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 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...

 

Comments requested on restoration project in the Swan

SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest staff met and shared with the residents of the Swan Valley the concepts of the Mid-Swan Landscape Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project at a meeting held Nov. 8. Following the presentation, atte...

 

Swan Valley celebrates veterans

SWAN VALLEY - Attendees gathered on the Swan Valley Community Hall porch with the temperature in the low 30s to pay tribute to all veterans at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Attendees then went inside and enjoyed...

 

Council works through Land Use and Housing elements

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council met for a special meeting Oct. 23 to review and discuss public comments to the third and fourth elements entitled Land Use and Housing of the Swan Valley Regional Draft Plan. The members paid...

 

Comments reviewed, redevelopment sites requested

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council reviewed public comments on the final draft of the Swan Valley Regional Plan at their regular monthly meeting Oct.16. Missoula County Community and Planning Services presented the opportunity for the...

 

New Swan Lake District Ranger responds to attendees' questions

SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling was introduced at the Swan Valley Council monthly meeting Aug. 21. Dowling recently replaced newly retired Ranger Rich Kehr. He named ongoing projects in the Swan Valley...

 

Shooting Range Idea Discussed, Public Comments Considered on Draft Plan

SWAN VALLEY - At their regular meeting July 17, the Swan Valley Community Council heard discussion about where and how to go about securing a suitable location for a local shooting range. The council also considered public comments on the final...

 

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