LOCAL NEWS BREIFS

Head Start taking

applications

Kootenai Valley Head Start is now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year for Libby and Troy. Head Start is a free, comprehensive, pre-school program serving children ages three and four years old by September 10. Please call Shayla with any questions or to schedule an appointment at 293-4502 extension 228 .

Submitted by Shayla Montgomery

 

Investigation

underway into Grizzly death

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the death of a grizzly bear from a reported self-defense shooting in the Cabinet Mountains south of Troy.

Two backpackers from Sanders County reported shooting an adult female grizzly bear in self-defense on a forested trail near Dad Peak in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The reported surprise encounter occurred along a section of trail with huckleberry bushes. The incident occurred on Aug. 2 and the individuals notified authorities on  Aug. 4 after exiting the backcountry.

The incident remains under investigation.

FWP reminds recreationists to “Be Bear Aware” and follow precautionary steps to prevent conflicts, including making noise, especially around berry patches, densely forested areas and near streams. Bear spray is an effective deterrent and everyone is encouraged to carry it in the outdoors.

More safety information is available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website, fwp.mt.gov. Residents can call FWP regional offices to learn more about bears or to report bear activity. In northwest Montana, call (406) 752-5501.

Submitted by Dillon Tabish

 

 

Tenmile

Sterling

Project  starts

The Forest Service has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and final Decision Notice (DN) / Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Tenmile Sterling Fire Salvage Project. The project area is located approximately sixteen miles south of Eureka, Montana in the upper Pinkham, Edna, and Swamp Creek drainages on the Fortine and Rexford Ranger Districts, and is located entirely within Lincoln County.

This project is a result of the fire activity which occurred in this area in late July and early August of 2018 and will salvage dead and dying timber from within the fire areas. Project implementation is expected to begin this fall.

Kootenai Forest Supervisor, Chad Benson has selected Alternative 2 as described in the Environmental Assessment which would treat approximately 1,203 acres with both salvage and fuels treatments. Up to thirty acres of additional reforestation without salvage is also authorized. This action also includes approximately 3.75 miles of temporary road along with about 49.9 miles of road maintenance/improvement work.

The Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact, maps, and other project information are available on the Kootenai National Forest internet website located at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55079.

Questions regarding this project can be directed to Bryan Donner, District Ranger at the Eureka Ranger Station, 949 US Highway 93 North, Eureka, MT 59917; at 406-296-2536 or Ron Komac, District Planning Staff, at 406-296-2536.

Submitted by Willie Sykes

 

Fire danger is very high

When fire danger is “Very High,” fires can start easily from most causes.  They can spread rapidly, grow quickly, and increase in intensity immediately after ignition. The increase in fire behavior can produce long-distance spotting, fire-whirls, often making fires difficult to control.

Since July 1 there have been a total of 33 reported wildfires in the area, with over half being human-caused. A few fire prevention tips include:

When recreating, please stay on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass, as exhaust pipes and vehicle undercarriages can be very hot and easily start a wildfire.

Check spark arrestors on off-road vehicles, chain saws, and other equipment with internal-combustion engines to ensure they are in working order.

Never leaving a campfire unattended. Use water and a tool to mix and stir until your fire is out and cold to the touch.

Adjust trailer chains so that they are not dragging. Dragging chains throw sparks into roadside vegetation and ignite quickly moving grass fires.

Interagency Fire Officials will continue to monitor conditions and look closely at the number of human-caused fire starts to determine if fire restrictions should be implemented in the northwest Montana area. For more information, contact your fire protection agency.

Submitted by  Meghan Mulholland

 

 

Lincoln County Community

Foundation

The Lincoln County Community Foundation will begin taking applications for grants from eligible 501c3 non-profits in south Lincoln County beginning August 1 and ending August 31, 2019.  The grants are funded with earnings from an endowment held with the Montana Community Foundation.  Each year the local LCCF board goes through an application process to select grant recipients for about $9000 in available funds.

Last year’s recipients were the Libby Girl Scouts, Libby Youth Center, Kootenai Cross Country Ski Club, Libby Community Garden, Kootenai Pets for Life, Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, CARD Clinic, and the Yaak Valley Forest Council. Since 2000 the LCCF has given over $200,000 in grants to South Lincoln County non-profits.  This has been possible with a little over $200,000 in held endowment funds.  The amount given will this year will make the total grants given surpass the funds held.

Non profits are encouraged to apply for grants.  This can be done by going to the LCCF page at mtcf.org. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than August 31, 2019 to LCCF at POBox 490, Libby MT 59923.  ATTN: Distribution Committee

LCCF is always happy to accept gifts or donations.  This can be done several ways.  A donation of cash, a planned give such as a life insurance policy, or part of an estate in your will.  There are tax advantages for planned giving and corporations to donate to LCCF.  Should you wish to donate to LCCF, contact Paula Darko-Hensler at pdhensler@gmail.com or POBox 490.

Submitted by Paula Darko-Hensler