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Pinchot and the beginnings of the United States Forest Service

If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the...

 
 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Ovando takes hit from loss of cyclists

OVANDO - A cycling T-shirt hung for the first time on the side of Kathy Schoendoerfer's store, the Blackfoot Angler. On a normal year, hundreds of bike-packers, racers and cycling tours would have...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 23, 2020

Going with the flow for 20 years

OVANDO – The Blackfoot Angler owner Kathy Schoendoerfer was struggling to communicate - not a situation she often finds herself in being the self-proclaimed "Ovando organizer of frivolous affairs."...

 

Reconnecting and Remembering

Every summer we try and reconnect with a few folks in the Swan. We stay at Evie Andersons on Charles Road. Son-in-law Lane and sister Wendy now own it. Usually try and visit with Butch Harmon. We...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    June 27, 2019

Inclement weather brings Tour Divide racers to Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Since 2008, the Tour Divide bike race has brought hundreds of bikers from around the world into Seeley Lake's backyard. The Tour Divide is considered the most difficult mountain bike...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 20, 2019

Front runners in Tour Divide pass through area

OVANDO - Bike packers have begun to trickle through the area on the 2019 Tour Divide bike race. As of Tuesday, June 18, there are still 146 racers (originally 159) that left with the Grand Depart...

 

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...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 14, 2018

Tour Divide Riders Start Arriving

OVANDO - Blackfoot Angler Fly Shop owner Kathy Schoendoerfer visits with Tour Divide leader Richard Dunnett at 10:40 p.m. June 10 in this screenshot of the Blackfoot Angler's webcam. Dunnett took...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 26, 2018

Ovando Named Community of the Year

BIG SKY, MONT. - "This is a story about a community coming together to save their town through tourism," wrote Montana Department of Commerce Industry Services & Outreach Bureau Chief Jan...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 1, 2018

Ovando Nominated for Community of the Year

OVANDO – Owner of Ovando's Blackfoot Angler Kathy Schoendoerfer said she needed to be convinced the phone call wasn't a scam when Kevanne Campbell with the Montana Office of Tourism and Business...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    January 4, 2018

Rural Towns Capitalize on Cycling Tourism

Leigh Ann Valiton watched a customer meander the aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. in Ovando, Mont. Valiton's store, and attached Inn, is open until seven every evening, but it was 10 p.m. and...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Ovando World Renowned

OVANDO - Leigh Ann Valiton paces back and forth down the two aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. Her store, and attached Inn, is open until 7 every evening, but it's currently 10 p.m. and she...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Bikepackers Bypass Seeley

SEELEY LAKE-Mountain bikers have begun to trickle past Seeley Lake. The frontrunners of the 2017 Tour Divide bike race passed the Seeley Lake airport enroute to Ovando Sunday, June 11. The Tour...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Gary Johnson Tackles Tour Divide

SEELEY LAKE, MONT. - Thursday evening, June 15 Gary Johnson slowly walked across Highway 83 in Seeley Lake, carrying his wrapped up leftovers from dinner at the Filling Station and shivering. He...

 

Community Briefs

MCT’s The Wiz of the West Audition and Performance SEELEY LAKE - An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) production of “The Wiz of the West” May 15 at 3 p.m. at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE). The final performance...

 
 By Jenny Rohrer    News    October 6, 2016

Tour of the Arts is a Visual Feast

Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts once again offers a feast for the eyes – featuring the artwork of more than 25 artists in four studios, three historical museums and two galleries from Condon...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 25, 2015

Ovando Throws Open the Doors to Cyclists

OVANDO – The simple act of reaching out to one woman who was in last place during the 2012 Tour Divide Bicycle Race has turned Ovando into a destination for Tour Divide riders and cyclists all over...

 

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