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 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 22, 2020

Unique woolly bears head for shelter

During the fall in the Blackfoot Watershed, Isabella Tiger Moth and Spotted Tussock Moth caterpillars can be seen crawling in the sunshine across roads and over fences. These caterpillars are known...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 20, 2020

Potomac announces Pioneers re-opening plan

POTOMAC - Potomac School is preparing for students to return Aug. 26 since remaining closed after spring break in March. Principal John Rouse presented the re-opening plan and recommendations to the School Board at their Aug. 10 meeting. They agreed... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 20, 2020

Western Montana Fair local 4-H Club results

MISSOULA - The Potomac Valley and Seeley Lake Trailblazers 4-H clubs participated in the Western Montana's Farm to Fair Aug. 3-8. This years results are below. 4-H uses the Danish system in the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 6, 2020

Western Montana Fair goes online

MISSOULA - 4-H Club members across the area are having a busy week for the 2020 Western Montana Fair. This year's Fair situation presented unexpected challenges and will hold a unique place in...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 30, 2020

Local 4-H clubs ready for fair week

MISSOULA - From photography to market animals with a bit of everything in between, 4-H clubs in Potomac and Seeley Lake have their projects ready for the 2020 Western Montana Fair Aug. 2 - 8. All...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 23, 2020

Mountain ladies in full bloom

The "Goddess foot of the mountain" flowers are found throughout the area in spring and summer. They have been admired for their beauty and collected for centuries. Cypripedium montanum perennial...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 9, 2020

Potomac School prepares for fall

POTOMAC - During the June 29 school board meeting via Webex, the Potomac School Board approved a series of policies that will give the school district the flexibility to address whatever conditions and/or requirements the school district will face... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 2, 2020

4-H and FFA projects going from farm to fair

Despite some Western Montana Fair event cancellations, 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are still able to exhibit their projects but without spectators due to COVID-19 risks. Missoula...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    June 18, 2020

Potomac celebrates graduates

POTOMAC - Signs and banners decorated the highway in front of Cullys and along Potomac Road in celebration of the Potomac School graduating classes of 2020. Both the kindergarten and eighth grade...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    April 16, 2020

Potomac resilient through COVID-19 pandemic 

POTOMAC - The Potomac community continues to adjust to COVID-19. The school, businesses and other organizations keep moving forward amidst challenges and continual change. The Potomac School has been... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    March 19, 2020

Potomac Pioneers end season with a win

POTOMAC - With a team of 10, the Potomac girls basketball team came through the season with three regular season wins and one tournament game win. The coaches felt the season went well and agreed that...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    March 5, 2020

Snow jumping hexapods

During sunny late winter days in the Blackfoot Watershed, multitudes of small black things can be seen wriggling on the snow. They are called snow fleas, Snow fleas, or Hypogastrura nivicola, are...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    February 27, 2020

Potomac community gathers for pancakes and permits

POTOMAC - More than 150 people attended the annual Pancakes and Permits event Feb. 22 at the Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC). For two hours the coffee and conversation flowed as Potomac and...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    January 2, 2020

Potomac program captivates audience

POTOMAC - There was standing room only during the annual Potomac School Christmas Program Dec. 18 in the Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC) as more than 300 people attended to watch the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    December 19, 2019

Potomac celebrates Christmas

POTOMAC - On the snowy evening of Saturday, Dec. 14, more than 100 people attended the annual Christmas Comes Home event in the heart of Potomac. Outside there were wagon rides, a bonfire and a live...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    November 28, 2019

Go ride a bike

POTOMAC - Around the school block and past the horse and cattle pastures Potomac School students rode skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, scooters, a pogo stick, walked, ran and hopped their way through...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    November 7, 2019

Fall traditions bring out Halloween fashions

POTOMAC - Potomac children celebrated fall and Halloween by dressing up and attending the second annual Fall Carnival and the annual Parade of Costumes. The Fall Carnival Friday, Oct. 25 was held at...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 24, 2019

Potomac School welcomes new junior high teacher

POTOMAC - Jessica Van Kerkhove is a new junior high social studies and intervention teacher for Potomac School. She looks forward to working with all the students and staff and getting to know the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 24, 2019

Potomac flag football team has successful season

POTOMAC – With 16 Pioneers on the team this year, Potomac School's Flag Football team came away with nine wins and two losses. "This was a great year for Potomac flag football," said head coach...


The old firefighting days – Stories from Potomac

POTOMAC - As summer’s dry heat wanes into cooler damp weather, fire season comes to an end. Some Potomac residents took time this year to openly reflect on past fire seasons and their firefighting experiences. They shared stories of fighting fires...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 15, 2019

4H, not just about the show

MISSOULA - The 4H year is a journey for all members, especially when something happens to the project animal. Owning livestock provides opportunity for responsibility but sometimes things happen that...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 11, 2019

Warriors from Potomac set inspirational pace

MISSOULA – Six "Potomac Warriors" walked and ran strong during the Missoula Half Marathon June 29. The 13.1-mile race began at The Peak off Highway 93 and finished on Higgins Street in Missoula in...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackfoot Rendezvous breakin' records, havin' fun in the sun

POTOMAC - The second annual Blackfoot Rendezvous was a screaming success according to the Explorers Parent Group that hosted the event. "We made more than $4,000 this year, thanks to our generous cash...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 4, 2019

Potomac School updates for next school year

POTOMAC - Potomac School is ready for 2019-2020 school year with rearranged staff positions, new staff coming on and updates to the school facilities. Security measures remain in place with security cameras and door buzzers to control who enters the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    June 20, 2019

Potomac students take the next step forward

POTOMAC - Memories and laughter partnered with smiles the evening of Potomac School's kindergarten and eighth grade graduation June 12 at the Potomac Greenough Community Center. More than 120 people...


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