6-11: for kids going into 4th & 5th grade. July 13-18 for kids going into 6th grade. Register at http://www.rmbible.org/elohim/camps.htm
SWIMMING LESSONS July 20-24 (1-4pm) Swimming lessons in three giant pools. Trained instructors. For kids 1-12 years old.
GOING BEYOND CAMP August 2-4 An exciting, over-the-top camp experience for kids going into 5th & 6th grades.
SOCCER CAMP August 10 (9am-1pm) Kids will learn new skills and better themselves for the game of soccer.
Please contact Sharon Brossman for more information at 406-293-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on Facebook at "Libby Christian Church Children's Ministry".
Muzzle Loading & Primitive Skills Workshop for Women – June 13 & 14 (posted 5/15/15)
In Thompson Falls
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring a Muzzle Loading and Primitive Skills Rendezvous class near Thompson Falls on June 13 & 14. Participants will experience an 1800’s style mountain man camp and learn to shoot a muzzle loader, throw tomahawks, cook in a Dutch oven, and start a fire with flint and steel. The registration fee of $85 includes 2 nights camping and some meals.
The workshop will be held 8 miles west of Thompson Falls. To register or for more information contact BOW event coordinator Ginger Ward at 406-827-4597. The Registration forms are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Becoming an Outdoors Woman", under the Education tab. The registration deadline is June 1st.
Eureka events for May & June (posted 5/15/15)
May 16: Hike, ride or bike the Kootenai Trail. Get sponsors or just make your own donation to help keep the Trail providing an awesome recreational activity in Eureka. Stop by the Sunburst Community Service Foundation booth in Riverside Park from 10 - noon. Refreshments provided.
June 3: Eureka's Farmers Market begins. Local music, gift items, information. Every Wednesday through the summer at Riverside Park in Eureka.
June 11: Autoharp muscian Bryan Bowers will be performing Stay tuned for the details of where. We know it starts at 7pm. This is going to be fantastic so you don't want to miss it.
June 16: Sunburst Community Service Foundation volunteers and staff will do Community Soup Night in Eureka. 4-7pm at the Senior Center. Theme is Summer Picnic.
For more information, contact Sunburst Community Service Foundation, PO Box 1863, Eureka, MT 59917.
3rd Annual Kootenai Wildland Firefighter Challenge & FireSafe Expo 2015 June 6th (posted 4/30/15)
The 3rd Annual Kootenai Wildland Firefighter Challenge & FireSafe Expo 2015 will be held on Saturday, June 6th at J. Neils Memorial Park in Libby. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides support to the families of Wildland Firefighters that die or are severely injured in the line of duty. The park is one mile north of Libby on Hwy. 37.
Events include a dinner, live auction, beer garden, a Progressive Hoselay event, Water Drop demonstration, family fun, food, games, silent auction, prizes, bounce house. Music by Back Adit.
Schedule of events:
10:00 am Challenge Begins
10:00 am Expo Opens
12:30 pm Helicopter Exhibits
2:00 pm Challenge Finals-Arena
4:00 pm Expo Closes
6:00 pm Dinner & Live Auction
8:00 pm Music – Back Adit
Tickets are on sale now.
Rifle Raffle Tickets: $5.00 each (only 500 for sale)
Dinner Tickets: $15.00
For information call: Terry Peck, 406-293-8099
Draft EA for proposed Kootenai River Project available (posted 4/30/15)
30 Day comment period open until May 25, 2015
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District (Corps) has issued a Notice of Availability for the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed Kootenai River Project.
The Corps proposes to implement the Kootenai River Project downstream of Libby Dam, Lincoln County, Montana, to increase habitat complexity and prevent erosion and loss of sensitive resources. The Kootenai River Project consists of three sub-projects:
1) Dunn Creek Spit Instream Habitat Enhancement,
2) Mid-Channel Bar Boulder Placement, and
3) Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization.
Construction is planned to begin August/September of 2015. Dunn Creek Spit Instream Habitat Enhancement project would construct three engineered log jams along the gravel bar at the confluence of Dunn Creek and Kootenai River. Mid-Channel Bar Boulder Placement project would place approximately thirty (30) boulders ranging in diameter 3 to 6 foot across the top of an existing mid-channel bar. Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization project involves placing fill material along approximately 450 linear feet of lower Dunn Creek's bank, stabilizing the toe with logs and angular rocks, refilling the space with soil, and replanting the area.
Submit comments to the top of the attached NOA or to email@example.com no later than May 25, 2015. The Corps has posted the NOA at the following website: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/EnvironmentalDocuments/2015EnvironmentalDocuments.aspx under "Kootenai River Project". The draft EA is posted to the same public website.
30 Day Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment & Clean Water Act Public Notice
Environmental & Cultural Resources Branch Public Notice Date: 24 April 2015 P.O. Box 3755 Expiration Date: 25 May 2015 Seattle, WA 98124-3755 Reference: EN-ER 15-07 ATTN: Hannah Hadley
Project Name: Kootenai River Project
Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District (USACE) has prepared, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, a draft environmental assessment (EA) to address the potential environmental impacts with the implementation of the Kootenai River Project downstream of Libby Dam, Lincoln County, Montana, to increase habitat complexity and prevent erosion and loss of sensitive resources. The Kootenai River Project includes two habitat restoration projects and a bank stabilization project. In addition to the draft EA, USACE has prepared a Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Evaluation. The purpose of this Public Notice is to solicit comments from interested persons, groups, or agencies.
