Sunrise & Sunset Times

July 14 5:57:14  a.m.     9:39:16 p.m.
July 15 5:58:18 a.m. 9:38:23 p.m.
July 16 5:59:23 a.m. 9:37:28 p.m.
July 17 6:00:29 a.m. 9:36:31 p.m.
July 18 6:01:37 a.m. 9:35:32 p.m.
July 19 6:02:46 a.m. 9:34:30 p.m.
July 20 6:03:55 am. 9:33.26 p.m.

Simons Weekly Weather


Northwest Montana Regional Forecast


Tuesday, July 13—

Mostly sunny in the
morning then partly
cloudy and hot with areas
of smoke and haze in the afternoon. Highs in the 90s to 102 with lower 80s around 5000 feet. Light northeast winds except
local east to northeast
winds 10 to 15 mph
through favored canyons and across higher elevations.


Wednesday, July 14—

Dry and hot. Lows in the upper 40s to upper 50s
except near 70 on slopes
and ridge tops with mid
60s around 5000 feet.
Highs in the 90s to 103
with lower 80s around
5000 feet.

Thursday & Friday,
Just 15 & 16—

Dry and a little cooler.
Locally breezy at times. Lows in the mid 40s to
mid 50s except lower 60s
on slopes and ridge tops with mid 50s around 5000 feet. Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s with mid 70s around 5000 feet.


Saturday & Sunday,
July 17 & 18—

Dry and warmer. Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s with upper 50s around 5000 feet. Highs in the 90s with upper 70s around 5000 feet.


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National Gas Inventory

As of July 12, 2021 –


Montana gas prices have risen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.17/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana are 21.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 96.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


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National Yellow Pig Day – July 17th  honors the unique attributes of the number 17 and its

significance to mathematics.


If you don’t think the number 17 plays any role in our lives, consider these facts:


– The number 17 is a premium number in the

arena of prime numbers. Add the first four prime numbers together, and 17 is their sum.


– The average school bus weighs 17 tons

with passengers inside.


– Each of the following words has 17 letters:







– The atomic number of chlorine is 17.


– The 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gave the citizens of the United States the right to elect their senators by popular vote.





The unofficial holiday was created in the early 1960s by Princeton mathematics students, David Kelly and Michael Spivak, while working on the special properties of the number 17.

It is unclear why the day was called Yellow Pig Day or what a yellow pig has to do with the

number 17, though legend has it that it is in

reference to David Kelly’s collection of yellow pigs. The mascot of the holiday, the yellow pig, has 17 toes, 17 eyelashes, and 17 teeth.


How to Celebrate?


– Gift the mathematicians in your life marzipan Yellow Pig candies or yellow pig plush toys.

– Do 17 acts of kindness during the day.


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(Greek: δεκαεπτά “seventeen” and φόβος, phobos, “fear”)


Fear of the number 17


It is considered to be ill-fated in Italy and other countries of Greek and Latin origins, while the date Friday the 17th is considered especially unfortunate in Italy. The number is feared due to superstition, and is similar in nature to the fear of the number 13 in Anglo-Saxon countries.


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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:  Stop by our office, 417 Mineral Avenue, #4, and pick up a Career Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the office door. Fill out, return to Job Service, and a Career Coach
will contact you.

To return completed applications to Job Service Libby:

– Hand deliver completed applications to Job Service-Libby,
417 Mineral Avenue, Suite 4  (Place in mail slot in the door)

– Email completed applications to

– Fax completed applications to 406-293-5134

– Mail applications to Job Service-Libby, 417 Mineral Avenue, Suite 4, Libby, MT 59923


Please contact Job Service-Libby at 406-293-6282, extension 0
or if you need a generic application emailed, mailed or faxed to you.  Leave a detailed message with your name and phone number so we can return your call promptly.


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

Assured and encouraged by recent order of justice in Lincoln County

Dear Editor,


I was surprised, yet relieved to hear that Judge Cuff sentenced Cathie Warren to 8 years prison after her latest probation violation for felony animal abuse. This was a crystal-clear message sent to animal abusers and as importantly, to repeat probation violators in Lincoln County. I’ve not lived in a county where the line drawn in the sand has been upheld to such a degree as this, especially in the case of animal cruelty. This sends an indelible message to offenders and animal abusers in this locale. I personally want to thank the Judge, the probation department, prosecuting attorneys and the police for holding people accountable. I also
congratulate the residents for standing behind law enforcement’s efforts to keep us safe from felons and probation violators who flout the chances given them to right their wrongs.

Having worked in the court system in Maricopa County for 20 years, I am
rooted in a belief that restorative justice is more effective than retributive justice, but there are times when a person must be removed from the community for a good long time and sadly, sometimes for good. Ms. Warren was given ample
opportunity to follow court orders and her probation terms. The extent of the
animal abuse that was detailed initially was horrifying to anyone who has a heart for God’s creatures. She flagrantly returned to her previous crimes scoffing at the law and the court which ordered her to refrain from keeping animals. The same was true of Domingo Palafox who viciously tied up and set his dog on fire. He
continued to lie about his crime and threatened witnesses who were asked to
provide evidence.  Here again, the court system dealt firmly and fairly, top to
bottom. The community came together and backed the tireless efforts of animal activists like Julie Hopfer, and again, justice was carried out. We are charged with being good stewards and without the police, a consistent court system and a
justice minded community, we would see crime escalate as it has elsewhere.

BRAVO Lincoln County!


Submitted by

Laurie Boehler Walsh

Libby, MT