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 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

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 looking... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

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,...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

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 prev... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

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...


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

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Ovando takes hit from loss of cyclists

OVANDO - A cycling T-shirt hung for the first time on the side of Kathy Schoendoerfer's store, the Blackfoot Angler. On a normal year, hundreds of bike-packers, racers and cycling tours would have...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Blackfoot, schools work to keep valley connected

As businesses and schools closed because of the coronavirus, Blackfoot Communications had to keep up with the new booming demand of people working from home, while Seeley-Swan High School also addressed a lack of computers for their students. Not... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Seeley Lake Market continues, set to expand

SEELEY LAKE - Rain fell onto the blue and white umbrellas keeping the Johnson's Homegrown stand dry for the Sunday, June 21 Farmers Market. The stand was the only vendor at the market, a rare sight wh...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Mission Bible Fellowship reimagines Vacation Bible School

SEELEY LAKE - Erika Wilson knew in the back of her mind there was no way Mission Bible Fellowship's Vacation Bible School summer camp would be able to happen this year. Instead, she opted to create a...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Bad Bob stays the course for five years

SEELEY LAKE - Runners stretched, filled up their water bottles, and did practice laps to prepare for three different length versions of the Bad Bob race, put on by the Mountain Trail Series June 20....

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Harris and Walz finish on top at Mr. Pike

SEELEY LAKE - Fishermen and women braved the weekend weather to finish out the annual Mr. Pike tournament June 13 and 14. Though less than 10 teams fished the event, it was still a celebration. "It...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

SSHS to replace contaminated lead pipes

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School is upgrading its pipes over the summer after discovering a high concentration of lead back in 2017. The project, made possible by a $400,000 grant, will replace all the domestic water piping entering the high...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Afraid of losing unemployment benefits?

With the unexpected arrival of a pandemic, thousands of Montanans are out of work. For many, it could be the first time navigating the government’s policy on unemployment or business support funding. The Pathfinder looked to answer questions raised... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Benton takes to the road for Camp Mak-A-Dream

SEELEY LAKE - DJ Benton, of Seeley Lake, rode towards Mount Morrel on his 47th birthday May 10 with a goal to match his miles traveled to years lived. While he watched the trees and mountains pass...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Seeley man returns home after being marooned in Belize

Don Larson has spent the last 22 winters fishing and cruising off the Central America coastline. Due to the coronavirus, both Larson and his partner Rosie Strope ended up staying out on the open...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Miss For and Mrs. Montana take over Tamaracks Resort

SEELEY LAKE - When program director of the Montana Mrs. America pageants Cindy Archer canceled the statewide competition due to the coronavirus, she remembered talking with Jessica Kimmel about a new...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Rent-All sees new ownership yet same plan

SEELEY LAKE - Terry Antonich spent his youth on Lake Inez, and hoped one day he would be able to find a career in Seeley. So when Dick Lewis decided to retire from Rent-All, Antonich took over....

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

MCPS plans for in-person classes for fall 2020

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Public School District released guidelines about students returning to class for the fall semester. Notably, the District is putting Seeley-Swan High School in a different category from the other schools.... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 11, 2020

'Untethered' Fat Hippie looks to grow business 

SEELEY LAKE - The Fat Hippie Dispensary noticed new faces come into the store after the start of June. The recent influx of non-regulars could be tied to a new state law that allows medical marijuana...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 11, 2020

UM lights up for area high schools

MISSOULA - University of Montana's 'Main Hall' shined gold on June 6 to represent the Seeley-Swan High School Class of 2020. The lighting was a part of an eight-day celebration for graduates in...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 11, 2020

BLM secures nearly 5,000 acres in the Lower Blackfoot River

MISSOULA - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) bought 4,480 acres in the Lower Blackfoot River drainage from The Nature Conservatory (TNC) , which secures permanent public access to the land. The purchase was within the Upper Belmont Creek...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 11, 2020

New Veterans' Memorial in the works

SEELEY LAKE- The Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) said they are preparing to replace the current veterans' memorial off Highway 83 before Veterans Day 2020. The plan is to replace the...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 4, 2020

Elbow Lake dam removal deferred, other restrictions in place

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation released their decision regarding the Removal and Remediation of Elbow Lake Dam Project May 26.  Instead of demolishing the dam as originally proposed,...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 4, 2020

Visitor Center returns to the Barn

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center will not look the same this year. After two years separated from the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center locally...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 4, 2020

Destination communities will be ready for visitors, says Bullock

At a press conference May 28, Governor Steve Bullock and the state of Montana prioritized preparing highly transited ‘destination communities’ for higher amounts of tourists as the state loosened interstate travel restrictions as a part of its... Full story


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