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

Santa at the Heritage Museum
Santa at the Heritage Museum Santa is starting to make his rounds and was at the Heritage Museum's Winter Expo on Friday and Saturday, November 9-10. Photo by Maggie Craig.
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Winter Weather Winter weather has arrived in northwest Montana, with snowstorms this past week making our world white a couple of mornings, but melting by the afternoon. This is the Fisher River on Thursday, November 8. Photo by Maggie Craig.

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Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2 & 3 at The Heritage Museum
Mission Impossible Theme Fall Party Oct. 31
Be alert for grizzly bears outdoors
Troy School District Winter Events
Thursday Night Pursuits in October in Libby
Grizzly Bear returned to Cabinet Mountains
Libby Area Real Estate News – September 2018
Libby, Most Charming Small Town in Montana

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Sundays: Libby Polar Bears: Libby Creek bridge on Farm to Market Road, 2:00 p.m. Swimmers and spectators welcome!

November 13-14: Check Please: Take 1,2,&3: Troy Junior High and High School drama clubs present "Check Please: Take 1,2,&3," a comedy about blind dating, at the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults.

November 15: Thursday Night Pursuits: A worship experience at 7:00 p.m. at Libby Christian Church. More info: libbychristianchurch.com/events.

November 17: Holiday Open House: At area businesses around town. Sales, prize drawings, refreshments and a fun shopping day!

November 22: Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Libby area churches are sponsoring their annual free community Thanksgiving dinner from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the VFW. Delivery is available for the homebound, or call if you need a ride. Everyone is welcome! You can also sign up to help or to donate food or for expenses. Call 293-3705 or 293-7866.

December 1: Christmas Tree Lighting: End of Mineral Avenue, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. More info here on Facebook.

December 8: Festival of Trees: Cabinet Peaks Medical Center's fundraising gala at the Memorial Center. More info: cabinetpeaks.org.

December 17: Troy Winter Concert: In the High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Junior High Band, High School Band, and High School Choir Winter Concert. Free admission.

December 20: Morrison Elementary School Winter Concert: At the Troy Activities Center at 6:00 p.m. Bring a canned food for admission.

January 11: Libby Chamber Fundraiser Banquet: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Memorial Center. More info on Facebook.

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The Heritage Museum in Libby
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Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2 & 3 at The Heritage Museum (posted 10/26/18)
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At The Heritage Museum’s Holiday Bazaar you can get an early start on your Christmas shopping. An array of handcrafted items will be displayed throughout the Museum this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2nd and 3rd. You can support your local Museum while you enjoy a holiday shopping experience.

Friday, November 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a festive mood in the air. The Museum will be alive with music and chatter as shoppers search for those perfect gifts. There will be pottery, needlecrafts, woodcrafts, jewelry, photographs, artwork, note cards, calendars, Christmas decor, jellies, candies, baked goods, soaps, lotions, and more. In addition to the handcrafted items, the Museum’s table will be overflowing with items and gift certificates that have been generously donated for this fundraiser by local merchants and friends of the Museum. 100% of the money earned at this table goes directly to the Museum.

The Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild will have a beautiful display of their seasonal quilts in the Tower Gallery. It’s a kaleidoscope of color you won’t want to miss!

On Friday night you can come straight from work and have dinner before shopping the night away. Hot, delicious homemade soups will be on the menu at the cookhouse located at the end of the parking lot. Burgers, hotdogs and chili are planned for Saturday. Save room for dessert! Our busy bakers will provide a selection of baked goods both Friday and Saturday. Treat yourself to a piece of pie or cake before or after your shopping experience!

There will be a Silent Auction for a three-night stay at Pend Oreille Shores Resort in Hope, Idaho. Enjoy this weekend getaway in a one bedroom condo with a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, and many other amenities. Also on site is an athletic club with indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna, steam room, tanning bed, weight room and racquetball courts. Bidding begins Nov. 2 at 4:00 p.m. and closes Nov. 3 at 3:00 p.m. Full details available at the Holiday Bazaar and on Facebook. Look for an additional Silent Auction on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LibbyHeritageMuseum) for an identical three-night stay. That auction will take place the following weekend only on Facebook during Winter Expo, with bidding opening Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m. and closing on Sunday Nov. 11 at 5:00 p.m.

