LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Yaak community hosts annual WINGS benefit
On May 5, 2018 the Yaak community will host their annual WINGS Benefit at the Yaak River Tavern. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Lincoln County WINGS, a not-for-profit organization that offers individuals and families in Lincoln County financial assistance during cancer treatment.
A silent auction and bucket raffle will start at 2 p.m. under the big white tent next to the Tavern. A Mexican themed dinner will be available starting at 5 p.m. for $10 per person. The Live Auction will start at 6:30 p.m. and feature local artisans, craftsman, and regional products. will begin at 6:30 pm.

April library events include annual poetry contest
Lincoln County Public Libraries will be presenting a full calendar of events through the month of April. All events are free and open to the public.
The libraries’ 12th Annual Poetry Contest will be accepting submissions from April 2 through April 27. Express yourself with poetry in one of three categories: Junior (K-5 grade), Youth (6-12 grade) and Adults. There is an 80-line limit and no theme.
Contestants will submit two copies (one with contact information, one without) to any branch library. Meet the judge, Philip Burgess, along with the winners at the Poetry Extravaganza which will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 5 p.m. at Aunt T’s Coffee Corner in Libby.
New Grab-n-Go selections are at your local library branch. Grab-n-Go books are popular bestsellers available on a first come, first serve basis. Up to two books can be checked out for two weeks, and cannot be renewed. Be sure to check out what’s on the shelves.
As always, Preschool Story Time will be at the Libby library on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m, the Troy library on Fridays at 11:15 a.m, and the Eureka library on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Chess games will be held every Saturday at the Troy library from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information, please ask for Alyssa at 293-2778 or log onto lincolncountylibraries.com.

Moose, sheep, and goat online app deadline extended six hours
Hunters who want to pursue moose, bighorn sheep or mountain goats in Montana this fall will have six-plus more hours than stated in the regulations to complete their online applications.
Applications for a limited number of licenses to hunt the three species are due May 1 and can be completed online or on paper and mailed to Helena, or over the counter at an FWP office.
Regulations published earlier say that applications must be postmarked on or before May 1 or completed online by 5 p.m. the same day.
Traditionally the online application process has been available to hunters until 11:45 p.m. on the deadline day. That will be the case again this spring.
Paper applications and regulations are available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices and license providers. Online applications and regulations are on the internet at http://fwp.mt.gov and follow the “hunting” tab.

County cautions citizens about burn season
As residential burn season approaches, it is important to know that all burning can have serious health consequences to you and those around you.
Residential burning within the Libby Air Quality Control District begins April 1ending May 1, according to the Lincoln County Environmental Health Department. Anyone planning on burning, does require a permit to burn legally.
Although legal burning can be great to clear deadfall, brush, and wood waste built up from the winter months, the health impacts from the smoke and particulates of burning can be very severe.
The American Lung Association (ALA) warns of the health concern from residential wood burning because of the high concentration of inhaled smoke exposure, particularly in sensitive groups like newborns, infants, children, and lung compromised individuals.
Wood smoke from woodstoves and residential burning is a major contributor to Lincoln County’s air quality conditions, particularly during fall and winter when wood burning is at its peak.
Smoke is composed of many small carbon particle. Because of their small size, these particles can become deeply imbedded in the lungs, damaging small blood vessels, airways, and the heart. According to the ALA, burning wood produces emissions that are harmful to human health.
Wood smoke also produces fine particle pollution by releasing carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and chemicals like formaldehyde that contribute significantly to climate change pollution.
ALA states that short term wood smoke exposure can affect people with lung disease, causing coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, acute bronchitis, and may increase susceptibility to respiratory infection.
Long term exposures can lead to reduced lung function, heart attacks, lung cancer, and even premature death.
he Lincoln County Health Department strongly recommends these tips when burning to reduce your output of toxic pollution. If you must burn, use clean wood that has been dried for at least six months, build small, hot fires, don’t allow piles or fires to smolder, never burn garbage, do not burn when air quality is poor, do not burn if someone in your home or living near you has asthma, COPD, or any other lung or heart condition
If you are not planning on burning but you are still affected by the outdoor burning around you, stay indoors when smoke levels are high, use a HEPA air filter in your home, and report any unclean, heavily smoking burn pile, or unpermitted burn activity to the health department at (406) 283-2442.
Please be responsible and considerate when burning this season for the young, the old, and the sick around you who may be greatly impacted from the smoke you create. If you decide not to burn but have wood and yard clean up to dispose of, the Lincoln County Landfill accepts all yard debris from your cleanup projects, free of charge.
Free permits for burning are available at the Lincoln County Health Department at the county annex building.

