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    Pathfinder staff|May 23, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday May 25, 1989 Eighth graders excel in history project Five Seeley Lake eighth graders received 'excellence ratings' as this area's first participants in Montana History Day, an annual qualifying competition held at the State Capitol each spring as a preliminary to National History Days in Washington, D.C. Shawn Helvick and Jason Zebarth entered a group project on Camp Remini, Montana's World War II training camp for sled dog search and rescue teams. Melita...

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    Pathfinder staff|May 9, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday May 11, 1989 Librarian leaves after 10 years Swan Valley branch librarian Susie Cox received a "going away party" from her friends and family at the Swan Valley Library last Wednesday. Susie, her husband Al, and their two daughters are moving to Arizona this month. Susie left on Saturday to visit her aunt in California who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Part of the reason that the Cox family is leaving the Swan Valley is to care for Susie's aunt, who will...

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    Pathfinder staff|May 2, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday May 4, 1989 'Mock' school disaster, Emergency personnel cope with over 20 injured children "There's none better!" That's what the Red Cross official, Duane Hawk of Kalispell, had to say when the exercise ended Sunday, according to Joyce Himes of the Condon QRU. Emergency personnel from the Condon QRU, the Swan Valley Volunteer Fire Department, the Seeley Lake QRU, Swan Mission Search and Rescue, Black Paw Avalanche and Rescue Dogs and hospital helicopters from...

  • Leos highway clean up

    Pathfinder staff|May 2, 2024

    On April 28 the Seeley Lake Leos and Lions cleaned up about two miles of Highway 83. The clubs, in partnership with Montana's Department of Transportation, undertake this clean up every year. Pictured here are the 16 people - five Leos and 11 Lions - that showed up to help. Students included Jalen Kauffman, Rilyn Richardson, Regan Jones, Bailey Bartlett and Hattie Batchelder, along with their advisor, Mary Stone....

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    Pathfinder staff|Apr 25, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday April 27th, 1989 Kids enjoy a day at the Capitol Seeley Lake 7th and 8th grade students put their classroom government studies to direct use on April 18 as they toured state government in a "Day at the Capitol." Using the theme that "government is people," they met throughout the day with officials in all three branches of government. At the Legislature, local Rep. Janet Moore took the students onto the House floor and discussed current issues before the House...

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    Pathfinder staff|Apr 18, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday April 20, 1989 Two wrestlers win state medals Seeley-Swan turned in a great performance at the State. A.A.U. Wrestling tournament, a performance that culminated in two first place state championships for Seeley-Swan. The tournament, held in Butte, featured 900 of the state's best wrestlers. Unlike basketball and football, small schools are placed at gradient levels and do not get to compete with the big schools and 'AA' competition. Seeley-Swan met head on...

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    Pathfinder staff|Apr 11, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday April 13, 1989 County Canine officer on duty in Condon Robert E. Parcell has assumed duties as the new deputy sheriff in Condon and the Swan Valley area, according to Captain Jerry Crego, commander of the sheriff's office. Parcell began work here April 1 and he, his wife and children have moved to the Condon area. Parcell is Missoula County's only canine officer and he was in the Clearwater and Swan Valley's last fall giving demonstrations with his dog,...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Apr 4, 2024

