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  • Game range opens with new parameters

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|May 23, 2024

    Instead of a line of trucks overflowing with antler hunters bombing through the west gate of the Clearwater-Blackfoot Game Range on opening day, 115 vehicles followed a game warden driving a side-by-side pilot vehicle through the east gate off Woodworth Road. Safety concerns because of excessive traffic around the Game Range west gate on opening day led Montana Fish and Game to explore options for the management of opening day. People camping and parking across Highway 83 and crossing the highwa...

  • Federal money on the table for a wastewater project in Seeley, potential system design expected in couple months

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Bill Decker sat in the beautifully lit meeting room upstairs in the Barn - what Seeley Lake residents refer to the combo museum, historical society and community meeting spot as - with legal pads and a folder of sewer-related information displayed in front of him. He was explaining a few things about April's sewer board meeting when his phone rang. A representative from Rep. Ryan Zinke's office was on the other line with news of a chunk of money available from the federal government - through...

  • Seeley-Swan student attends Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago

    Michele Holmes, Seeley-Swan High School BPA Advisor|May 23, 2024

    When Hattie Batchelder was a freshman, she had no idea what BPA was. She just wanted to participate in more clubs. She thought it was some sort of after-school class with a focus on business that was just a Montana thing. After four years of participating in Business Professionals of America, Batchelder's learned, competed and traveled to two national competitions, one in Anaheim, California - where Batchelder and friends placed eleventh in the nation in a podcasting category about an episode...

  • No nitrate problem in Seeley

    Don Larson, Polson, Montana|May 23, 2024

    We don’t have a nitrate problem in Seeley. We have a health department/real estate developer problem. These folks continue to push for a central sewer for the area but the system they are proposing, in the sewer district as it is now drawn, will never clean up or protect the watershed. The present sewer district does not include the worst septic effluent polluters. That would be all the waterfront and riverfront properties on all the lakes. Were the Missoula County Health Department to ever develop the political courage to test all the w...

  • The safest choice for children is Dave Kesler

    Elizabeth Peterson, Manhattan, Montana|May 23, 2024

    As the Montana State Representative for the National Safe Parents Organization, I have meticulously vetted Montana’s legislative candidates in order to determine who prioritizes the health and safety of children and who can be trusted to display honor in the ruthless political arena. As a private citizen, Dave Kesler has sacrificed countless hours, and his own hard earned money, to educate himself and advocate for common sense child safety laws in Montana over the last few years. Unintimidated by the hyper-slanderous hyperbole excreted by the c...

  • Condon voters approve general fund, technology levies

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Condon voters approved two levies the Swan Valley Elementary School Board put on May ballots. Just a little over $20,000 will be added to the school’s budget, about $10,000 into the general fund and about $10,000 for a technology fund, which the school didn’t have before presenting the technology levy to voters. The timing of voted levies across the state couldn’t have been worse in many cases. For Condon voters, the early-March announced levy was right before extra property tax bills were sent out by Missoula County and just before the annou...

  • Seeley Lake Historical Society - Memorial Day Open House 2024

    Tom Browder, Seeley Lake Historical Society|May 23, 2024

    Memorial Day, when we honor those members of our armed forces who died while serving their country, has a long history. Once known as Decoration Day, it was first celebrated in 1868. Although it has been in existence for 156 years, it has only been since 1971 that the holiday has been observed on the last Monday in May. Before that, Memorial Day always fell on May 30. This year, we encourage everyone to join the ceremony on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m., at the Seeley Lake Veterans Memorial Garden....

  • Thought for the week - Paradise!

    Jon Bergen, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|May 23, 2024

    What thoughts come to mind when you see the word paradise? For some it is a lovely beach with sunshine and warm sand. Maybe paradise is the view from the top of a mountain. For me, it would be a big shop building with all sorts of tools and projects with time to work on them all. We all have our own ideas of what makes paradise in our lives. Spring comes in many forms. I just know that I now laugh at the idea of April showers bringing May flowers. Spring is that time of perfect temps, not too hot and not too cool, cool nights and warmish days....

