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Seeley Lake Trails Project Presents Survey Results

SEELEY LAKE – In 2014 Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) launched an examination into trail usage in the Seeley Lake area with a view toward developing a comprehensive trails plan. Last year, the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

Collaborative Effort Sets Students Up for Success

SEELEY LAKE – Dressed in ties and skirts, students walked the halls of Seeley-Swan High School Wednesday, March 7. This was a different Discovery Day – it was a Career Fair. Instead of taking...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

Regional Snowpack Well Above Average

The snowpack across Montana remains in good shape starting the month of March with all basins in the state at near to above normal for the date. In fact, Montana is the only state in the 12 western U....

 
 By Emily Rindal    News    March 15, 2018

Snow, Fire & Flood: Do You Need Flood Insurance?

When we think of floods, we have an image in our heads of cars being swept down the road or boats navigating through neighborhoods rescuing families who are seeking refuge on their rooftops. Because...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

It Doesn't Matter If You're Small

SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley students shared many valuable life lessons as they followed Gulliver's travels through space, March 10. Nearly the entire student body was involved in the Missoula...

 

1,000 People in Our Seat

SEELEY LAKE – We take our seat and flip on our recorder. Often the only "public" in the room, we represent more than 1,000 readers. Many of the local boards welcome us because our articles provides...

 
 By Lisa Swallow    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Learn About and Vote for Slotnick

MISSOULA - I am beyond excited to endorse Josh Slotnick for County Commissioner and hope you will take the time to learn about - and vote - for him. We both moved here to go to college in the early ‘80s from our respective Dakota’s and...

 

Potomac Teachers Best of the Best

POTOMAC - I would like to apologize publicly for my comments regarding the “sub-par” education at Potomac School. I did say that, but in reflection it was a very poor word choice and was not meant to reflect on the teachers at the school. They...

 
 By Navid    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Share about the Great State of Montana

Hello! I am a third-grade student in Northern Virginia. In third grade we do state reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Montana as I work on my report. Information that I gather for my report...

 

Community Wildfire Protection Plan Available for Comment

MISSOULA - Following the historic 2017 fire season, the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management has worked with dozens of local, state and federal partners to update its Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The public is invited to provide...

 
 By Heather Layman    News    March 15, 2018

Woodworth School Colapses

WOODWORTH - The Woodworth schoolhouse located near Kozy Korner, succumbed to the heavy snowloads this winter. The schoolhouse, operational from the late 1920's through the 1950's, was an intricate...

 
 By Carol Brodie    News    March 15, 2018

Poet Amy Pearson Takes Open Book Club to a Lookout in the Bob Marshall

SEELEY LAKE - Amy Pearson, writer, teacher, photographer, poet, student of Buddhism and wilderness advocate will be reading from and discussing her recent book of poetry and photographs, "100 Days of...

 
 By Carol Evans    News    March 15, 2018

John Roberts Y Pan Blanco Will Make You Feel Like Dancin'

SEELEY LAKE - Please join Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage at the Seeley Lake Community Hall March 25, 3 p.m. for the rousing rhythms of John Roberts y Pan Blanco. The group is an ensemble of...

 

What is Wild

I didn’t write this as an expert or as a representative of any organization. I did write it as an area resident who would like to meet others for informal discussions about what is wild. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I perceive as...

 
 By Cory Swanson    Opinion    March 15, 2018

The Conservative Case for the CSKT Water Compact

In 2015, the Montana Legislature ratified the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) –Water Compact with Montana, which settled all water rights claimed by the CSKT under the 1855 Hellgate Treaty. This was the culmination of a multi-year...

 

Salvage on Liberty Fire Proposed

The Lolo National Forest is proposing to harvest trees burned by the Liberty fire and plant seedlings within the fire perimeter. The project is located on the Lolo National Forest Seeley Lake and Missoula Ranger Districts, 13 miles southwest of...

 
 By LeAnne Kavanagh    News    March 15, 2018

Rural Communities Recruit Well Trained Foreign Workers for Hard to Fill Jobs

Shelby Schools Superintendent Elliott Crump knows first-hand about the teacher shortage in Montana. The Montana Office of Public Instruction reported 638 full-time openings in the state's "difficult...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

Ensuring the Safest Environment Possible for Homeowners

SEELEY LAKE – Purchasing a home in the Seeley-Swan area just got a little easier. John Homen, co-owner of Homen Hearth of Seeley Lake, recently passed his state and national home inspector...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

Bringing Out the Potential in the Ordinary

SWAN VALLEY – Part-time Swan Valley resident Ryan Reschke has always enjoyed experimenting with abstract drawing, photography and painting techniques. Whether it is behind his camera, on canvas or d...

 

Skin in the Game

One of the most beautiful effects of living your passion is that it inspires others to live theirs. I believe this wholeheartedly. It's catching. It isn't about wanting what others have and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

Public Responses to Rice Ridge Fire Survey

SEELEY LAKE – Of the more than 100 attendees at the Rice Ridge Recap March 7, only nine filled out the US Forest Service’s survey requesting information relative to the management of the Rice Ridge fire. Only four addressed the fire, the others c...

 

Leon Palmer Bergan 1932-2018

GREAT FALLS - Leon Palmer Bergan, 85, of Great Falls, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018. Leon was born on Sept. 25, 1932 in Scobey, Mont. to Palmer and Lydia Bergan. He joined the United States Nav... Full story

 

Married for 25 Years

Today is my 25th anniversary! I can honestly say that it has been the best 25 years of my life and I thank God every day for giving me a godly, wonderful, intelligent, beautiful wife who loves and respects me, and sacrifices herself to take care of...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 15, 2018

Eighth Graders Get Jump on Developing Job Skills

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary eighth grade students were included in the Seeley-Swan High School’s spring Discovery Day. The Career Fair held March 7 was a perfect project for the Jobs for Montana Graduates career development...

 

Community Briefs

Destinations for Education Dessert Night, March 16 SEELEY LAKE – Thirteen Seeley-Swan High School students along with Seeley Lake Elementary Spanish teacher Bridget Laird and SSHS Science teacher Tonya Smith will be traveling to Costa Rica April...

 

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