Articles from the March 8, 2023 edition

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  • An achievement, nine years in the making

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 8, 2023

    Last month, Patrick Jones of Seeley Lake was awarded his black belt in taekwondo at the Missoula Taekwondo Center. The ceremony marked a height of achievement, nine years in the making. Earning a belt in taekwondo is a test of self discipline and dedication for anyone, but for Jones, who has Down syndrome, it's an even greater testament to perseverance. "He loved it from the very first time he went," said Jones' mother Mary Lynne Jones. "A lot of people go 'okay, yeah, he's got Down syndrome. So...

  • A successful season on the courts comes to an end

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 8, 2023

    The last weekend of February brought an end to a successful high school basketball season with the Seeley Swan Lady Blackhawks falling in the Divisional finals to Ennis. (50-63) "Every season is different and presents unique challenges," said David Cahoon, head coach. "We never know exactly what those will be and we can only do our best to control the things we can control. I think this season taught us a lot about that exact idea and I truly believe that mindset helped the team win, even...

  • Award-winning Girl Scout tackles crime, wins Congressional Gold Medal

    Jean Pocha|Mar 8, 2023

    Completing a Girl Scout project to replace the Condon Community Sports Court in 2022 earned Isabella Cruz her first Gold Award from Girl Scouts. The Gold Award is the highest honor and only 5.4% of Girl Scouts complete it. She completed a second Gold Award in October 2022 and will be recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal this spring. "While finishing the Condon Community Sports Court, her best friends had some very scary experiences," said Patricia Cruz, Isabella's mother. "Isabella...

  • Runners soak up the sun at annual Snow Joke Half Marathon

    Hattie Batchelder|Mar 8, 2023

    Runners from all over Montana, and even several from out-of-state, joined together on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the 44th annual Snow Joke Half Marathon. The Snow Joke is hosted in late February every year and is one of Montana's oldest footraces. The first official Snow Joke was hosted on February 23, 1980, with a total of 33 races. The race grew popular over the years, with 328 runners participating in this year's race. Temperatures reached the mid 30's on Saturday with blue, sunny skies projected...

  • School nearing dates for new playground construction

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 8, 2023

    The Seeley Elementary School Board is preparing the installation of the new playground which will replace the school’s much-beloved Eagle’s Nest structure with a new plastic one that will be more weather resistant and some say, safer. At a meeting in May 2022, the school board announced its plan to replace the current playground structure. Seeley Lake Elementary School Superintendent Josh Gibbs cited some safety concerns with the aging wood used to build the current playground. “It is starting to deteriorate,” Gibbs said at the time. “Kids a...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Mar 8, 2023

    February 23-March 1 2/24/2023, Medical, 20 MM Highway 83 2/24/2023, Fire, 17 MM Highway 83... Full story


    Mar 8, 2023

    February 23 - March 1 2/24, 10:05 a.m., 2x MM Highway 83, Accident-Injury 2/24, 1:49 p.m., 3xx Boy Scout Road, Suspicious Activity 2/26, 9:23 p.m., 3xx MM Highway 200, Accident-No Injury 2/28, 1:13 p.m., 1xx Pinewood Circle, Suspicious Activity 3/1, 10:50 a.m., 446xx Highway 200, Vandalism 3/1, 4/18 p.m., 32xx Double Arrow Lookout Drive, Suspicious Activity... Full story

  • Archives

    Mar 8, 2023

    Pathfinder Archives March 9, 2023 1988 Ranger Pushes For New Era In Timber Dennis Johnson is becoming concerned by the cumulative impacts of timber harvest in the Seeley Swan Valley. Johnson, district ranger for Seeley Lake, made his concerns known at last week's meeting of the Wilderness Sportsman's Club. Citing the impact of overcutting in certain areas, Johnson said, "The watershed has the greatest potential for disaster. We're not worried about catastrophic rain...we're worried about normal...

  • Smith River permit drawing results available

    Mar 8, 2023

    The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2023 are now available online on FWP’s website. In addition to the online results, successful applicants will be notified via email. Links within the email will allow permit holders to download and print their float permit, as well as access important and detailed information regarding their upcoming Smith River float. Permits are required to float the iconic 59-mile stretch of the Smith River, which is celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout f...

  • Committee votes on four wolf bills as legislative deadline nears

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Mar 8, 2023

    The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee considers snares, trapping dates, reimbursement and hunting near national parks. The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee voted on four wolf-related measures Feb. 28 ahead of a key legislative deadline. The committee narrowly approved two bills that would codify wolf trapping season dates and trappers’ ability to use neck snares in state law. The committee also tabled two wildlife advocate-backed measures related to a controversial hunter and trapper reimbursement program and the hunting and t... Full story

  • Six local groups get $12,000 from the Seeley Lake Community Foundation

    Mar 8, 2023

    Six local organizations received good news this week thanks to the Seeley Lake Community Foundation's Community Grant Program. "We want to be a resource and catalyst for local groups to do good work for our community. It's exciting to have these amazing projects benefit Seeley Lake area," says SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller. Tom Browder, board member for 2023 grantee Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center says, "This grant will really help to make the Hayloft Room more usable... Full story

  • New project proposals now being accepted by FCRAC

    Mar 8, 2023

    The Flathead National Forest on behalf of the Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee, is now accepting new project proposals. The application deadline is March 15, 2023, and the committee has approximately $180,000 in project funding to award. Funding and administration for the Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee is provided under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self–Determination Act. Last year’s submissions funded under this authority included projects like educational events, fuels reduction, weed spr... Full story

  • Montana considers allowing physician assistants to practice independently

    Keely Larson, KHN-UM Legislative News Service|Mar 8, 2023

    Megan Zawacki started working at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Montana, in 2020 as a physician assistant trained in treating addiction. She had gone through specialized training that allowed her to prescribe Suboxone, a medication to fight opioid addiction, but she couldn't do so for six months. That's because Zawacki was hired to work with a doctor who specialized in addiction medicine, but that doctor did not join St. Peter's until three months after Zawacki was hired, and it was another... Full story