Articles from the June 8, 2023 edition

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  • Sincere reverence takes over Seeley for Memorial Day

    Griffen Smith|Jun 8, 2023

    Darrin Divis held his uncle's burial flag tightly as each fold symbolized an honor placed on veterans for their service. Roughly 40 people looked on as the Seeley Lake community honored and celebrated its veterans at the Memorial garden last Monday. Divis, an Iraq war veteran, said each year's memorial is similar in principle, but this year the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) hoped to educate the public while preserving the traits of sacrifice and courage that many veterans had when...

  • Memorial Day in the Swan Valley

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 8, 2023

    A somber procession gathered on the Cold Creek Bridge in Condon to remember service members who have passed. The 31st annual Memorial Day observance was presided over by Edward Klassen, who has facilitated the event for the last six years as the commander of American Legion Post 63 in Condon Klassen brought a small amplifier with a microphone to the bridge and read aloud a brief history of Memorial Day as a national tradition, wrapping a contemporary tribute in a retelling of the holiday's...

  • Missoula Aging Services promtes safety measures during fraud awareness week

    Jennifer Schultz|Jun 8, 2023

    Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion per year. It costs Medicare beneficiaries time, stress, the security of their medical information, and potentially their health. It costs families, friends, and caregivers in worry and lost work when helping their loved ones recover from falling victim to Medicare fraud. “Medicare fraud has a devastating impact on both beneficiaries and the Medicare program,” said Renee Labrie-Shanks, Statewide Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program Director. “Current Medicare card and COVID-19 test kit scams illus... Full story

  • Letter from the Editor

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 8, 2023

    I write to you from a frantic mood of trying to organize all the news into a cohesive linear manner while still covering new events as they happen. Last week we had to rush our deadline on account of the printer being closed for Memorial Day. Unfortunately the people who create our puzzles weren’t able to meet that deadline so you may have noticed a lack of sudoku and crosswords. I assure you this is not a permanent loss, and we hope to avoid that from ever happening again. I also am finding myself in a difficult position with covering M...

  • A response to the editor's previous letter

    Jun 8, 2023

    A response to the editor’s previous letter Mr. Metcalf, I really don’t have sufficient words to describe the idiocy of the first paragraph of your Letter From Editor on May 25th. You are taking a obvious political direction and showing your obvious political bias. I thought newspapers were supposed to report the news without bias. Your personal political positions shouldn’t color the news. You have basically told your readership that you are tremendously biased on the political spectrum -- under what circumstance can you possibly think this...

  • Enjoy your stuff, but be prepared to let it go

    Jun 8, 2023

    One of the perils of life is putting too much value on “stuff.” Stuff can be about anything. It can consist of what we have or what we don’t have. Much of life is about our stuff. Our house, cars, things in the house. Things around the house and things in the garage, storage building, barns and more barns. If we work hard, it’s possible to accumulate lots of stuff. Often, we have more than we need. We paint, stain, groom and polish our stuff. Sometimes we put in in cases, drawers, cabinets and even safes. We know how difficult it is to buy and...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Jun 8, 2023

    5/24 Medical School Lane 5/26 Medical Hwy 83 5/26 Medical Hwy 83 5/26 Medical W. Spruce Street 5/26 Medical Drew Creek Loop 5/27 Fire Alarm Hwy 83 5/27 Medical Airport Road 5/29 Medical Lemar Drive 5/29 Welfare Ck. Hwy 83...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Jun 8, 2023

    5/25 4:32 p.m. Trespassing Holland Lake Road 5/25 12:58 p.m. Civil Hole in the Wall Road 5/26 7:46 a.m. Accident with Injury Hwy 83 5/26 10:19 a.m. Suspicious Activity Holland Lake Road 5/26 12:44 p.m. Theft Leota Peak Road 5/27 12:23 p.m. Civil Oak Lane 5/27 5:04 p.m. Trespassing Woodworth Road 5/28 4:47 p.m. Civil Hwy 83 5/30 1:02 p.m. Theft Holland Lake Road 5/30 2:51 p.m. Civil Riverview Drive 5/30 6:06 p.m. Suspicious Activity Old Barn Road 5/31 10:26 a.m. Suspicious Activity Glacier Drive 5/31 4:40 p.m. Civil Grizzly D...

