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June 23 5:41:44 a.m.     9:47:45 p.m.
June 24 5:42:07 a.m. 9:47:48 p.m.
June 25 5:42:32 a.m. 9:47:47 p.m.
June 26 5:43:00 a.m. 9:47:45 p.m.
June 27 5:43:30 a.m. 9:47:39 p.m.
June 28 5:44:03 a.m. 9:47:31 p.m.
June 29 5:44:37 am. 9:47:20 p.m.

Simons Weekly Weather

Northwest Montana Regional Forecast


Tuesday, June 22—

Mostly sunny in the morning. Increasing clouds and warmer with haze and smoke in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s to mid 90s with lower 70s around 5000 feet. Afternoon south to southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Ridge top winds southwest 15 to 25 mph.


Wednesday, June 23—

Dry and a little cooler. Lows in the 50s all elevations. Highs in the lower 80s to lower 90s with near 70 around 5000 feet.


Thursday, June 24—

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms along the Canadian border otherwise dry. Lows in the 50s all elevations. Highs in the 80s to near 90 with upper 60s around 5000 feet.


Friday through Sunday,
June 25 – 27—

Dry and very hot with record to near record high temperatures. Lows in the mid 50s to mid 60s except lower 70s on slopes, ridge tops and around 5000 feet by Sunday. Highs in the mid 80s to mid 90s Friday warming to the mid 90s to 105 by Saturday and Sunday. Around 5000 feet highs in the lower 70s Friday warming to the lower 80s Saturday and Sunday.


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Summer Sippin



The Dog Days of summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11. Sit back and relax with this quintessential summer beverage.



7 bags black tea (English, Earl Grey, etc.)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup mint leaves and sprigs, divided

2 cups chilled orange juice

1 orange, sliced crosswise

1 lemon, sliced crosswise

ice cubes



Brew a strong tea in about 10 cups water. While still hot, add sugar and about a dozen mint leaves. Let cool.

Remove tea bags and mint; then add orange juice,

fruit slices, and ice.

Serve over more ice, garnish with fresh mint sprigs,

and add a fruit slice or two to each glass.

Makes 8 to 10 servings





This refreshing Rhubarb Punch is cheering and

unexpected, and gets such a pretty pink hue from the

rhubarb. The base mix is sweet, but as the melting ice dilutes it, it achieves perfect balance.



1 pound rhubarb

1 cup water

1 stick cinnamon

1-1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 quart water



Wash and trim the rhubarb, and cut into ½-inch pieces. Cook in a heavy saucepan with water and cinnamon over moderate heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Strain juices and discard rhubarb. Stir in the sugar. Chill; then add remaining ingredients and serve over ice.

Makes about 2 quarts.


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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:  Stop by our office, 417 Mineral Avenue, #4, and pick up a Career Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the office door. Fill out, return to Job Service, and a Career Coach
will contact you.


To return completed applications to Job Service Libby:

– Hand deliver completed applications to Job Service-Libby,
417 Mineral Avenue, Suite 4  (Place in mail slot in the door)

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– Fax completed applications to 406-293-5134

– Mail applications to Job Service-Libby, 417 Mineral Avenue, Suite 4, Libby, MT 59923


Please contact Job Service-Libby at 406-293-6282, extension 0
or if you need a generic application emailed, mailed or faxed to you.  Leave a detailed message with your name and phone number so we can return your call promptly.


*A full listing of all jobs now available in Lincoln
County can be accessed by visiting Montana Works

Montana Gas Price

As of June 21, 2021 –


Montana gas prices have risen 0.8 cents per
gallon in the past week, averaging $3.00/g
today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 9.4 cents per gallon higher than a month
ago and stand 89.0 cents per gallon higher
than a year ago.

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AG and OPI are right: Racial Discrimination
has no place in Montana schools

A recent thoughtful and well-reasoned Attorney General’s Opinion on “critical race theory” from Austin Knudsen has people on the left stamping their feet and pulling out their hair. The Montana Democrats’ spin machine is on full blast to justify racial
discrimination in Montana schools,
universities, and workplaces. In defense of the controversial teachings, liberal lawyers, legislators, and editorial boards are arguing that actively being racist is the only way to make sure people aren’t racist.

Knudsen’s legal analysis in the Opinion was clear to anyone who reads it for themselves: Students should be taught American history in a truthful way, especially those times that our nation has failed to live up to its promise and founding principles. What’s illegal, Knudsen says, is teaching these
lessons in a way that discriminates against students based on the color of their skin.

Racial discrimination is at the heart of many critical race theory lessons and activities that are used in universities and grade schools in other parts of the country. One prominent “antiracist” scholar who supports the critical race theory wrote, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination… The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

Racial discrimination is, of course, illegal as it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal
Protection clause, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Montana Constitution, and the Montana Human Rights Act. Montana
Democrats are defending critical race theory and its discriminatory aspects anyway.

Many of the teachings in the name of “antiracism” are quite disturbing. For
example, Yale University recently hosted a guest lecture from a psychiatrist in which she said, “I had fantasies of unloading a
revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step.”

The event took place in April but became public knowledge recently. Shockingly, it was Yale’s “Child Study Center” that played host to the hate-filled lecture. Montanans support the First Amendment, but do not want to see our tax dollars being used to host extremist speakers who create racially hostile environments at Montana State or University of Montana, especially to indoctrinate those who are supposed to helping kids.

There are many other real-world
examples of critical race theory lessons and activities that also constitute illegal racial discrimination. These include “privilege walks” that separate students into different groups based on race and teaching children they are guilty of oppression because of the color of their skin. Some schools and universities have also proposed separate housing, advisors, graduations, and even grading policies that treat racial groups differently.

These are not lessons and activities
that we want taught to Montana children.
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen, was right to request the Attorney’s General Opinion before these discriminatory lessons make their way into our schools and not wait until after racial discrimination occurred.

“Our schools should not be teaching
debunked theories that twist and distort
our history, and fringe philosophies that Americans have consistently rejected,” Arntzen said.

Of course, her statement does not mean Montana schools or universities shouldn’t teach any events or aspects of our nation’s history. Nor does the Attorney General’s Opinion prevent anything from being taught. It does make it clear that when schools,
universities or employers treat individuals differently based on race, they are engaging in illegal discrimination.

It’s a commonsense proposition. Those who are attacking the recent Attorney
General Opinion on critical race theory
either have not read it, or they support bringing the disturbing practice of racial discrimination to Montana schools.


Op-ed submitted by
Representative Sue Vinton