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Articles from the April 8, 2021 edition

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 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Health Department implements seven day quarantine period

MISSOULA COUNTY - Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) is shortening their quarantine period to seven days for COVID-19 close contacts who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Close contacts are defined as individuals... Full story

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Ovando gathers for community meeting

OVANDO - Ovando citizens came together Tuesday, March 30 in the Ovando School gym for a community meeting to review updates from local town boards and discuss upcoming events. Events discussed were...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 8, 2021

Hop-n-Bop continues Lions' tradition

SEELEY LAKE – There were a lot of smiling children Saturday, April 3 as they traveled through the Seeley Lake Elementary School parking lot and received an Easter basket at the Seeley Lake Lions...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Local residents on the hunt for eggs

SWAN VALLEY - Area residents got into the Easter spirit a day early as they participated in the community's annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 3 in the Condon Community Ball Field. The event...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

D'Shane Barnett announced as new Missoula County Health Officer

MISSOULA COUNTY - Following a nationwide search, the Missoula City-County Board of Health selected D’Shane Barnett to replace outgoing Health Officer Ellen Leahy in June. He will begin his new role May 17. Barnett has worked in the American Indian...

 
 By Lash Ashmore    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Disdain for science keeps us in the past

To The Editor: The Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a definition of “relic” as “a trace of some past or outmoded practice or belief. That, I believe aptly describes Dale Terrillion and his contribution in the letters to the Pathfinder...

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Although the ground is barely bare, be bear aware

Warming temperatures and clear skies have started to thaw the valley floor. Even though snow will remain at high altitudes for a while longer, grizzly and black bears have emerged from their winter...

 

Council to discuss tourism, vaccines and receive Ranger District updates

SEELEY LAKE - The April 12 meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will present an informative program on topics important to our area. Featured speakers are as follows: • Racene Friede, President and CEO of Glacier Country. Racene will...

 

Special district elections canceled, members elected by acclamation

While the Missoula County Elections Office received many valid candidate filings, several board positions remain unfilled, as indicated in the list. Commissioners are seeking applicants to fill these board positions, which will become vacant May 31....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 8, 2021

Open Book Club presents Chris La Tray April 10

SEELEY LAKE – Join Chris La Tray and the Open Book Club via Zoom Saturday night at 7 p.m. as La Tray reads his amusing poetry from his collection of life in Montana titled "One-Sentence Journal:...

 
 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Noxious weeds and the environment: A bigger picture

Although anyone who knows me knows that I'm a "certifiable" botany and native plants nerd, I love everything nature. In particular, I share a love of birds with one of my sisters. On a trip together...

 

Reminder: Leave baby animals alone and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife.  It's important to remember that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Offering a virtual golfing experience

SEELEY LAKE - Chelsea Cahoon is hoping to offer Seeley Lake residents and visitors a unique recreational service with her new business venture - Big Dog Dad's Indoor Golf Simulator. Along with...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 8, 2021

Area churches reach out to community during Holy Week

SEELEY LAKE - The week leading up to Easter, six area churches joined in a cooperative effort and distributed a DVD of the "Jesus" film along with Easter goodies to 300 families in the Seeley Lake...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    April 8, 2021

"...And the Word was made flesh,..." John 1: 1-[14]

Because a spirit cannot die without a body, the Word of God humbly and obediently took on flesh from the Blessed Virgin Mary as Jesus, Son of God, to be the perfect sacrifice meriting our redemption...

 

Change Your Pace Challenge applications due April 30

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is launching the sixth annual Change Your Pace Challenge again this summer. Applications for local organizations that would like to participate in the fundraising efforts are due Friday, April 30....

 

Montana sticks to its patchwork COVID vaccine rollout as eligibility expands

MISSOULA – Montana's COVID-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will... Full story

 

Community Briefs

Clarification and correction SEELEY LAKE – In the April 1 issue, it was stated in the article “Seeley-Swan golfers come out swinging” that Head Golf Coach Wayne Cahoon only had one golfer in 2018 and 2019. While Cahoon had only one golfer in...

 

Robert "Bob" C. Mock March 8, 1934 - March 28, 2021

MOSCOW, IDAHO - Robert "Bob" C. Mock of Moscow, Idaho died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. He was 87. Bob was born March 8, 1934 in Downey, Idaho to Clinton and Winnifred... Full story

 

Richard "Dick" Allen Koepplin July 23, 1947 - March 30, 2021

SEELEY LAKE - Richard “Dick” Allen Koepplin, 73, passed away from natural causes on March 30, 2021 at his home at Seeley Lake.  Dick was born in Missoula on July 23, 1947 to Wilhelm and June... Full story

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 8, 2021

Discus records fall, Seeley-Swan teams each place third

BIGFORK - Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawk Klaire Kovatch furthered her own school discus record and shattered the Bigfork Invitational meet record on April 3 with a throw of 159 feet 3 inches. The throw...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 8, 2021

Lawmakers in tug-of-war over marijuana implementation

Three bills debuted in the Montana Legislature during the week of March 29 with vastly different approaches for regulating voter-approved recreational marijuana in the state, and all of them moved forward after a week of whirlwind hearings that... Full story

 

Money Moves and Health Care Transparency Blues in Week 13 of the Montana Legislature

Montana House Approves Draft of Bill to Spend $3 Billion in Federal COVID-19 Relief; Senate Panel Advances Budget Ahead of a key deadline on April 8, the Montana Legislature is quickly advancing a bill to spend billions in federal COVID-19 dollars as... Full story

 

Emergency Rent, Utility Assistance Now Available for Montanans Financially Impacted by COVID-19

HELENA – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced that the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program is taking applications from Montanans who have lost income and are at risk of housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The last year... Full story

 

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