    Thirty five years ago ... Thursday April 6, 1989 Wrestlers do well at District Seeley Swan wrestlers made a strong showing at the A.A.U. District Tournament in Ronan last weekend qualifying the bulk of the team to advance on to the divisional tournament. In the district tournament wrestlers had to finish in the top six of their respective weight classes in order to advance to next week’s divisional in Missoula. Read this and more at: https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_f...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Mar 28, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago … Thursday March 30, 1989 Records show February ‘89 coldest month in years SWAN VALLEY — Precipitation recorded at Lindbergh Lake in January was above normal, while February precipitation was about average according to weather observer Marty Kux. The most snowfall measured “on the ground” at Lindbergh Lake this winter so far was still about 34 inches of the white stuff on the ground. As he explained the weather data collected during the past two months, Kux noted that last month turned out to be the coldest February...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Mar 21, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday March 30, 1989 Records show February '89 coldest month in years SWAN VALLEY– Precipitation recorded at Lindbergh Lake in January was above normal, while February precipitation was about average according to weather observer Marty Kux. The most snowfall measured "on the ground" at Lindbergh Lake this winter so far was still about 34 inches of the white stuff on the ground. As he explained the weather data collected during the past two months, Kux noted that l...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Mar 14, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday March 16, 1989 Accident free for two years Workers on the Pyramid Lumber swing shift who have worked two years without a lost time accident. From left, back row: Edd Nentwig, safety director, Alan Fuqua, Manuel Kesterson, Tammy Keenan, Jason Cole, Bryon Wieder, Joe Plumb, Joe Novak, Tom Montgomery, Austin Dillree, Tom Houtchens, Dave Sterling, Errol Evenson, Ron Brown, Greg Evans, Ted Wheeler, Lou Siloti, shift supervisor. Front row: Curtis Gehrke, Carl Gehrke,...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Mar 7, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday March 9, 1989 Writers planning return trip Three national magazine writers were so enamored with the Seeley Swan that they are planning a reunion to return sometime this summer. Cindy Sanguins, who played host to the writers along with her husband, Ron, for the Seeley Lake Driftriders said the writers "loved the winter and now want to come back and see the area in the July summertime." The writers will be publishing stories this fall about Seeley Swan's snowmob...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 29, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday March 2, 1989 Good Times operating in temporary space following explosion The Good Times is open and temporarily operating out of space adjacent to its main retail space following a propane explosion last Wednesday. A wood stove inside the Good Times is believed to have ignited leaking gas while a propane delivery truck driver was filling a propane truck on the outside of the building where The Filling Station and other retail outlets are located. The Seeley La...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 22, 2024

    From 1989 Pathfinder Archives Feb. 23 Variety of talent in Swan Valley show Every artist was once an amateur, according to Ralph Waldo Emerson. His words of wisdom stretched across the stage of the Swan Valley Elementary School last Friday night, encouraging about two dozen performers who entertained a crowd of local residents and fans. Seven-year old Casey Parker stole the hearts of everyone in the audience when she stood up on the stage and sang, "Grandpa, Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days."...

  • Seeley-Swan High School honors three seniors Friday night

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 15, 2024

    Nicolas Little Coyote Escorted by: Grandma, Sally Johnson; Mother, Letha Bixby; Girlfriend, Darby Gleason Sport/years participated: four years of Basketball, three years of track, plans to play track Plans for the future: Go to college for Psychology Favorite memory: Seeing my teammates scoring and succeeding in basketball Jalen Kauffman Escorted by: Parents Jenny and Leon Kauffman Sport/years participated: four years of football, four years of basketball, three years of track and plans to play...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 15, 2024

    From 1989 February 16 OSCR Nordic races set for March 18 The OSCR race has been rescheduled for March 18, 1989. Approximately 70 skiers were expected to participate in the 45 kilometer Nordic ski race on Feb. 4, but dangerously low temperatures forced OSCR officials to postpone the race. The mercury dipped to -35 degrees F the night before the race, and rose only slightly by the 9:00 a.m. starting time. The OSCR committee decided that the race would be postponed if the temperature was lower...

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    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 8, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday Feb. 9, 1989 Centennial 500 Mushers headed this way Bruce Graham, Seeley Lake, will be one of several mushers competing in the Governor's Cup 500 sled dog race starting Saturday in Helena to Holland Lake Lodge and back. Renamed the Montana Centennial Sled Dog Race in recognition of the State's Centennial, mushers will be urging their dogs in the longest race in the lower 48 states. An endurance race, mushers will follow trails that exceed 7,000 feet in...

