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Mountain lion takes dog in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - A Seeley Lake resident’s dog was killed by a mountain lion early Wednesday, June 16 off of Spruce Street. The last mountain lion sighting in the area was reported almost a month prior, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Cougar and...

Japan: A glimpse at Montana's future?

This is part 1 of a two-part story about financing elder care in aging populations. Part 2 - what new strategies could Montana explore? - will be published next week. Montana, the oldest state in the...

Howard transfers Air Force skills to MAS in the Seeley-Swan

SWAN VALLEY - Condon resident Linda Howard joined the Missoula Aging Services (MAS) in 2016 and currently works as the organization's Resource Specialist in the Seeley Swan area. Many of the skills...

Missoula businesses close due to COVID-19 positive employees

MISSOULA - Two Missoula area restaurants announced via their Facebook page last week that they would close after an employee test positive for COVID-19. Paradise Falls voluntarily closed upon hearing from the worker and has been cooperating fully... Full story

4-H and FFA projects going from farm to fair

Despite some Western Montana Fair event cancellations, 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are still able to exhibit their projects but without spectators due to COVID-19 risks. Missoula...

Health Department cautions Fourth of July events as cases rise

With an influx of visitors and coronavirus cases entering the Fourth of July weekend, the Missoula City-County Health Department asked event coordinators to be cautious on what is one of the busiest holidays in Seeley Lake. Though events are... Full story

Trail Creek Merc offers something for everyone

SEELEY LAKE - After decades of working for others, Lynda and Kevin Mickelson decided it was time for a change. The newly retired couple opened Trail Creek Merc on June 28, a one-stop-shop for gifts,...

Fourth of July  - Be cautious with the upcoming fire season

The Fourth of July is an excellent time to get outside with family and friends and recreate on the Lolo National Forest. With more people out recreating, the Seeley Lake Ranger District is asking people to do their part when it comes to wildfire... Full story

An election is the solution, not lawsuits

SEELEY LAKE - If this sewer was a good idea, users in the district would be ALL for it and it would have been built already. As proposed, it’s dissolved into a decades-long lawyer and lawsuit can-of-worms and getting worse. After the recent board...

Tomato troubles, plastic covering and tasty veggies

What does it mean when the bottom leaves of my tomatoes turn yellow? It means that the bottom leaves are not healthy. If they turn yellow late in the growing season, it means only that the leaves are...

Senior Farmers' Market Coupon program available

Along with our gorgeous summer weather, we in the Seeley-Swan Valley have something to celebrate! Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, residents of Missoula County and meet federal income...

Open Federal lands or give management over to the state

That was a great article in the Thursday, June 18 issue of the Pathfinder by Dale Terrillion on “Public Lands”. It seems the government forgets who owns and pays taxes to support public lands. I don’t understand why disabled groups, senior...

Double Arrow Ranch - Change and stability in the 1980's

The decade of the 1980’s was the time when initial plans were modified, properties were bought and sold regularly and building began occurring across all phases of DARLOA. It is fascinating to look back at how the development matured in the...

Upcoming Events Calendar

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, events are fluid. Many have been canceled per the Governor's guidance and social distancing requirements. Please contact the organizer prior to attending.... Full story

Heart and Crescent Lakes

Distance: 4.3 miles (8.6 miles roundtrip) Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation gain: 1,368 feet Services: The trailhead has a relatively large parking lot with a pit toilet. No drinking water is available... Full story


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