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  • Democracy Project

    Vince Lovato, Pathfinder|Nov 10, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Pathfinder Editor SEELEY LAKE – Though Republicans control Montana politics today, that wasn't always the case, retired journalist Mike Dennison told Seeley Swan High School students Nov. 1. Up to about 30 years ago, Montana was a so-called Blue State, he said. Dennison, who covered Montana politics as a print and TV journalist for the last 40 years, is a guest lecturer for the Humanities Montana Democracy Project. According to the website, the privately funded Democracy P...

  • Venerating Veterans

    Vince Lovato|Nov 10, 2022

    Seeley Lake schools took time to honor area veterans....

  • Seeley Lake man charged with child sex offenses

    Vince Lovato, Pathfinder|Nov 10, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Pathfnder Editor SEELEY LAKE – A Missoula County Sheriff's detective, posing as a 14-year-old girl on a social media site, lured a 61-year-old Seeley Lake man into an illicit rendezvous in Missoula, where he was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault of a minor. After the weeks-long online interaction, Detective Travis Wafstet arrested Charles Lief Isaacson, at the rendezvous location and booked him into the Missoula County Detention Facility on Oct. 25. I... Full story

  • A few thoughts from the new old guy

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Nov 3, 2022

    Five weeks ago, I was semi-retired. On Monday, I put out my fourth issue of the Pathfinder with lots of help (the Bournes’) and lots of mistakes (mine). How did this happen...? Anyways, I have used Lovato at Large to talk directly to readers over the decades and I hope to put it to good use here. After about a month in this Shangi La (which is much like the rest of Western Montana), it’s time for me to reflect on a few things. and clarify others. • I am not the new owner. The paper is now owned by Ponderosa Publishing. I am just the edito...

  • Mini-jack-o-lantern

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Nov 3, 2022

    Kole, 3, uses a black marker to paint a tangerine to look like a mini-jack-o-lantern during Seeley Lake Baptist Church's weekly Adventure Day for kids Oct. 26. For more pictures, see Page 4 of the print edition or click the link: https://www.seeleylake.com/photos...

  • A pirate family

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Nov 3, 2022

    Seeley Lake Elementary School hosted its annual Trunk or Treat fundraiser Oct. 30 in the parking lot. The family above came dressed as a crew of pirates with one very old friend. From left to right, Rebecca, Jaden, Naya, Bob Bones and Yvonne handed out treats and tried to keep Bob upright. For more photos, see Page 5 of the print edition or click the link: https://www.seeleylake.com/photos...

  • District hires first paid EMT

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Oct 27, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Editor SEELEY LAKE -- More than 90 percent of the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District are for medical calls. That prompted Chief Dave Lane to ramp up the district's EMTs and paramedic roster. "More than 90 percent of calls are medical and I am trying to provide the best level of service to our community," Lane said. "That why I am pushing to get people to become paramedics and we have to pick the right ones who can be successful in the program." That's how Steve Larmour became then...

  • These LEOS are Lions

    Vince Lovato|Oct 27, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Editor Seeley Swan High School Sophomore Regan Jones and senior Tru Good volunteered to serve mea at the Seeley Lake Senior Center Hunters Breakfast Oct. 21. Jones and Good are members of the Lion's Club high school branch known as LEOS: Leadership, Experience, Opportunity and Service. Advisor Mary Stone said six LEOS members helped set up for the breakfast the night before. "The whole idea is to have them do service," she said. "The kids love that the community supports (their...

  • Report indicates dog was not a torture victim

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Oct 20, 2022

    By Vince Lovato Pathfinder Editor SEELEY LAKE -- While citizens here were concerned that a serial dog abuser might be living amongst them, a sheriff’s incident report might serve to quell the community’s dread. As reported in the Pathfinder (Oct. 13 issue), a 3-year-old Rottweiler named Bam Bam might have been captured, tortured and killed in late September. Bam Bam’s incident followed just week after another dog, Lucky, was found hanging from a noose around her snout but was discovered before she died. The incident report by Sheriff’s Dep. He...

  • Around town

    Vince Lovato|Oct 20, 2022

    Pathfinder photos by Vince Lovato...

  • Lady 'Hawks spike Granite

    Vince Lovato|Oct 20, 2022

    Seeley Swan High School's varsity volleyball team swept visiting Granite High School Oct. 15. For more photos, click here: https://www.seeleylake.com/photos...

  • JV Hawks soar

    Vince Lovato|Oct 20, 2022

    Pathfinder photos by Vince Lovato Seeley Lake High School's junior varsity volleyball team went five sets against visiting Granite Oct. 15. For more photos from this game, click here: https://www.seeleylake.com/photos...

  • Around town

    Vince Lovato|Oct 13, 2022

    A group of boys played a rousing game of football at the south end of the Seeley-Swan varsity football game recently....

  • Lowry charged with theft, fraud

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Oct 6, 2022

    MISSOULA -- Contractor Robert ‘Bob” Lowry sits in jail while facing criminal charges for allegedly committing several acts of fraud and theft amounting to $40,000 in Seeley Lake. While confined in the Lewis and Clark County Jail, Missoula County prosecutors recently filed charges claiming Lowry, 57, who faced similar charges in at least three other states, collected fees for work he did not complete in Seeley Lake. Lowry faced charges dating back to 2018 and was convicted of several of them in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Mexico. He fil...

  • Burgers and trees

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Oct 6, 2022

    Mela, 8, of Seeley Lake, makes a bird's nest from scratch with her mom, Janina, during the Larch Day Open House Oct. 1 at Camp Paxson. Families were offered hamburgers and hands-on-nature projects such as bulding beaver damns, nest weaving and egg painting. "It's nice to explore family opportunities and learn nature through hands-on activities," said Janina. The camp will host a Seeley schools three-day nature camp next spring. For more information visit www.camppaxson.org or call...

  • Seeley Swan girls spike Lincoln, 3-1

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Oct 6, 2022

    Senior setter Ava Thornsberry served up seven aces and senior Middle Blocker Kyla Conley made four kills and five blocks as the Lady Blckhawks beat visiting Lincoln Saturday: 25-8, 23-2 25-19 and 25-7. Senior Dani Sexton made 10 digs and scored six aces serving. Above, Sexton dives for a dig. Right, Conley returns an overhead. Left, A bump set up a winning spike....

  • Hawks fall in homecoming game

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Oct 6, 2022

    Hawks fall in homecoming game Lost a homecoming conference game to Simms, 58-12, Saturday. Seeley Swan fell to 1-3 and travels to Cascade for a 7 p.m. game Friday....

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