Sunrise & Sunset Times

Date Sunrise Sunset
June 2 5:43 a.m.     9:37 p.m.
June 3 5:43 a.m. 9:38 p.m.
June 4 5:42 a.m. 9:38 p.m.
June 5 5:42 a.m. 9:39 p.m.
June 6 5:41 a.m. 9:40 p.m.
June 7 5:41 a.m. 9:41 p.m.
June 8 5:41 am. 9:41 p.m.

Simons Weekly Weather

Northwest Montana Regional Forecast

Tuesday, May 25—
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Snow level near 6500 feet. Warmer with highs in the 60s with mid 40s around 5000 feet. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday, May 26—
A slight chance of showers. Lows in the 40s with upper 30s around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s with near 50 around 5000 feet.

Thursday, May 27—
Dry and warmer. Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s with mid 40s around 5000 feet. Highs in the 70s with mid 50s around 5000 feet.
Friday, May 28—
Cooler with a chance of rain and high elevation snow showers. Lows in the 40s with lower 30s around 5000 feet. Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s with upper 30s around 5000 feet.

Saturday and Sunday,
May 29 & 30—
Dry and warmer. Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s Saturday warming to the lower 70s to lower 80s Sunday. Around 5000 feet lows in the lower 30s Saturday warming to the lower 40s Sunday. Highs in the
upper 40s Saturday warming to the upper
50s Sunday.

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Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) is also commonly called the Oregon sunflower and is a member of the

sunflower family (Asteraceae).

It ranges across the western United States as far south as Arizona and as far east as the Dakotas, and north into western Canada.

Balsamroot prefers dry sunny slopes where it can drink in springtime sunshine, but can also make its home in the understory of

forest lands throughout its range.

The silvery green foliage is, true to its name, arrow-shaped.

Sitting in dense clumps, flowers cluster in the middle of each plant, surrounded by the arrow-shaped leaves, which grow from

the base of the cluster.

The flowers are bright, sunflower yellow with a yellow disk in

the center, and can be up to 4 inches across.

It is very drought tolerant, winter hardy, trample tolerant, and even fire resistant, with a taproot which regenerates leaves and flowers

after it has been top-burned during fire.

Found in elevations from 1,000 to 9,000 feet, balsamroot blooms in the spring, peaking in May and June in [most] locations. Once the flowers have faded, the leaves dry up and the plant is almost

undetectable until the following spring.

Balsamroot is a popular food for wildlife and domestic animals and the whole plant is suitable for human consumption as well.

Lewis and Clark recorded Native Americans harvesting balsamroot for its seeds which they ground into flour; its stems, which they ate raw and right off the plant; and its large taproot,

which has a bitter, balsam flavor.

The leaves have been used for tobacco and for a plethora of

medicinal purposes from toothache cures to burn remedies.

The root can even be used as a coffee substitute.

Montana Gas Price  

As of May 24, 2021 –

Montana gas prices have risen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.91/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 12.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.17/g higher than a year ago.

Courtesy of GasBuddy

– General Retail Position/FT/Ace Hardware

– Teller/Part-Time

– Deputy Clerk/$15.48/Full-Time/Lincoln County

– K-6 Music Teacher/Libby School District

– K-6 Interventionist/Instructional Coach/Libby

– Justice Court Clerk/$15.48/FT/Lincoln County

– Part Time Retail Project Merchandiser

– Church Custodian/$10.00/PT/Lutheran Church

– PACT/MACT Nurse/Full-Time/WMMHC

– PACT Team Lead/Full-time/WMMHC

– PACT Care Coordinator/$13.50-$15/FT/WMMHC

– Consumer Aide/Custodian/$13.50/PT/WMMHC

– Museum Attendant/$8.75/20-30 hrs/City of Troy

– Physical Therapist Assistant

– Route Sales Representative

– Receptionist/Secretary/$13-$17/FT

– Billing/Bookkeeping/$13-$17/FT

– Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab

– Surgery Department Housekeeper

– Therapist/Full-Time/Turning Winds

– Resident Advisor/$14-$16/Varies/Turning Winds

– District Kitchen Manager/Head Cook/$13.54/FT

– Cook/$8.75/R Place

– Counter Person/Cashier/Server/$8.75/R Place

– Bartender/Server/$10-$12/ Koocanusa Resort

– Cook/$12-$15/ Koocanusa Resort


ATTENTION:  Due to COVID, Job Service Libby now

requires all communications be handled by email or phone (406) 293-6282.

