Articles from the May 5, 2022 edition


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  • Enjoying life together for 60 years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – When she was a junior in high school, Carole Egness asked Garry Rice to go to the Tolo Dance with her. While it was a school dance where the girls ask boys, this was their first date and Garry was four years older. "I don't think that was done much in those days," Carole said and smiled. After dating for three years, the Rices married April 28, 1962. Last week they celebrated 60 years of marriage. "We had a commitment to each other and our God. We got married before God and n...

  • Game wardens ramp up enforcement

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are increasing law enforcement efforts on wildlife management areas while seasonal closures continue for many of these areas. The Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA), aka the Game Range, remains closed until 12 p.m. May 15. So far this year, area FWP wardens have issued citation to two individuals for criminal trespass on the Game Range while it was closed. These charges were misdemeanor charges. Wardens work diligently to protect WMAs and the wildlife on them, e...

  • Creating a vision for Placid Lake State Park and surrounding area

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    PLACID LAKE – Around 20 people gathered near Placid Lake April 28 to discuss recreational use and management in and around Placid Lake. This conversation between members of the public, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) initiated the conversation that FWP and TNC hopes will lead to a collaborative vision for the park and neighboring lands that meets current and future needs. The public is encouraged to provide their comments and feedback by May 31 via the project w...

  • Older adults encouraged to complete Community Assessment survey

    MIssoula Aging Services|May 5, 2022

    MISSOULA – Montanans age 55 and older can help Missoula Aging Services and Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) better understand the needs and priorities of older Montanans by completing the 2022 Community Assessment survey. DPHHS is partnering with MAS and aging organizations across the state to conduct a survey of older adults to learn how best to meet their needs and help them remain independent for as long as possible. The survey includes questions about quality of life, important community characteristics, ser...

  • Ombudsman - Looking out for residents' rights

    Mary Dalton, MAS Certified Local Ombutsman|May 5, 2022

    Maybe you've heard of the Long-term Care Ombudsman program, but maybe you're wondering what exactly they do, or more importantly how can they help ME? Regardless of age, if you or someone you know lives in long-term care, the answer is YES! We can help! We're here for you. Ombudsmen are advocates for people living in long-term care, as well as people who are receiving temporary care which requires a short-term stay. For example, maybe you are a person who has lived in a nursing home for many...

  • Full agenda for May 9 Council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council will meet Monday, May 9 at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors Center (Barn). Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6 p.m. It will also be available remotely via Zoom. There is a full agenda this month. The speakers include: Carolyn Upton - Lolo National Forest Supervisor; Lewis & Clark Brewing - Bob Marshall Music Festival update; Shane Stack - Missoula County Public Works; Claire Muller - Change Your Pace update; New Missoula Aging Services Seeley Lake staff...

  • Small business resources to be discussed at Business Community Lunch, May 10

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Local business owners and hopeful owners are invited to a Business Community Lunch on Tuesday, May 10 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the West Wing of the Foundation Building, 3150 Highway 83. This informal meet-and-greet discussion is an opportunity to get to know what resources are offered by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Accelerate Montana to make connections for the future. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if you can, but walk-ins are welcome. Missoula SBDC Business Advisor/COVID Specialist Christine Littig and Ac...

  • Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program seeks public comment

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|May 5, 2022

    HELENA – After internal review and review by the State Trail Advisory Committee, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recommends 30 applicants receive funding worth $1.44 million through the Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program (MTSGP) for projects in 2022. This includes $65,000 for the new Scenic Montana Trails non-profit for Seeley Lake to Garnet over-snow grooming and $48,150 to Swan Valley Connections for Mission Mountains and Swan Front Trails and Backcountry Services. Comments will be accepted until May 26 at 5 p.m. The MTSGP applications r...

  • Seeley Lake Market returns June 19

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Market sponsored by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation is ready for a full season in 2022. They will open on Father’s Day, June 19. Vendors set up in the grass area behind the Foundation building on Highway 83. Rachelle Harman, Market Manager, said there are no big changes for the 2022 season but clarified use by non-profits. Non-profit organizations are welcome and the space is free if just marketing their group and accepting donations. However, they must follow vendor rules if doing other fundraisers. “We...

  • BBCTU looks forward to summer projects, restoration

    Ryen Neudecker, Project Coordinator, Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited|May 5, 2022

    Springtime in Montana has arrived and even though it’s been a cold start, the building snowpack is a positive outcome. Hoping our rivers and streams hold up well this summer! Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited is gearing up for another busy season working on projects that create colder, cleaner and more connected habitat for trout populations throughout the Blackfoot River watershed. Working in collaboration with our many partners, we have several projects planned and ready to go for 2022. Since 2009, our restoration team has teamed up w...