  • Sunset School celebrates graduates

    Toni Hatten, Supervising teacher

    Sunset School is celebrating three graduates - eighth grader Kailash Valencia and kindergarteners Olivia Paulussen and Odin Holwerda. The school's end of the year celebration and graduation event will take place on Friday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest under the Pavillion....

  • Getting outdoors has measurable health benefits

    Dr. JoDean Nicolette MD|May 23, 2024

    Your feet hit the dirt and the sound of cars is replaced by the call of a yellow warbler. The majestic trunks of Nordic pine and Tamarack shield you from the concrete. You smell the Ponderosas and let the huckleberry leaves brush your legs. Exhale and relax. It feels great, and it is. Most of us know that getting out into nature is beneficial, whether it's exercise, clean air, vitamin D production, or simply taking a break from our frenetic daily lives. Science has discovered that visiting a...

  • Nine Blackhawks to attend State track and field

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Nine Seeley-Swan track and field athletes will head to State this weekend in Great Falls after competing in Divisionals in Missoula last weekend. The women's 4x1 relay team placed first in Divisionals with a time of 52.38 seconds. Coach Mike Haines said this was almost a second faster than their past times, but the team will likely need to cut a second or a second and a half off to be competitive at State. The relay team was made up of Laicey Auchenbach, Darby Gleason, Kilty Hanson and Lillian B...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|May 23, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday May 25, 1989 Eighth graders excel in history project Five Seeley Lake eighth graders received 'excellence ratings' as this area's first participants in Montana History Day, an annual qualifying competition held at the State Capitol each spring as a preliminary to National History Days in Washington, D.C. Shawn Helvick and Jason Zebarth entered a group project on Camp Remini, Montana's World War II training camp for sled dog search and rescue teams. Melita...

  • Blackfoot Challenge summer stewardship happenings

    Jennifer Schoonen, Blackfoot Challenge Director of Communications and Fund Development|May 23, 2024

    Summer brings the field season for Blackfoot Challenge program staff - teaming up with landowners, state and federal partners and fellow conservation organizations to make hay while the sun shines. From new electric fences to piles of biochar, here are a few updates on Blackfoot community stewardship work happening around the watershed. Education In spring and fall, school-based education events are in full swing. In May, Challenge staff took part in an all-day bear-aware event for Seeley Lake...

  • Public Services & Hours

    Public Services • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Mon, 7pm, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, • Missoula County Treasurer: 2nd & 4th Thurs, 9:30am – 3:30pm, closed for lunch 11:30 – 12:30, Satellite Office, 3360 Highway 83N • Montana Veterans Affairs Division: 3rd Wed, 10am-2pm, Citizens Alliance Bank. 406-721-1288 for apt. • Potomac Food Bank: Second to last Sunday each month, 5-7pm, Potomac Greenough Comm. Center • Seeley Lake Caregiver Support Group: Third Tues, 1-2pm, via ZOOM. For log in info call Missoula Aging Service the Wednesd... Full story

  • Public Meetings

    Local Government • Missoula County Commissioners Public Mtg, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, Courthouse Annex, Room 151, Missoula, 2pm. • Seeley Lake Community Council, 2nd Mon, 6pm, Seeley Lake Historical Museum & Visitors Center, 2920 Highway 83. For the agenda and virtual access visit the Facebook Page for Zoom link. • Swan Valley Community Council, 3rd Tues, 6pm, Swan Valley Commu... Full story

  • Area Lunch Menus

    Senior Menu For any area senior unable to afford the lunches, assistance may be available. Frozen meals are also available. Please call Ria Overholt with Missoula Aging Services at 406-728-7682 for information. The Mission Mountains Mercantile serves senior meals Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Please call 406-754-2387 by 6 p.m. the night before the meal to order. Visit the Mission Mountains Mercantile Facebook page for the menu. The Seeley Lake Senior Center (Sela Senci) provides congregate meals and delivers ‘meals on wheels’. Congregate mea... Full story

