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Take a hike: Glacier Lake - Mission Mountains Wilderness

At A Glance Length: Approximately 1.6 miles one way, 3.2 miles round trip Elevation gain: 425 feet Usage: The trail is primarily used by day hikers and backpackers. Note: There is no overnight... Full story

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 22, 2019

Blackfoot Challenge hosts second annual block party

OVANDO - The Blackfoot Challenge hosted its second annual Block Party fundraiser in downtown Ovando on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Nearly 200 people attended the event that hosted local food trucks such as...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 15, 2019

Lolo National Forest considers recreation fee increase

SEELEY LAKE - While Tim Love worked with the Forest Service as the Seeley Lake District Ranger, the Region was encouraged to consider concessionaire management to maintain recreation sites. While the District decided against the use of...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 15, 2019

Seeley Lake welcomes new sporting goods store

SEELEY LAKE - After making one-too-many trips into Missoula for outdoor gear, Ryan Dunster decided it was time for a change. "There wasn't anything here, so we saw the need for it," said Ryan....

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 15, 2019

Swan Valley School Board prepares for upcoming school year

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board approved budgets for the upcoming year, as well as contracts for educators and facility maintenance projects at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The board approved the school’s adopted General Fund...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 15, 2019

Maughan siblings take to USATF competitions

SEELEY LAKE - The Maughan siblings are no strangers to athletic excellence, but this past summer Seeley-Swan High School senior Caleb, sophomore Sariah and freshman Emily sunk their teeth into...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 8, 2019

Swan Valley School hires principal and new K-2 teacher

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Elementary School Board filled two vacant positions for the upcoming academic year. At a special meeting July 18, the board hired Chris Mauldin for the vacant kindergarten through second grade teaching position. At...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 8, 2019

Community Foundation reflects on year of fundraising

SEELEY LAKE - As the Seeley Lake Community Foundation prepares for its annual banquet, Executive Director Claire Muller reflects on a year of growth. Last August, Loren and Pam Rose announced that they would donate nearly half of the appraised value...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 8, 2019

Weisenburger represents Montana at Boys Nation

SEELEY LAKE - Each year, 100 boys are selected to represent their home state at Boys Nation in Washington D.C. This year, Seeley-Swan High School student Sam Weisenburger represented Montana....

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 8, 2019

Families compete in local triathlon

SEELEY LAKE - Families took to the Youth for Christ Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon/Duathlon at the River Point Day Use area on Saturday, Aug 3. Nissa Lucero of Missoula competed in the solo short swi...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

Documents outline concessionaire agreements at Holland Lake

SWAN VALLEY - Permit agreements between the Forest Service and concessionaires at the Holland Lake Recreation Site outline expectations of site management, maintenance and contract extensions. This past May, community members attended a Swan Valley...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

Seeley Lake Trailblazers prepare for fair

SEELEY LAKE - Every night since October, freshman Dani Sexton spends nearly two-hours caring for her prime angus steer Shaquille O'Neal. She feeds him, walks him around the pen, bathes him and leads...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

North Fork Cottonwood reroute project to protect bull trout

SEELEY LAKE - Contractors with the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited are working on the North Fork Cottonwood Reroute project that is tied to fisheries and preserving bull trout populations. The project on the #477 Cottonwood Lakes Road, appro...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 25, 2019

Portion of Highway 83 dedicated in firefighter's memory

SEELEY LAKE - Two years after Trenton Johnson was killed while fighting the 2017 Florence Fire, an eight-mile section of Highway 83 through Seeley Lake was named in his honor on Friday, July 19....

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 25, 2019

International Choral Festival brings new cultures to Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Nearly 100 people attended the free choir concert at Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium on Tuesday, July 16. The concert kicked off the four-day International Choral Festival in...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 25, 2019

Tamaracks partners with local vendors to host destination weddings

SEELEY LAKE - Tamaracks Resort hosted the first annual Ultimate Wedding Giveaway Event at its new wooded wedding venue Saturday, July 20. The event was created to bring local vendors together to make...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 25, 2019

Shooters compete at Nationals

SEELEY LAKE - The Hellgate Civilian Shooters team placed 32 out of 55 teams at the Civilian Marksmanship (CMP) National Championship in Port Clinton, Ohio July 13-15. The team was ranked seventh...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 18, 2019

Logging truck rolls south of Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - A loaded logging truck bound for Seeley Lake rolled into the ditch along the northbound lane on Montana Highway 83 on Friday, July 12 around 2:15 p.m. The logging truck driver was...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 18, 2019

SLE School Board hires new teachers

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board hired three new teachers, appointed a new board trustee and approved a parent request for a student to enter kindergarten at a special meeting July 10. Since SLE has not hired a new...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 18, 2019

Revive and Thrive celebrates recreational growth

SEELEY LAKE – Approximately 70 people volunteered to help create new trails on the Hill 16 Community Trail System during The Nature Conservancy's fifth annual Revive and Thrive event on Sunday,...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 18, 2019

Outdoor Adventure Club kicks off at SLE

SEELEY LAKE - The Outdoor Adventure Club began another season of fun this past week. Program leaders are eager to teach participants how to explore and enjoy the outdoors. The program is available for children in grades three - eight and runs every...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 11, 2019

Condon celebrates Fourth of July in style

SWAN VALLEY - Hundreds of people flocked to Condon, Mont. for the annual Fourth of July festivities. Locals raved about the annual parade, which many mentioned seemed longer than usual. The Swan...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 11, 2019

Fun on horseback at annual O-Mok-See

SWAN VALLEY - In the afternoon on the Fourth of July, the Swan Valley Saddle Club hosted the Fourth of July O-Mok-See. Traditional events included pole bending, key hole and western jump. Organizer...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 4, 2019

Bob Marshall Music Fest looks towards a brighter future

SEELEY LAKE - The Bob Marshall Music Festival celebrated its fourth year in Seeley Lake by bringing people from all across Montana to the event in the name of music. This year, the event was...

 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 4, 2019

Explosive 1995 Fourth of July

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Don Larson sat patiently on the barge as Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue Chief Gerry Connell towed him out into the bay to ignite the 1995 fireworks display over Seeley Lake. Larson worked to position the barge so...


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