Articles from the February 23, 2023 edition


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  • Seeley Lake dog sled racer wins in Montana, looks to Alaska

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    Feb. 13 brought another first place win for local dog sled racer, Jessie Royer. The 46-year-old musher and dog trainer crossed the finish line with her seventh win in the Race to the Sky event, a 300-mile trail-race from Lincoln to Seeley Lake, and back. Royer has been running sled dogs for 31 years, since she was 15. Two years after getting her first dog team she won the event in Lincoln and she's competed many more times since.Spending a childhood between cattle ranches in Ennis, White...

  • 'Bucket list' brown trout is one for the wall

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    Saturday Feb. 11 started like any other day of ice fishing. Wyatt Blevins of Missoula and his friend Morgan McKinney set out on the ice just before sunrise. The brisk Montana morning promised a day of cold air and light breezes across the arid ice field of Seeley Lake's frozen surface. Blevins set a line and immediately caught a small pike. "I was like 'okay, today might be alright,'" Blevins said. The first pike was a small one and as the following hours brought more of the same their optimism...

  • Sunset School's Toni Hatten wins Rural Teacher of the Year award

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    Every year the School Administrators of Montana accepts nominations from small schools all over the state and chooses just one classroom instructor to award with the annual Rural Teacher of the Year award. This year’s recipient of that prestigious award is Toni Hatten of the Sunset School in Greenough, a small two-room schoolhouse with an average yearly enrollment of less than ten students. “It’s more hands-on, more personalized, a more individualized experience, for sure,” Hatten said. “I think that’s why it works.” Hatten has been teaching...

  • It's a weekend sweep for the Lady Blackhawks

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    The Blackhawks boys and girls traveled to Hamilton this past weekend to compete in the District 13-C tournament. The boy's started off with a tough game against the Victor Pirates. Leading by just a single point at half-time the Blackhawks overpowered the Pirates in the second and clinched a final victory of 55-31. They rode high spirits into the second night but lost a well-fought game to Drummond 31-50. The girls, however, swept the weekend with three consecutive wins over Lincoln, (62-10)...

  • Sexual assault reported at Camp Paxson

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    A sexual assault reported Thursday morning, Feb. 9, on Boy Scout Road in Seeley Lake was for an incident that allegedly happened more than 12 years ago, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office stated last week. The location in the report is an 80-year-old U.S. Forest Service camp located on Seeley Lake, originally used by a number of groups including the Boy Scouts of America and the U.S. Forest Service for their smokejumper training housing, as well as school and church groups, weddings and family reunions, according to the website of the non-pro...

  • Poet laureate to speak in Seeley Lake

    Alpine Artists Open Book Club|Feb 23, 2023

    Alpine Artisans’ Open Book Club will host the Montana Conversations program “Montana’s Poet Laureate” with Mark Gibbons at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The program will be at the West Wing of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation. The presentation is free and open to the public. Poet laureate Mark Gibbons is a lifelong resident of the state who began writing poetry in high school, married young, and has worked a variety of jobs to remain in Montana. His presentations will explore the power of poetry, how it reveals through personal experience an...

  • On a Journey Without End

    Stephen Moon|Feb 23, 2023

    The reign of Elohim’s Kingdom is the mind, heart and bodies of man and women eagerly wanting and desiring the new order to come. ! Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that your body is the temple of yah…” For this reason the Messiah/the sacrificial lamb of Yahuwah, gave His life so that covenant of coming together to build a spiritual building/house of El., all by His favor. Ephesians 2:19-22 The Messiah being the cornerstone/blueprint of the building is only using living stones of the same image, in union/agreement with Yashua the Messiah...

  • Ego: Identity and much more

    Ken Silvestro|Feb 23, 2023

    I've described a person's ego (identity and I-ness) in many ways over the years. I'm returning to the ego today because the ego is responsible for so much of a person's conscious (aware) psychology and behavior. Developing a balanced ego is important for everyone, but it doesn't always happen. People are referred to as egotistical, which means they are inflated with big egos and think highly of themselves, even if no one else does. People also are referred to as self-centered, which means they...

  • Archives

    Feb 23, 2023

    26 Moore Files For Re-Election Janet Moore, Condon democrat, has filed for reelection to the office of state representative for House District 65. Moore is the incumbent in this election, and is now serving her second term as a state legislator. As of Monday, Moore was unopposed on the democratic ticket, but is being challenged on the republican side by Dan Mizner of Seeley Lake. Seeley Lake Elementary School Trustees Briefed On AIDS "It is a preventable disease," were the words of...

  • Buckaroo Country

    Dale Terrillion|Feb 23, 2023

    Hang'n out in the cabin this winter, pack'n wood in and ashes out, brings to mind another winter the logg'n was shut down there in Eastern Oregon. Mills were full. Loggers were always too good at what they did. We were living at the ol' Mount Emily logg'n camp. Our neighbor Bud Woodard and family has a corral pole operation, him and his two boys. He had an old Peterbuilt short logger and a pup trailer that hauled 1,100 rails. Sold'em to the big cattle ranches in Nevada near the Oregon state...

