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Special District Elections – Candidates Not Accepted by Acclamation until After Write-in Deadline April 3

SEELEY LAKE – In the Feb. 16 article “Most Board Positions Filled by Acclamation” it states that there will not be an election. This did not account for the write-in deadline of Monday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Missoula County Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors said if a write-in files, and the number of candidates that have filed exceeds the number of available seats, there will be an election even though the write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot and voters will have to write in the name. If a write-in files and the number of seats is equal to the number of candidates that have filed, then the write-in will be elected by acclamation.

“As Election Administrator, I must wait until after the April 3 date to cancel elections due to vacancies or candidates elected by acclamation,” said Connors.

Community Choir Invites All Singers

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Swan Community Choir had their first rehearsal Thursday, Feb. 23 and decided to continue.  Everyone high school age and older is invited from Condon to Ovando to Potomac to Seeley Lake.  The choir meets Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Seeley-Swan High School’s new stage.

Director Kaytee Ambrozich selected several pieces including folk songs and a song for peace to read through and even work on a bit.

“The music is fun and challenging but it will be ready for several performances in May,” said choir organizer Bev Evans. “Don’t make me call you.”   

For questions you may call Bev Evans at 677-3458.

Swan Valley Place Names, March 3

Swan Valley - Visit the Swan Valley Museum Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. for a program about the place names of the upper Swan Valley. Discover the mapmakers, mountain men, mountaineers, early settlers and others who christened the landmarks such as Daughter of the Sun Mountain, Angels Bathing Pool, Grizzly Lake, and Squeezer Creek. This program is free. All are welcome!

For details visit or call 754-0064. The Swan Valley Museum is located at 6774 Hwy 83 N., MM 42 in Condon.

Swan Valley AARP Meeting March 6

Swan Valley - The Swan Valley AARP will meet Monday, March 6 at 12 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall.  A potluck lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m.  Steve and Sharon Lamar will host.

John Addis and Nathalie Caulliez will present a program about hiking in southern France and Iceland starting at 1:30 p.m.

Last Stand: Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest, March 9

SWAN VALLEY - Join Swan Valley Connections in hosting David Moskowitz, expert wildlife tracker, photographer, and author for an evening of photos and stories exploring the world of mountain caribou and the last great inland temperate rainforest . He will be at the Swan Valley Community Hall Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Moskowitz and a small team of adventurers have been tracking these animals and documenting the place that they call home. Learn about the many conservation efforts used to protect them.

The program is free and all are welcome. For details visit or contact 754-3137 or

Swan Valley Library Highlights

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Library is now receiving current issues of popular magazines such as Redbook, People, Martha Stewart Living, Time, Week, Sports Illustrated, Dirt Sports and Highlights and Ranger Rick for children. The current issue can be read in the library however, back issues can be checked out.

Story Time and an art project for children has been a popular event on Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

Patrons who have questions about downloading the library ebooks from the online MyMontanaLibraryToGo to their device can call the library at 754-2521 to get an appointment. A knowledgeable person will be available to help with downloads to the patron’s device.

The next Book Chat will be held at the library Wednesday, March 22 at 1 p.m.

Up for discussion is Montana author Dorothy Johnson’s “When You and I Were Young Whitefish.” It is an autobiography read by the popular author of such titles as “A Man Called Horse”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “The Hanging Tree” and “The Bloody Bozeman.”

“When You and I Were Young Whitefish” was first published in 1982 and is an upbeat view of the growing Montana town in the early 1900s. The tales of the young Johnson in a young town are told with humor.

The books will be available to borrow from the library or a patron can put a hold on Johnson’s book online at The book will be sent to the Swan Valley Library for the patron to pick up.

The Swan Valley Library is open Mondays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


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