Articles from the April 7, 2022 edition


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  • AAI honors 2022 Art Benefactors

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE –Carol Evans and Jean Dickey were completely surprised when their names were announced for the Alpine Artisans, Inc (AAI) 2022 Art Benefactor Award at the 2 Valley Stage (2VS) performance March 27. Each year, AAI honors an AAI member or members who have exhibited exceptional support of the arts in the Clearwater Valley. Most often, the person chosen is a practicing artist in either the visual, performing or literary arts. While both Evans and Dickey love the performing arts, their c...

  • Kindergarten teacher recognized as Early Childhood Champion

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    MISSOULA – During the Week of the Young Child April 2 – 8, Healthy Start Missoula recognized Seeley Lake Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Sheila Devins during the Early Childhood Champion Award Celebration. Devins was among five recipients this year who were honored for their excellence in supporting young children and their families working in direct service (child care providers, home visitors, etc.), as advocates, as volunteers, or as an entire organization. For the past five years, Hea...

  • Halls interspersed four children among high-ranking military careers

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    CYGNET LAKE – Neither Mike Hall nor his wife Robin planned on 20-year military careers when they commissioned into the Army. But that was before they met each other. Graduating from Belgrade, Montana, Mike applied for an ROTC scholarship. That got him to Montana State University and resulted in a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a four-year commitment to serve in the United States Army. His plan was to leave at the end of those four years and get a job in industry. Mike w...

  • The oxymoron of proposed smoke management

    Joel Roesner, Seeley Lake, Montana|Apr 7, 2022

    In last week’s Pathfinder, Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist Ben Schmidt said the reason for the proposed zone is to address wood smoke, something research has proven to be a negative impact on people’s health. Does anyone else find it odd that the government wants to regulate smoke emissions from a wood stove, but have no problem letting the forest burn all summer? The amount of smoke we choke on during the summer months far exceeds that which we ingest during the winter months. It just goes to show, that most eve...

  • Evaluation of the vaccination debate sides with Dr. Farrar

    David Kenmir, Condon, Montana|Apr 7, 2022

    Following the discussion on COVID-19 vaccination for the last month is rather disappointing. I like to think that when an expert speaks, it’s worth listening. I am not an expert on the subject and it sounds like neither is Mike Marshall. That is okay. Opinions are great. I have no clue what Marshall’s background is so I will assume he is just another average concerned citizen. However, considering the topic, I will consider Dr. John Farrar the expert on the subject. Not the only expert I listen to but a very well spoken expert that helps us ave...

  • Continuing to work for you

    Representative Mike Hopkins, R - House District 92|Apr 7, 2022

    Going into the last Legislative session, the Republican majority delivered across the board. We implemented the first phase of our tax cuts to put money back in the pockets of workers and situate Montana's economy to better compete with our neighbors. This includes HB191 which was the first property tax relief for seniors living on a fixed income in 20 years (This was a constituent bill from Potomac!). This also included HB663 which uses revenue from adult-use marijuana taxes to fund our...

  • Seeley Lake Community Council to host several presentations

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Apr 7, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Council April meeting will be held virtually via Zoom at 6 p.m. Monday, April 11. Everyone is encouraged to attend this informative meeting with the following speakers: 1. Randy Arnold, Supervisor, Missoula District, Montana FWP 2. Carolyn Upton, Supervisor, Lolo National Forest 3. Seeley Lake Fire District candidates: Jon Kimble and Alyssa McLean 4. Bill Decker, Manager, Seeley Lake Sewer District 5. Quinn Carver, Seeley Lake District Ranger Attendees hear updates on projects important to the area i...

  • Board members elected by acclamation, school board elections canceled

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    MISSOULA COUNTY - Following election by acclamation of numerous candidates, the Missoula Board of County Commissioners canceled several May 3 special district elections. Potomac School, Seeley Lake Elementary, Sunset School and Swan Valley School also canceled their Trustee elections after applicants filled the open positions. There are still several board positions that remain unfilled, as indicated in the list below. Commissioners are seeking applicants to fill these board positions, which will become vacant May 31. Applicants must be...

  • Spring updates from the Blackfoot Challenge

    Justina McDirmid, Communications Intern, Blackfoot Challenge|Apr 7, 2022

    As spring creeps through the door, the Blackfoot Challenge continues fostering community collaboration for the benefit of all within the Blackfoot River watershed. The beauty of collaboration is the diverse array of experiences and perspectives that are brought to the table. Together, we can combine these individual experiences to result in more effective approaches to maintaining the natural environment and rural way of life in the Blackfoot watershed. With 30 board members, 12 full- and...

