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Articles from the July 26, 2018 edition

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 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 26, 2018

Sewer Board Power Struggle Continues

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District’s regular board meeting July 19 plunged in and out of chaos as Board President Mike Boltz duked it out with the three newly elected Directors Beth Hutchinson, Troy Spence and Juli Cole. The three...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 26, 2018

Seeley Lake Juveniles Cited for SSHS Trespassing and Vandalism

SEELEY LAKE – The individuals that were involved in trespassing and damaging the tracked snowmobile at Seeley-Swan High School have been cited. Five Seeley Lake juveniles, ages 15-17, were cited...

 

Force Recon – A 27-Year Adrenaline Rush

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident James Sackett joined the U.S. Marine Corps straight out of high school. Why the Marines? "Because I thought they had the coolest uniforms," he said. By the time...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 26, 2018

One Injured in Head-on Collision

Emergency personnel from Potomac and Seeley Lake were called to the scene of a head-on collision at the intersection of Highway 200 and Russell Gates Fishing Access road, near mile marker 35 at about...

 

Progress on Seeley Lake Ranger District Post-Fire Recovery

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District continues to work on post-fire recovery related projects. Across the District there is over $2.3 million planned in road maintenance and contract work. Approximately 66 culverts are planned to be...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 26, 2018

Request Denied to Utilize Evergreen Drive as Haul Route

DEER LODGE – At their public hearing July 12, the Powell County Planning Board denied Deer Creek Excavating, LLC’s request to revise Condition #3 in the Conditional Use Permit to allow the use of Evergreen Drive as a haul route for Double Arrow...

 

Whitefish Lake Subdivision - Relevant Information for Seeley Lake Sewer

A recent Missoulian article [July 15, 2018] about Whitefish Lake and a subdivision on its shore has information that seems relevant to Seeley’s sewer controversy. It was proposed that the Lion Mountain subdivision with 120 lots on the lake’s west...

 

Dump Commissioners

MISSOULA – Shame on Missoula County Commissioners for allowing the last open space proposal to be placed on the ballot. Where is the representation for those people living outside of the city? Some of us have been around long enough and are smart...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Council Sewer Endorsement - Reckless and Irresponsible

SEELEY LAKE - The misguided effort by Community Council member Lee Boman to secure an endorsement of the Seeley Lake Sewer proposal is reckless and irresponsible....for several reasons....here are  few:: • Mr. Boman is a relative newcomer to the...

 

Seeley Lake Sewer Board Requires a LEGAL President

SEELEY LAKE - A month has passed without the Seeley Lake Sewer Board (and District) having a legal president. Montana Code Annotated 7-13-2271 (a portion of state law regulating sewer districts) states under “Organization of board of directors”:...

 
 By Doug Hadnot    Opinion    July 26, 2018

A Few Things Learned from Last Week's Sewer Board Meeting

SEELEY LAKE - I attended the meeting of the Seeley Lake Sewer District last week and I learned a few things. 1. The water quality in Seeley Lake is excellent; among the best in Montana. The lake is not being polluted by individual septic systems in t...

 

Celebrating 100 Years of Swan Valley Schools: 1918-2018

SWAN VALLEY - In upper Swan Valley the first schools were built in 1918 when a group of residents petitioned the Missoula County Superintendent of Schools requesting that the district be split at the...

 

Ferns Forever

Ferns evolved 360 million years ago when the supercontinent Pangaea still existed. They are one of earth's most ancient plants and predated dinosaurs, mammals and flowering plants by over 120 million...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 26, 2018

What is Going on in Big Larch Campground?

SEELEY LAKE - Big Larch Campground remains closed. Why hasn't it reopened? Why hasn't work started? Why was it even closed in the first place? Sheryl Gunn, a Forest Service silviculturist, worked on...

 

Shooting Range Idea Discussed, Public Comments Considered on Draft Plan

SWAN VALLEY - At their regular meeting July 17, the Swan Valley Community Council heard discussion about where and how to go about securing a suitable location for a local shooting range. The council also considered public comments on the final...

 
 By Bruce Rippy    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Going Home

More than 45 years ago when I served in the Air Force, there was nothing I looked forward to more than going home. The little house I grew up in, the small town near where I lived, the people I had known for all of my short life, were all very...

 

One Week Left to Increase the Power of Your Gift

SEELEY LAKE - Donate by Aug. 3 to the Change Your Pace Challenge to grow your contribution to Seeley Lake! The Change Your Pace (CYP) Challenge runs through 5 p.m. leaving only one more week to increase the power of a donation to your favorite local...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 26, 2018

SAFER Grant and Interim Maintenance Position Discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant and hiring of interim maintenance position were the main topics of discussion at the Seeley Lake Fire Board meeting July 17. Chief Dave Lane informed the board that...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 26, 2018

Lions Reseal Path Around Pond

SEELEY LAKE - Members of the Seeley Lake Lions Club spread sealant on the walkway around the pond at Lion's Park Saturday, July 21. The club was unable to do their usual maintenance last year because...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    July 26, 2018

Peer Support, Increasingly Professionalized, Helps Struggling Montanans Reclaim Their Lives

There's some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, the Never Alone Recovery Center. Outside, it's a sunny Tuesday evening in this 2,000-person,...

 

What is the Strategy?

Previously: In Part 1, 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 battl...

 

Community Briefs

Fire Danger VERY HIGH in Missoula County MISSOULA - Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) are reporting nearly 20 human-caused fires last week alone while fire danger indices have reached...

 

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