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Articles from the August 3, 2017 edition

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 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Fire Camp Sets Up at SLE

SEELEY LAKE- Firefighters and support crew have moved into Seeley Lake Elementary. As of Monday, there were 137 personnel working based out of the school. The crews are working on the Rice Ridge Fire...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 3, 2017

Untold Stories of the Jocko Lakes Fire

SEELEY LAKE – On the night of July 18, 2007, firefighters watched as a group of trees burst into flames. The torching trees looked like candles on a birthday cake, at first burning strong only to wa...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Steer Project Honors Memory

SEELEY LAKE – A thick white binder sat on the dining room table inside the Sexton's home down the road from Kozy Korner. The binder detailed four years of 4-H projects that Dani Sexton has worked...

 

Change Your Pace Challenge Raises More Than $80,000

SEELEY LAKE — In the unincorporated communities around Seeley Lake, it is the efforts of many volunteer organizations that provide services and support in the areas of art and culture, education, community development, natural resources and...

 

Dear Seeley Lake Community,

We want to take this time to thank you for embracing us with open arms and accepting us as community members from our first day in this beautiful place. It has been great to develop relationships with so many of you, learn from you, work with you...

 

Wildland Firefighting Stays in the Blood

Andi Bourne wrote an excellent but incredibly sad Editor’s Note on behalf of the young firefighter that we lost.  I, too, have several years of fire experience, all on the Lolo National Forest: my first three as one of the first women in...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 3, 2017

Paint a Clear Financial Picture Before Residents Have to Pay

SEELEY LAKE - Polson is developing a $17.6 million sewer upgrade after the EPA came in and levied a $40,000 fine on the district for exceeding its wastewater discharge limits. Sewer bills will jump from $20 per month to $60, and that’s for 2,000...

 
 By Bruce Friede    Opinion    August 3, 2017

SLE School Board Responsible to Taxpayer for Incoming Fire Camp Funds

SEELEY LAKE - I recall the U.S. Forest Service running fire camp operations from the Seeley Lake Elementary three times for local forest fires. The Forest Service pays a fee to rent the facility while the Seeley Lake Elementary School is not in...

 

How Far Will Sewer Board and Manager Go Using Questionable Practices to Seize Control Over Approval for Sewer?

SEELEY LAKE - The five business men on the Seeley Lake Sewer Board and their general manager Greg Robertson, henceforth called B/gm, have now conjured up at least three purposely twisted ways to try to get their sewer proposal past the constituents...

 

Seeley Lake Sewer District Highlights Proposal Details

by PartnersCreative On behalf of the Seeley Lake Sewer District SEELEY LAKE - Property owners in Seeley Lake don’t have to sift through thousands of pages of water quality studies and engineering reports in order to learn key points about the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 3, 2017

Community Health Assessment to Include Outlying Communities – Input Sought

The Missoula County Health Department is adding a section addressing the health of rural communities to their Community Health Assessment revision for 2017. Residents in outlying communities in Missoula County are encouraged to share what health...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Beach Resigns from Community Foundation

SEELEY LAKE—Anne Beach, executive director for the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, had her last day on the job Aug. 1. “Montana has been really good to us,” said Beach, who, along with her husband Alan is a Montana native. “We likely will...

 
 By Rich Nelson    Opinion    August 3, 2017

The Thomas Hagerty Homestead

Like many privately owned properties throughout Montana, the Thomas Hagerty homestead came into private ownership thanks to the Federal government which first surveyed the land, and later opened it...

 

Huckleberry Season

The huckleberries are on! These wild, sweet berries define living in the Rockies for many. I love eating huckleberries but I love picking them more. Moving slowly from bush to bush I experience the...

 
 By Jessie Thoreson    News    August 3, 2017

Huckleberry Study in the Swan Valley

SWAN VALLEY - This summer, Swan Valley Connections is partnering with US Geological Survey and a citizen science organization called EarthWatch Institute to begin a three-year huckleberry research...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 3, 2017

Robinett Siblings Both Hilleman Scholars

BOZEMAN  – Recent Seeley-Swan High School graduate Nino Robinett was among 50 students selected for Montana State University's (MSU) Hilleman Scholars Program. He joins his sister Eliana who was...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Sokoloski Adds to Property Management Empire

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Swan Vacation Rentals is under new ownership. Carrie Sokoloski bought the company from the previous owner, Shelley Alsup, at the end of April. Sokoloski takes on the new...

 

Community Briefs

Free Grocery Delivery Available for Seniors on Fixed Income There are still slots available for the Roots Grocery Delivery Program for Seeley-Swan and Potomac residents. Missoula Food Bank and Department of Health and Human Services partnered to deli...

 

Public Comment Sought on Glacier Loon Supplemental EA

KALISPELL – The Swan Lake Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest is seeking public comment on the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Glacier Loon Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project. The project area is located south...

 

Rare Priviledge

“I’m praying not only for them But also for those who will believe in me Because of them and their witness about me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind— Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So they might be one...

 

Frances Martha (nee Luke) Schiefelbein 1928 ~ 2017

SEELEY LAKE - Frances Martha Schiefelbein was born at home to Frank and Martha Luke Nov. 18, 1928, in St. Clair Shores, Mich. She attended Lutheran parochial grade schools in Detroit, East Detroit... Full story

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 3, 2017

Potomac and Seeley Lake 4-H Projects to Watch For

MISSOULA - The 4-H Country Fair is open to the public Aug. 8 – 13th at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. The Country Fair is an opportunity for 4-H members to show off their projects and hard work. Livestock and other projects are highlighted in...

 

Public Comment Sought - Weed Lake Landscape Restoration Project Proposed Action

KALISPELL – The Swan Lake Ranger District is requesting comments on the Weed Lake Landscape Restoration Project Proposal. The project is located approximately 14 miles southeast of Bigfork, Mont. adjacent to, and east of Swan Lake. The project...

 

Pathfinder Introduces "Best of the Valleys"

Click to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VY8GXLH We at the Seeley-Swan Pathfinder are taking on a new challenge in 2017. For the first time, the Pathfinder is trying to figure out what people lik... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 3, 2017

Fire's Fast Growth Leads to Questions of Agency Transparency and Management

SEELEY LAKE – Tuesday morning, following the first community meeting of the Rice Ridge Fire, evacuation warnings were issued for areas north of Seeley Lake, the town and Double Arrow Ranch...

 

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