Here Shae is pictured standing outside the gallery among some of the awesome carvings from the KCM International Chain Saw Carving Championship coming again to Libby on September 12th through the 15th. Photo by Brian Baxter, The Montanian.


Kootenai Country

Montana new manager

By Brian Baxter


Kootenai Country Montana recently hired Miss Shae Munro as the Fine Art Gallery Manager here in Libby. Shae will also be working in social media, website management, general marketing, and advertising. Miss Munro is a Libby gal, and when asked how she felt about her new position Shae said “It’s a very exciting job, and a new chapter to start on. All have been great people to meet, and I love getting to talk about Libby and share with people the great aesthetics of our town. I want to be a positive influence to our community, and help make it better in any way that I can.”

Sylvan Campground facelift

Campground, at the head of the East Fork of Fisher River (south of Libby), has gotten a facelift.

The campground was burned over in 2017 in the Moose Peak fire resulting in damage to the trees and campsites. As part of the rehabilitation efforts, fire salvage logging was completed in the winter of 2018 to reduce hazardous conditions and recover economic value. This June the Libby Ranger District and a crew from Montana Conservation Corps spent a week at the campground installing new tables, fire rings, and signs. The five-site campground is on Sylvan Lake, and designed for tents and campers. While some cleanup remains, the campground is open for business, again. Please continue to be aware of the burned forest conditions in the surrounding forest as you camp.

For more information contact the Libby Ranger District at 406-293-7773.

Summitted by Willie Sykes.


City Council Members run unopposed in Libby and Troy

As of the end of last call filling on Monday, June 17, the current four incumbents of both Libby and Troy city council are unopposed for their expiring seats.

Returning seat takers for a full four year term in Libby include Hugh Taylor, Peggy Williams and Brian Zimmerman. Rob Dufficy remains the only unopposed can ident for a two year term in Libby.

Troy’s city council’s two seat takers are Council president Crystal Denton, who has been on the five-member panel for over 5 years, as well as T.J. Boswell, who has been a member since last June.

According to state law, newly elected councilors are to be sworn in and seated at their first meeting after January 1 of the new year following their election.

By Dawn Manchester.


CPMC new




Erin Moe, RN has recently been awarded the manager position in the Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Surgical Services Department.  She was born and raised in Libby, MT.  Her first job out of Surgical Technology school was in Missoula, MT where she worked for a short time before moving back home to Libby, where she has been a member of the Cabinet Peaks team.  She has consistently worked to increase her knowledge base of the surgery world and has furthered her education several times since she began working for CPMC.

Erin received her Surgical Technologist Associates Degree in May of 2006 from the University of MT College of Technology; she then received her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) in May of 2010 from Helena College, University of MT.  In 2016, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) through Montana Tech, and she is currently working on her master’s degree in nursing with a focus on leadership and management from Western Governor’s University.  Additionally, Erin received her Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) in 2013 and her RN First Assistant (RNFA) certification in 2017.

Erin is thrilled with the work currently being done in the Surgical Services Department at CPMC and plans to continue to add on to what they already have working for them.  “I love working in surgery and love the team we have here in Libby at CPMC.  I plan to continue the current accomplishments we made as a team already and I look forward to future accomplishment.  I strongly believe an on-going education is important for nurses and staff, especially working in rural areas, and I plan to encourage my team to continue learning in their careers.”

Anita Ivankovig, RN, Chief Nursing and Operations Officer knows that Erin will do an outstanding job for the medical center.  “I am so pleased that Erin Moe has accepted the Manager position for Surgical Services and will be starting her new position as of November 1, 2019.  Erin has worked here at CPMC as a Surgical Nurse since 2007, and prior she worked at CPMC as a Surgical Technologist.  I am pleased to welcome her to our management team and know that she will carry on the good works of her predecessor, Sandy Morse who is looking forward to retiring at the end of this year.”

Erin is married and has two children.  Her husband, Sean is an outfitter in the Kootenai area and Yaak Valley.  Her daughter, Kaydence is 12 and son, Hank is 7.

“I am excited for this opportunity at CPMC, and want to thank everyone for their support,” added Erin.

Submitted by Kate