Articles from the July 23, 2020 edition

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 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Board recommits to sewer, discusses assessment method and attorney fees

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board covered a wide range of topics at their July 16 meeting. They signed a resolution recommitting to move the project forward while considered a different method of financing, discussed appealing the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Statewide mandate adds to county-wide face covering order

On Thursday, July 16, Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19 in an effort to... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Building community from the inside

"His mobile home was not livable," said Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Resource Specialist Linda Howard, about a client she worked with in Seeley Lake. This was not a problem Howard or MAS had the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

River's Edge prints last run

GREAT FALLS - The Seeley Swan Pathfinder was printed for the last time at River's Edge Printing on the Goss Community press in Great Falls Tuesday, July 14. River's Edge, owned by Gannett, shuttered...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

NEOWISE comet makes appearance in the valley

According to NASA, the NEOWISE comet is 64 million miles from Earth and will be visible in the northwest sky, just below the Big Dipper until July 23. For more information about the comet and where...

 

Are Federal lands really open to the PUBLIC ?

I see we have another member of our community that cherishes the beauty of this area. There are millions of acres of federal lands that have been preserved in such a way that if visitors were able to time travel to us today from the mid eighteen...

 
 By Annick Smith    Opinion    July 23, 2020

A message of healing

Listen up! Montana is our home, and we love it. From the mountains to the prairies, from trout-streams and lakes to sagebrush hills and big-sky grasslands, we praise its beauties and natural bounty. We are proud of our friendly cities and...

 
 By Walt Hill    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Let's focus our energy on how to fund the sewer

SEELEY LAKE - The preceding sewer boards have put together an amazing financial package to fund this project. It includes over $10 million of grant money, with approximately $6 million of loans in a package that will fund the building of the...

 
 By Betty Dustin    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Words of encouragement for the community

My dear friend John Ulberg from Helena, Montana wrote this poem and I found a lot of encouragement in it during these challenging times.  I hope you do as well.  CERTAINTY While we hear only the litany Of virus and dangers lurking around, We must...

 

Personal responsibility required to keep vulnerable citizens safe and Montana's economy open

Sheriffs take an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Montana. We will uphold our oath, protect public safety and respond to our shared constituency through open communication...

 
 By Juanita Vero    Opinion    July 23, 2020

A year in review...

When I volunteered to write a "commissioners' first year in review" column last summer, I didn't anticipate it would include pandemic, threat of economic collapse or efforts to dismantle structural...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Helena man dies in motorcycle accident

SEELEY LAKE – Tracy William Merritt, a 59-year-old man from Helena, died after the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer on Highway 83 near Rice Ridge Road Monday, July 13 around 4 p.m. His wife, who was riding as his passenger, sustained...

 

A new freedom for all people

Protests are legal and at times necessary. Rioting and looting are not. But we do need to understand the pent up hurt that can often drive extreme behavior. The Preamble to our Constitution: We the people of the United States, in order to form a...

 

Construction to begin for Smokes Cabin bridge

SEELEY LAKE - Construction for the Smokes Cabin bridge replacement project will begin at the end of July and last through Sept. 1. The Smokes Cabin bridge crosses the North Fork of the Blackfoot River via Hobnail Tom Trail #32 at milepost 3.1. The...

 

Douglas-fir trees damaged by tussock moth outbreak

MISSOULA -Douglas-fir trees throughout western Montana are being damaged by an outbreak of Douglas-fir tussock moth (DFTM). Damage is particularly notable throughout Missoula, Kalispell and along...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Local schools eligible for CARES Act funding

Governor Steve Bullock directed $75 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to Montana K-12 schools to cover expenses incurred due to COVID-19 and take precautions to keep students and staff safe this fall. This includes nearly $140,000 to... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Perfecting his edge for more than 30 years

POTOMAC – It was a 1975 Centennial knife made by Gerber that inspired Potomac resident Owen Tyler to pursue knife making. "I was looking at it and the blade wasn't even made straight," said Tyler....

 

Kent A. Brown 1932 – 2020

Kent A. Brown, 87, of Montana City, Montana passed away on July 8, 2020 in Missoula. Kent was born on July 16, 1932 in Leavenworth, Washington to Ronald and Afton Brown. Although his family moved a... Full story

 

Katherine "Kathy" J. (Morton) Zuleger 1941 - 2020

CLINTON - Katherine J. Zuleger, 79, of Clinton, Montana died April 24, 2020 at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona. Kathy was born March 14, 1941 in Ronan, Montana to parents William J. Morton... Full story

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Repent and convert

“Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise.” Revelation 3:14-22 “…unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:1-5  Punishments in families and in society such as time-outs and arrests can change bad behavior to good behavior to...

 
 By Griffen Smith    News    July 23, 2020

Missoula County Public Schools prepare for  in-person schooling

MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools plans to bring back students for the Fall 2020 semester. In the July 14 board meeting, officials addressed what the district can do to keep students in the classroom without furthering the spread of... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Skatepark for Seeley Lake? Lincoln leads the way

SEELEY LAKE – A few weeks ago a group of Seeley-Swan High School students put out a survey to gauge interest in a skatepark in Seeley Lake. Now that they have 125 signatures and a list of...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Artarose takes the stress out of life

SEELEY LAKE - Jenifer Flannery has been helping her family, friends and neighbors run errands, organize, clean and manage their home and businesses. After helping a few of her close friends and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

PHC explains dental services, new board member welcomed

SEELEY LAKE – At the Seeley-Swan Hospital District meeting July 14, Partnership Health Center (PHC) executive director Laurie Francis gave her normal report and offered further explanation regarding dental services at the Seeley-Swan Medical...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Reopening plans top discussion

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board discussed their options for returning to school in-person in the fall at their July 14 meeting. They agreed to solicit teacher, parent and community input via a survey before making their decision in... Full story

 

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