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Articles from the October 29, 2015 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

Meeting at the Confluence Reaps Multiple Benefits

SEELEY LAKE - Restoration work at the confluence of Trail Creek and Mountain Creek is nearing completion. The site is behind the Homestead Cabin on Double Arrow Ranch. The work is a result of more...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

Investigation Ongoing for Arson Fires in Condon

SWAN VALLEY - Two arson-caused fires have been reported in the last month on Coyote Forest Lane in Condon. The first attempt to ignite a shed was unsuccessful. The second incident burned an office used to conduct online business. No one was injured....

 

Hunting Harvest Up from Last Year's Opening Weekend

MISSOULA - Hunters in west-central Montana enjoyed a harvest success above last year on the opening weekend of the big game general hunting season.  An increase in harvest in the Blackfoot accounted...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

Would Local Tax Dollars Stay Local?

If the Missoula County Public Schools' (MCPS) $70 million high school bond passes, will tax dollars from the local area be spent locally or will they be spent on schools in Missoula? That question...

 

Introducing the Junior Journal

When The Lodges on Seeley Lake owners Kerry and Brian Bertsch first approached Nathan and me about the possibility of students writing for the paper we were reluctant. However, after establishing a...

 

Ream Graduates Basic Training

Michael Ream of Condon, a 2009 graduate of Seeley-Swan High school, graduated from US Army Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. on Oct. 15. His parents are Ron and Michelle Ream of Condon and... Full story

 

Rememberin' Back When

I’m changing this up a bit from my usual dribble. I spent a little over 40 years in the feed and grain business along with milking cows. In 1971, I walked by the Ypsilanti Farm Bureau in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was a full time feed and grain...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

Drew Benefit Packs the Hall

Nearly 150 community members filled up on spaghetti, enjoyed music by Tim Tanberg and bid on auction items to raise money for Seeley Lake resident Kerry Drew. Drew lost everything he owned in a house...

 

A Yurt for All

SEELEY LAKE - A mere five-minute drive from town, a myriad of carefully groomed Nordic ski trails rests peacefully. The trees spread their shady arms and Pyramid Mountain stands majestically above....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

A Walk in the Woods Celebrates Montana Forest Products Week

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC) hosted a Walk in the Woods Oct. 22 to highlight the importance of forest stewardship and forest products in the Seeley and Swan Valleys. More than a...

 

Budget and Raises Approved

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees approved the fire district 2015-2016 budget of just more than $255,500 at their meeting, Oct. 20. They also voted unanimously to give all employees a 2.5 percent raise. The budget...

 

Mama B's Haunted House - Scarier than Ever

SEELEY LAKE - The Bernstrauch family will be hosting their annual Mama B’s haunted house again this year, Oct. 31 from 7-9 p.m. at 449 Grizzly Drive. Organizer Charmin Bernstrauch said it is twice as big as last year and they are “upping the...

 

Possible Road Washout - SVE Safety Issues - Missoula County Survey Deadline Nears

SWAN VALLEY - At the Oct. 20 meeting of the Swan Valley Community Council (SVCC), the council discussed concerns about high water washing out the road near the Cold Creek Bridge and received a progress report on the traffic safety issue on Highway...

 

Fashion for the Christian

We are getting into the time of year where the signature look of the hunter moves from camouflage to orange. When it comes to hunting, there is a tradeoff between not being seen by the animals and being visible to other hunters who might otherwise...

 

Student Chefs Create Mexican Meal

SEELEY LAKE - On Oct. 20, 13 Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) students from grades five through eight tied on plastic aprons, slipped their hands into disposable food preparation gloves and transformed th...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 29, 2015

Explore With New Potomac Teacher

POTOMAC - Crissina Quinn is the new coordinator and teacher for the Friday Potomac School Explorers Program. Quinn grew up in Missoula and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman. She...

 

Recreation Event Permit Open Seasons Now Available

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Ranger District typically holds a yearly “open season” from Nov. 1 through Jan. 15, during which time interested parties can apply for permits to hold recreation events on National Forest lands. In an effort to...

 
 By Chad Mullman    News    October 29, 2015

Fall Recreation Report

Greetings from the Seeley Lake Ranger District (SLRD). As the temperatures drop and the larch begin to change, so does use on the National Forest. Here is a quick update of current happenings around the district. • A limited number of seasonal...

 

Eagle Port Lodge

Goal: Eagle Port Lodge provides comfortable, elegant lodging for fly-in or drive-in guests located in the heart of Seeley Lake's recreational opportunities. With full kitchens and spacious rooms...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

Blackhawks Cross Country Place 4th and 11th at State

The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) Blackhawks cross country team travelled to Great Falls to compete in the state meet, Oct. 24. Nearly all of the Blackhawks ran new personal records (PR). Senior...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    October 29, 2015

Blackhawks Finish Season

The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks wrapped up their season hosting the Plains Horsemen Oct. 23. The Blackhawks found themselves trailing early in the game as the Horsemen completed long passes and made big...

 

Lady Blackhawks Head to Districts

The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks finished out their regular season with a split week. The Ladies lost a close match to the Valley Christian Eagles before defeating the Granite Prospectors. The Lady Blackhawks took third place in the district for the...

 

Community Briefs

Seeley Lake Library News SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Library Book Club will be discussing Margaret Atwood’s “Cat’s Eye” Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. “Cat’s Eye,” a finalist for the 1989 Man Booker Prize, is the story of Elaine Risley,...

 

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