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"Home Alone" draws a mix of supporters

SALMON PRAIRIE - The 100-year-old Salmon Prairie Schoolhouse welcomed a mix of people from the community who came to watch the traditional Christmas program. With help from Teacher Holl Hubbard, four...

 

Hungry Bear hosts second annual Thanksgiving dinner

SWAN VALLEY – The Hungry Bear Bar & Grill offered a complimentary Thanksgiving feast as a customer appreciation on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Owners Rick Medeiros and Debbie Urick cooked 160 pounds of...

 

Trunk-or-Treat Swan Valley style

SWAN VALLEY - Trick-or-Treaters showed up at the Hungry Bear Bar & Grill Halloween night for the third annual Condon Truck-or-Treat. Nearly a dozen trunks lined the parking lot. Pizza and goodies...

 

Celebrating 40 years of Huckleberry fun

SWAN LAKE - Residents and visitors alike enjoyed the 40th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival Aug. 14. From the pancake breakfast and vendors to the games and Huckleberry baking contest, there was...

 
 By Colleen Kesterson    News    May 20, 2021

Swan Valley Library highlights

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Library is open during regular hours. Preschool children are invited to come to the library on Mondays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to listen to a story and make a craft or art project. Book Chat will be held on Wednesday, May...

 

Protect yourself and each other

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley resident Steve Card led a meeting Oct. 6 at the Swan Valley Community Hall to discuss residents joining together to look after the safety of their neighbors. He listed steps that residents can take to safeguard the...

 
 By Colleen Kesterson    News    July 2, 2020

Swan Valley Community Library highlights for July

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Library is still offering curb side service to patrons who have a hold on a library item or who want to borrow a chrome book for use outside the library. Patrons can request books from the Library’s shelves by phoning...

 

Cygnet Lake cabin nominated for Historic Register

SWAN VALLEY - John Stark's handcrafted, larch, 26 X 40 foot log house built in 1939 is located on a little more than two acres near Cygnet Lake in the Swan Valley. The use of locally available...

 

Missoula County building permit fee increase discussed

SWAN VALLEY - Missoula County Building and Development Programs Manager Nicole Whyte along with Missoula County Commissioner Juanita Vero attended the Swan Valley Community Council meeting March 2. Whyte informed the more than 20 attendees about the...

 

Grizzly Bear Advisory Council member seeks public input

SWAN VALLEY - Volunteer Grizzly Bear Advisory Council member and Swan Valley Connections employee Jonathan Bowler talked about the need for public input concerning grizzly bear management. He also talked about the purpose and the work of the GBAC at...

 

Volunteers record weather data online

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley residents interested in local weather data collecting met Jan. 8 to obtain more information on how to record and share local weather observations on the website Community...

 

Rudolph stops by Salmon Prairie

SALMON PRAIRIE - The Salmon Prairie School invited the community to their production of "Rudolph" Dec. 19. The student body made up of three students, seventh grader Cameron Lytle, kindergartner...

 

Frostbite Festival fun for everyone

SWAN VALLEY - The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society hosted their annual Frostbite Festival Dec. 7 at the Swan Valley School. There was something for all ages including a bake sale, bazaar, crafts...

 

No fee at Holland Lake Day Use in 2020

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling received applause from attendees at the Swan Valley Community Council special meeting Nov. 21 when he announced there would be no fee to use the Day Use at Holland Lake during the 2020 season....

 

Dinner draws community together

SWAN VALLEY - The Condon Community Church hosted their annual Condon Community Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 24 at the Swan Valley Community Hall. This year nearly 100 attended the even...

 

Mid-Swan Restoration, building permit tools and Holland Lake dominate discussion

SWAN VALLEY - US Forest Service and Missoula County Projects Department representatives presented on the Mid-Swan Restoration Project and the new county tool for building permits at the Swan Valley Community Council meeting Oct. 15. Chair Ken...

 

Holland Lake fee discussion continues, maintenance update

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling gave updates on maintenance work completed on the District and led a discussion about the day use fee at Holland Lake at the Swan Valley Community Council meeting Aug. 19. Dowling said that...

 

Berries galore at Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

SWAN LAKE - The 38th Annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival featured an assortment of huckleberry products, nearly 50 vendors selling hand-made items including jewelry, furniture and art work, game...

 

Salmon Prairie School graduates entire student body

SALMON PRAIRIE - Friends and family of Salmon Prairie School gathered to celebrate the graduates June 3. All three students at the school graduated, Levi Webb and Kase Anderson from eighth grade and...

 

Smart Electric Meters issues and Climate Ready Communities presented

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council heard presentations from Swan Valley resident Donn Ware about possible threats from Smart Electric Meters in the valley and from Missoula County employees about a climate resiliency planning process...

 

Swan Valley volunteers recognized

SWAN VALLEY - The Condon Community Church sponsored an appreciation meal on March 9 for the Swan Valley Emergency Service volunteers. According to Pastor Bruce Rippy they "make life easier for us in t...

 

Salmon Prairie School performs "Scrooge"

SALMON PRAIRIE - The three Salmon Prairie Elementary School students, two eighth graders and one in kindergarten, produced and starred in their version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." They...

 

Section 31 donated to Swan Valley Connections - Ice rink plans

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections Board Chair Barb Raible announced to the Swan Valley Community Council that Swan Valley Connections is the recipient of 160 acres within Section 31 in Condon at the Council meeting Dec. 4. SVCC Chair Ken Donovan...

 

Regional Draft Plan completed

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council met Nov. 6 to review the remaining elements in the Swan Valley Regional Draft Plan entitled Transportation, Public Facilities and Services and Implementation and addressed comments about the four append...

 

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