Sunrise & Sunset Times

January 19 8:23 a.m.     5:24 p.m.
January 21 8:22 a.m. 5:24 p.m.
January 22 8:21 a.m. 5:27 p.m.
January 23 8:20 a.m. 5:28 p.m.
January 24 8:18 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
January 25 8:17 a.m. 5:31 p.m.
January 26 8:16 a.m. 5:33 p.m.

Top Five Songs of 2020

  1. Blinding lights by The Weekend
  2. Dance Monkey by The Tones and I
  3. Don’t start now by Dua Lipa
  4. Lose you to love me by Selena Gomez
  5. You should be sad by Halsey

Top music of the week courtesy of

Local Recipe of the week

Carrot– Cheddar


2 c. carrots– cooked and mashed

2 beaten eggs

1 1/2 c. milks

1 c. shredded natural cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

1 c. medium cracker crumbs (20-22 crackers)

 2tbsp. Butter or oleo, softened

1 tsp. salt


Cook cut– up carrots, covered, in a small amount of boiling, salted water for 15 to 20 minutes. Combine all ingredients, mix well. Turn into 8x8x2 inch baking dish.  Bake in a moderate oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or till knife inserted just off center comes out clean. Top  with crisp bacon till it curls.

From the kitchen of

Polly VanWeelden

“Our Favorite

Recipe Book”
United Methodist Women. Libby, MT


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Montana Gas Price

As of January 11, 2021, Montana gas prices have fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations. Gas prices in Montana are 1.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 33.7 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Montana Gas Update courtesy of GasBudd

New Positions Available

Barista / Kitchen Person /8.75/Main Street Perk

Track Maintenance (Laborer Truck Driver) BNSF

Program Coordinator/ CASA

Store Deli/Town Pump/Libby


Libby Elementary Paraprofessionals/12.34/7.5 hr. a day

Employment Specialist/Achievements/12.50/Part-Time

CNA Class/ Libby Care Center

  Due to COVID Job Service Libby now requires all communications be handled by email or phone  406-293-6282. Stop by the Job Service  (417 Mineral Ave, #4) and look for the Career  Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the door. Fill out and
return to Job Service a
Career Coach will contact you.  MontanaWorks

Simons Weekly Weather

Issued Sunday January 17, 2021 – 7:40 p.m.


Tuesday Jan. 19, Areas of freezing fog and low clouds in the valleys through late morning otherwise mostly sunny in the morning. Increasing clouds in the afternoon. Highs in the 30s with upper 20s around 5000 feet. Light winds except ridge top winds becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph.


Wednesday Jan. 20, Dry. Areas of freezing fog and low clouds in the valleys. Lows in the mid teens to mid 20s with near 20 around 5000 feet. Highs in the 30s with mid 20s around 5000 feet.


Thursday through Sunday Jam. 21-22-23-24, Turning colder with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower teens to lower 20s Thursday cooling to the middle single digits to mid teens by Sunday. Highs in the 30s Thursday cooling to the upper teens to upper 20s by Saturday and Sunday. Around 5000 feet lows near 20 Thursday cooling to the lower teens Friday through Sunday. Highs in the lower 20s Thursday cooling to the upper teens Friday through Sunday.


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Word of the week

  • Derange •

Verb, Disarrange, disorder, throw into
confusion or disorder.


High Winds Claim Signage at Montanian & WDM

Things took a turn for the exhilarating as

everyone at the office heard a gust of wind sweep in and snap the office sign right off its framework here at 317 California Avenue in Libby this past week.
Photo by Stacy Bender, The Montanian

Film Festival


MONTANA – The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is back for its 16th year, but this winter it looks a little different. Instead of a night out at the silver screen, the outdoors film festival is going virtual – allowing viewers to stream films from the comfort of their own home.

The film lineup is this year is packed full of stellar reels featuring athletic pursuits in the mountains, gorgeous cinematography, stories of how the snowsports community is adapting to a warming climate, and more.

A portion of proceeds from the screening will benefit the Montana Wilderness Association’s seven local chapters. Viewers can ensure their proceeds go to MWA’s chapters by streaming the films anytime between Jan. 28 and Feb. 18, 2021.

Spanning the entire state, MWA’s chapters provide opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to unite around and advocate for public lands. Tickets can be purchased at Proceeds will directly support chapter projects and initiatives.

Tickets are $10 per individual and $20 per household or group. Instructions on how to stream the films will be sent via email after registration.

Ticket-holders have seven days from pressing play to finish streaming the films that will be made available between Jan. 28 and Feb. 18, 2021. The full lineup of films can be found on Winter Wildlands Alliance’s website.

Submitted by Wild Montana

Montana Author Releases New Collection of Stories

January 18, 2021


Blue Creek Press of Heron, Montana, released the following on Montana Author,

Sandy Compton’s new book.


Compton’s new book, The Dog With His Head On Sideways, begins with a tale from the banks of the Ob River in Siberia and ends with “The Longest Day of the Year,” on the Rocky Mountain Front in Teton County, Montana. Between the two are 18 other “sappy sentimental stories” gathered over several decades from around the world.

With two exceptions (“I’ll let readers figure out which ones,” Compton said), all are connected in some way to the mythical small town of Shoreline, Idaho.

Shoreline is the setting of many tales from Compton’s StoryTelling Company shows which had a run of about 17 years. Some contained in The Dog With His Head On Sideways may be familiar to those who were part of those audiences.

The oldest story in the book, “Redemption at the Hand of Alice Lundberg” is a ghostly hunting tale written in 1983. Others are more newly written, including “Two By Four,” a comical account of a woman and her pretty new horse which has way too much rodeo experience.

The book is broken into four sections of five stories each: Dog Stories, Love Stories, Purely Shoreline and Potpourri.

“Some of the stories fit into more than one category,” Compton said, “but I tried to put them where they belong best. Many are fraught with dreams and encounters with the Spirit, but Shoreline has always been a dreamy, Spirit-laden place. Its residents seem to think they have all the time in the world. I sometimes wonder if I didn’t accidentally stumble onto some iteration of heaven.”

Not all the stories included are heavenly in nature. “A Cold Day in Hell” entails a woman’s Christmas Day fight with barbed wire, a white tail buck and her own abiding anger. “Dyin’ Ain’t as Easy as All That,” “The Trouble With Loving Angel,” and “Duck” are all reminders of things that can go wrong in a life. But most also include something to say about the efficacy of love, forgiveness and forbearance.

“Rosalie Sorrels once said that the trouble with stories is that we never know when they are going to end,” Compton shared. “Sometimes, the end is not quite what the storyteller had in mind, but when a good story has come to a proper place to stop it will, like a good pack mule, refuse to go farther. If you listen to your characters, they will show you a good place to pull up.”

Compton knows his characters and the landscapes he places them in. His small details and larger portraits of people and place allow readers to bring their own imaginations into play.  This, Compton notes, is an important aspect of storytelling. “When we were doing the StoryTelling Company, I was never upset to see someone in the audience with their eyes closed. Unless their chin was on their chest, I knew they were simply watching the story unfold internally.”

“I searched through almost forty years of files to put this together,” Compton says. “It’s my seventh book of fiction — I think — and I’m pleased with how it came out. I like my characters, and I believe in their stories — even though some of them are out on the edge of believability. But so is all of life.”

The Dog With His Head On Sideways and Nineteen Other Sappy Sentimental Stories is now available at select bookstores and online at or Amazon.