Articles from the March 1, 2023 edition

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  • A well-played season

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 1, 2023

    Last weekend the Blackhawks boy's basketball season came to an end after losing 38-43 against the Drummond Trojans in game two of the District 13-C finals. But despite not making it all the way to Divisional Playoffs, the team is ending the 2023 season with heads held high. "We had a lot of injuries and setbacks," said Mike Haines, Head Coach for the team. "I thought we did pretty well for facing quite a bit of adversity. So that was kind of a pretty good takeaway for the season." Two of their...

  • Mystery of the floating lantern with heartfelt message, solved

    Jean Pocha|Mar 1, 2023

    The creator of a floating lantern that descended into a Seeley Lake yard after Christmas has come forward, solving a local mystery. Nine-year-old Amelia Walter and her family contacted the Pathfinder by email after a story on the lantern appeared in the Pathfinder on Jan. 19 describing how Seeley Lake resident Kris Divis saw her dog barking at an object rolling across the snow in the yard. As Divis investigated, she saw a well-traveled floating Chinese lantern had landed, with a child’s handwriting on it. The marker inscribed message said: ...

  • Metcalfe begins new role as editor at the Seeley Swan Pathfinder

    Gwyneth Hyndman|Mar 1, 2023

    The Seeley Swan Pathfinder has a new editor transitioning into the newspaper this winter. Asa Thomas Metcalfe, a recent graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, grew up in Proctor, Vt. - a town that is about the same size as Seeley Lake. Metcalfe said that while this gives him an understanding of rural communities, he appreciates that small-town life in Montana has a different feel than the population of 1,600 he grew up in, in Vermont. “My town is similar,” he explained. “There were 22 students in my graduating class... Full story

  • Three months into 2023, I'm ready to make a resolution

    Gwyneth Hyndman|Mar 1, 2023

    Many years ago Dick Geary told me that I’d always have a horse when I wanted to take an afternoon off and go for a ride. Dick and I never met in person. We communicated through weekly check-in emails and our columns. Both of us were bound to Montana - Dick was born into a Helmville ranching family; I had married a fly-fishing guide - but we each had a place in the world we held on to and wrote about frequently; a place that had shaped us as youth. For me, it was New Zealand. For Dick, it was Brazil. We each had a boot in a land that still g...

  • Op-Ed: Providing financial relief to Montanans

    Senator Jason Ellsworth|Mar 1, 2023

    Republicans' number one goal this legislative session has been to provide financial relief to Montanans struggling with Joe Biden's inflation and the high cost of living. An early, priority package of eight pieces of legislation is aimed at delivering on that mission. Together, these bills combine to immediately put money in Montanans' pockets, provide long-term tax relief, and reduce taxpayer obligations into the future. House Bills 192 and 222 return over $700 million of Montana's historic...

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  • Celtic band returns for Swan Valley concert

    Alpine Artists|Mar 1, 2023

    Celebrate an early St. Patty's Day with the internationally renowned Celtic band Men of Worth on Sunday, March 5, 3 pm at the Swan Valley Community Hall. A program of Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage, this duo will entertain and amuse. Tickets are available at the door: Adults $14, Seniors $12 and students are free. Refreshments will be served. Men of Worth was formed by James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland) in 1986. Both exiles, it was through the Celtic music scene in...

  • A house divided

    Dale Terrillion|Mar 1, 2023

    "Any Kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall." Luke 11:17 Starting with the civil war and everything going on in America these days has this country ever been so divided? Even the churches seem to steer clear of each other. They seem not to realize God may have something to teach them there. Romans 1:11,12.When was the last time one denomination prayed for another that they might have a great revival? Ephe. 4:43As America slides into a continue... Full story

  • The Largest Wetland Restoration Project in Montana's History

    Luke Lamar|Mar 1, 2023

    Back in 2015, Swan Valley Connections (SVC) had been contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conduct vegetation surveys and create a map of vegetative communities across the entire 1,979-acre Swan River National Wildlife Refuge (refuge). The refuge is managed by the USFWS and was the first step to restore hundreds of acres of wetlands previously manipulated prior to the USFWS purchasing the property in 1973. The manipulations began in the 1920s when there was the nation’s largest muskrat fur farm on the property. The land w...

  • Archives

    Mar 1, 2023

    26 Neighborhood Watch Organized Seeley Lake businessmen are organizing a Neighborhood Watch program and will meet on March 9, 7:30 p.m. at Barney's Bar & Cafe to discuss ways to implement the program. Local law enforcement officers have already seen the positive effects of the program in Seeley Lake. According to Deputy Scott McDonald, about two weeks ago a local business owner called in to report a suspicious vehicle parked behind 1st Valley Bank during the predawn hours. Deputies...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Mar 1, 2023

    Missoula County Sheriff's Log February 16-22 02/16, 10:03 a.m., 10xx Tamarack Drive, Suspicious Activity 02/16, 4:07 p.m., 31xx Highway 83, Disorderly Conduct 02/16, 4:56 p.m., Highway 83, Accident-Injury 02/17, 11:20 p.m., 6xx Pine Drive, Disturbance 02/19, 8:30 a.m., 9xx Golf View Drive, Theft 02/19, 10:49 a.m., 1xx S.O.S Road, Harassment 02/20, 9:06 a.m., Slide-In, No Property Damage 02/20, 3:25 p.m., 10xx Tamarack Drive, Suspicious Activity 02/21, 5:07 p.m., 16xx Morrell Creek Drive,... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Mar 1, 2023

    Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log February 16-22 2/15/2023, Medical, Pine Dr 2/16/2023, Accident-Injury, 6 MM/Hwy 83 2/16/2023, Medical, Grays Mill Rd 2/17/2023, Medical, Riverview Dr 2/20/2023, Medical, White Tail Dr... Full story

  • Lady Blackhawk signs with Carroll College

    Andi Bourne|Mar 1, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - "Dani is now one of seven percent," said Seeley-Swan High School Head Volleyball Coach Janelle Greenwood. "In the nation, only seven percent of high school athletes play at the next level." Danielle "Dani" Sexton will be among 12 other players on the Carroll College Halos Junior Varsity Volleyball team for the 2023-2024 season. She signed to play with the Halos this past January. "It's always been my dream to go to the next level and play," Sexton said. "I'm excited to still be...

  • Bill would let cities tax Airbnbs to subsidize long-term rentals

    Erich Dietrich|Mar 1, 2023

    By Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press Housing affordability advocates are working to drum up support in the Montana Capitol for a pair of bills that would put state resources into supporting the construction of more price-controlled housing for middle- and low-income Montanans - policies that would take a step beyond the free-market strategies that have so far drawn support from Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte. House Bill 546, sponsored by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, would expand an existing... Full story

  • Water to play a big part in "Red Tape Relief" initiative at Legislature

    Caven Wade|Mar 1, 2023

    UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA – The laws that regulate water, arguably Montana’s most valuable natural resource, are complex and tied to nearly every industry in the state, so when lawmakers gather in Helena every two years for the legislative session, it’s often at the top of the agenda. In the 2023 Montana Legislature, the water debate is shaping up to focus on two pieces of legislation: One that would tackle the future of water courts and another that would update the water permitting proce... Full story