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District Speech Meet

Kootenai Valley Christian School students made a  trip to the Association of Christian School International District Speech Meet in Sandpoint, Idaho, on February 22.

The students did extremely well. The following students were awarded ribbons and certificates for their performances.


Superior Rating :

Caelan Gray

Halle Nixon

Micah Peterson

Mya Sloan

Rhett Shelton

Soly Smith

Hannah Warner

Koehler Holmes

Thorin Nixon

Cadence Rebo

Morgan Sanderson

Izabelle Paulsen

Zoe Warner

April Keiscome

Aaron Thomas

Dylan Warner

Warren Paulsen

MaKenzie Niemi

Jillian Stewart

Lawson Marcott


Excellent Rating:

Robert Jennings

Alexandra Durbin

Lilyanna Harcourt

Westin Folk

Shya Huck

Henry Rank

Olivia Sanderson

Leighton Marcott

Brian Watson was awarded a Good Rating for his Scripture memorization.


Libby now accepts online


for meal


Libby School District can now accept online payments for lunch accounts. There is a minimum payment of $10. For more information, visit the website/ Parents tab / portal. Then click on the green campus portal logon/ sign in/ select payment tab. TO create a Parent Portal sign on or reset your password, contact Helen Wickham at or 293-2763



Locals pay it

forward on Facebook

Do you like free stuff? Do you like to get rid of things without throwing them away? Well now you can, check out the Lincoln County Pay It Forward Site (LCM PIF) on Facebook. The best part about the LC PIF site is that everything is one hundred percent free.

“The idea here is to Pay It Forward by giving items away that others might like. I saw other groups that were similar and decided to start one. It’s such a wonderful blessing to share our stuff,” said the page’s creator, Sydney Christopherson Ward of Libby.

Items range from clothes to jewelry and furniture. When you get a free item, within three days of receiving it, you then get to ‘Pay it Forward’ by posting something and giving it to another person.

Participants can post as many items as they wish, but they cannot claim more than two items within a week. The goal is to give everyone a chance to get something and give something.

“A lot of clean fun for a change. I love looking at this site,” said Verla June Redifer Simmons (FB) of Libby.

The admins on the  page strive to keep it free of clutter and running smoothly. If you claim something and don’t pick it up within several days, the item will go up for grabs again to anyone else who wants it. If something goes unclaimed for 30 days, the post is deleted.

Apparently, the site is working quite well; on Feb. 4, it celebrated two years and has 554 active members.

The rules are simple and anyone in Lincoln County is encouraged to participate. Nothing dirty or expired please.



House Bill 287 shot down

Proposed Montana House Bill 287 required a mandatory 24-hour trap check for all traps set. Violators could have faced a $1,000 fine and or imprisonment. On Tuesday, Feb. 19 HB 287 was tabled by the Montana House committee in a vote of 12 to 6.

You can read more about the proposed denied bill at and

Trapping has been an important part of Montana’s history and yet it remains one of those issues that is widely controversial. There has been a wide debate about what is acceptable. Some trappers prefer to check their traps daily, saying that waiting any longer causes the potential trapped animal to become easy prey to other predators. Other trappers do not check their traps every 24 hours for many reasons including financial strains, rural conditions, and distance.

Current Montana law provides no time limit on checking traps in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) recommends that traps be checked every 48 hours.

According to FWP’s website, “FWP looks to ensure trapping will continue. It is protected by the Montana Constitution’s Article IX in the Preservation of Harvest Heritage Section 7. Also, in FWP’s Vision and Guide for 2016-2026, the department states that it values “the continued importance of hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation to Montana’s culture and conservation ethic,”



for safety grants awarded

Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board announced

last week the award of this year’s grants for safety related community projects.

A total of $22,100 was awarded to the Agency on Aging, Habitat for Humanity, the Northwest Community Health Center, and other Flathead Valley-based entities.

The CHC’s grant was for $500 to purchase lock boxes for opiate medications.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar. The extra money goes into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our communities. For additional information about the program, contact Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit



New fishing licenses now needed

Make sure to get your 2019 license if you are doing any ice fishing. As of  March 1, the 2018 licenses are no longer valid.  Licenses are available at local retailers as well as online at You’ll need your ALS number and a printer.

2019 fishing regulations are also available online at

Don’t foget to share your fishing photos using #FishMT.