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Articles from the September 14, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    September 14, 2017

Coming Together in Crisis – Filling the Needs

SEELEY LAKE – Camp Paxson is much quieter this week after 50 of the evacuees were able to return home Tuesday, Sept. 5. The camp was home to 64 evacuees, including 20 children from infant to a...

 

The Blackfoot River Ran Through It

SEELEY LAKE – After two years of planning and organizing, the In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival finally came to fruition Sept. 8-10. Sponsored by Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI) and spearheade...

 

Never Forget

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Rural Fire District volunteer Shelly Johnson and District Administrator Lynn Richards stood to remember those who served and lost their lives during the Sept. 11 attacks in...

 

Let's Protect Our Natural Resource – Water- Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake is the water supply to much of the town, community and others draw water from the lake or the surrounding community aquifer. So, let’s “cowboy up” to our responsibility of protecting it now and for future generations....

 

ALERT: SD #1 and SD #2

SEELEY LAKE - In an earlier letter-to-the-editor, I pointed out that Sewer District 4 has some 40 properties which are, in fact, residences or the occasional vacant lot. Seeley Lake Sewer District Manager Greg Robinson would have them charged as...

 

Common Ground – Our Love for the Landscape

Fire: It’s hot, it’s smoky, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dangerous, it’s scary. All of us in the Seeley/Swan and Blackfoot Valleys are feeling anxious, stressed, fearful of losing our homes and fearful of our beloved landscape changing....

 

Increase Our Quality of Life - Accept Sewer Initiative

SEELEY LAKE - Most of us living in Seeley Lake share some common values: independence, some desire to be isolated, appreciation of nature and security for our families and homes. These are important values that are not easy to compromise. We also...

 

When Times are Tough, Montanans Rise to the Challenge

That’s what we do. And that’s been the case during a difficult wildfire season that has touched all corners of our state. Neighbors have helped neighbors, donating hay, offering up a safe place to stay and a warm meal. They’ve also opened...

 

Strength or Consequences

When people experience crises, such as the fire crisis in Seeley Lake or the loss of a loved one, there can be a variety of reactions. One of the most common reactions is to avoid their psychological...

 

FEMA Authorizes Funds to Help Fight Montana Fires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Rice Ridge, Alice Creek, West Fork, Highway 200 Complex and...

 

Get Ready for the Next Fire Season

Despite a snowy winter and wet spring, fire season hit western Montana hard in 2017. Wildfire is inevitable in Montana. Our forests are adapted to fire, and our climate is conducive to it. In this cha...

 
 By Carol Evans    News    September 14, 2017

2VS Brings Chinook Winds to the Valleys

SWAN VALLEY - Everyone is ready for a breath of fresh air! Sunday, Sept. 17 Chinook Winds will blow through the Seeley Swan Valleys. The resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony will perform...

 

What in the World are eDNA and Genetic Assignment? ... And Why Should Anglers Care?

The number of new genetic analysis techniques is rapidly expanding and many provide biologists the opportunity to uncover new information about Montana's fisheries and invasive species that threaten...

 

How Does Wildlife Survive Fire?

Wildlife has evolved with fires over the eons. Though wildfire certainly takes its toll, not as many animals die as one might expect. However, more animals die if fires occur early in the season when babies are still being cared for or if fires are s...

 

No Fish Were Harmed in the Making of This Film

SEELEY LAKE – When a book begins "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," it is a safe bet the book is going to contain a lot about fly fishing. When that book is...

 

Medicare Open Enrollment

It's that time of year again to start thinking about your Medicare coverage. Briefly, Medicare Part A is coverage for inpatient care; Medicare Part B is coverage for doctor visits; Medicare Part D is...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 14, 2017

Keeping the History of the Blackfoot Alive

OVANDO – Ovando's Brand Bar Museum is filled with stories and items as colorful as its past. Situated in the heart of Ovando, what was a bar for nearly 100 years is now home to historical treasures...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 14, 2017

Evacuation Orders Downgraded, Containment Increases

SEELEY LAKE – "Evacuation Downgraded – Residents can return to their homes," were welcome words to Seeley Lake residents, some who had been displaced for more than two weeks. This week firefighter...

 

Be Joyful Always?

This has been an eventful summer in Seeley Lake. We have faced a threatening fire for multiple weeks while under an evacuation warning for most of the time, only to have an evacuation become a reality for many. On top of this our community endured a...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 14, 2017

Returning the Favor

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Baptist Church had no idea what to expect when they were contacted by Amynda Behm from Minot, N.D. Behm wanted to bring donations for people who have been affected by...

 

SSHS Holds First Two Weeks of Classes at The Resort at Paws Up

SEELEY LAKE – Due to evacuation orders from the Rice Ridge Fire, Seeley-Swan High School campus was closed. Even though the Rice Ridge Fire evacuation order was lifted Tuesday, Sept. 5 for the SSHS...

 

Strumpfer Graduates Basic Training with Honors

FORT JACKSON, SC – Private First Class Cera Strumpfer graduated as the distinguished honor graduate of the 3rd battalion, 34th infantry regiment with the 165th infantry brigade, US Army National... Full story

 

Smoke Holding Blackhawks Back

VICTOR - The Rice Ridge Fire continued to put a damper on the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks football season. The smoke lifted enough to take on the Pirates in Victor Sept. 9. The evacuation order of a large...

 

Lady Blackhawks Soar over Eagles and Tangle with Cats

The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks got back to work on the court after being forced to skip a match against Charlo and miss nearly a week’s worth of practices. They took on Valley Christian Sept. 8 and the Clark Fork Co-op Sept. 9. The Valley Christia...

 

Community Briefs

Red Cross Blood Drive, Sept. 20 SEELEY LAKE – Mission Bible Fellowship will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday Sept. 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. People can register at www.redcrossblood.org or download the Red Cross app....

 

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