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Register Early for the Snow Joke, Caps Out at 1,000 Runners

SEELEY LAKE - After last year’s unprecedented turnout of more than 800 runners, this year’s Snow Joke Half Marathon scheduled in Seeley Lake Feb. 27 looks poised to attract an even bigger field. Race organizers announced they will cap participation at 1,000 to ensure the safety of runners on the road and ease logistics. This decision may limit race day registration.

Race organizers encourage runners to sign up early to be assured of a spot. Runners can sign up at Bob Ward’s in Missoula and Helena or online at

More volunteers are always welcome. In short supply are volunteers to help tear down the course from 3 – 5 p.m. If interested contact Christie at 370-2212 or email

Pancakes and Permits in Potomac, Feb. 27

POTOMAC – The Greenough/Potomac Volunteer Fire Department (GPVFD) will host their annual “Pancakes and Permits” Feb. 27 at the Potomac Community Center from 9-11:30 a.m.

GPVFD will help people sign up for their burn permits online. Bring last year’s permit to help speed up the registration.

There will also be an opportunity to have fire extinguishers refilled and or inspected by a professional company. Fire extinguisher refill is the owner’s cost and depends on size of extinguisher. Bring extinguishers to the breakfast as well.

The breakfast is free as well as the permits (normally permits are $5 each).

Donation boots will be available to help pay for the breakfast, permits and any additional funds raised will go towards the purchase of the new Quick Response Unit (QRU) vehicle.

Coffee Talk with the Sheriff, March 2

SEELEY LAKE – Join Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott and Undersheriff Jason Johnson March 2nd from 9-11 a.m. at the Grizzly Claw for an opportunity to visit with them about law enforcement in the area. It’s open to anyone in the public who wants to come to have coffee and a chat with the Sheriff and Undersheriff.

Noxious Weed Workshops, March 3 and March 9

KALISPELL - The Flathead National Forest along with several other partners are hosting two noxious weed management workshops March 3 and March 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Flathead Valley Community College Arts & Technology Building Room 139.

The workshops target land owners with 5-50 acres of land who want to learn the basics of weed management. March 3 presentations include weed identification, integrated weed management and chemical labels. March 9 there will be safety demonstrations on how to calibrate backpack and boom sprayers and how to dress safely.

Both workshops are free and open to the public. For more information call the Flathead Conservation District at 406-752-4220.

Seeley Lake Fire Department Smoke Detector Give-Away Program Begins March 4

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Fire Department, in conjunction with the United Way, Rovero’s, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation and local Seeley Lake firefighters and EMT’s, are beginning a free smoke detector give-away program.

“It is our goal to never lose a life in Seeley Lake because of a house fire,” said Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel. “Smoke detectors save lives and we believe in them wholeheartedly.”

Come to the Seeley Lake Fire Station from 9 a.m - 2 p.m. on March 4 and 5, April 1 and 2 and May 6 and 7 to sign up and walk away with new smoke detectors.

They department will also be assisting with on-line burn permits and online sign up for SMART 911.

For more information or question call the department at 677-2400 or visit their website


Open Book Club Hosts Sally Thompson, March 5

SEELEY LAKE – Alpine Artisan’s, Inc. (AAI) Open Book Club is hosting Sally Thompson Saturday, March 5 starting at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw. She will be reading and discussing her book “People Before the Park.” 

Come to learn about the traditions and lifeways of the Kootenai and Blackfeet in the Glacier area prior to the creation of Glacier National Park.

The event is free and open to all. It is sponsored by AAI with support from the Montana Cultural Trust and Seeley Lake Community Foundation. Call 754-0034 for more information.

Save the Date – Second Annual Cakes for Canines, March 15

SEELEY LAKE – The second annual Cakes for Canines breakfast event will be held at Pop’s Place March 15 starting at 7 a.m. Tim and Connie Clark will be serving pancakes, bacon and eggs for the donation breakfast where all the proceeds will support Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter in Potomac.

“If you have never had one of Tim’s great breakfasts or Connie’s wonderful homemade caramel rolls, you have missed the best! So head to Pop’s with your tail wagging. You’ll leave feeling good enough you will howl at the moon knowing you have helped the dogs and cats who were lost or found or abandoned! Their lives were saved because of your help,” said Elinor Williamson.

Seeley Lake Library News

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Library Book Club will discuss Suzanne Hayes’ and Loretta Nyhan’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m.

In this epistolary novel set in the 1940s, two women, Glory and Rita, forge a friendship through correspondence as they wait for the men they love to return from war. This book has been described as engaging, charming and moving, a beautifully rendered exploration of WWII on the home front and the type of friendship that helps [one] survive all manner of battles.

All are invited to join in the discussion. Books are available at the checkout desk. For more information call 677-8995.

The Seeley Lake Library is a branch of Missoula Public Library located at Seeley-Swan High School. The library is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Story Time takes place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Call Activity 2/15/16 – 02/21/16

2/17, 4:27 p.m., 9XX Elkhorn Road, Seeley Lake: Theft.

2/21, 8:05 p.m., 6XX Spruce Drive, Seeley Lake: Probation.

2/21, 10:28 p.m., Highway 200, Clearwater Junction: Accident - No Injury.


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