Prevent program off and running again, at CPMC


Making small changes to the food you eat and adding more physical activity can help you lose weight and feel better; the PREVENT program is a great place to start!  PREVENT is a successful weight loss and exercise program designed to assist and motivate individuals to reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle through group activities, educational sessions, and individual guidance from their life coaches.  This program targets people who are at risk for pre-diabetes and/or developing Cardiovascular Disease, and is taught by Cabinet Peaks Medical Center’s registered dietitian, Nicole Kapan.

Nicole is happy to be starting classes again this year.  “The PREVENT program began in Lincoln County over 7 years ago and has helped countless local people learn how to live longer, healthier lives.  I am pleased we can continue to share this course with the public,” she stated.

The PREVENT course begins with a personal assessment by a Lifestyle Coach to determine the best guidance that will get life-long success.  The 16 weeks to follow are known as the Core Sessions where participants attend weekly classes led by Lifestyle coaches; you will be in classes with others who have similar struggles and health concerns.  The remainder of the program is tailored to help participants maintain the healthy lifestyles they were taught in the core sessions.

Adults are eligible if they are overweight, have medical clearance, and have one or more of the following risk factors: pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, or have had gestational diabetes.

The next PREVENT program begins on January 17, 2019 and will be held every Thursday from 5 – 6pm.  If you are interested, please see your physician or call the Cabinet Peaks Diabetes and Nutrition Education Department at 283-7316.

The local PREVENT program is sponsored by Cabinet Peaks Medical Center and the Montana Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention Program.


Ongoing fire salvage sales and planned fire salvage


The wild fires in 2017 and 2018 burned over 100,000 acres of the Kootenai National Forest. In response to these fires, the Kootenai National Forest has offered in 2018 or will be offering in the spring of 2019, fire salvage timber sales in the burned areas.

The fire salvage sale projects were developed with collaboration from Kootenai National Forest employees and other Region 1 specialists who were willing to come to our local communities to assist in preparing salvage timber sales. These efforts also included discussions with state and county government, general public, and timber industry representatives.

Part of the 2017 salvage sales, the salvage deck sales, were sold in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, for an approximate volume of 4 MMBF. The remaining 2017 fire salvage sales that were offered and sold on the Kootenai totaled approximately 50 MMBF.

The area purchasers of these sales responded quickly to the need for this salvaged timber to be harvested.  Their diligent work will contribute to restoration efforts in the burned areas.

The salvage opportunities from the 2018 fires are currently being analyzed. Any potential sales from these fires are planned to be offered in 2019. The fire salvage decks generated from suppression activities have been packaged as timber sales and have recently been sold or are being sold. The approximate volume from these deck sales is 4 MMBF.

These salvage sale projects protect the health and safety of the public, by removing burned trees. The sales contribute to recovering the economic value of forest products in a timely manner. This may help contribute to employment and income in local communities while avoiding the loss of commodity value, all while working toward the objective of restoration.

For more information, contact Stacey Hazen, Timber Management Officer, at 406-293-6211.


Longest night candle light service


Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

For these reasons Libby United Methodist Church, at 713 Main Ave. will host a special “Longest Night” service on Dec. 21 at 7:00pm.

Come out, and join with us in acknowledging that God’s presence is especially for those who are heavy burdened, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.

Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.


FWP completes another season in the fight against AIS


2018 was a big year for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and its aquatic invasive species program with a record number of watercrafts inspected, record number of water samples analyzed and no mussel larvae or adult mussels detected.

“Our AIS staff and partners have done fantastic work to increase our watercraft inspection and monitoring efforts,” said Tom Woolf, AIS bureau chief for FWP. “And we are doing a better job informing boaters, anglers, irrigators, and others about what they can do to help stop AIS.”

Some highlights from this boating season include:

More than 100,000 watercraft were inspected at 35 watercraft inspection stations.

FWP collaborated with partners statewide to operate watercraft inspection stations including: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Blackfeet Tribe, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Garfield Conservation District, Glacier National Park, Missoula County Weed District, and Whitefish Lake Institute.

Montana intercepted 16 out-of-state vessels with mussels.

AIS monitoring crews surveyed 1,450 sites on 250 unique waterbodies for aquatic invasive plants and animals.

A new population of faucet snails was discovered in Lake Frances. No other new AIS discoveries were found.

More than 2,000 plankton samples were collected for mussel early-detection analysis. No mussel veligers or adult mussels were detected in the waters of Montana this year.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) testing was conducted on water samples taken from Tiber Reservoir in July. No mussel DNA was found.

Divers and mussel-sniffing dogs were also deployed at Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs in search of adult mussels. No mussels were discovered.

FWP enforcement has issued more than 50 citations and more than 170 warnings this year related to invasive species violations.

FWP and our partners conducted a mussel rapid response exercise on Flathead Lake to practice a coordinated response should mussels ever be detected.

Planning for next season’s AIS program is currently underway and boaters and recreators can expect to see changes next year to make the program even more efficient.

Currently, inspection stations are closed for the winter, but inspections are still offered at all the FWP regional and area offices. Persons bringing watercraft into Montana must seek an inspection prior to launching. For more information on inspections and the AIS program, visit or call (406) 444-2440.

New sign for Chamber

The Libby Chamber of Commerce gets there sign up. Montana Machine in Libby, Mont. Made the new sign and  Normont NDT who powder coating the sign. Photo courtesy of Amber Holm, Libby Chamber of Commerce