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Articles from the April 1, 2021 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    April 1, 2021

Vaccine eligibility expands to 16 and older as cases rise

Missoula County opened COVID-19 vaccine availability to all county residents 16 and older on Sunday, March 28. This was four days earlier than the state of Montana which opened vaccine eligibility April 1. Those over the age of 16 can receive a... Full story

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

Local beekeeper optimistic for summer

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake resident Bob Homuth has only been beekeeping for a couple of years but he is already looking towards doubling his colonies this upcoming spring. While he loves just watching...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 1, 2021

New owners to use motels as employee housing

SEELEY LAKE – This past January, The Resort at Paws Up (Paws Up) purchased The Wilderness Gateway Inn and the Seeley Lake Motor Lodge on Highway 83. They are excited to use both properties and the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 1, 2021

Pathfinder starts local Gossip Column

After years of being asked to start a gossip column, the Pathfinder has finally decided to bend to the wishes of the masses and start our own April 1. Taking our cue from editors of the past, we will be highlighting the goings-ons of our readership,...

 By Doug Richards    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Can we agree on one thing?

I can’t believe what is happening to our country. My father was in the Army in World War I. I lost cousins at Normandy in World War II. I joined the Marine Corp and served in Korea. I am saddened to think of the many American men and women who...


My two cents on the wildlife bills

My, oh my, all those folks – specialists with all those degrees speak’n out against those bills in the legislature. I’m impressed. You may have noticed I don’t have any degrees just a lifetime out ‘n the woods. Sixty-five years of trap’n...

 By Jean Curtiss    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Sewer budget and assessment

Each year there is confusion regarding the budget for the Sewer District and the Annual Assessment Methodology that is sent to property owners with the cost of the assessment per parcel. I hope to explain the relationship between the two items and po...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

Residents of all ages invited to go egg hunting, April 3

SWAN VALLEY – Children and adults of all ages can get in the Easter spirit this year at Condon's annual Community Easter Egg Hunt starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3 at the Condon Community Ball...

 By Emily McGuirt    News    April 1, 2021

CRC seeks community input

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council is embarking on a watershed planning process to identify, prioritize, and better coordinate efforts to protect and restore natural resources within the...

 By Linda Howard    Opinion    April 1, 2021

No-cost phone legal document clinic

This month I would like to share with you an excellent state program to assist with completing your estate planning documents – Phone Legal Document Clinic. The Montana Legal Services Developer...

 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Walls of water, grasses & raspberries

Last year I started my tomato plants in walls of water. The walls did protect my plants from cold temperatures, so that I had earlier tomatoes than usual. But one of the walls fell over. By the time...


Little deaths: A Holy Week contemplation

This is Holy Week for Christ-followers. The time when we intentionally contemplate the events and attitudes which lead up to the crucifixion. It is a challenging week, focusing on all the moments wher...


Watercraft inspection stations open

Montana's first watercraft inspection stations opened for the 2021 season. Inspection stations near Dillon and Ravalli opened earlier this month. The watercraft inspection station at Clearwater...


The Seeley-Swan valley real estate markets are red hot

HOW WE GOT HERE Between the years of 1970 and 2001, the Seeley-Swan Valley real estate market was a consistent market demonstrating slow upward trends in values and sales. Land sales in 2000 were between $2,000 and $4,000 per acre. Beginning in the...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

SSHS student artwork featured in Gallery 83

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School art students had the opportunity to have their work showcased in a public forum at Gallery 83's Open House Friday, March 26. Brandy Wyckoff, art teacher and...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

Students recognized in wildfire prevention art contest

The Southwestern Land Office (SWLO) of the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) and Keep Montana Green announced the southwestern Montana regional winners of the 60th Annu...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

Board approves permissive levy, election for general fund levy

SEELEY LAKE – At their monthly meeting March 22, the Seeley Lake Elementary School Board unanimously approved a resolution of intent to impose an increase in levies for transportation, building reserve and tuition fund and to run a general fund...

 By Henry Netherland    News    April 1, 2021

Trixi's Antler Saloon ventures into a new era with new owners

OVANDO - Ryan and Tiffanie Zavarelli are ecstatic to be entering into a new phase of their lives as they take ownership of Trixi's Antler Saloon from Ryan's parents Cindy and Ray Francis beginning...


Community Briefs

Prescribed burn planned for Game Range on Bandy Ranch WOODWORTH – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in coordination with the University of Montana is planning to conduct an 80-acre prescribed burn on the Bandy Ranch, on the east side of the Blackfoo...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 1, 2021

Blackhawks return to the track

CORVALLIS - Athletes from 15 schools across western Montana converged at the Blue Devil Invitational March 27 for the first high school track meet in nearly two years. Seeley-Swan High School was one...

 By Andi Bourne    News    April 1, 2021

Seeley-Swan golfers come out swinging

HAMILTON, MONTANA – At their first meet of the season March 25, the Seeley-Swan High School Blackhawks took to the Hamilton Golf Course in force. The Lady Blackhawks were the only school at the...

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 1, 2021

Montana State Budget Clears House of Representatives, Lawmakers Consider Criminal Justice and Ag Bills in Week 12 of Legislative Session

Montana House of Representatives Advances State Budget in Partisan Vote The state budget cleared another major hurdle in the Montana Legislature after lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed it down party lines on Wednesday, March 24, with... Full story

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 1, 2021

As GOP Lawmakers Drift Further Right, Custer Holds To Being 'A Reagan Republican'

Republican Rep. Geraldine Custer is not one to mince words. When a bill came up in February that would make it harder to vote by absentee ballot, the former Rosebud County clerk and recorder spoke up, and firmly. “This bill is probably the worst... Full story

 By Monica Tranel    Opinion    April 1, 2021

NorthWestern's Coal Kings want every one of us to pay them $15,000

Senate Bill 379, currently being considered by the Montana Legislature, may be a dream come true for Northwestern Energy, but for ordinary, hardworking Montanans, it’s a nightmare. In 2008, Northwestern bought a 30% share of the Colstrip 4 generati...

 By Roger Koopman    Opinion    April 1, 2021

The Free Money Game: When Will Republicans Wise Up?

Every election cycle, you can count on Republican candidates promising to reduce the size and cost of government, and in general, getting government out of our businesses and out of our daily lives. Yet the GOP’s commitment to controlling...


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