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Articles from the April 15, 2021 edition

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Health Department recommends shift from regulations, metrics in place to repeal mask rule

Over the past month, Missoula County's new COVID-19 case incidence rate has stayed relatively low and COVID-19 vaccine appointments opened to all Missoula County residents ages 16 and older. In light... Full story


Bob Marshall Music Festival set for August

SEELEY LAKE - After taking a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, The Bob Marshall Music Festival is back with an entirely new set of dates. Instead of taking place in June, the festival is scheduled for...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 15, 2021

Spring burning ignites wildfires in Blackfoot Valley

POTOMAC – Just after 5:30 p.m., April 7, 10 fire engines responded to a hay fire in the lower Blackfoot Valley north of Highway 200. No structures were lost and no one was injured, however, the...

 By Gene Schade    Opinion    April 15, 2021

Legislation to keep us and our home healthy

Here I am, with my second vaccine under a Band-aid on my arm, looking at the world with renewed hope. As I plan summer hikes, cold beer at hand, I trace routes near my home. I follow topographic lines near Morrell Mountain, Dunham Point, and Spread...


Questions for Fire Board Candidates

I have a couple questions of the candidates that I would like answered to the public. 1. Pohlman and McLean sent out cards in the mail with the words Accountability, Transparency, Community Safety, Community Advocacy and Community Voice. First,...


Stand up for your rights and for others

Biden’s latest harebrained idea is to send Kamala Harris to inspect the border. That’s like sending a weasel to inspect the hen house. Harris will destroy evidence and cover up the truth. Biden is illegally encouraging and abetting illegal...


Holism and consciousness

What does holism have to do with psychology? For that matter, what is holism? The old tale about an elephant and several blindfolded people, touching different parts of the elephant while trying to...

 By Alicia Dixon    News    April 15, 2021

Celebrate Earth Day with the Clearwater Resource Council

The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is holding an outdoor chili tailgate Thursday, April 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. The event is open to the entire community to celebrate Earth Day at the Bison and Bear...


Working for you

It is a true honor to represent you in Helena. Although we have covered a wide variety of topics in the legislative session thus far, I would like to share a few issues we are currently working on:...


Key infrastructure, conservation projects advance

In recent weeks the Montana Legislature has advanced bills to support critical infrastructure and conservation projects across the state. Starting with House Bill 632, Republicans committed to...


From the Fire Chief's desk

As the temperature warms, it is tempting to take advantage of the last days for ice fishing, do a little skating, or ice sailing for this season. Please be cautious and be aware of your surroundings....


Chris La Tray draws large Zoom audience

SEELEY LAKE – Chris La Tray's website identifies him as a Métis writer and storyteller but publication of his "One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large" projected him...


Missoula County residents have cultural and educational opportunities, face costs of living

MISSOULA COUNTY - According to the results of Missoula County’s community survey, county residents have several opportunities for education, culture and the arts but experience high living costs when compared to over 600 communities across the...


What are pastors good for?

In his book “Ordinary Church”, Joseph S. Beach has a section titled “The Ordinary Pastor of an Ordinary Church.” When you have gone through the process of “Church shopping,” one of the first things you probably considered was the Pastor....


Local Election Guide - Potomac School District #11

Voter Information: There are two candidates each running for one, three-year term and one, one-year term trustee positions for the Potomac School District #11. Candidates' responses were based on the... Full story


Local Election Guide: Seeley Lake Elementary General Fund Levy Vote For / Against

Ballots for the Seeley Lake Elementary General Levy election were mailed April 14 to all registered voters in Seeley Lake Elementary District #34. The Missoula County Elections Office encourages voters to mail their ballot with plenty of time to... Full story


Local Election Guide - Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees

Voter Information: There are four candidates for the two, three-year terms on the Seeley Lake Fire Board. Candidates' responses were based on the following questions: • Biography • Qualifying... Full story


Margo Janet Melton Aug. 18, 1943 - March 19, 2021

SWAN VALLEY - Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt and wonderful friend to so many, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Hospital. She was 77. Margo was born in Utah and resided most of her adult life... Full story


Thomas "Tom" Strauss Lehman Feb. 4, 1937 - April 3, 2021

MISSOULA - Thomas "Tom" Strauss Lehman, 84, of Missoula, passed-away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 3. He was born on Feb. 4, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to Lawrence and Sue Lehman. Tom was... Full story

 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 15, 2021

Seeley-Swan teams place in the top five

FRENCHTOWN - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawk competed against 20 Class A, B and C teams at the Frenchtown Invitational April 9. The Lady Blackhawks finished in second with 74 points...


SSHS junior named Athlete of the Week

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School Junior Walker McDonald was chosen as the Missoulian's Athlete of the Week for the week of April 7 after receiving the most votes from the public. This is...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 15, 2021

Seeley-Swan takes to the course in Eureka

EUREKA, MONTANA – The Seeley-Swan Golf Team brought three boys and three girls to the meet in Eureka April 9. Senior Bethany Hoag led the girls with a third place finish, 11 strokes shy of first. Sophomore Ben Haley led the boys with 115, placing...


Community Briefs

FWP seeks public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles, Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles developed by the Elk Management Plan...

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 15, 2021

As "Compromise" Public Health Regulation Bill Nears Law, Public Health Officer Reflects on a Year of Scrutiny

Butte-Silver Bow County Health Officer Karen Sullivan was enjoying a drink in a Butte brewery after work when she said she got the call. For two months, she and her fellow county health officials across the state had been keeping tabs on reports of... Full story

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 15, 2021

Marijuana Bills Advance Largely Unchanged, State Budget Clears Senate in Week 14 of Montana Legislature

Montana Senate Passes State Budget Bill, Rejects Attempt to End Medicaid Expansion The state budget is on the move again in the Montana Legislature after the Senate passed in on a 33-17 vote Thursday, making few changes and defeating an attempt to... Full story


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