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U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued an update on the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service say that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

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One new case of COVID-19 in the Idaho Panhandle today brings the total cases to 45, with 42 cases confirmed in Kootenai County and three in Bonner County.

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Public health plays a critical role in building strong, prosperous, and free societies around the world. Today, as our Nation and entire global community continue to combat the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to do our part to stop the spread of this …

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-Montana, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the Trump Administration to grant farmers more flexibility in their Farm Service Agency loans in order to ensure the continuity of the country's food supply and support rural areas during the co…

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Montana, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to work with our allies around the world and fully investigate China’s response to the emergence of the virus causing COVID-19.


Montana State University has announced its undergraduate honor rolls for fall semester 2019. More than 4,900 were honored; 11 from Lincoln and Boundary Counties.

Auditions for the community theater production of Cheaper by the Dozen, to be staged in March, will be held at the Pearl Theater from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 3 and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 4.


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Alfred 'Al' Victor Pennock, Libby, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the age of 91.  Services, initially set for Saturday, April 18, have been postponed due to the current pandemic. The date will be announced once rescheduled.

Our Lord and Savior called James R. Brinton, 86, Libby, home to heaven on March 12, 2020, after an aneurysm rupture. Dates for Jim's summer memorial are pending.

Mary Ann LaBelle, 83, died on March 15, 2020, at her home in Libby of natural causes. Graveside services were held March 24 at the City of Libby Cemetery.

Dorothy Marie McCarty, 77, passed into the arms of her savior on March 17, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus precautionary measures.

James L. Jones, 87, Libby was peacefully called home to be with the Lord on March 19, 2020. Arrangements are pending for a private family celebration of life.

Sports & Outdoors

Due to health concerns for students and volunteers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is postponing all hunter and bowhunter education classes that are scheduled through March 30, at which point FWP will reassess the situation.

Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester today sent a letter to Commissioner Robert Manfred welcoming Major League Baseball (MLB) to Montana to discuss concerns with the proposal to undermine Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in the state.

Libby's Ryggs Johnston was one of a trio David Puig and Cameron Sisk carding three under 68s to lead Arizona State past in-state rival and 36-hole leader Arizona in blustery wind to take an eight-stroke victory at 20-under-par 832.

Letters to the Editor

In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and t…

"WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constituti…

When I announced my primary challenge to President Donald Trump last year, I knew running against him for the GOP nomination was the ultimate long shot. Even now, after impeachment, after three years of vulgarities, inanities, betrayals and racist screeds, he has a 94% approval rating among …

The U.S. Senate impeachment trial is making a mockery of a significant provision of the United States Constitution, which gives the House of Representatives the sole power of impeachment and the Senate the sole power of impeachment trial.


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