Articles written by Robert Shaffer


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  • Volunteerism abounds

    Robert Shaffer, Double Arrow Ranch Landowners Association|Feb 29, 2024

    One of the many things I love about Seeley Lake is the volunteerism I see everywhere. When I bought my home here almost 10 years ago, one of the things I planned to do when I retired to Seeley full time was volunteer in some fashion to serve the community. That is actually how I ended up on the DARLOA BOD. I felt that the DARLOA BOD had arrived at a more harmonious place than it had been in some preceding years and I wanted to help keep it that way. Of course HOA’s have a way of always having some contention and DARLOA (being quite large) is n...

  • E Pluribus....Seeley!

    Robert Shaffer, Double Arrow Ranch Landowners Association|Mar 23, 2023

    When John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson proposed this motto for the Great Seal of the United States it summed up the determination of the fledgling nation perfectly. It also set the stage for the United States becoming the great “Melting Pot”. In this age of “Diversity” it seems as if the idea of a “Melting Pot” has become a dirty word, yet it seems to me that it is our only hope. I’m sure many will disagree with that sentiment, so let me explain. When I was in college in the early 1980’s, the idea of the Melting Pot beg...

  • A PLACE FOR ALL

    Robert Shaffer, Double Arrow Ranch|Oct 27, 2022

    Robert Shaffer Double Arrow Ranch Landowner’s Association The leaves and needles are turning, hunters are out and the smell of autumn is in the air. Winter is right around the corner and the Seeley-Swan Valley becomes a whole new world, with an entirely new set of recreational activities for the hearty souls that live here (and a few visitors). The Driftriders maintain one of the top rated snowmobile trail systems in the United States, and we do get quite a few riders from out of town (and out of state) visiting the area to enjoy them and the m...

  • Animals of Seeley Lake – Lions, foxes, bears ... Oh my!

    Robert Shaffer, President, Double Arrow Ranch Land Owners Association|May 12, 2022

    One of the wonderful things about living in Seeley Lake and the Double Arrow Ranch is the abundance of wildlife in our area. We get to see many critters on a regular basis that most residents of the U.S. are lucky to see in their lifetime. Some of that is due to our rural setting, but it is also due to the fact that we live in a wonderful section of the beautiful state of Montana. I think sometimes we take all of the wildlife around us for granted and need to take a step back and observe what...

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