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Health Department recommends shift from regulations, metrics in place to repeal mask rule

Over the past month, Missoula County's new COVID-19 case incidence rate has stayed relatively low and COVID-19 vaccine appointments opened to all Missoula County residents ages 16 and older. In light... Full story

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 15, 2021 

Bob Marshall Music Festival set for August

SEELEY LAKE - After taking a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, The Bob Marshall Music Festival is back with an entirely new set of dates. Instead of taking place in June, the festival is scheduled for...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 15, 2021 

Spring burning ignites wildfires in Blackfoot Valley

POTOMAC – Just after 5:30 p.m., April 7, 10 fire engines responded to a hay fire in the lower Blackfoot Valley north of Highway 200. No structures were lost and no one was injured, however, the...

 By Alicia Dixon    News    April 15, 2021 

Celebrate Earth Day with the Clearwater Resource Council

The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is holding an outdoor chili tailgate Thursday, April 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. The event is open to the entire community to celebrate Earth Day at the Bison and Bear...

 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    April 15, 2021 

Chris La Tray draws large Zoom audience

SEELEY LAKE – Chris La Tray's website identifies him as a Métis writer and storyteller but publication of his "One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large" projected him...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 15, 2021 

Missoula County residents have cultural and educational opportunities, face costs of living

MISSOULA COUNTY - According to the results of Missoula County’s community survey, county residents have several opportunities for education, culture and the arts but experience high living costs when compared to over 600 communities across the...

 News    April 15, 2021 

Local Election Guide - Potomac School District #11

Voter Information: There are two candidates each running for one, three-year term and one, one-year term trustee positions for the Potomac School District #11. Candidates' responses were based on the... Full story

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 15, 2021 

Local Election Guide: Seeley Lake Elementary General Fund Levy Vote For / Against

Ballots for the Seeley Lake Elementary General Levy election were mailed April 14 to all registered voters in Seeley Lake Elementary District #34. The Missoula County Elections Office encourages voters to mail their ballot with plenty of time to... Full story

 News    April 15, 2021 

Local Election Guide - Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees

Voter Information: There are four candidates for the two, three-year terms on the Seeley Lake Fire Board. Candidates' responses were based on the following questions: • Biography • Qualifying... Full story

 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 15, 2021 

Seeley-Swan teams place in the top five

FRENCHTOWN - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawk competed against 20 Class A, B and C teams at the Frenchtown Invitational April 9. The Lady Blackhawks finished in second with 74 points...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 15, 2021 

SSHS junior named Athlete of the Week

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School Junior Walker McDonald was chosen as the Missoulian's Athlete of the Week for the week of April 7 after receiving the most votes from the public. This is...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 15, 2021 

Seeley-Swan takes to the course in Eureka

EUREKA, MONTANA – The Seeley-Swan Golf Team brought three boys and three girls to the meet in Eureka April 9. Senior Bethany Hoag led the girls with a third place finish, 11 strokes shy of first. Sophomore Ben Haley led the boys with 115, placing...

 News    April 15, 2021 

Community Briefs

FWP seeks public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles, Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles developed by the Elk Management Plan...

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 15, 2021 

As "Compromise" Public Health Regulation Bill Nears Law, Public Health Officer Reflects on a Year of Scrutiny

Butte-Silver Bow County Health Officer Karen Sullivan was enjoying a drink in a Butte brewery after work when she said she got the call. For two months, she and her fellow county health officials across the state had been keeping tabs on reports of... Full story

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 15, 2021 

Marijuana Bills Advance Largely Unchanged, State Budget Clears Senate in Week 14 of Montana Legislature

Montana Senate Passes State Budget Bill, Rejects Attempt to End Medicaid Expansion The state budget is on the move again in the Montana Legislature after the Senate passed in on a 33-17 vote Thursday, making few changes and defeating an attempt to... Full story

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Health Department implements seven day quarantine period

MISSOULA COUNTY - Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) is shortening their quarantine period to seven days for COVID-19 close contacts who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Close contacts are defined as individuals... Full story

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Ovando gathers for community meeting

OVANDO - Ovando citizens came together Tuesday, March 30 in the Ovando School gym for a community meeting to review updates from local town boards and discuss upcoming events. Events discussed were...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 8, 2021

Hop-n-Bop continues Lions' tradition

SEELEY LAKE – There were a lot of smiling children Saturday, April 3 as they traveled through the Seeley Lake Elementary School parking lot and received an Easter basket at the Seeley Lake Lions...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Local residents on the hunt for eggs

SWAN VALLEY - Area residents got into the Easter spirit a day early as they participated in the community's annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 3 in the Condon Community Ball Field. The event...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

D'Shane Barnett announced as new Missoula County Health Officer

MISSOULA COUNTY - Following a nationwide search, the Missoula City-County Board of Health selected D’Shane Barnett to replace outgoing Health Officer Ellen Leahy in June. He will begin his new role May 17. Barnett has worked in the American Indian...


Council to discuss tourism, vaccines and receive Ranger District updates

SEELEY LAKE - The April 12 meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will present an informative program on topics important to our area. Featured speakers are as follows: • Racene Friede, President and CEO of Glacier Country. Racene will...


Special district elections canceled, members elected by acclamation

While the Missoula County Elections Office received many valid candidate filings, several board positions remain unfilled, as indicated in the list. Commissioners are seeking applicants to fill these board positions, which will become vacant May 31....

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 8, 2021

Open Book Club presents Chris La Tray April 10

SEELEY LAKE – Join Chris La Tray and the Open Book Club via Zoom Saturday night at 7 p.m. as La Tray reads his amusing poetry from his collection of life in Montana titled "One-Sentence Journal:...


Reminder: Leave baby animals alone and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife.  It's important to remember that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 8, 2021

Offering a virtual golfing experience

SEELEY LAKE - Chelsea Cahoon is hoping to offer Seeley Lake residents and visitors a unique recreational service with her new business venture - Big Dog Dad's Indoor Golf Simulator. Along with...


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