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Articles from the May 12, 2016 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Lightning Storm Kicks Off Wildfire Season

GREENOUGH - The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and local volunteer fire departments have responded to five lightning-caused wildfires in the Clearwater/Blackfoot area...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

SLE Levy Passes, Local Election Results

Members of the Seeley Lake community took to the polls May 2 to vote on Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) general fund levy and elect two SLE School Board of Trustees. Those in the Swan and Potomac Valleys voted on a mail-in ballot for two...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

New Trail Connects Highway 83 Trail to SSHS

SEELEY LAKE – Construction has begun on a new trail connecting Montana Highway 83 to the curbed sidewalk just west of Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) on Locust Lane. The project is funded by...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Changing Habitats and Using Technology Helps this Year's Biggest Losers

SEELEY LAKE - The Biggest Loser Challenge at Optimal Fitness in Seeley Lake returned for its fourth year. This year Seeley Lake resident Susan Bracha walked away with the first place, $500 cash prize,...

 
 By Mary Stranahan    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Support CSKT Water Compact Through Ratification

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact is much more than just a piece of legislation—it is a negotiated agreement that ensures the future of agriculture in our state. Without the Compact the Tribes would have to define...

 
 By Juanita Vero    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Strohmaier Will Bridge Rural and Urban Concerns

I live in a rural area of Missoula County where sometimes it’s de rigeur to complain about the policies, directions and goings on “in town.”  But I love Missoula and I fiercely love Missoula County.  Our issues do not have black and white...

 
 By Amber Leetch    Opinion    May 12, 2016

spring break

The excitement the weeks before the temptation to run screaming fearing you'll explode from the anticipation daydreaming of warm weather and sandy beaches hoping to get a tan even though pale skin...

 

What the Duck...part two

So with me at the helm and Ruth navigating, we arrived in Ludington, Michigan at the dock. It was kinda like crossing the border into Canada or Mexico...ya just can't drive up and pull onto the ferry....

 

Blackfoot-Clearwater WMA Opens for Shed-Antler Hunting May 15

HELENA - Shed-antler hunters and other recreationists planning to visit a Montana Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are reminded that while many popular WMAs open at noon on May 15 including the Blackfoot-Clearwater WMA aka the Game Range, several do...

 

Fourth-Grader Organizes Assembly

SEELEY LAKE – Tuesday, May 3, Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) teachers were directed to bring their students to the multi-purpose room for a school assembly. Most of the teachers were puzzled,...

 

Too Many Choices

The deadline for this article is four hours away and I still can't decide which of many topics to write about. We live in a wonderfully diverse place which is only adding to my decision problems. I...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    May 12, 2016

Giant Meadowlarks and Colorful Cowboys Draw Crowd in Greenough

GREENOUGH - The evening of May 6 the reception barn at The Paws Up Resort in Greenough was decked out with paintings, drawings and art auction items plus 3-D faces and collaborative murals. The...

 

Quinn Marie Hamilton

SEELEY LAKE - Quinn Marie Hamilton was born March 30 at 1:36 a.m. to Derek Flahive and Amie Morton. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents include Amy and Ken...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Getting Ready for Fire Season

SEELEY LAKE – Nearly a dozen organizations filled the bays of the Seeley Lake Fire Hall for the Community Fire Preparedness Day May 7. The community was invited to get information about how to...

 
 By Buzz Busby    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Facing Adversity

You are a very rare person, indeed, if you have never faced a difficult time in your life such as death of a loved one, divorce, loss of home, unemployment…etc. I could list many possible events in your life that would give you extreme sorrow in...

 
 By Colleen Kesterson    News    May 12, 2016

Changes Made to Draft Plan, Chair Moseley Resigns

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) met May 4 to continue edits to the Swan Valley Regional Plan (SVRP). They considered comments from residents and Missoula lawyer Colleen Dowdall. Comments from Swan Valley residents...

 

Pinchot Journal: A Meal of Biscuits and Venison

Gifford Pinchot, who later became chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was working for the National Forest Commission in 1896 when he traveled south through the Swan Valley with Jack Monroe, a trapper and guide. In the previous installment of the...

 

Sweeney Takes Different Approach

MISSOULA - Mark Sweeney, who is running for the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) District 4, has decided to do things a bit differently out on the campaign trail. Aside from spending a lot of...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Local Talent Impresses at AAI Talent Show

SEELEY LAKE – The Alpine Artisans Inc. (AAI) Art Auction and Talent Show Friday, May 6 offered something for every palette. Attendees were able to enjoy and bid on local artists' work while...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Young Musicians Entertain

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) band hosted their spring concert May 3. In addition to songs with the entire band, the twelve members, from fifth through eighth grade, played solos...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Mr. B Brings Boogie-Woogie to Blackfoot Valley

OVANDO - Mark "Mr. B" Braun gave new meaning to the term tinkling the ivories as he filled the Ovando School gymnasium May 5 with foot-stopping, piano rocking, get-up-and-dance blues and boogie-woogie...

 
 By Dr. Todd Fife    News    May 12, 2016

The Truth about MRSA

Wow, just finished a great week at the clinic here in Seeley Lake, Montana! What a great place to live and what a great place to work. With the advent of spring, we've seen the typical springtime...

 
 By Colleen Kesterson    News    May 12, 2016

Todd McNutt Horseshoeing, LLC

Goal: Owner Todd McNutt says whether trimming hooves or shoeing horses and mules, he takes his time with each one at every visit. He tries to make it a positive learning experience and to build a...

 
 By Chelsea Cahoon    News    May 12, 2016

Blackhawks Host B-C Tournament

SEELEY LAKE - Eleven teams from Class B and C schools gathered at the Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake Tuesday, May 3. The day was clear and sunny, just right for a golf match. "The kids are...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 12, 2016

Lady Blackhawks Take Second at Haines Memorial Meet

MISSOULA - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks competed at the Kim Haines Memorial Meet May 7. The meet drew 27 teams from A, B and C class schools. The Lady Blackhawks took second overall, just three points...

 

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