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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...

 

Tips for Avoiding Seasonal Scammers

While the holiday season is certainly a time of generosity toward others, there are some who view this goodwill as an opportunity to separate you from your hard-earned money. While there are a great number of scams floating around, those involving...

 

Good Stories From Bad Experiences

During the holiday season, I often reflect upon the past year (and some of those significant experiences throughout my life). I suspect that many of you are like me, you are reminded of your blessings during the holiday season. But what about those...

 

Seeley Lake Ranger District Update! 

Happy Holidays from the Seeley Lake Ranger District! Thanks to the Pathfinder for allowing me this opportunity to provide an update on what’s happening on the Seeley Lake RD. As fall and winter arrive, I’m reflective of the historic summer of...

 

News and Updates from the Challenge

After ten years at the helm of the Blackfoot Challenge, Executive Director Gary Burnett takes position with Heart of the Rockies Initiative Dear partners and friends, It has been my honor to serve for the past ten years as the executive director of...

 

New Fish Screen in Valley Brings the Total to 32 Screens

After the smoke cleared and before the snow arrived, the Blackfoot Restoration team was able to install a new fish screen in the Blackfoot valley, bringing the total to 32 screens. The new screen is...

 

"Community" is Key!

With this summer’s highly unfortunate fire activity, evacuation warnings and orders, we all learned important lessons: Being good stewards and neighbors is far more important than promoting negativity, pointing fingers and being critical of...

 

Looking Back at Smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire

Simply put, 2017 was the worst wildfire smoke season we have seen in Missoula County. Of course, anyone who lived in Seeley Lake during the Rice Ridge Fire already knew that. It's not uncommon for a c...

 

Our New Economic Champion

The first Europeans that arrived in Montana were not interested in mountain biking or sight seeing. They came to make money, fast. The determination to make money as quickly as possible without...

 

A Hopeful Future for Our Forests

Last week, The Nature Conservancy staff from Washington state joined Montana staff to look at the forests burned this summer by the Liberty Fire, which affected roughly 7,000 acres of the land recently acquired by the Conservancy. Dozens of local...

 

What's Happening In Real Estate?

Early in the 2017 Season Many markets in the country are experiencing a supply and demand problem with housing inventory, and Seeley Lake is no exception. Our major selling season usually runs from...

 

SLE Outdoor Program Summer and Fall Round Up

Does anyone remember anything from the summer of 2017 besides the Rice Ridge Fire? Think back. There was plenty going on in Seeley Lake before fire season: Fourth of July, The Bob Marshall Music Festi...

 

Think of Life as a Verb, Not a Noun. It's a Process.

I didn’t write this as an expert on physiological or social processes, 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 the topics presented. Death. Is it...

 

We Fight Fires, But Don't Manage

The topic of wildfire raises the level of awareness of our forests. Some of this is good. People become aware and then they are compelled to act. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if they are going to act in the right manner. Wildfire in the West In the...

 

What in the World are eDNA and Genetic Assignment? ... And Why Should Anglers Care?

The number of new genetic analysis techniques is rapidly expanding and many provide biologists the opportunity to uncover new information about Montana's fisheries and invasive species that threaten...

 

Making a Difference - If You See Something, Say Something

First, as a representative from Missoula County Fire Protection Association, our thoughts and prayers go out to the communities of Seeley Lake, Kozy Korner and Ovando for the trying times people are...

 

A Place for All

SEELEY LAKE - It is interesting that the title to this article is also a good description of the Seeley Lake Trails Project purpose. Three years ago, a diverse group of people got together to talk abo...

 

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