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 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 16, 2020 

Motion for attorney fees denied

MISSOULA – District Court Judge Leslie Halligan denied the Seeley Lake Sewer District’s motion for award of attorney’s fees against Don Larson but granted the District its Verified Bill of Costs totaling $510.24. Halligan declined to rule on a...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 16, 2020 

Change Your Pace Challenge raises more than $65,000

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Foundation presented more than $65,500 to the Change Your Pace Challenge's 15 participating organizations at an intimate ceremony July 8. The check...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 16, 2020 

Hungry Bear owners retire after 23 years

SWAN VALLEY – For the past 23 winters, Mike Holmes has been starting a fire every morning at the Hungry Bear Steak House at 6:30 a.m. Every winter he brings in 30 cords of firewood for the Hungry Be...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 16, 2020 

Seeley man charged with embezzlement

SEELEY LAKE –Kody Kelley of Seeley Lake plead not guilty May 28 to a felony charge of theft of property exceeding $1,500 by embezzlement. According to charging documents, on March 21, Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation President Michael...

 

Fire danger increased to high, outdoor burning remains closed

MISSOULA - Warmer, drier conditions have tilted the scales in fire danger from Moderate to High. Recent lightning storms have ignited a dozen fires in the area but since grasses in the forest remain green and fuel moistures in larger forest fuels...

 

Forest Service recognizes Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

KALISPELL – USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen recently honored The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, the nonprofit partner that coordinates with the Forest Service in stewardship of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, with the...

 

Bridge and culvert replacement projects beginning on Seeley Lake Ranger District

SEELEY LAKE – Multiple bridge and culvert replacement projects are in progress or scheduled to begin within the next 2-3 weeks on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Temporary road closures will be in place for public safety due to heavy machinery...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 16, 2020 

Fuels Mitigation Program helps landowners reduce wildfire risk

SEELEY LAKE – “There was a lot of dead timber and dead trees standing and it was quite a mess,” said Sandi Pisauro during a presentation about the Clearwater Resource Council’s Fuels Mitigation Program. “We knew right away we wanted to get...

 
 By Griffen Smith    News    July 16, 2020 

Missoula County requires masks in public spaces, with exceptions

MISSOULA - The Missoula City-County Health Department board voted unanimously to require facemasks in every indoor public space in the county at their July 9 meeting. They received over 4,000 comments from the public before the hearing, of which...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    July 16, 2020 

Feds release data on Paycheck Protection loan recipients

Tens of thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations across Montana have benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program, a massive federal effort that has routed billions of dollars into...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 16, 2020 

Handcrafted in Seeley Lake – A one-of-a-kind experience

SEELEY LAKE – With the COVID-19 regulations limiting vendors at farmers markets and closing fairs and festivals, craft vendors have been "left in a lurch." However the restrictions did not stop...

 
 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    July 16, 2020 

Prologue to the Timber Sale

If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the...

 
 By John Blogett    News    July 16, 2020 

Cracking the transportation bottleneck

In 2010, the Whitehall Senior Center, an activity and meals hub for seniors in Whitehall, was trying to unload a bus and a van it had been using to transport its patrons and residents of a nearby...

 
 By Jackie Bussjaeger    News    July 16, 2020 

Glacier Park scientist talks climate change in mountain ecosystems

Over his 29 years working in Glacier National Park, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research ecologist Dan Fagre has seen a lot of changes. Even as the pressures of climate change encroach upon...

 
 News    July 16, 2020 

Community Briefs

Seeley Lake Library closed for renovations SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Library will be temporarily closed for curbside service beginning the week of July 13 due to renovations taking place at Seeley-Swan High School. The public will be notified a...

 

Bullock requires face masks for certain indoor spaces and outdoor gatherings

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19 to slow the spread of... Full story

 
 By Griffen Smith    News    July 9, 2020

Preparing for peak fire season, adjustments made for COVID-19

As Montana enters into July, the 2020 fire season is expected to put the state’s prevention and containment capabilities to the test. Not only is the current climate being compared to years like 2017 but officials are also working to present the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 9, 2020

Building educational supports for more than 20 years at SLE

SEELEY LAKE – It was just another day for John Devins out practicing with his little league team at the Seeley Lake Elementary baseball fields until SLE superintendent John Hebnes came out and...

 
 By Griffen Smith    News    July 9, 2020

Keeping the fireworks display afloat

As dusk approached Seeley Lake's Fourth of July, Tamaracks Resort owners Jessica and Jeff Kimmel waited patiently as the first ever fireworks show that they put on for the community was about to...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 9, 2020

Fourth success "hooks" 10-year-old

SALMON LAKE - To land a northern pike that is half as long as one is tall is definitely an accomplishment. Ten-year-old James Hocking of Butte, Montana did just that while fishing on Salmon Lake over...

 

Fire danger Moderate, outdoor burning with a permit closed

MISSOULA - Warmer, drier conditions recently have tilted the scales in fire danger from Low to Moderate, indicating the start of fire season in Montana. Even though grass is green, the primary indicator of fire danger is the dryness of dead fuels....

 

Road resurfacing projects start in Seeley-Swan area

Missoula County is planning to resurface portions of Holland Lake Road, Frontier Drive, Canyon Drive and Placid Creek Road.  The project is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, though scheduling will be dependent on the Montana Department of...

 

Lolo National Forest partners to plant over 200,000 seedlings

Less than three years have passed since the fires of 2017 and the Lolo National Forest is still making significant steps toward recovery in areas impacted by severe wildfire. Working in close partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF),...

 

Seeley Lake's first Fourth of July fireworks

In 1949 you could buy some pretty powerful fireworks, fairly cheap compared to today’s prices. A big choice of all kinds of roman candles, buzz bombs with metal propellers, you had to be very careful where you set them off. They usually went...

 

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

 

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