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 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017 

Huckleberry Festival Celebrates Montana's "Purple Gold"

SWAN LAKE - Montana does not have a designated state fruit, but if it did, no one would question the nomination of the huckleberry. From border to border, in gift stores and truck stops, restaurants...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017 

Seeley Lake Battles More Smoke Than Flames

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula City-County Health Department issued recommendations Aug. 9 to avoid the dangerous wildfire smoke in Seeley Lake. Recent air monitoring readings have shown record levels of...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017 

Area Youth Excel at Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA – Smoke from wildfires around Western Montana settled in Missoula but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of fair-goers and exhibitors at the Western Montana Fair. The Seeley Lake Trailblazer...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 17, 2017 

Potomac 4-H Club Victorious at Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA - Potomac Valley 4H members wagon-wheeled right through the 2017 Western Montana Fair with projects ranging from cowboy poetry to leathercraft to English horsemanship, flashlights, hogs, and...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017 

Untold Stories of the Jocko Lakes Fire

SEELEY LAKE – The $31.5 million price tag for the 2007 Jocko Lakes Fire made it the costliest fire in Montana history to date. During the height of suppression efforts, Montana spent $1 million per...

 
 By Mary Lynne Jones    News    August 17, 2017 

Carnival For Addy - Labor Day Weekend

SEELEY LAKE – It's been five weeks since the world of Seeley Lake residents Jen and Treay Trevino was turned upside down. From a happy family of four – enjoying the beauty and joys of their small...

 

Governor Bullock Declares New Fire Emergency for State of Montana

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock issued a new Executive Order declaring a fire emergency to exist in the state of Montana.  “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure folks on the ground have the resources they need to protect...

 

Keeping Vigilant Protecting Montana's Waterways

With summer more than half over, more than 23,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Aquatic Invasive Species inspection stations around the state. “This hot and dry weather has a lot of people looking to cool off...

 

Reports of Rattlesnakes in Missoula Area

 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has received reports of rattlesnakes in the Missoula valley in recent weeks and offers safety reminders to hikers and homeowners.  “Rattlesnakes move down into moist river bottoms during hot, dry periods...

 

Iwo Jima Silhouette Added to Veteran's Memorial Park

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Veterans Memorial Park has a new silhouette memorializing Iwo Jima. Shawn Knopp made the new image after his father Glen requested it to honor his mother Barbara's...

 

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Celebrates 45th Anniversary Season with "Macbeth"

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing Macbeth on the Double Arrow Lodge Grounds in Seeley Lake at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24. The New York Times has said of MSIP, "It is...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017 

Behind the Lines on the Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - As of Aug. 15, the Rice Ridge Fire continues to burn 1.4 miles northeast of Seeley Lake. It has grown 3,331 acres and remains 10 percent contained. Nearly 100 firefighters have been...

 

Edwards Fulfills Obligation to Friends and Neighbors

SEELEY LAKE – When asked why he joined the military, Seeley Lake resident Scott Edwards answered, "I received a letter informing me 'You have been chosen by your friends and neighbors'." Sixty-five...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017 

A Smoke-Covered Holland Peak

SWAN VALLEY - As the terminus of summer loomed nearer, and my tenure reporting for the Pathfinder approached with equal speed and horror, I knew I needed to get in one last adventure before trading in...

 

Life Reimaged Checkup, Sept 26

MISSOULA – In celebration of Active Aging Week Sept. 24-30, Missoula Aging Services is offering a Life Reimagined Checkup Sept. 26 from 5:45-8:15 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library. The Life Reimagined Checkup is a free two-and-a-half hour...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Wednesday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: A community meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The Rice Ridge Fire grew around 300 acres and is now 12,091 acres. It...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Thursday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Morning Update: The community meeting will be held tonight, Aug. 17 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The Rice Ridge Fire is up to 12,244 acres and is 10% contained. There are 61...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 17, 2017 

Critical Three Days Ahead - Continue to Stay Prepared

SEELEY LAKE – The community gathered Thursday, Aug. 17 for the sixth community meeting on the Rice Ridge Fire. The fire has dropped to the fourth fire on the national priority list. Suppression...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Friday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: Another community meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 21 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The Rice Ridge Fire grew 620 acres and is now up to 12, 861 acres...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Saturday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: Another community meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 21 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The Rice Ridge Fire grew significantly to the east into the...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Sunday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: Another community meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 21 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. Burnout operations last night were done around Mount Morrell Lookout...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Monday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: A community meeting will be held today at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The Rice Ridge Fire grew 600 acres yesterday and is now 15,947 acres. The fire...

 
 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...

 

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