Articles from the June 15, 2023 edition


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  • Seeley-Swan High School class of 2023 graduates

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 15, 2023

    The senior class of Seeley-Swan High School filed into the auditorium for their last ever school assembly on Sunday June 4. The school band played pomp and circumstance from the corner while the rows of parents, extended family and community members sat quietly in rows of folding chairs. Each student stepped out of the yellow-lined doorway and paused for just a moment before walking down the aisle toward the stage and a new chapter in their life. For many of these students this gym had served...

  • Democracy project leads to new school sign

    Hattie Batchelder|Jun 15, 2023

    Over the past several years Trace Stone, the U.S. government teacher at Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS), has been looking at the school sign every morning and thinking of ways to improve it. This year he was able to finally create and install a new one with the help of students and members of the community. "I hope this adds charm to our school and inspires students to undertake further projects that will enhance the school and community." Stone said. A group of seniors taking the U.S....

  • Fighting for MT Public Schools

    Senator Shannon OBrien, Montana SD 46|Jun 15, 2023

    Fighting for MT Public Schools Every parent remembers the day we took our child to their first day of school. It pulls at your heartstrings. Fortunately, in Montana, we knew our children were in good hands. They were entering schools with teachers who were well qualified and supported, learning lessons from curriculum we had approved, and following the rules set by school boards we had elected. As a mom, a teacher and a legislator, I believe that the work Montanans have done for public education... Full story

  • Personal Sentiment V The Constitution

    Senator Brad Molnar, Montana SD 24|Jun 15, 2023

    Personal Sentiment V The Constitution At the tail end of the session, two contentious bills made their way to the Senate floor; HB 549 by Rep. Fred Anderson and HB 562 by Rep. Sue Vinton. Rep. Vinton represents Lockwood which is the other half of my Senate District. Both bills created new law for charter schools. Both bills carried legal notes deeming them unconstitutional. Anderson unsuccessfully tried to correct the deficiencies. Vinton argued the point so her bill also remains unconstitutiona... Full story

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Jun 15, 2023

    6/1 2:27 p.m. Driving Under Influence Hwy 83 6/1 2:29 p.m. Civil School Lane 6/1 5:27p.m. Stolen Vehicle Rocky Mountain Road 6/2 10:25 a.m. Accident With Injury Boy Scout Road 6/2 3:29 p.m. Intimidation Hwy 83 6/3 10:35 a.m. Accident no Injury Hwy 200 6/3 3:47 p.m. Harassment Blanchard Court 6/3 5:46 p.m. Assault with a weapon Hwy 83 6/4 10:36 p.m. Accident no Injury Hwy 200 6/5 2:09 p.m. Burglary Boyd Lane 6/5 2:09 p.m. Disturbance Cutthroat Drive 6/6 2:29 a.m. Accident with Injury Hwy 83 6/6... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Jun 15, 2023

    5/31 Medical Paws Up Road 6/2 Medical Hwy 83 6/2 Accident with Injury Boy Scout Road 6/3 Medical Boy Scout Road 6/4 Medical Peony Drive 6/5 Medical Standby Riverview Drive 6/6 Accident with Injury Hwy 83... Full story

  • Caroll Ann White 1943-2023

    Jun 15, 2023

    Caroll Ann (Manuel) White passed on June 3, 2023 of heart failure. She was born in Cut Bank, MT in 1943 and had just surpassed her 80th birthday. She grew up in the shadow of Glacier National Park, on the western edge of the Great Plains on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, all of which deeply influenced Caroll over her eight decades. She came home to Browning to parents Randy and Alma (Seekins) Manuel to join her sister Barbara. She grew up in Browning and attended high school in Great Falls. S... Full story

  • Carol Ann Miller 1942-2023

    Jun 15, 2023

    Carol Ann Miller, 81, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 4, 2023, after a prolonged battle with chronic kidney disease. She was born on March 8, 1942, to her parents, Van and Marie (Arvidson) Price of Ronan, Montana. As a young girl she enjoyed playing outside with friends and doing tomboy things like baseball and long jump competitions. She was not afraid to get dirty and would often play inside the tire stacks... Full story

