News Briefs

Mushroom permits re-cap

The Kootenai National Forest (KNF) began issuing commercial mushroom permits on May 7. At this time, the mushroom interest has been brisk at most of the local units on the Forest for people purchasing permits or inquiring about the program.
As of recent, the KNF has issued over 300 commercial mushroom permits and approximately 400 personal use free permits. Incidental and personal use free make up the bulk of the mushroom harvesters on the Forest. Nearly thirty commercial camp permits have been issued and there are mushroom buyers in the area.
Mushroom information boards are available outside each local office and contain general mushroom information, maps, and permit requirements. Other information boards are erected at various locations in Lincoln and Sanders County.
“So far the mushroom program has been progressing well on the Kootenai National Forest and the public has been very cooperative,” said Three Rivers District Ranger Kirsten Kaiser. “We have not heard of any major issues or concerns with the exception of the loss of two expensive bear proof garbage cans that have been stolen.”
The KNF law enforcement has been active in enforcing mushroom permit rules and regulations that protect resources. Safety and sanitation measures are major issues of concern for local officials and agencies including Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and County Sheriff Officers.
Please report any concerns, sanitation issues or other violations to your local Ranger District office.
The commercial mushroom season will run from May 7 to July 7. For those who purchased personal permits, they will be valid until the end of the season, which is September 30. Those who will be picking mushrooms incidentally (up to five gallons per season) are allowed to pick mushrooms through the calendar year.
For the most current mushroom information, please visit the KNF website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/.

New food security
programs at Troy Farmers Market

The Troy Farmers Market is launching two new programs that address food security in Troy for the 2018 farmers market season. The programs are Double Snap Dollars and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
The Troy Farmers Market began accepting SNAP during the second half of the 2017 season. With the financial and technical assistance from Nourish the Flathead, we are able to enhance our SNAP program by offering up to a $10 match for customers using their SNAP cards at the market. The $10 match can be used to purchase fresh produce at the market. To use a SNAP card and receive the $10 match, one must visit the information desk at the farmers market during market hours, and charge a SNAP card for at least $10. The SNAP user will receive wooden market tokens in return. Those tokens can be used at any vendor selling SNAP-eligible items.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is new to our area as well. This program offers $50 in market vouchers to eligible low-income (at or below 185% of the federal poverty level) seniors (age 60+) in the Troy and Libby area. The vouchers can be spent on fresh produce and Montana honey at the farmers market. The vendors who will be accepting the SFMNP vouchers will have a highly-visible sign at their booth. If you would like to participate in this program in Troy, please visit Shawna Kelsey at the farmers market information booth during market hours to apply. If you are a Libby area resident and would like to apply for the program, contact Trina Kerzman at the Libby Senior Center.
The regular season of the Troy Farmers Market runs from June 1st through the end of September, from 3:30 – 6:30 on the lawn of the Troy Museum at 629 E. Missoula Ave. (Hwy 2).
If you have questions about these programs or about the market in general, please contact Shawna at 406-295-9736 or shawna@yaak valley.org.

CPMC hires new manager

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is delighted to welcome to the community Jennifer Moffett, RHIA as the new Health Information Management (HIM) Department Manager for the medical center.
Moffett earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Information Management from East Central University. Additionally, she holds a certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association. Before moving to Lincoln County, Moffett was at St. Luke’s Health System – Wood River Medical Center in Sun Valley, ID for 8 years. During her tenure there, she acted as the HIM Manager, HIPAA Privacy Officer, and Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist. She has worked in the HIM and healthcare field for more than 12 years.
When asked what she has planned for her department, Moffett stated, “For starters, implementing CDI to improve patient health outcomes, ensure financial responsibility, and become an integral part of the already present HIM team.”
Brigid Burke, Chief Financial Officer at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center happily welcomed Moffett to the team. “We are excited to welcome Jennifer to Cabinet Peaks. Her knowledge, experience, and passion for process improvement will help lead our team to many future successes.”
Moffett and her husband Tony enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, wildlife photography, rock hunting, and prospecting. Together they have two boys – Kalen (23) who is in college and Michael (24) who is in the air force. They also have a 3 year old granddaughter. The couple moved to the area with their ragdoll cat.

Koocanusa fishing derby results

The 16th annual Lake Koocanusa Resort and Marina fishing derby, was held on May 19 and 20.
The women sure cleaned up the fish this year. Two women took first place, Crystal Sieler for the biggest trout and Deanna Kazemba for combined weight of kokanee.
Crystal Sieler is the second woman to win the trout portion of the derby. We haven’t had a woman win since 2014 and we couldn’t be happier about a woman taking home the first place prize.
Deanna Kazemba took first place in the combined weight of kokanee and this is her second year taking first this category. So watch out men, you have competition now.
Crystal Sieler won $1,876 for her first place rainbow trout weighing ten pounds two ounces. Jeff Archer won $1,340 for his second place rainbow trout weighing eight pounds nine ounces. Johnny Zielinski won $1,072 for his third place rainbow trout weighing eight pounds. David Gillespie won $536 for his fourth place rainbow trout weighing eight pounds six ounces. Hayden Graham (not pictured below) won $322 for his fifth place rainbow trout weighing seven pounds 15 ounces. Garey Clubb won $215 for his sixth place rainbow trout weighing seven pounds 13 ounces.
For the combined weight of 20 kokanee, first place went to Deanna Kazemba who won $670 with 4.14.4 Second place went to Jeff Whitney 4.14.2. He won $402. Third place went to Janice Olsen 4.8.4. Janice won $268.00.
There were a total of 335 people and 120 boats at the event.
We would like to thank the many businesses that supported this event for their donations!
Thank you again for coming out and joining us for our 16th annual fishing derby.

2018 SuperTag chances are on sale now

Montana’s SuperTag chances for the hunt of a lifetime are on sale.
Hunters can win the SuperTag drawing by purchasing one or more $5 SuperTag chances for the fall 2018 hunting season.
Eight SuperTag hunt licenses are offered—moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison.
SuperTags are available at all FWP offices, license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Montana’s SuperTag.” SuperTags can be purchased using FWP’s online licensing service. The deadline to purchase SuperTags is June 28