Sunrise & Sunset Times

Date Sunrise Sunset
June 8 5:39 a.m. 9:43 p.m.
June 9 5:39 a.m. 9:43 p.m.
June 10 5:38 a.m. 9:44 p.m.
June 11 5:38 a.m. 9:45 p.m.
June 12 5:38 a.m. 9:45 p.m.
June 13 5:38 a.m. 9:46 p.m.
June 14 5:38 a.m. 9:46 p.m.

Simon’s Weekly Weather


NorthWest Montana

Regional Forecast


Issued Sunday June 5, 2022 – 7:55 P.M. MDT

Tuesday, June 9

Patchy early morning low clouds and fog in the valleys otherwise mostly sunny in the morning. Partly cloudy and warmer in the afternoon. A slight chance of afternoon showers along the Canadian border. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s with mid 50s around 5000 feet. Light winds.


Wednesday & Thursday, June 10 & 11

Partly cloudy and warm except for a slight chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms mainly along the Canadian border over the higher terrain. Lows in the 40s with lower 40s around 5000 feet. Highs in the 70s with mid 50s around 5000 feet.


Friday, Saturday & Sunday

June 12, 13, 14

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s with lower 40s around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s with near 50 around 5000 feet.


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Book of the Week

“The Lies I Tell” By Seraphina Julie Clark

Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She’s a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she’s done, you’ve likely lost everything.

Movie of the Week

Time Cut

With production under wraps, this movie has been described as “Back to the Future meets Scream”.

Montana Gas Price Update

As of Monday, May 30—

Montana gas prices have risen by 10.0 cents in the past week, averaging $4.48/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 33.8 cents higher than a month ago and stand $1.56/g higher than a year ago.


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Recipe of the Week  – Quick Quesadillas

6 flour tortillas, warmed
1 1/2 C. shredded cheese
1/4 C. sliced green onion
3/4 C. chunky salsa
2 TBSP. Canola Oil
1.) Top half of each tortilla with 1/4 C. cheese, 2 TSP. green onions, 1 TBSP. salsa. Brush the edges of tortillas with water. Fold over the filling and press to seal.
2.) Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet over med. high heat. Add quesadillas and cook in batches until lightly browned on both sides and cheese is melted. Serve with remaining salsa.

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Pronunciation: reh-vr-ee
Part of Speech:
Meaning: a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.

30 x 30 is in our opinion too modest for the situation in which we find ourselves

Submitted on: 6-3-22


We at the Yaak Valley Forest Council (YVFC) finally finished reading the county commissioners’ resolution regarding the administration’s goal of protecting 30% of America the Beautiful in some fashion or another by the year 2030. A great deal of time and effort if not necessarily creative forethought seems to have gone into the grievance. 30 x 30 is in our opinion too modest for the situation in which we find ourselves; extraordinary times require bold leadership. It will be remembered that 1% of a forest’s largest trees can hold up to 50% of a forest’s carbon, and that a single acre of mature and old forests in the Yaak can hold in storage across the centuries 1900 tons of biomass per hectare, compared to only 250 tons per hectare in tropical rainforests.

Clearcuts do not combat climate change, they abet it. Noticeably lacking in the commissioners’ letter to state and federal government is any hint of a thank you note to the administration for disbursing $19.2 MM to the Kootenai National Forest to engage in restoration activities (not more giant clearcuts in the name of “deer winter range.”) These are hard times for us all and manners matter. We look forward to discussing the needs and opportunities with regard to the climate crisis we’re guaranteed of bequeathing to the future residents of Lincoln County and the world. It’s one of the YVFC’s goals to come up with creative ideas, solutions, and actions that look forward. As YVFC supporter Terry Tempest Williams writes, “The eyes of the future are looking back at us.” Contact us with your own ideas about navigating a future of more unpredictable weather and more and more climate refugees. We at YVFC believe that what few (perhaps fewer than 10%) old forests we still retain in public ownership hold one of the solutions.


Submitted by The Yaak Valley Forest Council, of Troy, Mont.