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Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition

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Meet Gus, the large larch tree

One of Seeley Lake's oldest residents is one of quite high distinction. While their place in the community may not be known to all, it literally dwarf all others. Gus is not only the tallest tree in t...

 By Jean Pocha    News    May 18, 2023

Game wardens study carcass investigation up close

Game wardens from as far away as Kentucky and Ohio descended upon Seeley Lake May 9-11 for a Wildlife Field Forensics Seminar hosted by Wildlife Field Forensics. The 58 state, federal and tribal...


Letter from the Editor

In this issue I interviewed a tree. Obviously not quite literally, but I did write a profile about one. Gus is a local wonder, the world’s largest larch tree. At over 1,000 years old, Gus is a truly remarkable historical figure. Right here in your...


Slaughter of the Monarch

Several years ago coming back from Arizona about the end of March of first part of April we witnessed one of the saddest slaughters of nature ever. Coming north from Searchlight, NV onto the Veterans Memorial Highway the air was alive with migrating...


Gianforte's SB 442 veto shows unprecedented disrespect to lawmakers, local governments

Governor Greg Gianforte’s attempt to veto Senate Bill 442 is unpopular, inexplicable, and contrary to the wishes of both the legislature and the people of Montana. His veto ignores 132 legislators from both parties who voted for SB 442. It ignores... Full story


Upcoming Events

May 20 Seeley Lake Food Bank , 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Seeley Lake Elementary School, 200 School Lane, Seeley Lake   May 23 Seeley Lake Food Bank, 11 a.m., Seeley Lake Elementary School, 200 School Lane, Seeley Lake   Tips for Constructive Meetings, come... Full story


Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

5/3 Medical Airport Road, Seeley Lake 5/4 Fire Spruce Lane, Seeley Lake 5/6 Medical Hwy 83 5/6 Accident Airport Road, Seeley Lake 5/8 Medical Ketchum Lane, Seeley Lake 5/8 Medical Hwy 83...


Missoula County Sheriff's Log

May 5, 12:45 p.m. Accident, No Injury 31XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake May 5, 12:46 p.m. Suspicious Activity 293XX Hwy 200 E May 5. 1:00 p.m. Fraud 101XX Sunset Hill Road, Ovando May 6, 3:09 a.m. Accident, Fatality 4XX Airport Road, Seeley Lake May 6,...


SL Community Foundation to host special session on constructive meetings

SEELEY LAKE — Have you ever been to a frustrating meeting? Want to know how to create meetings that actually get things done? This week-night session will be interesting and action-packed! The Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) is bringing...


The source of division

Recently I had a phone conversation with a childhood friend. As we had not seen each other, nor talked, for quite some time we first exchanged health updates; and since he is wrestling with some very serious and life threatening issues, I asked... Full story


Maureen La Pier-McMillan 1946-2023

Maureen was born on January 5, 1946, in Winnipeg, Canada. She immigrated at age 5 to Helena with her mother and grandparents. Maureen worked at the Montana Highway Patrol and Lewis & Clark... Full story


Real estate market ready for summer season

INTEREST RATES, CASH AND BUYER CONFIDENCE Thirty-year mortgage rates have more than doubled this year, and after running up above 7%, now have settled out around 6.5%, and 15-year rates are currently at 5.95%. Compared to prior decades current...



Twenty Years Ago... Thursday, May 15, 2003 Over a year of work by area volunteers was rewarded last Thursday, May 8, with the delivery of a "para-transit" bus to the Seeley Lake Senior Citizens...

 By Nina Dubois    Opinion    May 18, 2023

'Iggy Peck, architect'-a kid's book you haven't heard of yet

Iggy Peck has been an architect since birth. He begins building towers with diapers at age 2 (not exactly clean), churches from apples, and even pancake arches. Don't let your kids get too many ideas... Full story


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