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 By Joann Wallenburn    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes: The Only…, The Biggest…, The Last…,

West of the Mississippi…? In Montana…? In the last year, I have heard the phrase Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes many times by local residents. I’d never heard it used prior to last year. The phrase is always followed by some superlative like “the...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Orphan Grizzlies Find New Home in Quebec

MISSOULA – Three grizzly bear cubs orphaned in Montana in June will have a new home. We can only hope they don't mind cold winters and the sound of French. As conservation biologists embarked on an...

 
 By Rob Rich    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Montana's Most Unwanted: A New Monitoring Season Begins for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Our Wildlife in the West students recently went fishing at Upsata Lake but they didn't want to catch anything, except maybe some plankton, aquatic insects or algae. Motored gently about in a small...

 
 By Dan Rogers    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Challenges Facing Bonneville Power Administration

At Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC), we often tout the many benefits of purchasing all of our power from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). However, it is the members of MEC who truly benefit from this relationship and its access to what is ar...

 

Over 600 Miles of Instream Habitat Reconnected in the Blackfoot Watershed for Native Trout

In the spring of the year when rivers are running high and muddy, it might surprise you to learn that's also the time when westslope cutthroat trout start to move upstream-some migrating over 90...

 

AmeriCorps Plugs Into State Park Programs

The peaceful grandeur contrasted against the wild beauty here in the Seeley-Swan Valley is enough to convert a visitor into a full-blown Montanan. Seeing my first elk, identifying the numerous birds that call the valley their home, meeting friendly l...

 
 By Jed Little    Opinion    May 31, 2018

Yellowflag Iris and Purple Loosestrife on the Clearwater River

In 2004 when the Missoula County Weed District initially mapped the infestation of yellowflag iris that had recently been reported to us on the Clearwater River between Salmon Lake and the Blackfoot...

 

Lead Poisoning and Montana's Loons

Lead is cheap with a long tradition of use in fishing tackle. Many western societies have eliminated it in paints, gasoline, solders and in shot for waterfowl hunting. Despite this, lead products...

 

Updates from the Challenge: A Quarter Century of Conservation Innovation

A Note from Charles Having known of the Blackfoot Challenge for more than a decade, and interacted with the group a bit in my time working in the Crown of the Continent, I was excited to be offered...

 
 By Rachel Feigley    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Seeley Lake Ranger District Update! 

SEELEY LAKE - Happy spring! The Seeley Lake Ranger District is in full swing getting ready for a LOT of good work happening this upcoming field season on your National Forest. Sharing this information is important as it may impact you as you plan...

 

Fire Safety and Preparedness – A Priority for The Double Arrow Ranch

The Double Arrow Ranch Land Owners’ Association (DARLOA) and its landowners have made fire safety and preparedness a priority and will continue to do so. We all learned valuable lessons from the Jocko Lakes fire 10 years earlier and the Rice Ridge...

 

Manufactured Wood Fuels Pilot Project

The Missoula City-County Health Department continues to look for strategies to address the high wood stove smoke levels that occur in some Seeley Lake neighborhoods. This past winter we launched a...

 
 By A. Lee Boman    Opinion    April 19, 2018

Hiking Time!

From the Introduction to 100 Classic Hikes MONTANA, by Douglas Lorain: "If you mention Montana to an avid hiker living almost anywhere else in the United States, the reaction is usually a big smile,...

 

Work and Play on TNC Ground

With abundant snow, this has been an outstanding season for winter recreation around Seeley Lake. We are grateful to all of the people and partner groups who have made this a safe, successful and fun season on The Nature Conservancy’s lands. From...

 

Springtime for Sellers and Buyers in Seeley Lake!

As the houses start to pop out of the snow banks this spring, the Seeley Lake real estate market is set to take off! What this Means for Sellers: We all know that the best time to sell anything is...

 

The Blackfoot Seasonal Update

It has been a longer than usual winter for most of the Blackfoot Watershed and as mud season transitions us from winter to spring we'll take the opportunity to review the past year. Before I dive...

 

What is Wild

I didn’t write this as an expert or as a representative of any organization. I did write it as an area resident who would like to meet others for informal discussions about what is wild. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I perceive as...

 
 By Bridget Laird    Opinion    March 8, 2018

Building a Ski Team is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

SEELEY LAKE - The seeds for the Seeley Lake ski team we know today were unwittingly sown in 2009, when some Seeley moms who loved to ski wanted to get more local kids skiing on our local trails. One...

 
 By Mark Ruby    Opinion    March 1, 2018

Wolverine Monitoring in Northwest Montana

Conservation managers devote a considerable amount of time and resources to preserving wildlife populations and balancing other land management values. This is understandable given the complexity of gathering information on complex ecological...

 

Have You Had Your Financial Check-Up Lately?

Wellness Checks. We’re constantly reminded of the importance of getting one. It is a preventative action that normally takes little time and effort to complete. The resulting peace of mind usually outweighs the dread of visiting your health care...

 

New Beginnings

In 1979, Len Kobylenski purchased the Buckhorn Camp and changed the name to the Mission Mountains Mercantile. To prove that fact is stranger than fiction – the only document to survive the...

 

New Beginnings

The Mission Mountains Mercantile, one of the upper Swan Valley's landmarks, was destroyed by a devastating fire nearly two years ago. Owner Len Kobylenski decided to rebuild and a new version of the...

 

CRC Launches Clearwater Lakes Alliance Initiative

Have you ever been visiting other parts of the country, stood on the bank of a murky lake or stream and thought how lucky we are in Seeley Lake to have clear, clean water that surrounds us at every turn in this beautiful watershed? If so, have you...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    January 18, 2018

New Conservation Partners Extend Vital Ground's Conflict Reduction Goals

Grizzly bears are on the move. In the last year, we've seen more and more evidence of grizzly travel beyond the borders of original recovery zones. As the Great Bear reconnects its fragmented range,...

 

2017 Seeley Swan Real Estate Sales Data Is In

REAL ESTATE SALES REDUCED DUE TO LACK OF AVAILABLE HOUSING INVENTORY The past year has seen great success in home sales in both Seeley Lake and Condon. The market has great buyer interest and...

 

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