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Articles from the August 31, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Evacuations Ordered for Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE – The Rice Ridge Fire gained steam this week nearly doubling the acres burned from 16,117 last Tuesday to 30,661 acres Aug. 29. Several more evacuation orders were given during the week...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Cost Estimates Provided, Questions Answered

SEELEY LAKE - The first of two public meetings aimed at educating property owners in the Seeley Lake Sewer District was held Aug. 23. Presenters Dr. Walt Hill, Craig Pozega, professional engineer from Great West Engineering and District Manager Greg...

 

Seeley Lake Resonates with Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

SEELEY LAKE – Chuckles rippled through the audience gathered on lawn chairs and blankets at the Double Arrow Lodge grounds when the three witches from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" spoke of scattering...

 

Swan Valley Library Renovations Complete

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Library is open for patrons after being renovated this summer. The library has a brand new look. Not only was the roof replaced and logs treated on the structure,...

 

Stork Report - Alakai Laurence Wold

SEELEY LAKE - Wyatt, Ethan, Kyerah and Jaden announce the birth of their baby brother Alakai Laurence Wold. Alakai was born Aug. 8 to parents Ahkayneh Richardson and Chris Wold of Seeley Lake. He...

 

Dear Friends of Seeley Lake, Lets Not Take our Lake For Granted

SEELEY LAKE – Fifty-one years ago, the Titus Family spent their first summer at Seeley Lake. It was magical for us all. Not only did we play endlessly in the water but we drank from it and have continued to do so for many years, taking our clean...

 
 By Troy Spence    Opinion    August 31, 2017

More Issues That Need Answers

SEELEY LAKE - Well here we go again residents of the Seeley Lake Sewer District. After attending the public meeting, I actually thought I was watching CNN but realized this was worse than that. I wrote questions that were ignored (couldn’t answer...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Mis-management of Fires Similar to Sewer

The government mis-management of the Florence Lake and Rice Ridge Fires and the Seeley Lake Sewer proposal are eerily similar... In the case of the fires, we have state and federal mis-management of the lands, allowing fuel build-ups to incendiary...

 

Forests and Fires

We are seeing the results of an accumulated series of mismanagement procedures on our forests. This is not a sudden or new thing. It has been going on for years and we have for the most part been either sitting idly by or actually helped in the misma...

 

Out N' The Woods Again

It’s been a while since I lived in the Seeley-Swan. And many things and people there I truly miss. But I wouldn’t miss the smoke. Us old folks with health problems are having a time of it, even over here in Proctor. Like I said many years ago...

 

Public Invited to Attend Trumpeter Swan Release

OVANDO - Join the Blackfoot Challenge and partners next Thursday, Sept. 7 near Ovando for the 13th Annual Trumpeter Swan Release. This annual event offers the public a rare opportunity to take an up-close look at Trumpeter Swans and learn about...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Community Foundation Continues to Soar

SEELEY LAKE – Fifteen years ago, supporters of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation took their seats at Lindey's Prime Steak House and buckled their safety belts for the first annual fundraising...

 

A Place for All

SEELEY LAKE - It is interesting that the title to this article is also a good description of the Seeley Lake Trails Project purpose. Three years ago, a diverse group of people got together to talk abo...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Sunset School – New at School for 2017-2018

GREENOUGH – Sunset School started classes Monday, Aug. 28 with eight students in grades K-8. This year they are starting a new pre-kindergarten program. Supervising teacher Toni Hatten will be teaching fourth- through eighth-graders with teacher Ha...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

SSHS – New at School for 2017-2018

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School is in full swing with students filling the halls Tuesday, Aug. 29. New this year includes new music director Kristen Cottom and Secretary Cathy Novak will be teaching art. Students were also welcomed by four...

 
 By Bruce Rippy    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Our Days are Numbered

Psalm 39:4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.” We have no guarantee of life tomorrow--let alone of living a long life. At some time, either death will come to us...

 

ALERT SEWER Sub-District #4 and Probably a Few Other Sub-Districts

Were you aware that, under sewer general manager Greg Robinson’s desire to determine equitable sewer debt and Operation and Maintenance costs, 40+/- historically residential properties in Sub-District or Phase 4 have become “businesses”? Such...

 

Sewer Facts or FUD Factor?

SEELEY LAKE - Prior to the Public Information meeting regarding the sewer last Wednesday, members of the Citizens for Sensible Wastewater Solutions (CSWS) were handing out a flier on light green paper. The flier is titled Some Facts about the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Salmon Bake Tournament Huge Draw to Double Arrow Golf Course

SEELEY LAKE – The smoke and surrounding fires didn't stop the more than 130 senior golfers who took to the Double Arrow Golf Course this past weekend for the annual Salmon Bake Tournament. Golfers...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Lady Blackhawks Season Underway Despite Smoke

The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks traveled to Arlee for the first match of the volleyball season Aug. 25. They then headed to Philipsburg for the traditional start of the season tournament on the 26th. “With all the fire activity and smoke, it has...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 31, 2017

Smoke Takes Toll on Blackhawks

CHARLO - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks season kicked off Aug. 25 against last year’s state runner up, Charlo. Blackhawks Head Coach Ryan Sokoloski said they didn’t play as bad as the score, 6-52, would indicate. He felt there were some really good...

 
 By S. Akane    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Business People - Stand Up and Be Counted

Potential residential customers outnumber commercial in the Seeley Lake Sewer District nine to one. So for every commercial customer who would pay $104 per month, NINE residents will pay $71 per month. Those are the preliminary cost estimates for...

 

Don't Forget To Protect the Water

SEELEY LAKE - As the fires and smoke continue to cause worry and stress for so many of us who live in and care about Seeley Lake, it also seems important to not forget the importance of protecting the water in our lives. My parents bought a small cab...

 

Sewer Will Improve Community - Right Choice for the Future

As a long-time summer resident of Seeley Lake, I’ve seen many changes throughout the years. Our community has developed and grown in many ways. The Seeley Lake Sewer District has an opportunity to improve our community and provide the right choice...

 

Community Briefs

How’s your Moose IQ? SEELEY LAKE - Learn from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Moose Expert Nick DeCesare 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center. DeCesare is a research biologist with FWP. He is currently...

 

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