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December 15, 2022

Michele Potter

1987. Local residents are getting ready for winter recreation, in spite of the lack of snow in many areas. This photo of Bruce Graham exercising his sled dogs was taken several weeks ago near Seeley Lake. The Seeley Lake Ranger Station now reports about three inches of snow on the ground.  Photo from the 1987 issue.

1987

Swan Valley Christian Singers Perform Sunday Night

A special community Chnstmas concert will be presented by the Swan Valley Christian Singers on Sunday, December 13th at the Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium in Seeley Lake, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Last weekend the choral group performed in the Mission Valley, entertaining about 200 people with their Christmas message and songs. According to Pastor Herb Schiefelbein, last weekend's concert was extremely well received. The forty-two member Seeley-Swan area choir, under the direction of Marge Smith, will sing: "His Love Reaching," a celebration of God's Gift, by Ronn Huff and Bill and Gloria Gaither.  This will be the third year that the Swan Valley Christian Singers have performed. Several hundred people attended last year's concert, which received praise from throughout the community.

Pyramid Installs New Trimmer Line

The Pyramid Mountain Lumber mill in Seeley Lake was "down" last week, but the construction crews who were working on the new trimmer line were in good spirits while they installed the new equipment. "We had a tight time frame for this project and the employees did an excellent job in preparing and also in the construction phase," according to Roger Johnson, general manager at Pyramid. I'm very proud of the results. This has been provided by some very talented employees," he added. The new trimmer line, which cuts boards into lengths in the sawmill, will speed up production at the mill. 

Men Caught Cutting Firewood From Log Decks 

Several men were apprehended last month while cutting firewood from log decks west of Seeley Lake, according to Neil Crawford, forester for Plum Creek Timber, Inc. The logs were owned by Plum Creek and were scheduled to be sold. Approximately 1500 board feet of firewood was cut from the logs. Plum Creek did not press charges against the men, who agreed to pay for damages in the amount of $204 for the firewood and $77 for Plum Creek's administrative costs. I'd like to remind firewood cutters to stay away from log decks. It turns out to be pretty expensive wood, and besides -it's illegal," Crawford said. Timber companies and logging contractors stack logs in decks alongside forest roads. Sometimes the decked logs may remain in the woods for several months before the timber is hauled to a mill.

To read more from this 1987 issue, please visit: https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1987-12-10.pdf

2002

County School Board Discusses SSHS Gym Floor

The Missoula County Public School Board held their regular November meeting in Seeley Lake at the Seeley-Swan High School on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at six o'clock in the Old Gym. School Board Trustee Debbie Dupree and Student Trustee Jamie Adams represented SSHS. After the Board conducted business pertinent to other school needs, Director of Operations and Maintenance, Gary Botchek reviewed the process of installing the new gym floor at SSHS starting with the decision to replace the floor due to the mercury content and its subsequent disposal.

Community Appreciation Day at the Rich Ranch 

Seeley Lake and Ovando residents are invited to the Rich Ranch in Woodworth Meadows for the 6th Annual Community Appreciation Day on Sunday, Dec. 15 from noon to 4:00 p.m. for a community family fun day. Gather with friends and neighbors to share in the holiday spirit. Complimentary activities include horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobile rides, and an outdoor chili feed and campfire. Santa will be at the Rich Ranch at 3:00 p.m. to deliver his annual community treats to the children. The Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Rich Family, the Seeley Lake Lions Club, the 4-H Club, and the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. 

A Mixed Opening Weekend

The Blackhawks and Ladyhawks got a taste of the win column as well as the loss column in their first weekend, with both squads splitting games at the Townsend tournament. With Tatum Hoehn's 12 points and Sarah Madinger's 11 points, the Ladyhawks won their first game Friday, downing Sheridan 59-51.The girls outscored Sheridan in every quarter but the fourth to win by eight, 59-51. Others scoring for the Ladyhawks in a balanced offense were Kaylee Williams 9, Sadie Linford 8, Jessie Diamond 7 Nicole Bostwick 6 Sarah Gehrke 2, and Hayley Blackbum 2. The Ladyhawks held a slight lead at the quarter against Cascade on Saturday, but were outscored 16-8 in the final period, losing 51-46. Kaylee Williams paced the Ladyhawks with 13 points, followed by Sarah Madinger and Nicole Bostwick with 8 apiece, Jesse Diamond 7, Tatum Hoehn 6, Sadie Linford and Hayley Blackbum 2 apiece. The Blackhawks lost to Sheridan 58-54 in their first outing of the season. Sheridan came back in the second and third periods after the Blackhawks had posted a 22-15 first quarter lead. Abe Madinger had 20 points and Cody Hard 17 in the Blackhawk effort, with Riley Devins adding 9, Bano Contreras 5, Tanner Marlatt 2, and Ralph Cahool 1. Saturday night the Blackhawks struggled with Cascade to a 58-58 tie in regulation play and then outscored Cascade in overtime to post a 72- 66 win. Senior Abe Madinger managed 33 points in the win, even though he sat out much of the third period in foul trouble. Tanner Marlatt found double figures with 11 points as did Cody Hard at 17. Rion Nash added 5, as did Riley Devins, and Ralph Cahoon posted 3. 

To read more from this 2002 issue, please visit: https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/2002-12-12.pdf

 

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