Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition


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  • Race to the Sky canceled, Lack of snow leads to third cancellation in the race's 38 years

    Keely Larson, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    Montana's Race to the Sky, a sled dog race winding from Lincoln to Condon and back in either 100 or 300 mile distances, has been canceled this year due to lack of snow and out of consideration for the safety of mushers and their dogs. The race has only been canceled two other times in its 38-year history - once in 2021 because of the covid-19 pandemic and once in 2005 also because of lack of snow and icy conditions. Pam Beckstrom, Race to the Sky board member and volunteer since 1986, said it's...

  • Senior center to launch website, Looking for sponsors

    Griffen Smith, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    The Seeley Lake Senior Center (Sela Senci) took a step into the future this month, launching its first-ever website, which organizers hope will bring more attention and fundraising to the center. Senior Center President Debbie Anderson said the center hopes to make it easier to access meal schedules, events and volunteer opportunities. The website, called seeleyseniorcenter.org, should be live as of Jan. 22. Suzette Baker made the website. “We’re trying to get the senior center into the 21st Century,” Anderson said. “There’s still a lot of se...

  • Fire chief defends himself over Pathfinder story, Talk call numbers

    Griffen Smith, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board heard remarks from its fire chief over a recent Pathfinder story, approved its spending, checked in call numbers and talked about potential grants during its Jan. 16 meeting. Dave Lane, the fire chief, said he has written a letter to the owner of the Pathfinder, Jesse Mullen, to ask for corrections and an apology over the Jan. 11 story, which said facts from Lane and the Montana Board of Medical Examiners do not match county records. “This last article was very slanderous with the lies that were publish...

  • Grant proposals to bridge Missoula County, Construction anticipated in 2027

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Feb 1, 2024

    Missoula County is applying for federal grants and seeks public comment in order to replace five weakened and aging bridges in the Blackfoot and Swan Valleys. Construction could begin by 2027 on Boy Scout Bridge, Riverview Drive Bridge, Sunset Hill Bridge, Glacier Creek Bridge and Cold Creek Bridge. Funding for the project is expected to come through two federal grants, Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) and the Bridge Investment Program (BIP), as previously mentioned in the Pathfinder. The total cost...

  • Champagne Sunday to headline 2 Valleys Stage residency

    Submitted by Jenny Rohrer, 2 Valleys Stage Director|Feb 1, 2024

    Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage is showcasing the Oregon “Glam Rock” duo, Champagne Sunday, on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon. Husband and wife members Jessi and Jared Fredeen tear up stages and crowds nationwide with their unique, upbeat, roller-coaster-style shows, firing off gypsy-punk rock songs alongside everything from intimate tear-jerkers to anthemic foot-stompers, peppering their sets with compelling stories behind their music. Champagne Sunday is one of the rare original acts that performs wit...

  • Blackhawks victorious over Superior Bobcats, Lose to Drummond Trojans

    Keely Larson, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    Seeley's men and women's high school basketball teams played against the Drummond Trojans on Friday and the Superior Bobcats on Saturday in away games last weekend. On Friday, the men's team lost to Drummond 48-62 and the women's team lost to Drummond 26-32. On Saturday, the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks were victorious over the Superior Bobcats, the women's team winning 57-40 and the men's 63-48. This weekend teams will be away playing Victor on Friday, but back home on Saturday for games starting at...

  • " … 'Behold, I make all things new.'" (Rv 21:5)

    Diana Taylor, Defendress of the Catholic Faith, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 1, 2024

    "For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man … they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark [where just eight were saved as they continued preparations for forty days, a metaphor for gestation, anticipating new beginnings, a rebirth of humanity] … the flood came and [all others perished because of wickedness, evil, corruption, lawlessness, and depraved lives, see Genesis 6:5-11 ]. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man … Therefore, [be prepare...

  • Firesafe Swan

    Jackie Pagano, Conservation associate for Swan Valley Connections|Feb 1, 2024

    For time immemorial Indigenous people burned low-intensity fires across this landscape to manage forests for people and wildlife. Wildfire suppression actions over the last 100 plus years have created dense forests with high wildfire risk. Forests that were once open with widely spaced trees created by regular low intensity fires are now crowded with thickets of small trees no longer regulated by fires. Removal of fire from the landscape has affected the historic mosaic and patchwork of differing ages and size classes of trees. We now see...

  • Thank you to the Seeley community from Operation Christmas Child

    Jasmin Sutton, Samaritans Purse|Feb 1, 2024

    Generosity throughout Seeley Lake​​​​​ contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2023, the ministry is now sending over 11.3 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide, including many who are suffering from war, poverty, disease and disaster. Through shoeboxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies and personal ca...

  • Archives: Thirty-five years ago, Thursday Feb. 2, 1989

    Feb 1, 2024

    Rural planning official speaks out Missoula County's future: timber, tourism, or both? Last May 14, the Missoulian featured coverage of the timber industry's Great Northwest Log Haul. Tucked innocently, but perhaps prophetically, into a sub-headline underneath this story was the notation to look on the following page for information for possible recreational opportunities on Lolo Peak. Five months later on Oct. 14, Forest Service Chief F. Dale Robertson admitted that "fish, wildlife and recreati...

  • Pathfinder welcomes a new editor

    Keely Larson, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    I empathize with Mr. Jasper B. Seely and his brother, Elmer. People really like to add an extra “e” in my name, too. According to Cabin Fever: A Centennial Collection of Stories About the Seeley Lake Area, passed on to me from the Pathfinder’s most recent editor, Griffen Smith, the word “Seeley” gained an extra “e” on accident when a survey crew was renaming Clearwater Lake to Seeley Lake, in honor of the Seely family. Jasper became Seeley’s first forest ranger on what was then known as the Le...

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