Libby Montana News - July 2006

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Campfire/firewood cutting restrictions on Plum Creek lands (July 31, 2006)
Stage I Fire Restrictions in effect
Stage I fire restrictions are also in effect on private land in the northwest Montana area owned by Plum Creek Timber Company, according to Tara Darrow, Communications Associate with Plum Creek. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Wildfire in Glacier National Park grows (July 31, 2006)
Cut Bank area campground, trail and backcountry sites closed due to Red Eagle fire
Updated 2:30 PM Monday, July 31 ... FULL STORY
Ross Creek Trail closed due to fire (July 28, 2006)
(Troy) As a precautionary measure for the Little Spar Lake Fire, the Kootenai Forest Supervisor has decided to close Ross Creek Trail #142 above the Ross Creek cedars, as of today, July 28. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. ... FULL STORY
Stage I Fire Restrictions begin July 31 (July 27, 2006)
Federal, state, county and private lands
The Northwest Montana Zone of the Northern Rockies Coordination Group will implement Stage I fire restrictions beginning Monday, July 31, for Flathead and Kootenai National Forests, Glacier National Park, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservatio ... FULL STORY
Kokanee fishing great on the reservoir! (July 27, 2006)
"The fishing is excellent. Best we’ve seen in years!" said Randie Burch, owner of Koocanusa Resort and Marina on Lake Koocanusa, referring to the kokanee salmon fishing on the reservoir. "They’re catching fish averaging 8-14 inches, with a couple over 16 inche ... FULL STORY
Little Spar Lake Fire: 60 acres (July 27, 2006)
(Troy) The Little Spar Lake Fire, a lightening-caused fire, was detected on Wednesday, July 26th, and initial attacked by Three Rivers Ranger District personnel, helitack crews and smokejumpers. It is located approximately one mile northeast of Sawtooth Mounta ... FULL STORY
More great fun ‘cooking’ at the Museum (July 25, 2006)
Feast Your Eyes
The Heritage Museum is hosting three exhibits in conjunction with Key Ingredients: America by Food. “Montana by Food”—which celebrates the Treasure State’s unique culinary traditions—was cooked up by Montana’s Museum at the Montana Historical Society together ... FULL STORY
Libby Montanore adit reopened (July 25, 2006)
Montanore Tunnel approved by Montana DEQ
Mines Management, Inc, announced today, July 25, that they have reopened the portal to the Libby adit at the Montanore Silver-Copper Project located in northwestern Montana following plan approval from the state of Montana's Department of Environmental Quality ... FULL STORY
Museum hosts more fun summer events (July 24, 2006)
by Heritage Museum in Libby
Saturday, July 29 ... FULL STORY
Kootenai Forest celebrates 100 years in August (July 24, 2006)
In August, the Kootenai National Forest will celebrate its 100th year. Last year, the USDA Forest Service celebrated the centennial of the agency. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Kootenai River Rodeo (July 28, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
A calf is checked by officials during the tie-down roping event at the third annual Kootenai River Rodeo. The rodeo was held Friday and Saturday nights at J. Neils Memorial Park. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event is sponsored by the Libby Area C ... FULL STORY
Kootenai River Rodeo July 28 & 29 (July 26, 2006)
The Kootenai River Rodeo will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 28 & 29th in Libby. Hosted by the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is fun for the whole family. ... FULL STORY
Class of 1986 20th Reunion July 28-29 (July 20, 2006)
The Libby Class of 1986 will hold their 20th Class Reunion on Friday and Saturday, July 28 & 29 in Libby. Alumni should meet on Friday at Lincoln Lanes at 6:00 pm. Meet Saturday at the Elks at 6:00 pm. For more information on reunion plans, call Kasey at 406- ... FULL STORY
Yaak Wilderness Festival July 29 (July 20, 2006)
The 3rd Annual Yaak Wilderness Festival will be held at the Dirty Shame Saloon on Saturday, July 29th, starting at 3 pm. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) July Heat Wave (July 27, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
What better way to spend a 100 degree afternoon than swimming in Libby Creek near the mill site. A slight cooling trend is forecast for the next few days, but July has been a hot one for Libby. Temperatures were near or over 100 degrees for several days in a ... FULL STORY
Troy Volunteer Ambulance seeks new EMT members (July 20, 2006)
Troy Volunteer Ambulance is looking for new people to help provide EMT services to the Troy area community. Emergency services are provided by volunteers, members of the community who live and work in the area. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Hospital employees raise money for KPFL (July 24, 2006)
Kootenai Pets for Life
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
The Employees of St. John’s Lutheran Hospital recently raised over $300.00 for Kootenai Pets For Life (KPFL). Pictured along with St. John’s Employees are Kootenai Pets for Life representatives, Eileen Carney, Anita Beasley, and Judy Hyslop. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Sleep Center offers sleep disorder services (July 19, 2006)
by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby is celebrating one year of operation for their Sleep Center this month. The Sleep Center offers diagnostic testing for all types of disorders, including Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome, REM Behav ... FULL STORY
Kootenai Forest July SOPA (July 11, 2006)
