National Gas Inventory

As of July 26, 2021 –


Montana gas prices are unchanged  in the past week,
averaging $3.21/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily
survey of 615 stations in Montana. Gas prices in Montana
are 14.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and
stand 96.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station
in Montana is priced at $2.99/g today while the most expensive is $3.79/g, a difference of 80.0 cents per gallon. The
lowest price in the state today is $2.99/g while the highest
is $3.79/g, a difference of 80.0 cents per gallon.


The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.9 cents
per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.14/g today. The national average is up 4.7 cents per gallon from a month
ago and stands 97.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

Idaho- $3.68/g, up 4.5 cents per gallon
from last week’s $3.63/g.

Billings- $3.09/g, unchanged from last week’s $3.09/g.

Wyoming- $3.45/g, up 2.5 cents per gallon
from last week’s $3.42/g.

Courtesy of GasBuddy

Simons Weekly Weather

Northwest Montana Regional Forecast


Includes Lincoln

and Sanders Counties—

Libby, Troy,
Eureka, Yaak,

Bull Lake, Noxon,
Heron, Trout Creek,
Thompson Falls, and

The Cabinet Mountains


Tuesday, July 20—

Areas of smoke and haze otherwise variable clouds and hot. Highs in the 90s with near 80 around 5000 feet. Afternoon west to southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with ridge top winds southwest 10 to 20 mph.


Wednesday to Sunday,
July 28 to August 1—

No precipitation and hot except for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Areas of smoke and haze. Lows in the lower 50s to lower 60s with lower 70s on slopes and ridge tops and upper 60s around 5000 feet. Highs in the lower 90s to 102 with lower 80s around 5000 feet.

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  • asafetida


Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. Any of several plants of the genus Ferula in the parsley family. 2. Hing, the dried, usually powdered or lumpy, strong-smelling gum from the roots of these plants, used in cooking and folk medicine.

In Play: Asafetida is occasionally used as a herbal medicine: “The book of herbal medicine mentions some herbs that can help lower flatulence: asafetida, cumin seed, and winter savory.” It is most often used in Indian cooking: “Asafetida gives dishes a super-savory element otherwise lacking in South Indian fare, which is almost exclusively vegetarian.”

Dr. Goodward,

Ace High Barbeque Sauce

Taken from a book of old cowboy recipes,

collected by rodeo champion

‘Wild Wes’ Medley, and published by him as

The Original Cowboy Cookbook.



1 cup strong black coffee

1 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons hot chile powder

2 teaspoons salt

2 cups chopped onions

1/4 cup chopped green chile
peppers: jalapeno, serrano,
habanero, etc.

6 cloves garlic, minced



Simmer for 25 minutes; puree or blend.

Use as a marinade and a baste when barbecuing.


Courtesy of

Now available at
Lincoln County Libraries:

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey

by Robert Burleigh (Author), Wendell Minor (Illustrations)

Robert Burleigh’s narrative
nonfiction picture book follows a
hummingbird’s migration south for the winter, with stunning art by Wendell Minor.

When the last summer flowers open their petals to the sun, it’s time for a tiny ruby-throated hummingbird to dip its beak into the heart of each bloom, extracting as much nectar as possible before the hard trip ahead.

Today is the day Tiny Bird begins its amazing journey south for the winter, traveling as fast as thirty miles an hour for hundreds of miles on end. The trip is long, with savage weather and many predators along the way, but Tiny Bird is built for this epic journey and eventually arrives at its winter home. This inspiring migratory and life cycle story celebrates the important and impressive feat.


Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

by Andrea Pitzer (Author)

Long before Bering or
Amundsen, long before Franklin
or Shackleton, there was William Barents, in many ways the
greatest polar explorer of them all. In this engrossing narrative of the Far North, enriched by her own
adventurous sojourns in the
Arctic, Andrea Pitzer brings
Barents’ three harrowing
expeditions to vivid life–while giving us fascinating insights into one of history’s most intrepid



Sunrise & Sunset Times

July 28 6:13:47 a.m.     9:23:38 p.m.
July 29 6:15:04 a.m. 9:22:15 p.m.
July 30 6:16:22 a.m. 9:20:51 p.m.
July 31 6:17:41 a.m. 9:19:25 p.m.
August 1 6:19:00 a.m. 9:17:58 p.m.
August 2 6:20:19 a.m. 9:16:28 p.m.
August 3 6:21:39 am. 9:14:57 p.m.

Courtesy of

Environmental Restoration

– Dispatcher (Troy)/$13.70/Part-Time

– Arborist Foreman/ Project Manager/$20-30/FT
– Construction Controller/Noble Excavating

– RN/Home Health/Libby

– District Kitchen Manager/Head Cook/$14.08/FT

– 2021-22  School Nutrition Assistant/$11.47/FT

– Environmental Service Aide-Weekends

– Permanent PT Teller/Lincoln County Credit Union

– Executive Director, Lincoln County Port Authority and Kootenai River development council/competitive salary/FT


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

Paws for recognition, please!

August—National Dog Month

Celebrating our loveable canine pals smack in the middle of the dog days
of summer.

Dogs are the #1 most commonly owned pets on the planet, and with good reason. Scientific studies prove our paw-some companions make us happier, less stressed, and more optimistic?

The list of benefits to spending time with a dog goes on and on, but it all proves one thing––that a month-long celebration of our furry best friends has been a long time coming.

Whether your dog burrows under the blankets with you at night, keeps watch over your livestock, hikes to the top of every peak and swims in every lake, or works to alert you to a health need, we want to see them!

Share a photo of your trusted and cherished canine companion with The Montanian during the month of August for a chance to win a special gift bag just for them.

Dog lovers know a life without dogs is a life missing something special, and that’s a fact worth celebrating.


Send us your dog’s name, photo,
address, and a brief description about
their usual “day in the life” and why they might deserve a special shout.

Be sure to include your own name
and address, too! Winners will be
chosen by Montanian Staff and
announced on Wednesday, September 8.

All entries should be mailed to:
The Montanian, 317 California Avenue,
Libby, MT, 59923. Email entries also welcome:

Open submissions for 2022 FEC Calendar

Flathead Electric Cooperative produces
an annual calendar featuring photos of our local area taken by Co-op members and photo submissions for the 2022 project are being accepted now.

Photos submitted must be high resolution and should depict wildlife, scenery, people,
activities, or anything that represents our unique lifestyle and special corner of
Northwest Montana.

Entrants must be a member of the Flathead Electric Co-op and a nonprofessional photographer. 14 photos will be selected for the 2022 calendar.

Members selected to be featured in the calendar will receive $25 and their name will be published in the calendar. The 2022 calendar will be printed and available for members in November of this year.

The deadline to submit photos is August 31. All photos must be submitted online. at