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Ignite the Nites Open Car Show August 14-15, 2009
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Holiday Gift Guide Libby held its Holiday Open House Saturday, November 19, with 17 businesses and organizations participating. Refreshments, drawings and sales were offered for the special day of shopping. There’s sure to be a gift for everyone on your list at these and other area businesses, so check out what Libby has to offer that’s unique, thoughtful, and right here in town! Click here for a sampling of what you can find at a few of our local businesses (92 photos). Photo by Maggie Craig.

EPA proposes financial responsibility requirements for hardrock mining industry
Annual Christmas Lights Contest December 17th-19th in Troy
The Pitiful Players present Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Libby and Troy
4th Annual Christmas Family Fun Event Dec. 3 in Libby
Update on big game hunting in NW Montana
Holiday events in Eureka
Whitetail Deer harvest slower but steady in Northwest Montana

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Sundays: Polar Bear Season: Libby Creek bridge on Farm to Market Road at 2:00 p.m. Spectators welcome.

December 2: Hospice Tree of Life: At Libby Christian Church, 7:00 p.m. Call 283-7300 for an ornament or light to remember your loved one.

December 2-3: A Christmas Carol: A Pitiful Players performance of the Charles Dickens classic at the K.W. Maki Theatre in Libby at 7:00 p.m. No admission charge. More info: call Keith Meyers at 406-293-9277.

December 3: Christmas Family Fun Event: Community tree lighting ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at the Libby Police Dept., then Asa Wood from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with refreshments, carnival games, crafts, and face painting. Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus; one free 4"x6" photo with Santa per family. More info: call Roxanne at 293-4622.

December 7: Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Santa, holiday treats and refreshments. 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at ERA Lambros Real Estate, next to Les Schwab. Photos with Santa.

December 9: A Christmas Carol: A Pitiful Players performance of the Charles Dickens classic in Troy at the Lincoln Theater at 7:00 p.m. No admission charge. More info: call Keith Meyers at 406-293-9277.

December 10: Festival of Trees: Festival of Trees Fundraising Gala at the Memorial Center at 5:30 p.m. to benefit Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. Music, dancing, auctions, raffles and hors d'oeuvres. For more information or tickets, call Kate Stephens at 283-7140.

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EPA proposes financial responsibility requirements for hardrock mining industry (posted 12/2/16)
Companies must prove financial ability to pay for response and cleanup of environment around mineral mining sites – EPA proposes similar rules for chemical manufacturing; electric power generation, transmission and distribution, and petroleum and coal products manufacturing industries
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WASHINGTON – Following a court order and Congressional directive under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (Friday, Dec. 2, 2016) is taking action to protect American taxpayers by proposing financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry.

This proposal would require that owners and operators of certain classes of hardrock mines and mineral processing facilities show financial ability to address risks from hazardous substances. Since the 1980s, EPA has spent considerable resources cleaning up contamination from hardrock mines. The most recent analysis, from 2010 to 2014, shows that the Agency spent nearly $1.1 billion on response and cleanup actions on hardrock mining and mineral processing sites.

"Far too often the American people bear the costs of expensive environmental cleanups stemming from hardrock mining and mineral processing," said Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for the agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. "This proposed rule, once finalized, would move the financial burden from taxpayers, and ensure that industry assumes responsibility for these cleanups. The proposed rule would also give companies an economic incentive to use environmentally protective practices that can help prevent future releases."

This proposal is the result of many years of incremental steps since the Agency identified hard rock mining as the first sector for development of these regulations. The Agency extensively consulted with stakeholders, including small businesses, industry groups, environmental groups, and state and tribal governments.

These proposed requirements complement existing financial responsibility requirements. Facilities that apply environmentally protective practices—including those required by other regulations—may be able to reduce their required amount of financial responsibility under the proposed rule.

In addition, as requested by Congress, EPA published a market capacity study to examine the availability of financial responsibility instruments for this proposal. The study illustrated the likely probability of sufficient providers and capacity to meet requirements of a future CERCLA 108(b) regulation for hardrock mining.

In a separate action, the EPA Administrator also signed a Regulatory Determination Notice stating the agency’s determination to issue notices of proposed rulemaking on similar financial responsibility requirements for three additional industries: chemical manufacturing; electric power generation, transmission and distribution; and petroleum and coal products manufacturing.

This notice is not a determination that regulatory financial assurance requirements are necessary for any of these three industries. The notice explains that EPA intends to move forward with the regulatory process, which will determine what, if any, financial responsibility requirements are necessary for these industries.

The hardrock mining proposal and the notice on determination for additional classes of industries will be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. The proposal will be available for public comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. EPA invites stakeholders and the public to share their expertise by providing comments on the proposed rule for the hard rock mining industry during the public comment period. EPA is not establishing a public comment period on the Regulatory Determination Notice.

A pre-publication version of the rule is available for review at:

A pre-publication version of the Regulatory Determination Notice for additional industries may be viewed at:

Annual Christmas Lights Contest December 17th-19th in Troy (posted 12/1/16)
Troy will hold their Annual Christmas Lights Contest December 17th-19th. This is the 3rd annual Christmas lights contest and is organized by Bradley Evans Consulting. Registration is open until December 15th. Eligible homes and businesses must be located within a 2-mile radius of Troy. There is no cost to enter. $150 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for 3rd. Winners will be notified before Christmas. For more info call 406-295-2226.