  • Bears are waking up, do your part to reduce conflicts

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    The couple heard noises so they looked out their tent. It was the middle of fall 2021 and they were camping behind the old Seeley Lake Motor Lodge. Even though it was dark, they could see there was a large bear outside their tent. "They managed to get out and get into their car," said Federal Law Enforcement Officer Tyler Robinson who was called to investigate the next morning. "It scared them enough that they spent the night in the car." When Robinson got there the tent was flattened and their... Full story

  • Forgive us our debts

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|May 5, 2022

    In each article, I have been walking through the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the example of Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:12 directs us to our need for forgiveness and our need to forgive others, "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." Prayer flows out of a relationship with our Father in heaven. This relationship has been established because of Jesus Christ, and...

  • Lions Phone Book cover displays water and wildlife

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Renee Jenkins, of Seeley Lake, captured the cover photo for the new Seeley Lake Lion's Club Phone Book. The picture of a grizzly coming up from Salmon Lake was captured off Highway 83. Jenkins said her fiancé Kevin saw the bear and they stopped to get a picture with her phone. They contacted the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to report the bear. "It was beautiful to get a picture," Jenkins said. "Sad deal, we knew he was injured. We were only 50 yards away." The male grizzly estim...

  • Camas rejuvenation in the Blackfoot Valley

    Jean Pocha|May 5, 2022

    BLACKFOOT VALLEY – Remnant populations of common camas (Camassia quamash) tell a story of bygone days. History tells that many of the seasonally wet meadows and forest edges in and around the Blackfoot Valley were once home to hundreds, if not thousands of acres of common camas plants. Due to the historical and cultural significance of the camas plant to the Salish, Pend O'reille and Kootenai tribes, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are working with the C...

  • Rockin' out, havin' fun with Bridge and Wolak

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – While one would not question a clarinet playing Benny Goodman's "Tattletale" and "Flying Home," adding an accordion to the duet created a whole new listening experience. This was what the Seeley Lake Elementary and Swan Valley School student bodies experienced at the Bridge and Wolack informance April 28. Later that day, they played at Seeley-Swan High School and a community concert in Swan Valley. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Michael Bridge and Kornel Wolack brought their h...

  • Community Briefs

    May 5, 2022

    Swan Valley AARP Highway Cleanup, May 10 SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley AARP will gather Tuesday, May 10 for their Adopt-a-Highway cleanup at 11 a.m. Sack-lunch-social to follow. Contact Joe Raible for details jraible@blackfoot.net. Seeley Lake Library May News SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Library is hosting their Book Club May 5 and “Lawyers in Libraries” presentation May 25, 3 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend both events. The Seeley Lake Library Book Club is reading “Raven’s Gift” by Don Rearden. In “Raven’s Gi...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    May 5, 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: May 7, 1987 issue Wilma - Our Florence Nightingale Story/photo Suzanne Vernon Sixteen years ago, when Wilma Nicholson... Full story

  • Records fall at Top 10 and Great Falls

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - A pair of school records and several meet records fell over the past week as athletes from Seeley-Swan High School competed in the Russ Pilcher Top 10 in Missoula April 26 and the Fairfield Belt State Preview in Great Falls April 30. Junior Emily Maughan has had her eyes on Seeley-Swan's Long Jump record of 17 feet 4 inches for several years. She recalled that she first felt it was attainable when she was in eighth grade and was jumping around 16 feet. This year, Coach Mike Haines...

  • Blackhawk golfers score in tournaments

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    Seeley-Swan High School golfers all scored at Missoula Loyola Spring Swing Tournament at the Ranch Club in Missoula April 26. This was a two-day event with SSHS golfers participating just one day, Coach Colleen Stone said. Tough weather conditions did not stop Ari Nicholas from qualifying for state with a 75. "He had a great group to play with and rose to the occasion," Stone said. Other scores for Boys: Aiden Posthumus 102, Kaden Thornsberry 111, Chris Auchenbach 114 and Aaron Jungers 122....

  • Preliminary Local Election Results

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - As of the final Election Night Report, May 3, the unofficial election results are in. There was a 36.23% turnout for this election. For the Seeley Lake Fire Board, incumbent Jon Kimble led with 390 votes compared to Alyssa McLean's 327. There were 6 write-in votes cast for a total of 723 votes. The Missoula County Public Schools High School levy passed with a vote of 15,668 for and 13,403 against of the 29,071 votes cast. The results are unofficial until canvas. For full May 3...

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