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Articles from the April 4, 2019 edition

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Sheppard served as artillery repairman

OVANDO – Bob Sheppard is a native Montanan but that doesn't mean he spent all his time in the same Montana town. Born in Conrad, Sheppard spent his early years in the western Hi-Line country ...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 4, 2019

Rubber duck replaced "The Cow" at Clearwater Junction

GREENOUGH - While many are calling fowl, the change is official. The 15-foot rubber duck replaced the age-old steer, affectionately known to the locals as "The Cow" at Clearwater Junction April 1....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 4, 2019

Frozen pipes leave many in Seeley Lake without water

SEELEY LAKE – Steve Thompson carried five gallon buckets of snow into his home in Dog Town March 18. He and his wife Cheri had the service line to their house freeze ten days earlier and are still without water. The Thompsons aren’t the only...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 4, 2019

Trenton Johnson Memorial Highway bill headed to Governor's desk

HELENA – Senate Bill 260 was transmitted to Governor Steve Bullock for signature March 26. Sponsored by Senator Sue Malek (D) - SD46, SB 260 it establishes an eight-mile stretch of Highway 83 through Seeley Lake as the Trenton Johnson Memorial...

 

Don't take life for granted

MISSOULA - They call it the widow maker. It’s also called the left anterior descending (LAD) artery and one year ago mine was almost completely blocked. Had my occlusion been total, I’d likely not be penning these words today, which explains the...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Sprinkler woes and when to start planting

Q: Watering always is a problem for us. We hand water some raised beds but that doesn't work if we are going to be gone for several days. If we use sprinklers with timers, we end up watering areas...

 

Sewer system, DARLOA land swap, live streaming at next council meeting

SEELEY LAKE - The next Seeley Lake Community Council meeting promises an interesting agenda. Chet Crowser, Pat O’Herren’s successor as head of Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS), will introduce himself and speak about his...

 
 By Kristen McGlynn    News    April 4, 2019

2VS closes season with Balinese music and dance

SWAN VALLEY - 2 Valleys Stage Performing Arts Series will conclude its 2018-19 season with a performance at Swan Valley School featuring Gamelan Manik Harum on Sunday, April 14. It will be a...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Prevent loneliness from wrecking your retirement

Dear friends, Retiring in Seeley-Swan Valley? What does that look like? We know it is an extraordinarily beautiful landscape. We absolutely love it here for many reasons: fishing, hunting, hiking,...

 

Ridge-top to ridge-top conservation through education

Over the last few months, watershed students young and old experienced a variety of Blackfoot Challenge program work first-hand. In the following paragraphs we'll guide you through their journey, each...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    April 4, 2019

Fallen antlers are spring treasures

With the weather starting to warm up, south slopes are baring off and outdoor enthusiasts can be found searching for newly dropped antlers. Shed hunting for these treasures is growing in popularity. M...

 
 By Brad French    News    April 4, 2019

Melting snow means forest insect pest management

Springtime is here. For a lot of forest landowners it means getting back into the woods on their property for cleanup and upkeep. It also means that forest insects start to show themselves again....

 

Closing in on transmittal

HELENA - This week was the final week before transmittal, meaning that every bill that started in one chamber, had to pass through to the other chamber in order to stay alive. So at this point, any bill that started in the House and has not passed...

 
 By Pathfinder    News    April 4, 2019

June Ash celebrates 90th birthday

KALISPELL - June Ash recently celebrated her 90th birthday at The Heritage Place in Kalispell surrounded by family and friends. Born on March 19, 1929 in San Jose, Calif., June attended schools in...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 4, 2019

Norm stocked his last shelves after 17 year career at Rovero's

SEELEY LAKE – "I just have to ask Norm a quick question," said a Rovero's customer on Norm Sindelar's last official day of work. "He always knows the answer." Anyone who frequents Rovero's knows...

 

Community Briefs

First Friday features Northern Lights, April 5 SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to come out for an evening of entertainment on the First Friday, April 5 at The Lodges on Seeley Lake. Enjoy live music by...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    April 4, 2019

Ovando highlighted in Montana tourism commercial

OVANDO - To the surprise of many Ovando residents, Montana's 2018 Community of the Year found itself highlighted in a new commercial promoting tourism in the state. A new 30-second commercial called...

 

Down the bunny trail

Every spring followers of The Way celebrate the risen Christ. “Up from the grave He arose!” so the old hymn tells us. And I believe it. Should one of the two greatest events in human history be shared with Peter Rabbit? I’ve been around the...

 

Stephen Armer Johnson 1950-2019

SEELEY LAKE - Stephen Armer Johnson, 68, passed away on March 25 at Fort Harrison VA Medical Center in Helena, Mont. surrounded by his loving family. Stephen was born Sept. 13, 1950 in Poplar Bluff,...

 

Katherine Louise Doney Daniels 1947-2019

HELMVILLE - Katherine Louise Doney Daniels, 71, of Helmville, Mont., passed away March 28. She was born to parents William James Doney and Geraldine Geary Doney, December 9, 1947, in Deer Lodge,...

 

Special thanks to Montana's Legislators

This week, our republican and democratic state legislators notched a victory for Montanans. Working together with the Governor's office, they agreed on legislation that would permanently reauthorize Medicaid Expansion. This is good news for Montana...

 

Income inequality

In Robin Hood’s time the rich (government) were rich at the expense of someone else. Everything was limited. A coat might take 100s of hours to produce. The rich had food, others had to starve. Gold, silver and land belonged to the king...

 

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