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Tour of the Arts has a long history

SEELEY LAKE – "When it first started, I thought it would be just a little Seeley Lake and Condon thing," Chris Jewett said about Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts, which took place Oct. 12-13. "I...

 

Sindelar enjoyed the perks of the job

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Norman Sindelar joined the U.S. Navy in 1962. Though he never actually served aboard a naval vessel, he sees his four years of service as a series of great...

 

Living with the land

SWAN VALLEY – Kathy Kinzfogl, better known as Littlebird, thinks of it as eco-homesteading. Her partner Brian Parks thinks more in terms of permaculture. By whatever name, it means a style of...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Tom Parker

SWAN VALLEY – Tom Parker was the final speaker at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program Guides and Outfitters of the Swan Valley. His talk was punctuated by comments from...

 

Is Montana still the last best place?

MISSOULA – Annick Smith was the featured speaker for the Alpine Artisans fundraiser dinner that formed part of the 2019 three-day "In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean" festival. In introducing...

 

Five trumpeter swans released on Jones Lake

OVANDO – For 15 years, the Blackfoot Challenge and its partners have released fledgling trumpeter swans into the Blackfoot Watershed in a program aimed at restoring the swans to their native...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Rod Boothby

SWAN VALLEY – Though he is not an outfitter himself (he works for Tom Parker's Buck Creek Guide Service), Rod Boothby was invited to be one of the speakers at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Lloyd Hahn

SEELEY LAKE – Lloyd Hahn was not present at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program, Outfitters and Guides in the Swan Valley. Nevertheless, his reputation as a long-time...

 

Goudzwaard's Army career short but meaningful

SEELEY LAKE – Jim Goudzwaard was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. Though he only served a year-and-a-half, and things never went quite the way he expected, he packed a lot of sights and...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Rich Nelson & Sharon Lopau

SWAN VALLEY – At the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program "Outfitters and Guides" in the Swan Valley, Pat Tabor told about his outfitting days. He almost got side-tracked on...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Pat Tabor

SWAN VALLEY – Pat Tabor called himself "the new kid on the block" when he took his turn to talk at the Outfitters and Guides in Swan Valley program at the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society...

 

New 2VS Director eager to contribute to community

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Sam Arroyo has been chosen as the new 2 Valleys Stage (2VS) Director after Kirsten McGlynn accepted a position with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Arroyo looks...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Leonard Moore

SWAN VALLEY – Ninety-three-year-old Leonard Moore was the first speaker at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program entitled Outfitting and Guiding in the Swan Valley and...

 

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters

SWAN VALLEY – Outfitting is not easy, and it certainly won't make a person rich, but the memories and experience of breathing in the wilderness will reward and sustain the outfitter for the rest of...

 

"Merry Wives" brings raucous humor

SEELEY LAKE – Lively hit tunes from the 1960s and a bright pink stage greeted the large audience that assembled their chairs and blankets on the Double Arrow Lodge grounds Aug. 1 for the 2019...

 

Former Swan Valley resident excels in Army

SWAN VALLEY – Even though he was recently promoted to U.S. Army Colonel, former Swan Valley resident Matt Cooper returned to his hometown to march in the Fourth of July parade. Cooper said since...

 

Throwing things

SEELEY LAKE – The number of presidential candidates apparently has stabilized, but for a while it seemed like every newscast announced someone new had thrown his or her hat into the ring – even...

 

Nurse veteran looks at changes

SEELEY LAKE – "Things were a lot different then," Ruth Stebleton said, thinking back on the years from 1968 to 1970 when she served as a nurse in the U.S. Army. White shoes, white socks, white Army...

 

Yajko relates a life on alert

SALMON PRAIRIE – When John Yajko graduated from college, he got a job as a football coach at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. It looked like the beginning of a promising sports career...

 

Rule of Thumb

SEELEY LAKE – John, reading a financial magazine, might say to his wife Mary, "Honey, it says here as a rule of thumb, we should have an emergency fund set aside equal to six months' worth of...

 

Taking another look at the memorial wall

SWAN VALLEY – Imprinted on the tree slab segments above the door of the Swan Valley Community Hall are the words "Lest We Forget." Beneath them, another slab shows five saddled but riderless horses,...

 
 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    May 9, 2019

Vietnam veteran still struggling with aftermath of war

OVANDO – Dave Miller joined the U.S. Army for altruistic reasons. As he explained, "I was reading and watching the news and stuff and I just thought Vietnam needed some help in their independence."...

 

Bunny trail has many side paths

How did the Easter bunny hop his way into a religious holiday? And why does a bunny lay eggs? Well, there's the spring proliferation theory, the ground-nesting bird explanation, the pagan goddess vers...

 

Hackett plants seed of gardening fervor

SEELEY LAKE – For a second year, Clearwater Resource Council's Clearwater Partners Workshop hosted author, newspaper columnist and Master Gardener Molly Hackett. As she had the previous year,...

 

Sheppard served as artillery repairman

OVANDO – Bob Sheppard is a native Montanan but that doesn't mean he spent all his time in the same Montana town. Born in Conrad, Sheppard spent his early years in the western Hi-Line country ...

 

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