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SLE School Board Approves Levy Amount

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) School Board will run a trustee election and a general fund operating levy of $17,056 or 2.21 mills on the May 3 ballot.

Three candidates have filed for two open positions on the board. Incumbents Jenny Lindemer and Karen Kovatch are running along with write-in candidate Amanda Fowler.  

The general fund levy would increase taxes on a $100,000 home by $2.98 and on a $200,000 home by $5.96 annually.

This year, the District’s 20-year bond will be paid off, reducing 2017 taxes for its debt service fund by nearly 18 mills or $24 on a $100,000 home and $48 annually on a home valued at $200,000.

After discussion, the board tabled the 2016-2017 school calendar until their April 19 regular school board meeting.

AAI Youth Grants and Scholarships Available

Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI) is offering youth art grants and a senior scholarship students interested in the arts. The application deadline is April 27.

Youth Arts Grants are available for all K-12 students attending schools, or homeschooled, in the Blackfoot and Seeley-Swan Valleys. The maximum youth grant award is $200 to help with tuition and expenses for art, drama, dance or music workshops, camps or lessons.

High school seniors graduating from Seeley-Swan High School and Lincoln High School, and graduating homeschooled students residing in the Blackfoot or Seeley-Swan Valleys, are eligible for a $500 scholarship to contribute to their studies majoring or minoring in one of the arts at an institution of higher education.

For more information pick up a flyer at the school office, visit or contact Dona Aitken,, 793-5836 or 360-1463 or Martha Swanson at, 793-5706.

Swan Valley Bear Resources’ Spring Bear Wake-Up Social

Swan Valley - Swan Valley Bear Resources will host a Spring Bear Wake-Up Social at the Swan Valley Community Hall on Friday, April 8th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The Wake-Up Social promises to be a fun and informative evening. Guest presentations include: “Grizzly Bear Movement and Habitat Use in the Swan Valley” by Mark Ruby, Swan Lake Ranger District Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service and “Brown Bear and Human Recreational Use of Trails in Anchorage Alaska” by Jessy Coltrane, Kalispell Area Wildlife Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Bear pepper spray will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. For details visit or call 754-3137.

Blood Donation Opportunity, MBF April 13

SEELEY LAKE - The American Red Cross will be in Seeley Lake for a Blood Drive April 13 from 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. at Mission Bible Fellowship, 3158 Hwy 83.

Eligible donors are encouraged to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

 More than three million people nationwide donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

 Kathy Huey became a donor after encouragement from her husband, who has given more than 11 gallons of blood. “I love the fact that I’m helping others by giving a little bit of my time,” she said. “It’s simple and easy and helps save lives – what could be better?”

 Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

 To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Missoula County Prepares for Mobile Home Sale April 13

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Clerk and Treasurer’s Office will conduct a mobile home sale on Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m. at the Missoula County Administration Building - room B14, located at 199 West Pine Street.

Currently 200 delinquent mobile homes will be offered for sale if the taxes are not paid. Mobile home owners have until 5 p.m. the day prior to the sale to pay delinquent taxes, penalty, interest and costs, which will remove them from the sale.

The Clerk and Treasurer’s Office makes multiple attempts to contact mobile home owners, including several notices of payment status beginning in February of each year.

M.C.A. 15-16-401. Tax due as a judgment or lien.

Unless suspended or canceled under the provisions of Title 15, chapter 24, part 17, every tax has the effect of a judgment against the person, and every lien created by this title has the force and effect of an execution duly levied against all personal property in the possession of the person assessed from and after the date the assessment is made. The County Treasurer may issue a writ of execution for delinquent personal property taxes, unless suspended or canceled under the provisions of Title 15, chapter 24, part 17, and deliver the writ to the sheriff of any county in the state in which the property or some part of the property is located. Writs of execution may be issued at the same time to different counties. The sheriff shall proceed upon the writ in all respects, with like effect, and in the same manner prescribed by law in respect to executions issued against property upon judgments of a court of record. The sheriff is entitled to the fees, mileage and costs as provided in 7-32-2141 and 7-32-2143, which must be assessed against the delinquent taxpayer. The judgment is not satisfied nor the lien removed until the taxes are paid or the property sold for the payment of the taxes.

Registration is required to participate in the auction. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. April 13 at the above location. Please direct questions to Missoula County Clerk & Treasurer, Tyler Gernant at 406-258-3234.


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