Articles from the May 12, 2022 edition


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  • Bringing a taste of Mexico to Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Large, brightly colored paintings decorated the walls, upbeat Spanish music played and customers were welcomed with chips and salsa. Despite the snow flurries outside, inside the atmosphere rivaled stepping into a Guadalajara restaurant. The Caro family moved quickly between tables, effortlessly switching between Spanish and English and bringing out hot plates with Mexican specialties. After months of waiting, Casa Caro Mexican Restaurant was finally open. "We want to offer q...

  • Structure total loss, no injuries

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    POTOMAC – Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, Greenough-Potomac Volunteer Fire Department was paged to a structure fire on Swanson Lane. Nearly 20 volunteer firefighters from Potomac and Missoula Rural responded and the scene was secured just after midnight. While there were no injuries, the structure was a total loss as well as the pump house inside that supplied two other structures on the property. When 9-1-1 gave the address, Greenough-Potomac Fire Chief Ryan Hall realized the fire was at his...

  • Featuring a lifetime of art

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Artist Angela Bennett and her work "Watercolors on the Water - A Lifetime of Work" will be presented at The Lodges on Seeley Lake May 15 from 1-6 p.m. The free art exhibit will highlight Bennett's original watercolor paintings from the past 10-15 years. "This is an opportunity to see nearly the full body of Angela's work – which we usually only see in pieces," said Kerry Bertsch, co-owner of The Lodges and Bennett's daughter. "Many of them have been created right here in her s...

  • SSHS quartet earns Superior rating at State

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    HELENA – The Seeley-Swan High School quartet "Homeward Bound" sang their way to a Superior rating at the State Music Festival, May 6. This is the highest rating they could have received. SSHS Music Director Janet Morgenstern said the group gave their best performance of the year and the judge was impressed with their confidence and positive attitudes. "Homeward Bound" ensemble included Wesley Stevenson, Cadence Mauldin, Sky Burckhard and Tyler Neher. They were the only group to receive a S...

  • Help older Missoulians stay independent and healthy - Vote FOR the MAS Levy

    Concerned Missoulians, Missoula, Montana|May 12, 2022

    Everyone wants to stay healthy and independent as they age. We want that for our friends and families. And we want it for ourselves. That’s why it’s so important that Missoula County residents vote FOR the Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Levy on the June 7 primary election ballot. As past Board Members, we know how vitally important MAS programs are to the older adults in our community. We’ve seen firsthand the difference MAS services can make, whether it’s a hot meal, help to understand Medicare, in-home care services or a support group for fami...

  • Field Notes Pike project underway - Angler reports vital!

    Sydney Young, FWP Game Warden|May 12, 2022

    The northern pike (Esox Lucius) is at the top of the food chain in many of Montana's rivers and lakes. This adaptable species was first observed in Lindsay Reservoir (Dawson County, Montana) in 1950, but has since expanded its range. This spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists started tagging pike in the Missoula area to help better understand their movements. The expansion and survival of northern pike is largely due to their voracious appetite-they'll eat anything that will fit in...

  • Fourth of July planning begins

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fourth of July committee had their first meeting last week to begin the planning for this year’s celebration. Thanks to the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s support, they are looking forward to hosting the annual parade and fireworks on Monday, July 4. The committee is looking for volunteers and anyone interested in getting trained as a pyrotechnician to help put on the community fireworks display. Training to become a pyrotechinician with Big Sky Fireworks is free. The individual must pass a backg...

  • Missoula County launches online platforms to boost community engagement, transparency

    Missoula County|May 12, 2022

    Missoula County recently launched two online platforms aimed at increasing community engagement and transparency. Missoula County Voice is an online community engagement platform that provides an easy, accessible way for residents to learn about and provide feedback on county projects and initiatives. It will allow the County to deliver clear, accurate and transparent information and provide residents with a convenient way to share their ideas and opinions on projects and initiatives and feel more involved with how their tax dollars are spent....

  • Unofficial Local Election results

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - As of the Election Night Report, May 3, Jon Kimble will continue to serve on the Seeley Lake Fire Board and the Missoula County Public Schools High School levy passed. Results are unofficial until canvas. There was a 36.23% turnout for this election. For the Seeley Lake Fire Board, incumbent 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...

