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 By Andi Bourne    News    July 27, 2017

Firefighter Killed Near Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Trenton M. Johnson, 19-year-old firefighter from Missoula, sustained injuries from a falling tree while fighting the Florence Fire on the Seeley Lake Ranger District the afternoon of Jul...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 27, 2017

Public Questions Board

SEELEY LAKE - Residents bombarded the Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) Board with questions and comments at the board’s July 20 meeting. The “public comment” period dominated the meeting taking up three quarters of the 80-minute meeting....

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

SLE Outside Likely to Vacate Store

SEELEY LAKE - During the superintendent's report at the July Seeley Lake Elementary Board meeting, Chris Stout announced that SLE Outside, the retail/rental shop in the Bison and Bear Center will...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Gus Receives Makeover

SEELEY LAKE- Girard Grove near the western shore of Seeley Lake is an almost sacred space. A dirt path traces its way around the trunks of larch trees that have an approximate age of 600 years....

 
 By Andi Bourne    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Once a Firefighter, Always a Family

"Those are the fun ones," I thought to myself as I looked at the photo of the Florence Fire sent to the Pathfinder by pilot Scott Newpower the morning of July 19. Those small fires that were less...

 

Governor Bullock Declares Fire Emergency for State of Montana

MONTANA – Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Governor Steve Bullock has issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana. Prior to signing the executive order, the governor was briefed by the...

 
 By Diann Ericson    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Dowdall's Comments Hold the Same Weight as All Other Comments

SWAN VALLEY - I am grateful to the Seeley Swan Pathfinder for the opportunity to address a topic under discussion in Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee: the edits to the Swan Valley Regional Plan by Colleen Dowdall. I wish to emphasize that the...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Semi-Truck Catches Fire

SEELEY LAKE- A double semi-truck caught fire on Highway 83 just north of Seeley Lake on Tuesday, July 18. The fire burned for about fifteen minutes before the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Music Festival Receives Praise: Future Uncertain

SEELEY LAKE - The Bob Marshall Music Festival ended more than a week ago but the work is still ongoing. Revenue and expenditure checks are still coming in, hard numbers on attendance are still being calculated and feedback is being processed. The...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 27, 2017

Pin Your Hometown at the Bob

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Swan Pathfinder asked attendees to "pin their hometown or state" on a map at the Bob Marshall Music Festival. There were 356 pins placed in the map. Half of respondents...

 

Restoration of Fire-adapted Ecosystems - "The Era of Mega-Fires"

In the past decade, we have made significant progress in making the Seeley/Swan more resilient to the effects of wildfire. This has been accomplished by conducting fuel reduction treatments on...

 

Lodgepole Attitude

by Randi de Santa Anna When the bark beetles were in full swing I copped an attitude against lodgepole pines. They seemed weak and a waste of space in the forest. But I have come to understand their...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Revive and Thrive Creates Recreation Opportunity

SEELEY LAKE - More than 60 people came together for a volunteer work day at Fawn Pond on July 23. The Nature Conservancy hosted their sixth annual Revive and Thrive event to celebrate conservation...

 

Questions about Exempt Water Rights Addressed

SWAN VALLEY - Jim Nave, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation deputy regional manager, provided information about how to file a claim for exempt water rights filed before July 1, 1973 at the July 18 Swan Valley Community Council....

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Staffing, Funding and Projects Discussed

SEELEY LAKE- The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board of Trustees received several updates regarding staff changes, SLE Outside, the new scoreboard, parking lot paving and preschool funding at their meeting July 18. One of the first orders of...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Shintangle Brings Square Dancing to Condon

CONDON - The Condon Ball Field was alive with music and dancing during the fourth annual Swan Valley Connections' Shintangle July 20. "Tonight is all about celebrating," said Executive Director Maria...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Mantas Announces Retirement

SWAN VALLEY - Maria Mantas, the executive director of Swan Valley Connections for the last four years, will be retiring this fall. "A good executive director keeps the family together, keeps the team...

 

Emilia Grace Claytor

MISSOULA - Ronnie and Patrick Claytor would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilia Grace Claytor. She was born July 16 at 3:26 p.m. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches... Full story

 

Sheep Mountain, Lolo National Forest, Trail No. 505

Directions: Turn north off Highway 200 East onto Gold Creek Road No. 126 near Potomac. Take next left up unmarked Twin Creek Road No. 2117. Stay on main road until trailhead. Total time to trailhead...

 
 By Craig Wilson    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Hope Beyond Death

From the Bible, we come to discover the descriptions of Who God is, or His attributes. Not only do we have an understanding about God, we also gain a deeper appreciation of how we can trust in God. I want to highlight the attribute that God is...

 

Abraham J. Mood 1970 ~ 2017

Abraham J. Mood died June 12 at the age of 46 years, 163 days. On June 12th his heart failed him and he died a very short time after. Abe was born Dec. 31, 1970 and lived his early years in Seeley... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 27, 2017

New Fire North of Seeley

A load of retardant is dropped on the Rice Ridge Fire during initial attack operations July 24. The 15-acre fire is burning on the west side of Florence Lake, six miles north of Seeley Lake. A Type...

 

Community Briefs

Fire Danger EXTREME in Missoula County - Stage 2 Restrictions Start July 27 MISSOULA - Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have determined...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Smoke Stares Down Seeley Lake: Fire Updates

SEELEY LAKE – Nearly 600 people packing the gym at Seeley Lake Elementary for a fire meeting Monday, July 31. Members of the Forest Service, the Incident Management Team and other local officials ad...

 

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