7th and 8th grade Logger athletes fire up the crowds as Libby Loggers take center field under Friday Night Lights

As has been tradition for decades, the 7th and 8th grade Logger Football team was on deck to fire up their chainsaws
and the energy at Logger Stadium this past Friday night, September 3 in Libby as the Varsity Logger players took to the field for their first home game of the season—taking down the Ronan Chiefs 37-6.Coach Doug DeShazer couldn’t be more excited about the forty-eight young athletes who have come out to play football for Libby Middle School this year. “It’s the most we have had in this age group for years. And I believe this program and the 5th-6th grade program are definitely contributing factors of our successful High School team.”“It takes a lot of work and I am thankful for all the help from the school, especially from Nik Rewerts and Jim Germany who have been great at facilitating the team. Also, we are very lucky to have some wonderful coaches – Josh Erickson, Jason Sunell, and John Leary,” DeShazer went on to share. The Junior

Loggers will play be playing their season and home opener against Eureka on Tuesday, September 14. The 7th grade team will take to the field beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the and 8th grade to following beginning at 6:00 p.m. Both games will be held at Libby Logger Stadium, 150 Education Way. Pictured: 71 Westin Folk,  34 Cole Sunell, 62 Tevon Badding,  8 William Escudero, 64 Tucker Morgan, 11 Devin Mitchell, 8 Blaise Erickson, Hunter Nelson, 32 Hunter Rooney, Gabe Kosters, Caleb Preitauer, Quinton Caulboy, Urijah Bache, 20 Matt Shao, 13 James Woody, 5 Colten Thornhock, 21 Tristan DeShazer .

(Photo by Stacy Bender)

Fine-Feathered Real Estate Project

By Moira Blazi

A fence line of brightly colored birdhouses along Pipe Creek road in Libby was idea of Amber Sichting and the handiwork of community. (Photo by Moira Blazi)


Amber Sichting loves the wildlife that share her home, especially the birds. On Summer evenings she enjoys watching the swallows, flycatchers and other birds crisscross the twilight sky nabbing their meal of insects. “I noticed that a lot of the birds were building nests out in the fields, and many of them were getting destroyed,” Sichting said. “So, I decided we needed about ten bird houses. That was back in June. They filled up overnight and so I decided that we needed at least another ninety!”

Amber then began looking online for birdhouses and quickly discovered that they were pricey – about $45 each. So Sichting found some old cedar barn wood and upon accepting the offer of help from her Pipe Creek Neighbor, Pete Hoetzel, a multilayered and sweet project was born.

“He built some nice birdhouses, and never gave me a price. He just wanted to do it to help out the neighborhood, but I will of course pay him,” Sichting added.

Thinking this could be a great project for a community group like the Boy scouts or Girl scouts, Amber then contacted one of her tenants, Candy Gibson, who is a scout leader. Although not an official scout activity, Gibson was able to round up some kids to finish off the birdhouses in the front yard of her own home on Louisiana Avenue in Libby.

Krisign Huff was one of those kids. “I wanted to find a project
for Girl scouts,” Huff said. “And then our landlady had all these birdhouses.” Doing crafts is one of the things Huff enjoys most about scouting. “We once made forty cat beds for Kootenai Pets for Life, and boy that was a lot of work,” she recalled.



The Montanian’s

2021  National Dog Month

Canine Nominees

have stolen our hearts—


“This is Milo the Montana dog.

He loves going on car rides, being outside, and keeping an eye on the wildlife that comes around.

‘I deserve special recognition

because I met a skunk for the first time this year—in all of my 8 years of life! Mommy was not happy with me and clearly did not understand I was just trying to make a friend.’”

– Katie Castleton


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Candidates on Pages 7 and 12