Articles written by Micah Drew

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 By Micah Drew    News    January 4, 2018

Rural Towns Capitalize on Cycling Tourism

Leigh Ann Valiton watched a customer meander the aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. in Ovando, Mont. Valiton's store, and attached Inn, is open until seven every evening, but it was 10 p.m. and...

 By Micah Drew    News    October 19, 2017

Despite Injuries, Blackhawks Shine at City Meet

MISSOULA, MONT - "Well that was a PR," said an out of breath Lane Mackie-Wendel shortly after he finished the Missoula City cross country meet Oct. 11. Despite an array of injuries plaguing the cross...

 By Micah Drew    News    October 5, 2017

Blackhawks Mix It Up at Mountain West

MISSOULA, MONT. – On a rainy Saturday morning Sept. 30, the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks battled hundreds of runners at the Mountain West Classic cross country meet. The meet is the largest in Montana...

 By Micah Drew    News    September 7, 2017

Expectations and Responsibilities of Public Boards

MISSOULA – Missoula County hosted a board member training session on Thursday, July 27. The county brought in Dan Clark of the Local Government Center to lead the training for anyone serving on a public board. Public boards, districts and...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017

Huckleberry Festival Celebrates Montana's "Purple Gold"

SWAN LAKE - Montana does not have a designated state fruit, but if it did, no one would question the nomination of the huckleberry. From border to border, in gift stores and truck stops, restaurants...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017

Area Youth Excel at Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA – Smoke from wildfires around Western Montana settled in Missoula but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of fair-goers and exhibitors at the Western Montana Fair. The Seeley Lake Trailblazer...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 17, 2017

A Smoke-Covered Holland Peak

SWAN VALLEY - As the terminus of summer loomed nearer, and my tenure reporting for the Pathfinder approached with equal speed and horror, I knew I needed to get in one last adventure before trading in...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

Swan Valley Elementary Secretary Retires After Decades of Service

SWAN VALLEY – One of Swan Valley Elementary's longest serving employees will be leaving at the end of the summer. Karen Anderson will be retiring after serving as the school's secretary and...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

Bullock, Tester Briefed on Fire

SEELEY LAKE – Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) and senior Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) visited Seeley Lake to get a firsthand look at the efforts to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. The pair attended a morning...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

FAA Investigating Drone Flight Near Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, aerial operations on the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake were shut down due to a civilian drone flight. A local resident spotted the drone and U.S. Forest Service officers were able to identify and con...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

Seeley's Million Dollar Air Show

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake residents have had front row seats to a top notch, and pricy, airshow for the last week. As the Rice Ridge Fire moved up the national priority list to claim the number one...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 10, 2017

You Wouldn't Even Think There's a Fire

SEELEY LAKE – Just over a hundred people showed up for the fifth Rice Ridge Fire community meeting at the Seeley Lake Elementary School Monday, Aug. 14. The Rice Ridge Fire is still the top...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Fire Camp Sets Up at SLE

SEELEY LAKE- Firefighters and support crew have moved into Seeley Lake Elementary. As of Monday, there were 137 personnel working based out of the school. The crews are working on the Rice Ridge Fire...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Steer Project Honors Memory

SEELEY LAKE – A thick white binder sat on the dining room table inside the Sexton's home down the road from Kozy Korner. The binder detailed four years of 4-H projects that Dani Sexton has worked...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Beach Resigns from Community Foundation

SEELEY LAKE—Anne Beach, executive director for the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, had her last day on the job Aug. 1. “Montana has been really good to us,” said Beach, who, along with her husband Alan is a Montana native. “We likely will...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Sokoloski Adds to Property Management Empire

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Swan Vacation Rentals is under new ownership. Carrie Sokoloski bought the company from the previous owner, Shelley Alsup, at the end of April. Sokoloski takes on the new...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Seeley Lake - Not Out of the Woods

SEELEY LAKE – For the second time this week, the Seeley Lake Elementary gym was filled for a public meeting about the Rice Ridge Fire. The Thursday meeting updated the community on fire operations...

 By Micah Drew    News    August 3, 2017

Fire Lines Holding - Seeley Lake Still Safe

SEELEY LAKE – A now-familiar scene unfolded in Seeley Lake Elementary School Sunday evening. The noticeably smaller crowd gathered for the third public meeting to hear updates on the ongoing fire...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

SLE Outside Likely to Vacate Store

SEELEY LAKE - During the superintendent's report at the July Seeley Lake Elementary Board meeting, Chris Stout announced that SLE Outside, the retail/rental shop in the Bison and Bear Center will...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Gus Receives Makeover

SEELEY LAKE- Girard Grove near the western shore of Seeley Lake is an almost sacred space. A dirt path traces its way around the trunks of larch trees that have an approximate age of 600 years.... Full story

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Semi-Truck Catches Fire

SEELEY LAKE- A double semi-truck caught fire on Highway 83 just north of Seeley Lake on Tuesday, July 18. The fire burned for about fifteen minutes before the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Music Festival Receives Praise: Future Uncertain

SEELEY LAKE - The Bob Marshall Music Festival ended more than a week ago but the work is still ongoing. Revenue and expenditure checks are still coming in, hard numbers on attendance are still being calculated and feedback is being processed. The...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Revive and Thrive Creates Recreation Opportunity

SEELEY LAKE - More than 60 people came together for a volunteer work day at Fawn Pond on July 23. The Nature Conservancy hosted their sixth annual Revive and Thrive event to celebrate conservation...

 By Micah Drew    News    July 27, 2017

Staffing, Funding and Projects Discussed

SEELEY LAKE- The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board of Trustees received several updates regarding staff changes, SLE Outside, the new scoreboard, parking lot paving and preschool funding at their meeting July 18. One of the first orders of...

 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...


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