Happy Ending! The Planned Closing of Pyramid, Announced in November did not happen. Pyramid was reorganized with new financing arranged for by Missoula County and others.
For the Happy Ending, jump ahead
to this story in May, 2001.

Public meeting scheduled Jan. 11
to discuss Pyramid, Community needs

January 4, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

A public meeting will be held Thursday January 11, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary Multi-purpose Room to review the status of Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company and a proposal by Missoula County to keep the mill operating.

Last November Pyramid owners announced the mill would cease operations early this year, but Missoula County Commissioners are backing a proposal to keep the mill operatinga financial proposal put together by Dick King, director of the Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation.

The proposal calls for funding from a variety of sources, including the use of Community Development Block Grants, federal funds administered by the State that are available for local government if applications are approved. CDBG funds can be grants or loans, according to Cindy Wulfekuhle, of the Office of Planning and Grants.

Two public hearings are required when applying for CDBG funds, which is only one part of the financial package proposed by King. The Jan. 11 meeting will be one of these.

This meeting will also discuss community needs aside from the Pyramid proposal.

County commissioners will hold a second meeting later to guage support for or against any applications on Pyramid's behalf.

The Jan. 11 public meeting is being hosted jointly by Missoula County Commissioners and the Seeley Lake Community Council.

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