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 By Andi Bourne    News    January 11, 2018

Pedestrian Crosses In Front of Moving Vehicle - Treated and Released

SEELEY LAKE – Around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, Seeley Lake volunteers and Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jacob Parks responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision on Highway 83. The pedestrian was transported to Missoula and released later in the da...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 11, 2018

Bracha Lands Monster Pike

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake's Susan Bracha landed this 42 inch, 24 pound, 2 ounce northern pike Saturday, Jan. 6 ice fishing on a local lake. This is her third season ice fishing and by far her most...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 11, 2018

From Skates to Boots, The Fun Never Stopped

SEELEY LAKE – For the eighth year, hockey players took to the "ponds" in the south bay of Seeley Lake Jan. 5-7. The Seeley Lake Pond Hockey tournament was filled with 44 teams. Despite the poor ice...

 

The Hermit of The Stray Bullet Reaches Out

OVANDO – Sheri Ritchlin is many things – author, lecturer, essayist, blogger and amateur videographer. During the winter she is the Hermit of the Stray Bullet Café. Ritchlin said, "I have a stran...

 

Montana Snowpack Currently the Best in the Western U.S.

The snowpack across most of the western U.S. isn’t looking good in most states but it’s a different story in the state of Montana, according to snowpack data collected by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After a hot and...

 
 By Kate Schimel    News    January 11, 2018

Examining the Disparity of Urban and Rural Growth

Look at statewide numbers and Montana's economy seems to be doing well. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of jobs in the state of Montana grew 20 percent, according to a report released last year by...

 

A Note to All - Wilderness Study and National Monument Areas

When you read about the things that Senator Tester is trying to do to the wilderness study and National Monument areas, there are some things you need to know. • Wilderness study areas, were not, are not, and never were, supposed to be wilderness....

 

The Wisdom of Mel

If'n you're a fairly new comer to the Seeley Swan area you probably never knew Mel Nelson. Ol' Mel had a little gas station just past Barber Creek road there on the left. Mel had a small airplane and...

 
 By Carol Brodie    News    January 11, 2018

Caroline Patterson Reads from "Ballet at the Moose Lodge"

SEELEY LAKE - Caroline Patterson, executive director of the Missoula Writing Cooperative, will be reading from and discussing her recent collection of short stories, "Ballet at the Moose Lodge"...

 

Red Cross Blood and Platelets Shortage Prompts Urgent Call for Donations

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to help address a winter blood donation shortage. The next opportunity to donate in Seeley Lake is Jan. 16 from 12 -...

 

Grants Available to Seeley Lake Non-profits

SEELEY LAKE - As part of its mission, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation endeavors to help charitable groups in Seeley Lake fund projects to benefit the community. Their Small Grants Program supports the ever-changing needs of a community that is d...

 

Winter Trails Day in the Flathead, Jan. 20

KALISPELL, MT – The Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE), a network of individuals and organizations working together to increase awareness and understanding about the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Flathead Region,...

 

2017 Seeley Swan Real Estate Sales Data Is In

REAL ESTATE SALES REDUCED DUE TO LACK OF AVAILABLE HOUSING INVENTORY The past year has seen great success in home sales in both Seeley Lake and Condon. The market has great buyer interest and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 11, 2018

From Stopping Point to Destination

CHALLIS, IDAHO – Mining and ranching is the main economy of Challis, Idaho. When the Thompson Creek Mining Company, a molybdenum mine west of Challis, ended their mining operations in 2014 the bust...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 11, 2018

Blackhawks on the Road

The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks took to the road after the holiday break to face Charlo Jan. 5 and Lincoln Jan. 6. The Boys had a strong showing against Charlo. The game was within a fe...

 

Ronald Dean Wollan 1936 ~ 2018

Date of death: Jan. 6, 2018 Place of death: Missoula, Mont. Born: Dec. 18, 1936, Plentywood, Mont. Parents: Clarence O. Wollan and Mildred Hark Wollan Siblings: Rita Wollan, Shaneen Wollan Bergette... Full story

 
 By Erik Hatch    Opinion    January 11, 2018

Is Prayer Enough?

A great conversation unfolded within my weekly study group of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This week’s topic: Developing your friendship with God. The crux of the chapter is that you are as close to God as you choose to be. The way you...

 

Final Tally for Rice Ridge Fire Costs

SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Sept. 14 that wildland fire suppression costs for the fiscal year exceeded $2 billion, making 2017 the most expensive year on...

 

2017 Fire Season Costs Montana up to $240.5 Million in Visitor Spending

Montana lost up to 800,000 visitors due to the fires and smoke this past summer, according to a report produced by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. “The reduction in visitation resulted in a loss of...

 

Community Briefs

Missoula County Recruiting For 2018 Election Judges MISSOULA - Missoula County is recruiting 800 civically engaged community members to serve as election judges to support the democratic process for the 2018 election year. It takes a community-wide...

 

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