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 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Walls of water, potatoes, zucchini & row covers

Q: What are walls of water? A: They are 18-inch plastic cylinders which act like miniature greenhouses. The wall forms a circle of water-filled tubes. Walls of water can be purchased at a hardware or...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Resources for these challenging times...

Dear Seeley Swan friends,​ I am writing this note from my home office and feel somewhat removed as I expect you all do too. These are extremely challenging times for all of us and can feel scary. I...

 

Protect yourself, stay home and help others

We grew up listening to our parents and grandparents tell stories of personal sacrifice during World War II: rationing, conserving, sharing and pulling together as families, communities and the...

 

Mental health and self-care during the coronavirus crisis

While COVID-19 poses a significant threat to our physical health, it also threatens our mental and emotional health. We're concerned about infection and the health of loved ones. We're struggling...

 

Stop – Chat

Many moons ago while cutt'n timber on a big burn between Lowman and Garden Valley, Idaho for Columbia Helicopter, I drove by a somewhat ramshackle place. One of the last buildings head'n up the river....

 
 By Kim Heninger    Opinion    March 26, 2020

This time....

This time calls upon our creative imagination, coping skills of positive self-talk, understanding and trusting that we can find a new normal. Talkback to worries and look for opportunities. Fresh air...

 

Power from internal to external

Power is often experienced in relation to other people, as when a person expresses power over someone else. However, power is also closely associated with control. An example occurs when one spouse...

 

Hunting with a handgun

Those of you who have been reading my columns know I like handguns...a lot. To add thrill and challenge to hunting, do it with a handgun. Shooting a handgun is not so different from a rifle and the sk...

 

Reflections from the Sheriff's Office

As we move into a new season, many of us at the Sheriff's Office have been reflecting on the last few months of calls for service in and around Missoula County. As most of you know, the Seeley-Swan...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Tomatoes, phosphorus and seed catalogs

It is too early in the year to get a shovel into the ground but it is time to start preparing for this year's garden if it is going to be the best ever. Q: What are your favorite tomato varieties? A:...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Three important things you need to know about in March

Hear the band? Join the March...for Meals 2020 Join us as we march into spring with our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) campaign. With your help, we can meet our 2020 goal of $5,000. March for Meals ...

 

Ol' men of the trail

Many moons ago while cutt'n logs for Tom Hulett I ran into his brother John. He was one of those "men of the trail" I like to call'em. Get a load of this. John and an older cowboy once trailed 30...

 

Soul by any other name

Over the years, the idea of soul became the property of many disciplines: religion, philosophy, medicine, technology and psychology. For example, the word that I so often use – psyche -- refers to...

 

Are we obsessed with firearms?

Americans are accused by many as having an obsession with firearms. If this is true, why is it? Let's assume for a moment it is true. Maybe it is because we are much more closely tied to our frontier...

 

County Attorney's Office 2019 snapshot

2019 was a busy year for both the civil and criminal divisions of the Missoula County Attorney's Office. On Jan. 1, I began my second four-year term as the chief elected prosecutor. Throughout the...

 

No cost financial and estate planning workshops

In recent years, Marsha A. Goetting, Montana State University Extension Family Economics Specialist, has presented programs and provided individual appointments in Seeley Lake about the need for all...

 

Heading into second semester

Dear Seeley-Swan families, We are just getting started with the second semester. We took some time last week to praise the great work students are doing at the school during our second quarter...

 

The pilots

Some memorable things happened over the years cut'n timber. Some tragic, some funny. Over in Idaho on a helicopter job we had a gal pilot and an Aussi. Don't know if I got room for 'em both but I'll g...

 

The passing of time

Time has always been mysterious. Philosophers, scientists, psychologists and many other people over several centuries have attempted to understand it. Fortunately, the more it was explored, the more...

 

Premium bullets - Are they needed?

My first reply to that question is, "yes, sometimes, maybe." It all depends on the situation. But let me define what a premium bullet is - I'm talking about the projectile, not the cartridge.) Most...

 
 By David Wall    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Protecting the County and the taxpayer

When I introduce myself as the Missoula County auditor, most people respond with: "Are you like the IRS?" "Do you go door to door and audit taxpayers?" "Nice to meet you, am I in trouble?" I am...

 

Get your taxes done at no cost to you

Now that the holidays are over, it's that time of year to think about tax season which is just around the corner. This year Missoula Aging Services/Seeley-Swan Resource Center has coordinated with...

 

Bull dogs with rubber teeth

Summers up on Rumble Creek work'n for the Berners sometimes had a story. Doc, ya know, had a heart of gold, God rest his soul. Anyway, he told me when he was a lad they lived within walking distance...

 

Anger reactions

Anger is one of the four basic emotions: anger, fear, happiness and sadness. Emotions are a natural part of human nature; therefore, we don't want to deny our emotions. At the same time, we don't...

 

Start your tobacco-free journey today

New Year, New You, New Start. Either way you are taking that leap to make a change for better health. One of those changes is quitting tobacco products. Quitting tobacco may be one of the most...

 

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