Troy Farmers Market says thank you

The Troy Farmer’s Market would like to thank those in the Troy, Libby, Yaak and Bonners Ferry areas who showed their support for the Troy Farmers Market.

The 2018 market season showed a notable increase in vendors and attendees alike.  This year we were able to incorporate a Double Snap Dollars program, the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, a Library on the Lawn, and a kid’s program that encouraged children to explore the market and learn about gardening and veggies.  We hope to offer similar programming for next season.

At our farmers market, we aim to increase access to local, nutritious food for all while keeping our dollars circulating locally. We are proud of our vendors who have been growing their businesses, offering consistent, high quality products in a friendly atmosphere.  We are thankful for our loyal customers who have shown support throughout the years, told their friends and brought their summer visitors to the market.  We are also grateful to the organizations that have been supportive of the market. That includes the Yaak Valley Forest Council, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, Troy Public Schools, the City of Troy, and the many organizations that support the annual Apple Festival. Thanks to all of you, our market is able to make an economic impact in our small community (vendor sales are up 50% from the 2017 season!) and fulfill the mission to increase consumption of local food, all while becoming a social and cultural fixture on Fridays.

For the 2019 season, we plan to begin in January with a community seed exchange on the 26th (more details coming), followed by the Mother’s Day Market on the 10th of May. Our regular season will begin the first Friday of June. If you would like to be a vendor at the market or have general questions, please e-mail shawna@yaakvalley.org.

If you are interested in providing additional support for the market, contact Shawna at 406-295-9736 or shawna@yaakvalley.org and ask about our Market Sponsorship Program.

 

Kootenai County Montana helps fund Troy Fireworks

The Kootenai Country Montana Foundation donated $1,148.43 to the Troy Chamber of Commerce earlier this week to help the organization cover the costs of the annual Troy Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration.

The funds were provided through The Venture Inn and Restaurant’s monthly giving program, which provides 10 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds during the last week of each month for charitable giving.

The annual celebration includes several events, such as a breakfast, car show, parade, vendor fair, family entertainment and games for children, and of course, the grand fireworks display. Steve Bowen, the organization’s treasurer, said the event draws an average of about 5,000 people to Troy each year. And every year, he said, the cost to produce the event gets higher. For 2018, the organization spent more than $17,000 putting on the event, with almost $7,000 of that earmarked for the fireworks.

Jody Peterson accepted the check on behalf of the Troy Chamber of Commerce and expressed her appreciation for the donation.

“The cost of the fireworks goes up every year,” she said. “So this donation will really help us keep up the quality of the show. We really appreciate the donation and the support.”

Kootenai Country Montana is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting tourism and outdoor recreation in north west Montana.

Overview of Montana’s midterm elections

Total voter turnout at last Tuesday’s midterm elections was 474,673, which is 66.7% of registered Montana voters. This was Montana’s highest mid-term turnout since 1994.

 

Statewide Races

There were no statewide races on the ballot.

In Montana’s lone Congressional Seat was held by Greg Gianforte (R) who was elected in a special election in May of 2017 when Ryan Zinke was appointed Secretary of the Interior. Incumbent Greg Gianforte received  51% of the votes cast while Kathleen Williams (D) received 46% of the votes cast.

Montana’s senior senator, Jon Tester (D) was up also for re-election. Montana’s Insurance Commissioner, Matt Rosendale, ran against Senator Tester in one of the most expensive elections in Montana’s history. This race was too close to call until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Incumbent Jon Tester (D) was declared the winner as he received 49% of the votes cast (222,367 votes) while Matt Rosendale (R) received 48 % (215,390). Senator Tester’s lead has since widened to 50% of votes cast compared to 47% for Mr. Rosendale. This well be Senator Tester’s third six-year term. The libertarian candidate received 3% of votes cast.

Other statewide offices will be up for grabs again in 2010. Governor Steve Bullock (D) will be termed out in Nov. 2020, and Attorney General Tim Fox (R) will be termed out in Nov. 2020. The Insurance Commissioner (Matt Rosendale) (R), Secretary of State Cory Stapleton (R) and Office of Public Instruction Superintendent of Schools (Elsie Arntzen) (R) are all first term elected and may run again for these offices in Nov. 2020.

 

Montana House of Representatives:

Locally, Steve Gunderson (R ) beat democrat Donald Coats for State Representative District 1, and Neil Duram was unchallenged for State Representative District 2. Although it appears the Democrats have gained two seats, Republicans will maintain control of the House with similar margins as 2017. In 2017 the House was controlled by the Republicans 59-41. It seems likely the Republicans will now control 57 seats and Democrats will hold 43 seats.

 

Montana Senate:  

Locally, Mike Cuffe was elected to fill the Senate District 1 seat vacated by Chas Vincent who termed out.

In 2017 the Senate was controlled by the Republicans 32-18. The Republicans retained control of the chamber and after election day 2018 it is now split 30-20. The Republicans lost two seats. There are two seats that are very close: SD 49 has incumbent Diane Sands (D) winning by 58 votes over Chase Reynolds (R); SD 14 has incumbent Russ Temple (R) winning by 111 votes over Paul Tuss (D). These seats were predicted to be close races and this expectation has come true. These races are included with the current winner in the above vote tally; however, given the margins, these totals may change in the next day.

While the Montana legislature is controlled by the Republicans, neither chamber has a supermajority; therefore, the Legislature is not veto-proof.

 

State Ballot Issues :

I-185 to increase the tobacco tax to fund Medicaid Expansion and other programs failed with only 47% of the votes cast approving the measure.

I-186 to require “perpetual treatment of water”- an undefined term- for all mining projects in Montana with a negative impact on this industry failed with only 43% of the votes cast approving the measure.

LR-128 to continues the 6-mill levy to fund Montana University System for ten years passed with 62% of the votes cast approving the measure. It has passed every ten years on the ballot since 1948.

LR-129 to ban all but certain individuals from collecting another individual’s ballot passed with 63% of the votes cast approving the measure.

 

Local Races:

Local races were decided during the primaries, but all of the uncontested races had a some write in votes cast.

Josh Letcher was voted in as Lincoln County Commissioner, District 3 (Eureka). Robin Benson was reelected as Clerk and Recorder, Darren Short was elected as Sheriff. Steve Schnackenberg was reelected as County Coroner. Marcia Boris remains our County Attorney, and Sedaris Carlberg is Treasurer/ Superintendent of Schools. See page 1 for more information about Resolution 2018-753 regarding Town Pump and Second Street in Troy.