Sunrise & Sunset Times

July 7 5:50:30  a.m.     9:44:15 p.m.
July 8 5:51:23 a.m. 9:43:40 p.m.
July 9 5:52:18 a.m. 9:43:02 p.m.
July 10 5:53:14 a.m. 9:42:22 p.m.
July 11 5:54:12 a.m. 9:41:39 p.m.
July 12 5:55:11 a.m. 9:40:54 p.m.
July 13 5:56:12 am. 9:40:06 p.m.

Simons Weekly Weather

Northwest Montana Regional Forecast


Tuesday, July 6—

Mostly sunny and hot. Highs in the 90s with near 80 around 5000 feet. Afternoon south to southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with ridge top winds southwest 10 to 20 mph.


Wednesday, July 7—

Locally breezy with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms, especially near the Canadian border. Lows in the 50s with near
60 around 5000 feet. Highs in the upper 80s to upper 90s with upper 70s around 5000 feet.


Thursday, July 8—

Dry and a little cooler
except for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms near the Canadian border. Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s with upper 50s around 5000 feet. Highs in the lower 80s to lower 90s with near 70 around 5000 feet.


Friday through Sunday,
July 9 – 11—

Dry and hot. Locally breezy each afternoon and evening. Lows in the 50s except
locally upper 40s colder valleys on Friday morning. Highs in the upper 80s to upper 90s Friday warming to the lower 90s to lower 100s Saturday and Sunday. Around 5000 feet lows near 60 Friday morning warming to the mid 60s Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the upper 70s Friday warming to near 80 Saturday and Sunday.


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National Gas Inventory

As of June 30, 2021 –


Gasoline inventories increased by 1.5 million barrels (MMbbl) to a total of 241.6 MMbbl.
At 241.6 MMbbl, inventories are down 14.9 MMbbl, or 5.8% lower than a year ago and
are about 0% above the five-year average for this time of year.


Courtesy of GasBuddy


Pina Colada Chicken Salad


1 ½ cups coconut milk

1 cup pineapple juice

3 teaspoons vinegar

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons plain
Greek Yogurt

¼ teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons honey to taste

3 boneless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon garlic salt

20 ounces pineapple tidbits drain and reserve juice

6 cups spinach leaves baby



For the dressing, whisk together coconut milk,
pineapple juice, vinegar, olive oil, Greed yogurt, salt, and honey. Cover and chill until ready to use.


– Preheat oven to 400 and heavily grease
a baking sheet with cooking spray.

– Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.

– Mix the coconut and breadcrumbs together
in a medium sized bowl.

– Place your cut chicken pieces in the pineapple juice that has been drained from the can of
pineapple tidbits, then toss in the coconut and breadcrumb mixture and coat well.

– Place coated chicken on non stick sprayed
baking sheet 2 inches apart.

– Spray chicken chunks with cooking spray and bake 6-8 minutes, then flip them all over and cook on the other side another 6-8 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned.
(Coconut flakes may get dark brown, that is okay).


Divide spinach leaves onto 4 plates, place chicken tenders, red peppers, and pineapple tidbits on top.

Serve with pina colada dressing.


Note of suggestion: Sub sour cream for Greek Yogurt.
Salad also delicious with any kind of dressing.


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  • growlery •

Pronunciation: græw-lê-ri

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: A place to retreat to in order to sulk in peace

when in a bad mood or ill-humored.


In Play: A growlery is a place where we may growl at things in our life unheard and in peace: “Sit down, my dear,” said Mr. Jarndyce. “This, you must know, is the Growlery. When I am out of humour,
I come and growl here.” (Charles Dickens, Bleak House 1853). However, growling no longer is required:
“Marshall has a nook in the corner of the basement that is his
growlery, where he can brood in peace over the Cubs’ losses.”


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– Receptionist/Full-Time/Libby Clinic

– MA, CMA or LPN /32 hrs./Libby Clinic

– Deputy Clerk/$15.48/Full-Time

– Medical Assistant Uncertified

– Physical Therapist  (PRN)

– Hospital Screener

– Casino Bookkeeper/Town Pump

– Casino Bookkeeper/Town Pump

– MSW Hospice Social Worker 


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)

– Email completed applications to

– 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

Moon Phases:

New Moon, July 9

First Quarter, July 17

Full Moon, July 23

Last Quarter, July 21


July 2:  Venus makes it return in the evening sky at
twilight.  Look to the West-Northwest.


