Sunrise & Sunset Times

September 29 7:38:02 a.m.     7:26:39 p.m.
September 30 7:39:28 a.m. 7:24:34 p.m.
October 1 7:40:53 a.m. 7:22:30 p.m.
October 2 7:42:19 a.m. 7:20:26 p.m.
October 3 7:43:45 a.m. 7:18:23 p.m.
October 4 7:45:12 a.m. 7:16:20 p.m.
October 5 7:46:38 a.m. 7:14:17 p.m.

Simon’s Weather



Regional Forecast



Tuesday, Sept. 28—

Cool with rain and snow showers likely. Snow level lowering to near 5000 feet. Snow accumulations of 1
to 3 inches possible above 5500 feet. Highs in the 50s with mid 30s around 5000 feet. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with ridge top winds southwest 10 to 20 mph.


Wednesday, Sept. 29—

Dry. Night and morning
valley fog and low clouds. Lows in the 30s with near 30 around 5000 feet. Highs in the 50s with near 40 around 5000 feet.


Thursday, Sept. 30—

A slight chance of showers mainly near the British
Columbia and Idaho borders. Lows in the 30s with upper 30s around 5000 feet. Highs in the 60s with near 50 around 5000 feet.


Friday through Sunday,
Oct. 1 – 3—

Dry and seasonal. Areas of night and morning valley
fog and low clouds. Lows in the upper 20s to upper 30s with with near 40 on slopes, ridge tops and around 5000 feet. Highs in the 60s to
near 70 with near 50
around 5000 feet.



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National Gas Inventory

As of Monday, September 27—


Montana gas prices have risen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 3.9 cents per gallon
higher than a month ago and stand $1.09/g higher than a year ago.


Courtesy of

Good Reads: Montana
History for Adults & Kids

Published by the Montana Historical Society Press,
A History of Montana in 101 Objects showcases the remarkable collection of artifacts preserved at the Montana Historical Society. Since 1865, the Montana Historical Society has pursued its mission to collect and protect items of significance to Montana’s past for the pleasure and education of residents and visitors. This assemblage of objects and interpretive essays draws attention to the diversity of experiences – the triumphs and the sorrows, the everyday struggles and joys – that made Montana.

Take, for example, a 1908 electric bathrobe. Once the height of technology and luxury, this electrified bath coat was manufactured by General Electric and belonged to wealthy businessman and Helena resident Thomas Cruse. The Electro Thermo Coat symbolizes the opulence and eccentricity of one of Montana’s most prominent figures.

Cruse was an Irish gold miner who struck it rich in the small town of Marysville. He married in 1886 in an event heralded by the New York Times as “the most brilliant of its kind ever held in Montana.” But his happiness was short lived, as his beloved wife died after giving birth to their only child just 10 months after the wedding.

His daughter grew up in protective isolation, with her domineering father fearing she would be a target for kidnappers. She eventually left home, and after a string of marriages and estrangements was found in a roadhouse outside Butte in 1913, quite ill and apparently addicted to alcohol. She died at the age of 27.

Heartbroken, Cruse turned to religious devotion and sank money into the development of St. Helena Cathedral. His was the first funeral mass held there.

Cruse’s story is just one in this lavishly illustrated, full-color book that showcases the remarkable collection of artifacts preserved at MHS. Other stories detail the contributions made by individuals ranging from cowboy artist Charlie Russell to statesmen Lee Metcalf; groups including the Indigenous peoples who were the first to call this place home and Hmong refugees who arrived in the 1980s; and even animals like sled dog Kenya and famed white buffalo Big Medicine. The short essays accompanying the photographs come from 21 different authors.

“This book has been in the making for some time. It was unimaginably difficult to choose only 101 items
from our vast collections of objects, art, photographs, books, and archival materials,” said MHS Director Molly Kruckenberg. “The book, in honor of our remarkable
history, is definitely worth celebrating.”

A Farcountry Press companion publication, Montana History for Kids in 50 Objects, With 50 Fun
helps even the youngest citizens understand that historical
objects are key pieces of Montana’s past. Written by Steph Lehmann, this delightful guide also offers 50 fun activities for children.

Both books are available at the Historical Society, 225 No. Roberts in Helena, or online at:

– Apprentice Trimmer/Climber Trainee Local/
– Utilities Service LLC

– Certified Coder/CPMC

– Libby Crew Team Member/McDonalds

– Machinist/Mechanic – Libby #66806/State of MT

– Apprentice Lineman/$18.85/FT/City of Troy

– City Judge/City of Troy/16.13/Part-Time

– City Building Inspector/City of Troy

– Customer Service Clerk/$12/PT/City of Troy

– Casino Floor Runner/Town Pump

– Medical Assistant Uncertified – KRHC

– Dirt Work/Equipment Operators/$15-20/Eureka Development

– Assistant/The Montanian

– Reporter/PT/The Montanian

– Store Clerk/Town Pump

– Store Deli/Town Pump

– Barista / Kitchen Person/$8.75/Main Street Perk

– Tire Technician/$18-20/FT/Kootenai
Truck Repair

– ASE Certified Automotive Mechanic/$18/Kootenai Truck Repair

– Family Services & Education Asst/$13.83/KVHS

– Maintenance/Sandman Motel

– Bartender/Cook/Cleaner/$8.75/20-30 hrs./
Home Bar

– Deputy Lincoln County Attorney /FT/Lincoln County

– Carpenter/FT/Windows, Doors and More

– City Building Inspector/City of Libby


These and many other job descriptions
and generic applications available at Job Service –
Libby, 417 Mineral Avenue, Suite 4.
Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri  8:00 a,m. -5:00 p.m.
Wed 11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.


– Hand deliver completed applications to:
Job Service-Libby, 417 Mineral Avenue, Suite 4

– 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, 406-293-6282, ext. 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

So where exactly DID that $8 million land?

An Open Letter to U.S. Congress

Back in 2000 A.D., Congress appropriated an
$8 million grant to the city of Libby, Montana for
economic recovery after W.R. Grace’s closure, to be controlled by Libby City Council with no strings
attached. Libby prepared for stability.

The Montana Governor then subverted the intent and will of Congress and decided the money was best used in Helena. When the local contact who got
Congress to act wondered where it went, Helena shook loose a few hundred thousand dollars as
interest and did so for two or three years in a row
until not knowing where the money went and
payments stopped completely.

Such contempt of Congress and malfeasance
remains with the office and is inherited by the office holder, to wit: Montana Governor.

Congress must hold the Montana Governor
accountable for this malfeasance and get the $8
million taxpayers granted for Libby economic
recovery paid to the City of Libby in full.

The economic plan to use that $8 million returned a lot more interest and jobs impact than we got from Helena.

Find out what happened to those funds and get it paid as Congress intended. Better late than never.


Submitted by:

Stanley Davis

Troy, Mont.


Sorry, but you’ll have
to wait ma’am…

To the Editor:


If any do not trust the medical science that developed the vaccines for Covid 19, that’s their prerogative.  I would simply ask that they have the honesty and integrity to inform those around them that in the event that they develop symptoms of Covid 19 that, because they do not trust medical science, they do not want to be admitted to a hospital or utilize any resources of medical science.  To want it both ways is the worst hypocrisy.

My sister was scheduled for essential surgery yesterday, the day after her husband died of cancer, and was sent home because all the beds were filled with unvaccinated covid patients.  I’m having a hard time maintaining a Christian attitude toward those patients.



Submitted by:

Les Nelson

Libby, Mont