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Whether or Not to Protest – Food for Thought

SEELEY LAKE - For you sewer residents still deciding whether or not to protest the proposal, here’s some more food for thought. The Board has no current engineering estimates for sub-districts 2, 3 and 4. They will undoubtedly run into the...

 

Vote Like You're Signing a Contract

SEELEY LAKE - From up and down the valley, folks tell us about the value and virtue of ‘clean water’ and the chemistry of sewage. We’ve funded studies and drilled wells to show what we already knew: Sewage affects water quality and should be...

 

Questions and Answers about Sewer Protest Letter

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board letter of Nov. 16 stating its intention to incur debt for a sewer project was incorrectly labeled a “ballot” in my last weeks/letter to the editor. Ballots may not be forwarded to “snow birds” but this letter...

 

Grab the Golden Ring While it is There

SEELEY LAKE - This kind of opportunity to improve the community and prepare it for a long future will not come again soon, if ever. We are fortunate to have a generous grant to pay for a sewer system and the dedicated people willing to volunteer...

 

Deck Stacked in Favor of the Sewer

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board has nicely stacked the deck for passage of its atrocious, expensive sewer proposal. Here’s how.  By ignoring last December’s vote and opting for a “protest” procedure, the Board has effectively disenfranchised...

 

Seeley Lake Sewer – It's a Community Investment

SEELEY LAKE - Response to this summer’s fires showed the resilience of people living in Seeley Lake. It is not something any of us want to see repeated. We all know how important Seeley Lake is to the community and local economy. Our forests...

 

A Win-Win Solution for the Gravel Pit

SEELEY LAKE - Just some questions I have about the protestors of Gary Lewis’s gravel pit. Who are these protestors? What are their names? Do they even live in Seeley Lake? Are they being paid to protest by some group? What were their jobs before...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    November 9, 2017

Projected Sewer Rates Raise Questions

SEELEY LAKE - At this time it looks like sewer rates in the downtown Seeley area will be around $80 a month...that will be just about the highest monthly sewer rate in the state. Landlords will have no recourse but to pass that cost on to their...

 

We Will Never Forget the Kindness of Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - When we set out from Pyramid trailhead on a 12-day backpacking trip in the Bob on July 23, we were filled with excitement and a bit of trepidation about the challenging and beautiful journey ahead. We had no way of knowing that a night...

 

Of Fires, Habitat and Logging

Now that the fires have cooled, at least in the woods, here are a few things to contemplate. The “save the world people,” i.e. Friends of This and That, Filers of Lawsuits to Stop Logging, Road building, Access, Save the Animals and Save the...

 

Paying for Sewer O&M: Two Fairer Ways

SEELEY LAKE - Greg Robinson and the go-along sewer board have revealed intentions to charge very unfairly for sewer Operation and Maintenance. First, they cannot seem to learn or accept that when it comes to using and deriving benefits from a sewer,...

 

A Message from the Volunteers of the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department

SEELEY LAKE - For the volunteer members of the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department there is nothing more important than the community we serve. Undoubtedly, the resignation of Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel left a significant amount of uncertainty in the...

 

Beware of Sewer Equality

SEELEY LAKE - At the Seeley Lake Sewer Board meeting Oct. 19, Greg Robertson announced that he was changing the assessment methodology to using equal assessments for residences and businesses. The Pathfinder article also said that this would level...

 

Sewer District Pushed to Decision-Making with Incomplete and Inadequate Information

SEELEY LAKE - I’ve been trying to work up a sheet of information, that anyone might understand, regarding the actual costs for constructing the proposed sewer. I obtained the only currently available project budget. That document consists of 2.5...

 

A $15 Million Band-Aid on an Inadequately Defined Problem

SEELEY LAKE – I don’t believe that the current proposal by the Seeley Lake Sewer Board makes any sense. However, I realize that there’s been a tremendous amount of effort for many years by members to find a solution. Now, let’s assume that th...

 

Seeley Lake Fire Board Chair Responds to Chief Resignation

SEELEY LAKE - As some of you may know after an extended period of time off, our chief resigned at our district board meeting held Oct. 17 which was effective immediately. We want to thank Bob for his last three years of service to the community...

 
 By Mark Kues    Opinion    October 26, 2017

Regretful Resignation

SEELEY LAKE – Due to the recent resigning of the Chief and the constant turmoil that this fire district seems to be in, it is with great regret that I will be resigning from the Rural Fire District maintenance position, effective two weeks from...

 

Loss of Bob as Our Fire Chief

SEELEY LAKE – Losing Bob as our fire chief is an unfortunate occurrence and losing our fire chief is sad. Best of luck to Bob in his future endeavors. However, just because a few of the members walked out, that does not mean they resigned from the...

 

Why Move from One Warped Sewer Rate Scheme to Another?

SEELEY LAKE - Greg Robertson revised his proposed sewer rate schedule at the board meeting Thursday, Oct. 19. The problem is that he moved from one tremendously warped method (that had over 100 residences labeled as “businesses”) to another...

 

Curious……

Regarding the letters to the editor concerning the sewer project during the past four months, Don Larson states that, “All the 20 against the project were by residents who live and vote in the Sewer District.” I guess Don needs to look more close...

 

Engineering Documents Are Out; Take the Time and Effort to Study Them

SEELEY LAKE - Rumor has it that critical engineering documents, revealing the design, actual plan components and budget for the proposed sewer, are finally in the hands of the sewer board. Can that group demonstrate the integrity, maturity and...

 

Location of Sewer Treatment Facility Could Negatively Affect Wells

SEELEY LAKE – A group of approximately 110 well-owner, landowners in the airport area east of Seeley Lake are concerned about the location of the proposed sewer system. We all take our water from private, individual wells and we are concerned...

 

Seeley Lake is NOT Polluted

SEELEY LAKE - Over the past year, since the Seeley Lake Sewer Project was defeated in the election last fall, I have read several articles about how much the lake is polluted and how the proposed sewer project is going to miraculously fix that. The...

 

Claims of Nitrate/Chloride Pollution in Seeley Lake are Highly Exaggerated

SEELEY LAKE - Many of my friends and neighbors along Boy Scout Road and C Street are under the impression that the lake is severely polluted. They have all written letters regarding this theory. I took the time this summer to go to the Seeley Lake...

 

Thank You from the Seeley Lake Ranger District

The Seeley Lake Ranger District would like to thank everyone for your patience, dedication and hard work on the Rice Ridge and Liberty Fires. So many individuals contributed to the success of the firefighting efforts that it is impossible to...

 

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