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 News    December 1, 2016

Seeley District to Accommodate Road Use

SEELEY LAKE - Winter is not here yet and the Seeley Lake Ranger District will be providing some flexibility in the wheeled vehicle access on roads that normally are scheduled to close Dec. 1.  “The district recognizes the public desire for...

 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    December 1, 2016

Listening and Learning

SEELEY LAKE – The five University of Montana (UM) students who make up the 2016 Celebration Brass Quintet had a busy three days Nov. 20-22. They traveled the Seeley, Swan and Potomac valleys to perf...

 By Andi Bourne    News    December 1, 2016

New Gravel Pit Proposed on Cottonwood Lakes Road

SEELEY LAKE - Frank Tabish of LHC Inc. in Kalispell, Mont. has applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) with Powell County to operate a 26.5-acre gravel pit within 160 acres four miles east of...

 By Andi Bourne    News    December 1, 2016

Holiday Home Party Extravaganza Kicks off Small Business Saturday

SEELEY LAKE - The Holiday Home Party Extravaganza featured 14 direct sales consultants offering everything from health and wellness, to everyday home items and fashion. Since its start four years...

 By C. Burt Caldwell    Opinion    December 1, 2016

Sheriff Commendable for Thinking Outside the Box

MISSOULA - I read in the paper recently that the Missoula Sheriff’s Office donated money to the jail diversion program. I want to commend the Sheriff on having the foresight to take available funds and apply them in such an action. By supporting a...

 By Heather Layman    Opinion    December 1, 2016

Life, Live It!

"The trouble is, you think you have time." ~Buddha These past few weeks, I've once again found myself looking at life through a lens of loss and struggle and a gamut of emotions I am unable to reign...

 By Maddux Burwick    Opinion    December 1, 2016

Relax – Join Chess Club

SEELEY LAKE - On Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8 a.m. at Seeley Lake Elementary, the Junior High teacher Duane Schlabach (Mr. S) oversees Chess Club. Kids enjoy playing matches and learn to play the game....

 News    December 1, 2016

White-tailed Deer Harvest Highest Since 2010 in West-Central Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reports that white-tailed deer harvest reported through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby check stations reached a six-year high with the close of the 2016 general big game hunting season on Sunday.  “The climb...

 By Dan Rogers    Opinion    December 1, 2016

Striking a Balance Between Technology And Security

With the holiday season upon us, there is no better time for a discussion of cyber security. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are forecasted to increase online spending by seven to 10 percent, or as much as $117 billion for the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    December 1, 2016

Coop Ski Works Utilizes Spruce from Pyramid

SEELEY LAKE – When Great Falls resident Ben Sidor expanded his business Coop Ski Works into Montana, he had trouble finding a local wood supplier for spruce. His search ended at Pyramid Mountain...

 By Andi Bourne    News    December 1, 2016

SSHS Musicians Participate in UM All-Star Wind Ensembles

SEELEY LAKE – Three Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) band students participated in the University of Montana (UM) All-Star Wind Ensemble Nov. 11-13. Seniors Tessa Grimes and Trinitey Bartlett and...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    December 1, 2016

Miller Joins Sunset School Staff

GREENOUGH - Hali Miller is a new teacher at Sunset School in Greenough. Miller believes each student has the right to get the highest and best education possible. Miller is from Sunburst, Mont., a...

 By Pathfinder    News    December 1, 2016

Lions Provide Holiday Food Baskets

SEELEY LAKE - It's getting to be that time of year again as Christmas fast approaches. Each year Seeley Lake Lions Club distributes Holiday Food Baskets to area families in need of help, providing a...

 By Michael Russell    Opinion    December 1, 2016


As you read this, we will have experienced yet another Thanksgiving holiday and it sure seems to me they come around quicker each year! Hopefully your Thanksgiving was a day filled with family, friends, good food (love that turkey and dressing) and... Full story

 News    December 1, 2016

Community Briefs

Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells to Perform Carols by the Fire – Dec. 1 SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells invite the community to join them as they ring in the Christmas season with Carols by the Fire. Enjoy an evening of traditional carols...

 Obituaries    December 1, 2016

Phil Harold Pohlman 1950 ~ 2016

SEELEY LAKE - It is with great sorrow that we share the loss of our husband, father, grandfather, Papa, uncle, brother and friend. Phil was taken unexpectedly in an accident while at work Nov. 17 at... Full story

 Obituaries    December 1, 2016

David Phillip Solum 1956 ~ 2016

SWAN VALLEY - David Philip Solum went to glory Nov. 17 at 60 years of age from a car accident outside of Seeley Lake, Montana. David Philip Solum was born Oct. 26, 1956 in Spring Grove, Minn. to... Full story

 Obituaries    December 1, 2016

Donald "Don" Niles 1931 ~ 2016

GREAT FALLS – Donald H. Niles, 84, of Great Falls (formerly of Greenough), died peacefully in his sleep after a short illness Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. He is now enjoying heaven and talking... Full story

 News    December 1, 2016

SSHS Recognized Fall Athletes

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) fall sports awards banquet was held Nov. 15 at Seeley-Swan High School. The banquet was held to present varsity letters, pins, chevrons, All-Conference...