Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition

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DEQ: Holland Lake sewer could be contaminating area groundwater

Montana's environment agency said wastewater from Holland Lake Lodge could be leaking above state-approved levels after nonprofit Save Holland Lake made an official complaint that the site could be...

 

Two regional land bills pass Senate Committee, could get final vote

Both Montana Senators passed their separate public lands bills from a committee in the Senate, opening both bills up to a final vote as the federal government debates a potential shutdown. Sen. Jon...

 

Hospital District adds two new members, prepares for talk on Lazy Acres RV Park

The Seeley Swan Hospital district had a busy two-hour meeting last week, adding new board members, looking into maintenance and preparing to welcome Lazy Acre RV Park owner to its next meeting, with one member calling the upcoming talk “drawing a...

 

Seeley council talks traffic

Guest speakers at the Seeley Community Council’s latest meeting went over several big projects happening around town, from the Lazy Acres RV Park to the future of the Boy Scout Bridge. Traffic talk Shane Stack, director of public works at Missoula...

 

One person dead after accident at Pyramid

A Seeley Lake man died on Sept. 12 after an industrial accident involving heavy machinery at Pyramid Mountain Lumber. Missoula County Sheriff's Office released the name of the man on Monday, Sept.... Full story

 

New laws already having a positive impact

The 2023 legislative session wrapped up less than five months ago. Many bills don’t go into effect until October 1st of this year, January 1st of next year, or later. But several of the bills that became law this spring and summer are already havin...

 

Consumers will be the losers with new regs on credit cards

The federal Credit Card Competition Act of 2023 (CCCA) has been touted as a means to reducing the credit card interchange fees businesses pay to process credit card transactions. But as can often be the case, government schemes to intervene in...

 

A vision for a people-oriented Secretary of State's Office

(Disclosure: Mullen is the owner of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder and several other local newspapers in western Montana. The Pathfinder is editorially independent from Mullen) Montana holds a special place in our hearts. It’s not only a place of...

 

Dental health for healthy life: what is a cavity?

One of the most common reasons people go to the dentist is to “see if they have cavities,” but do most people really know what a cavity is or how they can be prevented? The short answer is, maybe, but most people probably don’t know much more...

 

Missoula County Sheriff's log for Sept. 21

9/8 1:26 p.m. Trespassing 400XX Paws Up Road, Greenough 9/8 2:14 p.m. Offenses Against Family/Children 4XX Pine Drive, Seeley Lake 9/9 7:34 p.m. Suspicious Activity 343XX Ninemile Prairie Road, Greenough 9/10 10:30 a.m. Trespassing 6XX Glacier-Elk...

 

Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Sept. 21

9/11/2023 Accident Highway 83/Hemlock Drive 9/11/2023 Medical Highway 83 9/11/2023 Medical Evergreen Drive 9/12/2023 Medical Highway 83 9/12/2023 Medical Boy Scout Road 9/12/2023 Accident Morrell Creek Road 9/13/2023 Medical Hauser Drive 9/14/2023...

 

Thought for the day

I bought a used snowblower on a 78 degree day. End of summer in Montana, I think we spend six months planning for winter and six months living winter. Everyone is buying, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood in anticipation of snowy cold...

 

The history of being bear smart

This article is the second in a series of articles intended to inform the residents of the Clearwater Valley about the Bear Smart working group and invite anyone interested to join in the community wide efforts to reduce bear-human conflicts in the...

 

Blackhawks soar over Sheridan for homecoming

The Seeley-Swan High School football team took a big win at home, taking down Sheridan 42-12 on Sept. 15 for homecoming weekend. The Blackhawks looked for a much-needed victory after going 1-1 on the...

 

Wildfires and proactive fire defensive measures: what can you do?

The abnormally wet August and early September put an end to the wildfire risks that Seeley Lake was again facing this summer. The Colt Lake and Big Knife fire starts brought back memories of the...

 

Can you say... paraleptophlebia? Or hecuba?

When he was a young boy, my son Matthew spent Saturdays at the fly shop with daddy. He had just turned four when he approached my fly tying bench and asked, "Daddy, what kind of a bug is that you're...

 

'Cold Millions' digs into northwest labor history

Beautifully written, The Cold Millions by Jess Walter invites readers to take a deep dive into early 20th century America. The setting is Spokane, Washington and the extreme tension between the...

 

Locals to Gather for 23rd-Annual Community Firewood Day

Condon, MT – Community Firewood Day has lived up to its name by becoming a staple in locals' calendars each October. Swan Valley Connections celebrates the small-but-mighty populus of Condon (a mere...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    September 21, 2023

Bear resistant garbage cans considered for county health code

Requiring bear resistant garbage cans across parts of the county was discussed at the Missoula County Commissioners meeting Sept. 14. The Commissioners expressed their intent to adopt resolutions to...

 
 By Dave Torell    News    September 21, 2023

Clearwater Resource Council seeks more volunteers

The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is expanding its watershed and forest health programs to better address the driving natural resource issues that are harming the ecological health and beauty of the Clearwater Valley. Our goal is to work on...

 

Archives for Sept. 21

Twenty Years Ago Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 Volunteer crews grinding out new Lake Trail system By Ron Cox What caused the long narrow strip of trees to fall down alongside the Boy Scout Road from...

 

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