Articles from the August 1, 2019 edition

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 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

Documents outline concessionaire agreements at Holland Lake

SWAN VALLEY - Permit agreements between the Forest Service and concessionaires at the Holland Lake Recreation Site outline expectations of site management, maintenance and contract extensions. This past May, community members attended a Swan Valley...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Photo memoir offers courage and hope to overcome fear

SEELEY LAKE - As Randi de Santa Anna looked through the photographs her husband Juan took of their journey through breast cancer, the story was clear. She coupled her daily journal entries with his...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

Seeley Lake Trailblazers prepare for fair

SEELEY LAKE - Every night since October, freshman Dani Sexton spends nearly two-hours caring for her prime angus steer Shaquille O'Neal. She feeds him, walks him around the pen, bathes him and leads...

 

Fourth of July parade – No place for politics

SEELEY LAKE - I love the parade and the excitement it creates in our town. I want to thank all those who helped organize it. I only ask one thing, that politics not be allowed in the parade. We have politics shoved down our throats daily and do not...

 

What does Pandora have to with anything?

Well, given the condition of our country and other countries in the world, I'd say everything! The Pandora myth involves Pandora's Box - although originally, it was a jar. In the sixteenth century,...

 

Dealing with ants, tomatoes and potato scab

Q: Can you tell me how to kill the ants in my garden? A: I know of nothing short of nuclear attack that would kill ants, but I can tell you how to get them out of the garden easily, as long as you...

 

Insurance response to new Seeley Lake Fire Department mitigation rates

Recently there has been some discussion at formal meetings and social media surrounding the recent resolution passed by the Seeley Lake Fire Department (SLFD). Our intention is not to do anything other than explain how standard home and auto...

 

Kraft Creek Road closure and Mission Mountains Wilderness access impacts

SWAN VALLEY - The Kraft Creek Road (Forest Road 561) on the Swan Lake Ranger District will be closed from Aug. 1-Aug. 30 for bridge replacement work.  A new concrete bridge will replace the existing wooden bridge across Glacier Creek.  Closure of...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    August 1, 2019

It's time to think about your Medicare coverage!

As we approach Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, 2019, it's time again to start thinking about your Medicare coverage. Open enrollment is when Medicare beneficiaries should...

 
 By Tom Browder    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Double Arrow Ranch: Preserving the legacy of the valley

SEELEY LAKE - Those of us who have chosen the Seeley Lake area as a place to visit or live have many reasons: the beauty of our mountains, solitude whenever we desire and neighbors who share our friendship and values. Part of what makes our area...

 
 By Karen Laitala    News    August 1, 2019

Two poisonous plants you may encounter this summer

I have received several calls about plants that have either just shown up or have increased in density and distribution with the additional precipitation we have received in many parts of Powell...

 

Seeley Lake Fire Department launches Cadet Program

SEELEY LAKE – With the Seeley Lake Fire Department cadet program officially reinstated Aug. 1, 2018, it wasn't until recently that the program has gotten off the ground. With one new cadet in the...

 

Fire danger Very High in Missoula County

MISSOULA - Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) are reporting fire danger indices within Missoula County to be VERY HIGH. Outdoor debris burning by permit has been closed in Missoula County...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Improvement District to fund Lindbergh Lake bridge maintenance

SWAN VALLEY – At a meeting held July 10, the Missoula Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 2019-106 to assess the Rural Special Improvement District No. 282 for the cost of maintaining the Lindbergh Lake bridge across the Swan...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

County rejects petition to require election

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Elections Office received a sample petition July 19 for a citizen’s initiative that would repeal a Seeley Lake Sewer District resolution approving special assessments and require the District to go through an electi...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Sen. Tester requests mark-up for Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jon Tester submitted a letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Thursday, July 25 requesting a bill mark-up for the Blackfoot...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

North Fork Cottonwood reroute project to protect bull trout

SEELEY LAKE - Contractors with the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited are working on the North Fork Cottonwood Reroute project that is tied to fisheries and preserving bull trout populations. The project on the #477 Cottonwood Lakes Road, appro...

 

Swan Valley represented on Grizzly Bear Advisory Council

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced Friday, July 26 that he has appointed 18 Montana citizens to the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to facilitate a statewide discussion on long-term grizzly bear management and conservation. This includes...

 
 By Claire Muller    News    August 1, 2019

Seeley Lake Community Foundation announces scholarship recipients

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce two $500 scholarship awards to Gabrielle "Gabby" Sexton and Elizabeth "Ibby" Lorentz. Gabby has lived in Seeley Lake all her...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Debris slides block access to Lodgepole Trailhead

SEELEY LAKE - Recent thunderstorms camped on Spruce Creek last week which caused a substantial mud/debris slide to cover the Dunham Creek Road (Forest Road #4388) in three places. There were several...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 1, 2019

The evolution of wildfire suppression

Editor's Note: As the West enters another fire season, where, how and why federal land management agencies decide to suppress wildfires and implement fuel reduction projects will be hotly debated as...

 

Gary Paul Styler 1971-2019

MISSOULA - Gary Paul Styler, 48, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, July 17. He was born Feb. 27, 1971 in Caldwell, Idaho to Gary and Linda Styler. He graduated from Seeley-Swan High School in 1989....

 

Be kind to one another –

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” This verse is part of a passage describing the new life that a Christ follower should exhibit. There should be a...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Local 4-Hers to showcase projects at Western Montana 4-H/FFA Fair

MISSOULA – The 4-H and Future Farmers of America livestock and exhibit buildings are open to the public Aug. 5 – 11 during the Western Montana County Fair. The 4-H/FFA Fair is an opportunity for 4-H members to show off their projects and hard...

 

Community Briefs

Vacation Bible School in Condon Aug. 5-9 SWAN VALLEY – Venture to Athens and experience Paul’s journey to share the TRUTH with others at this year’s Vacation Bible School at Condon Community Church. The event runs every day the week of Aug. 5...

 

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