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Habitat for Humanity fundraiser Nov. 15 and 16

Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity volunteers will bag groceries at Rosauers in Libby on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16 to raise funds.

Shoppers will be encouraged to add a donation to their grocery bill, and all funds raised will stay her in south Lincoln County.

“Our goal is to eliminate poverty housing one family at a tie by building simple, affordable homes with families who would not otherwise qualify for a conventional home loan. They invest “sweat equity” building their house, and pay interest-free mortgages that help them achieve financial stability. Our homes are a hand up, not a handout,” said Susie Rice, Habitat board member.

Since 1996, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has built 12 homes. Right not the family selection committee is tasked with the job of selecting the next homeowner from the applicants recently submitted. Construction will begin in April. The home should be completed in August.


Town Pump holds 17th annual food pantry fundraiser through Nov. 30

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $750,000 in contributions during its 17th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Libby Food Pantry, the Troy Food Pantry, and Community Services Fellowship in Noxon.

In all, a record-setting 84 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised about $30 million for Montana food banks in 16 years, including about $5.5 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. Organizers of the campaign, which runs through Nov. 30, hope to raise over $3 million for the food banks this year.

Locally, the Foundation is matching up to $6,000 on behalf of Libby Food Pantry (an increase of $2,000 over last year), $5,000 on behalf of the Troy Food Pantry (an increase of $2,000 over last year), and $2,500 on behalf of Community Services Fellowship.

The money is frequently used to purchase perishable food items such as milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. Also, the funds are becoming more crucial in helping many food bank organizations simply stay open through payment of rent, utilities, and space for storage, refrigeration and freezing.

“As the ‘Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need’ campaign continues to grow, so does our admiration for our food bank partners across the state,” said Mike Kenneally, of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. “The efforts of local food banks and the thousands of amazing Montanans who donate to the campaign each year make a real difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors.”

Donations for the campaign are being collected at the local Town Pumps, Lucky Lil’s and Lucky Logger casinos. Donations also can be sent directly to Libby Food Pantry, P.O. Box 311, 59923; the Community Services Fellowship in Noxon, 1419 Highway 200, 59853; or to the Troy Food Pantry, 459 Foote Road, 59935.


Minimum wage to increase to $8.50 hourly beginning January 1, 2019

According to Governor Steve Bullock, an estimated 8,200 Montana works received hourly wages less than $8.50 per hour in 2018. The current minimum wage is $8.30 and the increase of $0.20 will become effective as of  Jan. 1, 2019. The governor’s office press release states that the increase is likely to affect workers in food preparation and sales positions the most.


Montana REAL ID requirements extended through June 2019

The Department of Homeland Security granted Montana another extension to meet REAL ID requirements. This means that Montana driver’s licenses and ID cards can be used to board commercial flights and to enter federal facilities through June 1 of 2019.

According to Senator Steve Daines’s office, “The Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) will begin issuing REAL ID credential starting in January of 2019.