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 By Lena Beck    Opinion    August 11, 2022 

Grizzly DNA monitoring in the Sapphire Mountain Range

The one-track roads leading from Stevensville, Montana, into the Sapphire Mountains are lined with wildflowers like beargrass and lupines by early July. As the truck climbed, the view of the...

 

Motor vehicle accident tips to help maintain safety

Summer has arrived and the seasonal population influx around Seeley Lake has also arrived. The campgrounds and outdoor activities are much more active as the community grows. The increased movement increases our highway traffic. Visitors unfamiliar...

 
 By Bryce Smith    Opinion    July 28, 2022

The ebb and flood of lumber

The last several years have certainly seen no lack of breaking news topics. Thankfully, the Seeley-Swan Valley of Montana continues to offer a mostly quiet refuge from much of the excitement faced in other areas of the country. Topics of discussion...

 

Achieve better health, one step at a time

With so many trends and diets out there it can be hard to figure out what to honestly believe. The external pressure to look and feel specific ways, the households we grew up in as children, our geological location and the cultures we immerse...

 

Tips to clean indoor air, stay healthy this wildfire season

It's Wildfire Smoke Ready Week in Missoula County! I know - after such a cool start to the season, it's challenging to shift gears and start thinking about wildfires. But this week of warm, sunny...

 

Seeley-Swan Valley real estate stabilizing

THE SUMMER SLOWDOWN Following four years of a dramatic real estate market that saw rapid price appreciation, very limited inventory and multiple offers on many properties, the market has begun to stabilize. This year has seen the Federal Reserve...

 
 By Caryn Miske    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Clean water: We can't take it for granted

As we watch the loons and trumpeter swans rear their young, it is easy to believe that the waters in the Clearwater Valley remains relatively pristine. And yes, compared to many other areas of the...

 
 By Bebe Crouse    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Ramping up for summer work on TNC lands

Summer is upon us and that means Nature Conservancy crews are deep into their season of fieldwork but we haven't been idle over the winter and spring. We were excited to complete the first leg of a tw...

 

Prepare, Prevent and Protect what you love

We never know what the upcoming wildfire season will hold for us but we do know one thing: It will come and fires will burn. It is inevitable, especially in this beautiful, historically fire prone are...

 
 By Garry Swain    Opinion    June 2, 2022

Changing with the seasons

As dependable as the changing seasons, our Seeley Lake ROCKS Board members have unraveled the winter programs, and we have turned our focus to supporting our current season of community outdoor activities.  Each May/June, we concentrate on sprucing...

 
 By Kelsey Preslar    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Montana common loon pair hatch three goslings

On June 10, 2021 on a private lake in the Crystal Lakes area near Eureka, Montana, a resident nesting loon pair successfully hatched three chicks. Three chicks! Loons only lay two eggs each clutch....

 
 By Robert Shaffer    Opinion    May 12, 2022

Animals of Seeley Lake – Lions, foxes, bears ... Oh my!

One of the wonderful things about living in Seeley Lake and the Double Arrow Ranch is the abundance of wildlife in our area. We get to see many critters on a regular basis that most residents of the...

 
 By Ryen Neudecker    Opinion    May 5, 2022

BBCTU looks forward to summer projects, restoration

Springtime in Montana has arrived and even though it’s been a cold start, the building snowpack is a positive outcome. Hoping our rivers and streams hold up well this summer! Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited is gearing up for another busy...

 

Pesticides and pollinators

Though we live dramatically different lifestyles, my oldest sister who resides in a subdivision in a north Texas city and I, the Montana “country living” member of our family, share a love of bees and an appreciation for pollinators. I think...

 
 By Sara Lamar    Opinion    April 21, 2022

A treasure to behold in the Swan

Those of us lucky enough to live, work and play in the Swan Valley know what a special place it is. Pointing a finger at exactly what makes this place special, however, can sometimes be difficult. If...

 
 By Kelsey Lodge    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Fast Charging Station, residential charging pilot coming to Seeley

With gas prices on the rise, the motivation for consumers to consider an electric vehicle (EV) is steadily growing. Some of the top automotive manufacturers have already announced an end to...

 

Spring updates from the Blackfoot Challenge

As spring creeps through the door, the Blackfoot Challenge continues fostering community collaboration for the benefit of all within the Blackfoot River watershed. The beauty of collaboration is the...

 

If the real estate market is hot, why are so many frozen out?

What is a "Hot" Real Estate Market? For the past two years, all that real estate professionals, economists and analysts seemed to talk about is the hot real estate market. But what does a "hot market"...

 

Cultural, sociological and ethnic diversity

Acceptance of diversity, and isolationism: two concepts that have been at the forefront of my mind, given the current situation in our state, our country and the world. I’ll not discuss world history or politics, but rather look at those concepts...

 

The path of a potential volunteer

A woman recently moved to Seeley Lake. She LOVES it here. She’s so excited to get involved. Where does she go for information? Where does she go to get involved? How does she meet people? • Perhaps by talking to people around town and getting on...

 

Northern Pacific Railroad's influence on the Upper Swan Valley

Many people are not aware that the Northern Pacific Railway Company (NP) had a significant influence on the settlement, economy and timber industry of the upper Swan Valley. Looking at a current map...

 
 By Lena Beck    Opinion    March 3, 2022

What Federal funding could mean for wildlife crossings

A grizzly bear dubbed "Lingenpolter" by local biologists caught the attention of many in Montana and elsewhere last year. Using a GPS tracker, biologists watched as the young male bear repeatedly...

 

What do you to know about Carbon Monoxide alarms?

Carbon Monoxide alarms are not smoke detectors! Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It is the biproduct of incomplete combustion and it may be found in smoke. CO is in the air that we breath, this means that our bodies...

 

Old forests, new investments

As the brisk January morning air settles in on the log yards in the north, the world finds yet another year has come and gone. Standing at the threshold of 2022, more than a few folks are relieved to...

 

Battle winter blues with healthy foods

Home food preservationists feel especially grateful in January, for having spent countless autumn hours canning, pickling, fermenting, drying and vacuum packaging their garden or local farmer's...

 

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