Schedule of Proposed Actions
The Kootenai National Forest has released their most recent Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) for the Forest. The SOPA includes proposed activities on each of the Forest’s ranger districts, including timber sales, special use permits, mining, trail and recre ... FULL STORY
Montana Grizzly Bear Management Plan & EIS (July 11, 2006)
Public meeting in Libby Sept. 19
by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released a management plan and draft programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) for grizzly bears in 17 counties located in western Montana. ... FULL STORY
Fall turkey applications due August 1 (July 11, 2006)
Hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys in western Montana this fall must apply for a special permit by August 1. The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will consider final fall turkey seasons and permit quotas at its July 13 meeting in Helena. ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Two Rivers Rendezvous (July 22, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
It was an unofficial reading of 107 degrees in Libby Saturday afternoon, but official or not, it was hot! The Kootenai Muzzleloaders held their 11th annual Two Rivers Rendezvous at Fawn Creek Campground, and it was a quiet camp by late afternoon because of the ... FULL STORY
Junior Fair July 20-22 (July 20, 2006)
The Lincoln County Junior Fair will be held Thursday through Saturday, July 20-22 at Asa Wood School in Libby. ... FULL STORY
Hawgs & Paws Motorcycle ride July 21-23 (July 20, 2006)
The 2nd Annual Hawgs & Paws Motorcycle ride will be held Jly 21-23 in Troy, Montana. All proceeds go to benefit Kootenai Pets for Life, Inc., a 100% volunteer no-kill shelter committed to the rescue and care of abandoned and unwanted animals in Lincoln County, ... FULL STORY
Motocross Fun Day July 23 (July 20, 2006)
The 1st Annual Motocross Fun Day will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at the Stimpson Mill site near Libby. The event is for members of the Millpond Motocross Association. This event is just for fun. There will not be any tropies and all riders must be associatio ... FULL STORY
Missoula Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against ASARCO (July 14, 2006)
CRG Claim Set Aside
A federal judge in Missoula has dismissed a suit filed by an environmental group against operators of the Troy Mine. ... FULL STORY
Is Libby air safe to breathe? (July 14, 2006)
EPA Results Inconclusive
by KLCB News Radio
Is the air in Libby safe to breathe? ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) ‘Eating Our Words’ July 12 at Museum (July 6, 2006)
Where did that expression come from?
by The Heritage Museum
The Heritage Museum will host the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau program “Eating Our Words” with Chrysti M. Smith on Wednesday, July 12 from noon – 1:00 PM during Lemonade on the Lawn at the Lincoln County Library, 220 West 6th Street, Li ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Smithsonian Exhibit at Heritage Museum (July 16, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
A visitor looks over the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit, "Key Ingredients: America by Food" at its opening Sunday at the Heritage Museum. The exhibit will be at the museum in Libby through August 26. The museum has scheduled numerous events to coincide with t ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) deCycles visit Libby (July 13, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
A group of bicyclists with deCycles from Bloomington, Indiana, head toward Libby Thursday afternoon after spending the night in Kalispell. deCycles is a nonprofit youth development program offering summer bicycle trips for teens and young adults. It's a 3-week ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Kootenai River Receding (July 3, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
Though still high, the Kootenai River was looking considerably more normal this week, with the water receding and revealing banks that had previously been flooded during the high flows of June. ... FULL STORY
CGNW may also sue over Libby Dam spill (July 7, 2006)
High water helps fish; floods people
by KLCB News
Communities for a Great Northwest (CGNW) has advised federal officials that it will file a lawsuit for violation of federal law if the U. S Fish and Wildlife Service and the Corps of Engineers continue with plans to release water with the premise to “save” end ... FULL STORY
Wildfire season has begun on Kootenai (July 5, 2006)
Warex fire started by lightning 25 miles south of Eureka
A wildfire was reported Tuesday morning on the Kootenai National Forest, as a 5-acre fire apparently started by lightning near Rocky Gorge campground between Libby and Eureka. Forest Service spokesman, Chris Fox in Eureka, tells KLCB News the fire was at 40 ac ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Warex Fire (July 4, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
Pilot Nate Smith and a Kootenai National Forest helicopter crew prepare for their first fire flight of the season Tuesday morning, a 5-acre fire started by lightning near Rocky Gorge campground between Libby and Eureka. Named the Warex Fire, it grew to 40 acre ... FULL STORY
(1 pictures) Featured Quilter (July 3, 2006)
by Maggie Craig
Kathleen Pierce, Troy's featured quilter, sits among her many quilted creations Monday at the Tender Lovin' Quilters show held in conjunction with Troy's old fashioned 4th of July. The quilt show will be open at noon on Tuesday, after the parade in downtown Tr ... FULL STORY
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