Articles from the June 1, 2023 edition


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  • Seeley Lake, Swan Valley and Potomac show colors at Copper League Meet of Champions

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 1, 2023

    On a mild but sunny Tuesday morning the qualifying athletes of Montana's Copper League for track and field had their final competition, the Meet of Champions held at the outdoor facilities of Missoula Public Schools Stadium in Missoula. The Copper League Meet of Champions is the highest tier of competition for middle school grades (six-eight) in track and field. Schools from the Bitterroot and Missoula County area meet to race, and throw in their final bids for top place. Seeley Lake...

  • First fire board meeting with new board member discusses budget, fundraising, moving forward

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 1, 2023

    Susan Monahan was sworn in to her new position on the Seeley Lake Rural Volunteer Fire Board on Monday, May 22 and sat in for her first official meeting on the board later that week. The special meeting, held in Seeley Lake on Wednesday, May 24 was a small gathering with introductions and a parceling out of the yearly budget as read by Fire Chief, Dave Lane. "It was good," Monahan said. "It went well, but I have a lot to learn." Lane read a letter to the board from former board member Scott...

  • Letter from Missoula County commissioners regarding Holland Lake Lodge

    Jun 1, 2023

    Letter from Missoula County commissioners regarding Holland Lake Lodge Dear Mr. Steele, The Missoula Board of County Commissioners continues to hear concerns from a diverse range of constituents regarding public engagement and regulatory review of proposed changes at Holland Lake Lodge. Many of the concerns have also expressed questions about whether proposed changes to Holland Lake Lodge are in the public interest. Based on the input we received, we believe a more transparent decision-making process and robust approach to public engagement...

  • A resident's reaction to the Elbow Lake gravel pit permit

    Libby Langston|Jun 1, 2023

    A resident’s reaction to the Elbow Lake gravel pit permit In response to the DNRC and DEQ approving the Elbow Lake gravel pit and asphalt plant, I would like to make several points. First of all, the DNRC dismissed the hydrologic concerns of the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) as expressed during the public comment period. The DNRC did not do any further analysis, only writing that the CRC’s map was “not accurate” without providing any scientific data to demonstrate the state’s stance. Here are other quotes from the DNRC’s Environment...

  • Letter regarding Elbow Lake

    Jane Grochowski|Jun 1, 2023

    Letter regarding Elbow Lake Commenters on the MT DNRC’s Elbow Lake gravel pit/asphalt plant proposal received notice on May 15 that it has been approved. The MT DEQ had already approved the permit, on April 27. In case you missed it earlier, this is the proposal by Kalispell-based LHC Inc. to establish a new 21-acre gravel pit and asphalt plant directly beside the Clearwater River, across the road from the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, within a parcel designated Tier 1 Community Type of Greatest Conservation Need because it is grizzly and e...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Jun 1, 2023

    5/18 10:58 a.m. Burglary Condon 5/18 11:13 a.m. Accident with Injury Seeley Lake 5/18 3:57 p.m. Accident no Injury Seeley Lake 5/18 10:09 p.m. Suspicious Activity Seeley Lake 5/19 6:50 p.m. Theft Seeley Lake 5/20 9:51 p.m. Harassment Seeley Lake 5/21 1:41 p.m. Disturbance Seeley Lake 5/21 1:41 p.m. Offenses Against Family Condon 5/22 3:52 p.m. Offenses Against Family Seeley Lake 5/23 6:07 p.m. Accident no Injury Condon...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Jun 1, 2023

    5/18 Accident with Injury 26MM Hwy 200 5/20 Medical Larch Lane 5/21 Medical N. Canyon Drive 5/21 Medical Hwy 83 5/23 Medical Frontier Road 5/23 Medical N. Canyon Drive...

  • Fourth of July celebration update

    Tom Browder|Jun 1, 2023

    “Celebrating our Lakes and Mountains!” is the theme of this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Seeley Lake. You can expect a full day of fun, starting with the Seeley Lake Fire Foundation’s Pancake Breakfast and Car Show, and ending with the most spectacular fireworks show ever on Seeley Lake. Mission Bible Fellowship and the Seeley Lake Baptist Church will be serving food. Our parade will kick off at 2 p.m. and we expect a military flyover as well. Of course there will be the Rubber Ducky race, a real Seeley Lake Fourth of July traditi...

  • A tale of two prophets

    Ryan Dailey, Camp Utmost|Jun 1, 2023

    In my last article, I wrote about the prophet Isaiah. His response to God’s call was, “Here I am, send me.” He was willing to be used by God before he even knew what God was asking of him and was faithful to carry out every difficult task. In this article I want to focus on the prophet Jonah. God specifically told him to go to Nineveh, calling the people to repent of their wickedness. Instead, he ran in the opposite direction to Tarshish. Jonah ran because Nineveh was a very evil place, enemi...

  • When the editor goes birding

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 1, 2023

    A pod of American white pelicans group together on a submerged log in the flooded area near Nevada Lake in Helmville. The area is not listed as a known nesting ground in a 2019 report by the Montana Audubon Society. The high water levels across the state have created new habitats for waterfowl who are on their annual migration north. Places like Nevada Lake may see unusual species of birds while the water levels are high. American white pelicans generally summer in the great plains or...

  • Joyful Noise Childcare celebrates 10 years

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 1, 2023

    On Wednesday, May 24 the Joyful Noise Childcare at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Seeley Lake celebrated 10 years of tending to the town's youngest residents. A decade ago Mary Mount saw a lack of childcare options in Seeley Lake and decided to open Joyful Noise to help out parents of the Lutheran Congregation. Over the years Mount has cared for many of the town's kids. 117 in told according to Mount's own count. Providing child care for 10 years has brought her a lot of joy, and while many o...

  • Archives

    Jun 1, 2023

    Twenty years ago... Thursday, May 29, 2003 Seeley Lake Elementary Eighth Grade Class of 2003 Thirty years ago... Thursday, June 2, 1988 Congratulations Class of '88...

  • FWP plants new trees at fishing access points

    Jean Pocha|Jun 1, 2023

    Passers-by may notice new fenced-in areas blocking pedestrian traffic in some loacations this summer including Clearwater Crossing Fishing Access and Brown's Lake. These Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) fishing access points have been slated for habitat restoration and will see some improvements over the course of the season. According to FWP, trees need to be planted to mitigate erosion and the fences will stay up until the trees are well established enough to grow without protection....

  • Sawyer Hessler graduates from Ovando School

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 1, 2023

    This year the Ovando School will bid farewell to one graduating student. The small rural two-room schoolhouse will be sending off one proud graduate this year. Sawyer Hessler is moving on to the relatively big halls of Drummond High. While she will miss the "field trips and opportunities that you get with such a smaller school," she is very much looking forward to joining the basketball team. "They had tryouts this year and I was able to play on the Drummond Varsity basketball team," Hessler...

  • Senior field trip day to the capital

    Hattie Batchelder|Jun 1, 2023

  • Montana AG sues Arizona company responsible for robocalls

    The office of Austin Knudsen, Montana Attorney General|Jun 1, 2023

    Attorney General Knudsen and nearly 50 attorneys general from across the country filed a lawsuit against a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company that helped facilitate more than 20 million spam robocalls to Montana phone numbers between December 2018 and January 2023, he announced today. Many of the calls transmitted allegedly involved various types of scams. The coalition filed the lawsuit yesterday against Michael D. Lansky, LLC, which does business under the name Avid Telecom, and compa...

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