July 5:  The Moon will be at its apogee, or the
furthest from the Earth in its orbit.


July 10:  Mercury at the Greatest Western Elongation.
It will be at the highest point above in the morning sky.  Look low towards the horizon.


July 12&13:  The Moon will pass near

Venus and Mars.


July 24:  The Moon will pass near

Saturn in the morning


July 25:  The Moon will pass near

Jupiter in the morning


Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on July 29.
Peak hours are from midnight until dawn generally
producing around 20 meteors per hour.


Courtesy of Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club,

To learn more, visit

Yaak Grizzly Recovery Lowest of Any Lower 48 Ecosystem

Timber Proposals Adversely Affecting
Grizzly Bear Population


On Wednesday, June 30, the Yaak Valley Forest Council (YVFC) reaffirmed the findings of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) five-year status
review of Grizzly Bear in the Lower-48 States.

Of the six grizzly bear ecosystems in the Lower-
48 states, the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem’s (CYE) “resiliency” is the only one classified as “Low.”

This agency status review confirms what has
been speculated from data for years–that Yaak
grizzly bears are not recovering and their prospects for recovery are defined as ‘low.’

“Yaak grizzlies are doing the worst of any
population. And the proposed Black Ram and Knotty Pine timber sale proposals on the Kootenai National Forest that cover 150,000 acres will –by the Kootenai National Forest’s own admission—‘likely adversely affect’ grizzly bears. These clearcutting and road-
building mega-projects are not the answer and must stop,” said YVFC Board Chair Rick Bass.

The Black Ram and Knotty Pine timber sale
proposals have not had Environmental Impact
Statements (EIS). They have only undergone the
lesser analysis of Environmental Assessments (EA). At a minimum, there should be EIS-level work
completed, significant modifications, or outright
project cancellation decision-making at the agency’s national level, said YVFC.

YVFC, a nonprofit advocacy group based in northwest Montana since 1997, strongly encourages U.S. Forest Service national leadership to heed the FWS findings and focus on Yaak grizzly bear recovery and climate change protection.


Submitted by

Aaron Peterson

Executive Director

Yaak Valley Forest Council


Shoot ‘em up! But respect
the neighbors, please?

Several years ago the Libby Rod and Gun Club proposed an expansion
for the Lincoln County Shooting complex. Since the range is on public land, meaning owned by the people, and operates under a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service, the
expansion plans had to
go to the people.

Those who live near the range became involved and requested several things be completed in order that
the range become a safer facility and good neighbor.

We asked for more
acceptable hours of operation and to possibly have the range close one day a week to give us a break.

The Rod and Gun club refused the idea of closing one day a week, but we finally negotiated more reasonable hours.  In other words, the shooting would stop at 6 p.m. with the
exception of Wednesdays which allowed shooting till 8 p.m.

Of course these hours were never enforced and many evenings shooting would go on past 6 p.m.

The Rod and Gun Club got all they were asking for. I might add that Tax payer money was used to supply County personnel and equipment to haul in
thousands of yards of dirt. That money should be
reimbursed to the County tax payers. A range master was never hired like promised. There has been no mitigation of the years and years of lead which seeps into the ground water, and they are allowing camping which is expressly forbidden in the Special Use Permit.

Now that the Rod and Gun Club has pretty much finished its
expansion, they have gone back to previous hours—shooting 12 hours a day.

This is the rub. This is why I believe the Rod
and Gun Club are bad neighbors:

They have said to all the folks out here, we don’t care about you and we are reneging on our agreement.

I’m not personally against the gun range.

I’m glad we have such
a facility in Lincoln
County and I like
knowing we are such a well armed community. But I think we need to
get along and be good neighbors. The Libby
Rod and Gun Club do not care about anyone but themselves.



Submitted by
Jeff Nisbet
Libby, Mont.