The Pitiful Players present Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Libby and Troy (posted 11/16/16)
The Pitiful Players will be presenting performances of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" in December in Libby and Troy. Shows are Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd, at the K.W. Maki Theatre in Libby, and Friday, December 9th, at the Lincoln Theater in Troy. All shows are at 7pm. There's no charge for admission. Everyone is invited to bring the whole family and come join the fun. For more information contact Keith Meyers at 406-293-9277.

4th Annual Christmas Family Fun Event Dec. 3 in Libby (posted 11/16/16)
Everyone is invited to the 4th Annual Christmas Family Fun Event, December 3rd, 2016 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Asa Wood Elementary in Libby. This is a free community event for Libby’s children. The event will kick off at 4PM on December 3rd with a tree lighting ceremony at the Libby Police Department with Mayor Teske lighting the Community Tree.

Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the festivities will move to Asa Wood Elementary. Bring the kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus - each family will receive 1 free 4x6 picture with Santa. There will be carnival games, refreshments, crafts, face painting, and lots of Holiday Cheer. This free community event is made possible by community volunteers who are hoping to provide a little holiday cheer to the children in the community. For more information contact Roxanne at 406-293-4622.

Update on big game hunting in NW Montana (posted 11/14/16)
White-tailed deer steady, 26 wolves harvested
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
White-tailed deer harvest remained steady and similar to last year this weekend in northwest Montana, according to check station results around Region One.

At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 13, a total of 10,977 hunters checked 785 white-tailed deer (497 of these were bucks), 113 mule deer, and 60 elk for a 8.7 percent rate of hunters with game. Overall, harvest was up somewhat as compared to last year when 6.9 percent of hunters checked game. Hunter numbers are down about eight percent as compared to last year.

According to FWP Region One Supervisor Neil Anderson, the warm weather this weekend made hunting a challenge, but hunters in general were reporting seeing good numbers of deer.

"The rut has started," Anderson said. "Hunters reported seeing bucks chasing does, and as a result we did see some mature bucks come through the check stations. With the rut in full swing and cold weather, and possibly snow, coming this week, the upcoming weekend should be a good one."

The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken.

Hunters are reminded that it is buck-only for whitetails in northwest Montana. Antlerless whitetails remain legal game for properly licensed youth 10-15 years of age, and hunters permitted to hunt from a vehicle. Mule deer are buck-only for the entire season. Elk are brow-tine bull only. Spike bull elk are not legal game for any hunter in Region One. Hunters should refer to the hunting regulations for the hunting district they plan to hunt.

Wolf Harvest: Hunters have taken 26 wolves in Region One to date, compared to 20 wolves taken at the same time last year. Statewide, hunters have taken 81 wolves (as compared to 71 last year). This is a complete count of the number of wolves reported taken as of November 14.

Holiday events in Eureka (posted 11/10/16)
Sunburst Community Service Foundation
November 30: Holiday Caroling Meet up to do holiday caroling in Dewey Ave businesses. We gather at 4pm at the corner of Glacier Bank. Wear warm clothing. We have song books.

December 24: "A Montana Christmas Carol" A unique Montana adaptation by Morgen Reynolds (Eureka elementary school librarian) inspired by Charles Dickens' classic story. At the Creative Arts Center which is co-sponsoring event 2pm admission by donation

January 6, 2017: Cascade Quartet This is the third concert of the Sunburst Performing Arts Series season. 7pm at LCHS auditorium.

January 21, 2017: The 2nd Annual Tobacco Valley Robert Burns Dinner at Four Corners Restaurant 6pm. Tickets are $30/per and must be purchased in advance (last year the dinner sold out!). Call the office after 12/19 to order yours.

For more information contact Rita at the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, 406-297-0197, PO Box 1863, Eureka, MT 59917.

Whitetail Deer harvest slower but steady in Northwest Montana (posted 11/8/16)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 6, a total of 8,264 hunters checked 555 whitetail deer (293 of these were bucks), 79 mule deer, and 49 elk for an 8.3 percent rate of hunters with game; this is somewhat higher than the 6.5 percent rate from last year.

The number of whitetail bucks is down about 10 percent from last year; elk numbers are down by about the same percentage. The number of mule deer checked is up. Hunter numbers are down slightly.

The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken.

FWP Region One Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson noted that hunter visitation and harvest rate at check stations this weekend was slow but steady. Overall hunter success through the 3rd weekend is higher than last year at this time, but the warm weather is posing challenges for hunters – especially those looking for bigger bucks.

"We are getting some reports from hunters seeing bucks running with does, indicating the rut is starting, but it isn’t in full swing yet," Anderson said. "With relatively warm weather forecasted through next weekend, hunting conditions could remain challenging." Anderson added that hunters reported seeing a lot of deer, but mostly does and small bucks. The onset of rut should improve everyone’s odds of seeing older bucks. Regardless or harvest success, most hunters were glad to see the sun after a wet, overcast October and enjoyed their time in the field.

Hunters are reminded that it is buck-only for whitetails in northwest Montana. Antlerless whitetails remain legal game for properly licensed youth 10-15 years of age, and hunters permitted to hunt from a vehicle. Mule deer are buck-only for the entire season. Elk are brow-tine bull only. Spike bull elk are not legal game for any hunter in Region One. Hunters should refer to the hunting regulations for the hunting district they plan to hunt.

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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Libby Polar Bear Club

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