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Community Briefs


August 8, 2019

Van Lake Dispersed Area closure

Swan Valley - A portion of the Van Lake Road (Road #558) on the Swan Lake Ranger District will be closed for public safety from Aug. 5 – Sept. 30 for the Van Lake Improvements Project.  Road #558 will be closed at Mile 1.28, restricting access to the Van Lake Dispersed Area and Road #1076. 

The project includes improvements to campsites, the boat launch and dispersed recreation, road management actions and hazard tree removal.  As always, please be safe and cautious when traveling near closed areas and obey all signage and personnel instructions.

Detailed project information is available at: Questions regarding the project should be directed to the Swan Lake Ranger District at 406-837-7500.

Food Bank hours change starting Aug. 13

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank is adjusting their hours starting Tuesday, Aug. 13 because usage has declined. They will now be open every Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The Food Bank is located behind Seeley Lake Elementary School next to the multi-purpose room.

Sewers and crafters invited to share space, Aug. 14-15

SEELEY LAKE - The Tamarack Quilt Guild welcomes area sewers and crafters, who need working space, to join the group from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. This is a great opportunity to work on their projects, to spread out and meet other sewers, quilters and crafters in the area at no cost.

For more information and/or to RSVP, please call Kris Gullikson at 406-241-1209. The RSVP is helpful because sometimes the hosts cook lunch for everyone and they need a head count.

Cooperative weed management area grants available

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Weed District is offering grants for neighbors interested in working collaboratively towards vegetation management goals in their area. Proposals are due Dec. 2.

A cooperative landowner group project consists of three or more adjacent landowners that agree to work together towards healthy plant communities. Participants will be encouraged to utilize an integrated approach in their vegetation management activities. This grant is a 50/50 matching grant where cooperators are eligible to be reimbursed up to 50 percent of their pre-approved noxious weed management related expenses.  

Application requirements include: only state and county listed noxious weeds will qualify; a minimum of three adjacent landowners with a minimum of 100 acres collectively; only one project per person or group per year; grants must be matched with cash or landowner’s labor; integrated weed management practices are encouraged and projects must be within Missoula County.

Missoula County Weed District will assist your Cooperative Landowner Group in organizing and preparing the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant application and oversee reimbursements after the grant is successfully funded.

For more information, visit or contact Lindsey Bona-Eggeman,, 406-258-4219.

Grant applications can be found at under Weeds in the Departments tab and then clicking on “Funding and Grants” under Resources on the sidebar.

Faded hunting and fishing licenses can be replaced for free

Hunters and anglers with licenses that are displaying faded text making them difficult to read can have those licenses replaced at no cost at their regional Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. Another option is to go to, login to MyFWP and request a digital version of your license to print at home or download to a smart phone. Digital licenses are good for everything but a carcass tag.

 Replacement at an FWP office for faded licenses do not count against the number of replacements an individual is allowed. Local license providers are unable to offer free replacements; the cost is $5 for each license replaced.

Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Response Log July 28 – Aug. 3

• 7/28, Highway 200: Medical – SLRFD

• 7/28, South Canyon Drive, Seeley Lake: Illegal Burn – SLRFD

• 7/28, Highway 200: Injury Accident, Greenough – SLRFD

• 7/28, Highway 200: Injury Accident, Greenough – SLRFD

• 7/29, Paws Up Road, Greenough: Medical – SLRFD

• 7/30, Deer Park Drive, Seeley Lake: Medical – SLRFD

• 7/31, Montana Drive, Seeley Lake: Wildland Fire – SLRFD

• 8/1, North Placid Lake Road, Placid Lake: Injury Accident – SLRFD

• 8/2, Moose Lane, Seeley Lake: Medical – SLRFD

• 8/2, Monture Road, Ovando: Wildland Fire – SLRFD

• 8/2, Access Road: Fire Alarm – SLRFD

• 8/2, Highway 83: Wildland Fire – SLRFD

• 8/2, Highway 83: Hazards – SLRFD

• 8/3, Monture Road, Ovando: Wildland Fire – SLRFD

• 8/3, Summit Drive, Seeley Lake: Medical – SLRFD

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Call Activity July 28 – Aug. 4

• 7/28, 3:31pm, 7XX South Canyon Road, Seeley Lake: Burglary

• 7/29, 6:51pm, 10XX Pine Drive, Seeley Lake: Littering

• 7/29, 8:08pm, 2X mile marker Highway 83: Driving Under the Influence

• 7/30, 12:45pm, Morrell Creek Road, Seeley Lake: Civil

• 8/1, 12:06pm, 31XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Stolen Vehicle

• 8/1, 5:53pm, North Placid Lake Road, Placid Lake: Accident – Injury

• 8/2, 10:25am, 44XX Highway 83, Lake Alva : Accident – No Injury

• 8/3, 11:57am, 33XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Suspicious Activity


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