  • Camp to provide another summer of outdoor study

    Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp|Feb 23, 2023

    The Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp is now taking applications for July 16 -21. For 37 years, the camp has provided youth an opportunity to study in an outdoor classroom. Today’s scientific principles, economic realities, historical heritage, and social perspectives help these future leaders in their quest to gain natural resources perspective that is informed and progressive. Campers learn about forests, streams, soils, geology, rangeland, wildlife, and recreation and spend half-day rafting the Clark Fork River’s Alberton Gorge. In bet... Full story

  • I'm your huckleberry. Or am I?

    Caven Wade|Feb 23, 2023

    UM Legislative News Service -University of Montana School of Journalism A bill tromping through the Montana Legislature would repeal a 2007 law that sought to protect the authenticity of the almighty Montana huckleberry by requiring that anyone labeling something as "huckleberry" register their berry patch with the state Department of Agriculture. "Not a single person ever told the government where their huckleberries were. Because, I believe the first rule of huckleberry club is: 'Do not tell...

  • A Place for All

    Mark Hayden, Missoula Electric Cooperative|Feb 23, 2023

    Each year, the third Saturday in March is slated for Missoula Electric Cooperative’s (MEC’s) annual meeting. This year is no different when the Cooperative hosts their 87th annual meeting on Saturday, March 18. This meeting is not just important to the Cooperative’s Board of Trustees and employees, but it is also important to the Co-op’s owners, who are more commonly referred to as members. When a consumer signs up for electric service at MEC, they become a part-owner of the Cooperative –these consumers are known as members. Because MEC is a...

  • Missoula County Commissioners seek applicants for tax appeal, Seeley Cemetery Boards

    Missoula County Commisioners|Feb 23, 2023

    The Missoula County commissioners are accepting applications for the Tax Appeal Board and Seeley Lake Cemetery District Board. All current members are eligible for reappointment and will be given priority should they submit a letter of interest and meet the qualifications to continue serving. New applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Positions are open to new applicants on the following boards: Tax Appeal... Full story

  • Missoula Resource Advisory Committee accepting project proposals

    Missoula Resource Advisory Commitee|Feb 23, 2023

    The Missoula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is now accepting project proposals for 2023. The project submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. MST on May 12, 2023. Funding and administration for the Missoula RAC is provided under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self–Determination Act. Last year, the Missoula RAC funded seven projects under this authority that included fish habitat restoration, avalanche education, a river ambassador program, road maintenance, trails improvement and management, and Front Country Rangers. I... Full story

  • Pathfinder to have regular office hours again

    Ruth Bergen|Feb 23, 2023

    The Seeley Swan Pathfinder is happy to announce the reopening of their local office. After a short hiatus, the Pathfinder office will have regular hours in the Heritage Building on the north end of Seeley Lake. The new office manager is Ruth Bergen. Although born in the states, Ruth moved to Seeley Lake from Scotland, where she worked in the office of the Brechin Advertiser. Ruth's husband, Jon, is the new pastor of Seeley Lake Baptist Church. They have five grown children and three... Full story

  • Women's business center taking grant applications

    Montana Women's Business Center|Feb 23, 2023

    The Montana Women’s Business Center Impact Grant application portal is now open. MTWBC will be giving four grants away - two $6,000 grants, and two $3,000 grants. This is a statewide opportunity for Montana women-owned businesses only, with ownership of 51% or more. This opportunity is only open to for-profits. Grant funding cannot be used for businesses in the cannabis industry. Applicants must have been in business for a minimum of one year and are revenue generating. Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 or $6,000 to be used for e...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Feb 23, 2023

    Missoula County Sheriff's Log February 9-15 02/09, 11:39 a.m., 42xx Boy Scout Road, Sexual Assault 02/10, 9:20 p.m., Locust Lane, Slide-In, No Property Damage 02/11, 1:45 a.m., 1xx Monture Court, Suspicious Activity Missoula County Sheriff's Log February 2-8 02/02, 6:14 p.m., 386xx Highway 200 East, Slide-In, No Property Damage 02/04, 11:18 p.m., Highway 200, Accident-Injury 02/05, 1:12 p.m., 2xx Trail Creek Court, Accident-Injury 02/05, 4:59 p.m., 7xx Tamarack Drive, Slide-In, No Property... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Feb 23, 2023

    Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log February 9-15 2/10/2023 Medical, Highway 83 2/12/2023 Medical ,Placid Lake Rd 2/14/2023 Medical, Grays Mill Rd 2/14/2023 Fire, Tamarack Dr 2/15/2023 Medical Pine Dr Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log February 2-8 02/05, Fire, Hickory Lane 02/05, Accident-Injury, Trail Creek Court 02/05, Fire, Hickory Lane 02/06, Medical Call ALS, Highway 83 02/06, Fire, Hickory Lane 02/08, Fire, Highway 83... Full story