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 By Andi Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Change Your Pace Raises More Than $113,000

SEELEY LAKE – As a part of the Change Your Pace Challenge, 14 non-profit and service organizations in Seeley Lake raised more than $113,000 between May 20 and July 22. Because this far exceeded the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Fatal Accident on Hwy 83

SEELEY LAKE - A single vehicle accident on Highway 83 claimed the life of 17-year-old Paul Hammerel from Condon, Mont. Emergency responders were called to mile marker 18.5, three miles north of Seeley Lake, just before 10 p.m. Aug. 1. According to...

 

Warm Water Prompts "Hoot-Owl" Restrictions

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will instituted “hoot-owl” fishing restrictions on many western Montana rivers and streams beginning Friday, July 29 due to warm and rising water temperatures. The restrictions will close fishing...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Rose Receives Governor's Award

SEELEY LAKE – Erik Rose, 2006 graduate of Seeley-Swan High School, was one of the recipients for the 2016 Governor's Award for Excellence in Performance for his work on the project entitled "Labor...

 

Providing Open Forum

Last week Mark Melvin called out the Pathfinder for printing Rick Ferguson’s Letter to the Editor (July 14) and more specifically the “prominent black box of divisive fearmongering” that accompanied it. Since taking ownership of the Pathfinder...

 

The Horror of Puppy Mills

After viewing the horror of the Charlo puppy mill, are we the people going to stand up to our senators and reps and demand they get and sign a bill abolishing puppy mills?? Our state is known for open doors on puppy mills. That’s why when they get...

 

There is a Fire on the Horizon in Montana…Do the Research

Regarding my letter to the editor July 14, 2016, I would like make the following comments. It is a fact that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have both stated that there is no way to obtain accurate security background checks for any...

 
 By Bruce Friede    Opinion    August 4, 2016

SLE Board of Trustees - Work with the Community, Instead of Against It

SEELEY LAKE - As a local fixed income citizen in this community I have these opinions concerning the recent activities on our tax owners property and taxpayer employees. I find it curious that the Seeley Lake Elementary School Trustees would allow...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 4, 2016

A Few Considerations on the Seeley Lake Sewer- Don't Believe Everything You Hear

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board proposal to subsidize sewer rates to get the initial monthly cost down is an end run around our right to vote on a very-expensive bond proposal. By promising early, temporary, affordable sewer rates, Public Works Directo...

 
 By Lee Boman    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Heaven is Just Over the Hill

SEELEY LAKE - Try this. Look at your legs and kindly ask them, “please take me over the hill into the Bob.” Immediately, upon making that request, I predict your brain will send a barrage of messages including: “Are you kidding? We can drive...

 
 By Wes Swaffar    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Mountain Biker Proudly Supports BCSP

There are a few special places that I’ve encountered in my life that grabbed hold of me and refused to let me go. One of those special places is the Blackfoot-Clearwater region, a place we have the opportunity to protect through the Blackfoot...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Catch of a Lifetime

VALDEZ, ALASKA - Connie Betson of Seeley Lake caught this Valdez Fishing Derby winner, a 163.2 pound halibut, while fishing with her husband Jim and friend Jerry Posthumus. She caught it on the...

 
 By Michael Pecora    News    August 4, 2016

Project Healing Waters

For the fifth consecutive year, Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited (BBCTU) was privileged to host the Project Healing Waters (PHW) fly-fishing trip for three honored, military veterans from Mont...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 4, 2016

Parking Meter Stands and Rifle Found Underwater

POTOMAC - More than 90 volunteers came together to "bring back the scenic beauty of the Blackfoot River," said Project Managers Janelle Schiller and Lynn Gontarek-Garberson. Both thought the clean up...

 

Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival Celebrates 35 Years

SWAN LAKE - In 1981, members of the Swan Lake community decided that they needed some kind of summer festival. They wanted to raise funds for community projects but they were also looking for a way...

 

Snow Plowing In Dogtown To Head Council Agenda

SEELEY LAKE - The hot-button topic snow plowing in Dogtown will kick off the next Seeley Lake Community Council meeting, Monday, Aug. 8. County Commissioner Jean Curtiss and Kristen Baker-Dickinson, head of the Montana Department of Natural...

 

Year-Round Recreation Drives Record Breaking Visitation at State Parks

HELENA – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) continues to see record-breaking visitation in 2016 due to increasing year-round recreation.  According to the latest visitation estimates, Montana State Parks has set a record for visitation...

 

Amelia Grace Love

MISSOULA - Proud paternal grandparents, Tim and Donna Love of Missoula, Mont. joyfully announce the birth of their second grandchild, Amelia Grace Love. Parents, Nathan and Heidi Love of Coquitlam,... Full story

 

Part 1 of 2 Montana Followed Meandering Path to Statehood

From "Montana A History of Two Centuries" by Michael P. Malone, Richard R. Roeder and William L. Lang. Reprinted by permission of the University of Washington Press Each of the United States of...

 

Their Nose Knows

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections presented a Mussel Dog program at the Holland Lake Boat Launch area July 26. Two "mussel" dogs, three-year old Labradors, with their handler Deb Tirmenstein...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Church - More than a Building, It is the People

SEELEY LAKE – Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Seeley Lake and Faith Lutheran of Condon joined together Sunday, July 31 for a combined worship and celebration of 50 years. Current members and those...

 
 By Erik Hatch    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Broken People

If you’re looking for a model of what the church is supposed to look like – look no further than a local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting. Alcoholism runs rampant in my family (I’m lucky to not have the disease), but some very close people in...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Locontes Excel on the Ice

SEELEY LAKE – Siblings Damon and Dacia Loconte each started skating last year. This year, Damon played as a goalie for the Missoula Bruins Squirts for nine and 10-year-olds. He is the second rated...

 

Firewise Communities Program Offers Online Wildfire Safety Toolkit

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program has published an updated Firewise Toolkit aimed at homeowners and other wildfire stakeholders interested in learning how to reduce wildfire risk. The Toolkit is...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 4, 2016

Shooters Demonstrate Skills

SEELEY LAKE - Hellgate Civilian Shooters team in partnership with the Wilderness Sportsman's Club held an Exhibition March at the Seeley Lake Gun Range, July 31. Spectators took turns shooting the...

 

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