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 By Jean Pocha    News    September 22, 2022 

Backcountry classroom brings outdoor lessons to life

OVANDO - Riding to school got a new meaning for Ovando School's third through eighth grade students Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Thanks to the Rich Ranch, students and teachers rode nine miles into Leota Park...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    September 1, 2022

Forest management help available for private landowners

OVANDO - Powell County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is introducing a Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP) for addressing wildfire hazards from biomass accumulation in private forested...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    September 1, 2022

Hard work pays off for Nevada Creek 4-H

DEER LODGE- Nevada Creek 4-H Club members brought home several Cream of the Crop, Champion Showmanship and Champion Market Animal awards from the 2022 Tri-County Fair in Deer Lodge. The Club also won...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    August 25, 2022

Helmville discusses community development and re-zoning

HELMVILLE - A community development and zoning follow-up meeting was held Monday, Aug. 15 in Helmville. During the meeting community members discussed possibilities for changing zoning ordinances...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    August 18, 2022

Blackfoot Challenge block party brings people together

OVANDO - Children held impromptu foot races down Main Street, country music serenaded the crowd and food trucks provided dinner for the Fourth Annual Blackfoot Challenge Block Party Aug. 10 in downtow...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    August 11, 2022

Benefits of prescribed burning on private land

OVANDO - “We know that prescribed fire is an important part of the ecosystem here. It makes our plant communities and forests healthier and makes our home safer,” said Steve Kloetzel,...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    August 11, 2022

Nevada Creek 4-H Club prepares for Tri County Fair

HELMVILLE - Nevada Creek 4-H, based in Helmville, has 13 members from Ovando, Helmville, Avon, Bozeman and Cascade. Members are preparing projects for the Tri-County Fair Aug.16 - 22 at the Deer...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Opinion    August 4, 2022

Fall gardening options

Zucchinis may start showing up in people's mailboxes as Western Montana gardens are getting into the harvest season. Even though this is the pay-off time of year for gardeners, there's an option to...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    July 28, 2022

Reducing forest fire damage to homes with Firewise planning

OVANDO - Preparing a home to be as resistant to wildfire as possible can be done with Firewise planning said Cindy Super, Forestry and Prescribed Fire Coordinator for the Blackfoot Challenge, at a...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    July 21, 2022

Welcoming new FWP biologist

OVANDO - The new Region 2 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Biologist Mike Ebinger was eager to come to the Blackfoot-Clearwater Region when the job opened. The reputation the Blackfoot area has as a l...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    July 14, 2022

Ethnobotany Walk explores connection to local flora

SEELEY LAKE - Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelation between traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious and other uses. The Salish people have...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    July 7, 2022

Mass suspended for one year at Helmville's St. Thomas

HELMVILLE - Mass has been suspended for one year at Helmville's St. Thomas Parish due to a shortage of priests. This is the first time mass has not been held at St. Thomas, except for during the...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    July 7, 2022

Running across America

HELMVILLE – While running across America, Greg Nance passed Helmville on Highway141 June 27 and spent the night in Seeley Lake. During an impromptu interview near the Highway 141 and Highway 200...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 30, 2022

Mannix Ranch receives Stewardship Award

HELMVILLE– The Mannix Brothers Ranch in Helmville received the 2022 Montana Stockgrowers Environmental Stewardship Award from the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Each year the ESAP award...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 23, 2022

Helmville town meeting discusses growth potential and barriers

HELMVILLE – Powell County Planner Amanda Cooley with Bo Walker, Montana State University extension agent, and Chad Lanes, Tri-County Sanitarian, held a meeting at the Helmville Community Hall June 16 to collect community input regarding barriers...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 23, 2022

Pedaling to relive historic trails, raise awareness

OVANDO - Erick Cedaño, the Bicycle Nomad, pedaled into Ovando Tuesday afternoon, June 14. It was the first leg of his 1,900 mile solo trip cycling to St. Louis, Missouri on the path of the 25th...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 16, 2022

Helmville Fastpitch Softball tradition continues

HELMVILLE - The 43rd Annual Father Mac Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament was held in Helmville June 3-5. This year's tournament was won by the Helmville Helmvillians when they beat Deer...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 9, 2022

Conservation and stewardship topics explored at Discovery Days

OVANDO - With the sound of wolves yipping and woodpeckers hammering away, the SSHS Discovery Days began in Mollett Park on the Blackfoot Challenge Community Conservation Area (BCCA) May 25. Students...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 2, 2022

Pollinator Garden opens with a buzz

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Center (CRC) Pollinator Garden opened Saturday, May 28 in front of Lindey's Prime Steak House. Opening activities included talks on beekeeping, native plants and...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    May 26, 2022

Planting for pollinators in Seeley

SEELEY LAKE - The new Pollinator Garden, envisioned and designed by the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC), will be set up soon at Lindey's Prime Steak House. The purpose of the pollinator garden is...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Adding mulch to vegetable gardens

Preparing for the gardening season invariably includes weed and water management. Useful tools, besides the hose and hoe, are mulches. Once vegetable plants have sprouted and are three to four inches tall, the use of a mulch can reduce weeding, keep...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    May 26, 2022

Ovando School graduates two eighth graders

OVANDO - Ovando School celebrated eighth grade graduates Abby and Kyle deRonnebeck on Wednesday, May 18. The siblings will be attending Seeley-Swan High School in the fall. "My favorite class is...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    May 19, 2022

MSU Extension seeks input for community needs survey

OVANDO - Bo Walker from the Powell County Montana State University Extension Service conducted a listening session in Ovando May 10. The session was part of a statewide needs assessment process by the Extension Service to learn about issues currently...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    May 12, 2022

Featuring a lifetime of art

SEELEY LAKE - Artist Angela Bennett and her work "Watercolors on the Water - A Lifetime of Work" will be presented at The Lodges on Seeley Lake May 15 from 1-6 p.m. The free art exhibit will...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    May 5, 2022

Camas rejuvenation in the Blackfoot Valley

BLACKFOOT VALLEY – Remnant populations of common camas (Camassia quamash) tell a story of bygone days. History tells that many of the seasonally wet meadows and forest edges in and around the Blackf...

 

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