Articles from the May 4, 2023 edition

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Boat inspections ramp up as lakes finally thaw

Every summer, the lakes of Montana are crowded with watercraft from all over the United States and Canada, and with each of those watercraft comes a potential for dangerous contaminants. The most...


Election results roll in for Rural District Fire Director and Potomac school board trustee, and Seeley Lake Elementary general levy

Missoula County Elections Office reported the unofficial results from the May 2 election. Results show incumbent Courtney Hathaway received 33% of the votes for the two open positions in the Potomac School Trustee election. She was followed by...

 By Jean Pocha    News    May 4, 2023

Wild and Scenic River and Wilderness Study comment period opens

Lolo National Forest have opened for public comment this month. The Wild and Scenic Rivers draft, and the Outstanding Remarkable Values Framework and Wilderness Inventory Draft are open for comment...


Letter from the Editor: in favor of organized trail use

Where I’m from we don’t really have any public lands. Much like Europe, New England is all privately owned. The 300 years of land purchasing, developing, and trading has left little unclaimed by some entity or individual. The American East, and...

 By Grace Siloti    Opinion    May 4, 2023

Time to act

Time to act! Update on the current situation regarding the purchase of Holland Lake Lodge, Swan Valley by POWDR Corporation proposing a destination resort. A critical and crucial US Forest Service decision on this public land use is about to be...

 By Carolyn Upton    Opinion    May 4, 2023

Welcome One and All to the Lolo's Forest Plan Revision

I want to welcome you to the early phases of Land Management Plan Revision for the Lolo National Forest. The Lolo National Forest is an exceptional place, and it is my honor and privilege to be the... Full story


Upcoming Events

May 10 Book Chat, 1 p.m., Swan Valley Library, 6811 MT-83, Condon May 11 Seeley-Swan High School Play, 6 p.m., Seeley Swan High School, 456 Airport Road, Seeley Lake May 13 AAI’s Open Book Club, 7 p.m., Foundation Building, 3150 MT-83 Seeley Lake... Full story

 News    May 4, 2023

Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

4/20 Public Assist Snowmass Drive, Seeley Lake 4/21 Medical Tamarack Drive, Seeley Lake 4/21 Fire Tamarack Drive, Seeley Lake 4/22 Medical Canyon Drive, Seeley Lake 4/22 Medical N. Canyon Drive, Seeley Lake 4/23 Medical School Lane, Seeley Lake 4/24... Full story

 News    May 4, 2023

Missoula County Sheriff's Log

4/20 11:34 a.m. 457XX Highway 200 E Suspicious Activity 4/21 9:55 a.m. 67XX Highway 83, Condon Disorderly Conduct 4/22 4:48 p.m. Potomac Road Theft 4/23 1:40 p.m. 24XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake... Full story


Healthy Teeth and Gums May Help Reduce Risk of Dementia

The Administration for Community Living, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published their “2020 Profile of Older Americans” in May of 2021. They predict that by 2040 there will be 14.4 million adults over the age of...

 By Stephen Moon    Opinion    May 4, 2023

On a Journey Without End

2 Peter 2:8-9 “…who stumble because they are disobedient to the Word to which they were appointed. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who... Full story

 News    May 4, 2023

Seeley Lake Community Council May Meeting

The May meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be held at the Barn (2920 Highway 83) on Monday, May 8th. Pizza will be served starting at 5:30, and the meeting will begin at 6:00pm. Planned speakers/topics are as follows: Elbow lake... Full story


Water Quality in the Clearwater Valley

Lakes are highly interconnected systems impacted by multiple environmental conditions and anthropogenic pressures. The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is committed to evaluating the health of our... Full story

 By Jean Pocha    News    May 4, 2023

Briefs from the Ovando town meeting

The yearly Ovando Town meeting was held Tuesday April 18 at the Ovando Gym. There were updates from 11 community groups. Notable updates included the Fire Department, Town Park, Blackfoot Challenge, S...

 News    May 4, 2023

The Montana Chamber Foundation announces 2023 prospects award winners

The Montana Chamber Foundation’s winners of The Prospects Awards were announced in a virtual awards ceremony last week. Two Seeley-Swan High School students took top places in the competion this year. For the third year, the statewide youth entrepr... Full story

 By Jesse Mullan    Opinion    May 4, 2023

Op-Ed: PSC puts the burden on Montanans while letting out-of-state corporations off the hook

Montana’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is under renewed scrutiny following a deal negotiated by NorthWestern Energy that all but assures Montana residents will face drastically higher energy rates. The 100% Republican-controlled PSC completed a...

 By Gary Swant    Opinion    May 4, 2023

Northern Hawk Owl – rare owl in southwest Montana

There was quite the stir in the birding community when a local birder found a Northern Hawk Owl near the school in Wise River in the first week of January. Why the excitement? Very few people have... Full story

 By Elinor Smith    News    May 4, 2023

Bill to update reading level passes house vote

HELENA -- Less than half of Montana’s students are able to read as well as they should for their grade according to a report from the Office of Public Instruction. A bill that would help them catch up and meet reading goals for their age group... Full story

 News    May 4, 2023


Thirty-five years ago in 1988... Thursday, May 5, 1988 Boys State delegates chosen Every year high schools throughout the state choose two junior boys from their school to represent them at Boys... Full story

 By Carrie Benton    Opinion    May 4, 2023

Miss Marple is back - a review

If you love Agatha Christie and classic murder mystery stories, I highly recommend “Marple: Twelve New Stories.” In this recent collection of new stories by twelve different writers, the character... Full story


Seeley Lake chimney fire quickly dealt with by volunteer fire department

SEELEY LAKE- A chimney fire on Morrell Creek Drive prompted a 9-1-1 call at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. A crew from the Seeley Lake Rural District Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene in less than 10 minutes and had the fire...

 By Jean Pocha    News    May 4, 2023

Ovando School students tour Washington D.C.

"It was a great experience to visit our nation's Capital as a class,"said Matilda Hessler, Ovando School sixth grader. Ovando School fifth-eighth graders took an eight-day trip to Washington D.C....


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