Libby Dam was authorized by Public Law No. 81 – 516, the Flood Control Act of 17 May 1950, substantially in accordance with the plan set forth in House Document 531 (81st Congress, Second Session) as part of the comprehensive plan for water resource development of the Columbia River and tributaries. House Document 531 indicates that Libby Dam is intended to provide benefits of flood control, power generation, navigation, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation. The Columbia River Treaty provides for coordination between Canada and the U.S. on flood risk reduction and power generation and imparts significant mutual benefits across the Columbia River Basin. The reservoir created by Libby Dam was designated Lake Koocanusa by Public Law No. 91-625 dated 31 December 1970. The proposed action falls under the operation and maintenance authority of the dam. This EA is being prepared pursuant to Sec. 102(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.
There is an overall lack of aquatic habitat complexity downstream of Libby Dam. Fish habitat downstream of Libby Dam is limited by lack of recruitment of large wood and sediment due to the existence of the dam. Existing large wood complexes are aged and degraded, and although they continue to function, have become less functional. In addition, the seasonal hydrograph below Libby Dam is reversed, and blockage by the dam has led to an almost total absence of recruitment of woody vegetation on existing river banks and gravel bars, though recent flow changes have allowed limited recruitment of willows, cottonwoods, and grasses and shrubs in relatively small areas. Pool formation by large wood complexes is absent. Point bar formation in the absence of sediment recruitment is non-existent. This limited fish habitat directly affects fish populations in the region. For example, trout populations have been declining in the region.
The need for this action is to address the lack of fish habitat and thereby increasing fish population. The purpose of the riverine habitat improvement sub-projects is to restore, in part, the ecosystem function of the Kootenai River immediately downstream of Libby Dam by adding features such as large woody debris and boulders.
The underlying need for the bank stabilization action is to address the ongoing degradation of sensitive resources. The purpose of the project is to provide long-term, durable, minimal-maintenance, and stabilization that curtails incremental erosion and prevents catastrophic losses of sensitive irreplaceable resources.
High flows from Libby Dam, including spill above powerhouse capacity for sturgeon and for flood risk management, have eroded the toe slope of upstream bank of Dunn Creek at the confluence with the Kootenai River in the vicinity of the sensitive resource site. In 2006, the flow regime from the dam was altered to provide a more normative hydrograph for sturgeon during the spawning period, as discussed in the 2006 Upper Columbia Alternative Flood Control and Fish Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). High water events associated with fish flows and flood risk management, as well as for winter-time power production, have exacerbated bankline erosion in some areas. Cut banks, such as those at the confluence of Dunn Creek and the river, are eroding faster, and existing vegetation is unable to produce and maintain root structure, which would naturally stabilize the bankline. The 2006 EIS anticipated that the change in flow regime could create the conditions which would further affect sensitive resource sites.
The Kootenai River Project consists of three sub-projects: 1) Dunn Creek Spit Instream Habitat Enhancement, 2) Mid-Channel Bar Boulder Placement, and 3) Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization. Construction is planned to begin August/September of 2015. Dunn Creek Spit Instream Habitat Enhancement project would construct three engineered log jams along the gravel bar at the confluence of Dunn Creek and Kootenai River. Mid-Channel Bar Boulder Placement project would place approximately thirty (30) boulders ranging in diameter 3 to 6 feet across the top of an existing mid-channel bar. Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization project involves placing fill material along approximately 450 linear feet of lower Dunn Creek’s bank, stabilizing the toe with logs and angular rocks, refilling the space with soil, and replanting the area. The projects are located downstream of Libby Dam, Lincoln County, Montana. The Mid-Channel Bar Boulder Placement would be approximately 0.8 miles downstream of the dam, and the Dunn Creek Spit Instream Habitat Enhancement and Dunn Creek Bank Stabilization projects would be approximately 2.0 miles downstream of the dam. Best management practices (BMPs) would be implemented to minimize project impacts. Some of the BMPs would be no end dumping materials, installing a temporary deflector structure, and placing a silt fence. In addition, all the proposed actions would be constructed during low flow conditions in August/September timeframe and take up to approximately six weeks to construct including mobilization and final site clean-up.
Impacts from the project are expected to include minor construction related effects on water quality, vegetation, fish and wildlife and noise. These impacts would generally be highly localized and short in duration. USACE would use BMPs to minimize potential adverse effects to aquatic and terrestrial resources. Long-term impacts associated with Kootenai River Project are expected to include beneficial effects on aquatic habitat and water quality which would offset the short-term construction related impacts. The establishment of aquatic and riparian habitats and habitat complexity needed in this area will benefit wildlife, fish, and water quality.
