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 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Working together for the past 60 years

SWAN VALLEY – When seventh-grader Karen Clothier from Salmon Prairie met eighth-grader Dale Conley of Big Fork at a 4-H meeting she told her girlfriends he was the cutest boy there. They worked...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Fire restrictions in place, no open flames

Due to worsening fire danger, campfires are banned and other fire restrictions went into affect Saturday, July 17 throughout most of the Missoula area. As of 12 p.m. Monday, July 19 there were 20...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Equipment fire at Pyramid quickly extinguished

Seeley Lake Volunteer firefighters responded to an equipment fire at Pyramid Mountain Lumber Monday, July 19 just after 11:30 a.m. The front loader was fully involved and mill workers were actively...

 

Keeping letters local

As a hyper local publication, we focus our energy on local news and stories to bring our readers a paper full of original content that can’t be found elsewhere. After much consideration we are going to extend that concept to our Letters to the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Remembering Trenton Johnson

SEELEY LAKE – Under smoke filled skies, family and friends of the late Trenton Johnson gathered at his memorial on top of the Florence Lake Trail 451 July 18 to remember him, share stories and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

BLM closes Garnet Ghost Town and surrounding area

MISSOULA – Due to a wildfire burning about a mile east of Garnet Ghost Town, the Bureau of Land Management temporarily closed the historic site and surrounding area for public safety and to allow firefighters to conduct suppression activities. The...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Change Your Pace Challenge sets new fundraising records

SEELEY LAKE – Into its sixth year of the Change Your Pace Challenge, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation raised over $80,800 for 14 local organizations, including over $23,000 for the CYP Match Fun...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Dry Cabin fire grows to 2,200 acres

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS – As of Monday, July 19 at 4 p.m. the Dry Cabin fire in the Scapegoat Wilderness grew to 2,200 acres. According to Public Information Officer Trainee Heather Martens, this was due to the hot, dry weather conditions over the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Free gun locks available, residents selected for program

SEELEY LAKE – At their July 13 meeting, Seeley-Swan Medical Center Satellite Manager Georgiann McCoy informed the Seeley-Swan Hospital District board about their continued partnership with Missoula City-County Health Department to provide free gun...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Multiple structures lost in afternoon blaze

SEELEY LAKE - At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 firefighters were called to a structure fire on Juniper Drive in Seeley Lake. When they arrived multiple structures were involved and... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Kovatch named Gatorade Player of the Year

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS- In its 36th year honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade named 2021 Seeley-Swan High School graduate Klaire Kovatch its 2020-21 Gatorade Montana Girls Track &...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Fire danger extreme - Use caution outdoors

MISSOULA - Hot, dry conditions and lack of precipitation forecasted are prompting Missoula County fire protection agencies to raise the fire danger in the Missoula area to EXTREME, effective...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Lost goat finds new home in Seeley Lake

HOLLAND LAKE – Finding a Billy Goat in distress near Upper Holland Lake was not something Jennifer Fife of Great Falls and her friend Ryan Seyler expected to find on their first day hiking into Big...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Free family photo event this weekend

SEELEY LAKE – “We wanted everyone in the community to have the opportunity to get a family photo that doesn’t cost anything,” said Jama Mauldin, executive director with Sparrow’s Vine Pregnancy Resource Center. Thanks to a grant from the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Campfires banned and Stage II Restrictions implemented

Due to worsening fire danger, campfires are banned and other fire restrictions are taking effect at 12:01 a.m. July 17 throughout most of the Missoula area. Stage II restrictions will go into effect... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Pop Up Market offers Saturday opportunity

SEELEY LAKE – There is another Market in town this summer with vendors from the area. The Pop Up Market will be held every week on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fat Hippie's lawn through the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Fostering community through the generations

SEELEY LAKE – "I didn't like the races but this memory – the laughing, grown up racing, teenage cousins who were really competitive and the whole atmosphere of family, laughing and hanging out...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Texas 4000 ride through area, presentation July 14

SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to an informational meeting at the Seeley Lake Baptist Church July 14 at 7 p.m. given by Texas 4000. Texas 4000 is a group of 24 cyclists from the University of Texas doing a 4000-mile round-trip to raise...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Mission Bible Fellowship opens doors for free BBQ

SEELEY LAKE - Mission Bible Fellowship welcomed locals and visitors alike at their free barbecue. Attendees could enjoy shredded pork with beans and potato salad, dessert and a watermelon. Local...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Seeley Fireworks show lights up the night

SEELEY LAKE - Locals and visitiors alike took to Seeley Lake to close out the Fourth and enjoy the shows. Oregon band Code Red performed classic rock hits before the fireworks ceremony on Lindey's...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Seeley Parade returns to the highway

SEELEY LAKE - After canceling last year due to COVID restrictions, the Seeley Lake parade returned to Highway 83. With temperatures in the mid-90s, those that gathered appreciated the goodies and the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Seeley Parade returns to the highway

SEELEY LAKE - After canceling last year due to COVID restrictions, the Seeley Lake parade returned to Highway 83. With temperatures in the mid-90s, those that gathered appreciated the goodies and the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Parade kicks off Fourth in Condon

SWAN VALLEY - Highway 83 was lined with parade-goers for this year's annual parade in Condon. The parade was sponsored by the American Legion Post #63 and ran from Liquid Louie's north to the Swan...

 

Take a hike: Crystal Lake – Mission Mountains Wilderness

At a Glance Length: There are three trail options: Crystal Lake North Trail #351 (2.3 miles one way), Trail South #351 (4.4 miles one way) and Lindbergh Trail #490 (2.8 miles one way from the head of... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 1, 2021

Heat safety encouraged this week as temperatures rise

MISSOULA - Health Officer and Director D’Shane Barnett advises Missoula County residents to take caution to protect their health amid this week’s heat wave. “As many of you are aware, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory...

 

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