Stop by the Job Service office, 417 Mineral Ave, #4, and look for the Career  Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the door. Fill out, return to Job Service, and a Career Coach will contact you.
Employers : Are you having a hard time filling

positions or training workers? Contact Job Service to learn about several programs that can assist you with the cost of hiring and training workers!

Job Seekers :  Have you been laid off? Do you have

a current job offer? Plans to enter a job training

program? Job Service Libby may be able to help you

reach your career goal.  Stop by our office and pick up a Career Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the
office door. When completed, simply put it in the mail
slot and a Career Coach will contact you to discuss your plans.

*A full listing of all jobs now available in Lincoln County can be accessed by visiting Montana Works at 

Now Hiring:
Advertising Director

Salary: $10 -$11 start

Hours: PT, 20 hrs/week


Job Description:

The Montanian is now hiring an Advertising
Director. Wage dependent upon experience.

Looking for a confident, motivated team member to oversee all aspects of ad sales and management. Basic computer skills are required. Knowledge of Publisher, Word/Excel, sales experience a plus. Willing to train the right person.


Duties: Sell advertising
in and around Lincoln County – by phone, email, and directly. Advertising Director is responsible for sales, ad design, and overall layout for newspaper publications.

– Must have reliable

transportation to travel

in service to businesses  across Libby and Troy area.

– Requires strong written, telephone, and interpersonal skill sets to build relationships, interact with businesses, deliver sales information and service clients.

– Looking for driven,

creative, outgoing and engaging individual with sense of initiative and strong attention to detail.

Position currently 20 hours per week, but may increase based on sales and performance of


Come join us in a fast- paced and friendly
environment aimed at celebrating and serving our communities…


Corporate control over Montana legislature

The climate crisis is the economic, human and ecosystem health challenge of our time. Montana has a long history of abuse at the hands of large irresponsible companies exercising undue influence in Helena. The results are compromised health, and economic costs to communities,  families and taxpayers. From the copper barons, to W.R. Grace, to Montana Power to NorthWestern Energy (NWE), their priority is profits at the public and environment’s expense. When I attended Asa Wood Elementary in Libby as a child, W.R. Grace sent us home with vermiculite contaminated with asbestos to put in our gardens. This, while I played in a school ground that would later be part of a $600,000,000+ superfund site. As a child my dad had to keep me from playing in ubiquitous tailing piles that other kids had so much fun digging in. The health effects from these practices have
affected many in the community and will continue for years.

The most recent example of corporate abuse is NWE attempting to stick
ratepayers with all the risk associated with the costs of coal fired plants and the financial risks to farmers, the recreation industry (skiers, fishers, rafters, etc) from more drought, frequent floods and smoke-filled skies. Their attempt in the 67th legislature to exercise outsized political power in our lives was fortunately unsuccessful. But their influence as a regulated monopoly over our representatives and the Public Service Commission has gone well past where it should be.

Federal legislation based on a carbon fee and dividend policy places a market price on unsustainable industries like NorthWestern who would have to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions.  It allows market economics and not political clout to be the deciding factor in development. This puts a check on polluting
corporations while supporting local industries, agriculture, forestry,
recreation and clean energy. It also provides economic relief to taxpayers in the form of a monthly rebate. A good example of this is the current Congressional bill HR 2307. The U.S.
Chamber of Commerce and American Petroleum
Institute promote this model of legislation in contrast to other heavy-handed efforts from Washington D.C.

Although cleanup has finally finished in Libby, the damage cannot be undone. Please consider calling
Senators Tester and Daines and Congressman
Rosendale to support legislation that reflects the
actual costs of fossil fuel industries while supporting
sustainable industries, local economy, and families. It is not too late to avoid the worst effects for my kids