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Sunrise & Sunset Times

Date Sunrise Sunset
February 10 7:55 a.m.     5:57 p.m.
February 11 7:53 a.m. 5:59 p.m.
February 12 7:51 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
February 13 7:50 a.m. 6:02 p.m.
February 14 7:48 a.m. 6:04 p.m.
February 15 7:46 a.m. 6:05 p.m.
February 16 7:45 a.m. 6:06 p.m.

Simons Weekly Weather

Tues., Feb.9, Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers except a chance of snow showers across southern Sanders County. Local accumulations of up to 1 inch possible across southern Sanders County. Much colder with highs in the upper teens to upper 20s with lower teens around 5000 feet. Gusty east to northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph through favored canyons. Ridge top winds east to northeast 25 to 40 mph. Wind chill readings of 10 below zero to 15 above zero.

 

Wed. through Fri.,
Feb.10-12,
No precipitation and very cold. Lows from 20 below zero to near zero except locally near 25 below zero coldest valleys with near 10 below zero around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid single digits to mid teens with near zero around 5000 feet.

Saturday and Sunday…Not as cold with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows from near 10 below zero to 5 above zero with near zero around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid teens to mid 20s with lower teens around 5000 feet.

 

Sat. and Sun.,
Feb. 13-14,
Not as cold with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows from near 10 below zero to 5 above zero with near zero around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid teens to mid 20s with lower teens around 5000 feet.

 

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Holiday Recipe of the Week

Lobster Mac n’ Cheese

Ingredients:

 

-8 oz uncooked penne pasta

-5 tbsp plus 1 tsp butter,

divided

-3 tbsp finely diced sweet onion

-1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

1/8 tsp chopped saffron threads

-1/4 cup all-purpose flour 

-2 1/2 cups whole milk

-12 ounces uncooked lobster tail meat, cut into bite-size pieces

-1 tbsp sherry

-1 tsp lemon zest

-3/4 tsp kosher salt

-1/2 tsp white pepper

-1 cup (4 ounces) grated

Gruyère cheese

-1 cup (4 ounces) grated white cheddar cheese

-3/4 cup panko

-2 tbsp chopped fresh chervil

 

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1—

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Step 2—
Preheat broiler to high.

Grease 4 (2-cup)

ovenproof ramekins with 1 teaspoon butter.

 

Step 3—

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, thyme, and saffron; sathan uté 2 minutes or until translucent. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and remaining 2 cups milk to pan; bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add lobster and next 4 ingredients; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cooked penne and cheeses. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dishes.

 

Step 4—

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small microwave-safe dish on HIGH for 30 secs. Combine melted butter, panko, and chervil in a bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle panko mixture over top of pasta mixture. Broil 2 mins or until golden brown. Let stand 5 mins.

 

Montana Gas Price

As of February 8, 2021 – Montana gas prices have risen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.34/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 10.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 12.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Certified Medical Assistant -OBGYN

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Employment Specialist Coach/Part-Time

 

ATTENTION:  Due to COVID, Job Service Libby now requires all communications be handled by email
LibbyJSC@mt.gov or phone  406-293-6282. Stop by the Job Service office (417 Mineral Ave, #4) and look for the Career  Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the door. Fill out, return to Job Service, and a
Career Coach will contact you.
A full listing of all jobs now available in Lincoln County can be accessed by visiting Montana Works at
MontanaWorks.gov

Employers : Are you having a hard time filling positions or training workers? Contact Job Service to learn about several programs that can assist you with the cost of hiring and training workers!

Job Seekers :  Have you been laid off?  Do you have a current job offer? Or plans to enter a training program? Job Service Libby may be able to help you reach your career goal.  Stop by our office and pick up a Career Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the office door. When completed, simply put it in the mail slot and a Career Coach will contact you to discuss your plans.

“911… please hold.”

I have waited for the leaders of this community to speak up and warn Troy residents there is a safety issue. , but will now speak up to warn Troy District County residents of a safety issue.

If and when you need the services of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and call 911, you will first get Troy Dispatch. You will be asked what your emergency is and after all this time on the phone, you will be told you live in the county, put on hold, then transferred to the Sheriffs Dispatch. You then have to explain all over what is occurring. These seconds and minutes can make a big difference in the outcome of an emergency and may cause injury or death.

I was not aware of this occurring until I had an incident and needed law enforcement. This was not the time to find out .

This issue was discussed with the Lincoln County Commissioners on June 5, 2019. They stated they were unaware of the issue and would check into it.

I have attended three more Commissioner meetings on this subject – July 10, 2019, March 22, 2020 and Dec 2, 2020. There was a committee formed to come up with a resolution, yet this resulted in no agreement and nothing was done. I was told the Troy Council had to agree with the Lincoln County Commissioners on Troy Dispatch dissolution.

There is an Ordinance – M.C. A 7-11-1101 that was signed March 13, 1996.

This agreement between Troy Council and Lincoln County Commissioners was 25 years ago. Since that time the Troy County District has grown and the Sheriff’s dispatch center has been updated .

The Ordinance states:

1- The name of the proposed district shall be the Troy Area Dispatch District.

2- The services to be provided by the district are general fire, ambulance, and law enforcement dispatch services within said district.

3- It is hereby acknowledged that there presently are no such services available through the governments forming this multi-jurisdictional service district.

4- The governmental parties to this agreement seek to provide for the public reliable, competent, and consistent service in an area that has heretofore not been provided by the government with such services. This service is deemed to be in the best interests of the public welfare and protection and within the police powers of the State of Montana.

There are several disputable issues with this ordinance: Sheriff’s dispatch can now provide services for fire, ambulance, and law enforcement to people in the Troy area. We no longer need Troy dispatch. Current use causes delays and hinders public welfare.

The solution I found is in MCA, title 7, chapter 11, part 10 (7-11-1029), Dissolution of Special District:

No. 1 – A special district may be dissolved if it is considered to be in the best interest of a local government or the inhabitants of the local government or if the purpose for creating the special district has been fulfilled and the special district is not needed in perpetuity.

No. 2 – The governing body may pass a resolution of intention to dissolve a special district upon its own request or upon request of the separate board administering the special district.

This issue was discussed at the Troy Council meeting on Dec 9, 2020.  It appeared they were more concerned with not losing their dispatch center than safety. It was also mentioned the dispatch center cannot be funded without support from Troy residents. A decision was again made to form a committee. At this time, nothing has been resolved.

My suggestion at this time is when you call 911 for police service and get Troy Dispatch, just immediately tell them to transfer you to Sheriff’s dispatch. It’s sad that is where we are.

I am disappointed and concerned that leaders in this community are not taking this issue regarding the safety of Troy residents seriously.

Also, why are residents in Troy paying for two dispatch centers, especially when one does not service our area?  Per Sheriff Short, the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center can handle the call load for all of Lincoln County.

As Commissioner Peck stated, no one would lose their job as they would still be needed to service the Sheriff’s dispatch.

If you agree, please take time to call and express your concerns to Lincoln County Commissioner Bennett, 283-2319,

jbennett@libby.org;

Commissioner  Peck,

283-2371, mark.peck@libby.org;

Troy Council, 295-415,  citytroy@troymt.net;

Sheriff Short, 293-4112.

 

Submitted by

Kimberly Mole, Troy

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