Articles from the April 4, 2024 edition


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  • Salmon Lake construction project to continue this summer, drivers can expect 15-20 minute delays

    Keely Larson, Editor|Apr 4, 2024

    The third season in Montana - construction season - has begun for drivers going to and from Seeley Lake. Montana's Department of Transportation and its contracting partner, Kiewit Infrastructure Company, has begun the last 30% of the Salmon Lake Highway Reconstruction project. Started last summer, the project intends to bring Montana Highway 83 up to current design and safety standards, said Lisa Gray, communications official with MDT's design consultant, HDR, via email. To meet those ends, impr...

  • Results show human-caused nitrate levels in sewer district, board moves away from testing and toward solutions

    Keely Larson, Editor|Apr 4, 2024

    More water testing done by the Seeley Lake Sewer District led to a conclusion that nitrate levels in the sewer district are related to human causes, something that has been questioned by the public and backed by the Missoula County Public Health Department for years. Now, the Seeley Lake Sewer District is focusing on moving efforts toward engineering solutions. The announced closure of Seeley Lake’s largest employer, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, one week before the sewer board meeting cast a shadow over the gathering, but some attendees saw the b...

  • Reflecting on Pyramid Mountain Lumber's Legacy

    Chris Servheen, Montana Wildlife Federation|Apr 4, 2024

    The Montana Wildlife Federation is saddened by the closure of the Pyramid Mountain Lumber mill in Seeley Lake and the loss of close to 100 jobs in the Seeley Lake area. For over 70 years, Pyramid Lumber has been an important contributing member of the community of Seeley Lake. The owners and employees of the mill supported conservation efforts such as expanding protections in areas adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Mission Mountains Wilderness. The family-owned mill allowed community members to live locally, raise their children...

  • Seeley Lake Library April news

    Carrie Benton, Librarian|Apr 4, 2024

    Spring is in full swing. We’ve got plenty of books on gardening and venturing outdoors. New titles in both fiction and nonfiction are arriving this month. Now is the perfect time — with road construction season also in full swing — to check out a new book to have on hand as you wait at the stoplight around Salmon Lake. A local patron has donated various materials on brain injuries and brain health. Due to their own injury and subsequent experience of people not understanding, the patron did t...

  • Riding the storm out

    Alan Muskett MD|Apr 4, 2024

    Elton John knew it was time to go into rehab when he called the front desk of his Atlanta hotel and asked that the wind be turned down. I can empathize with him, however addled he was. Our boat, currently in Titusville, Florida, is raucously rolling in a 25-knot breeze. Titusville is across the river from Cape Canaveral and the Space Center, where, this afternoon, we clutched our expensive ticket for three hours, in the viewing bleachers, awaiting the launch of a big rocket. With less than four...

  • Easter celebrations span the Seeley-Swan Valley

    Keely Larson, Editor|Apr 4, 2024

    Volunteer-organized Easter egg and treasure hunts brought color, candy and smiles to Seeley Lake and Condon....

  • Easter celebrations

    Jon Bergen, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Apr 4, 2024

    Having come from Scotland the Easter refrain was given by the minister as “He is Risen!” to which the reply was the obvious reply of “He is Risen Indeed!” I am blessed to have a church family that knows that here in Seeley Lake and replies in kind. After the cacophony of Palm Sunday and the celebration of Easter, I find church life is a bit slower paced in the church calendar. So much so that in Scotland the Sunday following Easter is called Low Sunday for a reason. The Sunday after Easter the attendance is LOW! I’m hoping it will not be so her...

  • People from our past - Wesley Edward (W.E.) Binko

    Tom Browder, Seeley Lake Historical Society|Apr 4, 2024

    Usually we expect notable people from our past to leave some kind of footprint: a road named after them, a mountain peak, a lake, or a lookout. In the case of Wesley Edward Binko, however, frequently referred to as W.E. Binko, there is nothing to be found. How odd for someone who was a real pioneer of the dude ranching business in our valley. Wesley Binko was born in Helena in 1893 to a long-established Helena family. From Helena Senior High School he went on to Northwestern University in the Chicago area. A track star in college, he held the...

