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CPMC welcomes
Dr. Christopher Bryant

Submitted by
CPMC of Libby

Libby, MT –
Cabinet Peaks Clinic Family Medicine is pleased to

welcome Christopher Bryant, D.O. to the team.

Dr. Bryant received his Doctor of Osteopathic
Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Dual-Board
Certification Residency Program at KU School of Medicine-Wichita Center for Graduate Medical

Prior to moving to Libby, Dr. Bryant and his
family lived in Wichita, Kansas,  and commuted to Winfield where he was an Emergency Room
Physician at William Newton Hospital. He decided to pursue his medical career in Libby after completing a hospital rotation at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center during his fourth year of medical school.

He states, “I was very impressed with the
adaptable and enduring spirit of the people in this area. There are few locations in our country that speak to my soul like the northwest, as we are
surrounded by the masterpiece of nature.” Dr. Bryant is moving to Libby with his wife and daughter, who are also excited to make a home in this part of the country.

Bruce Whitfield, Chief Executive Office at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, happily welcomed Dr. Bryant to the team. “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Bryant to our practice,” he stated, “He will be a great addition to our clinic and his training in internal medicine and pediatrics helps strengthen our medical community.”

When it comes to his style of practice, Dr. Bryant explains, “As a medical doctor, my practice philosophy is straightforward – to optimize the health and wellness of an individual by utilizing an evidence-based medicine model with lifestyle modifications as the foundation. This practice philosophy applies to the medically complex internal medicine patient
and the young person without chronic disease. In a perfect world, we would live disease-free and feel great until our expiration date. For now, the best we can do is carefully seek and intervene with pathology and take steps to incorporate healthy habits into our daily routines. I strongly believe that judicious
primary prevention of disease translates into years of quality life. I hope to connect with individuals who are excited about living their best life.”

2021 Science Olympiad (Virtually)

Submitted by
Shannon Ostrowski and Renée Rose, LHS/MS Coaches

Left to right:  Colter Andersen, Issac Mcgill, Alyssa James,

Ashley Cockerham, Julianna Shumate (in front) and Kyle Svendsbye.

Not pictured: Cleone Knopfle and MacKinzie Mills.

(Courtesy Photo)


The 36th Montana Science Olympiad was held virtually on April 7th.  Montana State University usually hosts the state competition in Bozeman.  The Science Olympiad is an academic interscholastic competition which involved 17 high school and 13 middle school teams this year in a wide range of events involving all science disciplines.  Due to the virtual nature of the event this year, most competitions involved an online exam.  The goal of Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in science by students.  Libby was represented with four high school and four middle school team members this year. All team members placed in the top 10 for their events.  This small but mighty team this year  ‘came home’ with three medals.

For the high school team, MacKinzie Mills and Cleone Knopfle earned a
10th place for Sounds of Music, Kyle Svendsbye earned a third place medal for Detector Building and Alyssa James won a first place gold medal for
Anatomy and Physiology.  Sounds of Music involves building a workable
musical instrument from scratch and being able to answer a lot of questions regarding the physics of sound and
music. For the Detector Building event Kyle used programming and coding skills to build an electronic thermometer and answer questions regarding thermodynamics and electricity.  Anatomy and Physiology was a comprehensive written test on the integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems of the body.

For the Middle School team, Isaac Magill and Colter Andersen earned ninth place for Science Crime Busters and Ashley Cockerham and Julianna Shumate earned a third place medal for Write It/Do It.  Science Crime Busters involves chemistry and forensics to solve a crime from clues and witness testimonies.  Write It/Do It requires one partner to describe, in writing, how to build a particular design and then the other partner uses their written description to build the design all within a limited amount of time.

The Libby Science Olympiad team would like to thank Gear Up for providing financial support and transportation which made the trip possible and Rodd Zeiler, John Love and Brandon Boone who provided advice and expertise.


2021 Wings Motorcycle Poker Run…

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2020 Wings Motorcycle Poker Run riders cruise up Highway 37 in support of regional

cancer support aimed at assisting those across Lincoln County with out-of-pocket

expenses associated with the disease.

(Courtesy Photo)


Sweetening the pot for this year’s ride, The Venture Inn has donated a Grand Prize package deal including Two Nights and Two Dinners at the Venture, along with a Half-Day Pontoon Rental on Lake Koocanusa. Various door prizes will be randomly drawn throughout the day and a 50/50 raffle winner will be called – along with the top three poker hands – once all riders have reconvened for the evening.
Kickstands will be raised following a Blessing of the Bikes at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 29, outside the Switchback Bar and Grill in Libby.  Registration will be open from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
All proceeds from the day’s ride will go directly to Wings Regional Cancer Support, a not-for-profit organization (tax # 84-1423019) created to offer financial assistance to individuals and their families to help defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with cancer treatment.
Recognizing the financial burden placed on families facing a cancer diagnosis, Wings provides monetary support to qualified individuals to assist with expenses such as housing, transportation, and meals. Assistance is aimed primarily at costs arising from travel for treatment, both within and outside of Montana.
For more information on the Wings Motorcycle Poker Run, please contact Jule at 291-2201 or Dee at 291-6939 or visit the event page on facebook.

Additional information on the Wings organization can also be found by visiting www.wingsnmontana.org.


Wolfe “Holds’Em” steady at Pastime…

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The game they all play is a 7-card stud poker
variation (Texas Hold’em) in which the players receive only two private or “hole” cards and play their hand on the five community, face-up cards; the “flop”, the “turn” and the “river.” There are several rounds of betting and the initial forced bets, known as the “big blind” and the “small blind” are rotated around the table.

With a knowledge of the order of winning hands, and a basic grasp of the game structure, a new player can jump in. This is when the true nature of the game emerges. Betting on hands often involves “bluffing,” and “everybody has a tell.” They will act
a certain way if they have a good hand or a bad one. Learning the “tells” – the body language, facial
expressions, and eye movements – is essential to
becoming a great poker player.

With such an emotionally charged game things can sometimes get interesting, just like in the old west. And it is the dealer’s job to keep order at the table. “Everybody respects me,” Wolfe stated. “I have to control the table, it’s my job. If there is trouble with a player, I will stop the game to deal with it. I have never had to kick anyone out, we always find a way to deal with it,” she added with a smile.

“It’s kind of an older generation sport, although we are always trying to bring in younger players. What killed Poker is the machines,” Wolfe said. “But all the machine does is teach players the rank of the hands.”

Live poker games are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at the Pastime Bar in Libby, 218 Mineral Avenue. Buy in is twenty bucks, but the pot is often much higher. Everyone is welcome.


by Moira Blazi