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Articles from the March 31, 2022 edition

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 By Susan Monahan    News    March 31, 2022

Seeley Lake Wood Stove Zone proposed by Missoula County

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Wood Stove Zone rule implementation is back in the works as the Missoula City-County Air Pollution Control Board begins to revisit changes to the rules set. The changes were suspended in 2020. “This whole process was...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    March 31, 2022

Local musician earns Golden Ticket on American Idol

OVANDO – Growing up in a musical household, Zia Kloetzel of Ovando developed a passion for music.  Not only is she deeply motivated by music, her mother Andrea Morgan said she has discovered it...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Girl Scouts cookie season in full swing, thankful for support

SEELEY LAKE - For the first time in nearly a decade, Girl Scout cookies arrived in Seeley Lake. Seeley Lake Troop #3436, a new troop that started this fall, pre-sold more than 4,000 boxes of cookies...

 
 By David Rowell    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Appreciative for prayer in school

I very much appreciate Seeley Lake Elementary Superintendent/Principal Josh Gibbs allowing people who wanted to pray for the school and the children of Seeley Lake to enter the building. It’s just incredible to me that we have devolved into not...

 

Farrar's response to Marshall on vaccine conspiracy theories

Mike Marshall’s opinion letter last week was directed at me regarding “vaccine conspiracies.” He started by referencing “flat-earth theories,” “Israeli space lasers,” “windmills causing cancer,” “microchips in vaccines,” etc....

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    March 31, 2022

New year, new regulations

After last year's Legislative session, and the FWP commission meeting this spring, hunters can expect to see some changes to the regulations this year. Consult the newest edition of the regulations...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Bears are emerging - be bear aware, secure attractants

As winter gives way to spring, recreationists are taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside. However, this is also the time of year bears are emerging from their dens and conflicts with people tend to increase.   Swan Valley Connections...

 

Change Your Pace applications due April 29

SEELEY LAKE - Applications for local organizations to participate in the 2022 Change Your Pace Challenge are due Friday, April 29. Rules and applications are available April 1 online...

 

Spring burn season starting in the Swan

SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct spring prescribed fire projects when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Swan Valley depending on the location...

 

If the real estate market is hot, why are so many frozen out?

What is a "Hot" Real Estate Market? For the past two years, all that real estate professionals, economists and analysts seemed to talk about is the hot real estate market. But what does a "hot market"...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Council reviews bylaw template, receives local updates

SEELEY LAKE – At their March 14 meeting, the Seeley Lake Community Council reviewed the new template from Missoula County for community councils, received updates on the Seeley Lake Ranger District and discussed the next steps regarding the RV...

 

Lenten Letter

Dear Mary of Magdala, I hear your voice sometimes, softly, almost like a whisper in a dream. Straining to hear you I close my eyes, try to block out all the other voices that want to tell me you're...

 
 By UM News Service    News    March 31, 2022

UM Institute gauges attitudes toward Montana tourism

MISSOULA – A recent University of Montana survey found state residents still generally support tourism. However, there are growing worries about overcrowding, quality of life and newcomers flooding the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 199...

 

Weltzien extolls Savage as one of Montana's best writers

SEELEY LAKE – In 2018, when award-winning movie director Jane Campion began thinking about transforming Thomas Savage's "The Power of the Dog" into a film, the person she contacted for more...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Annual Fur Dinner offers opportunity to share furs

OVANDO – More than a dozen people dressed in fur enjoyed an evening out at The Stray Bullet in Ovando at the end of February. While most would agree it was an unusual sight, that is exactly the...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    March 31, 2022

California and Washington top origin states for new Montana residents in 2020

California, Washington and Colorado are the top states of origin for people who moved to Montana in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to tax filing data presented to a... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Players recognized at Winter Sports Awards banquet

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) winter sports awards banquet was held March 15 at Seeley-Swan High School. Boys and girls basketball players were recognized for their participation and performance during the season. Each player...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

A journey through the decades with LP And The Vinyl

SEELEY LAKE – With vinyl records suspended from the ceiling and hung as a backdrop, the intimate club atmosphere Sunday afternoon set the stage for LP and The Vinyl 2 Valleys Stage concert in the...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    March 31, 2022

Food Bank expanding services

SEELEY LAKE - New Seeley Swan Community Food Bank President Lulu Rodriguez and her board are looking to add services to the area. Currently the Food Bank is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Small but mighty - Potomac Pioneers learn to play as a team

POTOMAC – With only seven girls out for the Potomac School Girls Basketball team not only did they see a lot of playing time, Head Coach Beth Copenhaver said there was a lot of improvement. The...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 31, 2022

Blackhawks soar at first track meet of the season

CORVALLIS - Seeley Swan High School's track team competed against athletes from 17 A, B and C class schools at the first meet of the season March 26. Seeley-Swan's returning state champions Walker...

 

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

 

Community Briefs

Our Lady of Swan Valley Mission resumes summer-only Mass schedule SWAN VALLEY - Our Lady of Swan Valley Mission Church in Condon will be returning to a summer-only Mass schedule effective April 1.   Sunday Masses are temporarily suspended until the...

 

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