  • Working together in scary times

    Tom Beers, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Apr 4, 2024

    Just recently, we learned the startling news that Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake would soon close down and result in hardship for some 100 workers and small businesses in our community. Like many in Seeley and across western Montana, we’re shocked and saddened by the news. We at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation know that our mission is to help our neighbors, family and friends — our community — especially when we face hardship. Our nonprofit mission is to engage philanthropy, provide leadership and enhance the quality of life and e...

  • Dave Kesler running for House District 76

    Dave Kesler|Apr 4, 2024

    My name is Dave Kesler, and I am running for the new House District 76, which spans from Georgetown Lake, through Deer Lodge, Drummond, Philipsburg, Rock Creek, almost to Clinton, up towards Seeley Lake, Ovando, Helmville, Avon and Elliston. I live in Philipsburg with my 11-year-old daughter, Kelly, and am fortunate enough to be surrounded by family. I'm a builder, a mechanic, a rancher, an avid hunter and an active citizen. I am a third generation Montanan, working the same land my grandparents worked in Philipsburg and the Deer Lodge Valley s...

  • British electric string quartet, Stringfever to perform in Seeley Lake on April 7

    Jenny Rohrer, 2 Valleys Stage Program Director|Apr 4, 2024

    All the way from London, England 2 Valleys Stage is proud to present the electric string band, Stringfever. Composed of siblings Ralph, Neal and Sophie Broadbent along with their cousin, Graham Broadbent, Stringfever are world class musicians playing five and six-stringed electric violins, viola and cello in a truly original show. Stringfever's unique acclaimed version of Ravel's 'Bolero' has all four playing on one cello simultaneously. Then they challenge the audience to play Name That Tune as they race through 20 of the best loved film...

  • Blackhawks take on Frenchtown

    Keely Larson, Editor|Apr 4, 2024

    The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks competed at the Frenchtown Invitationals in a variety of track and field events on March 28. Sophomore Lillian Boyd qualified for State discus throwing 124.6 feet. To qualify, an athlete must throw at least 108 feet. Derrick Brovold, also a sophomore, got close to State javelin, throwing 132.5 feet but needing to hit 153. Sophomore Kilty Hanson needed to jump 16 feet and two inches in the long jump to qualify for State and in Frenchtown she clocked in at 15.7.75, also...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder Staff|Apr 4, 2024

    Thirty five years ago ... Thursday April 6, 1989 Wrestlers do well at District Seeley Swan wrestlers made a strong showing at the A.A.U. District Tournament in Ronan last weekend qualifying the bulk of the team to advance on to the divisional tournament. In the district tournament wrestlers had to finish in the top six of their respective weight classes in order to advance to next week’s divisional in Missoula. Read this and more at: https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_f...

  • A hopeful view from fire lookout towers

    Kaemyn Long, Seeley Lake Ranger Station|Apr 4, 2024

    A robin sits atop the slow awakening western larch branch, pauses a moment, then chimes into song before rising into the early morning air. Spring is here. With spring's early appearance across western Montana, we see animals and people alike preparing for the change. Snow melting off the north side of Rice Ridge, and Salmon and Seeley Lake becoming no longer available to committed ice fishermen, reminds us that it's time to prepare for warmer weather. Yard clean-up begins for fire season peeks...

  • What we can do

    Chuck Stranahan|Apr 4, 2024

    The conversation over coffee with friends, naturally for us, was mostly about fishing. We talked about fly rods and my recent conversations with Kerry Burkheimer. In what had to be a weak moment Kerry said I could trade flies in partial payment for two of his rods. Time marches on and I hope to get some flies in his hands before he changes his mind. His rods are superb. You could make a real good argument that Burkheimers are the best graphite fly rods made. They are made from scratch with...

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