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 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021 

Commissioners discuss concerns regarding Seeley Lake Ambulance

MISSOULA – At their Administrative Meeting Jan. 14, the Missoula County Commissioners discussed a letter regarding complaints they have received concerning the medical care being provided by the Seeley Lake Ambulance. The letter was sent to the...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    January 21, 2021 

OSCR unsupported, other cross country ski races canceled

SEELEY LAKE - Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual cross country skiing races Skiesta and the Biathlon have been postponed to next year while the 25k and 50k OSCR will take place unsupported....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021 

Wind whips through valley, topple trees and power lines

With winds gusts reaching nearly 50 miles per hour around the area Wednesday, Jan. 13, downed trees caused widespread power outages, blocked roads and damaged property. While emergency personnel respo...

 

Revised COVID-19 mitigation requirements recommended for restaurants, bars and casinos

At its meeting Jan. 21, the Missoula City-County Board of Health (MCCHD), will consider adopting revisions to current COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos. These revisions have been under...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    January 21, 2021 

Incident Management Team will coordinate vaccination efforts

MISSOULA COUNTY - Missoula County's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced their development of a Type III Incident Management Team to coordinate Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    January 21, 2021 

RAC votes to increase site fees

POWELL COUNTY - The Tri County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) voted to increase recreation site fees for 11 sites across the Lolo National Forest during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Jan 12. Sites...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    January 21, 2021 

Community leaders present plans for 2021

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Community Council listened to presentations from multiple community leaders during their virtual meeting Monday, Jan. 11. Speakers included Missoula District Administrator Bob Vosen who presented Montana Department of...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021 

Board supports sewer bond, discusses residency program

SEELEY LAKE – At their Jan. 12 meeting, the Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board voted unanimously to designate Chair Twyla Johnson as the special district agent to vote in favor of the sewer bond that is being voted on Feb. 23. They also learned mo...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 21, 2021 

Lady Blackhawks recognized seniors

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior Lady Blackhawk athletes along with their families and friends at their home game Saturday, Jan. 16....

 

Community Briefs

Fall prevention workshop, Feb. 3 and March 3 Join Missoula Aging Services and Stephanie Markin for a virtual Falls Prevention Workshop Feb. 3 starting at 10:30 a.m. or March 3 starting at 11 a.m. This one-hour workshop is designed for older adults,...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    January 21, 2021 

Board discusses mask enforcement at January meeting

POTOMAC - Members of the Potomac School Board discussed the continuation of their 1900 series policies which includes requiring masks in school facilities at their Jan. 11 meeting. The series also maintains student cohort groups throughout the...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    January 21, 2021 

Race to the Sky canceled

LINCOLN - For the second time in its 36-year run, the annual mushing competition, Montana Race to the Sky, has been canceled. Pam Beckstrom, 35 year volunteer, said after much deliberation, the event'...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 21, 2021 

Lady Blackhawks dominate Tigers, down Prospectors

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks added a pair of wins to their record last week decimating the Darby Tigers on the road Jan. 15 and defeating the Granite Prospectors on their home court J...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 21, 2021 

Rough week for Blackhawks

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks came up short in both their games last week falling to Darby at home Jan. 15 and Granite on the road Jan. 16. The Blackhawks had their hands full taking on...

 
 By James Bradley    News    January 21, 2021 

Concealed carry bill passes House

HELENA -- A controversial bill that expands where concealed weapons are allowed passed the Montana House of Representatives Thursday. Legislators voted along party lines, with 66 Republicans voting for the bill, and 31 Democrats voting against it....

 
 By Chris Aadland    News    January 21, 2021 

Lawmakers consider limiting authority of local health officials

Wading into a public debate that has grown heated on social media, the House Local Government Committee held a hearing Thursday afternoon for House Bill 121, which would limit the authority of public health officers and health boards, and give...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    January 21, 2021 

Legislative Roundup - Week 2: Concealed carry bill, local health boards face scrutiny in Legislature's second week

Tense Standoff Between Legislators Disrupts First Gun Bill Debate in Montana House The Montana Senate will now consider a bill that would greatly expand where concealed weapons can be carried in Montana after the House of Representatives passed House...

 

Missoula County votes to hold off on ATV resolution

MISSOULA - At a virtual public hearing Jan. 7, the Missoula County Commissioners unanimously voted to table a resolution outlining the need for safety while operating all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) until further discussions can take place among...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 14, 2021

Deputies deliver holiday spirit

MISSOULA - "My favorite part is the joy and surprise on their faces to get something extra for the Christmas holiday," Missoula County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ryan Dunster said about handing out...

 

Swan Valley School goes remote

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Elementary School went into fully remote learning after a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19. Staff received the news on Thursday, Jan. 7 and subsequently closed the school that morning. Students...

 

Ray Haera managed needed supplies during Vietnam War

SWAN VALLEY – Turning 18 in 1966, the height of the Vietnam War, Ray Haera figured he had the choice of getting drafted or voluntarily joining the military. He figured he had more options if he...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 14, 2021

District granted extension for lawsuit response

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board has been granted an extension to respond to a lawsuit filed by a group of landowners. The lawsuit seeks to force the District to follow through with previously adopted resolutions to construct the proposed...

 

Missoula County awards grants to Seeley Lake organizations

MISSOULA COUNTY - The Seeley Lake Lions Club, Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports (ROCKS), Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake, and The Potomac-Greenough Community Center will all receive grants of various sizes following a...

 

Montanans encouraged to test homes for radon

HELENA—Winter is the best time to test your home for radon according to Paul Tschida, radon specialist for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Radon Control Program. “Testing for radon when your doors and windows are closed...

 

Gov. Gianforte announces plan to remove state mask mandate

HELENA – During his first press conference of 2021 Tuesday, Jan. 5, newly elected Montana Governor Greg Gianforte announced his plan to eventually rescind the statewide mask mandate after vaccines...

 

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