Fil-Am Fiesta on Kootenai River

“Maayong Hapon kaninyong tanan!” — “Good Afternoon!”

A parade of Filipino heritage enters the Fred Brown Pavilion on Saturday afternoon, August 7, as the first-ever
Fil-Am Fiesta took to center stage to entertain its special guests. Traditions of the Southeast Asian islands were
presented by both Libby and Troy are residents who are now just as proud to call Lincoln County home.
(Photo by Stacy Bender)  —  SEE MORE FROM THE 2021 FIESTA ON PAGE 7

Stage 2 fire reminders from the
desk of Lincoln County Forester

With fire danger at ”Extreme” across Lincoln County, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions went into effect for Lincoln County on Thursday, July 15th.  The State of Montana and the Kootenai National Forest followed on Saturday, July 17th.  Troy and Libby declared Stage 2 restrictions on July 14th and July 19th respectively.

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or closed of all flammable materials.
  3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:
  4. Operating any internal combustion engine.
  5. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  6. Using explosives.

A one-hour foot patrol in the work area is
required following cessation of all activities as
identified in #3 above.

  1. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Item 2 means that backyard recreational fires, solid fuel barbeques (those using briquettes or
pellets), tiki torches, candles and other devices
with open flames are not allowed under Stage 2
restrictions. Gas barbeques are allowed.

People should use caution when using lawn maintenance equipment, observing hours of use restrictions and making sure lawnmowers have a spark arrestor. Additionally, people should take care when parking or idling vehicles, making sure the vehicle exhaust systems are not in contact with any flammable materials, including brush and grass.

To date, public lands within Lincoln County have remained open due to the diligence of area residents in complying with Stage 2 restrictions.

In order to prevent Stage 3 restrictions from
going into effect across the county, it is imperative that those restrictions continue to be followed.

For more information on wildfire, please visit:


– Jennifer Nelson

Lincoln County Forester

Delta Variant begins to take hold in Lincoln County,

 creep up in

local Covid-19 cases




by Eric Dietrich

Montana Free Press


As of Friday,
August 6, the state
reports that 902,548 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 446,031 Montanans —

48% of the eligible

population — have been fully immunized.

The state has reported a cumulative total of 117,882 confirmed COVID-19 cases,

including 272 new

cases since the most recent report,

1,973 active cases,
and 114,187 people
considered recovered.

State officials also

report that 5,811 of

the cases have resulted in hospitalizations,

with 137 patients

currently hospitalized.
There have been
1,722 Montana deaths
attributed to the


The state does not
update COVID statistics on Saturday or Sunday.

All maps can be
accessed by visiting:


Courtesy of

Montana Free Press,