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 By Andi Bourne    News    July 18, 2019 

Board discusses leadership changes

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board approved a contract amendment with Seeley Lake Elementary to continue several necessary services at their regular meeting July 9. They also tabled a contract for principal submitted by Chris Stout,...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 18, 2019 

Seeley Lake Welcome Sign on hold

SEELEY LAKE – The “Welcome to Seeley Lake” sign that the Seeley Lake Community Foundation planned to install south of town has been put on hold. Foundation Executive Director Claire Muller broke the news at the Seeley Lake Community...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 18, 2019 

Dog Park for Seeley Lake pitched to Community Council

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Laura Wood presented an idea to create a dog park at the Council’s July 8 meeting. Wood was hoping to receive some community feedback and support from the council before she developed the idea any further. Wood...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    July 18, 2019 

SLE School Board hires new teachers

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board hired three new teachers, appointed a new board trustee and approved a parent request for a student to enter kindergarten at a special meeting July 10. Since SLE has not hired a new...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 18, 2019 

Special meeting and easement hearing held

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held a special meeting July 15 to set District’s administrative fee assessment method, set the assessment method hearing date and sign an engineering contract to change the location of the force...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 27, 2019

Seeley Lake Elementary superintendent resigns

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board accepted Superintendent Chris Stout’s resignation at a special meeting June 25. Stout emailed the board his resignation June 18, “Hey guys. I just wanted to let you know that I will not be r...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 27, 2019

Bidding delayed, force main route changed and estimates released

SEELEY LAKE –The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board had a packed agenda for the June 20 regular meeting with topics ranging from bidding schedule and changing the force main route to Rules and Regulations (R&Rs) and cost estimates for Phase 3 and 4....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 27, 2019

School safety and security top priority for Swan Valley School

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School board prioritized the list for facility security, safety and maintenance at their June 19 meeting. Topping the list was school safety and security closely followed by a water cooler and bottle filler for the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 27, 2019

Preliminary budget passed, concerns presented about billing practices

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board approved their insurance policy and passed a preliminary budget at their June 18 meeting. Marketing Coordinator - Montana Chris Hindoien with Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services, Inc...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 20, 2019

Good Neighbor Authority taking shape on the local landscape

SEELEY LAKE – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Clearwater Unit Supervisor Kristen Baker-Dickinson and US Forest Service Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver presented about the local applications of the Good Neighbor...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 20, 2019

New building permit website results from building forum

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County has launched a new website hoping to address some of the issues raised at the Seeley Lake Community Council’s Building Forum in January. Missoula County Project Manager Gayl Hann announced the new website at the...

 
 By Skylar Rispens    News    June 20, 2019

SLE School Board discusses staff vacancies and budget

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board discussed employment vacancies within the district as well as a General Fund budget amendment at its regular meeting Wednesday, June 12. According to Superintendent Chris Stout the district is...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 13, 2019

User Agreement discussion turns to concerns over costs

SEELEY LAKE – Residents attending the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board’s special meeting to discuss the draft User Agreements (UA) June 6 had a lot of concerns and asked many questions. Most circled back to the landowners’ pocketbook and the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 30, 2019

Several staff changes at SLE for next school year

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary School is shuffling staff for next year. The school board received two resignations and Superintendent Chris Stout shared about internal transfers and the need to hire a new second grade teacher at their May 20...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

Proposed administrative budget doubles and policies discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board was presented with a budget for the next fiscal year that doubles last year’s budget and discussed the User Agreement (UA) and District Rules and Regulations (R&R) at their May 16 meeting. The...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 23, 2019

County considering tighter restrictions on Seeley wood stoves

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Air Quality Specialist Ben Schmidt presented on a proposal to require automatic wood stoves in the Seeley Lake Area at the Seeley Lake Community Council May 13. Violations of the PM 2.5 standards over the last several...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 2, 2019

Cost climbs for construction engineering

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board learned at their April 24 meeting that Missoula County’s inability to perform the construction engineering for the collection system is adding $759,400 to the project’s estimated cost. The...

 

Smart Electric Meters issues and Climate Ready Communities presented

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council heard presentations from Swan Valley resident Donn Ware about possible threats from Smart Electric Meters in the valley and from Missoula County employees about a climate resiliency planning process...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 25, 2019

Family questions emergency response

SEELEY LAKE – The family of Nick Beery addressed the Seeley Lake Fire District board regarding their concerns with the response they received to their home April 6. While the Beery family was...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 25, 2019

Richards promoted to captain, hours increased

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board approved increasing the hours for the facilities manager at their April 16 meeting. Fire Chief Dave Lane also promoted training officer Michael Richards to c...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 18, 2019

Alternative sign design presented, facilities maintenance discussed

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Elementary School Board continued their discussion regarding the new school sign. They also reviewed a list of facility maintenance projects and discussed how they could move forward. Trustee Jimmy Boyd presented the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

Powell County Planning Board initiates zoning discussion for northern Powell County

OVANDO –Powell County Planning Board hosted two separate open houses in Ovando and Helmville April 1 and April 4 to discuss the zoning requirement for Powell County Zoning District 3. According to Powell County Planner Carl Hamming, the Open Houses...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

Changes in eligibility for state leaseholders near Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation informed state leaseholders about changes to their eligibility to participate in the cabin and home site sales program at a meeting April 4 at the Seeley Lake...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 28, 2019

Board discusses wide range of topics

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed a wide range of topics at their March 21 board meeting including hiring a Project Manager, obtaining easements, User Agreements and attorney bills. In other business, representatives...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 28, 2019

Permissive levies approved, Farmers Market discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) board approved permissive levies for the tuition fund and for the building reserve at their March 19 meeting. The tuition fund is used to offset the cost to educate students if they require...

 

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