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 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

Health Department cautions Fourth of July events as cases rise

With an influx of visitors and coronavirus cases entering the Fourth of July weekend, the Missoula City-County Health Department asked event coordinators to be cautious on what is one of the busiest holidays in Seeley Lake. Though events are looking... Full story

 By Josh Slotnick    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Dudik has a proven record

The county has taken some great steps on jail diversion to break the cycle of addiction and misdemeanor arrest but we need statewide leadership on this issue, especially in the office of the Montana Attorney General, the state’s chief law...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 4, 2020

Destination communities will be ready for visitors, says Bullock

At a press conference May 28, Governor Steve Bullock and the state of Montana prioritized preparing highly transited ‘destination communities’ for higher amounts of tourists as the state loosened interstate travel restrictions as a part of its... Full story

 By Mara Silvers    News    May 28, 2020

How Montana's 2020 census became "an uphill climb while it's hailing basketballs"

HELENA - Since February, Tylyn Newcomb has been losing sleep over a seemingly herculean task: how to ensure the government counts as many Montana residents as possible for the 2020 census, and, in...


Community Briefs

CORRECTION In the caption under the photo of the young grizzly bear, we incorrectly identified Kathy Koors as a bear manager. Her correct title is Bear Ranger. While her title was correct in the article, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear...

 By Andi Bourne    News    May 21, 2020

Graduation will go on despite COVID

SEELEY LAKE – With all of the local schools in distance learning and social distancing still required by Governor Steve Bullock in the Phase 1 reopening strategy, plans for graduation ceremonies and...

 By John Rice    Opinion    May 14, 2020

Government should stay out of business

Our Governor Steve Bullock has made an error in judgment with his decision to force Montana landlords into canceling evictions and extending rental payments. What Bullock fails to realize is that although most tenants will eventually pay the rents...

 By Andi Bourne    News    May 14, 2020

Local gym sweats closure, looks forward to reopening

SEELEY LAKE – "I miss the sounds of the gym. I'm just really excited to hear the hum of people," said Terryl Bartlett, Owner of Optimal Fitness in Seeley Lake. "I love that gym, I love all the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    May 7, 2020

SLE continues with distance learning for rest of the year

The Seeley Lake Elementary voted unanimously May 1 to continue with distance learning through the end of the school year June 4. They also adopted a declaration of unforeseen emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic that allows them to continue to... Full story


Montana tourism offers a rain check, surveys the damage, looks to brighter days

Even as Governor Steve Bullock announced April 22 that Montana will begin a phased reopening of its economy, uncertainty remains in the tourism industry, one of the state's largest economic sectors....

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

Ovando students excel despite COVID-19 challenges

OVANDO – When Governor Steve Bullock announced his reopening plan Wednesday, April 22, he said that he has yet to talk to an educator in the state that feels their students are gaining during this...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

Phase 1 reopening plan for bars and restaurants hard to swallow

SEELEY LAKE – "I want to make sure you guys are safe and customers have the ability to be safe in here," said Kris Martin, owner of The Filling Station as she stood in front of her employees April...


Shannon O'Brien for Montana State Senate

I strongly support Shannon O’Brien, who is running as a Democrat for the Montana State Senate, District 46, which stretches from Condon to Bonner, includes half of downtown Missoula and part of the University district. Shannon’s resume is highly...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

Missoula County adds restrictions to statewide reopening plan

MISSOULA – Friday, April 24 Missoula Health Officer Ellen Leahy issued additional local orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for Missoula County. These measures followed Governor Steve Bullock’s announcement on Wednesday, rescinding the...


Community Briefs

Local and statewide COVID-19 updates Governor Steve Bullock announced a gradual and phased reopening of the state beginning April 26 for individuals and extending to businesses April 27. Individual counties still had the authority to impose more...


Governor Bullock announces $123 Million available in emergency grants

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that families, small businesses, non-profits, health services centers and individuals across Montana hardest-hit by impacts of COVID-19 will be eligible to apply for grants through nine new programs... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 23, 2020

Transitioning to remote learning

SEELEY LAKE - "Health should come before homework, family should become before frustration and learning should come before letter grades," said Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Watson...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 23, 2020

Stay at home order lifts Sunday, businesses can start phased reopening Monday

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced a gradual and phased reopening of the state beginning Sunday for individuals and extending to businesses on Monday. Individual counties still have the authority to impose more restrictive local ordinances... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 23, 2020

Missoula County adds restrictions to statewide reopening plan

MISSOULA – Friday, April 24 Missoula Health Officer Ellen Leahy issued additional local orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for Missoula County. These measures followed Governor Steve Bullock’s announcement on Wednesday, rescinding the... Full story

 By Dori Gilels    Opinion    April 16, 2020

O'Brien's expertise in education needed in Legislature

Voters in Senate District 46 should check the box for Shannon O’Brien on June 2. I’ve known Shannon for over a decade and she is a passionate leader who has dedicated her career to providing a quality education for Montana’s kids. As an...


Nonresident spring turkey and black bear hunting suspended

Following the extension of Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s directive that out-of-state travelers must quarantine for 14 days, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks director Martha Williams has suspended nonresident hunting seasons for spring turkey and b...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 16, 2020

Motor Vehicle Division responds to social distancing directives

Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive allowing Montanans to renew their driver’s licenses online and by mail and extended the deadline to complete title and registration paperwork. This is an effort to provide essential services without... Full story


Easter celebrations in the Valleys

With the Governor declaring the Easter Bunny essential and forgiving the 14-day quarantine as long as the Bunny maintains social distancing guidelines, we want to share reader photos from the holiday...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 16, 2020

Gov. Bullock announced plan for phased reopening of the state

MONTANA - At a press conference Friday, April 17, Governor Steve Bullock announced the state is planning to do a phased reopening of the state following the expiration of the Stay at Home Directive and other closure orders April 24. This plan, which... Full story


Coronavirus updates – Week in review March 31 - April 6

Below is a summary of the new information about local and statewide closures, restrictions and accommodations due to the coronavirus as of Monday, April 6. Information changes daily, sometimes... Full story


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