  • Fire Lookouts in the Swan Valley

    Sharon and Steve Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Jun 15, 2023

    Whether by natural lightning or by human hands, the landscape in Swan Valley has been shaped by fire. Only in the past hundred years or so have there been organized, concentrated efforts to suppress forest fires. During the historic forest fire of 1910, over three million acres burned in the course of a few days, primarily in Washington, Idaho, and Montana, drastically changing the way the U. S. Forest Service dealt with wildfire. Pushed by strong winds, several small fires grew together,... Full story

  • No Lightning Bolts

    Reverend Carrie A. H. Benton, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Jun 15, 2023

    There are many images of God that are beautiful, healing and life-giving. God as a loving Father with open arms (Luke 15:11-32); God as a mother-hen gathering her chicks protectively under her wings (Matthew 23:37). Likewise there are many that can be harmful and destructive, especially for the life of faith. How aware are we of our images of God, how they have shaped us, how they continue to shape us? I firmly believe that awareness of how we imagine God is important. So much of our thought... Full story

  • Helmville Fastpitch swings by another year

    Jean Pocha|Jun 15, 2023

    The 44th Annual Father Mac Fastpitch Softball Invitational event brought teams from around the state to Helmville, Montana for the weekend of June 3-4. Each year the non-league softball tourney brings teams together for a weekend of fun and fast pitches in memory of a Helmville priest who would come up to play umpire after church services. "He loved the game and after his untimely death (in 1980) the Father Mac Invitational was created," said Dave Mannix, retired Helmville pitcher.. The Father...

  • "The Little Mermaid" is more than a little disappointing

    Christopher Shields|Jun 15, 2023

    Like nearly all of Disney's live action remake movies, "The Little Mermaid" ditches the charm and nostalgia of its original counterpart and ruins the fond memories you had with the story. Trailers for the movie made the CGI look horrendous, and the movie doesn't get much better. Similar to recent Marvel movies like "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," just about every scene is green screened to the max and riddled with computer generated imagery. This choice...

  • Lions celebrate new park in Seeley Lake

    Griffen Smith|Jun 15, 2023

    Monkey bars, rock walls and double slides took the attention of most children walking around the Lions Club Park in Seeley Lake on Saturday, June 10. The club hosted its grand opening of a new playground, which should be a good alternative to the elementary school's now-dismantled structure. The project cemented a cornerstone into the Lions park, which has long maintained the ground for Missoula County. Rich Westin, a Seeley Lake Lions Club member, said the playground will make the area feel mor...

  • Gianforte announces leadership change at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

    Amanda Eggers, Montana Free Press|Jun 15, 2023

    Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Friday that Henry "Hank" Worsech is retiring as director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the agency charged with managing Montana's wildlife and 55 state parks. Dustin Temple, who's been serving as the agency's acting director, will take Worsech's place overseeing the department. Worsech, who'd been on medical leave since February, is retiring from FWP for a second time. Prior to taking the director post, Worsech served as the agency's license bureau chief. He also formerly served as the executive director of... Full story

  • Steele in talks for US Forest Service move

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Jun 15, 2023

    Flathead National Forest Supervisor, Kurt Steele, has accepted a new position within the National Forest Service. Steele, who has been the Supervisor of Flathead National Forest since January of 2020 came under fire for decisions made involving the POWDR Corporation’s purchase of Holland Lake Lodge. According to a story in The Fathead Beacon on June 9, the details are still being figured out, but Steele was offered and has accepted a new position as a deputy director at the Northern Region headquarters in Missoula....

  • Archives

    Jun 15, 2023

    Twenty Years ago... June 12, 2003 Students help with start-up funds for the "Stage" Seeley Lake Elementary students viewed the Seeley-Swan Stage firsthand when the van visited the school on Thursday. The students raised money to contribute to the Senior Citizens' Transportation committee for operating and maintaining the van. Student Council President Michael Biggins and eighth grader Ryan Rammell presented a $50 check to Transportation committee member Paul Miller during lunch at the Seeley...