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Articles from the October 26, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Seeley Lake Fire Chief Resigns

SEELEY LAKE – After the Seeley Lake Fire District Board heard accolades from those that worked with Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel and district volunteers during the Rice Ridge Fire, Vanden Heuvel resigned effective immediately at the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Equal Assessments and Timeline Set

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board was informed at their Oct. 19 board meeting that the assessment methodology was changed to using equal assessments. The timeline for the notice and protest period has been set. In other business the...

 

Sparrow's Vine Meets Disney

SEELEY LAKE – The world of Disney infiltrated the Double Arrow Lodge Thursday, Oct. 19, at the annual fundraiser for Sparrow's Vine Parenting and Pregnancy Resource Center. Tables were elegantly...

 

A $15 Million Band-Aid on an Inadequately Defined Problem

SEELEY LAKE – I don’t believe that the current proposal by the Seeley Lake Sewer Board makes any sense. However, I realize that there’s been a tremendous amount of effort for many years by members to find a solution. Now, let’s assume that th...

 

Seeley Lake Fire Board Chair Responds to Chief Resignation

SEELEY LAKE - As some of you may know after an extended period of time off, our chief resigned at our district board meeting held Oct. 17 which was effective immediately. We want to thank Bob for his last three years of service to the community...

 
 By Mark Kues    Opinion    October 26, 2017

Regretful Resignation

SEELEY LAKE – Due to the recent resigning of the Chief and the constant turmoil that this fire district seems to be in, it is with great regret that I will be resigning from the Rural Fire District maintenance position, effective two weeks from...

 

Loss of Bob as Our Fire Chief

SEELEY LAKE – Losing Bob as our fire chief is an unfortunate occurrence and losing our fire chief is sad. Best of luck to Bob in his future endeavors. However, just because a few of the members walked out, that does not mean they resigned from the...

 

Why Move from One Warped Sewer Rate Scheme to Another?

SEELEY LAKE - Greg Robertson revised his proposed sewer rate schedule at the board meeting Thursday, Oct. 19. The problem is that he moved from one tremendously warped method (that had over 100 residences labeled as “businesses”) to another...

 

Long Live the Hunt

Along the back trails of my memories I remember some great hunters and the companionship we shared. Uncle George was a stalking backwoods instructor. I often saw him moving through the woods with no more sound then the breeze that rustled the dry...

 

DEQ Seeks Public Comment on Cottonwood Gravel Pit

HELENA – The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an Opencut mining permit application for a 26.5-acre site known as Cottonwood Pit located approximately four miles East of Seeley Lake in Powell County. Deer Creek...

 

Flathead National Forest Proposes Recreation Fee Changes

KALISPELL – The Flathead National Forest is interested in receiving comments on a proposal to add a new fee at Lindbergh Lake Campground and bring 12 additional existing cabin and lookout rentals and one additional campground into alignment with...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Variance Requested for Major Subdivision Northeast of Airport

SEELEY LAKE – Developers of a 160-acre lot northeast of the Seeley Lake Airport have applied for a variance through the Powell County Board of Adjustments. If granted, they can begin the approval process for a major subdivision currently named...

 

A Hopeful Future for Our Forests

Last week, The Nature Conservancy staff from Washington state joined Montana staff to look at the forests burned this summer by the Liberty Fire, which affected roughly 7,000 acres of the land recently acquired by the Conservancy. Dozens of local...

 

Strong Opening Weekend for Hunters in West-Central Montana

Montana's general big game hunting season opened on Saturday. In the west-central part of the state, hunter check stations reports show the highest number of big game animals harvested on opening...

 

Partnerships Help Put Bear Spray in the Hands of More People

Several hundred hunters, hikers and landowners will receive a can of free bear spray this fall, thanks to local partnerships aimed at reducing bear conflicts in the Blackfoot and Upper Clark Fork Valleys.  During hunting season, Montana Fish,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Heppners Win Log Playhouse

SEELEY LAKE – David and Sherri Heppner are the proud new owners of a log playhouse raffled off by the Seeley Lake Elementary students going to Washington D.C. this summer. They feel very fortunate...

 

Justin Isaiah Kesterson 1986-2017

MISSOULA - Justin Isaiah Kesterson, 31, of Missoula passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 17. He was born June 27, 1986 in Missoula to Manuel and Robin Kesterson. He grew up in the Swan Valley with his...

 

Be Stilled

“He got up, and rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39) I don’t know what’s more impressive: Jesus calming the storm or him simply being able to sleep thr...

 

Stay Safe this Halloween with Fire Safety Tips

Halloween is creeping up on us. The rush is on to find the perfect pumpkin, the spookiest costume, and the best candy for trick-or-treaters. However, along with all this excitement comes potential...

 

Morrell Falls - A Different View

EELEY LAKE – "It's beautiful," said two hikers who were heading back to the Morrell Falls trailhead the afternoon of Oct. 19. The hike into Morrell Falls has been forever changed following the Rice...

 

SSHS Recognizes Blackhawk Seniors

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior volleyball and cross country athletes along with their families at the last volleyball home game of the season Thursday, Oct....

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Blackhawks Tangle with Tigers

DARBY - The Blackhawks gave the Darby Tigers a run for their money Oct. 18 in the final game of the season. The Blackhawks struck first with a 13-yard touchdown run by Nate Samuli. The Tigers...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 26, 2017

Potomac Pioneers Master Volleyball

POTOMAC - Coached by Potomac teacher Kristy Pohlman, 17 girls took to the court for the 2017 Potomac School A and B teams girls volleyball season. Girls from fifth through eighth grade make up the...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 26, 2017

Pioneers' Flags Flying From Improvement

POTOMAC - This year Potomac School had enough players and coaches to have Pioneer flag-ripping power on their flag football team. Last year players and coaches were lacking. With community members...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Blackhawks Finish Season Strong at State Meet

HELENA – The Blackhawks took to the course a final time this cross country season at the State Cross Country Meet in Helena Oct. 21. The seven runners for the boys placed eighth among the C Schools...

 

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