The 6th Annual The Kootenai Country Montana International Chainsaw Carving Championship, September 8 –11

September 7, 2022

Carving from the 2021 Chainsaw Carving Competition . For more information visit KCM on Facebook or visit

Welcome to our 6th annual International Chainsaw Carving Championship!!!!

We are so exited for our 20, extremely talented, carvers to arrive and blow us away as they always do!

In the passed five years we have watched them create awe-inspiring carvings, and I’m sure they wont disappoint this year. With some of the worlds best carvers joining, this should be awesome!

So, without further ado, lets meet this years competitors.

  • Dennis Beach – Pennsylvania
  • Mark Colp –
  • Jeff May – Idaho
  • Ryan Villilers – Canada
  • Marina Cole –
  • Zoe Dussia –
  • Joe Dussia –
  • Lkhagvadorj
    Dorjsuren (George) – Mongolia
  • Adrian Bois – Argentina
  • Niels Ejnar
    Petersen –
  • Rob Milner –
  • Raimondas
    Uzdravis – Lithuania
  • Alex Pricob –


  • Sam Bowser –
  • Jacob Lucas – Washington
  • Jerrod Flowers – Arkansas
  • Thor from Earth
  • Bongo Love –  Zimbabwe
  • Donald Benson  
  • Jeff May –  Idaho


2022 Big Game Hunting Seasons

Courtesy of  Montana FWP



  • 900 Aug. 15–Nov. 13
  • Archery Sept. 3–Oct. 7
  • General Oct. 8–Nov. 13

Bighorn Sheep

  • Archery Sept. 3–Sept. 14
  • General Sept. 15–Nov. 27


  • General Nov. 15–Feb. 15, 2023

Black Bear

  • Archery Sept. 3–Sept. 14
  • Fall Sept. 15–Nov. 27

Deer & Elk

  • Archery Sept. 3–Oct. 16
  • Youth-Deer Only Oct. 20–21
  • General Oct. 22-Nov. 27
  • Backcountry – HDs 150, 280, 316* (*no archery-only season in 316)

o Archery Sept. 3–Sept. 14

o General Sept. 15–Nov. 27


  • General Sept. 15–Nov. 27

Mountain goat

  • General Sept. 15–Nov. 27

Mountain Lion

  • Archery Sept. 3–Oct. 16
  • Fall Oct. 22–Nov. 27
  • Winter Dec. 1–April 14, 2023


  • Archery Sept. 3–Sept. 14
  • General Sept. 15–March 15, 2023
  • Trapping Nov. 30–March 15, 2023*


For those districts in and near occupied grizzly bear habitat as depicted on the map in the regulations, the department will apply a floating open season date that could start the Monday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24, 2022), or any day thereafter as determined by the department based upon a real time reading of conditions. If the department does not select a date prior to Dec. 31, then the season will open on Dec. 31 and close on March 15.

For more information on Hunting Specifics in your are visit

DEQ Launches a New Today’s Air Website for Air Quality Information

Submitted by Moira Davin


The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved Today’s Air website. Today’s Air is one of the state government’s most popular webpages, providing near-real time air quality updates from monitors throughout the state that measure fine particulate matter concentrations in the air and produce hourly averages. The information is shown along with color categories that help to inform personal decisions about health risk, exposure and activity levels.

The new website has a high-resolution map that features zoom capabilities and adapts to desktop, tablet and mobile devices. The updated platform will also allow DEQ to easily add additional monitoring sites as part of an anticipated network expansion. With these and other changes, Today’s Air will continue to provide Montanans with the critical air quality information they have come to expect.

“During wildfire season, Montanans rely on Today’s Air to provide pertinent and accurate information on smoke impacts across the state. The new Today’s Air incorporates a more widely used reporting value that people are familiar with seeing on their phones or smart watches,” said Bo Wilkins, air quality bureau chief.

The new website displays Air Quality Index (AQI) values and concentrations of particulate matter less or equal to 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5). These values are consistent with metrics reported by other air quality reporting sites and weather applications on smart phones. AQI is determined using the Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized NowCast algorithm.

Smoke is the primary source of particulate pollution in Montana. Smoke concentrations can vary widely on small time scales and over short distances. In the coming years DEQ plans to install additional monitors and sensors in key locations, particularly in communities where air quality information is not currently available. Expansion and upgrades to the existing statewide network are set to begin in fall 2022 with grant funding recently received through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The new Today’s Air website can be accessed via the DEQ homepage, or directly at:

DEQ asks the public to update their bookmarks because the former Today’s Air page will no longer be available after Oct. 1, 2022.


The Libby Friends of the Library will have its next Book Sale on Friday, September 9th from

11 am to 5:00 pm in the Book Sale Room downstairs at the Library.  Come and check out our monthly special, featuring books on Quilting!   With the donations we received this past month, we have lots of new Children’s books and DVD’s for all ages. Purchase of items is by donation, with all money received going to support programs for the Library.

Seeking New Members for Trail Advisory Council The USDA and USFS are recruiting members for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council. The trail, which Congress designated as a National Scenic Trail in 2009, travels 1,200 miles through Montana, Idaho, and Washington. As a council member you would help guide the development and management of the trail. The agency is currently recruiting additional members to encourage a diverse council that reflects perspectives from across the trail and throughout the country. We seek applicants from all sex/gender and racial and ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities and people from historically underserved communities. For more information, please follow this link to learn more about the trail and Advisory Council. Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail – Advisory Committees (

Submitted by LaRona Rebo