Rotary’s Wine Tasting Event is back ‘For the Love of Wine’ – Friday, February 10

January 25, 2023


Rotary Club of Kootenai Valley


On February 10, 2023 the Rotary Club of Kootenai Valley will be hosting a wine tasting; a once treasured tradition in our community was lost for a time when COVID happened.

The event raises money to support children of the Libby and Troy communities. With these funds Rotary is able to provide assistance to the out-going senior classes by awarding five scholarships.  We are able to support community youth programs like accessible restroom facilities at play sites, or new safer equipment at area parks.

Additionally, Rotary uses these funds to send students to Rotary Youth Leadership Camp, providing our youth skills to become successful in today’s society.

We are sharing this with the community to ask for your support in providing a tax deductible sponsorship or gift basket highlighting your products or services to be raffled at the event. As with most things Rotary has been challenged over the last few years due to rising costs, impacting the ability to provide our community’s children with funds enough to make a  difference.

We are hoping our evening of music, live entertainment, auctions, raffles, wine and dinner will have our attendees ready to support the cause.

Our ticket sales are in full swing, and there have already  been a growing number of reserve table requests for area businesses. This will be a great opportunity for exposure and provide your business with ample advertising directly to the community members in attendance.

Your generous contribution could have a long lasting impact on children and young adults in Libby and Troy.

If you have questions, are ready to sponsor, or have a gift basket ready please contact Tabitha Viergutz at 406-250-5218 or email

Come enjoy a night of amazing food paired with the perfect wine. A night full of fun, complete with:

  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auctions
  • Live Auctions
  • Raffles and Much More!

Tickets are available Now. Price is $75/seat or become a sponsor for $1000 and get a reserved table (8 seats), Company/Logo display at the event, and company mentions during the Auctions

Tickets can be purchased individually or attendees can purchase whole sponsorship tables (seats 8) .

Tickets can be purchased at The Montanian Newspaper located at 317 California Ave. or The Venture Inn & Restaurant located at 1015 West 9th St. in Libby. Event will be held at the Libby Memorial Event Center in Libby located 111 E. Lincoln Blvd.


Libby Volunteer Fire Department Visits First Grade Class at Libby Elementary

Thank you Libby Volunteer Fire Department!! The grade 1 students had a great time learning what you do for our community. Your time and dedication is sincerely appreciated-  Photo Courtesy of Libby Elementary School

Libby Ranger District Seeking Comments on the Norman McCedar Project


The Libby Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest is seeking comments on the Norman McCedar Project, proposed on National Forest System lands approximately one mile southwest of Libby, Montana.

The need for the proposal is to reduce fuel loadings within the Libby fireshed and wildland urban interface to result in less intense fire behavior near communities and improve egress access to facilitate safer wildland fire operations; improve the diversity and resilience of vegetative communities; and contribute to continued timber production and economic sustainability.

In order to accomplish this, approximately 2577 acres of commercial treatments and 1054 acres of noncommercial treatments are proposed. In order to implement these treatments, approximately seven miles of system road would be constructed and closed yearlong, and three miles of temporary roads would be built and rehabilitated following harvest activities.

In addition, around 10 miles of seasonally closed roads would have a change of dates to better align with other seasonal closures in the area to improve public access and improve closure efficiency.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the legal notice in the Missoulian, the newspaper of record, on or about January 18, 2023.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe (.pdf), or Word (.doc or .docx) to   Please include “Norman McCedar Project” in the subject line. Hand deliver or mail hardcopy comments to the Kootenai National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Attn: Matt Bienkowski, 31374 US Highway 2, Libby, MT 59923. The office business hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Faxed comments can be sent to 406-283-7709.

Submitted by Larona Rebo

The New Years Baby
Has Arrived!


Justin Striplin & Elizabeth Slosser welcomed a baby boy on January 11, 2023 at 4:41 pm.  Vincent Alexander Slosser weighed 5 pounds and 4.8 oz and was 18 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Kelli Jarrett. Photo provided by: Tina Inez Photography

Libby Growth Policy Update

The growth policy update was the primary focus of the project. The Libby Planning Board met during summer of 2022 to work with Land Solutions to develop draft updates to the Libby Growth Policy. The draft document has been prepared for public review beginning in October 2022. A public hearing was held by the Libby City Planning Board on October 24, 2022, and the Board adopted Draft 2 subject to revisions as outlined in the Planning Board Resolution.

The Libby City Council held public meetings on December 5 & 19, 2022 to receive and address public comments on the proposed updates, and on December 19, passed a Resolution of Intention to adopt the draft document subject to changes. The City Council changes were incorporated into the final version of the Libby 2023 Growth Policy dated January 2023. On January 17, 2023, the City Council adopted the Growth Policy by Resolution. The effective date of the Growth Policy is February 16, 2023. Visit for more info.


Submitted By Joel Nelson