“If you're going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill 
Thank you for all of your ongoing, consistent, persevering, ever good-humored, patient work that helped us to sell our River Butte property. You make the best team we have ever, ever experienced! Truly! You would take Arizona, especially Sedona, by storm leaving all other companies far behind. It looks like Montana is about to experience another epic growth period. Take care and thank you. Bentley and Alice.

#1 Realtor in Transactions #3 Realtor in Sales Volume #1 Realtor Bigfork 
Montana Regional MLS for the period 1/01/2015 to 12/31/2019. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Hello dear friends and clients,
Happy Summer. The solstice is just around the corner. Long, summer days and cool nights. I love this place! We are still being cautious as Montana is opening for business. It is great to see people enjoying our beautiful Flathead Valley. Although some larger events have been cancelled, the shops, stores and Farmer's Markets are open and there is a renewed sense of appreciation for our open spaces and big skies. People want to be in the Flathead.

Inventory is picking up as well. Prices are trending up and demand is consistent. Some of you may be reticent to list, not being comfortable with showings. Let me assure you, our company does a remarkable job of virtual showings. We can conduct a viewing of your property without anyone actually being there! Buyers are here and these days, just about the whole process of listing and selling can be done virtually. Also, it appears interest rates will stay low for a while making real estate a wise investment.

On that note, if you have recently cancelled, withdrawn your listing or it has expired, contact me. We'll get it listed and sold! My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. Call, text or email me. We'll have dinner (I have an in with the local sushi joint). 

Best of health, wherever this finds you and if your are here, stop in to the office. See you soon. Denise
Local News
Lake Baked has moved into the Brookie's Cookie spot by the river. Bakery and river view bar will keep Bigfork happy all summer!
Head down to the Bigfork Village Market Monday evenings at 5. You'll find food, craft beer, music and more. All local, all great!
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Bigfork 4th of July Parade Cancelled .
This was a decision that no one wanted to make but there was not a way to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the state and county. To read the full newspaper article, click here .
Glacier National Park Open.
The park will open the west gate entrance at West Glacier for day use only. The gate will be open until 4:30 p.m. each day, until operations are extended. Visitors will be able to access Agpar and Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Lake McDonald Lodge.  The Sun Road will open to hiker/biker traffic as conditions allow. Check the Park Website for regular updates- click here .
National Market News
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Denise's Cooking Corner -
Baked Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Coconut-Lime Rice
A spicy, fragrant peanut sauce reminiscent of the groundnut stews that are popular across West Africa anchors this recipe. Any protein would be lucky to be doused and marinated in it. The original recipe calls for tofu. I substitute chicken for the tofu and peanut satay sauce for quite a few of the original ingredients. For the original recipe, click here.

2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil, plus more for brushing the pan and drizzling
⅔ cup lime juice (from about 5 limes), and zest of 1 lime
Kosher salt
8 baby bell peppers or 1 medium bell pepper (any color will do), stemmed and thinly sliced lengthwise
Black pepper
1 cup long-grain rice like jasmine or basmati
½ cup full-fat coconut milk
1 cup (or to taste) bottled Peanut Satay Sauce
2 teaspoons chopped habanero pepper (or jalapeno), stem and seeds removed or 1 tablespoon sambal
3 cups peppery greens, like arugula, mizuna or baby mustard greens
2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
Chicken breast filets

Heat the oven to 450 degrees and lightly brush a large rimmed sheet pan with oil. In a small bowl, stir 4 tablespoons lime juice with 1/2 teaspoon salt until salt dissolves. Add the sliced peppers, a few cracks of black pepper and set aside.

In a small pot, combine the rice with 1 cup water and the coconut milk. Season with salt and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over medium-low until the rice is just tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, until ready to serve.

In a medium bowl, whisk 4 tablespoons lime juice with the satay sauce and habanero. Stir until smooth and season to taste with salt.

Arrange the chicken filets in a single layer on the oiled baking sheet and season with salt. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the peanut sauce over each, covering the top and allowing the sauce to run down and coat the sides. Drizzle the tops with some oil, and roast until glaze is set, deep brown and caramelized along the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Add the remaining lime juice and to the leftover peanut sauce in the bowl to make the dressing; set aside.

Divide the greens among bowls. Add the lime zest and half the sliced scallions to the rice, then fluff with a fork. Top the greens with the rice, then the chicken. Spoon the peanut dressing over everything, and garnish with the drained pickled peppers and remaining sliced scallions.

Denise's Book Corner - The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester
This narrative fits my ethos perfectly as I am fascinated by World War II stories, particularly ones about women during the war. The added twist has a dual timeline—1942 and 2005. The story revolves around a New York Vogue model, Jessica May, whose career makes an abrupt change when the war starts. A handsome American soldier who takes her under his wing taking her to key and dangerous places for her work. Then there is the orphan girl, Victorine, who opens their hearts.

Going forward to 2005, decades after World War II, D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a French chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. She uncovers secrets that will change her life including everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine.

The Paris Orphan is modeled after real life characters highlighting the horrors of the war and the discrimination faced by female correspondents.
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