The work associated with the preferred alternative will occur below ordinary high water and will result in a discharge of fill material into waters of the United States and therefore does require a Section 401 water quality certification and a 404(b)(1) evaluation. USACE has requested a 401 certification from Montana Department of Environmental Quality. A 404(b)(1) evaluation was prepared for this project. USACE has determined the proposed action would not likely have an adverse effect on bull trout. Consultation pursuant to Section 7 of Endangered Species Act has been initiated.
USACE has made a preliminary determination that the environmental impacts of the proposal can be adequately evaluated under the National Environmental Policy Act through preparation of an EA. USACE has made a preliminary determination that this project, with the incorporation and satisfactory execution of BMPs, will not result in significant adverse environmental impacts.
PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS
The decision on whether to conduct the project will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered; among these are: conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.
Any person who has an interest that may be affected by this project may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Engineer within the comment period of this notice, and must clearly set forth the following: the interest that may be affected, the manner in which the interest may be affected by this activity, and the particular reason for holding a public hearing regarding this activity.
USACE invites submission of factual comment on the environmental impact of the proposal. Comments will also be considered in determining whether it would be in the best public interest to proceed with the proposed project. USACE will consider all submissions received before the expiration date of this notice. The nature or scope of the proposal may be changed upon consideration of the comments received. USACE will initiate an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and afford all the appropriate public participation opportunities attendant to an EIS, if significant effects on the quality of the human environment are identified and cannot be mitigated.
Submit comments to the address posted at the top of this notice or to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 25 May 2015 to ensure consideration. Requests for additional information should be directed to Hannah Hadley, at 206-764-6950 or the above e-mail address. The draft EA and Appendices are available at the following website: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/EnvironmentalDocuments/2015EnvironmentalDocuments.aspx under "Kootenai River Project". Copies of the draft EA are also available by request.
Online hunter education available to adults (posted 3/4/15)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older.
State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $25 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience.
Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and fall.
For more information go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on the Education tab and then click "Hunter Education".
Shooting Range Development Grant deadline May 1 (posted 3/4/15)
Funds help build and improve public shooting ranges in Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds shooting range enthusiasts that the deadline to apply for range development grants is May 1.
Montana's Shooting Range Grant Program, administered by FWP, provides funding to private shooting clubs, organizations, local governments and school districts to build and improve public shooting ranges throughout the state.
To learn more about the Shooting Range Grant Program, and for a grant application, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov, click on the Recreation page and look under Shooting Ranges. Or, call FWP at: 406-444-9947.
Completed Shooting Range Grant applications may be mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, attn: Shooting Range Grant, Communication and Education Bureau, 1420 East Sixth Ave., PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.
2015 Big Sky Bash July 11th (posted 2/15/15)
2015 Big Sky Bash July 11th. Tickets go on sale May 1st. This year's event will feature Three Dog Night and local favorite Copper Mountain Band.
Will feature Three Dog Night and Copper Mountain Bands in concert
The CARD Foundation is pleased to announce its 5th annual Big Sky Bash concert to benefit the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD). Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night and local favorite Copper Mountain Band will be performing in Libby on Saturday, July 11th, 2015, with gates opening at 6pm, and music playing from 7pm until midnight at J Neils Park.
Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night celebrate their 4th decade, performing to sell-out crowds and bringing along some of the most astonishing chart statistics in popular music including 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10's, and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs.
Perfectly re-creating their larger than life songs with customary impeccable harmonies and exciting arrangements, Three Dog Night will perform their hits including "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy to The World", "Black and White", "Shambala", "One", "Liar", "Celebrate" and many more songs that drive their chart and sales success.
Three Dog Night, which is made up of founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums), now perform for audiences spanning several generations.
Initially brought together in 1968 by Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years. The now-famous name came from a story about Australian hunters who, on cold nights in the outback, sleep with their dogs for warmth. The coldest evenings are known as a "three dog night".
Recently Three Dog Night added new songs to their arsenal with the release of their first double-A sided single in nearly 25 years. These new tracks, "Heart Of Blues" and the a-cappella ballad "Prayer of the Children", are available now in an exclusive online release. See www.threedognight.com for more information.
After more than 40 years together, Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base and develop new ways of doing business. They maintain an aggressive schedule of concerts at theatres, performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, corporate events, and casinos. Since 1986, they have performed over 2,300 shows including two Super Bowls.
Copper Mountain Band is a high-energy, mainstream, country music group with family roots that lie deep in the history of Montana. Copper Mountain Band appeals to all audiences as they incorporate music from many genres and styles into their performances. They have found a way to give cover tunes a whole new dimension and they have outstanding original material as well. They have also received praise for their rendition of Cher’s "Just Like Jesse James". They are a one-of-a-kind group with a fiery passion for their craft. The band plays more than 150 dates a year throughout the US and abroad and continues to build their fan base on their way to the top!
Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2015. Ticket prices will be $25.00 advance purchase and $30.00 at the gate. All proceeds from this event will go to the CARD Foundation, the fundraising arm of CARD, to support CARD in its ongoing efforts to provide healthcare, research and outreach to benefit all people impacted by exposure to Libby Amphibole Asbestos. For more information please call 406-293-9274 ex 132.
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