7th Annual Lincoln County Photo Contest Winners announced

Submitted by Yaak Valley Forest Council and Pete Leusch


People In Nature –

1st place Mary Geer


Left : Black and White – 1st place Mary Geer


Below: Wildlife –

1st place Mary Geer


Grand Prize Winner – Amanda Reinmiller’s photo on Page 1.


Photos submitted

By Ashley South

The 7th annual Lincoln County Photo Contest is a celebration of the natural splendor and the human excellence of the great northwest corner of Montana. Thirty-three participants submitted photos for each category this year including: Landscape, Wildlife, People in Nature, and Black and White. The photos must be taken in Lincoln County. The awards ceremony was held December 17, 2021 at the Silver Spur Restaurant in Troy, MT. Raffles that were donated included a Bear Food Container by Bear Vault, a bear spray holster from Counter Assault, a gift certificate to All Systems Go, and a book called The Roadless Yaak. Judging was done on a point system by three local professional photographers including Don Jones, Randy Beacham, and Anthony South. The winner of each category received gift certificates valued at $50 from local businesses. The grand prize for best photo out of all entries received a $300 check. The winners of each category were:

  • Wildlife – 1st place Mary Geer
  • People in Nature – 1st place Mary Geer
  • Black and White – 1st place Mary Geer
  • Landscape – 1st place Amanda Reinmiller
  • GRAND PRIZE – Amanda Reinmiller (same as Landscape)


The awards ceremony included a showing of all the entered photos throughout the evening. This is a fun spirited competition for all ages, so get ready for next year and get creative taking photos! For more information about the Lincoln County Photo Contest please email lincophotocon@gmail.com

Huge thanks to contributing businesses: Real Art Works, Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Music, First Montana Bank, All Systems Go, True Value, The Silver Spur, Yaak Valley Forest Council, Great Gray Imagery, and Libby Sports Center

2022 Twenty-Four Hour Prayer 

Libby Evangelical Association of Pastors, (LEAP), is sponsoring a Twenty-Four Hour Prayer event to begin the new year. January 7th-8th, 6:00 PM-6:00 PM, at Kootenai Valley Christian School, local congregations will unite in giving thanks for our shared faith and the hope it gives us for all that we will face in 2022.

Congregations will join in corporate prayer and worship to welcome God’s presence into our community and nation, and ask for God’s will to be done in our families, churches, government, education, business, media, arts & entertainment.  Blocks of focused prayer have been scheduled to provide the community with an opportunity to participate during areas of personal interest.

Twenty Four-Hours of Prayer will open on Friday, January 7, 6:00-9:00 PM with three hours of united prayer and worship, to pave the way for specific prayer focus on:

  • Government-9:00-11:00 PM
  • Arts & Entertainment-11:00 PM-1:00 AM
  • Family Issues-1:00-3:00 AM
  • Media-3:00-5:00 AM
  • Business-5:00-7:00 AM
  • Religion-7:00-9:00 AM
  • Education-1:00-3:00 PM


The remaining hours will include Awakening Prayer, Saturday, 9:30-11:30 AM, with a focus on local and national transformation, Bring-A-Dish Lunch from 11:30-1:00, and closing hours of worship and prayer focused on repentance, renewal, revival and reformation.

The community is welcome to attend and admission is free.  For more information call: 678-464-3643 or 406-291-6570.

Submitted by Ruthanne Dolezal


Loads of Love, Free Do-It-Yourself,

Laundry Event, Dec. 22

Loads of Love, Free Do-It-Yourself, Laundry Event will be held on Wednesday, December 22 at The Dirty Rooster located at 315 Mineral Avenue from 5 until 8 p.m. the last load must be in at 7:15 p.m. Detergent, fabric softeners and quarters provided. Sponsored by your neighbors at Christ Lutheran Church.


Christ’s Kitchen, free dinner Dec. 29

Christ’s Kitchen will be held on Wednesday, December 29, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Curbside Service at Christ Lutheran Church  located at 200 West Larch Street. Dinner will consist of Baked Ziti, vegetable, roll, and dessert.

Submitted by Susie Rice.

Students take a plunge into learning Lewis & Clark




Is that thing going to float?  We were on a mission to find out, with no shortage of volunteers here. “We did a portage of about 8,000 inches (the Corps of Discovery did that number in miles).  One group used logs, another carried in teams, some kids were lazy and rode in the canoe while giving orders. Our first attempt to cross Parmenter with 4 brave kids was only 25% successful because of the Ponderosa Pine weight so we did what any explorer would have done, made a fire in it, and cooked 100 marshmallows.” wrote Bill Moe.

 The four Libby Middle School explorers stayed dry during the Parmenter crossings.  The explorers brought extra clothes.  “Rikki a brave explorer was successful but took a splash for fun anyway, she says it felt like 1,000 needles!  Polar Bear Rick would be proud of her.” said Bill Moe. 

Photos courtesy of Bill Moe