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Articles from the May 5, 2016 edition

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 By Colleen Kesterson    News    May 5, 2016

Katie Wright Chili Champ

SWAN VALLEY - American Legion Post No. 63 held their 26th annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday April 30 at the Swan Valley Community Hall. Nearly 50 people participated in tasting and choosing their...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 5, 2016

SSHS Expansion to Start in June

SEELEY LAKE - The addition of the Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) stage and other improvements was discussed at the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) board meeting, April 26 in Seeley Lake. The construction is being put out to bid this week (see...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 5, 2016

Parcell a Cut Above the Rest in the West

MISSOULA – 2013 Seeley-Swan High School graduate from Condon John Parcell proved to be the best lumberjack in the west while competing against eight other schools during the Stihl Timbersports...

 
 By Bo Jungers    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Gun Control

I believe, as our founding fathers did, that it is not a privilege but a right to own and bear arms. In our world today there are so many crimes and violent acts being committed that people are... Full story

 

Elect Strohmaier

 I met both 2016 commissioner candidates long before they were candidates and I have chosen to support Dave Strohmaier for the following reasons. Teamwork to Dave means working together with the other Commissioners to resolve disagreements and make...

 
 By Rep. Mike Cuffe    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Support Protecting Workplace Advancement & Opportunity Act

All employers in Montana should be informed of a new rule, thanks to “a Big Brother move” by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  This proposal would significantly change which employees are eligible to be salaried and which must be hourly...

 

Keep Rye as Commissioner

MISSOULA - Finally someone got it right in Missoula and had guts enough to have it in the Pathfinder and hopefully in the Missoulian! Thank you Tyler Gernant, who is the clerk and treasurer of Missoula County.  You beat me to it and your letter is...

 

Strohmaier for Commissioner

MISSOULA - We’re voting for Dave Strohmaier, Democratic Candidate for County Commissioner. Dave is a thoughtful leader with decades of experience administering programs and managing staff.  He listens and acts with respect and with a collaborative...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 5, 2016

Survey Highlights Voter Preferences in Missoula County

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Elections Office, in partnership with the University of Montana Political Science Department, conducted a January telephone survey of 605 registered voters in Missoula County. The intent was to examine voter behaviors...

 
 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    May 5, 2016

The Story of Houndstongue

Houndstongue, a plant native to Western Europe to central Asia, is highly invasive in character outside of its native range. Present throughout much of North America and now a common rangeland,...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    May 5, 2016

Colts and Goslings Cracking Eggs

POTOMAC - There are more than 100 individual Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and 250 individual greater sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) nesting and hatching their eggs near Potomac waterways. Surve...

 

Primary Candidates Forum at Next Council Meeting

SEELEY LAKE - Four days before absentee ballots will be mailed out for the June 7 primary, the Seeley Lake Community Council will hold a Candidates Forum, so that voters will have a chance to hear the candidates, question them and make informed choic...

 
 News    May 5, 2016

BBB Warns Consumers Before Hiring Movers

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving the Northwest is reminding consumers to be cautious when hiring a moving company or they could end up with a business that can’t deliver. Movers doing business in Washington must have a permit from the Washi...

 

Words and Birds

I recently relearned a lesson I thought I had already learned and thought I understood...words are like birds, once they’re out of the cage, they’re often hard to recapture. Why is it so easy to find fault in others and so difficult to see it in...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 5, 2016

Locals Take to the Stage this Friday

SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI) presents their first Alpine Review: Art Auction and Community Talent Show May 6 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Attendees can enjoy local entertainment ranging from original to traditional musical...

 
 By Dave Strohmaier    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Leadership and Vision for the Future

Missoula County is a great place to live and raise a family, but to keep it that way we need leadership with a clear vision for the future, rooted in stewardship for this place, which is why I'm runni...

 
 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    May 5, 2016

Keeping Clear Water

SEELEY LAKE – One of the goals of the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is to protect and sustain the waters of the Clearwater River drainage system. To this end, CRC has a number of projects in...

 

Please Pause for Pets and People

Well, it’s about to be vacation time again. First, let me say to our Seeley Lake people how proud many of us are that we have few running dogs due to all of you who watch your dogs closely. Yes, sometimes a dog does get loose accidently and when I...

 
 By Chelsea Cahoon    News    May 5, 2016

Hawks Take First At Darby Invitational

HAMILTON - The Blackhawks played the Darby Invitational on Tuesday, April 26 in Hamilton, Mont. They placed three boys in the top 10 and took first place overall as a team. "It was a great day!" said...

 
 News    May 5, 2016

Community Briefs

Toast to Trail Creek, May 12 SEELEY LAKE - The community is invited to the Toast to Trail Creek at the Homestead Cabin on Double Arrow Ranch Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. Residents can see how the new fish screen and stream enhancements help ensure a he...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 5, 2016

Blackhawks Set PRs in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - More than half of Seeley-Swan athletes set new personal records (PR) at the Fairfield-Belt Invitational April 30. The Lady Blackhawks took first at the meet beating out Glasgow by a...

 

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