Community Briefs


September 5, 2019

William Oscar Keiper Death Notice

SEELEY LAKE - William Oscar Keiper met Jesus Aug. 29. There will be a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Closure lifted on Cottonwood Lakes Road

SEELEY LAKE - Cottonwood Lakes Road 477 Swamp Creek Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) work is mostly complete and the road is now open for public use. While only a section of this road was closed for a portion of time, this project finished ahead of schedule and before the fall hunting season.

This type of forest road management work has many public benefits.  When culverts are undersized, they often require continued maintenance to repair the road and sometimes require temporary road closures when washouts occur. With the new improvement in place, this is unlikely to happen in the future as the new passage will provide pass-through for water and debris during flood and runoff events.

Additionally, culvert replacements improve fish habitat and stream connectivity. The passage keeps the sediment loading in streams to natural levels that fish are accustomed to thriving in.

The new design also passes wood through, unlike the previous small culverts which block wood. Streams need wood to dissipate stream energy to keep erosion to natural levels. Wood in streams also provides deep pools for fish habitat.

For more information contact the Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233.

Seeley Lake Blood Drive, Sept. 10

SEELEY LAKE – Mission Bible Fellowship is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive for the Seeley Lake community Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Mission Bible Fellowship on Highway 83.

To schedule an appointment please visit and enter zip code. 

Handbell choir practice resumes, Sept. 10

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells handbell choir will resume practice in the music room of Seeley Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Set-up begins at 3:15 p.m. with practice from 3:30-5 p.m. New members are always welcome.

The choir plays four and a half octaves of handbells and three octaves of handchimes.  The group will be preparing for the Christmas season with all new music.

If you would like to come and try a new musical instrument, feel free to just show up, or contact director Joann Wallenburn at 677-4424. 

“None of us learned handbells as our first musical instrument, so don’t hesitate to come if you’ve never played a handbell!” said Wallenburn. “We’ll show you how.”  

Family input needed at Seeley Lake focus group, Sept. 11

SEELEY LAKE – The Missoula City-County Health Department is looking for input from families raising children up to eight years old at a Focus Group Sept. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Seeley Lake Elementary School. They are collecting information about what it is like to raise children in Missoula County.

Families will be asked to share their experiences and asked how potential future programs can prioritize family needs.

Childcare and snacks will be provided. Participating families will also receive a $20 gas card.

To RSVP contact Pam Holman:, 406-258-3025

Regional High-elevation Forests & Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation meetings, Sept. 12-14.

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, the HI5-CCE (High Five Needle Pine- Crown Continent Ecosystem) Management Group, Salish Kootenai College and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes are sponsoring Whitebark Pine and High-Elevation Pines Management meetings Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at the Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theatre on the Salish Kootenai College Campus. Several local managers and researchers will be presenting both days, as well as there being a session on cultural use of Whitebark Pine. 

On Saturday, Sept. 14 there will be a field trip about high-elevation forest management and the Whitebark Pine. It will explore some of CSKT Forestry’s efforts at Whitebark Pine Management near Three Lakes Peak.

Registration is required but FREE. More information, Draft Agendas/Programs and registration information and links are available through:


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