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Articles from the March 26, 2020 edition

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 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Sewer District meets remotely

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) held its March 19 meeting via teleconference call to avoid congregating people per recommendations to limit the spread of coronavirus. The District finally received a bill from their attorney for...


Local Iditarod musher racks up awards

ALASKA – Nine days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds after leaving Anchorage, Seeley Lake part-time resident Jessie Royer mushed her dogsled team into Nome, Alaska to a third-place finish in the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Homeschool moms offer tips to embrace learning at home

"I want to let all of the parents that have found themselves quarantine schooling at home that what you're doing is hard! You didn't want to do this and it's probably not going to look like what a typ... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Schools collaborate to provide lunches through closure

SEELEY LAKE – While Seeley Lake Elementary bus driver Gary Wayne drove his route Monday morning, he never picked up any children. Instead he, along with SLE kitchen staff Joy Clemens, dropped off...


Strengthening our democracy Against COVID-19

Our democracy can stand up to a lot — but COVID-19 will test us. The threat of this rapidly spreading virus has fundamentally changed our lives as Americans and Montanans seemingly overnight. We’ve turned to each other and made changes big and...


Stop – Chat

Many moons ago while cutt'n timber on a big burn between Lowman and Garden Valley, Idaho for Columbia Helicopter, I drove by a somewhat ramshackle place. One of the last buildings head'n up the river....


Spring tips when recreating on the Seeley Lake Ranger District

Although spring has officially arrived, unpredictable weather is creating variable conditions across the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Large amounts of snow remain at high elevations, while lower elevations may be experiencing spring melt. Melting...


Arts scholarships available

Are you interested in a summer arts camp or a senior college scholarship? Alpine Artisans is offering scholarships and we're eager to receive your application – due April 18. For more information...

 By Kim Heninger    Opinion    March 26, 2020

This time....

This time calls upon our creative imagination, coping skills of positive self-talk, understanding and trusting that we can find a new normal. Talkback to worries and look for opportunities. Fresh air...


Rallying together as Montanans in times of crisis

Montanans are no strangers to challenging and unprecedented times. In 2017, we tackled the most expensive fire season on record and the largest since the big burn of 1910. Through economic downturns, we have made sacrifices in order to help...


Hibernation: What's going on for grizzly bears in winter?

Making your bed can be a pain and nobody knows that better than the grizzly bear. Each fall a grizzly moves an incredible one ton of material to make its den. By December, bears in the Northern...

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Facilitating remote learning in less than 24 hours

GREENOUGH – Sunday night, March 15 when Governor Steve Bullock announced a statewide school closure for two weeks, Sunset School supervising teacher Toni Hatten started thinking about the best...

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Coronavirus updates and week in review

Below is a summary of the new information to local and statewide closures, restrictions and accommodations due to the coronavirus as of Tuesday morning, March 24. Information changes daily, sometimes... Full story


Willing to be surprised

Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," while the log is in your own...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Registering for Sewer District election

SEELEY LAKE – According to the Missoula County Elections Office, there are a handful of changes to the voter registration process for property owners in the Seeley Lake Sewer District for the upcoming board election. The May 5 election will be...


Kirby tailors program to student audience

SEELEY LAKE – The March 12 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder carried a report on the multimedia presentation Scott Kirby presented the previous Sunday in Condon. That presentation primarily...

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Ski team wraps up successful season

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Nordic Club wrapped up their season with the Yellowstone Rendezvous March 7. The team skied to new heights this year. The competitive team continued to take the podium...


Community Briefs

Virtual Conversation on Preparedness, March 26 SEELEY LAKE – The public is invited to engage in a live-streamed Conversation on Preparedness Thursday, March 26 starting at 5:30 p.m. Tune in for a panel discussion via the Seeley Swan Pathfinder...


Governor Bullock Announces Extension of Closures, Mandates Social Distancing

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses through April 10 and mandate social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in... Full story


Lolo and Flathead National Forests offers free personal use firewood cutting beginning April 1

Personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public from April 1 through June 1, 2020, on the Lolo and Flathead National Forests. No permit will be required during this time. Woodcutters can...


June 2 Primary Election shifts to mail-in ballot

Following the March 25 governor’s directive, Missoula County will run the upcoming June 2 federal primary election via all-mail ballot. Ballots for the primary election will be mailed to voters on May 8. Voters will be able to update their... Full story


Governor Bullock issues stay at home directive to slow the spread of COVID-19

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on... Full story


Governor Bullock Directs 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Montana From Another State or Country

MONTANA – Monday, March 30 Governor Steve Bullock directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The Directive follows the governor’s prior travel... Full story


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