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Articles from the August 10, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    August 10, 2017

A Fortnight of Flames: A Rice Ridge Fire Timeline

SEELEY LAKE - "My thinking is that the next big event will be east of Seeley," wrote retired Plum Creek Forester Roger Marshall in an interview July 6, 2017 about the 2007 Jocko Lakes Fire. "Auggie Cr...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

Swan Valley Elementary Secretary Retires After Decades of Service

SWAN VALLEY – One of Swan Valley Elementary's longest serving employees will be leaving at the end of the summer. Karen Anderson will be retiring after serving as the school's secretary and...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

Bullock, Tester Briefed on Fire

SEELEY LAKE – Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) and senior Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) visited Seeley Lake to get a firsthand look at the efforts to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. The pair attended a morning...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 10, 2017

Untold Stories of the Jocko Lakes Fire

SEELEY LAKE – After burning more than 13,000 acres in two days and forcing evacuations around Seeley Lake, the Jocko Lakes Fire rose to the top priority fire in the nation. The 2007 fire held that...

 

Pathfinder "Best of the Valleys" Continues

Click to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VY8GXLH The first week of voting is in the books for the Pathfinder's Best of the Valleys Readers' Choice Awards. Thank you to those who took the time to...

 

Moving Mountains

by Elizabeth Done Seeley-Swan High School, Grade 12 They are the valley's eastern sentinels granting passage to the sun. They are rigidly cut shadows under violet chalk skies. They're a skiff of oil...

 

Support the Sewer Board and Build the Facility

SEELEY LAKE - This sewer is a local solution for a local issue. Seeley Lake’s groundwater, lakes, rivers and streams are impacted by leaking septic tanks and drainfield effluent. It’s hard to imagine that a community with such iconic beauty is...

 

To Whom it May Concern

In the July 27 edition of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, I wrote a letter to the editor and failed to signify that I was writing as a Swan Valley resident.  I was not writing as a Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SRVPC) member or on behalf of...

 
 By Bruce Hall    Opinion    August 10, 2017

Don't Let the Debate Sink Lower than the Sewer (or Septic System)

SEELEY LAKE - I attend Seeley Lake Sewer District Board meetings when I am in residence and read about them when I’m away. The Board did a lackluster job of getting information out last year and the opposition did a great job of distributing...

 
 By Denny Allen    Opinion    August 10, 2017

Support the Sewer for the Future of the Lake and All Those Who Depend on It

SEELEY LAKE - I guess the word “deplorable” could be used to describe me. As with any definition comes a perception of how that word is applied. Concern for the environment and caring for nature are not usually associated with today’s’...

 

Organ Pillaging: Taking a Stand Against Chinese Abuse

Human rights in China have not gotten any better. In June 2016, Congress passed House Resolution 343, condemning the Chinese government for sanctioning the pillaging of organs from Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience. Falun Gong is a Buddha...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

FAA Investigating Drone Flight Near Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, aerial operations on the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake were shut down due to a civilian drone flight. A local resident spotted the drone and U.S. Forest Service officers were able to identify and con...

 

Norman Maclean Festival to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of "A River Runs Through It"

Tom Skerritt and other members of the creative team from Robert Redford's film, "A River Runs Through It" will highlight the three-day In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival Sept. 8-10 in Seeley...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    August 10, 2017

Vital Ground, Nature Conservancy Team Up on North Fork Flathead Easement

A property that helped turn Montana's North Fork Flathead River Valley into a conservation stronghold is changing hands but remaining wild. The Vital Ground Foundation has teamed up with The Nature Co...

 

Logan William Binder

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake residents Kayla Johnson and Austin Binder welcomed their son Logan William Binder July 14. He was six pounds and 19 inches long. He was also welcomed by proud grandparents...

 

Pioneer Descendants Share Memories During Homestead Tour

SWAN VALLEY – The more than 100 people who enjoyed the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society's (USVHS) Homestead Tour Saturday, Aug. 5 had a variety of reasons for participating. Some people wanted...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 10, 2017

Concerned Yet Reaching Out

POTOMAC - Liberty Fire personnel hosted an informational meeting in Potomac Aug. 5 that provided updates and addressed residents' concerns. The Potomac community has also stepped up with resources to...

 

Fire

It has been a hectic week, filled with uncertainty, upheaval, flames and smoke. If you live or recreate in Seeley Lake, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you do not live or recreate in Seeley Lake, you probably still know what I am...

 

Land Use Element Completed

SWAN VALLEY - The Land Use Element was completed at the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee meeting Aug. 2. The committee deleted and reworded text in the Goals, Policies and Actions sections of the third of the seven elements to the draft Swan...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

Seeley's Million Dollar Air Show

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake residents have had front row seats to a top notch, and pricy, airshow for the last week. As the Rice Ridge Fire moved up the national priority list to claim the number one...

 

Community Briefs

Seeley Lake Triathlon Cancelled SEELEY LAKE – Due to the recent fire activity and lake closures, the Seeley Lake Triathlon, scheduled for Aug. 12, has been cancelled. The organizers will contact those who have pre-registered about refund options....

 

Rice Ridge Fire Wednesday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: The next public meeting will be held tomorrow, Aug. 10 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The fire grew about a 1,000 acres yesterday to 9,286 acres. It is...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Thursday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: A public meeting will be held tonight, at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The Rice Ridge Fire grew near 1,000 acres yesterday, with most of the growth to the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 10, 2017

Be Prepared and Take Care of Yourself

SEELEY LAKE – Hundreds of people showed up for the fourth Rice Ridge Fire community meeting at the Seeley Lake Elementary school Thursday, Aug. 10. The country is now in Stage 5, the highest level...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Friday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: As a reminder, the evacuation warning issued within areas of Seeley Lake (including Double Arrow Ranch), remains in effect and residents are urged to be prepared....

 

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