Articles from the January 26, 2023 edition

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  • 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 Reads challenge promoted via biweekly podcast

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Jan 26, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Reads is a biweekly podcast hosted by Carrie Benton, Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) library tech and Haley Haines, SSHS Paraprofessional & Family Resource Coordinator. The podcast highlights the Missoula Public Library 2023 reading challenge, "Missoula Reads." "Our podcast is about books, we're total nerds and we love books," said Benton at the beginning of their introductory podcast. "We want to promote the library, the reading challenge and the equipment that's available f...

  • No response on anticipated MDP for Holland Lake Lodge

    Gwyneth Hyndman, Interim Editor|Jan 26, 2023

    Members of the Save Holland Lake Lodge group have requested any new information related to a special use application, master development plan or proposal to expand Holland Lake Lodge - but a spokesperson for POWDR Corporation says there is nothing to report. In a letter addressed to Flathead National Forest Supervisor Kurt Steele, POWDR Corporation Chief Executive Officer Justin Sibley and Christian Wohlfeil, who has owned the lodged, but is now listed as an employee, it is stated that a request is being made that the entities release the 2023...

  • Strong start for Seeley Lake Nordic ski racers

    Hattie Batchelder|Jan 26, 2023

    On Saturday, Jan. 7, Seeley Lake Nordic skiers participated in their first race of the season - The Glacier Glide in Whitefish, Montana. After only one week of practice, the racers dove in, with two of them skiing a 3k pursuit (3 kilometers of classic style followed by 3 kilometers of skate style skiing), and two racing a 3k skate. Kieu Snow (11) and Kimber Hanson (11) both skied a 3k pursuit, while Land Neudecker (11) and his sister Loryn (10) Nuedecker both raced the 3K skate. All Seeley...

  • Six steps to kick-start your small business in 2023

    Aikta Marcoulier, SBA regional administrator|Jan 26, 2023

    Making predictions is never easy, especially for small business owners and their managers. Unlike their larger counterparts, small firms do not always have the resources necessary to monitor and adapt to new consumer trends and/or changes in the economy. Even entrepreneurs who’ve experienced numerous business cycles face new circumstances that confound their instincts and knowledge. As we enter the new year, it is important to assess the economic landscape to determine the best course of action to grow and expand your business in the coming mon...

  • Barred Owl – One cool bird!

    Gary Swant|Jan 26, 2023

    I know that all owls are cool and most people like them, even if they can't identify them. There are many books just on owls of North America, and there is even a Facebook group called Owls of Montana with 3,674 members. If you like owls it's worth looking at that page as the pictures are fabulous. Most of the pictures are of Great Horned owls, but all of Montana's 15 owls have been photographed if you scroll down far enough. It is a private group, but anyone can join if they have an interest in...

  • Storytelling 2023: Why did we come here and why do we stay?

    Tom Beers|Jan 26, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - We had our last storytelling in mid-June of 2022. We are exceedingly pleased with last year’s events and hope you were pleased as well. Our goal, as always, is finding common values. Last year, over 40 participants told their stories, to an appreciative audience at the foundation building and there were more than 200 viewers on the Pathfinder Facebook website. We are so impressed with how our community turned out to listen to their friends, their neighbors, and folks they may not have known. Why is this important? Because each o...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 26, 2023

    Handbell Choir Recruiting Members SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells handbell choir is recruiting members. The choir is a local community handbell choir that participates in several local events throughout the year. The choir practices on Mondays, from 3-5 pm, at the Presbyterian church. If you can read music – even if very rusty – please come to a practice or two or three and see how you like it. Warning: handbells are addictive! If you don’t read music, we are considering starting a “learn to read music with handbells” class. Please...

  • Lolo National Forest invites public participation as Forest Plan Revision Begins

    Lolo National Forest|Jan 26, 2023

    The Lolo National Forest and Plan Revision Team will start the new year by launching a series of public engagement opportunities to share information on the Revision process and to invite input on key topics. “We are looking forward to the next several months which include carefully planned informational webinars, workshops, and engagement opportunities,” stated Carolyn Upton, Lolo National Forest Supervisor. “The feedback we hear through these sessions will be crucial to informing the Draft Assessment, the first step toward a revised Plan...

  • Mary Caroline Holmes, 1929 - 2023

    Jan 26, 2023

    Mary Holmes passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2023 at North Idaho Hospice with her daughter, Carolyn Holmes and husband, Ron Wooley, and eldest son Hank Holmes by her side. Mary graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Economics. She was recruited to be a teacher at the Swan Valley Grade School in Condon, MT and taught for many years. Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob) Holmes and two of her sons, Robert Holmes and Dirk Holmes. Mary has 8 grandchildren and 10... Full story

  • I Ride Seeley Lake

    Claire Muller, SLCF Executive Director|Jan 26, 2023

    People want to grow old in their community and the home they love, but getting the care they need can be a challenge in our beautiful, rugged, rural corner of the county. Nationwide, an estimated 3.6 million people lack access to proper medical care due to transportation issues. Here, in beautiful little Seeley Lake, we are doing something about that. Thankfully, in 2016 local folks from the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF), Seeley Swan Medical Center, Missoula Aging Services, Missoula Co...

  • Giving thanks

    Citizens Alliance Bank|Jan 26, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - Citizens Alliance Bank presented the Seeley Swan Community Food Bank with a check for nearly $975. This amount was donated to match what was collected from Citizens Alliance Bank customers during the annual food bank drive Nov. 15, 2022 through Dec. 15, 2022. The total funds raised by the food bank during the campaign totaled $1,948.44. The bank also collected 119.6 pounds of food brought in by community members....

  • 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...