The Holiday Bazaar is a major fundraiser for the Museum. With no income during the winter months, the Museum depends on the Holiday Bazaar to cover the yearly insurance premium and winter heating bills. A portion of the profit will come from the raffle. First prize is $100 cash donated by Edward Jones Investments; second prize is $100 in gift cards to 4B’s Restaurant donated by 4B’s. There will be about 30 third prizes donated by participating crafters. Tickets are 12 for $10, 6 for $5 or $1 each. The drawing will take place during the Holiday Bazaar at 3 PM on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. You need not be present to win.

The Heritage Museum is located at 34067 US Hwy 2 in Libby, Montana. Contact by phone at (406) 293-7521.

Related Links:
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Mission Impossible Theme Fall Party Oct. 31 (posted 10/25/18)
Libby Christian Church will host a Mission Impossible Theme Fall Party on Wednesday, October 31st, at the Church,100 Kootenai River Road. There will be candy, prizes, games, obstacle course repelling, and free chili dinner. For more information call 406-293-3747.


Be alert for grizzly bears outdoors (posted 10/25/18)
Bears roaming lower-elevation areas seeking food sources before denning
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Bears are very active right now as denning season approaches. Northwest Montana is home to abundant populations of grizzly bears and black bears.

Recent sightings have ranged across the region at lower elevations, including the Stillwater River drainage in and around Ray Kuhns Wildlife Management Area and the lower Flathead River. Bears are actively seeking food sources before winter, and residents are advised to clean up or secure food attractants, such as garbage, dog food, and livestock. Residents are advised to pick any domestic fruit from their property.

Chicken and livestock should be properly secured with electric fencing or inside a closed shed with a door. Recreationists are urged to "Be Bear Aware" and follow precautionary steps and tips to prevent conflicts, such as traveling in groups and making noise.

Hunters should always remain vigilant and remember that moving slowly and quietly increases your chances of surprise encounters and game-calling mimics prey. Bear spray is an effective deterrent and everyone, especially hunters, is encouraged to carry it in the outdoors.

More safety information is available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website, fwp.mt.gov. Residents can call FWP regional offices to learn more about bears or to report bear activity. In northwest Montana, call (406) 752-5501.


Troy School District Winter Events (posted 10/11/18)
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Monday, Oct. 29: Northwest Montana Chorale Express HS Auditorium, Troy is hosting this year. A concert of a combination of 6 HS choirs - Libby, Troy, Eureka, Plains, Noxon, Thompson Falls. A guest director will come over and rehearse with the students starting at noon, and then a concert for the public at 6:30PM. This year's guest director is Nicole Sanford from Flathead Valley Community College. The Libby's Select Children's Choir will perform as a guest choir. Free Admission.

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 13th & 14: Troy High School Play 7:00PM HS Auditorium. Troy JH and HS drama club present "Check Please: Take 1, 2, & 3" a comedy about blind dating. Adventure with "Guy" and "Girl" who go on very absurd dates with people they have met online. Admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Monday, December 17: Troy Winter Concert 7:00PM Junior High Band, High School Band, and High School Choir Winter Concert in the Auditorium. Free Admission

Thursday, December 20: Morrison Elementary Winter Concert: At 6:00PM in the Troy Activities Center. Bring a canned food for admission.


Thursday Night Pursuits in October in Libby (posted 9/28/18)
Libby Christian Church presents Thursday Night Pursuits for five Thursdays in October. They will be in hunting season starting October 18 at 7 pm. There will be videos of local wildlife, weekly firearm giveaways and other fun drawings, children's programming. Libby Christian Church is located at 100 Kootenai River Road. For more information go to libbychristianchurch.com/events or call 406-293-3747.


Grizzly Bear returned to Cabinet Mountains (posted 9/15/18)
Grizzly Bear returned to Cabinet Mountains
A subadult male grizzly bear was captured in north Idaho and returned to the Cabinet Mountains in northwest Montana after it frequented a baiting site.

