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 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Running the line between recreation and conservation

Just after sunrise Saturday, Jan. 9, local wolf trapper Rob Henrekin fired up his snowmobile to check his trapline, something he has done every day since the wolf season opened Dec. 15. While he had...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Sewer Bonds Failed

SEELEY LAKE - Both of the Sewer Bonds up for election Feb. 23 failed by a large margin. The preliminary results for the Phase 1 Bond was 33 Yes, 80 No. For the Plant, 98 voters approved and 198 voted against. Results are preliminary until canvassed....

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Leading by example, encouraging others

SEELEY LAKE – Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 was officially proclaimed Klaus von Stutterheim Day by the Missoula County Commissioners. The Proclamation honors Von Stutterheim's many years of service to...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

District responds to County Commissioners

SEELEY LAKE – At their Feb. 16 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board listened to letters written by Fire Chief Dave Lane and Board Chair Scott Kennedy in response to a letter dated Jan. 14 from the Missoula County Commissioners. It was sent to Board...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Candidate filings trigger Fire District election May 4

Following the close of the Special District filing deadline Feb. 8, the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District is currently the only Special District election that will appear on the May 4 mail-in ballot. However, citizens can apply to be a write-in...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Eagles starting to gel as a team, building confidence

SEELEY LAKE – When the Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles swept the court against Granite Feb. 17, Head Coach Brett Haines said the girls are starting to play together. After adding four girls to the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 18, 2021

Vaccines, staffing, Lazy Acres RV Park and elections discussed

SEELEY LAKE – At their Feb. 9 meeting, the Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board received updates regarding vaccinations, Karen Ayers’ resignation at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center, Lazy Acres RV Park Subdivision and the sewer bond election....

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 18, 2021

More Winter Fun Photos

The Seeley-Swan turned into a winter wonderland over the weekend. The Seeley Lake Ranger District officially reported 31 inches of snow from 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 – Monday morning around 10 a.m. By...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 11, 2021

Paws Up Animal Shelter to close

POTOMAC – After receiving a call that a doberman-pitbull cross named Angel was pregnant and would be shot unless someone took her, Paws Up Safe Home welcomed another cast-off. Within a week, she...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 11, 2021

Snowmobilers rescued Sunday

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue were called out at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 to look for two snowmobilers from Arlee who got off the trail south of Fawn Peak and could not find a trail out. SSSAR worked through the night in...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 4, 2021

Opencut Mining Permit issued for Cottonwood Gravel Pit

SEELEY LAKE – On Jan. 25, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued Opencut Mining Permit #2864 to Deer Creek Excavating, LLC for a 20-acre sand and gravel pit on 26.5 acres located approximately four miles east of Seeley Lake...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 4, 2021

Community invited to Winterfest events this Saturday

SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to attend a History Snow Walk n’ Talk starting at Camp Paxson and Winterfest at Seeley Lake Elementary during the afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 6. The Seeley Lake Historical Society is hosting the Snow Walk...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 4, 2021

Free tax return preparation assistance

MISSOULA – AARP will be offering free tax service at Southgate Mall, in the former location of Lane Bryant, between Hoagieville and Champs in the Dillard’s wing, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments will be accepted between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 28, 2021

Local students make Universities' Honor Rolls

Several local students made the Dean’s and President’s Lists at University of Montana, UM Western, Montana State University and Carroll College. University of Montana At the University of Montana in Missoula, 2,540 undergraduate students made...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 28, 2021

Department welcomes new members

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District welcomed three new members at their Jan. 19 fire board of trustees meeting. Jason Rawlings, Austin Binder and John Baker completed their task books...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021

Commissioners discuss concerns regarding Seeley Lake Ambulance

MISSOULA – At their Administrative Meeting Jan. 14, the Missoula County Commissioners discussed a letter regarding complaints they have received concerning the medical care being provided by the Seeley Lake Ambulance. The letter was sent to the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021

Wind whips through valley, topple trees and power lines

With winds gusts reaching nearly 50 miles per hour around the area Wednesday, Jan. 13, downed trees caused widespread power outages, blocked roads and damaged property. While emergency personnel respo...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021

Board supports sewer bond, discusses residency program

SEELEY LAKE – At their Jan. 12 meeting, the Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board voted unanimously to designate Chair Twyla Johnson as the special district agent to vote in favor of the sewer bond that is being voted on Feb. 23. They also learned mo...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021

Lady Blackhawks recognized seniors

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior Lady Blackhawk athletes along with their families and friends at their home game Saturday, Jan. 16....

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 14, 2021

Deputies deliver holiday spirit

MISSOULA - "My favorite part is the joy and surprise on their faces to get something extra for the Christmas holiday," Missoula County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ryan Dunster said about handing out...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 7, 2021

Building a legacy of service and philanthropy

SEELEY LAKE – Sitting around a table at the Elkhorn Café in the fall of 1999, Seeley Lake resident Stan Nicholson told Loren Rose and four other future board members that there were 28 nonprofits...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 7, 2021

Playing in the snow

SEELEY LAKE - Playing in the snow with family was an activity many Seeley Lake residents enjoyed over the New Year including Kris Martin and her son Sam Welch. They built these two snow bears to help...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 7, 2021

Public hearing to outline ATV safety requirements Jan. 7

Do you ride all-terrain vehicles? The Missoula County Commissioners are holding a hearing Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. where they have been asked to approve a resolution “Outlining the need for safety while operating all-terrain vehicles.” The Commissioners...

 By Andi Bourne    News    December 31, 2020

Building community one step at a time

SWAN VALLEY – "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree...," and so the song goes counting down the days. This song took on new meaning this year at Swan...

 By Andi Bourne    News    December 31, 2020

Red Sleighs spread Christmas cheer

SEELEY LAKE – Two days before Christmas, Red Sleighs Over Montana took off from Missoula Airport on "Santa's Airmail Route." Santa visited 20 communities across western Montana delivering gifts to...


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