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 By Andi Bourne    News    August 6, 2020 

When Seeley Lake calls 9-1-1

SEELEY LAKE – As of Tuesday, July 21, Missoula Emergency Services Incorporated (MESI) and Life Flight Network will no longer automatically respond when an Advanced Life Support (ALS) call is dispatched in the Seeley Lake Fire District. Instead,...

 By Melody Martinson    News    August 6, 2020 

Seeley Lake native mauled by grizzly

CHOTEAU - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Monday still had five grizzly bear traps east of Choteau where a grizzly mauled rural Teton County resident Shanun Rammell on July 27, but a ground and...

 By David Erickson    News    August 6, 2020 

A home of their own

Could senior cooperative housing, a model gaining popularity in states with aging populations, be the solution to alleviating social isolation and population loss in Montana's rural small towns? In...

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020 

Plan to resume fall sports despite pandemic

The Montana High School Association (MHSA) released a plan for returning to sports in light of the coronavirus. The 20-page document details restrictions for fans and athletes during games, but emphasized youth sports will return for the fall school... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020 

YFC Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon runs through River Point

SEELEY LAKE - Racers clad in wetsuits waited patiently under the starting arch of the Youth For Christ Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon on Aug 1. The race, located on the River Point Campground and par...

 By Claire Muller    News    August 6, 2020 

Scholarship recipients announced

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 SLCF Scholarship. Hunter Shelmerdine, Lily Mercer and Chance Johnson each will receive $500 towards...

 By Andi Bourne    News    August 6, 2020 

Political signs defaced in Potomac Valley

POTOMAC – Two political signs promoting Trump for President were defaced with spray paint last week in Potomac. Both signs are visible from Highway 200 and were on private ground. One was lit and...


Seeley Lake designated "Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Community"

SEELEY LAKE - Friday, July 31, the National Park Service recognized the Seeley Lake community as a participant in its Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Sustainable Community Partnership Program. The Program celebrates Seeley Lake historic...


Fire season heating up on Lolo

MISSOULA – The Lolo National Forest protection area received over 300 lightning strikes from storms on the night of July 30. Firefighters responded to and rapidly contained four small fires across the Forest since the storm. Although firefighters...

 By Seeley Lake ROCKS    News    August 6, 2020 

Trail work continues near Placid Lake

SEELEY LAKE - On Friday, July 24th, a ROCKS work party spent 50+ hours on the new “Lakeview” trail just north of Placid Lake State Park. This work-party improved drainage on the trails that ROCKS constructed last August-September and pulled...

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020 

Local candidates get creative in campaigning during coronavirus

In a normal year politicians running for office are often speaking to potential voters, canvassing neighborhoods and holding fundraisers. But with COVID-19, local candidates have to try to connect...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 6, 2020 

Western Montana Fair goes online

MISSOULA - 4-H Club members across the area are having a busy week for the 2020 Western Montana Fair. This year's Fair situation presented unexpected challenges and will hold a unique place in...


Montana Historical Society to host virtual conference

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has precluded travel and large-scale gatherings, the Montana Historical Society’s 47th state history conference entitled “20/20 Vision: Looking Clearly at the Past” will be held online during a two-month period. The...

 By Andi Bourne    News    August 6, 2020 

SLE superintendent expands on reopening guidelines for fall

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary Superintendent Josh Gibbs shared SLE’s proposed reopening guidelines Friday, July 31 via video. He emphasized this plan is fluid and will change based on the state and local restrictions and case counts in... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020 

Jackie's Espresso expands to Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - When she started her first coffee shop in 2005, Jackie Callison did not think her business would be where it is today. Now, she has three coffee kiosks in small towns in western Montana,...

 By Dwayne Forder    News    August 6, 2020 

Reminiscence of hiring a camp cook

Editor's Note: This story was reprinted with permission from the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society and the Forder family SWAN VALLEY - I had brought the pack string out of the Little Salmon just before the start of hunting season in about 1971...


Gets first vision of street cars

Editor’s note: Hugh Archibald was introduced last week in the Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910 series. Hugh Archibald of Clearwater dropped into the land office yesterday to see about advertising some lands. “First time I’ve been to a post...

 News    August 6, 2020 

Community Briefs

Seeking volunteer to help monitor AIS on Brown’s Lake For the past few years, Blackfoot Challenge has partnered with the Clearwater Resource Council and Swan Valley Connections to monitor lakes for the presence of aquatic invasive species. CRC is...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 30, 2020

Young mountain lions removed from Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Since July 6, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has removed four mountain lions that were living in Seeley Lake around the high school. FWP Wildlife Conflict Specialist Eli Hampson believes they were orphaned siblings, between eight and...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 30, 2020

Local 4-H clubs ready for fair week

MISSOULA - From photography to market animals with a bit of everything in between, 4-H clubs in Potomac and Seeley Lake have their projects ready for the 2020 Western Montana Fair Aug. 2 - 8. All...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 30, 2020

Spearfishers converge on Placid Lake

PLACID LAKE - Dark wetsuits and orange spears floated above the water of Placid Lake July 25 as members of the Missoula-based spearfishing club joined forced with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks,...

 By Keely Larson    News    July 30, 2020

Making the connection

It is not hard to associate aging adults with limited technological knowledge, nor is it difficult to understand that teens can jump onto a new device with ease. And anyone can understand that tech su...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 30, 2020

County not keeping list of septic compliance issues

SEELEY LAKE – At the July 16 Seeley Lake Sewer District Board meeting, Missoula City/County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist II Jim Erven told the Board that if the proposed sewer system were scrapped by the voters in the...


Lolo signs Record of Decision for the Center Horse Project

SEELEY LAKE - The Lolo National Forest Supervisor has signed the Record of Decision for the Center Horse Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Center Horse project includes restoration activities and road treatments to improve water...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 30, 2020

Road closed due to slide in Shanley Creek area

A large slide across the Shanley Creek Road (FS 602) was reported last Friday. The Seeley Lake Ranger District closed the gate for safety purposes and is working on a plan to address the slide area....


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