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Articles from the August 17, 2017 edition

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 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017

Huckleberry Festival Celebrates Montana's "Purple Gold"

SWAN LAKE - Montana does not have a designated state fruit, but if it did, no one would question the nomination of the huckleberry. From border to border, in gift stores and truck stops, restaurants...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017

Seeley Lake Battles More Smoke Than Flames

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula City-County Health Department issued recommendations Aug. 9 to avoid the dangerous wildfire smoke in Seeley Lake. Recent air monitoring readings have shown record levels of...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017

Area Youth Excel at Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA – Smoke from wildfires around Western Montana settled in Missoula but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of fair-goers and exhibitors at the Western Montana Fair. The Seeley Lake Trailblazer...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 17, 2017

Potomac 4-H Club Victorious at Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA - Potomac Valley 4H members wagon-wheeled right through the 2017 Western Montana Fair with projects ranging from cowboy poetry to leathercraft to English horsemanship, flashlights, hogs, and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017

Untold Stories of the Jocko Lakes Fire

SEELEY LAKE – The $31.5 million price tag for the 2007 Jocko Lakes Fire made it the costliest fire in Montana history to date. During the height of suppression efforts, Montana spent $1 million per...

 

Wildfires and Logging

Two young firefighters killed by falling snags – snags that should not have even been there. These snags should have been cut years ago and sent to the sawmill as logs, or cut and sent to the pulp mill. When all else failed – open the gate and...

 
 By Gary Niklas    Opinion    August 17, 2017

Stay Safe While on a Walk

With school about to start very soon, it would be a good idea if the kids, as well as their parents and grandparents, knew how to walk safely on a road where there are no sidewalks. Yesterday I saw a young man walking his dog on the right side of...

 

Daines - A Little Bit About Our Summer

While we’re dealing with one of the worst threatening wildfires in the U.S. right now here with our Rice Ridge Fire on Seeley Lake’s doorstep, Senator Jon Tester and Governor Bullock both came to Seeley Lake to make serious inquiries and...

 

No More Silence about the Sewer Board

SEELEY LAKE – I have sat quietly by, watching the Sewer Board do their thing for many years. That ends today! You keep trying any and all ways to circumvent the majority vote against the sewer. No, don’t try to explain it to me again about how so...

 

A Hard Look at Forest Management and Fire Suppression is Needed

Before I start let me make it clear, I support and honor all those who are working to control the fires burning near Seeley Lake and throughout Montana. However, those in charge, including the Forest Service and our government representatives need...

 

Comments Insult to Firefighters and Public Health Officials

I was pleased to read an article in the Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 11 that reported on the forest fire situation in the Seeley Lake area. I am a resident of this town and I can unequivocally state that this natural disaster has had a tremendous impa...

 
 By John Rice    Opinion    August 17, 2017

Don't Just Let It Burn

Having just read Professor Fernanda Santos letter in the Aug. 10 Missoulian entitled “Some Wildfires Simply Cannot Be Fought.” I think Fernando’s letter sounds just like articles written by most National Forest Service people. In other words, t...

 

Shibui

Shibui and Shibusa are related Japanese terms that are not easily definable, but basically describe something that is outwardly very simple, basic and beautiful in perception/appearance, but within which lie subtle but increasing complexities that ar...

 

Psychological Complexities

This past week, a reader asked me a question. The question was basically the following: I'm really good at what I do for living. So why do I dislike it? The answer can vary from person to person and...

 

Carnival For Addy - Labor Day Weekend

SEELEY LAKE – It's been five weeks since the world of Seeley Lake residents Jen and Treay Trevino was turned upside down. From a happy family of four – enjoying the beauty and joys of their small...

 

Governor Bullock Declares New Fire Emergency for State of Montana

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock issued a new Executive Order declaring a fire emergency to exist in the state of Montana.  “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure folks on the ground have the resources they need to protect...

 

Managing Weeds After Wildfires

The effects of wildfires on plants will vary, depending upon fire intensity and specific plant characteristics. Many plant species will survive and reinitiate growth soon after a fire. However, the ability of desirable plants to reestablish, reseed...

 

Keeping Vigilant Protecting Montana's Waterways

With summer more than half over, more than 23,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Aquatic Invasive Species inspection stations around the state. “This hot and dry weather has a lot of people looking to cool off...

 

Snake Season is Here

Not a hunting season, but a season to admire Montana’s snakes for what they are: a vital cog in the natural world that serves an important purpose even if some of us suffer the heebie-jeebies at the mere thought of a snake. Last week while out for...

 

Reports of Rattlesnakes in Missoula Area

 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has received reports of rattlesnakes in the Missoula valley in recent weeks and offers safety reminders to hikers and homeowners.  “Rattlesnakes move down into moist river bottoms during hot, dry periods...

 

Iwo Jima Silhouette Added to Veteran's Memorial Park

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Veterans Memorial Park has a new silhouette memorializing Iwo Jima. Shawn Knopp made the new image after his father Glen requested it to honor his mother Barbara's...

 

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Celebrates 45th Anniversary Season with "Macbeth"

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing Macbeth on the Double Arrow Lodge Grounds in Seeley Lake at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24. The New York Times has said of MSIP, "It is...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017

Behind the Lines on the Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - As of Aug. 15, the Rice Ridge Fire continues to burn 1.4 miles northeast of Seeley Lake. It has grown 3,331 acres and remains 10 percent contained. Nearly 100 firefighters have been...

 

The High Cost of Permanence

As the Rice Ridge fire pressed down upon us and I prepared to evacuate, my belongings felt like a burden. Protecting them was clearly not worth the loss of someone’s life. I couldn’t help but wish that our culture lived on the land differently....

 

Edwards Fulfills Obligation to Friends and Neighbors

SEELEY LAKE – When asked why he joined the military, Seeley Lake resident Scott Edwards answered, "I received a letter informing me 'You have been chosen by your friends and neighbors'." Sixty-five...

 

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