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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...

 

From draft to final declaration

We often wonder how our founding fathers could have written the phrase "all men are created equal" while simultaneously sanctioning and supporting slavery. A close look at the changes made in the...

 

Newly-minted words: doomsurfing and infodemic

SEELEY LAKE – COVID-19 has infected not only our bodies but also our language. Three interesting new words arising from the pandemic are doomsurfing (and its companion doomscrolling) and infodemic. Whether or not Kevin Roose originated the phrase d...

 

The origins of 'quarantine'

SEELEY LAKE – The word quarantine has been much in the news lately. In terms of COVID-19, it means stay in your home away from other people for 14 days. But where did the word come from? Interesting...

 
 By Betty Vanderwielen    News    May 7, 2020

Royer experienced quarantine quagmire returning from Iditarod

SEELEY LAKE – Traditionally, a large cheering crowd greets the first mushers to arrive in Nome, Alaska, the endpoint of the Iditarod dogsled race. Local musher Jessie Royer, who pushed into Nome...

 

Time to knuckle down

SEELEY LAKE – When school buildings closed because of the Corvid-19 pandemic, teachers devised home assignments for their students. However, with distractions such as toys, TV and video games readily accessible in the home, many students had a...

 

Johnson's road from infantry to ministry

SEELEY LAKE – In November of 1967, when the Vietnam War was heating up, Don Johnson received notification he had been drafted into the United States Army. Though repulsed at the possibility of...

 

Celebrating Easter despite COVID-19

SEELEY LAKE – Among the things the coronavirus has disrupted is the supply lines feeding the nation. Who would have thought toilet paper would become the most hoarded commodity? There's a possibilit...

 

Hairbrained or harebrained?

SEELEY LAKE – The word "hairbrained" conjures images of Lucy from the "I Love Lucy" show engaging in hilarious and unsuccessful attempts to get into show business or to make money as in the famous...

 

Local Iditarod musher racks up awards

ALASKA – Nine days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds after leaving Anchorage, Seeley Lake part-time resident Jessie Royer mushed her dogsled team into Nome, Alaska to a third-place finish in the...

 

Kirby tailors program to student audience

SEELEY LAKE – The March 12 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder carried a report on the multimedia presentation Scott Kirby presented the previous Sunday in Condon. That presentation primarily...

 

Hayhurst served country through camera lens

SEELEY LAKE – Eric Hayhurst became interested in photography when he was a student at Capital High School in Helena. He liked the creativity of developing a negative in the darkroom to produce the p...

 

Bury the hatchet

SEELEY LAKE – The phrase “bury the hatchet” means to cease hostilities and make amends. Not surprisingly, the origin of the phrase comes from Native Americans, who literally did bury hatchets. Doubtless such ceremonies were performed before...

 

Tour began in 1915 Mowitza Lodge and ended in present

SEELEY LAKE – The red-roofed complex of buildings straddling both sides of the south end of Salmon Lake form a familiar landmark on entering the Seeley Valley. They've been there since 1915 and...

 

Klassens struggled to juggle family and military life

SWAN VALLEY – Edward and Heidi Klassen met and began a relationship aboard the USS John Stennis. Both ended up serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy and ultimately getting married. But maintaining a...

 

Sunset School produces Elfin Magic

GREENOUGH - The Reception Barn at Paws Up Resort was the site of Sunset School's Dec. 19 holiday play, "A Little Elfin Magic." Dressed in Christmassy reds and greens, all 13 students, from...

 

Readers holiday memories of candles and lights

Each holiday season the Pathfinder reports on a different holiday tradition. In conjunction with that, reporters ask a specific question of people who happen to be out engaging in holiday activities....

 

Regional candle festivals

Part I, "Candles and Festivals of Light," recounted Christian, Jewish, Hindu and African-American winter festivals formulated around the theme of light conquering darkness. Those celebrations transcen...

 

Candles and Festivals of Light

Candles brighten many occasions, but they are most prominent and most infused with meaning during the winter holidays. Among others, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Kwanzaa use candles and lamps...

 

Thanks flowed both ways at 25th annual Appreciation Day

SEELEY LAKE – Sunday, Dec. 15 marked 25 years that Jack and Belinda Rich have shown their appreciation to the community by inviting everyone to their ranch for a day of winter fun. More than 125...

 

Upper and Lower Case

SEELEY LAKE – School is well underway now and beginning readers are being initiated into the magic lying dormant in the 26 letters of the alphabet. They are learning the magic spells that reveal...

 

Double Arrow facilitates offer to step inside a Christmas card

SEELEY LAKE – A packed crowd assembled at the Double Arrow Lodge Dec. 8 to hear the Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells ring in the 2019 Christmas season. Under the title "Step Into A Christmas Card," the...

 

Readers holiday memories of candles and lights

Each holiday season the Pathfinder reports on a different holiday tradition. In conjunction with that, reporters ask a specific question of people who happen to be out engaging in holiday activities....

 

Chinook Winds wends music to rural Montana

SWAN VALLEY - An appreciative audience gave a standing ovation to the Chinook Winds Quintet at the conclusion of their Nov. 11 concert at Swan Valley School. But the quintet's mission was only half...

 

Jungers finds sisters in WAC

SEELEY LAKE – A random incident propelled Seeley Lake resident Lynne Jungers into the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She was still in high school in Eastern Kentucky when she happened to see a WAC walk...

 

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