Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition


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  • Meet Gus, the large larch tree

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 18, 2023

    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 the state of Montana, but he is also the tallest western larch tree in the world. Standing at 163 feet, two feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, Gus is a subtle local legend. He isn't prominently advertised, and for all intents and purposes he is just another in the many trees of the Jim Gerard Gr...

  • Game wardens study carcass investigation up close

    Jean Pocha|May 18, 2023

    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 officers had lectures and field training for learning skills needed in forensic analysis of wildlife cases. Seminar classes included investigating wildlife-human conflicts, decomposition stages for forensic analysis, firearms evidence field analysis, entomology related to crime analysis and field...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 18, 2023

    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 small town is a natural feat of incredible height. Something profiled by many publications before this one. I want to express what a joy it is to find something so novel and have the absolute privilege to see it first-hand. I found Gus simply by accident. I was trying to find a street address on a G...

  • Slaughter of the Monarch

    Dale Terrillion|May 18, 2023

    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 Monarch butterflies. As they attempted to cross the highway only a few feet off the road, cars, trucks were crushing them all over the road, sucking them into their radiators by the thousands. It was a sight to behold!!! If it happens every year or not I cannot say. There is a way to cut down on...

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

    May 18, 2023

    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 56 county commissions and numerous local governments who support the bill because it supported needed county road maintenance, enabling farmers and ranchers to get their products to market and EMTs to respond to emergencies. It ignores the needs of veterans, who would benefit from increased funding f... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    May 18, 2023

    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 18, 2023

    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, 5:16 p.m. Disturbance 18XX Airport Road, Seeley Lake May 6, 5:42 p.m. Suspicious Activity 44XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake May 7, 5:37 p.m. Suspicious Activity 3XX Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake May 9, 9:33 a.m. Disturbance 33XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake May 10, 8:02 a.m. Accident, No Injury 3X MM Highway 83,...

  • SL Community Foundation to host special session on constructive meetings

    May 18, 2023

    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 nationally recognized trainer Shannon Stober to Seeley Lake to present an evening session called ‘Tips for Constructive Meetings’. This short, useful, and free session will help participants receive an overview of how to properly plan and deliver constructive meetings. Specific topics include desig...

  • The source of division

    William Campbell, Faith Chapel|May 18, 2023

    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 about his eternal security (future destination and plans). He laughed and said he planned to go to heaven. So I asked if he’d made his reservation. He said he had. So I asked who he had made them with. And, this led us to a conversation about church, church doctrine, and hypocrisy within the church. I... Full story

  • Maureen La Pier-McMillan 1946-2023

    May 18, 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 Sheriff's office before moving to Lolo. She worked at Daly Meats in Missoula for years while living in the Bitterroot and eventually moving to Potomac. You may remember Maureen's smile from the years she worked at the Potomac Store. She was a dog musher for 40 years. She attended many races and enjoyed the... Full story

  • Real estate market ready for summer season

    Kevin Wetherell, Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.|May 18, 2023

    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 mortgage rates are good, however over the past 8 years most homeowners have obtained new mortgages with 3 to 4% interest rates, and many have been unwilling to sell their current home and give up their 3% mortgage rate and move on to a new home with a 6.5% interest rate. This has resulted in less homes...

  • Archives

    May 18, 2023

    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 Center. Numerous volunteers were present to accept and inspect the red, white and blue bus, named "SEELEY-SWAN STAGE'" This bus will provide transportation for persons with disabilities and aged persons in the Seeley Lake and Condon area (roughly, both sides of Highway 83 from Highway 200 to mile marker...

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

    Nina Dubois|May 18, 2023

    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 about playing with their food after this one. Most folks are impressed with Iggy's wild imagination - that is, until he enters Miss Lila Greer's second grade class. Because of some bizarre childhood experience in a skyscraper, this teacher forbids any talk of architecture. Iggy's passion is... Full story

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