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 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 30, 2018

Canyon Creek blaze leads to daring rescue by Lincoln-based packer

"I took off and rode up the main line trail and into the Lander's Fork trail. That's where I hit the [Canyon Creek] fire. It was roaring pretty good then," said Jerry Burns recalling Sept. 6, 1988....

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 23, 2018

The Canyon Creek Fire blowup revisited 30 years later

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Canyon Creek fire, which began early in the summer of 1988 but made it's lasting impact when it burned over 200 square miles in one night on Sept. 6. The...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 23, 2018

What's new at school?

Summer is drawing to a close and area schools will be beginning classes soon. Seeley Lake Elementary, Sunset School and Seeley-Swan High School are all adding new programs, teachers or learning tools in the upcoming year. Get the scoop on what’s...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 16, 2018

Couple donates famous pie, building to Community Foundation

SEELEY LAKE- The Seeley Lake Community Foundation celebrated another year of finding community needs and finding funds to fill them Sunday, Aug. 12 at their annual fundraiser. This year it included a...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 16, 2018

Youth changed by month of service

SEELEY LAKE- Three Seeley Lake students returned this week from a 27-day trip filled with work and growth, as they did volunteer work in the Superior and Plains Ranger Districts with the Montana...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 16, 2018

Having a berry good time

SWAN LAKE - The 37th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival brought new vendors and surprises as well as returning attendees and vendors Saturday, Aug. 11. As goes the tradition, the festival began...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 16, 2018

Trailblazers win big at County Fair

MISSOULA - The Seeley Lake Trailblazers 4-H Club may have a small number of members, but in the Missoula County fair last week, the club took home a number of ribbons. Amanda Thomas, Dani Sexton,...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 9, 2018

Mountain bikers and policies look to balance wilderness and recreation

When Rep. Greg Gianforte voted in committee in favor of HB 1349, a bill that would allow mountain biking in some wilderness areas, it drew a response from mountain bikers who supported the new bill...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 9, 2018

Pet Poisoning: Know the Signs and Symptoms

When the Olson family's dog Balto started acting sick in the mountains, they had no idea what could be affecting him - they just knew they needed to get him down right away. Even when he was brought...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 9, 2018

Anderson signs with University of Montana Western's Rodeo Team

SWAN VALLEY - Iriey Anderson of Condon signed with the rodeo team and the University of Montana Western where she will study business and equine science. She was awarded a full-ride tuition...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 2, 2018

Liquid Louie's celebrates 71 years of cocktails and community

SWAN VALLEY - Liquid Louie's, Condon's oldest bar, celebrated 71 years full of rich history, warm memories and shenanigans with a party on Saturday, July 28. The bar had humble beginnings. It was...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 26, 2018

One Injured in Head-on Collision

Emergency personnel from Potomac and Seeley Lake were called to the scene of a head-on collision at the intersection of Highway 200 and Russell Gates Fishing Access road, near mile marker 35 at about...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 26, 2018

What is Going on in Big Larch Campground?

SEELEY LAKE - Big Larch Campground remains closed. Why hasn't it reopened? Why hasn't work started? Why was it even closed in the first place? Sheryl Gunn, a Forest Service silviculturist, worked on...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 26, 2018

Lions Reseal Path Around Pond

SEELEY LAKE - Members of the Seeley Lake Lions Club spread sealant on the walkway around the pond at Lion's Park Saturday, July 21. The club was unable to do their usual maintenance last year because...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

Retired Smokejumpers Carry on Legacy of Service

OVANDO - This week, retired smokejumpers returned to Seeley Lake, an area that many of them have a deep connection with, to continue to do work that protects and maintains public lands by...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

CRC Celebration Is a Hoot

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council held their annual Celebrate the Clearwater community event Sunday, July 15. The celebration included a presentation of awards, the naming of a new...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

Know Your Rights: Montana Open Meeting Laws

Even though it would be impossible for every citizen to attend every meeting of every local, county and state government body, believe it or not, it is every citizen's right to access and participate...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

Revive and Thrive Event Preps Area for Restorative Burn

SEELEY LAKE- Last Sunday, community members and Montanans from all over the state gathered to work in Lost Horse Meadow in order to prepare it for a prescribed burn in the fall. The Nature...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Connecting Colors and Community: Seeley Lake Addresses Student Resilience

SEELEY LAKE - Strings, anchors, balloons, the colors of the rainbow: To hear students and teachers talk about the Kaleidoscope Connect program's lessons sounds like listening to attendees of a New...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Car Show Brings Friends, Community to Seeley Lake Lot

SEELEY LAKE - The sixth annual Seeley Lake Car Show on Saturday, July 6 gave old friends a chance to gather and community members the chance to show off their cars. The show's founder Ken Keith and...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Celebrating 50 Years of Love and Independence

SEELEY LAKE – On June 15, Betty and Adrian Vanderwielen celebrated 50 years of working together while encouraging one another to be independent in their marriage. The Vanderwielens met when they...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Ovando Fourth of July Celebration

OVANDO - Ovando hosted their annual parade on the Fourth of July. True to tradition, "Everyone participates. No one watches." Following the parade, attendees enjoyed the beer garden at The Stray...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Ovando Fourth of July Celebration

OVANDO - Ovando hosted their annual parade on the Fourth of July. True to tradition, "Everyone participates. No one watches." Following the parade, attendees enjoyed the beer garden at The Stray...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 5, 2018

Vacation Rentals Compete with Traditional Lodging for Tourist Dollars

SEELEY LAKE - Dagny Krigbaum has been responsible for taking care of her family's cabin in Seeley Lake for more than 20 years. In the past, she enlisted property management companies to rent out the...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 5, 2018

College Course Opens Doors for Collaborative Conservation

SWAN VALLEY - The students in the Swan Valley Connections' Wildlife in the West course spent six weeks learning to identify flora and fauna. They also learned valuable skills about community...

 

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