Articles from the January 6, 2022 edition

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  • Settling accounts for more than 40 years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 6, 2022

    OVANDO – When Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Terry Sheppard opened her office in Ovando in 1981 she was known as "the CPA on horseback." Her first tax season she spent April 15 knitting socks until 5 p.m. "just in case someone had a last minute return. Then I increased my clientele." After 40 years of serving local, national and international clients, Sheppard announced her retirement Oct. 15. She will continue to assist local non-profits for the next couple of years. Sheppard loved w...

  • Continuing a legacy of service and love

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 6, 2022

    MISSOULA – "Now this is what I'm talking about," said one of the staff members smiling as donations of snowmobile suits, winter boots, clothing and blankets from Seeley Lake were unloaded at the Johnson Street Shelter in Missoula Jan. 1. Seeley Lake residents Wendy and Jim Leetch along with their daughter Amber, Wendy's parents Gwen and Larry Busby and friend Jodi Stierwalt brought an enclosed trailer and vehicle loaded with donations and served hot chili to more than 80 homeless individuals a...

  • Recreational marijuana sales opened Jan. 1

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 6, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "Are you open for rec now?" asked an excited customer walking into Fat Hippie this weekend. Budtender Heather Kues shared the customer's enthusiasm when she replied, "Yes!" After 15 years of working towards this day, Fat Hippie made its first recreational sale of marijuana Jan. 1 just after 9 a.m. It was the first time the store in Seeley Lake has ever had customers waiting for the doors to open. After the initial 10-15 customers made their purchase, Owner Terry Lucke said the r...

  • Montana marijuana FAQs

    Max Savage Levenson, Montana Free Press|Jan 6, 2022

    On Jan. 1 adult-use recreational marijuana became available for purchase in Montana. The launch of the new market raises a wide range of questions, from how much marijuana an individual can possess, to whether they can consume it in a National Park, to the types of products that will be available for purchase. Read on for answers to those questions, and many more, in this Montana Free Press guide to the state's post-prohibition marijuana marketplace. Who can buy marijuana in Montana? Starting Ja... Full story

  • Fostering partnerships in 2022

    Chris Bryant, The Nature Conservancy|Jan 6, 2022

    The New Year is a natural time for reflection and looking ahead. We hope you had a great holiday with your family and friends, and that you had time do just that. As I reflect on 2021, I am encouraged by the growing partnerships of people who share a common desire to live, work and play in the forested lands in our part of the world. Given some of the challenges we face, such as the rising numbers of people recreating in the woods, the intensity of wildfires across the West and the complexity of ecologically sound and economically realistic for...

  • Shining new light in the Swan Valley

    Rev. Carrie A. H. Benton, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jan 6, 2022

    I want to express my deep appreciation for the Pathfinder’s coverage of the article, “Bringing the church to the people,” from Nov. 25. In my time here in Seeley, I have had countless conversations with locals in bars, restaurants, coffee shops, etc., who have expressed similar sentiment about the pain that traditional types of churches have caused them, their families or others they love. The perception a lot of folks carry is that church people are judgmental. Unfortunately, this has too often been true. Churches are meant to be gathe...

  • Looking forward...

    Senator Shannon O'Brien - D, Senate District 46|Jan 6, 2022

    Happy New Year all. I hope you had a healthy and happy holiday season and are now finding yourselves ready to take on 2022. Wow, it's hard to believe it's already 2022 - every year there is a bit of awkwardness around saying or writing a new year, somehow it just doesn't feel normal. That having been said, if we've learning nothing from the past two years, it's how to function with hiccups and uncertainties: having to cancel plans with family and friends, how to work on Zoom meetings instead of...

  • Community Foundation grant applications due Jan. 31

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jan 6, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Non-profit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals to the Seeley Lake Community Foundation for 2022 projects. Applications are due Jan. 31. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation helps local groups fund important community projects in the areas of: art & culture, community & economic development, basic human needs, education, and natural resources & conservation. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to improving the quality of life of the Seeley Lake area....

  • Winter Fun Days offers training for skijorers and mushers

    Pam Beckstrom, Montana Mountain Mushers|Jan 6, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - All mushers (beginning or experienced) and all skijorers are invited to Montana Mountain Mushers Fun Days on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 at the Morrell Creek parking lot, just north of Seeley Lake on Morrell Creek Road, Montana. Run your dog(s) starting at 9 a.m. each day. Dog mushers and skijorers will be there to assist and answer questions. Whether you are a recreational musher, want to learn how to skijor with your dog, run your first race or are a seasoned dog musher, Winter Fun Days...

  • Helping fulfill the promises of those we love

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jan 6, 2022

    As the New Year begins, we'd like to share a story with you of how a local family was able to fulfill their promise. Local residents like Les and his family can find support to navigate life's changes at Missoula Aging Services. After serving in World War II and then working for the railroad for 25 years, Les was happy to retire in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Les' retirement didn't last long. He was soon back keeping busy as a clerk at the local Post Office but that initial feeling stuck...

  • Student auditions for MCT's Alice in Wonderland

    Seeley Lake Elementary School|Jan 6, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) production of "Alice in Wonderland" from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at Seeley Lake Elementary. Those auditioning should arrive at 3:15 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Among the roles to be cast are three Alices of varying size, her sister Margaret, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts, the...

  • "We love because God first loved us," 1 John 4:19

    Diana Taylor, Defendress of the Catholic Faith|Jan 6, 2022

    Do we love with mere sentimentality repeating words such as "I love you," saying to a person in need "I wish you well," or listening to or reading God's Holy Word all without further action? Apostle John said, "Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:11-[18]). "For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting" (John 3:1-[16]-21). By believing in Jesus, we act upon...

  • How Montana print circulation stacks up nationally

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 6, 2022

    MONTANA - Newspapers around the country have seen sweeping changes in their structure within the last decade. Declining print numbers have forced publications to adapt to new markets and adopt new strategies. According to a 2021 article titled, "22 US Newspaper Circulation Statistics You Should Be Aware Of" from, an online job board for journalists, weekday print circulation decreased from 63.3 million copies in 1984 to 28.5 million in 2018. The current U.S. newspaper print...

  • Offering comfort to dying patients and their families

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 6, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The first thing the woman asked when Partners in Home Care Hospice Volunteer Laurel Deniger came for an initial visit was "Do you give foot massages?" So every week when Deniger visited, she massaged the woman's feet. "Right up to the very last," Deniger said, "when she was unconscious, I gave her a foot massage." Deniger has been a Hospice Volunteer for 22 years. Partners in Home Care Volunteer Coordination Kyle Williams said, "The time Laurel has dedicated to helping people in yo...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jan 6, 2022

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Jan. 8, 1987 issue Fur prices up from last year Trappers are seeing a little more revenue fro their efforts this... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 6, 2022

    Local Ice Rinks are open for skating SEELEY LAKE - Thanks to some amazing volunteers from Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports (ROCKS) and the Seeley Lake Lions Club, the two ice skating rinks in town are now open for use. ROCKS has been flooding the Community Ice Rink at Seeley Lake Elementary since mid-Dec. It was officially open Dec. 29. The skate shed is stocked with skates of all sizes to use free of charge. It is unlocked from 9am-9pm and lit until 11pm. Please rehang the skates when you are finished using them and...

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