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Articles from the March 30, 2023 edition

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MDT announce start for construction around Salmon Lake

The Montana Department of Transportation hosted an open house for public comment and questions about the upcoming Highway 83 construction at Salmon Lake. Engineers for MDT and Kiewit were present to...

 By Jean Pocha    News    March 30, 2023

Seeley Lake hiker prepares for a second long-haul through hike

Kyle Peltier of Seeley Lake is embarking on the Appalachian Trail April 8 after completing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2021. While nearing the end of the PCT, Peltier began thinking about...


SLE board votes on levy, discusses hiring of new teachers and a contract dispute

The Seeley Lake Elementary School board consented to a proposed levy at a meeting last Wednesday, March 15, before discussing issues of staffing, hiring, and a staff complaint involving unclear contract language. The board voted in support of...


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Montana’s state Legislature is proposing a host of extreme anti-wildlife bills despite widespread, diverse, strong, and credible opposition to these unnecessary measures. The onslaught on wildlife by locally elected officials began... Full story


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, An asphalt plant?! And a gravel pit?! On 21 acres?! That’s an area bigger than 26 football fields, or more than 300 tennis courts or over 3100 parking spaces! However the reader, you, can best envision the enormity of such a horrific i... Full story


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, On January 6 of this year, LHC, Inc. a paving contractor from Kalispell, submitted an application to Montana DNRC to mine crush and remove roughly 110,000 cubic yards of stone, sand and gravel from their Land Trust, Section 20, Township... Full story


Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log March 16-22 3/20, Medical, Drew Creek Road 3/20, Medical, Airport Road... Full story


Missoula County Sheriff's Log

Missoula County Sheriff's Log March 16-22 3/17, 12:25 p.m., 2xx School Lane, Intimidation 3/17, 5:11 p.m., 1x MM Highway 83, Suspicious Activity 3/17, 9:26 p.m., 4xx Airport Road, Accident-No Injury... Full story


Upcoming Events

March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., The Foundation Building, 406-677-3506 or 646-894-0247 Coffee and Computers Come to the Foundation Building West Wing and have your tech concerns addressed.  Our volunteers will be answering general tech questions... Full story

 By Mark Taylor    Opinion    March 30, 2023

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

by Mark Taylor, Layman The Holy Rosary is a Gospel derived meditative prayer that can transform hearts and change lives. I have gathered several scripture passages/information on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary that focus on the Passion... Full story


Collective Dreams

It’s time to return to the importance of dreams. Dreams are common nighttime experiences, as common as our daytime experiences. The problem is that we don’t easily remember dreams, not as easily... Full story


Aquatic invasive New Zealand mudsnails discovered in Upper Clark Fork watershed

New Zealand mudsnails, an aquatic invasive species that can have a long-lasting impact on local waters, were discovered last week in Silverbow Creek near the outlet of Warm Springs Ponds. This is the first time mudsnails have been detected in the... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 30, 2023

Previous volunteers return to Seeley Lake Fire Department

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District recognized their two newest members at their monthly board meeting March 21.  Fire Chief Dave Lane also reported they are gearing up to welcome two...


Girl scout cookies have arrived

Spring is here and so are the Girl Scout cookies. The Seeley Lake Troop #3436 which is only in its second year of activity had a mildly successful year of orders this winter compared to last year, but according to troop leader, Chantel Lynch, they...


Annual glass recycling program returns and raises money for local schools

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation, in partnership with Missoula-based nonprofit Recycling Works, is offering free glass recycling in Seeley Lake via three Saturday drop-off events this year. The glass recycling drop-off events will be from 10am...


Bears emerge from hibernation

Between the winter thaw and the summer sun there arrives two annual influxes of new area residents. The beach-lounging lake crowd, and the bears. This late winter has kept both populations away, but recent weeks has seen the beginning of bear...



Pathfinder Archives March 30 Issue 1988 1st Valley Bank First In State 1st Valley Bank is the top-rated commercial bank in Montana, according to Sheshunoff & Company, a national bank-rating service. Through the third quarter of 1987, which is the...


When it's springtime in the Rockies

As I began to ponder what to write about, almost immediately my mind drifted toward springtime. Soon after, the song title “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies” by Gene Autry filled my mind. Most reading this article are probably too young to... Full story

 By Elinor Smith    News    March 30, 2023

Bill banning gender-affirming care for minors moves forward in house legislature

HELENA -- A bill that would bar children under 18 experiencing gender dysphoria from getting gender-affirming care in the state of Montana or with Montana Medicaid cleared a final vote 65-to-34 in the House Friday, after an emotional debate the day... Full story

 By Hailey Smalley    News    March 30, 2023

Missoula food group, area ranchers look to alleviate bottleneck

Sarah and Joshua Christenson pride themselves on being part of the local food economy. As co-owners of a 117-year-old ranch in western Montana, their days are spent mending fence poles, herding cattle and, increasingly, driving trailers of cows... Full story


Swan Valley Community Council discusses funding, bears, summer events

CONDON- The Swan Valley Community Council met on March 21 to discuss federal funding for bridge repair, bear news, Alpine Artisans summer events, National Forest updates and Holland Lake. Missoula County has requested permission from the Condon town...

 By Andi Bourne    News    March 30, 2023

Spring has sprung in the Seeley Swan

Flowers decorate a driveway on Highway 83 near Lake Inez....


Legal Notices

MISSOULA COUNTY FY24 NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE FUND (CAF) SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION Mill Levy (SAP ML) Fiscal Year 07/1/2023 to 06/30/2024 Missoula County will be accepting competitive applications from governmental and non... Full story


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