FWP: Bears emerging from dens across northwest Montana
Bears are emerging from dens across northwest Montana and residents are reminded to remove food attractants from their properties to avoid conflicts.
Montana is home to grizzly bears and black bears that roam the mountains and valley floors from spring through late fall before denning in wintertime. Starting in mid-March, bears begin emerging and move to lower-elevation areas seeking food.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourages residents to “Be Bear Aware” and remove attractants every spring by April 1.
“With this year’s above-average snowpack, bears are coming out of their dens and digging out from several feet of snow. There’s no place for them to go but down toward the valley floor to feed,” said Tim Manley, FWP Region 1 Grizzly Bear Management Specialist.
Residents are asked to remove or secure food attractants such as garbage and bird feeders and bird seed. Chicken and livestock should be properly secured with electric fencing or inside a closed shed with a door.
In Montana, it is illegal to intentionally feed deer and other ungulates, mountain lions, and bears. This includes putting out grain, deer blocks, mineral blocks, sunflower seeds, meat scraps and other food. Feeding animals leads to food conditioning, which increases the chances of a conflict and the removal of that animal.
Montana’s spring black bear hunting season begins April 15. Hunters are required to pass a “black bear identification test” before purchasing a black bear hunting license. The free test is available online at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/bearID/.
Common bear attractants include the following: chickens & livestock, bird feeders & bird seed, deer blocks, garbage, beehives, fruit trees, pet food, barbecue grills.

Monthly book sale and meeting at Libby Library
The Libby Friends of the Library announces two events that will be happening during the first week of April.
The monthly Book Sale will be held on Friday, April 6 at the Libby Library from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
There is a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as a large assortment of audiobooks on tape for your entertainment pleasure. This month’s sale will also feature a variety of gardening books.
The public is invited to come and enjoy browsing among the collection of materials, and support your library at the same time.
The next meeting of the Libby Friends of the Library (FOL) is being held on Wed., April 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the public meeting room of the Library.
There are many opportunities and ways to support our library, and the FOL is always looking for new members to assist in their efforts.
For more information about the FOL, the public is encouraged to attend the meeting on April 4, or to call Susan Horelick at 293-7205.

Cabinet Peaks laboratory recognized for quality services
Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Laboratory has once again met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day to day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The CPMC Lab has earned COLA accreditation as a result of long-term commitment to providing quality service to the people of south Lincoln County.
“The standards your laboratory maintains demonstrate you commitment to quality. Your emphasis on quality leads to reliable test results which are essential in assuring excellence in patient care. We also compliment your laboratory staff for its dedication and continued support of COLA standards,” stated Richard S. Eisenstaedt, MD, FACP and Chair of the COLA Board of Directors in a letter congratulating the CPMC Laboratory Department on their survey results.
The scores received by Cabinet Peaks show that our local Laboratory scored 100% on ten of the 15 survey areas: Facility, Proficiency Testing, Lab Information Systems, Preanalytic, Procedure Manual, Maintenance, Verification of Performance, Calibration, Postanalytic, Quality Assurance, and Transfusion Services. In the other five areas, CPMC Scored in the high 90’s.
COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. COLA is also approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine.
“I am very proud of my team for the consistent quality care that they offer to the people of southern Lincoln County,” stated Roger Riddle, Laboratory Department Manager at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. “It is because of their dedication to their patients, to our quality initiatives, and to this organization that we are able to maintain our accreditation with COLA, and have maintained it for years. They care about each of the patients who walk through our doors, and do everything in their power to assure that each patient is treated like family and given quality, compassionate care and reliable results.”
The CPMC Lab is open to outpatients from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and staffed around the clock for emergencies. For more information about the Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Laboratory, contact Roger Riddle at 283-7099.