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 By Printed with permission from Gene Miller    Opinion    February 16, 2017

Winters Were Long and Often Bitterly Cold

 Alvin Eugene “Gene” Miller “made his appearance into the world” in 1936 during an, “… early November blizzard that blew into the Flathead Valley.” His parents were Joe Miller and Mabel Kauffman Miller. “In the spring of 1939...

 
 By Benjamin Schmidt and Sarah Coefield    Opinion    February 9, 2017

Seeley Lake Air Quality Update

SEELEY LAKE - The 2016-2017 winter has been a cold snowy affair for western Montana. Because of the colder-than-usual temperatures, people are burning more wood to heat their homes and the...

 
 By Maria Mantas    Opinion    February 2, 2017

Water Quality in the Swan Valley – It Takes Work!

As residents of the Swan Valley, most of us agree there is one thing we all value in our landscape, water. Most people living here draw their drinking water from wells, which people brag about being...

 
 By Bridget Laird    Opinion    January 19, 2017

Nudging Kids Outdoors

As a mother of four kids myself, I've been guilty of the common complaint that "kids these days" just don't play outside or have opportunities to explore and figure things out on their own like we...

 
 By Kevin Wetherell    Opinion    January 12, 2017

Lack of Homes For Sale in the Local Market will Cause a Land Run

REAL ESTATE TODAY The past year has seen real estate sales in the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot valleys on a run with dramatic increases in both land and home sales. Although the number of both homes...

 
 By Kelly Moore    Opinion    December 29, 2016

Improving Your Financial Health in the New Year

New Year's resolutions are typically made with great deliberation and conviction - especially after devouring that second piece of Aunt Betty's famous double chocolate fudge cake Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. In...

 
 By Jim McLean    Opinion    December 22, 2016

Former Olympian Comes out of Retirement to Race in Seeley Lake

Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports [ROCKS] is pleased to announce that John Morton, Hall of Fame Olympic Biathlete, will participate in the Peter Hale Memorial Race to be held Satu...

 
 By The Nature Conservancy    Opinion    December 15, 2016

Clearwater-Blackfoot Project: Two Years of Stewardship

As snow finally blankets the valley, the quiet and cold gives us time to reflect on the last year. 2016 has been an incredibly busy year for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, including for those of us who work on the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project....

 
 By Rachel Feigley    Opinion    December 8, 2016

Seeley Lake Ranger District Update and News! 

As District Ranger for the Seeley Lake Ranger District, I’ve been sharing with you, through the Pathfinder, some of the details of the project work that the Seeley Lake Ranger District (RD) is involved with and what that provides to the community...

 
 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 Elaine Caton - Jennifer Schoonen - Sara Schmidt    Opinion    November 24, 2016

Trumpeter Swans, Irrigation Science, a Community Forest and One Big Party

Thanksgiving greetings from your partners at the Blackfoot Challenge. Please read on for a few updates on what we've been up to. We hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Trumpeter...

 
 By Kim Koppen - CRS    Opinion    November 17, 2016

Seeley Lake Real Estate Market Update, November 2016

SEELEY LAKE - There are still lots of challenges nationally for the housing market. However, 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best years for housing in a decade and the SEELEY LAKE real estate market is no exception. It’s been the “Perfect...

 
 By Joann Wallenburn    Opinion    November 10, 2016

Water Suite

I recently attended the 2016 Watershed Symposium in Billings. The theme of the program was Improving Conservation through Partnership. In many cases, partnerships were between local non-profit...

 
 By Double Arrow Landowners Association    Opinion    October 20, 2016

Great Partnerships Make For Great Communities

SEELEY LAKE - At times, it may feel and some may have the perception that the Double Arrow Ranch is a separate community in and of itself, but the Double Arrow Ranch is very much a part of the Seeley Lake Community and further building on the...

 
 By Carleen Gonder    Opinion    October 13, 2016

Landscapes, Public Land and Boundaries

I didn’t write this as an expert on land management and wildlife issue, or as a representative of any organization. I did write it as someone with strong concerns about where society as it relates to those issues is headed, and as an area resident...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    October 6, 2016

Beyond Beverages: How Coffee and Wine Help Grizzly Bears

Merlot or Syrah? French roast or Colombian? A grizzly bear might not know the difference, but that doesn't mean wine and coffee can't make a big difference for the iconic species. Look no further...

 
 By Benjamin Schmidt    Opinion    September 29, 2016

Understanding Air Quality Messages on SLE's Electronic Sign

SEELEY LAKE - With the abundance of wood and no natural gas pipeline in the area, many businesses and residents of Seeley Lake use wood stoves as an affordable heating option. Unfortunately, winter...

 
 By Upper Swan Valley Historical Society    Opinion    September 22, 2016

A 1905 Horseback Ride to the Top of the Kootenai Mountains

Margaret MacDonald visited her Aunt Isabelle and Uncle Dr. Robert Gordon in August 1905 at the Gordon Ranch. In a letter to her mother, Margaret eloquently described a horseback ride to a mountain pass Margaret refers to as Gordon Pass in the...

 
 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    September 15, 2016

Treating Weeds with Herbicides under Drought Conditions

Weed management is highly impacted by high temperatures combined with low and variable precipitation. Hot weather and drought affect the germination, growth, hardiness and competitive ability of both desirable plants and weeds. Many weeds, once...

 
 By Chris Johnson    Opinion    September 8, 2016

Are You Ready & Set to Go?

During the 2016 fire season in western Montana, many residents have been directed to evacuate their homes because a wildfire is fast-approaching. For many residents in the Roaring Lion area near Hamilton, homes were lost completely and our thoughts...

 
 By Luke Lamar    Opinion    September 1, 2016

Economic Impacts of Conservation and Education

At Swan Valley Connections (SVC), we care deeply about conservation, stewardship and education for people of all ages. Swan Valley Connections is the result of the merger between Swan Ecosystem Center and Northwest Connections, two non-profit...

 
 By Mark Ruby    Opinion    August 25, 2016

Stable Isotopes and Grizzly Bears in the NCDE

Bears are well known omnivores. They are animals that eat both plant and animal matter including insects, plant matter, berries, tree cambium, fish and red meat. At the North American scale, a high degree of available foods appear on the bear menu. L...

 
 By Bridget Laird    Opinion    August 18, 2016

SLE Outdoor Education Spring and Summer Update

Seeley Lake Elementary's (SLE) Outdoor Program immerses students in our local heritage, culture, landscape and outdoor adventure, using these as a foundation to study language arts, social studies,...

 
 By Kevin Wetherell    Opinion    August 11, 2016

Seeley Lake Home Sales Hit a Double

THE BIG WOW The real estate market in Seeley Lake is booming. Perfect financial times have caused several factors to affect the market in a big way. Interest rates for home loans are at all- time lows, the stock market is near all-time highs, home...

 
 By Lindsey Bona-Eggeman    Opinion    July 28, 2016

Beware of Cheatgrass

Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is an invasive grass that is widespread in Missoula County. This grass is a winter annual, meaning the seeds germinate in the fall and the plant overwinters, taking...

 

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