Articles from the May 11, 2023 edition

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  • Seeley-Swan High School BPA places at national finals

    Hattie Batchelder|May 11, 2023

    Students from Seeley-Swan High School competed in the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference. On Wednesday, April 25, Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) students Tru Good, Cora Stone, Hattie Batchelder, and their advisor Michele Holmes traveled to Anaheim, California where they competed in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference. Out of hundreds of different competitions offered for BPA members, the three girls from Seeley Lake chose to...

  • Election results: Rural District Fire Director, Potomac school board trustee, and SLE general levy

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 11, 2023

    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 incumbent Wes Mitchell with 22% and Patrick Brewer with 11%. Five write-ins made up 0.66% of the results. In the election for the two Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Trustees, Susan Monahan came out on top with 29% of the votes, followed by incumbents Rita Rossi with 25% and Scott Kennedy with 19%. There...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 11, 2023

    I would like to take this time to respond to a letter sent to the editor a few weeks ago which expressed some frustration in a lack of local coverage. I have been trying to refocus the paper on local events as best as I am able. If there are things which readers want to see more of or would rather not see, please email and let me know. I hope that my photo-essay type pieces have been enjoyable, but I don’t know without any public input. But any frustration in my not being as engaged or connected as the Bournes is beyond valid. I am not the same...

  • Livestock Industry's War on Wildlife at Montana Legislature

    Josh Osher, Public Policy Director for the Western Watersheds Project|May 11, 2023

    Livestock Industry’s War on Wildlife at Montana Legislature At Gov. Greg Gianforte’s behest, the Montana Legislature’s anti-wildlife bias was on full display this session. It’s easy to see the direct connection between a number of extreme anti-wildlife bills and a small cabal of privileged ranchers who exploit our public lands for their private profit. These ranchers want Montana to be the last best place exclusively for their sheep and cattle, at the expense of native wildlife and their habitat, and the people who value Montana’s unique tr...

  • Theft and vandalism of local art is disrespectful

    Norman Sindelar|May 11, 2023

    Theft and vandalism of local art is disrespectful Dear Editor, Most residents of Seeley lake are aware of the Disney, Comic book heroes, and many other cartoon characters. I am sure many of you residents have seen and enjoyed the wood carvings displayed on property along Double Arrow Road, especially the children passing by. I know my grandchildren look forward to seeing them when they visit Seeley Lake. I can’t Imagine the time spent by this elderly gentleman to produce such impeccable craftsmanship. However, recent theft and vandalism to t...

  • Review of Jamie Ford's 'The Many Daughters of Afong Moy'

    Lynn Ingham|May 11, 2023

    Seeley Lake readers are in for a special treat this month as Jamie Ford returns to the Alpine Artisans Open Book Club to read from and talk about his latest novel 'The Many Daughters of Afong Moy'. Jamie will be reading on Saturday, May 13 at 7 pm at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation building. Jamie’s initial and epic visit to the AAI book series was soon after the publication of his first novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (currently being made into a feature film), and those w... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    May 11, 2023

    4/26 Medical Drew Creek Loop, Seeley Lake 4/26 Fire Morrell Creek Drive, Seeley Lake 4/28 Accident Injury Sunset Hill Road, Seeley Lake 4/30 Medical Pine Drive, Seeley Lake 5/2 Medical Airport Road, Seeley Lake 5/3 Medical Assist Airport Road, Seeley Lake... Full story

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    May 11, 2023

    4/27 2:59 p.m., 12XX Leaning Pine Lane, Seeley Lake Suspicious Activity 4/28 12:26 p.m., 108XX Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake Stalking 4/28 3:18 p.m., 20XX Styler Drive, Condon Suspicious Activity 4/28 7:06 p.m., 2XX Montana Drive, Seeley Lake Suspicious Activity 4/28 7:29 p.m., 84XX Sunset Hill Road, Ovando Accident with Injury 4/28 7:49 p.m., 150XX Sperry Grade Road, Ovando Disturbance 4/29 6:26 p.m., 36XX Bear Acres Road, Seeley Lake Burglary 5/1 9:24 a.m., 25XX Hwy 83, Seeley Lake Suspicious... Full story

  • Recent burglaries not related

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 11, 2023

    The Seeley Lake region saw an uptick in burglaries last week with three reported in just seven days. But according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department they aren’t related incidents and they aren’t even all burglaries. The public record lists the incidents as burglaries, because that is what was reported to the Sheriff’s Office but after investigation they didn’t fit that description. “One was due to a bear, one was a loose boat,” said Jeannette Smith, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer “There were no crimes, no charges, just in...

  • A refuge in the lord

    Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|May 11, 2023

    A memorable experience in my teenage years was a strenuous hike up Mount Rainier in Washington State. I ascended the mountain to an elevation of just a little over 10,000 feet at Camp Muir. This camp contains shelters that are important staging camps for mountaineers desiring to summit the peak of Mount Rainier. Those planning to reach the summit of the mountain rely on the refuge of Camp Muir to provide shelter while awaiting a mountain summit. There is no way to accurately plan or predict... Full story

  • The power of partnership

    Mike Schaedel, The Nature Conservancy|May 11, 2023

    As winter stubbornly makes its exit, many of us are busy making plans for summer adventures. The wealth of public land that surrounds our community means we don’t have to go too far afield to enjoy the great outdoors and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is happy to have played a part in ensuring our access to some of those places. Most recently, we completed an exciting two-phase transfer of approximately 11,000 acres of land on Game Ridge, above Nine Mile Prairie - stretching from Dunnigan Gulch t... Full story

  • Lake fisheries affected by long winter

    Jean Pocha|May 11, 2023

    Some extreme winter conditions this year led to abnormally high fish fatality rates in the Blackfoot Valley. The ice had mostly melted off Brown's Lake by May 1. While this would normally mean the start of fishing season this year had local fishermen worried. In the wake of that melting ice, scores of dead fish were found. On Upsata Lake, the shoreline was covered with dead yellow perch, largemouth bass and northern pike. "The ice on Brown's Lake was over 24 inches thick," said Ladd Knotek, a...

