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 By Sigrid Olson    News    June 29, 2017 

Potomac Youth Excels in Accounting

POTOMAC - Potomac resident and Hellgate High School senior Mallory Philliber made her mark in the world of Fundamental Accounting earning second place in the nation at the Business Professionals of...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Tournament Hooks Children on Fishing

SEELEY LAKE- Dozens of boats cruised around Seeley Lake on Saturday morning-a common sight for a weekend morning. The unusual sight was the sheer number of kids on board each boat, trolling the...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Sunset School Hosts Reunion

GREENOUGH- A mere mile from the banks of the Blackfoot River, Sunset School sits tucked away on the property of the Paws Up Resort. For a century, the tiny two-room schoolhouse has educated the...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Motorcycle Versus Truck Near Ovando

OVANDO- On Sunday, June 25, a truck heading eastbound noticed a disabled car and pulled a U-turn to help. An eastbound motorcycle crashed into the driver's side door. The rider of the motorcycle was...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 29, 2017 

Seeley Lake Fire Department Receives $6,000 in Grants

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District has not been just responding to emergencies this past spring. They also secured two grants totaling $6,000 for personal protective gear and...

 
 By Alpine Artisans    News    June 29, 2017 

Tickets for the 2017 Norman Maclean Festival Now On-Sale

SEELEY LAKE - Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Maclean Festival in Seeley Lake and Missoula on the festival website: https//www.macleanfootsteps.com. When Alpine Artisans, Inc. founded a literary festival in 2015 to honor our notable home-town...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Popular Trail Receives Facelift

SEELEY LAKE - South Morrell Trail #30.1 is a popular destination for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers. It starts from the first switchback of Pyramid Pass Road and runs about five miles down...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

First Pack Trip Departs into Bob Marshall Wilderness

SEELEY LAKE-A line of 10 mules, interspersed with the occasional ranch hand on horseback, wound its way down the trail into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The mules each carried a large canvas covered...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 29, 2017 

CRC Remembers the Jocko Lakes Fire

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake residents and others who experienced the Jocko Lakes Fire of 2007 were asked to step back 10 years and remember the eminent threat to the community, lessons learned and...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Ovando Fire Department Hosts Inaugural Derby

OVANDO- How much fun can you have with a piece of pine, two axles and four wheels? This is what volunteer firefighter Andy Whitehead hopes to find out next week. The Ovando Fire Department is hosting the inaugural Pinewood Derby Classic on the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 29, 2017 

Combining Training with Service

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School football team mixed up their workout routine and ran over to the Seeley Lake Lions Club Park Wednesday night to help with clean up. Eight players, carrying...

 

MDT Continues Centerline Rumble Strip Installation this Summer

HELENA - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will continue centerline rumble strip installation on several of Montana's rural two-lane highways starting this month. The implementation is...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Duck Race Founder To Retire

SEELEY LAKE- In the fabled children’s story “Winnie the Pooh,” the characters pass time playing a game called ‘Pooh Sticks.’ Sticks are dropped off a bridge and the first to emerge from the other side is declared the winner. Seeley Lake...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 29, 2017 

Jocko Lakes Fire Photo Book Honors Angie Kimmel

SEELEY LAKE – What all started with hundreds of cookies turned into an opportunity for professional photographer Angie Kimmel and her friend Becky Kyle to document the Jocko Lakes Fire, the largest...

 

Bits of Montana Wisdom (Part 5)

At a recent book signing, a gentleman who knew quite a bit about the Judith Basin country explained how Utica, a small town in the basin on the road into the Little Belt Mountains, received its name....

 
 By Montana DNRC    News    June 29, 2017 

Remember Fire Safety this Fourth of July

As you plan your Fourth of July festivities, please remember to be “Fire Smart”. Take care not to spark an unwanted wildfire.…even the smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage. While the grass and vegetation in western...

 

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

“Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands.” That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 29, 2017 

Taking Steps Towards a Sustainable Economy

SWAN VALLEY – What started as a conversation about the economy among Swan Valley residents ended with nearly a dozen people focusing on restoration and renovation of the arena grounds. This was one of the three action teams that started taking...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017 

Local Runners Compete in Junior Olympics

BOZEMAN - Three Seeley Lake natives competed in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic championship meet in Bozeman June 9-10. The USATF Montana Association meet featured youth from across the state....

 
 News    June 29, 2017 

Community Briefs

Seeley Lake Fire Board Reorganizes SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board reorganized at their June meeting. Scott Kennedy is the new chair, Gary Lewis is the vice chair, Rachel Jennings assumed the secretary position. Rita Rossi...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Helmville Rallies to Save Rodeo

HELMVILLE - Montana Highway 141 is a 32-mile-long road that meanders through western Montana without passing through a single town. Close to the northern end of the highway however, a mere mile long...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Ovando World Renowned

OVANDO - Leigh Ann Valiton paces back and forth down the two aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. Her store, and attached Inn, is open until 7 every evening, but it's currently 10 p.m. and she...

 

Remembering the Jocko Lakes Fire – 2007-2017

SEELEY LAKE - Nearly 10 years ago, on Friday, August 3, 2007, the Jocko Lakes Fire burst to life on the eastern shore of the Jocko Lakes, ten miles east of Seeley Lake. By Saturday, August 4, the fire took a shocking run, straight towards the homes...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 22, 2017

Instilling the Love of Fishing

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Kids Fishing Tournament returns to Seeley Lake Saturday, June 24. Children ages seven through 13 can expect fishing, lunch and prizes. The event is free for all participants. The idea for the event started when Gary...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    June 22, 2017

Spring Bear Season Ends with Lower Numbers

The spring bear hunting season closed June 15 in Bear Management Units 290 and 280 in the Blackfoot Watershed. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports harvest numbers were lower this year than...

 

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