Articles written by Sharon Teague

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  • Seeley Lake Community Council November Meeting

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake Community Council|Nov 9, 2023

    Key updates and information important to our community! The November meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be held at the Barn (2920 Highway 83) on Monday, Nov. 13. Pizza will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Planned speakers/topics are as follows: Review of the results from the Seeley Lake Community Meeting Missoula County Environmental Health Representative Solid waste management Missoula County Brownfields Program Possible Gravel Pit Update Possible Holland Lake Project Update Missoula...

  • Fall is critical month for bears

    Sharon Teague, Bear Smart Working Group|Oct 5, 2023

    This is the third article in our Bear Smart series for residents of the Clearwater Valley. We invite everyone interested to join our community-wide efforts to reduce bear-human conflicts. Our first article summarized the mission and efforts of the Clearwater Bear Smart Working Group and our second article explained the Bear Smart community concept and the history of the Bear Smart movement. Let’s focus now on how September and October are critical months for bears. During fall bears need to maximize their body condition (fat) in order to s...

  • The history of being bear smart

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake bear smart group|Sep 21, 2023

    This article is the second in a series of articles intended to inform the residents of the Clearwater Valley about the Bear Smart working group and invite anyone interested to join in the community wide efforts to reduce bear-human conflicts in the area. The first article summarized the mission of the group and shared the work and activities to date. This article will focus on the concept of a Bear Smart community and the history of the Bear Smart movement. Based on historical data and the events of last summer it is evident that there are...

  • Bear working group hopes to lower human-bear encounters

    Sharon Teague, Clearwater Valley Bear Smart Working Group|Sep 7, 2023

    Last winter several Seeley Lake area residents concerned about bear activity and conflicts met with local conservation groups, wildlife agencies, bear specialists, and biologists. We wanted to know how to best tackle bear population issues, sparking the formation of a local working group. This is the first of several articles that will introduce the community to the group. Why are we called the Clearwater Valley Bear Smart Working Group? With bear issues being served by Swan Valley Connection and Blackfoot Challenge, we realized the Clearwater...

  • Bears are asleep - but we aren't

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, The summer of 2022 in Western Montana was one for the record books! You might even call it the perfect storm. Here in Seeley we had record numbers of visitors coming to our area to recreate, our campgrounds were full, we saw an influx of new people moving into the area, we had unusually cold then warm weather which caused a poor berry crop throughout Western Montana including Seeley, and FWP personnel responded to over 1000 black bear conflict calls in region 2. Sadly, this is the norm for the Seeley lake area. Over the last 10...

  • Working for the best at SLE

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Feb 6, 2020

    We have a great school and staff at SLE. It makes me sad to see veteran teachers being smeared on social media and in the newspaper. I told myself I would take the high road, stay professional and not respond. But I can’t abide people who have no personal experience with me or my classroom saying hateful things about me and my fellow teachers. I’ve been a teacher for 30 years in three school districts under seven administrators. Never have I been accused of not doing my job or not being a team player. Quite the opposite actually. I love my job...

  • Remington rifle warning

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Sep 27, 2018

    Imagine that you are returning to your vehicle after a day of hunting with your child. Before you put your rifle in the gun rack, you push the safety off to open the bolt and remove the round in the chamber. The moment you hear the click of the safety mechanism the rifle goes off in your hands. The bullet ricochets and kills your child standing nearby. Imagine the damage a bullet designed to bring down an elk will do to a nine-year-old boy. It’s a memory I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Sound crazy? It happened. Something similar hap...

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