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 By Nathan Bourne    News    September 17, 2020 

Lady Blackhawks defeat Pirates, fall to Prospectors

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks faced two opponents last week starting off in Victor Sept. 10 and then back on the home court Sept. 12 facing Granite. The Lady Blackhawks blew the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    September 17, 2020 

Blackhawks fall to Blue Hawks

THOMPSON FALLS – The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks traveled to take on the Blue Hawks in Thompson Falls Sept. 11. It was brutal game for the Blackhawks. They were down 22 points by the end of the first quarter and 38 by the half. While the second half was...

 

Blackhawks defend home field from Pirates

SEELEY LAKE – The Blackhawks kicked off to the Victor Pirates Sept. 4 for their opening game of the season. The Pirates' opening drive came to an abrupt end after just a couple plays with a fumble t...

 

Lady Blackhawks take down Eagles and Lynx

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks improved their record to 2-1 with a pair of wins last week against the Valley Christian Eagles and the Lincoln Lynx. The Lady Blackhawks traveled to...

 

Lady Blackhawks take to the court against Charlo

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks volleyball team took to the court for the much anticipated season opener against Charlo Aug. 27. The Lady Blackhawks fell to Charlo in the first two...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 27, 2020

Recognition and quick response saves shop

SEELEY LAKE – An early morning thunderstorm Aug. 19 was a rude awaking for many in the valley but it proved to be especially rude for the Bertsch family who lives on Boy Scout Road in Seeley Lake....

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 27, 2020

Board discusses many topics including cash shortage, bond election and legal bills

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board had a marathon meeting stretching over four hours on Aug. 20. The board covered many topics ranging from a cash shortfall, potential bond election, mandating hookups, legal bills, water testing...

 

Get mad, show up and build a better community

Ryan Craig, the editor and publisher of the Todd County Standard - a weekly newspaper in Elkton, Kentucky, ran a story encouraging farmers to attend a very important meeting on agricultural zoning. The future of farming could be changed at this meeti...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Market value assessment chosen, bond election discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board voted to stick with a market value excluding improvements method for spreading the cost of the annual District operating budget at a Special Board meeting Aug. 3. Then they set the assessments at...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Remembering Hiroshima

Sunday, Aug. 6, marked the 75th anniversary of the United States dropping an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Seeley Lake resident Cheri Thompson shared her father Ivan Odom's account of...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 30, 2020

County not keeping list of septic compliance issues

SEELEY LAKE – At the July 16 Seeley Lake Sewer District Board meeting, Missoula City/County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist II Jim Erven told the Board that if the proposed sewer system were scrapped by the voters in the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Board recommits to sewer, discusses assessment method and attorney fees

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board covered a wide range of topics at their July 16 meeting. They signed a resolution recommitting to move the project forward while considered a different method of financing, discussed appealing the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 16, 2020

Motion for attorney fees denied

MISSOULA – District Court Judge Leslie Halligan denied the Seeley Lake Sewer District’s motion for award of attorney’s fees against Don Larson but granted the District its Verified Bill of Costs totaling $510.24. Halligan declined to rule on a...

 
 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...

 

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