  • Ice Skating rink at elementary open

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 25, 2024

    The Ice Skating rink is now open to the public for the winter season. Garry Swan, President of Seeley Lake ROCKS, said the rink has developed great ice with the recent chilly temperatures. Rules for the rink are posted on the shed near the rink, but Swain reminded folks to hang up skates and helmets when not in use, shovel snow off the surface when needed and of course, to have fun. Swain and Seeley Swan High School senior Connor Chadwick do most of the maintenance. He also thanked Andi Bourne...

  • Highway 200 open after 30-car pileup

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 25, 2024

    Highway 200 just after the Helmville turnoff stood closed for several hours Jan 21. after a massive pileup of cars halted any access to the road. Luckily, law enforcement reported no injuries with the incident. The Montana Highway Patrol reported early on Sunday that freezing rain created extremely dangerous conditions at mile marker 57 on Highway 200, about 1.5 miles east of the Montana Highway 141 junction. Traffic was diverted eastbound onto Highway 141, while westbound traffic rerouted through Highway 279 through Helena. The closure...

  • Local college students graduate, make Dean's Lists

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 9, 2023

    There were several local students who were among University of Montana 800 graduates and 851 graduates from Montana State University for fall semester 2022. Many others made the Dean’s List from their respective universities and colleges. Local UM degree candidates were: • Helmville: Jordan Jarrell, Bachelor of Arts: Mathematics • Seeley Lake: Amaya Harman, Associate of Arts: General AA and Christopher Mood, Bachelor of Arts: Classics, CUM LAUDE (GPA of 3.40 to 3.69) The local MSU degree candidate was Ethan Town from Potomac. Town gradu...

  • Brighten your day with Good Times Floral

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 2, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - After working in day care and preschool for 30 years, Margaret Clark was ready for a career change. Her love of bright colors and artistic ability blossomed after becoming a certified florist in December 2020. In partnership with Good Times Gifts Owner Dena Turner, Clark opened Good Times Floral within Good Times Gifts to serve the community with quality floral arrangements at an affordable price. Clark never considered herself an artist. "All through high school I would dread...

  • Foster grandparent program ends, opens new opportunities

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 26, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - Pearl Hawkins was devastated when she learned Missoula Aging Services was discontinuing the Foster Grandparent program Jan. 31. Now 80-years-old, Hawkins was the longest-serving MAS foster grandparent in Missoula County working with the Seeley Lake Elementary preschool for 18 years. Hawkins was nearly in tears as the SLE staff hugged her and told her they would figure out how to keep her. As of Jan. 3, SLE hired her to continue her work in the preschool as a paraprofessional....

  • Seeley-Swan sends Pirates home empty handed

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 26, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan defended their home court from the Victor Pirates Jan. 22. The Lady Blackhawks wasted no time keeping the Pirates at bay outscoring them 18-3 in the first quarter and finished them off 54-18. Two Lady Blackhawks scored into the double digits with Kyla Conley putting up 13 points and Emily Maughan scoring 10. Rilyn Richardson was dialed in from the free throw line hitting a perfect 4 of 4. In the Boys game, the Pirates gave the Blackhawks a little more grief, mainly from...

  • Planting seeds of friendship and kindness

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 19, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - Attendees at the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Johnny Appleseed" Jan. 13 experienced the fruitful career of Johnny Appleseed as performed by Seeley Lake Elementary kindergarten through eighth grade students. MCT Tour Directors Joshua Bennett and Christian Watts worked with a cast and crew of more than 30 students. After auditioning Monday and practicing after school all week, Friday evening friends and family watched as Johnny Appleseed sang and danced his way across...

  • Food Bank recovers from flooding, reopening Jan. 14 

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 12, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - When Seeley Swan Community Food Bank President Lulu Rodriguez opened the door to the Food Bank Monday evening, Dec. 26, water poured out the door. "There was two to three inches of water [in the front room] and then it was gushing from [the back storage room]," said Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Sally Johnson. Seeley Lake Elementary School Superintendent Josh Gibbs said a pipe broke in two places spraying water for one to three days. This affected the school's storage area and...

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