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Articles from the September 1, 2016 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    September 1, 2016

Swan Valley Emergency Services Expresses Concerns with Forest Plan Draft

SWAN VALLEY - Members of the Swan Valley community reviewed the proposed Flathead National Forest (FNF) Draft Plan and expressed concern about the Management Actions proposed on the Swan Lake Ranger District (SLRD). Resident, Swan Valley Fire...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 1, 2016

August Fling Supports Veterans

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley American Legion Auxiliary Post 63 hosted their first fundraiser since officially reorganizing earlier this year. The August Auxiliary Fling included an old fashion...

 

Large Crowd Attends Richard III

SEELEY LAKE – An estimated 250-300 people set out their chairs and blankets on the Double Arrow Lodge lawn Aug. 26. Gathered in a semi-circle around the portable stage, they awaited the Montana...

 

Sewer District Should Inform Voters

It has come to my attention members of the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board are putting out misinformation about the Sewer Proposal which we will be voting on in December. One member has been saying, “If we don’t put it (the sewer) in now the...

 

Designating Wilderness is Not Protecting It as We Know It

I would like to comment on the letter Supporting Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project authored by representatives of the Montana Association of Christians (MAC) in the Great Falls Tribune (July 25, 2016). I agree wholeheartedly with...

 

We Count on the Mail

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow....

 

Water District Maintenance in Double Arrow Phase IA

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Water District is doing maintenance in the Double Arrow Phase IA area. The Water District is replacing fire hydrants in this area over the next couple years. We will be installing three more fire hydrants on Sept. 6....

 

Labor Day DUI Patrols to Increase Across Montana

HELENA - As part of the national Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, law enforcement agencies across Montana will deploy extra patrols to prevent impaired driving during the final weeks of the summer season. Saturation patrols...

 

Local Organizations Receive 2016 Recreational Trails Program Grants

HELENA – Montana State Parks announced today that 45 trail organizations, communities, and various land-managing agencies throughout Montana will receive federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant awards for their projects in 2016. Among the...

 

Economic Impacts of Conservation and Education

At Swan Valley Connections (SVC), we care deeply about conservation, stewardship and education for people of all ages. Swan Valley Connections is the result of the merger between Swan Ecosystem Center and Northwest Connections, two non-profit...

 

Everlasting Fire Fighting Danger

We've recently lamented the tragedy of Justin Beebe, a wildland firefighter member of the Lolo Hotshot Crew who died while fighting a fire in Nevada. A falling tree killed Beebe, 26, who had been...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    September 1, 2016

Sunburst Teacher Brings Enthusiasm to Potomac

POTOMAC - Raynee Clairmont is a new teacher at Potomac School. This school year she will teach seventh grade math and language arts, second through sixth grade music, physical education (PE) and art....

 

Who is the Know It All?

One of my favorite slogans is, “Ask a teenager now…while they still know everything.” We’ve all been on both sides of this. It is common for youth to feel certain that they possess a firm understanding of life. Yet, with age, comes a humble...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 1, 2016

The Sobering Truth Behind Montana Alcohol Laws

SEELEY LAKE - When customers walk into an establishment that serves or sells alcohol, they expect to be served. However, since 2011, the laws and requirements for those that hold a liquor license...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 1, 2016

Sunset School Student Body Doubles

GREENOUGH – Sunset School will have nine or ten students this year when they start classes Sept. 6. Supervising Teacher Toni Hatten looks forward to twice as many students as last year and is also excited about several other new opportunities for...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 1, 2016

Working Towards His Wings

SEELEY LAKE – Most teenagers are happy to get their driver's license when they turn 16. Seeley Lake resident 16-year-old Adam Weisenburger's dream of becoming an airline pilot took off two weeks...

 

Jamison Earl Ogden

Jamison Earl Ogden was born Aug. 23 at 4:22 a.m. to Seeley Lake residents Jacob and Anna Ogden. He weighed seven pounds.... Full story

 

Blackhawks Fall to Pirates

VICTOR - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks headed to Victor to take on the Pirates Aug. 27 for the opening game of the football season. The Pirates showed no mercy as they handed the Blackhawks a 6-58 loss....

 

Lady Blackhawks Season Opens at Tournament

The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks volleyball season got underway in Drummond, Aug. 27. The modified tournament featured short matches. The Lady Blackhawks took on five teams. In morning pool play, they...

 

Community Briefs

Cottonwood Lakes Road to Close for Culvert Work SEELEY LAKE – Cottonwood Lakes Road (FS Road #477) will be closed to all traffic beginning mid-September so that culverts can be replaced in the area. The road is expected to open again in...

 

Lightning Sparks Small Fires

SWAN VALLEY – Monday night's storm system that passed through NW Montana produced thunderstorms that sparked several new wildfire starts on the Flathead National Forest in the Swan Lake Ranger...