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Yurt at Seeley Creek Nordic Ski trails closed for season SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Creek Nordic Ski trails just north of town on Morrell Creek Road are groomed and ready for skiers. However due to COVID-19, the yurt at the trailhead is closed for...

 

Support for grizzly bears' presence in Montana strong amidst expanding population

A new survey of Montanans shows positive attitudes toward grizzly bears and support for the presence of grizzly bears within the state. However, acceptance of bear presence in areas closer to...

 

SSHS graduate shares experience treating COVID-19 patients

BILLINGS, MONTANA - "We have more ICU patients than we have ICU beds available," Respiratory Therapist Michael Biggins said in an email. "This has led to converting offices, staff break rooms and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 17, 2020

Busbys celebrate 50 years with their best friend

SEELEY LAKE – While serving on a Naval ship in Vietnam, Larry Busby received a letter from a Californian woman he had never met. "It was something to receive that kind of a letter from Gwen," said L...

 

The open and sustained circuit of life

"Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals. ... The circuit is not closed; ... but it is a sustained circuit, like a slowly...

 

Williams led charmed life during Vietnam

CONDON – When Mike Williams was two years old, his family moved to Condon and his father went to work at the sawmill at Gordon Ranch. Mike attended grade school in Seeley Lake, high school in...

 

Jack Otis Patton

BILLINGS - Jack O. Patton, age 97, was born in Silver City, New Mexico. He was the youngest of four children born to Thomas Leonard (TL) and Jesse H. Patton. Jack died in Billings, Montana on Nov. 24,... Full story

 

Michael Alden Holmes Jan. 17, 1944 - Dec. 1, 2020

SWAN VALLEY - 'Mike' Alden Holmes, 76, of Swan Valley, passed away Dec. 1 in his home at the Gordon Ranch surrounded by his loved ones. Mike was born in Missoula on Jan. 17, 1944 to Henry and... Full story

 

Seeley Lake Chiropractic welcomes Dr. Michela Reese

SEELEY LAKE - Dr. Michela Reese will become Seeley Lake Chiropractic's new chiropractor towards the beginning of next year. She said she has not yet finalized the date she will begin but she intends...

 

Young becomes new game warden

SEELEY LAKE - Sydney Young recently began her new position as Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) game warden for Seeley Lake and its surrounding areas. Young's main goal is to make sure hunters...

 

Businesses address the inside effects of COVID-19

MISSOULA COUNTY - Local businesses have been affected on a spectral level since restrictions were implemented in March to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Some saw an initial hit and began to... Full story

 

SSHS student signs with CSU for track

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School senior Klaire Kovatch signed a national letter of intent to throw discus, javelin and potentially weight and hammer for the Colorado State University Division 1...

 

Newly elected district leaders make initial statements

SEELEY LAKE - Respective House and Senate winners Mike Hopkins and Shannon O’Brien talked about the upcoming legislative session, their priorities during their time in office and what committees they would like to be a part of during the monthly...

 

Anderson remembers end of WWII

SEELEY LAKE – Seaman Leon (Bud) Anderson was off duty and on liberty in San Francisco when World War II ended. "I was on Market Street when the news broke," he said. "Everybody was talking about it...

 

Man who saves larch gets axed

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 Bi...

 

A call to live by faith

We are having quite a week. Tuesday the election, last Saturday Halloween. In both cases COVID has again proven quite disruptive. But then disruption is becoming the norm. But Halloween wasn't the...

 

Epidemiologists and County Health Department deliver COVID update

MISSOULA - Missoula City-County Health Department staff joined epidemiologists from the University of Montana's School of Public and Community Health Sciences for a virtual meeting to provide updates... Full story

 

Missoula County to mail tax bills

Missoula County will mail tax bills to all property owners in the county by Tuesday, Oct. 27. They are already available online at www.missoulataxes.us. Tax payments for the first half of the year are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30. Tax payments are...

 
 By James Bradley    News    October 29, 2020

Ex-lawmaker faces ex-PSC attorney in District 4 race

Whatever happens in the Nov. 3 election, western Montana voters will elect a fresh face to Montana's Public Service Commission, the body that decides what utilities can charge home and business...

 

Ross rejects Forest Service's definition of fair

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 Andi Bourne    News    October 22, 2020

Bringing experience and understanding to the classroom

SEELEY LAKE – As a young child, Julee Samuli loved to set up a classroom and teach to her stuffed animals. After getting a degree in music therapy in 1991 and then taking a break from teaching to ra...

 

Community Briefs

Meals continue for Cahoon family SEELEY LAKE – Christian Cahoon made it home Friday night from the hospital. Local law enforcement provided an escort for him and his family. The community lined Highway 83 with lights, signs and honking to welcome...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 15, 2020

Prescribe burn planned for Game Range on Bandy Ranch

WOODWORTH – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in coordination with the University of Montana is planning to conduct an 80-acre prescribed burn on the Bandy Ranch, on the east side of the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area Game Range,...

 

Seeley Lake logs impact Great Flood of 1908

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...

 

John Fraley explores the legacy of Joe Murphy

Author John Fraley has spent years capturing the stories and history of those who have ridden and hiked through the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  In his newly released book, "Heroes of the Bob Marshall W...

 

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