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 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

Retired Smokejumpers Carry on Legacy of Service

OVANDO - This week, retired smokejumpers returned to Seeley Lake, an area that many of them have a deep connection with, to continue to do work that protects and maintains public lands by...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 19, 2018

Council Rejects Speed Limit Increase and Endorses Sewer Project

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council considered revisiting the speed limits on Highway 83 as it passes through town and voted to endorse the proposed Seeley Lake sewer project at its July 9 meeting. Council member Bruce Friede made a...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 19, 2018

Flying by the Seat of His Pants

bWOODWORTH – "Clear prop," said Rob Henrekin as he pulled his Kawasaki 440 engine to life on his powered parachute. The morning was cool July 12 as the sun rose above the mountains. Henrekin put on...

 
 By John Rice    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Agencies Working for Job Protection

What does the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers all have in common? They are all involved in job protection regardless of the cost to the U.S. taxpayer. We all know about the Forest Service and...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Patriotism 201

Patriotism, flag burning, anthem kneeling – emotional topics throughout history. Ironically, our country was founded by patriots who burned flags. And they endeavored to establish a new kind of country that protected cherished values like freedom...

 
 By Bruce Hall    News    July 19, 2018

It's Not Going Away

SEELEY LAKE - There are consequences to inaction as well as action. In Seeley Lake we know we have a problem. Chemicals harmful to our health are just under our feet, in the groundwater under our town. Our wells are there too. A lake is next door....

 

Camp'n Out

Back when I was a lad and Shep was a pup, one of my greatest desires was a week camp'n out in the wilderness. And so one summer it came to pass that myself, brother Tom, cousin Snuffy and last but...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 19, 2018

Tire Fire at the Gun Range Extinguished without Incident

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Volunteer firefighters responded to the Wilderness Sportsman’s Gun Range on Cottonwood Lakes Road July 12 around 12:15 p.m. for a tire fire. The fire was confined to the tires in the pistol range and one engine was able...

 

Fire Danger Moved to "High" – Outdoor Burning Remains CLOSED

MISSOULA - Fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have moved the fire danger rating to HIGH starting Monday, July 16.  Hot and dry conditions remain in the forecast consecutively throughout the week and weekend...

 
 By Carol Brodie    News    July 19, 2018

Open Book Club Presents "The Gathering Place: Swan Valley's Gordon Ranch"

SWAN VALLEY - Please join us as Alpine Artisans Open Book Club presents "The Gathering Place, Swan Valley's Gordon Ranch" Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Swan Valley Historical...

 

Calling all Bakers for Huckleberry Baking Contest

SWAN LAKE – The 37th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival is looking for bakers of all ages to enter this year's Huckleberry Baking Contest. The contest features an adult category along with a...

 

Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes: The Only…, The Biggest…, The Last…,

West of the Mississippi…? In Montana…? In the last year, I have heard the phrase Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes many times by local residents. I’d never heard it used prior to last year. The phrase is always followed by some superlative like “the...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

CRC Celebration Is a Hoot

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council held their annual Celebrate the Clearwater community event Sunday, July 15. The celebration included a presentation of awards, the naming of a new...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 19, 2018

Starting the Conversation – Offering a Glimmer of Hope

SEELEY LAKE - When Seppa Francis was six years old, her father suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. Francis and her younger brother blamed themselves for years and Francis's...

 

Intellectual Honesty

My brother-in-law was a true intellectual. Having served as a past dean of the faculty at Cornell University, he was a truly humble man. He was always more interested in what he could learn from others than in telling others how much he knew. This...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

Know Your Rights: Montana Open Meeting Laws

Even though it would be impossible for every citizen to attend every meeting of every local, county and state government body, believe it or not, it is every citizen's right to access and participate...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 19, 2018

Revive and Thrive Event Preps Area for Restorative Burn

SEELEY LAKE- Last Sunday, community members and Montanans from all over the state gathered to work in Lost Horse Meadow in order to prepare it for a prescribed burn in the fall. The Nature...

 

Oral Health and Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disease leading to high levels of sugar in the body. It is one of the most commonly encountered chronic diseases identified by health care providers including dentists. What...

 

Chasing the Curve, Part 2 - The Budget Roller Coaster

Previously: The story of a mentally ill Livingston woman, "Sarah," underscored the challenges Montana's mental health system faces as community-level providers are rocked by political battles over pub...

 

Warren Little Inducted into SAR

SEELEY LAKE – Having conclusively traced his ancestry back to the Revolutionary War, part-time Missoula, part-time Seeley Lake resident Warren Little became an official member of the Sons of the...

 
 By Bob Green    News    July 19, 2018

MBA Rendezvous – 14 Years of Music

SEELEY LAKE - The 14th annual Montana Bandmasters Seeley Lake Rendezvous was held at Camp Paxson June 18-21. The MBA Rendezvous is a professional development conference with graduate credit available...

 

Community Briefs

Wildlife Awareness Campfire Talk, July 20 SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections will host a Campfire Talk on Wildlife Awareness on Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m. at Holland Lake Day Use Area in Condon. Lea...

 

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