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Articles from the May 23, 2019 edition

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 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Proposed administrative budget doubles and policies discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board was presented with a budget for the next fiscal year that doubles last year’s budget and discussed the User Agreement (UA) and District Rules and Regulations (R&R) at their May 16 meeting. The...

 

Taking another look at the memorial wall

SWAN VALLEY – Imprinted on the tree slab segments above the door of the Swan Valley Community Hall are the words "Lest We Forget." Beneath them, another slab shows five saddled but riderless horses,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

33 years of loving kids

SEELEY LAKE – "[Kathy Teague] you have touched so many people's lives and made such a positive difference," said Julie Haines, Seeley Lake Elementary Special Education Coordinator, at Teague's...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Seeley Lake needs to clean up attractants

SEELEY LAKE – "We are considered one of the worst bear problems in the region," said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Game Warden Bill Koppen. "There is just no reason for it." After a black bear...

 
 By Andi Bourne    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Two weeks left to vote for the best

We have a little over two weeks left of the Best of the Valleys voting, the votes are adding up. Make sure to cast your before June 8 so you will be counted. Winners will be announced in the July 4 issue! This is the third year we have sponsored the...

 

Thank you for the vision – Let's get behind this!

SEELEY LAKE - Steve and I want to commend our new Ranger Quinn Carver for the opportunity to work alongside the Forest Service this last Wednesday. Allowing for firewood gathering prior to the community clean-up day, helped with reducing the amount...

 

Another senseless killing

SEELEY LAKE - Another senseless bear killing…why?? After being shot in the face by a shotgun and blinded, the bear was unable to see and stumbled around while someone laughed. The game warden was able to capture the bear and put it down to end its...

 

The trail awaits

Won't be long now many will be look'n to head on down some trail. There's noth'n quite like it - horses and mules and good company. Many moons ago Will Kats and Paul Ossowski and I headed for the...

 

Public input sought on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

More people suffering from lung and heart disease due to prolonged periods of wildfire smoke. More frequent fishing restrictions because of reduced summer streamflows and higher water temperatures. Increased costs to protect homes from larger, more...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

County considering tighter restrictions on Seeley wood stoves

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Air Quality Specialist Ben Schmidt presented on a proposal to require automatic wood stoves in the Seeley Lake Area at the Seeley Lake Community Council May 13. Violations of the PM 2.5 standards over the last several...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Pyramid moving forward with big changes

SEELEY LAKE - Pyramid Mountain Lumber gave a brief update on the market and plant improvements at Pyramid’s Contract logger/Landowner/Log seller meeting May 3 in Seeley Lake. Pyramid’s Chief Operations Officer Loren Rose provided some...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Big Larch opens this weekend

SEELEY LAKE – More than 30 US Forest Service employees and four volunteers from the community worked May 15 cleaning campsites, piling and chipping brush and getting Big Larch Campground ready to...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Soup Bowl Fundraiser returns to Loon & Fish Festival

SEELEY LAKE - Over the 19 years of the Loon and Fish Festival, Bob Korn of Swan Valley's Kornutopia created and donated at least 100 bowls for the Food Bank Soup Bowl fundraiser. This raised more...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Counterfeit bill found circulating in Seeley Lake

This counterfeit $50 bill was received by a Seeley Lake resident this past week. While at first glance it looks legitimate, closer inspection reveals several discrepancies with the main one being...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Locals salute America in sixth annual Music Galore

SEELEY LAKE – What do 54 bells, an accordion, a barbershop quartet and the Feigley's have in common? The sixth annual Music Galore sponsored by the Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells hosted music from all...

 
 By Donna Love    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Loon migration and Montana's common loons

Prior to John James Audubon's birth in 1785, not much was known about bird migration. Some people believed birds went underground in winter, hibernating like bears. Some thought waterfowl spent the...

 

Rev. Herbert Schiefelbein 1927 - 2019

BILLINGS, MONT. - Pastor Herbert A.W. Schiefelbein died in the Christian faith on April 29 in Billings, Mont. at the age of 91, after a brief illness. Pastor Schiefelbein was born Oct. 19, 1927 in... Full story

 

Watch your language

Back in the day when I was a lad and ol’ Shep was a pup, if anyone got angry and said something off color, most grown ups would say “watch your language!!!” or threaten to wash our mouths with soap. However, just up the road from the old...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    May 23, 2019

Ovando School showcases American history in annual May Day Tea

OVANDO - Despite the busyness that comes with the end of the school year, Ovando School's supervising teacher Leigh Ann Valiton found time to prepare and host the school's annual May Day Tea on May...

 

Hazel Rae Pockrandt

SEELEY LAKE - Jessica Anderson and Richard Pockrandt of Seeley Lake welcomed their daughter Hazel Rae Pockrandt May 12. She was 5 pounds, 12 ounces and 19 inches long. Also welcoming Hazel into the... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Sparrow's Vine welcomes new executive director

SEELEY LAKE – Sparrow's Vine Parenting and Pregnancy Resource Center welcomed new Executive Director Greta Treser this past February. Treser hopes that, with Sparrow's Vine, she will be able to...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    May 23, 2019

Three-way tie for chili champ

SWAN VALLEY - For the first time in the 29 year history of the American Legion Post No. 63 Annual Condon Chili Cook-Off May 18, there was a three way tie for first place. Ronda Feucht, Tony Quadros an...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    May 23, 2019

Mauldin represents the Blackhawks at state golf

SEELEY LAKE - In her first ever season of golf, Seeley-Swan High School freshman Tegan Mauldin was the sole student to represent the Blackhawks at the 2019 Class C State Golf Tournament this past week...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Records fall as Girls take first, Boys second at Western C

MISSOULA - The Seeley-Swan Girls won the Western C Divisional track meet May 16-17 outscoring second place Charlo 123 to 91.5 while the Boys came in second with 98.5 points behind Manhattan Christian...

 

Community Briefs

Memorial Day ceremonies Residents and visitors to the area are invited to attend Memorial Day ceremonies in Seeley Lake and Condon this Memorial Day. A ceremony in Seeley Lake will be held Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Seeley Lake Memorial Garden...

 

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