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Highlights from the November 26, 2015 issue
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Seeley Lake logger Brett Haines attempts to remove the twin top of a ponderosa pine. The top broke off smashing through Seeley Lake residents Ray and Barbara Cebulski’s second floor during the storm early Wednesday morning, Nov. 18. Haines was unable to lift the tree top off the house without first cutting off some of the tree’s weight.
- Cottonwood Lakes Road to Close for Log Haul Traffic
SEELEY LAKE - Approximately three miles of the Cottonwood Lakes Road (#477) on the Seeley Lake Ranger District will be closed beginning Dec. 1 for public safety while log truck traffic associated with the Mountain Creek Stewardship project is occurring on the road. The closure will remain in place until the work is completed, which will be no later than March 31, 2016. If the work is completed before March 31, the road will be opened.
- Residents Awake to Chaos - Many Without Power
SEELEY LAKE - Many residents in Missoula County were awakened Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, Nov. 17-18 by the sounds of trees snapping and, what some described, as “a freight train” roaring through the area.
- Montana TNC Honored with National Award
HELENA - The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Montana was awarded the prestigious 2015 National Land Protection Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This competitive award is presented annually to one nominee for significant contributions to land protection in partnership with the USFWS. This year’s award highlights the Conservancy’s work in Montana’s Crown of the Continent, including conservation easements, land purchases and restoration, community engagement and stewardship work in the Blackfoot Valley and along the Rocky Mountain Front.
- SpaghettiOs Recall Issued Due to Choking Hazard
Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling 14.2 ounce cans of SpaghettiOs Original due to a potential choking hazard posed by pieces of red plastic found in a small number of cans.
- Junior Journal - Rapid Forest Assessment in the Auggie Fuel Treatment Are, by Kara Good
- Swan Songs - Ryan Donald Greenwood; Rodney Allen Kvamme
- Letter to the Editor - Referee Needed for Land Board Appraisal Process on State Lease Lands
- Rememberin’ Back When - Part 2 Turkey in the Straw, or Car or Post Office, Made in America - Fuzzy Logic, by Mule Bit Perkins
- Thanksgiving Day Presents Hidden Hazards
When most people think about Thanksgiving, images of turkey, stuffing and time spent with loved ones typically come to mind, not fire hazards. However, an increased risk of fire is, in fact, a reality of Thanksgiving. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.
- Governor Bullock Secures Approval of Plan to Extend Health Coverage to Thousands of Montanans
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock, joined by Sen. Ed Buttrey and Holly Blouch, announced that Montana’s innovative plan to extend health coverage to thousands of the state’s residents has been approved by he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- 1929 Fire Survivor Donated to Historical Society
SWAN VALLEY - In October, Roger Donald generously donated an original homestead cabin to the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). The cabin, locally known as Grandma Whalen’s cabin, will be moved from its current location off Kraft Creek Road to the site of the Swan Valley Historical Museum.
- Seeking Nominations for 2016 Neighbor Awards
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock, along with a group of Montana-based organizations, is seeking nominations for the “Montana Neighbor Awards.”
- Seeley Lake Fire Board - Snowplow Bid Approved and Cadet Program Suspended
SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees accepted Rod Stevens’ bid for snow plowing both Station 1 and 2. Rod Stevens Construction was one of two bids received for the 2015-2016 snow-plowing contract. Stevens has held the contract for the last several years.
- Love Brings “Missing Bells” to Seeley Lake
SEELEY LAKE – Former Seeley Lake resident Donna Love has written a number of picture books introducing young children to elk, herons, osprey, loons and national parks. Her most recent book, “Santa and the Missing Christmas Bells” (“Missing Bells”), is a chapter book targeting a third-grade reading level, though in interest level it will also appeal to younger and older children.
- Small Business Saturday - Year-round Impact of Shopping Small
As the voice for our nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates all small businesses on a daily basis. When our small businesses do well, our communities do too. Therefore, as part of our annual tradition, I encourage you to join millions of Americans and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday®, Nov. 28, to complete (or start) your holiday shopping.
- Snapshots of the Mind - Sometimes Our Images are Borrowed but This Scene has Its Own Portrait in my Heart
It was a scene straight from a Leanin’ Tree Christmas card. The five-by-five bull elk was moving uphill on a well-traveled path through lodgepole pine while snowflakes as large as dollars and wetter than kisses pasted his sides. He was so close it seemed I could reach out and tickle his ribs with my gun barrel.
- TNC Highlights 2015 Accomplishments and 2016 Goals
SEELEY LAKE - The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in collaboration with The Blackfoot Challenge, held a public meeting Nov. 16 to provide updates on the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project. TNC had purchased 117,000 acres in January 2015 from Plum Creek. TNC discussed what they worked on during the field season, shared their goals for stewardship work in 2016 and opened up the meeting for discussion and questions about the project.
- Community Center Projects and Plans
POTOMAC - The Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC) in Potomac is undergoing changes and improvements. Jeanne Hall, PGCC chair, said the projects will support and benefit all the groups that use the center. The center has been in use since 1978.
- Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee - Committee Works through Final Element
SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee discussed the Implementation Element at their last meeting Nov. 19. Planner Robert Horne expects to have a complete draft for the committee to review at the December meeting.