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Tips Sought on Grizzly Bear Shot North of Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials are investigating the death of a grizzly bear found north of Seeley Lake on Highway 83 early in the week of Nov. 2. It was determined that the bear had been shot.

It is still unknown why the bear was killed. The bear is now at the FWP wildlife lab in Bozeman, Mont.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) or contact FWP’s Chris Hamilton at 406-210-7513. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Horticulture Series: Winterizing Your Chickens, Nov. 18

MISSOULA - Join local poultry extraordinaire Laura DeNitto Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the Missoula County Extension Conference room, 2825 Santa Fe Court, Missoula, Mont. DeNitto will entertain and inform about how to properly prepare chickens for the upcoming winter.

This workshop is free and open to everyone but please register as space is limited. Register online at,1053/view,event/

“Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse” Offered in Seeley Lake, Nov. 29

SEELEY LAKE — The Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) supports Missoula Aging Services and Montana Senior Medicare Patrol to present a free screening of “Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse” from 1:30 - 4 p.m., Nov. 29 at SLE Outside, in the Bison and Bear Center Highway 83 Seeley Lake.

Find out what happens to older adults when their trust is undermined by con artists, unscrupulous sales people, risky investments or unfair financing plans.

The event includes a short discussion about healthcare fraud prevention and a panel discussion by area experts from: Adult Protective Services; Missoula Police Department; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department; Citizens Alliance Bank and Raymond James Financial Services.

The event is free but registration is requested. Register online at or call the SLCF at 677-3506.

Montana SBA Looking for Small Businesses Who Deserve Recognition

HELENA – Nominations are now being accepted for the Small Business Association (SBA) 2016 Small Business Awards. These small business awards recognize businesses and business owners across the state for their successes and contributions to their communities.

Join previous winners Dean Folkvord of Wheat Montana; Tiffany Lach of Sola Café; Joe Billion of J.C. Billion; KC Walsh of Simms Fishing Products; Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants; and many more who have been acknowledged with these awards.

This year the Montana SBA will recognize honorees in the following categories at an award event next spring:

• Small Business Person of the Year

• Small Business Exporter of the Year

• Woman-Owned Business of the Year

• Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

• Millennial Entrepreneur – under 35

Winners in the Small Business Person and Small Business Exporter categories will represent Montana and go onto regional and national competition. Nominations in these two categories can also be submitted online at

“Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing innovation to their community, providing employment opportunities and attracting talent who invent new products or implement new solutions for existing ideas,” said Wayne Gardella, Montana SBA district director. “We encourage our lenders, Chambers of Commerce and local business leaders to nominate Montana-based successful small business entrepreneurs.”

For 2016, the nomination criteria have been streamlined and simplified. In years past there were multiple forms, letters and documents required; now the nominees are only required to submit one form and questionnaire.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Nomination guidelines and forms are available on Montana SBA’s website, or via e-mail (no calls please) to

No Shave November

MISSOULA - Starting Nov. 1, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office detention staff and deputies will be competing with one another during “No Shave November” for “The Best Beard” (beards will be trimmed and maintained).

The sheriff’s office has received a $500 donation which will be given to Team Up Montana in the name of the officer who wins “The Best Beard” competition. They are seeking other contributions.

On Nov. 30, a representative from Team Up Montana will come judge the participants beards and pick a winner.

Team Up Montana offers financial support to individuals and families who are affected by cancer. For more information about the group visit

Missoula County

Sheriff’s Department

Call Activity

11/02/15 – 11/08/15

11/4, 2:57 p.m., Highway 200, Potomac: Suspicious Activity.

11/5, 10:39 p.m., Highway 83, Salmon Lake: Accident - No Injury.

11/5, 10:49 p.m., Highway 200, Sperry Grade: Accident - No Injury.

11/7, 10:46 a.m., Hauser Drive, Seeley Lake: Theft.

11/8, 10:28 a.m., Highway 83, Mile Marker 19: Theft.


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