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 By Tom Browder    Opinion    July 2, 2020 

Double Arrow Ranch - Change and stability in the 1980's

The decade of the 1980’s was the time when initial plans were modified, properties were bought and sold regularly and building began occurring across all phases of DARLOA. It is fascinating to look back at how the development matured in the...

 

Hope for better days ahead

Many unforeseen changes have unfolded in our local communities since the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced the state's first cases of COVID-19 on March 13. Schools,...

 

Weed District staff available to assist with property management during COVID-19

As we all learn to adjust to the changes that COVID-19 has had on our day-to-day lives, there is one thing that has remained the same: weeds continue to grow! This spring, the weed district has seen a...

 

Slow the spread, protect each other from coronavirus

As the world contends with “the invisible war” we should all become aware of the situation so that we may all help to slow and protect each other from the spread of this dangerous disease. Influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as...

 
 By Bridget Laird    Opinion    June 4, 2020

SLE 21st century program offers summer adventures and academic enrichment activities

Are your kids tired of spending hours each day on remote learning on the computer? Are they (and you) wondering what there is to do in the Seeley in the summer that doesn't involve logging in,...

 
 By Lynn Kelly    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Montana Loon Society loon watch

Right on time, true to the mystery of the migration cycle - the loons show up and without our bidding (but with the help of our floating signs), take over their territories, build nests, fight off...

 
 By Kelly Moore    Opinion    May 14, 2020

The past holds many lessons for us - It is worth studying!

"Thinking will not overcome fear-but action will." ~ W. Clement Stone Before COVID-19, most of us had no idea what fear the word, "Pandemic" would evoke in our minds and how drastically it would...

 

Local recreation opportunities offer something for everyone

So here is the best news of all – you don't even have to be athletic by nature to enjoy some of the work ROCKS is doing to promote fun outdoor activities. While a big part of ROCKS efforts are...

 

Hunting season forecast and habitat project updates

As we grapple with adjusting to a new normal, I find many people seeking outdoor recreational therapy. I expect renewed interest to continue as spring gives way to summer and summer to fall and I can...

 
 By Caryn Miske    Opinion    April 23, 2020

Investing in the next generation of scientists

Since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, the scientific community has continued to make strides that were previously unimaginable even the century prior. Today, more than ever, we look...

 

Spotted knapweed battles against spring weather and treatments

The past few weeks I have been making a concerted effort to take daily walks on the ranch where I live. Last week the snowy path I wandered gave way to a spring melt off event. By mid-week I sighted m...

 
 By CJ Johnson    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Spring is a great time to prepare your property for fire season

Springtime marks a pretty big occasion in Montana- time to tidy up the landscaping from last year's growth before the new buds bloom. It's time to freshen up the mix fuel, to fire up the chainsaw and...

 

Hibernation: What's going on for grizzly bears in winter?

Making your bed can be a pain and nobody knows that better than the grizzly bear. Each fall a grizzly moves an incredible one ton of material to make its den. By December, bears in the Northern...

 

Partnership with local Trout Unlimited chapter "amps up" restoration program

How many of you have enjoyed a concert on the banks of the Blackfoot River at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater? Did you know that every time you buy a ticket, a portion of those funds go directly to our...

 

Answering some frequently asked questions about outdoor burning in Missoula County

Outdoor burning opened in Missoula County on March 1st, and it’s off to a fair clip. As of March 6th, more than 900 folks have purchased their permits and we’ve recorded more than 260 burn activations. In a typical year, we issue between 4,000...

 
 By Rob Rich    Opinion    March 5, 2020

What happens when the elk cross the road?

The young driver was not hurt. At least not physically. She had only looked down for a second as her check engine light came on and, in that moment, her Jeep hit the elk. Hitting the 600-pound animal...

 

Close calls and near misses in Montana State Parks

Over this past Christmas holiday season, I was reminiscing with a group of four friends. The conversation took a normal course; inquiring about each other's families and the various home projects we...

 

Taking on a new decade and new ideas

There's something about a new year that makes us reflect on where we are and what we want to do in the future. We make resolutions, plans, try to break old habits and begin new traditions. Coupled...

 

Educating members and helping them to feel bright at home!

At Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC), a focus on member education and engagement is increasingly gaining momentum, by way of a recently developed Member Education Program. MEC's General Manager...

 

A new vision for Montana forests

Imagine trying to hike, bike or ride a snowmobile in your local mountains only to encounter a fence and no trespassing sign every mile or so. That could have been the future for hundreds of thousands...

 

Double Arrow Ranch - The early days of the residential development

Some say that events and people become of historical interest after 50 years have passed. If that is so, the early phases of Double Arrow Ranch will reach this milestone in June of 2022, just over...

 

Imagine the 'What if...?'

What is a community foundation? Community foundations are organizations that can help manage community-wide discussions and collect and distribute funds for local projects. A community foundation is a...

 

Wildlife law enforcement: It's not just a job, it's a way of life

I want to express my gratitude for the many decades of service of retiring Game Warden Bill Koppen and what his career represents. More broadly, I want to acknowledge the many thousands involved in na...

 

Christmas present rooted in Christmas past

SWAN VALLEY - Many of us will gather with extended family or friends over the Christmas holiday to share gifts and good will. It seems the way we celebrate Christmas is rooted in Christmas past. A...

 

Tips before heading out on the ice

Before you fire up the snowmobile or get out the ice fishing gear please follow some simple tips and use caution before heading out onto the ice. For new clear ice only • UNDER 4 INCHES THICKNESS - STAY OFF • 4 inch - Ice fishing or other...

 

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