  • The Dusty Bandita offers new racing challenge

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "The Bandita in us is pushing limits and breaking through our inner boundaries. Together, alongside our fellow Banditas - we are one," reads The Dusty Bandita website. "Head down, eyes up, with a smirk of determination. It's time to break through, shine and be free." A new race will take to the gravel roads around Seeley Lake May 21. The Dusty Bandita is an event dedicated to increasing the presence of all identifying women at cycling events by providing a safe and encouraging e...

  • New resource specialist welcomed, predecessor thanked

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services|Apr 7, 2022

    Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is pleased to announce they have filled the Rural Resource Specialist position in the MAS Seeley-Swan Resource Center. Kristin Mason, of Seeley Lake, will be taking over the duties previously held by Linda Howard. "The Agency would like to recognize the years of service and dedication provided by Linda. She was instrumental in providing education and guidance to the Seeley-Swan communities, and we are thankful for the difference she made during her time in that posi...

  • In Memory of Leon "Bud" Anderson  April 22, 1926 - March 26, 2022

    Valerie Anderson Johnson|Apr 7, 2022
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    For the gentle old soul on Chippewa Way... the animals had gathered with respects to pay. He closed his eyes and he did not wake... for his soul ascended from Seeley Lake. His sense of humor and his heartwarming smile... will be sorely missed for more than awhile. Do not despair though he is nearby... in the light of the sun and the clouds of the sky. While he carried his light to the heavens above... he continues to share the light of his love. It is there that he sits high on a knob... in a... Full story

  • "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,..."

    Diana Taylor, Defendress of the Catholic Faith|Apr 7, 2022

    ...have mercy on us and on the whole world" (Divine Mercy Chaplet). Genesis, Fall of Man: God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil but the serpent/Satan deceived Eve who ate, then gave some to Adam who ate, disobeying God, causing Original Sin, which we inherited, breaking the God/human relationship, closing heaven for millennia. AD 30-33 Divine Mercy Chronology: Jesus said, "Amen, amen,...Except you eat [my] flesh...you shall not have life in you. He that...

  • Enhancing the garden ecosystem with spring planning

    Jean Pocha, Master Gardener - Pathfinder Staff|Apr 7, 2022

    As the snow leaves and bare dirt is visible, gardeners are ready to dig in, literally. What we call the beginning of the growing season often starts with the garden cleaning up season. Gardeners are eager to rake up leftover plant material and mulches and see the bare dirt. Although the bare dirt does warm up faster than mulched ground, there are others to consider in our garden ecosystem. As the soil warms, the garden ecosystem begins to come alive. The Natural Resources Conservation Service...

  • Dial Trucking brings a new set of wheels to the road

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Tylen Dial Trucking LLC is celebrating one year in business this month hauling logs and equipment for area businesses. "Leland Cahoon convinced be to buy my own truck," he said. Dial started looking for a truck and everything just fell into place. Dial hopes to grow his business into a fleet of trucks in the future. He said right now businesses struggle to hire people with a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Dial moved to Seeley Lake in 2013 as a junior in high school. He graduate...

  • Blackhawks compete at Frenchtown

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 7, 2022

    FRENCHTOWN - Mother nature provided a mixture of weather for the Frenchtown Invitational April 2 including sprinkles of rain, flurries of snow, wind and sunshine in no particular order. Seeley-Swan High School athletes took the weather in stride as they competed against hundreds of athletes from 18 schools. However, a few of the top runners were a little blue to learn that the event's automatic timing system was not functioning. Relying only on hand times, nobody could auto qualify for state or...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Apr 7, 2022

    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 website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: April 9, 1987 issue - Part I The Seeley Lake Community Hall: The early days Story Mildred Chafin This building, our... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Apr 7, 2022

    Seeley-Swan High School Pre-Prom Party and Grand March, April 9 SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to come support the Seeley-Swan High School students at their Prom Grand March, Saturday April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the SSHS Auditorium. The Prom will start at 8 p.m. Prior to the Grand March on Saturday, students are invited to The Lodges on Seeley Lake for a Hollywood Pre-Prom Party from 4:30 – 6 p.m. There will be appetizers and fun beverages as well as lakeside photos by Chelsea Cahoon. All are welcome. No cost. Seeley Lake Baseball pro...

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