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Cottonwood Lakes Road to Close for Culvert Work

SEELEY LAKE – Cottonwood Lakes Road (FS Road #477) will be closed to all traffic beginning mid-September so that culverts can be replaced in the area. The road is expected to open again in mid-October.

Culverts to be replaced are located at Black Canyon Creek and Dry Cottonwood Creek and will be similar in design and width to the Little Shanley bottomless arch that was recently installed on the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

These new culverts will precede planned narrowing and reconstruction work on Cottonwood Lakes Road, which is planned for 2017-2018. 

Forest officials understand this work and closure will impact public use and are asking for cooperation and patience from forest users while the work is completed.

 There are several components to the work that have long-term benefit for both users and forest resources. The new culverts will improve fish passage (fish migration) and is important for long-term sustainability of local fish populations as well as other aquatic species.

 For information on the status of the work or for details on access to Black Canyon Road (FS Road #4385) please contact the Seeley Lake Ranger District at 406-677-2233.

Swan Valley AARP Meeting Sept. 5

Swan Valley – Are you interested in finding out the “what and where” of unsolved mysteries of the Swan? Come to the Monday, Sept. 5 meeting of the Swan Valley AARP.

Steve Lamar, chairman of the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society will present the program at 1:45 p.m. following the potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. The hosts are Barbara and Joe Raible.

Swan Valley Preschool Sign up, Sept. 6

Swan Valley – Parents are invited to sign up their three to five-year-old children for the preschool at Swan Valley Elementary School, Sept. 6 from 8-10 a.m. To attend children must be three-years-old by Sept. 1. Bring their birth certificate and immunization record to registration.

For more information or questions call Swan Valley School, 754-2320 or preschool teacher Danni Parcell, 754-2535.

Handbell Choir Seeks New Members

 SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells handbell choir will resume normal weekly practice, Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the music room of Seeley Lake Elementary, beginning Sept. 13.

 The handbell choir is always looking for and welcomes new members. Those who can read music, even just slightly, and would like to come try it out, are encouraged to come to a practice. Just show up and the choir will have new members ringing. Fair warning: Ringing bells can be addictive.

 The choir puts on a festive performance early in the Christmas Season and hosts “Music Galore”, a musical talent show, in the spring. They also enjoy playing in local churches and for other community events.

For more information, please call Joann 677-4424 or email

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Call Activity 8/13/16 – 8/27/16

8/15, 8:45 a.m., 54XX Highway 83 N, Condon: Burglary.

8/17, 11:17 a.m., 30XX Highway 83N, Seeley Lake: Suspicious Activity.

8/17, 11:42 p.m., 31XX Highway 83 N, Seeley Lake: Disorderly Conduct.

8/17, 11:59 p.m., 30XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Disorderly Conduct.

8/18, 1:36 p.m., 1XX Locust Lane, Seeley Lake: Harassment.

8/20, 4:23 p.m., 5XX Pine Drive, Seeley Lake: Disorderly Conduct.

8/23, 3:38 p.m., 1XX Locust Lane, Seeley Lake: Stalking

8/25, 11:53 p.m., 6XX Tamarack Drive, Seeley Lake: Disturbance

8/26, 7:21 a.m., 59XX Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake: Theft

8/26, 9:19 a.m., Highway 83 just south of Salmon Lake: Accident – Injury

8/26, 5:23 p.m., Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake: Accident – No Injury

8/26, 9:04 p.m., 36XX Highway 83 N: Theft

8/26, 11:56 p.m., 19XX Holland Lake Road: Accident - Injury

8/27, 3:29 p.m., 4XX Spring Ridge Road North of Seeley Lake: Assault

8/27, 10:25 p.m., Clearwater Junction: Theft


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