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Help the Sun Shine Locally This Year

Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of government transparency, kicked off on Sunday. This year, opinion journalists might be tempted to turn critical eyes toward Washington, D.C. The recently...

 

Senator Malek Reflections

Hello Seeley-Swan! It’s been a cold, snowy winter in Helena but I think you all have us beat for winter weather! I am very busy this session, sponsoring 10 bills as well as an amendment to sewer and water district voting rights, on behalf of...

 

Hopkins' Legislature Update

HELENA - Things are starting to move on the budget side here at the Legislature and I wanted to share some information with you as we move forward. First, explaining a bit about the process and then...

 

Celebrating Community Foundations

Across our beloved Montana, scores of dedicated folks are working to improve the quality of life for everyone in their communities now and far into the future. We are your friends and neighbors who are the strength behind the 75 local community...

 
 By Ron Cox    Opinion    November 3, 2016

Trail History of Seeley Lake - First Generation Trails

SEELEY LAKE - This spot in God’s Country has always been a cross roads of trails. The Ancient Indian trail up the Blackfoot River (known as Cokahlarishkit, as Lewis rendered it, or “the River of the Road to Buffaloe,” better transcribed as Qoq...

 

Air Ambulance Flights Add Insult to Injury

  Last September, John Andrews suffered a brain aneurysm and was airlifted via helicopter by Life Flight Network from Anaconda, Mont. to Missoula, Mont. He was charged $34,200, his health insurer paid almost half, and Life Flight Network billed him...

 

Vaccinations

Let's talk vaccinations, shall we? I have been hesitant to tackle this subject as there are many with strong opinions. So before you roll your eyes and quit reading, let me assure you that I have no i...

 
 By Ray Moseby    Opinion    October 6, 2016

Power of the Press: Why Newspapers Matter

The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week, Oct 2-8, is "Power of the Press." That power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing. Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York...

 

We Count on the Mail

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow....

 

Identifying Problems and Finding Solutions

Loren Rose is the Chief Operating Officer for Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. in Seeley Lake. Todd Myers is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Cloud Peak Energy. 2016 is proving to be one of the more challenging years to...

 

Montana Private Land Conservation: It All Starts With People Around a Kitchen Table

It all started at a kitchen table in the Blackfoot Valley. Back around 1970. Local folks like us, including our good friend and neighbor Bill Potter. Worried about increasing recreational pressure on...

 

The Benefits of Vitamin D

One of the best things about living in Seeley Lake is the abundance of outside activities available. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking and kayaking. While we are outside getting active, our...

 

The Importance of Dental Health

Dental health is a seeming small aspect of our lives but one of the most important areas to which we should give our attention. As an open portal to the rest of our bodies, great care should be given...

 
 By Dr. Todd Fife    Opinion    June 2, 2016

Tired of Being Tired

We've all been tired at one time or another-it's seems to be one of those unfortunate side effects of life. Most often we can look to our busy schedules or our lack of exercise to find something to...

 
 By Jim Buell    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Federal Agency Finds No Fault in Anti-Trapping Group

After K C York, Ravalli Early Head Start (REHS) employee and former Executive Director of Footloose Montana had numerous charges of violations of Montana’s political campaign practices dismissed by Jonathan Motl, former attorney for Footloose...

 
 By Chris Stout    Opinion    April 21, 2016

See the BCSP Through to Washington D.C.

SEELEY LAKE - Two years ago, “Outside Magazine” named Seeley Lake Elementary the best place to work in the entire country. Having one of the largest outdoor recreation publications pay us this honor was a testament to the amazing colleagues,...

 

Overtime Pay Rules Will Cause Big Problems for Montana Nonprofits

New rules related to overtime pay being proposed by the US Department of Labor (DOL) are cause for concern in Montana’s nonprofit community.  The changes will cause significant increases in payroll costs and inevitably leading to a reduction of...

 

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines 

Submitted by Brian Sweeney, Communications Director with the Western Environmental Law Center, Taos, N.M. MISSOULA – On April 4 the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the...

 

Time for Montana Delegation to Step Up and Finish What Has Been Proposed

SEELEY LAKE - Snowmobiles and Seeley Lake go hand in hand during the winter months. Our community sees an average of 125 inches of snow per year…making it a perfect destination for folks looking to unload their sled for a few days and venture into...

 

BCSP is a Win for All Interests and Stakeholders

The wood products industry has a rich heritage in Montana. Our forests have sustained Montana families for decades. Pyramid Mountain Lumber’s sawmill operation has provided employment for many in Seeley Lake and wages paid have provided countless...

 
 By Matthew Bunk    Opinion    March 10, 2016

A Victory for Freedom of Information: Decision to Release Booking Photos has Statewide Implications

Despite Montana’s strong public information laws, news organizations in many Montana counties have long fought for the public’s right to access the photographs taken of accused criminals when they are booked into jail. Thanks to a recent...

 
 By Bill Wall    Opinion    March 10, 2016

Grants Available for Fuels Reduction

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake is an amazing and beautiful place, surrounded by millions of acres of forests and wilderness. These forests are natural habitat for our incredible diversity of wildlife and provide migration corridors for many of these...

 

Use IRS Free File for Free Online Tax Prep & E-Filing

It's time to file our tax returns.  Last year I discovered www.IRS.gov/freefile.  It provides free online tax preparation and e-filing for people earning $62,000 or less a year.  The IRS...

 

Daines Reflects on Year Ahead

WASHINGTON D.C. - I want to send wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Montanans- especially to our men and women in uniform, serving our country far from home and in harm's...

 

Working to Expand the Veterans History Project in Montana

One out of every 10 Montanans is a veteran, which makes Montana home to more veterans per capita than almost any other state in the nation. It is one of my greatest honors to serve Montana’s veterans in Congress. Every one of these men and women...

 

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