Buying Beer Now Helps Firefighters

Submitted By Mary Cate Connell

With the hottest time of the year upon us and fires raging across the country, Coors Banquet is making sure that for every beer sold, support goes to the heroes in yellow who run toward the fire.The new initiative is called “Protect Our Protectors” and kicks off officially on August 4.

While wildfire season only increases, getting longer and more destructive every year, the heroes in yellow who protect us from them are only becoming more rare with staggering staffing shortages on hotshot crews and elite teams across the country. In some fire-prone regions, including California, Oregon and Washington, the Forest Service has reported staffing levels as low as 50%. Because of this, for the first time Coors Banquet is releasing Protect Our Protectors packaging with proceeds going to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and other fire organizations nationwide.

Coors Banquet is also partnering with California-based apparel brand Brixton to create a limited Protect Our Protectors capsule collection available later this month on, inspired by those in yellow, whose proceeds go to firefighter initiatives across the country.

Supporters can go to to make a direct donation, purchase the limited-time packs and/or Protect Our Protectors official merch; all in support of America’s firefighters. Also check out Banquet’s new ad featuring real wildland firefighters here. Read more in the press release here.

Libby Friends of The Library Book Sale Rescheduled 

Submitted by Susan Horelick

The Libby Friends of the Library had to reschedule the August Book Sale to Friday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Book Sale Room downstairs at the Library.  There are lots of new books, DVD’s and a special music collection of CD’s, Audiotapes and 45’s.  All items are by donation, with money going to help with the Library programs.

Certified Nursing Assistant Course at FVCC is Open for

Registration August 2

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course at Flathead Valley Community College is currently open for registration. The CNA course at FVCC provides high level training for students interested in going into the nursing profession. Many nurses start as CNAs before progressing into other educational tracks for nursing. Information and the registration packet can be accessed on the website at Interested students can also pick up a hard copy packet at the FVCC Nursing Department office located in the Rebecca Cheney Broussard Center (BC 102) on the FVCC campus in Kalispell. Fall CNA classes start August 31. The course runs for one semester and provides five college credits. “Many nursing and health care undergraduate programs require CNA training to apply, and some programs give extra points in the application process for CNA training. This makes the CNA program a great first step for anyone interested in health care professions,” says Pam Klein, CNA Coordinator. Klein adds that most nursing homes and hospitals in the Flathead Valley and across the state and nation are hiring CNAs. “As a CNA, you can work in any location, at almost any clinic you want to,” says Klein. Individuals interested in taking the Certified Nursing Assistant course at FVCC for the upcoming Fall semester must complete a background check and provide documentation of several immunizations and tests, which can take additional time. Faculty recommend students get started early to provide enough time for the application and registration process. To learn more, contact Pam Klein, CNA Coordinator, at (406) 756-3625 or Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Administrative Assistant at (406) 756-3385.

Submitted by Julie Brempelis

Cabinet View Golf Club hosts successful Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

Cabinet View Golf Course hosted neon mini golf on Friday night, August 5.  Their putting practice green was transformed into a 9-hole mini golf course complete with glow in the dark balls, a plinko feature, and a ski ball themed final hole. If you missed out, there will be another chance to play on August 26 from 7 to 11:30 pm.

Tracy McNew, The Montanian