  • Animals of Seeley Lake – Lions, foxes, bears ... Oh my!

    Robert Shaffer, President, Double Arrow Ranch Land Owners Association|May 12, 2022

    One of the wonderful things about living in Seeley Lake and the Double Arrow Ranch is the abundance of wildlife in our area. We get to see many critters on a regular basis that most residents of the U.S. are lucky to see in their lifetime. Some of that is due to our rural setting, but it is also due to the fact that we live in a wonderful section of the beautiful state of Montana. I think sometimes we take all of the wildlife around us for granted and need to take a step back and observe what...

  • SSHS sophomore's business pitch recognized in "The Prospects"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    HELENA – The Montana Chamber Foundation recognized Seeley-Swan High School Sophomore Conner Chadwick's business proposal "Periscopic Poles" in The Prospects 2022 High School Business Pitch Competition. Chadwick was among four other winners in the Automotive Industry Ideas category. He received $250 for his proposal. "I was surprised and flattered honestly," Chadwick said. "I didn't expect to make it but it was really nice." The Prospects is a virtual statewide entrepreneurship competition t...

  • The heart of a servant

    William Campbell, A servant of Christ|May 12, 2022

    Before attempting to serve God, we must first know whose ministry it is. By this I mean we must examine our motive for service. We must ask the question, am I doing this service for personal recognition, that people might say, "What a devoted servant he (she) is!" or am I serving because God has called me to serve Him in some way? The call of God is essentially expressive of His nature; service is the outcome of what is fitted to my nature. Service becomes a snare if it is based on self-will....

  • Protecting older adults from abuse

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    Your neighbor may have an adult child living with them. You may notice the child is purchasing big items. In visiting with the neighbor, you learn the child doesn’t work and is spending their retirement. They may express fear of the child because of substance abuse. Neglect, abuse and exploitation of our older citizens is most often perpetrated by adult children (22%) or other family members (31%) who may be protected by the at-risk adult despite mistreatment, according to information from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services A...

  • Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    The Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys are home to many non-profits. All these non-profits play a vital role in our communities and most are run by volunteers. Over the next several months we will feature these various groups in an effort to highlight who they are, what they do and how to get involved. To nominate your favorite non-profit for the feature please email pathfinder@seeleylake.com or call 406-677-2022. SEELEY LAKE – "We are just a group helping other families and veterans in the a... Full story

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    May 12, 2022

    In celebration of 36 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 36 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: May 14, 1987 issue Seeley Lake: The 1930s Story Suzanne Vernon Editor's note: Herb and Ella "Butch" Townsend, longtime... Full story

  • Hoag and McDonald take Seeley Swan to top at KLH

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    MISSOULA – Seeley-Swan's Owen Hoag and Walker McDonald won the "Outstanding Male Track Athlete" and "Outstanding Male Field Athlete" awards at the Kim L. Haines Memorial track meet May 7. The pair's performance helped propel the Seeley-Swan Boys to first place in the team points ahead of Broadwater and Loyola. The Seeley-Swan Girls took second at the KLH behind Broadwater and ahead of Drummond. Hoag dominated the short distances on the track winning the 100, 200 and 400-meter events. He cut h...

  • Golfers improve on way to Divisionals

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School golfers showed improvement as the regular season ended last week. Golfers participated in the Wayne Cahoon Memorial Tournament May 3 and tournament in Plains May 6 and head to Divisionals May 9. Scores from the Wayne Cahoon Memorial Tournament at Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake May 3: • Boys: Ari Nicholas 74, Ben Haley 101, Kase Anderson 106, Kaden Thornsberry 106, Trey Miller 112 and Aaron Jungers 116 • Girls: Mia Nicholas 102, Ava Thorn...

  • Community Briefs

    May 12, 2022

    Nationally renowned speaker William Federer to present May 22 SEELEY LAKE - Mission Bible Fellowship invites the community to a presentation by historian, speaker and author William Federer Sunday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. and during worship at 10:30 a.m. Federer will share how the Bible influenced world and American history. There is no cost and everyone is welcome. Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. He is known for h...

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