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Boat Inspection Station Inspectors Needed

 SEELEY LAKE - The boat inspection station at Clearwater Junction will be opening earlier this year, under a program run by the Flathead Basin Commission. 

Inspectors are needed to operate the station from March 1 until Memorial Day, when Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will take over management of the station.  The pay is $11/hour. 

Training will be provided locally, and will consist of two days of classroom training and one day of field training.  Training will occur sometime after mid-February. 

For more information or to apply, contact Heidi Sedivy by email at

Music Galore IV Talent Search

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells, the local community handbell choir, will be hosting the fourth annual Music Galore Sunday afternoon, May 22. 

Music Galore is a community musical variety show.  This is an open invitation to musicians in the community to be a part of Music Galore.  A wide variety of talents including vocals and instrumentals, solos, duets, barbershop quartet, a one-man band, pianos, recorders, accordion, classical to contemporary and everything in between has been enjoyed in the past. 

Anyone with a musical talent they would like to share with friends and neighbors, are asked to please plan to join the group in May.  To sign up or for more information, contact Joann 677-4424

New Deputy to be Introduced at Council Meeting, Feb. 8

SEELEY LAKE - Mike Sunderland, the new sheriff deputy who will live in Seeley Lake, will be introduced to the community by Sheriff T.J. McDermott and Undersheriff Jason Johnson.

Next on the agenda is Larry Dunham, who will explain the function of the County Election Advisory Committee.

Like always, there will be an opportunity for public comments on non-agenda items.

The informal part of the meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors Center with pizza and sodas.

For further information please contact Chris Stout, SLCC Chair, at 406-306-5880 or or Klaus von Stutterheim, Treasurer, at 406‑677-3132 or

“Climate Change: The Public Health Challenge of Our Time”

 MISSOULA - Join the Missoula City-County Health Department Monday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building Conference Center #1 to learn about climate change as a significant public health challenge and how cutting carbon emissions will reduce health risks.

Speakers include Dr. Robert Byron, MD, MPH and his wife pediatrician Dr. Lori Byron, MD. They have recently become members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps after attending training in Brazil.

Dr. Byron, internist and past Governor of the Montana Chapter of the American College of Physicians, works at the Bighorn Valley Health Center in Hardin and as a hospitalist at St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings. He is on the Board of Environmental Review for the State of Montana.

Pediatrician Dr. Byron has worked in the public health sector for many years, having practiced as a pediatrician on the Crow Reservation for 25 years and as a pediatric hospitalist at St. Vincent.  Past president of the Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is an avid outdoorswoman and active in the faith community.  She has often joined other medical professionals in support of limits on carbon pollution.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

2016 Hunting Licenses on Sale Monday with Change in Fees

HELENA - Montana’s 2016 hunting and fishing licenses went on sale Monday, Feb. 1, under a new fee structure passed by the state legislature. Licenses will be available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) license outlets.


This year hunters must purchase a new “base hunting license” that is a prerequisite to buying any state hunting license. The $10 resident license includes the hunting access enhancement fee that was charged separately for $2 last year. The new base hunting license was created in lieu of adjusting license fees for individual species.


A season-long Montana resident fishing license will increase by $3 this year to $21. Fishing licenses will no longer be sold in combination with a conservation license – which is required for any hunting or fishing license purchase. The price of a resident conservation license will remain at $8 for all ages.


Under the new structure, most licenses, that were free or discounted in 2015, will be charged at half of the standard license cost. Previously, free licenses or a variety of discounted prices were offered to some youth, seniors and disabled sportsmen. In 2016, only military recognition and block management cooperator combination licenses will remain free. FWP is reimbursed by the state general fund for military recognition licenses and block management cooperators provide hunting opportunities for all sportsmen.


The price of all other resident tags, licenses, drawing fees and permits will remain the same as in 2015.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Call Activity 1/25/16 – 01/31/16

1/25, 2:47 p.m., 32XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Theft.

1/25, 7:14 p.m., 9XX s Coloma Way, Potomac: Disturbance.

1/28, 12:40 a.m., 6XX Juniper Drive, Seeley Lake: Probation.

1/29, 4:59 p.m., Highway 83, Near Summit Lake: Slide-in, No Property Damage.

1/29, 7:54 p.m., 64XX North Placid Lake Road: Suspicious Activity.

1/30, 5:05 p.m., Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake: Slide-in, No Property Damage.

1/31, 2:50 p.m., 32XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Suspicious Activity.


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