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If you are a parent at a home who has medical marijuana, it’s no different than any other medicine and should be locked up. Otherwise kids can use and abuse it, like a beer left unsupervised in the fridge,” said Chief Kessel.

“What we know today about the brain, shows the impact of drug and tobacco abuse in teenagers makes this behavior detrimental to their brain development, and can hinder their success in life as adults,” said Barringer. “We have to do a better job of impressing on our families and students to not give up what they want most, for what they want now.”

Illegal substance use and even abuse among underage kids in school is not just a problem in Libby and Troy or rural Montana areas in Lincoln County. The problem is everywhere, and according to Barringer, it is one of the biggest challenges that they as educators face.

It is going to take more than reading an article about substance abuse, to make a difference in our community. What can you do to help? Maybe you can make the call that changes the course of a wayward child’s path, and maybe you can be the one who they feel comfortable enough to talk to. Nothing you can do is too small to help. A helping hand is better than a hand that is not willing to move.

“It is going to take all of us working together. An example of what we can accomplish is what happened at the baseball field. The community gave us information to effectively help us do our job. The communities came together to help put that facility back together, not to mention the volunteers. Now take that energy and apply it to our kids and it’ll work to improve the quality of life that the kids experience. Going to school shouldn’t be something that people don’t want to do because of things going on at school,” said Chief Kessel to encourage the community.

If you or a loved one is facing an addiction problem, reach out for help. There are several opportunities within our community to help you overcome whatever addiction you may be facing. A few include the Flathead Valley Chemical Dependency Clinic, Al-Anon Meetings held on Wednesdays in Libby or many of the local churches which offer programs.

Underage addiction and use of illegal substances from opiates to alcohol, is dangerous. A little food for thought, the children we teach today, are going to shape our future tomorrow. What do you want to see our future leaders look like?



Reward for

information on Troy burglary suspects

Two criminals attempted to burglarize  Booze ‘N Bait early Thursday, April 11  at 4 a.m.

After an attempt to gain access they traveled less than one mile down East Missoula Avenue (Highway 2) where they successfully broke in to Trojan Lanes.

They then proceeded to steal a large quantity of liquor.

These men are responsible for thousands of dollars in property damage at both locations. We are offering a $300 reward for information leading to their arrest.

Please contact Troy Dispatch at 295-4111 or call 911 to report any information you may have that can help catch these criminals before they strike again.

If you know anything about this crime, please do the right thing and come forward. We thank you for your help.

Submitted by Booze n’ Bait, Troy, Mont.

Petition for a Target store in Libby

On Jan. 16, Shopko filed for bankruptcy, then, on March 18, they announced the closure of all remaining stores. After six years, Libby’s Shopko Hometown will officially close it’s by June 16. The store has already begun liquidating their inventory.

Shopko employee Cassidy Barber, a Libby local, started a petition titled, “Target please come to Libby, Montana” on March 26.

When asked why she started the petition Barber said, “As soon as I found out the store was closing for sure (Shopko), I started doing research on which stores would be beneficial for our community and wouldn’t cause much harm to the current local businesses by offering similar merchandise like Shopko has. I found Target and looked into many of their business practices and how they contribute to communities. I loved how much they volunteer and that they give back 5% of their profits to the communities they are in and how much they value their employees and veterans.”

Barber added, “After much more research, I found email addresses of some higher-up executives and have started bugging them with many emails begging them and sending them links to the petition I started. I have gotten emails back and have been in communication with them.”

Even though a petition will not confirm a Target moving into Libby, it will turn some heads in our direction.

The online petition can be signed at www.change.org/p/target-target-please-come-to-libby-montana

By McKenzie Williams





Stakeholders Coalition meet and greet

The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition (KFSC) invites the community to join them at a Meet and Greet Open House at Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company on Thursday, April 18 from 5 until 8 p.m. Have a beer with the members of the group, learn about the latest Kootenai National Forest timber projects, and learn about how you can make your voice heard in local forest management and community wildfire safety issues.

The KFSC is a group of local citizens interested in improving forest management, and collaborating around land conservation and forest management projects on the Kootenai National Forest. The KFSC believes that by having conversations with diverse members of our community, sustainable timber management, habitat conservation and outdoor recreation all have a place on the Kootenai.

To learn more, visit kootenaifuture.org. You can find the Meet and Greet event on Facebook, or email Grete at ggansauer@wildmontana.org for more information.

About the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition:

The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition (KFSC) is a Montana-made partnership of recreationalists, business owners, timber mill operators and conservationists. Together, we are deeply invested in the future of the Kootenai National Forest (KNF). We are dedicated to finding common-ground solutions to public land management challenges. We believe there is room for everyone  across our vast forest. And, we believe our economy will thrive when our natural resources are managed in accord with the ecological needs of the forest, best available scientific research, and the needs of the local community.

Submitted by Grete  Gansauer