Articles from the January 20, 2022 edition


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  • Local board positions open for May 3 election

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    There are several Missoula County governing board positions up for election May 3 in Potomac, Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley. Candidates can file their Oath of Candidacy form through the Missoula County Elections office for Special District elections until Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. The deadline for filing for School District elections is March 24 at 5 p.m. The Oath of Candidacy must be signed before a notary and mailed or delivered to the Missoula County Elections Office, 140 North Russell Street, Missoula, MT 59801 prior to the deadline. There are als... Full story

  • Protecting yourself and your property

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – More than 75 Swan Valley residents listened to presentations from area law enforcement Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Swan Valley Neighborhood Watch meeting. Neighborhood Watch Chairman Steve Card moderated the meeting as representatives from the Missoula County and Lake County Sheriff's Offices, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the US Forest Service shared about their organizations and how residents can keep themselves safe as well as follow the laws when p...

  • Curiosity and nonsense prevail in "Alice in Wonderland"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Friday, Jan. 14 more than 50 Seeley Lake Elementary students took the stage for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Alice and Wonderland," an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." Alice, played by Brittney Kelley, Lili Young and Addison Ott, was filled with never-ending curiosity. Her curiosity grows as she follows a White Rabbit (MCT Tour Actor/Director Julia Walsh) into a land of wonder and a...

  • A bill for fish, wildlife and people

    Tim Love, Missoula, Montana|Jan 20, 2022

    In November, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) received a hearing in a Senate committee, putting the bill on track for passage within the next year. As a member of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP) steering committee, I helped develop the bill. I’m proud that the most recent polling shows that 75% of Montanans, across the political spectrum, support the bill. That’s because the steering committee carefully considered how the bill can best meet the needs of the Blackfoot’s fish and wildlife populations, and of th...

  • Pet dental care

    Tanya Fyfe DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic|Jan 20, 2022

    Have you ever taken a moment to peek into your pet's mouth? Your veterinarian probably does when you bring them in for a Wellness Exam but pet parents should make this a regular part of caring for their pets, too. Chewing food is the principal function of a pet's teeth but they also aid in food gathering, playing and training young ones. They can also be formidable weapons in some species (if you have ever trained a ferret you are likely nodding your head!) Taking care of an animal's dentition...

  • Citizens Alliance Bank continues tradition of giving

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – During their annual food drive from mid-November through their Customer Appreciation Day, Dec. 9, Citizens Alliance Bank in Seeley Lake collected around 150 pounds of non-perishable food and $803.52 in cash from customers to donate to the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank. As they have done for the past several years, CAB headquarters matched the monetary donations dollar for dollar raised by their branches up to $1,000. The Food Bank received a total of $1,607.04. Food Bank V...

  • ESSER funding discussed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – At their meeting Jan. 11, the Swan Valley School Board discussed various projects and needs that could be funded through the use of their Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) and building reserve funds. Principal Aaron Morgenstern will be sending out a survey to solicit public input to help direct the board on how they should allocate the ESSER funding. The board discussed a list of projects and needs suggested by the teachers and staff. Many of these projects fell under physical improvements to the school incl...

  • Fuels reduction amidst climate change

    Ryan Bell, CRC Community Forester|Jan 20, 2022

    Wildfire seasons are becoming longer and more destructive. The 2021 fire season in Oregon began in May, a month early, due to drought conditions resulting in low fuel moistures and a light snow pack. Typically, fire seasons come to a close in mid to late fall when we see our first snows. As climate change impacts regional weather, we are seeing devastating events like those in Superior and Louisville, Colorado, where 30,000 homes were evacuated on Dec. 30 , 2021 due to a wind-driven wildfire....

  • Chadwick advocates fundamental reset of our thinking about nature

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Doug Chadwick presented his latest book "Four-fifths a Grizzly," to Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club Jan. 15. The book is less about grizzlies and more about us as humans and our continued survival. Chadwick said, "The idea that we are separate and superior and entitled to do whatever we want as long as we want, that's got to be modified. We have to change that." Chadwick advocates that humans view themselves, as scientists are discovering more and more to be true, in a symbiotic r...

  • Students excel in Regional BPA Leadership Conference

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    MISSOULA – In their second year, the Seeley-Swan High School Business Professional of America Chapter again saw great success at the Region 2 Leadership Conference Jan. 10 in Missoula. Club Advisor SSHS Business Teacher Michele Holmes looks forward to taking the BPA students to the State Leadership Conference in March. The Blackhawks' BPA Chapter was created in the fall of 2020. According to Holmes, the purpose of the group is to provide personal growth opportunities through education, c...

  • The creation

    President Sherman Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Jan 20, 2022

    We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another. We are to build families and be sealed in holy temples. We are to build the Church and kingdom of God upon the earth. We are to prepare for our own divine destiny-glory, immortality and eternal lives. These supernal blessings can all be ours, through our faithfulness. Your body is a magnificent creation of God. The marvel of our physical bodies is often...

  • Weekly publications capitalize on community connections

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    MONTANA - While daily newspapers are shifting their content to digital platforms, weeklies have been slower to move away from print. They have statistically done better at maintaining their print subscribers but as more and more readers demand digital access, the weeklies are taking different strategies to keep their publications relevant. Much of this is done by focusing on hyperlocal coverage and community-centered journalism. Weekly newspapers in Montana fared better than average in maintaini...

  • Ovando students get back into the Holiday spirit

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    OVANDO – Though COVID canceled Ovando School's Dec. 16 play, on Jan. 12 the Ovando community put their holiday spirit back on and gathered to enjoy the students' performance of "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." Based on the book of the same name by L. Frank Baum (author of "The Wizard of Oz") and converted into play form by R. Eugene Jackson, the script was an ambitious production for the small student body. Many of the students played two and some even three different roles, n...

  • Seeley-Swan take on Tigers and Prospectors

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 20, 2022

    The Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks hosted the Darby Tigers Jan. 14 and then traveled to Philipsburg to take on the Granite Prospectors Jan. 15. The Lady Blackhawks tamed the Tigers early putting up 19 and 18 points in the first two quarters to the Tiger's 12 and 7. They didn't let up on the Tigers until the final frame and finished them off 53-28. Kyla Conley landed one three-pointer, five two-pointers and a free throw to lead the Lady Blackhawks with 12 points. Sariah Maughan followed with 10...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 20, 2022

    Weekly COVID-19 update As of Jan. 17, there have been 212,078 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There have been 1,355,958 doses of vaccines administered and 544,572 Montanans fully immunized. There are 11,448 active cases, 10,632 total hospitalizations with 195 active, 197,685 recoveries and 2,945 deaths in Montana due to COVID-19 complications. Missoula County has had 20,530 cases, 1,921 active cases, 18,417 recovered and 192 COVID-related deaths to date. For the most up-to-date and accurate information please refer to the Missoula County-City...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jan 20, 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 seeleylake.com 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. 22, 1987 issue Water District to be metered Last Tuesday's meeting of the Seeley Lake Water Board marked the... Full story

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