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 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    May 24, 2018 

Traveling the World for Uncle Sam

CONDON – The Air Force career of current Condon resident Arthur E. Busby III (aka Buzz) got off to a hesitant start. After spending five years trying to figure out where he fit, he was offered a...

 

Bozeman Author Relates WWII Hero's Story

SEELEY LAKE – On the brink of suicide, author Mark Sullivan pulled himself back and instead prayed to find a story to write, one that had purpose, one that could consume him and give his own life me...

 

How Happy Is a Clam or a Camper?

SEELEY LAKE – A mother looking fondly at her toddler playing in the sandbox might remark, "He's been fussy all morning, but now look at him – he's happy as a clam." Reportedly, Robert E. Lee...

 

Molly Hackett Shares Gardening Expertise

SEELEY LAKE – Despite a thick layer of snow still covering the ground in many yards, more than 50 Clearwater Valley residents, whose fingers were itching to get into the soil, gathered at the...

 

Put Through the Wringer

A teenager who stayed out past curfew and got bombarded with questions upon his return home might tell his friends the next day, "Boy, my dad really put me through the wringer last night." Or perhaps...

 

Seeley Lake Trails Project Presents Survey Results

SEELEY LAKE – Part I of the report on the March 7, 2018 public trails meeting gave the results of the resident and visitor survey conducted in 2017 by the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) Trail...

 

Community Council Hears about Mushrooms, Ice Rinks, Charging Stations and More

SEELEY LAKE – The March 12 meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council heard reports on four in-progress projects, proposals related to mushroom harvesting and an update on the efforts of the...

 

Seeley Lake Trails Project Presents Survey Results

SEELEY LAKE – Part I of the report on the March 7, 2018 public trails meeting gave the results of the resident and visitor survey conducted in 2017 by the CRC Trails Advisory Council. Part II...

 

Seeley Lake Trails Project Presents Survey Results

SEELEY LAKE – In 2014 Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) launched an examination into trail usage in the Seeley Lake area with a view toward developing a comprehensive trails plan. Last year, the...

 

School Safety Tops School Board Discussion

SEELEY LAKE – Access to Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) during non-school hours and problems with the intercom system were the main topics discussed at the SLE School Board meeting Feb. 20. Staff changes and leave of absences were also...

 

Eighth-Grade Students Venture into Business

SEELEY LAKE – Three eighth-grade students in the Jobs for Montana Graduates (JMG) Middle School Program gave a presentation to the Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) School Board Feb. 20 detailing the...

 

Condon Community Church Thanks Emergency Personnel

CONDON – Volunteerism is a way of life in rural communities. Perhaps no volunteers deserve more credit than the emergency personnel – the firefighters and members of the Quick Response Unit (QRU)....

 

Keeping the Ships Afloat

POTOMAC – Since his father, uncle and two cousins had served in the U.S. Navy, it seemed only natural to Scott Miller in 1967 that, rather than wait to be drafted into the U.S. Army, he should...

 

Fun with Snow in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Weather is always a tricky variable when it comes to snow sculptures. Unfavorable snow conditions of the past few Januarys are part of the reason the Seeley Lake Snow Sculpture...

 

Taking Art on the Road

SEELEY LAKE – Each year, the Art Mobile of Montana (AMM) hires a qualified art instructor to load approximately 30 fine art pieces into a van. The instructor then drives all over Montana displaying...

 

The Hermit of The Stray Bullet Reaches Out

OVANDO – Sheri Ritchlin is many things – author, lecturer, essayist, blogger and amateur videographer. During the winter she is the Hermit of the Stray Bullet Café. Ritchlin said, "I have a stran...

 

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

Part 1 of this series on holiday gift-givers talked about Saints and Santas, Part 2 about The Three Kings. Part 3 about Baby Jesus or Christkind. Part 4 will discuss Non-Christian Gift-Givers Though t...

 

SLE Winter Concert Shows Musical Gradation

SEELEY LAKE – From kindergarten through Middle School Band, music teacher Kristen Cottom directed Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) students through a concert of winter-themed music Dec. 19. At the same...

 

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

Part 1 of this series on holiday gift-givers talked about Saints and Santas, Part 2 about The Three Kings. Part 3 will discuss The Baby Jesus or Christkind as Gift-Giver...

 

Recalling a Most Memorable Christmas

Colleen Kesterson of Condon remembers the smell of Christmas. She said, "Always the fragrance of pine and fir bring back memories of the sweet smell filling our house after a day's trudge through the...

 

High School Auditorium Glows with Music

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan's new high school auditorium stage was almost too small to hold the 80 singers and musicians who came from Missoula on Dec. 17 as part of the 2017-2018 concert season...

 

One-Year-Old Organization Celebrates 20th Anniversary

SWAN VALLEY – Though scarcely one year old, Swan Valley Connections (SVC) hosted a grand 20-year celebration Dec. 6 at the Swan Valley Community Hall. In January 2016, Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC)...

 

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

Part 1 of this series on holiday gift-givers talked about Saints and Santas. Part 2 will discuss The Three Kings as Gift-Givers One of the most obvious Christian connections between the giving of...

 

Recalling a Most Memorable Christmas

Susan Stone from Condon said, "I think my most memorable Christmas was the gathering of family shortly before my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. We spent a Christmas in Portland with almost...

 

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

SEELEY LAKE – As every child in the United States knows, on Christmas Eve a jolly old man named Santa Claus, dressed in red coat and hat, hops in his toy-filled sleigh and is magically pulled...

 

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