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 By Andi Bourne    News    July 30, 2020

Reopening plan, staffing and SLE equipment dominate discussion

SEELEY LAKE – At the Seeley Lake School Board meeting July 20, new superintendent Josh Gibbs presented options for returning to school, suggested staff changes following the resignation of Jama Mauldin and Rachel Bemis, discussed transitional...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 30, 2020

Board welcomes new members, professionalism questioned

SEELEY LAKE – At their July 21 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire District Board welcomed two new members to the department and learned about a shift in dispatching procedure with Missoula Emergency...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Board recommits to sewer, discusses assessment method and attorney fees

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board covered a wide range of topics at their July 16 meeting. They signed a resolution recommitting to move the project forward while considered a different method of financing, discussed appealing the...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 23, 2020

Missoula County Public Schools prepare for  in-person schooling

MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools plans to bring back students for the Fall 2020 semester. In the July 14 board meeting, officials addressed what the district can do to keep students in the classroom without furthering the spread of... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

PHC explains dental services, new board member welcomed

SEELEY LAKE – At the Seeley-Swan Hospital District meeting July 14, Partnership Health Center (PHC) executive director Laurie Francis gave her normal report and offered further explanation regarding dental services at the Seeley-Swan Medical...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 23, 2020

Reopening plans top discussion

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board discussed their options for returning to school in-person in the fall at their July 14 meeting. They agreed to solicit teacher, parent and community input via a survey before making their decision in... Full story


Potomac School prepares for fall

POTOMAC - During the June 29 school board meeting via Webex, the Potomac School Board approved a series of policies that will give the school district the flexibility to address whatever conditions and/or requirements the school district will face... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Board approves chief and district administrator raises

SEELEY LAKE – At their June 16 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire District Board of Trustees approved pay increases for Fire Chief Dave Lane and District Administrator Lynn Richards. Captain Michael Richards also shared details about the Fire...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Market value assessment method chosen for Sewer District

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held a meeting June 15 where it seated its newly elected Board members, elected new officers, selected the market value approach to spreading assessments to pay for the administrative budget and...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 18, 2020

Board discusses COVID-19 policies for fall, approves Community Center lease

POTOMAC – Potomac Principal John Rouse set up a classroom with six feet between desks, hung signs as reminders about handwashing and hand sanitizer use and had a package of masks available to use for the June 8 school board meeting. This was an...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 18, 2020

PHC services and artwork discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Hospital District received updates from Partnership Health Center’s new chief medical officer and discussed the community artwork on display at their June 9 meeting via conference call. As of April 1, Dr. James...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 11, 2020

Administrative budget more than doubles

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board passed a budget for the 2021 fiscal year at their June 4 special meeting that is a little more than double last year’s budget. They tabled the decision on how to spread the assessment over the...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 28, 2020

Annual assessment may double

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed a plethora of topics at its May 21 regular meeting including more than doubling the annual District operating budget, project updates, hiring a new attorney, drilling new test wells and...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 28, 2020

Debate over seating newly elected directors continues

SEELEY LAKE – The issue of when directors terms end and when to seat newly elected directors reared its head again in a special meeting May 21 that was held ahead of the regular meeting and also spilled into the regular meeting. The special meeting...

 By Andi Bourne    News    May 28, 2020

Board hires teachers despite recommendation for nonrenewal

SEELEY LAKE – With three newly elected board members seated at the Seeley lake Elementary School Board May 19, two letters of resignation were accepted and all teacher contracts were approved despit...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

Lawsuit and by-laws top discussion

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) held its April 16 meeting four days later on April 20 after a glitch in their online meeting software prevented the login instructions printed on their agenda from functioning. While the Board...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

PHC innovations and operations during COVID-19

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board met April 21 via teleconference for their April meeting. Partnership Health Center’s Executive Director Laurie Francis provided an update on PHC innovations and the Seeley-Swan Medical Center...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 30, 2020

Potomac School continues remote learning for rest of the school year

POTOMAC – With more than 30 staff, parents and board members participating in a Zoom meeting, Potomac School Board unanimously voted Monday, April 27 to declare an Unforeseen Emergency through June...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 26, 2020

Sewer District meets remotely

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) held its March 19 meeting via teleconference call to avoid congregating people per recommendations to limit the spread of coronavirus. The District finally received a bill from their attorney for...

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 19, 2020

COVID-19 response and test scores top discussion, general levy approved for May election

SEELEY LAKE – At their March 11 meeting, the Seeley Lake Elementary school board discussed COVID-19 preparations, the 2018-2019 test scores and unanimously approved running a general fund levy. The General levy will appear on the May 5 mail-in...


Missoula County building permit fee increase discussed

SWAN VALLEY - Missoula County Building and Development Programs Manager Nicole Whyte along with Missoula County Commissioner Juanita Vero attended the Swan Valley Community Council meeting March 2. Whyte informed the more than 20 attendees about the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 27, 2020

Revenue and lease agreement top board discussion

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District board of trustees discussed fire and EMS billing as well as the county lease at their monthly meeting Feb. 18. They also addressed comments from the public who is concerned about the lack of...


Building permits tops Council agenda

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Building and Development Programs Manager Nicole Whyte attended the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting Feb. 10 to discuss changes to the County building permitting program including adopting new codes and a fee...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 30, 2020

Superintendent's contract not renewed on split vote

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board voted at their Jan. 21 meeting to not renew Superintendent Daniel Schrock’s contract but invited him to reapply for the job. Ahead of the decision, the Board preformed an evaluation of...

 By Andi Bourne    News    January 30, 2020

Patient hardship and command vehicle addressed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board received updates from Fire Chief Dave Lane and voted for him to handle a patient hardship request at their Jan. 21 meeting. They also answered questions regarding the accident involving the command vehicle....


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