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 By Griffen Smith    News    October 1, 2020

Tips and tricks for becoming a better social media consumer

University of Montana professor of Journalism Lee Banville said the engagement of malicious or false information is just a part of how social media works. Much like how a sensational newspaper would...


How Internet crimes continue to move faster than the law

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Detective Garret Van Hoose's spends many of his work hours learning how to hack ethically and track down criminals all through an IP address. He is a member of the...


What does online community look like today?

Beginning note: In the age of online information and fast paced technology, understanding how today's people communicate seems daunting. The Pathfinder talked to professors, law enforcement, mental...

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 27, 2020

Sugar gliders thrive in the Kesterke home

SEELEY LAKE - At 10 o'clock at night, one member of the Kesterke family mixes together fruits and vegetables to make a healthy "sugar glider salad." The nightly snack is for their small lovable pets,...

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 13, 2020

Bullock: Counties given option for all mail-in ballot

Governor Steve Bullock announced Aug. 6 that like the June primary, counties will be able to opt in to an all-mail voting system. He also directed early voting to be expanded based on recommendations... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020

Plan to resume fall sports despite pandemic

The Montana High School Association (MHSA) released a plan for returning to sports in light of the coronavirus. The 20-page document details restrictions for fans and athletes during games, but emphasized youth sports will return for the fall school... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020

YFC Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon runs through River Point

SEELEY LAKE - Racers clad in wetsuits waited patiently under the starting arch of the Youth For Christ Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon on Aug 1. The race, located on the River Point Campground and par...

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020

Local candidates get creative in campaigning during coronavirus

In a normal year politicians running for office are often speaking to potential voters, canvassing neighborhoods and holding fundraisers. But with COVID-19, local candidates have to try to connect...

 By Griffen Smith    News    August 6, 2020

Jackie's Espresso expands to Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - When she started her first coffee shop in 2005, Jackie Callison did not think her business would be where it is today. Now, she has three coffee kiosks in small towns in western Montana,...


Hiking Holland Peak

Directions:  Drive north on Highway 83 approximately 28 miles from Seeley Lake, or two miles south of Condon (mile marker 39). Turn east onto Rumble Creek Road. Follow the road four miles to the... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 30, 2020

Spearfishers converge on Placid Lake

PLACID LAKE - Dark wetsuits and orange spears floated above the water of Placid Lake July 25 as members of the Missoula-based spearfishing club joined forced with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks,...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 30, 2020

Local high schoolers excel at Big Sky State Games

BILLINGS, MONTANA - Though the 2020 track season never left the starting line due to COVID-19, Seeley-Swan High School senior Klaire Kovatch and her sophomore brother Klayton did not miss a beat...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 23, 2020

Missoula County Public Schools prepare for  in-person schooling

MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools plans to bring back students for the Fall 2020 semester. In the July 14 board meeting, officials addressed what the district can do to keep students in the classroom without furthering the spread of... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 16, 2020

Missoula County requires masks in public spaces, with exceptions

MISSOULA - The Missoula City-County Health Department board voted unanimously to require facemasks in every indoor public space in the county at their July 9 meeting. They received over 4,000 comments from the public before the hearing, of which...


Upper Holland and Sapphire Lakes - Trail No. 415

Length: 7 miles (5.5 to Upper Holland, 1.5 to Sapphire) 14 miles roundtrip Elevation gain: 3,100 feet (2,100 to Upper Holland, 1,000 to Sapphire) Services: The trailhead is located near Holland Lake... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 9, 2020

Preparing for peak fire season, adjustments made for COVID-19

As Montana enters into July, the 2020 fire season is expected to put the state’s prevention and containment capabilities to the test. Not only is the current climate being compared to years like 2017 but officials are also working to present the...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 9, 2020

Keeping the fireworks display afloat

As dusk approached Seeley Lake's Fourth of July, Tamaracks Resort owners Jessica and Jeff Kimmel waited patiently as the first ever fireworks show that they put on for the community was about to...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 9, 2020

The new and traditional blend for Seeley Fourth

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation pancake breakfast kicked off the Fourth of July activities in Seeley Lake. Even though they modified a few things to accommodate with the...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 9, 2020

Missoula County requires masks in public spaces, with exceptions

MISSOULA - The Missoula City-County Health Department board voted unanimously to require facemasks in every indoor public space in the county at their July 9 meeting. They received over 4,000 comments from the public before the hearing, of which... Full story

 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...


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