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 By Andi Bourne    News    February 17, 2022

Royer wins sixth Race to the Sky

With a slushy start and temperatures in the high 40s Saturday, Feb. 12, Seeley Lake musher Jessie Royer took an early lead in the 300-mile Race to the Sky and never gave it up. First to all the check...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 17, 2022

Fire District election to be held, write-in deadline Feb. 28

With several special district governing board positions up for election within Missoula County in Potomac, Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley, the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board is the only election currently on the ballot for the May 3...

 By Jean Pocha    News    February 17, 2022

The story in the tracks

SWAN VALLEY - Even though three inches of fresh snow covered the ground, it looked like a crime scene. Spots of blood and clumps of hair were scattered over the hillside. Footsteps through the snow...


Vaccinate if you can - Be smart

This letter is in response to Dr. John Farrar’s column of Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 in the Seeley Swan Pathfinder about COVID-19 vaccinations. Dr. Farrar, in highly science-y terms, shared some very credible information on how our immune systems works....


Grooming efforts appreciated

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lakes ROCKS Board would like to add their voice to the praises currently being sung (and the great January coverage in the Pathfinder) for the 2022 cross country ski grooming at the Seeley Creek Nordic Trails. The volunteers...


BCSA upholds Montanans' values

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is important because it seeks to protect our precious Montana lands. The BCSA would preserve 80,000 acres of land for conservation, recreation and restoration. The act plans to restore fish and wildlife habita...

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 17, 2022

Pathfinder welcomes Helmville/Ovando reporter

HELMVILLE - "I think supporting and encouraging the life and activities in our communities helps them to be stronger and to be more vibrant," said Jean Pocha, the Seeley Swan Pathfinder's newest...


Wood stove technology and air program rule update

Residential wood heating has gone through many changes over the centuries. Fireplaces in Europe were replaced with more efficient masonry heaters when wood became scarce. The Franklin stove, invented in 1742 in the United States, heated colonial...


Euphoniums and tubas alternate solemn and big bop sounds

SEELEY LAKE – The overhead stage lights of the Seeley-Swan High School auditorium bounced off the bronze cone-shaped bells of seven tubas and five euphoniums Feb. 13 as University of Montana...


Henry 'Kerry' Good June 24, 1944 - Jan. 16, 2022

SWAN VALLEY - Henry 'Kerry' Good of Lindbergh Lake headed out to his next adventure on Jan. 16, 2022. Kerry was born in Spokane, Washington June 24, 1944 to Henry Ketchum Good and Jeannie Johnson. He... Full story


Laura Lee Wordsworth Wood Sept. 3, 1962 - Feb. 5, 2022

SEELEY LAKE - Laura Lee Wordsworth Wood, 59 of Seeley Lake, passed away Feb. 5 of heart failure. She was born on Sept. 3, 1962 in California to Eileen and Charles Wordsworth. As a young person she... Full story


From death to life to Christ

I told this story many, many moons ago but it is so profound and stirring I must tell it again, best as I remember. If I thought I was going to Alaska again just to cut big timber, I was wrong. The good book sez “many are the plans in a man’s...

 By Jean Pocha    News    February 17, 2022

The Stray Bullet tradition continues

OVANDO – Leigh Ann Valiton is happy to welcome customers into the Stray Bullet Cafe in Ovando. While she has been a familiar face behind the counter since 2010, Valiton now owns the cafe after...


20/35 Year Look Back

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... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    February 17, 2022

Blackhawks recognized at Senior Night Feb. 5

The Seeley-Swan High School Boys Basketball seniors were recognized with their family and friends Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 ahead of the varsity game....


Seeley-Swan heads to Districts

SEELEY LAKE - The Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks wrapped up their regular season taking on Charlo on the road and hosting Hot Springs Feb. 11 and 12. Charlo put up the best fight of the season for...


Community Briefs

Clarification of proposed “high-speed roundabout” at Clearwater Junction SEELEY LAKE – In the article “Roundabout at Clearwater Junction tops discussion” in the Feb. 10 issue of the Pathfinder, Robert Peccia & Association Engineering Firm...


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