STOKR comes to an end (posted 1/24/2021)
STOKR, the annual Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River bike ride comes to an end after 25 years.
After 25 years, the organizers of STOKR, the Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River bike ride, have decided to end the event. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, they had to cancel the event in 2020. As the pandemic health restriction continued into 2021, they were faced with cancelling again in 2021. They considered a September date, but ultimately decided that, after 25 years, the main organizers were ready to move on with retirement and other things, and it was time to end the Mother’s Day weekend event.
STOKR has been a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity in Libby. It took two STOKRs to build one house, and riders often volunteered to help with the house building each year. STOKR might be over, but the Board will be looking at new fundraising endeavors. Building will continue. There is a house under construction in Woodway Park this summer. And in the even years, the affiliate will still do the renovation program, "A Brush with Kindness."
Below is a message from organizers Susie and Greg Rice:
"Between the pandemic -- which is preventing us from scheduling in May -- and Greg retiring on January 29, we have made the tough decision to end STOKR. Although we do have a web of people who help with the event, it is Greg and I who have pulled it all together for 25 years. The Habitat Board has looked at what it would take to pull it off and doesn’t feel they can do it.
There is talk of a gravel grinder/mountain bike event in the fall. If you are interested in the possibility of that type of ride in our beautiful corner of Montana, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all of you who have participated in STOKR over the years. Fourteen families are safely and affordably sheltered because some crazy bikers came to Libby to go for a ride! Bless you!! If you’d like to come and ride some summer and have time to pound some nails or paint or shingle a roof, let us know and we’ll put you to work!"
- Susie and Greg Rice
Libby Real Estate news – 2020 in review (posted 1/21/2021)
Alice Hayes, Team Hayes Realtors
2020 started as a very busy year. And then COVID-19 hit and we were having rather limited physical contact with clients, with the majority of our work being done from home. As the year progressed, people became more comfortable with the ‘new normal’- and the number of people wanting to move to our area - we saw many of our properties spending very little time on the market - and a number of our long-time listings moving to new owners.
How has the Market been in 2020?
1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020 Real Estate Figures Were:
Residential SALES - 221:
Libby - 143
Troy - 66
Yaak - 12
Land SALES - 130:
80 Libby – 80
Troy – 37
Yaak - 13
Commercial/Multi-Family SALES - 6:
Libby – 5
Troy - 1
Residential PENDING - 27:
Libby – 15
Troy – 12
Yaak - 1
Land PENDING - 24:
Libby – 11
Troy – 9
Yaak - 4
Commercial/Multi-Family PENDING – 0
Residential ACTIVES - 33:
Libby – 21
Troy – 9
Yaak - 3
Land ACTIVES - 109:
Libby – 63
Troy - 42
Yaak - 4
Comm/Multi-Fam ACTIVES - 13:
Libby – 8
Troy – 1
Yaak - 4
Interest rates are truly amazing! Now could be a great time to purchase.
As of 12/31/2020 - Conforming & FHA Loans:
Per Quicken 30-Year Fixed: Interest/2.65%; APR/2.810%
15-Year Fixed: Interest/2.000%; APR/2.356%
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 ‘waiting in the wings’.
Contact us for more information:
OFFICE #: 406-293-2725
Alice: 406-293-8364, email@example.com
Jim: 406-293-1926, firstname.lastname@example.org
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