  • Donald "Bronc" Peterman 1938-2023

    Jun 8, 2023

    Donald "Bronc" Peterman was born in Wood Lake, MN on April 26, 1938. He was the 11th of 13 children born to Herbert and Milly Peterman. He passed away peacefully on June 1" following a short illness. Bronc was educated in MN until the end of 9th grade when he quit school to join the work force. In November of 1956 he moved to Montana to be with several older brothers. He arrived in Conrad, during a blizzard, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Soon after he met Lucille "Cec" Brophy of Valier.... Full story

  • Beth Williams 1958-2023

    Jun 8, 2023

    Sometime in the early morning hours of February 15, 2023, Beth Williams, our sister, aunt, grandmother and friend lost her life on the mountain she loved and called her forever home. Beth was born March 30, 1958 in Great Falls, Montana to Judy and Carter Williams. A twin to her younger brother Fred (by seven minutes), Beth entered this world the yin to Fred's yang. We all said she came into the world to make sure it was safe for Fred, calm and measured to his Tasmanian devil personality. Always... Full story

  • 48th annual Whitewater Festival brings hundreds of spectators to Bigfork

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 8, 2023

    Two rafting teams compete in the final heat at the Whitewater Festival in Bigfork on Sunday, May 28. The festival, which was in its 48th year, featured roughly 100 competitors in multiple races for rafts, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. The event brought hundreds of spectators to the banks of the Swan River over the weekend....

  • Never too old to learn a new word

    Jean Pocha|Jun 8, 2023

    Ovando Museum hosted five local citizens June 25 for recognition of being Nonagenarians, people 90-99 years old. Irene Weaver, her sister Norma Hughes, Whitey (Charles)Whitehead, Jack Hooker and Peggy Wittrock were the honorees. About 30 family, friends and community members attended. The honorees shared stories and memories from years past. "The purpose of the event was to recognize, admire and appreciate the wisdom from their experiences of life," said Barb McNally, Museum board member. "It...

  • Seeley Lake Lion's Club celebrates new playground

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 8, 2023

    The corner of Cedar Lane and Elm Drive in Seeley Lake is a natural ditch with a shallow pond, which at one time was used as a trash dump. But it has become a pleasant oasis since the Lion's Club took on the task of making it into a park. Last year they added a state-of-the-art playground and are welcoming the community to a grand opening on June 10. "About two- almost three years ago now- I started talking to the county about putting the playground in and I had nothing but red tape," said Lion...

  • Following Their Footsteps: What We Can Learn from Indigenous Peoples' Kinship with Bears

    Kayla Heinze, Vital Ground Foundation|Jun 8, 2023

    Search the internet for news on grizzly bears and you're likely to find plenty of articles detailing human-bear encounters that end in tragic fatalities. These gruesome headlines represent what are, in reality, incredibly rare incidents. According to data from Yellowstone National Park, which hosts the second largest grizzly population in the Lower 48, only eight people have been killed by bears in 150 years of the park's operation. That's an average of one fatality every 18.75 years. Just last... Full story

  • Four eighth graders graduate from Helmville School

    Jean Pocha|Jun 8, 2023

    Four eighth grade students finished their Helmville School career on May 30 with encouraging words from the Drummond Junior Varsity Football coach and the book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Graduating eighth graders Wyatt Daniels, Michael Goettle, Natalie Graveley and Lucas Spatig will all be attending Drummond High School in the fall, and per tradition they were the centerpieces of a graduation ceremony at the Helmville Community Center. The graduates shared their child...

  • How we came to be here

    Reverend Jon Bergen, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Jun 8, 2023

    Last time I wrote Passages it was too close to Easter for really doing any kind of proper introduction. I note in the Passages dated June 1, that Jonah was mentioned in a contrast of Jonah to Isaiah, and the heart’s willingness and result. I can well relate to that story of Jonah. A quick “who I am,” I identify as a follower of Jesus Christ. I tell folk I don’t do religion well, but I am trying to do Jesus better and better. Too often we identify by what we do, so, I’ll give a wee glimpse into that as well. I was born a Nebraska boy but at an... Full story

  • SLCF hosts Change Your Pace kick-off party

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 8, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE- The Change Your Pace (CYP) kick-off party was hosted in the parking lot of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) building on Friday June 2. Energy Partners Propane offered a deal on propane tank refills with half the proceeds being donated the CYP match-fund. "It's a combo customer appreciation party and kick-off for Change Your Pace," said Claire Muller, Executive Director of SLCF. Energy Partners spent hours filling propane and grilled 150 hot dogs at the...

  • Red Ants Pants Scavenger Hunt comes to Seeley Lake

    Jun 8, 2023

    MontANTa 2023, the great rural Montana scavenger hunt brought to you by the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, is here. Snap a photo with Red to be entered to win a VIP prize package for the music festival! Red ants are popping up along the highways and byways of Montana this summer as the Red Ants Pants Music Festival celebrates the rural communities and industries that enrich Montana. Keep an eye out for their enormous hand-sewn red ant banners that will be "hidden" in the following rural... Full story

  • Archives

    Jun 8, 2023

    Liz Claiborne: Educated children are a true natural resource Liz Claiborne, internationally famous fashion designer, was the guest speaker at the Salmon Prairie Elementary School graduation last Friday night. More than 50 people crowded into the one-room school building for the ceremony. Claiborne addresses the two graduates: Tara Anderson and Owen Conley. "People think of our country as being rich because of natural resources such as timber and gold," Claiborne said. She pointed out, however,...