  • AG Knudsen announces distribution of lawsuit money for Montanans deceived by TurboTax

    May 11, 2023

    Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced that over 17,000 Montanans who were tricked by TurboTax’s owner Intuit into paying to file their federal tax return. They will begin receiving checks from a settlement announced last year. The checks, totaling over a half-million dollars, will be mailed throughout the month of May. In total, 17,141 Montanans will receive a share of $526,330 through the settlement. The amount each consumer receives will be based on the number of tax years for which they qualify. Most consumers are expected to r...

  • Two programs help older adults receive nutritious food in Seeley Lake

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services Communications Director|May 11, 2023

    Now that spring has finally sprung, many of us think fondly about the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables found at our local Farmers Markets. In Seeley Lake, we have a wonderful program to help older adults in the community receive nutritious, local food. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), or as many call it, Farmers Market Coupons, is made possible through grant money from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Beginning May 31, 2023, anyone aged 60 and older who meets the income guidelines can stop by the...

  • Wilderness inventory comment period for Lolo Forest Plan Revision ends May 16

    Jean Pocha|May 11, 2023

    An inventory of lands and rivers on Forest Service ground that may be suitable for recommendation as Wilderness or Wild and Scenic River status in the Lolo National Forest Plan Revision is underway. “The initial Wilderness inventory looks at all the lands on the Lolo that might meet some of the basic criteria for consideration,” said Amanda Milburn, of the Lolo National Forest Revision Team. “The inventory doesn’t speculate whether any of this would be good, bad or indifferent as a wildern...

  • FWP begins multi-year Montana black bear population and habitat study

    Vivaca Crowser|May 11, 2023

    MISSOULA — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks researchers are launching a new multi-year study on black bears this month aimed at better understanding and estimating the population across the state. The first season of field research will focus on areas in west-central Montana, including the Blackfoot River watershed from Gold Creek through Ovando and Helmville. The new Montana black bear monitoring program will ultimately help FWP to gain accurate and timely understanding of the black bear populations, accounting for regional differences, to b... Full story

  • Double Arrow opens for the start of golf season

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 11, 2023

    On April 29 the Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake opened the back nine half of their course for the first time this year and local golfers have been teeing off in droves. “It’s finally sunny and we can get out and golf,” said Chelsea Cahoon, pro-shop manager. “People have been itching to get on the course.” Each day has seen upwards of 60 golfers take the course. They can be seen from Highway 83 driving and putting their way through the fast-moving high-water streams and green grass of...

  • Seeley Lake Fire Department demonstrate new vehicle extraction tools

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 11, 2023

    On Saturday, May 6, the Seeley Lake Fire Department conducted a training exercise for extracting persons trapped in a vehicle after a crash. Firefighters practiced techniques for quickly gaining access to damaged vehicles and safely removing anyone trapped inside. They were training with both old and new equipment such as a "jaws-of-life" which are designed to cut through the metal frame of a car when a person is unable to exit because of damage. The newer equipment, which is said to be...

  • Psychological Perspectives: Telling a symbol from a sign

    Ken Silvestro|May 11, 2023

    Why is it important to know the difference? It’s due to the fact that life is full of experiences, both while we’re awake and sleeping. Reading, watching a movie, reviewing a dream, fantasizing, imagining, listening to music and much more make up our experiences. Each experience is filled with symbols, signs or both. Signs are most familiar to us. As an example, a stop sign comes to mind but our language also includes signs. Each word has a specific meaning. This specificity indicates the wor...

  • 'Suzume' locks in anime stereotypes

    Christopher Shields|May 11, 2023

    Makoto Shinkai’s “Suzume” tries to use dazzling shots and brilliant colors to make up for a silly story but ends up conveluted and full of cliches. Diehard anime fans might enjoy this adventure story for its dedication to anime stereotypes but casual anime-watchers will likely be unimpressed. This animated Japanese fantasy film follows a 17-year-old girl who’s roped into battling a life-threatening magical phenomenon. Suzume, voiced by Nanoka Hara and Akari Miura, encounters a mysteri...

  • Archives

    May 11, 2023

    Thirty-five years ago… From Thursday, May 12, 1988 Local artists donate to Chamber Banquet Several local artists are making donations of time, effort and artwork in conjunction with the May 17 banquet and fundraiser sponsored by the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Contribution artists are: Nancy Knecht, Unicorn Folk Art painting; Jeanne Moon, Jeanne Moon Calligraphy; Charles Parker, Calligraphy; Susan Van Rooy Smith, Singletree Saddlery; Roger Wade, Roger Wade Photography; Joy Clement, J... Full story

  • Legislative Session comes to abrupt end with some business still unfinished

    Elinor Smith and Caven Wade, UM Legislative News Service|May 11, 2023

    HELENA – Lawmakers have left the Capitol in Helena after a chaotic end to the 68th Montana Legislature. Republicans, who held a supermajority this session, celebrated legislation passed on education, tax relief and protecting children and parental rights, while Democrats said they were disappointed with a lack of long-term tax relief and immediate solutions for the state’s housing crisis. The Legislative session came to a close on May 2. Lawmakers passed 748 bills this session, out of almost 1,700 introduced, according to the statistics fro...