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 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Business counsel resigns, board votes to withdraw lawsuit

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District held a special meeting June 22 to take action on issues stemming from their attorney resigning from his position as the Board’s business counsel. They also discussed and voted to withdraw a lawsuit...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Market value assessment method chosen for Sewer District

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held a meeting June 15 where it seated its newly elected Board members, elected new officers, selected the market value approach to spreading assessments to pay for the administrative budget and...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 18, 2020

Sewer District files suit against two newly elected board members

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District filed a lawsuit Friday, June 12 against newly elected board directors Thomas Morris and Jason Gilpin seeking to stop the pair from taking any steps that may interrupt the ongoing sewer project. Despite f... Full story

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 11, 2020

Administrative budget more than doubles

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board passed a budget for the 2021 fiscal year at their June 4 special meeting that is a little more than double last year’s budget. They tabled the decision on how to spread the assessment over the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 11, 2020

Judge denies Writ on citizens' petitions

MISSOULA – Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Robert L. (Dusty) Deschamps, III denied a Writ of Mandamus that would have forced the Missoula County Elections Administrator (EA) to approve two citizens’ initiative petitions for collection of...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 28, 2020

Annual assessment may double

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed a plethora of topics at its May 21 regular meeting including more than doubling the annual District operating budget, project updates, hiring a new attorney, drilling new test wells and...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 28, 2020

Debate over seating newly elected directors continues

SEELEY LAKE – The issue of when directors terms end and when to seat newly elected directors reared its head again in a special meeting May 21 that was held ahead of the regular meeting and also spilled into the regular meeting. The special meeting...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 28, 2020

Judge dismisses Larson's lawsuit

MISSOULA – District Court Judge Leslie Halligan threw out Don Larson’s lawsuit against the Seeley Lake Sewer District on May 21. The order came in response to a motion by the District’s attorney Jon Beal seeking to dismiss the case due to the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 21, 2020

Date of director seating questioned

SEELEY LAKE – According to a memo on the Seeley Lake Sewer District website the Board will not seat two newly elected Directors at their May 21 meeting. Instead they will wait until a special meeting June 15. The decision is sure to cause some wave...

 

Protecting your freedom of speech

We have had a lot of questions and criticism lately regarding our Letters to the Editor section. Readers have questioned why we are willing to “print lies,” “spread hate and discontent” and “further divide the community by printing such...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 14, 2020

Local CEO denies racist social media post

SEELEY LAKE – Saturday afternoon, May 9 Clearwater Montana Properties CEO Kevin Wetherell found himself in the crosshairs of a social media storm when his name and image appeared on a post in the... Full story

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 14, 2020

Morris and Gilpin win sewer election, Dunster and Teague win seat on school board

The final, unofficial results until canvass are in for the Seeley Lake Sewer Board, Seeley Lake Elementary Board of Trustees and the Seeley Lake Elementary General Fund Levy. The Sewer District electi...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 7, 2020

Accident claims life of Columbia Falls woman

SWAN VALLEY – An accident on Highway 83 just south of Holland Lake Road claimed the life of 29-year-old Melissa Ellis-Munoz on May 1 at approximately 3:30 p.m. According to Montana Highways Patrol T...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

Lawsuit and by-laws top discussion

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) held its April 16 meeting four days later on April 20 after a glitch in their online meeting software prevented the login instructions printed on their agenda from functioning. While the Board...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Sewer District meets remotely

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) held its March 19 meeting via teleconference call to avoid congregating people per recommendations to limit the spread of coronavirus. The District finally received a bill from their attorney for...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Registering for Sewer District election

SEELEY LAKE – According to the Missoula County Elections Office, there are a handful of changes to the voter registration process for property owners in the Seeley Lake Sewer District for the upcoming board election. The May 5 election will be...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 19, 2020

Lady Blackhawks fall at State

MISSOULA – The Lady Blackhawks bowed out of the State C Basketball Tournament after falling to Melstone in their opening game March 12 and Scobey the next day. Both the Lady Blackhawks and Melstone...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 12, 2020

Landowners take legal action against Elections Office

MISSOULA – Two landowners in the Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) have petitioned the Fourth Judicial District Court in Missoula for a Writ of Mandamus regarding the Missoula County Elections office’s denial of a pair of citizens’ petitions. A...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 5, 2020

Sewer District receives $660,000 for Phase 2

SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Seeley Lake Sewer District will receive a grant for $660,000. SLSD Manager Jean Curtiss said the grant will be applied toward Phase 2 of the collection system and reduce the cost to landowners...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 5, 2020

Lady Blackhawks win Western C Divisional

FRENCHTOWN – The Lady Blackhawks won three tight games at the Western C Divisional to take the top spot and secure a place at the State C Tournament. The Lady Blackhawks faced Philipsburg in the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 5, 2020

Blackhawks' season ends at Western C Divisional

FRENCHTOWN – The Seeley-Swan Boys basketball season came to an abrupt end after a pair of losses at the Western C Divisional. The Blackhawks had a good start leading Twin Bridges by one at the quarter. However, Twin Bridges took a sizable lead by t...

 

Strategic planning process begins

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board hosted a community cross-over event Feb. 22 to gather information that will be used to create a strategic plan for the school. Dr. Daniel Farr...

 

Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks advance to Western C Divisional

FRENCHTOWN – The Lady Blackhawks stomped the Valley Christian Eagles and defeated the Clark Fork Mountain Cats Friday, Feb. 21 for the District 13-C Championship and a trip to the Western C...

 

Building permits tops Council agenda

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Building and Development Programs Manager Nicole Whyte attended the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting Feb. 10 to discuss changes to the County building permitting program including adopting new codes and a fee...

 

Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks top seed in 13-C

SEELEY LAKE – The Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks both head into this week's District 13-C Tournament seeded in the top spot. The Lady Blackhawks wrapped up their final week of the regular season...

 

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