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 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Shintangle Brings Square Dancing to Condon

CONDON - The Condon Ball Field was alive with music and dancing during the fourth annual Swan Valley Connections' Shintangle July 20. "Tonight is all about celebrating," said Executive Director Maria...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Mantas Announces Retirement

SWAN VALLEY - Maria Mantas, the executive director of Swan Valley Connections for the last four years, will be retiring this fall. "A good executive director keeps the family together, keeps the team...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Smoke Stares Down Seeley Lake: Fire Updates

SEELEY LAKE – Nearly 600 people packing the gym at Seeley Lake Elementary for a fire meeting Monday, July 31. Members of the Forest Service, the Incident Management Team and other local officials ad...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 20, 2017

Seeley Unable to Match "Gold Standard" in AIS Inspection

SEELEY LAKE – A silver Toyota Tacoma towing a blue and white striped motor boat pulled up to the check station at Clearwater Junction. Two inspectors circled the watercraft, checking for the...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 20, 2017

Yellowstone Area Grizzlies Delisted as Endangered Species

The Montana Grizzlies will soon be under new management. We’re not talking about the UM football team, but rather the grizzly bear population in the state. Specifically, those living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Interior Secretary Ryan...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 20, 2017

Races Abound During Festival

Change Your Pace Challenge SEELEY LAKE - Seventy-two runners braved the late morning heat to run in the Change Your Pace Challenge 10K, 5K and 2K races. Micah Drew from Seeley Lake finished first in t...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 20, 2017

Faces of the Fifty

SEELEY LAKE - Six miles up Rice Ridge Road, a line of vehicles slowed to a stop. Dirt roads spread out to the left and right until they disappeared in to the trees along the ridge. Race Coordinator...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 20, 2017

Dogtown: One Band's Tie to Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Hours before his first performance at the Bob Marshall Music Festival, Matt Strachan was lounging at his cabin in Dogtown. Scattered around the back deck overlooking the Clearwater...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 13, 2017

Round Two: Bob Marshall Music Festival Returns to Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Summer music festivals in Montana are almost as prevalent as cherries on a tree in the Flathead. They range from the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, to the Big Sky Classical Music...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 13, 2017

Chamber of Commerce Reboots

SEELEY LAKE - “Frankly, it was about to fold.” That was Cheryl Lewis’s comment on the old Seeley Lake Chamber of Commerce. Lewis, the newly elected chairperson, is one of the members breathing new life into the Chamber this year. Over the...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 13, 2017

Open Chinese Market Unlikely to Directly Impact Local Ranchers

POTOMAC - Last month Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced that after a 13-year ban, the U.S. will once again be able to ship beef to China. "Montana beef will now be served on menus, plates and...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 13, 2017

The Music of the 2017 Bob Marshall Music Festival

SEELEY LAKE - When festival organizer Chris Stout thought about what kind of music he wanted to bring to Seeley Lake, he decided that it should be an eclectic mix that would appeal to the widest varie...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 13, 2017

Homegrown Montana Bands Play the Bob Marshall

SEELEY LAKE - Bands are coming from as far as the Atlantic Coast to play at the Bob Marshall Music Festival. The Pathfinder reached out to a couple of bands that only have to travel down a highway or two to get here. Matt Strachan and the Hoot Owls...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 6, 2017

Tester Secures Funding for Sewer District

SEELEY LAKE - Seven Montana communities, Seeley Lake among them, will receive funding to update water infrastructure. On June 28, Montana Senator Jon Tester announced he had secured more than $2 million for rural water projects, including water...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 6, 2017

Sunset School Holds Centennial Celebration

GREENOUGH- A blown up black and white photograph depicting the Sunset School class in 1956 hung from the railing outside the schoolhouse. An elderly couple approached the picture, the man pushed his...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 6, 2017

Tamaracks Resort: An Oldie but a Goodie

SEELEY LAKE - The ad in the Spokesman-Review was small, just two lines of print. "Resort For Sale," it said. "Seeley Lake, Montana. 13 cabins." Sue Heagy read the ad, picked up the phone to find out...


Peak Bagging: Pyramid, Leota and Marshall Peaks

At A Glance Pyramid Pass, Lake and Peak Length: 5.2 miles from the parking lot to Pyramid Pass and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Boundary. 0.75 miles further to Pyramid lake, 1.5 miles up to Pyramid... Full story

 By Micah Drew    News    July 6, 2017

Much Ado about the Red, White & Blue in Condon

CONDON - Following a pancake breakfast hosted by Swan Valley Emergency Services, the Fourth of July festivities in Condon kicked off with the parade down Highway 83. Following the parade, everyone...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Tournament Hooks Children on Fishing

SEELEY LAKE- Dozens of boats cruised around Seeley Lake on Saturday morning-a common sight for a weekend morning. The unusual sight was the sheer number of kids on board each boat, trolling the...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Sunset School Hosts Reunion

GREENOUGH- A mere mile from the banks of the Blackfoot River, Sunset School sits tucked away on the property of the Paws Up Resort. For a century, the tiny two-room schoolhouse has educated the...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Motorcycle Versus Truck Near Ovando

OVANDO- On Sunday, June 25, a truck heading eastbound noticed a disabled car and pulled a U-turn to help. An eastbound motorcycle crashed into the driver's side door. The rider of the motorcycle was...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Popular Trail Receives Facelift

SEELEY LAKE - South Morrell Trail #30.1 is a popular destination for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers. It starts from the first switchback of Pyramid Pass Road and runs about five miles down...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

First Pack Trip Departs into Bob Marshall Wilderness

SEELEY LAKE-A line of 10 mules, interspersed with the occasional ranch hand on horseback, wound its way down the trail into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The mules each carried a large canvas covered...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Ovando Fire Department Hosts Inaugural Derby

OVANDO- How much fun can you have with a piece of pine, two axles and four wheels? This is what volunteer firefighter Andy Whitehead hopes to find out next week. The Ovando Fire Department is hosting the inaugural Pinewood Derby Classic on the...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Duck Race Founder To Retire

SEELEY LAKE- In the fabled children’s story “Winnie the Pooh,” the characters pass time playing a game called ‘Pooh Sticks.’ Sticks are dropped off a bridge and the first to emerge from the other side is declared the winner. Seeley Lake...


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