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"Merry Wives" brings raucous humor

SEELEY LAKE – Lively hit tunes from the 1960s and a bright pink stage greeted the large audience that assembled their chairs and blankets on the Double Arrow Lodge grounds Aug. 1 for the 2019...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 8, 2019

Families compete in local triathlon

SEELEY LAKE - Families took to the Youth for Christ Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon/Duathlon at the River Point Day Use area on Saturday, Aug 3. Nissa Lucero of Missoula competed in the solo short swi...

 

Community Briefs

Van Lake Dispersed Area closure SWAN VALLEY - A portion of the Van Lake Road (Road #558) on the Swan Lake Ranger District will be closed for public safety from Aug. 5 – Sept. 30 for the Van Lake Improvements Project.  Road #558 will be closed at...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

Documents outline concessionaire agreements at Holland Lake

SWAN VALLEY - Permit agreements between the Forest Service and concessionaires at the Holland Lake Recreation Site outline expectations of site management, maintenance and contract extensions. This past May, community members attended a Swan Valley...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Photo memoir offers courage and hope to overcome fear

SEELEY LAKE - As Randi de Santa Anna looked through the photographs her husband Juan took of their journey through breast cancer, the story was clear. She coupled her daily journal entries with his...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

Seeley Lake Trailblazers prepare for fair

SEELEY LAKE - Every night since October, freshman Dani Sexton spends nearly two-hours caring for her prime angus steer Shaquille O'Neal. She feeds him, walks him around the pen, bathes him and leads...

 

Insurance response to new Seeley Lake Fire Department mitigation rates

Recently there has been some discussion at formal meetings and social media surrounding the recent resolution passed by the Seeley Lake Fire Department (SLFD). Our intention is not to do anything other than explain how standard home and auto...

 

Kraft Creek Road closure and Mission Mountains Wilderness access impacts

SWAN VALLEY - The Kraft Creek Road (Forest Road 561) on the Swan Lake Ranger District will be closed from Aug. 1-Aug. 30 for bridge replacement work.  A new concrete bridge will replace the existing wooden bridge across Glacier Creek.  Closure of...

 
 By Karen Laitala    News    August 1, 2019

Two poisonous plants you may encounter this summer

I have received several calls about plants that have either just shown up or have increased in density and distribution with the additional precipitation we have received in many parts of Powell...

 

Seeley Lake Fire Department launches Cadet Program

SEELEY LAKE – With the Seeley Lake Fire Department cadet program officially reinstated Aug. 1, 2018, it wasn't until recently that the program has gotten off the ground. With one new cadet in the...

 

Fire danger Very High in Missoula County

MISSOULA - Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) are reporting fire danger indices within Missoula County to be VERY HIGH. Outdoor debris burning by permit has been closed in Missoula County...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Improvement District to fund Lindbergh Lake bridge maintenance

SWAN VALLEY – At a meeting held July 10, the Missoula Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 2019-106 to assess the Rural Special Improvement District No. 282 for the cost of maintaining the Lindbergh Lake bridge across the Swan...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

County rejects petition to require election

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Elections Office received a sample petition July 19 for a citizen’s initiative that would repeal a Seeley Lake Sewer District resolution approving special assessments and require the District to go through an electi...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Sen. Tester requests mark-up for Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jon Tester submitted a letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Thursday, July 25 requesting a bill mark-up for the Blackfoot...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    August 1, 2019

North Fork Cottonwood reroute project to protect bull trout

SEELEY LAKE - Contractors with the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited are working on the North Fork Cottonwood Reroute project that is tied to fisheries and preserving bull trout populations. The project on the #477 Cottonwood Lakes Road, appro...

 

Swan Valley represented on Grizzly Bear Advisory Council

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced Friday, July 26 that he has appointed 18 Montana citizens to the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to facilitate a statewide discussion on long-term grizzly bear management and conservation. This includes...

 
 By Claire Muller    News    August 1, 2019

Seeley Lake Community Foundation announces scholarship recipients

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce two $500 scholarship awards to Gabrielle "Gabby" Sexton and Elizabeth "Ibby" Lorentz. Gabby has lived in Seeley Lake all her...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Debris slides block access to Lodgepole Trailhead

SEELEY LAKE - Recent thunderstorms camped on Spruce Creek last week which caused a substantial mud/debris slide to cover the Dunham Creek Road (Forest Road #4388) in three places. There were several...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 1, 2019

The evolution of wildfire suppression

Editor's Note: As the West enters another fire season, where, how and why federal land management agencies decide to suppress wildfires and implement fuel reduction projects will be hotly debated as...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 1, 2019

Local 4-Hers to showcase projects at Western Montana 4-H/FFA Fair

MISSOULA – The 4-H and Future Farmers of America livestock and exhibit buildings are open to the public Aug. 5 – 11 during the Western Montana County Fair. The 4-H/FFA Fair is an opportunity for 4-H members to show off their projects and hard...

 

Community Briefs

Vacation Bible School in Condon Aug. 5-9 SWAN VALLEY – Venture to Athens and experience Paul’s journey to share the TRUTH with others at this year’s Vacation Bible School at Condon Community Church. The event runs every day the week of Aug. 5...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 25, 2019

Board steps towards mandatory hookups

SEELEY LAKE –The Seeley Lake Sewer District unveiled a resolution to mandate properties within the District to connect to the sewer as it is built at its July 18 board meeting. Board President Pat Goodover read the resolution at the meeting...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 25, 2019

Portion of Highway 83 dedicated in firefighter's memory

SEELEY LAKE - Two years after Trenton Johnson was killed while fighting the 2017 Florence Fire, an eight-mile section of Highway 83 through Seeley Lake was named in his honor on Friday, July 19....

 

Former Swan Valley resident excels in Army

SWAN VALLEY – Even though he was recently promoted to U.S. Army Colonel, former Swan Valley resident Matt Cooper returned to his hometown to march in the Fourth of July parade. Cooper said since...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 25, 2019

Public invited to participate in SLE superintendent selection, July 29

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the following finalists for the position of SLE District Superintendent. Daniel Schrock has been the Superintendent and K-12 Principal of Ekalaka, Mon...

 

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