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 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 18, 2019 

Sheriff's Office reopens 1991 cold case

MISSOULA –A Washington couple's trip to Glacier National Park came to a violent end almost three decades ago near Lake Alva. The unsolved homicides of Iva LaRue and Kenneth Cheetham are being... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 18, 2019 

Big Larch to open for Firewood Days – Campground opens Memorial Day

SEELEY LAKE – With around 20 projects scheduled across the Seeley Lake Ranger District this summer, Acting District Ranger Quinn Carver said he understands everyone wants their forest back after thr...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 18, 2019 

50's Diner - SSHS Prom 2019

SEELEY LAKE – After the last couple walked across the stage for Grand March April 13, the DJ started off the 1950's Diner themed 2019 Seeley-Swan High School prom with the soundtrack from "Grease."...

 

Lawmakers advance legislation on sexual assault, wolf hunting, sports betting and elder abuse, Medicaid Expansion continuation stalls

HELENA -- After a lengthy debate, the bill to continue Medicaid Expansion in Montana failed to pass the Senate on a 25-25 vote last week and several attempts to revive it Friday and Saturday also failed, leaving it stalled. House Bill 658 would have...

 
 By Kevin Trevellyan    News    April 18, 2019 

Montana Legislature weighs bills to encourage hemp industry

Colby Johnson was celebrating his 30th birthday in Las Vegas when he noticed the neon advertisements for cannabidiol (CBD). The letters were everywhere. The hemp-derived tincture cannabidiol is said to relieve pain, anxiety and other health issues, t...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 18, 2019 

Bartlett receives Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence

HELENA – This past March, Seeley Lake Elementary junior high math and science teacher Patti Bartlett was among four other Montana educators that received the 2019 Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for...

 
 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...

 

Missouri Headwaters are central to Montana history - Part 1 of 2

A labyrinth of channels, willow bottoms, islands and a general mix of wetlands interact to piece together the headwaters of the Missouri River. The point where the three forks – the Jefferson,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 18, 2019 

SSHS senior recognized for computing achievements

HELENA – As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), NorthWestern Energy and Carroll...

 
 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    April 18, 2019 

Bunny trail has many side paths

How did the Easter bunny hop his way into a religious holiday? And why does a bunny lay eggs? Well, there's the spring proliferation theory, the ground-nesting bird explanation, the pagan goddess vers...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 18, 2019 

Blackhawks soar at Polson

POLSON - The Boys and Girls of Seeley-Swan took second place at the Dave Tripp Memorial track meet April 12. The meet attracted three Class B schools and 12 Class C schools. The Boys were just 3.5...

 
 News    April 18, 2019 

Community Briefs

Condon Easter Egg Hunt, April 20 SWAN VALLEY – Everyone is invited to attend the first Easter Egg Hunt in Condon Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Condon Baseball Field on the north end of the airstrip along Highway 83. Age groups include 0-5,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

Multiple thefts reported in Ovando, Connection unknown

OVANDO – Three thefts in the Ovando area were reported this last week. All thefts are still under investigation. Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said currently there is no indication that the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

SSHS musicians headed to State

MISSOULA – Despite having only five choir members and four members in the band, Seeley-Swan High School musicians performed the most solos, duets and ensembles in the past several years at the...

 

Hackett plants seed of gardening fervor

SEELEY LAKE – For a second year, Clearwater Resource Council's Clearwater Partners Workshop hosted author, newspaper columnist and Master Gardener Molly Hackett. As she had the previous year,...

 

Loon and Fish Festival returns Memorial Day weekend

SEELEY LAKE - After a six-year hiatus, Alpine Artisans is reviving one of our most popular events – the unique Loon and Fish Festival. Held once again on Memorial Day weekend May 25 and May 26, the focus of this two-day festival is a group art...

 

Seeley Lake Community Foundation sponsors fourth annual Change Your Pace Challenge

SEELEY LAKE - Applications for local organizations to participate in the 2019 Change Your Pace Challenge are due April 30. The Change Your Pace Challenge is a campaign for community-wide giving, celebrating the people and organizations that make our...

 

MCPS Board approves Operations Levy for May ballot

MISSOULA – Missoula County Public Schools Trustees approved a secondary school levy to appear on the May 7 ballot to support the high school operations budget. This will be a mail-in election with ballots being mailed out April 17. The operations...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

No election for local school boards

Following the March 28 deadline to file for open school trustee positions, the local boards either had the same number of applicants for positions up for reelection or seats went unfilled. Incumbent Cliff Vann was the only applicant for the two,...

 

FWP proposes re-establishing sharp-tailed grouse populations

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to re-establish self-sustainable sharp-tailed grouse populations west of the Continental Divide.  FWP would achieve this objective through...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

Students reach out to community through Empathy Project

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School English students are embarking on a new project entitled the Empathy Project. With the help of the University of Montana School of Journalism and guided by the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper...

 
 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 Roger Dey    News    April 11, 2019

Lincoln fisherman found dead on Blackfoot River

LINCOLN – A Lincoln man was found dead along the Blackfoot River last Wednesday after failing to return from a fishing trip the day before.  A friend of James Savstrom called the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday night, April...

 
 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...

 

Flathead National Forest spring prescribed fire projects

SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct spring prescribed fire projects, when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead Valley depending on the...

 

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