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Highlights from the October 8, 2015 issue
The Morrell Complex is being managed by the Seeley Lake Ranger District. It is been run by a Type 4 Incident Commander. Distict firefighters are checking the fire daily and one excavator remains on site and is working on rehabilitation. The area closure was removed Wednesday, Sept. 23. The fire is still listed at 95% contained.
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Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer investigates the scene before allowing Clearwater Towing to remove the pickup from the Clearwater River.
- Voters to Decide Fate of MCPS $158 Million Bond
MISSOULA - This November, Missoula County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a pair of Missoula County Public School (MCPS) bonds totaling $158 million. The scope of the bond includes 18 MCPS schools from elementary to high school. The elementary bond is for $88 million and the high school bond is for $70 million.
- All Survive Crash into Clearwater River
SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on Riverview Drive, Friday, Oct. 2 just after 6 p.m., that landed the pickup in the Clearwater River. All five of the occupants survived. Two were transported to Missoula with non-life threatening injuries.
- Missoula County Under Quarantine for Rabies
MISSOULA - The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) reported the first case of terrestrial, non-bat rabies in Missoula County in nearly 20 years. A rabies-infected skunk was captured in the Harpers Bridge Road area of Missoula County Sept. 10th. Missoula County is now under a quarantine order that is expected to not be lifted until Nov. 14.
- Mule Bit Perkins and the Name Game - Cowgirl Ramblings by Heather Layman
- Letters to the Editor: Thank you Sheriff McDermott; “Yes” On School Bonds
– Swan Songs - Cy Baker; Cheryl Ann Burmeister
- Foote’s Humor Enlightens and Entertains
SEELEY LAKE - Ever wonder how Johnny Cash would sound singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm or how Do, Re, Mi would sound if sung in Jamaica? Musician, artist and comedian Norman Foote answered these questions and more while interacting with the audience and entertaining during his performance Sunday, Oct. 4 as a part of 2 Valleys Stage 2015-2016 concert series.
- Missoula County Outdoor Burning by Permit Remains Closed
MISSOULA - It is typical for outdoor burning by permit in Missoula County to be open by Oct. 1st. However, this is not the case this year.
- Bank Buys into Idea for Halloween Carnival
SEELEY LAKE - When Seeley Lake first-grader Sam Welch approached Citizens Alliance Bank (CAB) with his idea for a Halloween Carnival, Loan Officer Cheryl Lewis said they could not refuse. CAB will host “Sam’s First Annual Spooky Carnival” Friday, Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the bank. The free event will include games, prizes, a haunted house and treats geared for children through age 12, along with their families. The bank will remain open for regular business from 4-5 p.m.
- Rovero’s Forced to Replace Septic System
SEELEY LAKE - Unable to wait for a public sewer to be constructed, Rovero’s began replacing its failed septic system this week. Rovero’s septic issues had been made public in June when Rovero’s Manager Pat Mitchell requested a construction timetable from the Seeley Lake Sewer District at their public board meeting. Rovero’s system was labeled as a failed system by the Missoula County Health Department because it required pumping more than once every three - five years.
- SLE Outside Administers Heavy Doses of “Vitamin N” to Students
The new school year is in full swing in Seeley Lake and families are busy running around to sporting events, performances, meetings and simply scrambling to fit it all in! Back-to-school time can be exhausting for everyone and wear us down. Luckily, for Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) students, SLE Outside is providing our kids with frequent, heavy doses of “Vitamin N”! What? You haven’t heard of the amazing, transformative benefits of “Vitamin N”?
- Kennecott Drilling Up Ashby Creek
POTOMAC - Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Exploration Company is drilling for copper at a new site near Potomac. This second site is up the west fork of the Ashby Creek drainage on Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) land.
- Superheroes Unite Thursdays for Early Out Program
SEELEY LAKE - Where can more than one superhero be found in a room at one time? This year, several superheroes can be found on Thursdays at Mission Bible Fellowship (MBF) from 2-4 p.m. at the Early Out Kids Club. The theme this year is Superheroes.
- SLE Outside Launches Store Venture
SEELEY LAKE – The large, empty building fronting the Bison and Bear Mall is no longer empty. An estimated 100 people filled the building Saturday Oct. 3 to help launch SLE Outside, the new student-run outdoor equipment co-operative.
- Potomac’s New Teacher Picking Up Speed
POTOMAC - Potomac School added a new physical education (PE), title, math and music teacher this school year. Beth Ann Ryan, of Missoula, has joined the Potomac staff.
- Art Meets History!