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  • Potomac teacher wins statewide award

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 16, 2024

    It certainly wasn't a bus evacuation assembly, which was the reason Potomac School Principal Sarah Schmill gave to her staff and students for gathering in the community center on May 6. The Potomac Community Center was filled with Potomac students, teachers, representatives from the University of Montana's College of Education, the infamous UM mascot, Monte, and family and friends of Abby Stitt, who was being presented with the Maryfrancis Shreeve Award for teaching excellence, of which she had...

  • Mis-proofed ballots contain error for valley voters, mistake won't have impact on election outcomes

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 16, 2024

    Voters in the Seeley-Swan and Potomac Valleys will have an uncontested race on their primary ballots that they are unable to vote in — for Public Service Commission District 4. This is due to a proofing error missed by both the state and the county that impacted about 17,000 ballots in the northeastern part of Missoula County. After the most recent redistricting cycle, voters in these valleys were reassigned to PSC District 5, not 4. PSC District 5 is not up for election this year and the election in District 4 is uncontested across the four p... Full story

  • Ovando tea party celebrates social studies learning and kindergarten graduations

    Keely Larson, Editor

    Upon entering the Ovando School gym last Wednesday, visitors were promptly asked if they'd like tea - with various flavors to choose from - and a cookie. Students dressed in white tops, black bottoms and brown hats reminiscent of Pilgrims poured tea from beautiful tea pots and placed cookies on napkins in front of those coming to support the kindergarteners graduating into first grade and the whole school's production of its social studies curriculum. Before the play began, Andrea Tougas,...

  • Bear Fair teaches Seeley Elementary students how to be good neighbors

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 16, 2024

    Danielle Oyler has worked across Montana teaching kids and adults about living in bear country in her role as the wildlife stewardship outreach specialist with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. In front of a group of Seeley Lake Elementary School third graders at the Bear Fair, she said students in Seeley Lake have seen more bears on average than any other students at schools across the state that she's talked to. The next closest school is Lincoln. "There's a very good chance you're going to see...

  • Please don't ground me

    Alan Muskett MD|May 16, 2024

    When we started this boat trip around the Eastern United States, we kept hearing about Bob423. It seemed odd that a group of retired boomers, who seem to have a bottomless appetite for classic rock (one more rendition of "Margaritaville" in a seaside restaurant and my cranium will fragment like a grenade) would be so devoted to a rapper. Turns out that Bob423 is not a rapper, but a 70-ish retired engineer who looks like your high school civics teacher. His retirement passion has been to cruise t...

  • Employee of the year

    Dale Terrillion, Proctor, Montana|May 16, 2024

    Last fall my grandson and I did a few-days camping trip back to the Swan. We spent a few days there at the Cold Creek Bridge. It was many years since I left and I enjoyed again what I had remembered the almost 30 years I had lived there. In need of the outhouse facilities I went to check it out. I wasn’t prepared for what was there. It was a sight for sore eyes! Someone had not quite made the seat and it was unusable. Not having cell service I drove to a friend’s house with a landline. I called Swan Lake Forest Service to inform the gal the...

  • Why I support Dave Kesler for House District 76

    Former Rep. Mike Miller, Helmville, Montana|May 16, 2024

    Dave is challenging a current legislator (and former lobbyist) that ended up in this district (HD 76) after the district boundaries were redrawn as part of the last state legislative redistricting maps were drawn. We did not get to vote for him and from what I can see, he did not do a good job of representing conservative Powell and Granite Counties during the last Session. Dave’s opponent scored second to last in the GOP on the Montana Family Foundation’s scorecard. One bill would have allowed parents more transparency into their chi...

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