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Wolf hunt success dips despite loose regulations

SEELEY LAKE- This past hunting season, local trapper Rob Henrekin trapped and hunted five wolves for the second time in the approximately nine years he's been harvesting wolves.  In 2021, the Montana...

 

Seeley Lake Market's sweet spot

SEELEY LAKE - Home baker Mickol Rathbun sells the sweetest treats at the Seeley Lake Market every Sunday at her stand Mickol's Goodies. Rathbun always loved baking as a hobby and said this is her...

 

Students explore environmental issues in Vietnam

SEELEY LAKE - This past July, three Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) students and graduates visited Vietnam as part of a youth exchange to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vietnam's bilateral...

 

The ecology after the burn

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver stood looking up at the muddy debris that flooded Dunham Creek Road in a landslide approximately three years prior. Imprinted on the hill face ab...

 

Bob Marshall Music Festival traces music back to Montana roots

SEELEY LAKE - Raised on a rugged ranch in Northwestern Montana, Bozeman-based artist Amanda Stewart discovered the way Montana's unique landscape inspired her music from a young age. Her vivid...

 

YFC triathlon welcomes athletes from across the country

SEELEY LAKE - Before 69-year-old triathlete Terry VanderWert turns 70, he wants to complete 50 triathlons across all 50 states. After participating in the 16th annual Youth for Christ (YFC) Triathlon...

 

Sanders receives prestigious award

SEELEY LAKE - Pyramid Mountain Lumber Resource Manager Gordy Sanders received the 2022 William Schlich Memorial Award for his 46 years of outstanding work that influenced local, state and national...

 

The Bob Marshall Music Festival returns this weekend

SEELEY LAKE - The sixth annual Bob Marshall Music Festival returns to Seeley Lake on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6. Festival organizers said they're excited to bring a new lineup of popular country, rock and...

 

Senate Committee takes first vote on Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) received a 10-10 tie vote in the Senate Energy and Resource Committee July 21, setting up a future vote to move the bill out to the committee. Senator Steve Daines...

 

New book captures "What is Wild"

SEELEY LAKE - Carleen Gonder said if she ever writes a memoir, she wants to include a chapter about her time as the crazy lady up Bird Creek.  She commandeered the nickname while living in a small ca...

 

Sharing her love for pottery

SEELEY LAKE - Since Carrie Darrah learned to throw clay on a wheel 17 years ago, she's been obsessed with making pottery. For the last eight years she's sold an assortment of bowls, mugs and soaps at...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 28, 2022

Gas N Shop to host weekly Swap Meet

SEELEY LAKE - Michelle Brumfield, the manager of Montana Gas N Shop, plans to host a swap meet at the grassy lawn between the convenience store and the Citizens Alliance Bank every weekend for the rest of the summer.  Brumfield said the Swap Meet wi...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 28, 2022

SWCC tour explores forest restoration, wildlife management

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) and the US Forest Service joined the Southwestern Crown Collaborative (SWCC) for a Seeley Field Tour on July 20. The SWCC brings together citizens,...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 21, 2022

Ovando grizzly attack likely linked to food-conditioned bear

OVANDO - The grizzly bear that fatally mauled cyclist Leah Davis Lokan last summer was likely food conditioned, according to an official Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) Board of Review...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 21, 2022

Encouraging land, wildlife stewardship

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections hosted their first Landowner Stewardship Fair at Swan Valley Community Hall Saturday, July 16. The event was to welcome both new and longtime residents of the...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 21, 2022

Grant to help assess child-care needs in community

SEELEY LAKE - This year, Sparrow’s Vine Parenting and Pregnancy Resource Center and the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) received a $6,000 grant from Zero to Five Montana and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to help assess...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 21, 2022

Spotlight Scented candles and soaps for all ages

SEELEY LAKE - Donna Hacker discovered her passion for candle-making after learning about it in a Martha Stewart Living magazine in 1998. Over 20 years later, Hacker and her sister Anabelle are...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 7, 2022

Celebrating 60 years of love

SEELEY LAKE - Carol and Jerry Miller's relationship began with a spark.  On their first date as students at Ronan High School, the couple and their peers traveled to their rival's home turf of...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 7, 2022

Horseshoe Hills maintenance funding approved

MISSOULA - In a meeting on June 28, the Missoula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) unanimously approved a funding recommendation decision for the Horseshoe Hills Spring Creek Road Maintenance project.  Submitted by Jack Rich, owner and guide at the...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 7, 2022

The new sweetest spot in town 

SEELEY LAKE- For years, Julie Brown has baked cookies from old recipes her grandma used. Now, Brown and her daughter Kelsey Van Dyke are baking up those recipes for Seeley Lake patrons.  "My mom has...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 30, 2022

Blind paralympic cyclist tackles Tour Divide

 OVANDO - After cycling around 550 miles in eight days for the Tour Divide, Shawn Cheshire and her team took a much-needed rest.   While torrents of rain fell outside, they sat on the leather couch... Full story

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 30, 2022

Commissioners approve land use fee increase  

MISSOULA- The Missoula Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on June 23 to approve the Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) resolution to increase land use fees effective July 1.   Missoula County Community and Planning...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 30, 2022

SSHS student wins Loon and Fish logo contest

SEELEY LAKE- Seeley-Swan High School student Cheyenne Gifford won the 2022 Loon and Fish Logo Contest. According to Kris Gullikson, the president of the Alpine Artisans Inc. (AAI), Gifford was one of...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 30, 2022

Handmade crafts for dogs and people

SEELEY LAKE- Victoria Crisamore offers Seeley Lake Market patrons and their dogs a variety of handmade crafts every Sunday at her stand "Letti By Design." Crisamore has been selling at the Seeley...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 23, 2022

Proposed land use fee increase, affordable housing plans discussed

SEELEY LAKE - At their June 13 meeting, the Seeley Lake Community Council reviewed Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) plans to raise land use fees and listened to a presentation from Trust Montana about their ideas to bring...

 

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