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 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Running the line between recreation and conservation

Just after sunrise Saturday, Jan. 9, local wolf trapper Rob Henrekin fired up his snowmobile to check his trapline, something he has done every day since the wolf season opened Dec. 15. While he had...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Sewer Bonds Failed

SEELEY LAKE - Both of the Sewer Bonds up for election Feb. 23 failed by a large margin. The preliminary results for the Phase 1 Bond was 33 Yes, 80 No. For the Plant, 98 voters approved and 198 voted against. Results are preliminary until canvassed....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Leading by example, encouraging others

SEELEY LAKE – Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 was officially proclaimed Klaus von Stutterheim Day by the Missoula County Commissioners. The Proclamation honors Von Stutterheim's many years of service to...

 

Locals recognized for life saving efforts

SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office honored five individuals at a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 16 for their life-saving actions following a September plane crash north of  Seeley Lake...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Lady Blackhawks soar through District 13C tournament

SEELEY LAKE - The Lady Blackhawks defended their home court from the Victor Pirates and the Granite Prospectors to earn the top District 13C trophy. The Lady Blackhawks had a bye in the first round...

 

Community Foundation awards 2021 grants to local groups

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) helps local groups fund important community projects. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in...

 

Health Board revises COVID-19 mitigation requirements

MISSOULA COUNTY - The Missoula City-County Board of Health voted 6 to 1 to make several revisions to the County’s current COVID-19 mitigation requirements during a virtual meeting Thursday, Feb. 18. These revisions include: 1. Increasing event... Full story

 

Paycheck Protection Program sees changes in operations

The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are making operational changes to the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in order to create more equitable relief for American small businesses according... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

District responds to County Commissioners

SEELEY LAKE – At their Feb. 16 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board listened to letters written by Fire Chief Dave Lane and Board Chair Scott Kennedy in response to a letter dated Jan. 14 from the Missoula County Commissioners. It was sent to Board...

 

Subdivision proposed near Blanchard Creek

SEELEY LAKE - Developers of a proposed 13-lot residential subdivision held a virtual neighborhood meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16 to go over initial details for the project. Paul Forsting, IMEG Corporation...

 

Board updates policies

SEELEY LAKE - Members of the Seeley Lake Elementary School Board unanimously approved a second round of board policy updates in their 2000’s series during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17. Superintendent Josh Gibbs also provided updates on the School I...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Candidate filings trigger Fire District election May 4

Following the close of the Special District filing deadline Feb. 8, the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District is currently the only Special District election that will appear on the May 4 mail-in ballot. However, citizens can apply to be a write-in...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Eagles starting to gel as a team, building confidence

SEELEY LAKE – When the Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles swept the court against Granite Feb. 17, Head Coach Brett Haines said the girls are starting to play together. After adding four girls to the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    February 25, 2021 

Blackhawks' season ends in double overtime

DARBY - The Blackhawks season came to an end in the opening round of the 13C District Tournament Feb. 16 at the hands of the Darby Tigers. The Blackhawks came out strong outscoring the Tigers 2 to 1 in the first two quarters taking a 23-11 advantage...

 
 By AARP    News    February 25, 2021 

Applications open for AARP Community Challenge Grants

AARP Montana invites community organizations and local governments across the state to apply for the 2021 Community Challenge grant program, now through April 14. Grants fund quick-action projects that can range from several hundred dollars for...

 

Community Briefs

Memorial donations for Sandy Berry SEELEY LAKE – Due to the closing of the Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter in Potomac, those wishing to honor Sandy Berry can make donations in her name to Hazel and Owen Tyler at 1270 Copper Cliff Drive, Potomac,...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    February 25, 2021 

Privacy Protections, Voting Restrictions, Bison Bills and Pandemic Preparedness

Montana Constitutional Amendment would Establish Protections for Electronic Messages The Montana Legislature is considering a bill proponents say will offer increased clarity and protections for privacy in the digital age. Senate Bill 203, sponsored... Full story

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    February 25, 2021 

"No One Can Stop Them:" Meet the Families Behind the Push for Insurance Coverage for Montana's Deaf Children

Nine years ago, doctors diagnosed Caden Shrauger with stage-four neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that developed in his nerve cells and spread throughout his body. At the time, doctors told his family he had a 50% chance of survival. Caden underwent... Full story

 

Seeley-Swan High School sued over alleged discrimination

SEELEY LAKE - Former Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) student Owen Mercado and his mother Deidre Lechowski-Mercado are suing the school and the Missoula County Public School District (MCPS) alleging that the school and its staff members were made aware...

 

Seeley Lake resident to star in MCT's adaptation of 'Shrek The Musical JR.'

MISSOULA - Homeschooled Junior Grace Wilson of Seeley Lake has culminated her passion for musical theater as she takes the stage as Shrek in Missoula Children's Theatre's (MCT) adaptation of Shrek...

 

Jeff Wisehart vaults from trainee to trainer

SEELEY LAKE – In 1965 Jeff Wisehart moved from New Mexico to San Jose, California, where he lived with his sister while attending West Valley College. He said California at that time was beautiful,...

 

Revision to COVID-19 mitigation requirements recommended

MISSOULA COUNTY - The Missoula City-County Board of Health announced a series of recommended changes to be made to Missoula County’s current COVID-19 mitigation requirements during a virtual meeting Friday, Feb. 12. These revisions will be up for... Full story

 

Seeley Lake logger named 2020 Logger of the Year

SEELEY LAKE - J&E Contracting Owner-Operator Ed Jungers received Montana Tree Farm Program's (MTFP) 2020 Logger of the Year. Jungers started the logging company with his father John over 20 years...

 

Teacher salary raises approved

POTOMAC - At their Feb. 8 meeting, the Potomac School Board voted four to one to approve the Potomac Education Association (PEA) contract for 2021-2023. This new contract would result in a $4,024.25 salary raise for all teachers regardless of...

 

Comment period extended for North Fork Blackfoot Fish Restoration Project

SEELEY LAKE - In response to public feedback, the Lolo National Forest is extending the public comment period for the North Fork Blackfoot River Native Fish Restoration Project for an additional 30 days or through March 12. Located in the...

 

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