The 2.5-year-old grizzly bear was originally moved to the Cabinet Mountains in late July as part of an augmentation program aimed at saving the grizzly bear population and boosting genetic diversity in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem.

In recent weeks, the bear moved inside the Idaho border south of Cabinet Gorge Dam and was frequenting a bait site for black bears on private property. Black bear season is open in Idaho and baiting is allowed. The grizzly bear did not have any conflicts and there was no indication that it was food conditioned or habituated to people.

Idaho Fish and Game captured the grizzly bear in early September and delivered it to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel in northwest Montana. In collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, the USFWS released the grizzly bear in a remote section of the upper South Fork of the Bull River.


Libby Area Real Estate News – September 2018 (posted 9/1/18)
Alice & Jim - Team Hayes Realtors
How has Libby, Troy, Yaak’s Market been in 2018?
January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 Current real estate figures were:

SALES & PENDINGS:
110 Residential SALES:

66 in Libby; 39 in Troy; 5 in Yaak

60 Land SALES:
39 in Libby; 19 in Troy; 2 in Yaak

8 Commercial/Multi-Family SALES:
7 in Libby; 1 in Troy

37 Residential PENDING:
27 in Libby; 7 in Troy; 3 in Yaak

6 Land PENDING:
8 in Libby; 6 in Troy; 2 in Yaak

1 Commercial/M-Family PENDING:
1 in Libby

ACTIVE LISTINGS:
125 Residential

ACTIVES: 59 in Libby; 58 in Troy; 8 Yaak

216 Land
ACTIVES: 118 in Libby; 84 in Troy; 14 in Yaak

17 Comm/Multi-Fam
ACTIVE: 14 in Libby; 3 in Troy; 0 Yaak

2018 has been very busy. We have been able to help many people move to their new home, move out of their old home, sell their land, or even move to a new town. But, there have been others who are still looking to sell their home or land or looking to buy that ‘just right home’ or ‘perfect piece of land’. We trust this will be their year.

Inventory is in pretty Short supply and we are looking for more options to offer buyers. If you’ve ‘toyed’ with the idea of selling –we would enjoy visiting with you about how we can help.

What Were the Price Ranges of SOLDS so far in 2018?
10K - $150,000 = 42 Sales
151K - $250,000 = 37 Sales; 251K -
$500,000 = 26 Sales
501K - $800,000 = 3 Sales
801K - $1,500,000 = 2

Interest Rates Remain LOW— NOW Could be a Great Time to Purchase
As of 08/31/2018 Conforming & FHA Loans:
30-Year Fixed; Interest = 4.66%; APR= 4.73%
15-Year Fixed; Interest = 4.14 %; APR= 4.26%
Information obtained from Montana Regional MLS (MRMLS)

Cell #’s:
(Alice) 406-293-8364
(Jim) 406-293-1926

Emails:
alice@alicehayes.com
jim@alicehayes.com
Website: www.alicehayes.com

Loveless Realty - 519 W. 9th - Libby, MT 59923


Charming Libby, Montana
Charming Libby, Montana
Libby, Most Charming Small Town in Montana (posted 8/14/18)
According to Reader's Digest
Reader’s Digest posted a story under the Travel section of their website on "The Most Charming Small Town in Every State." Libby was selected as the Most Charming Small Town for Montana. "You’ll find the heart of America in these small-town gems lost in time. Add them to your must-visit list now," said author Lyn Mettler.

"Set in view of the Cabinet Mountain Range and yet another part of Montana’s fantastic outdoors, Libby, which is located on the northwest side of the state, Libby is surrounded by lakes, fishing, hiking trails, camping, and endless scenic drives. For a local’s experience, get a taste of Montana on tap at Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company and enjoy a meal at The Black Board Bistro with a locally-sourced seasonal menu."

Click on this link for their complete list of Most Charming Towns:
https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/most-charming-small-towns-in-every-state/


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.

SUMMER
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
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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