Articles from the April 14, 2022 edition


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  • Public Works officials seek to increase building permit fees

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    MISSOULA COUNTY – Missoula County Public Works building division plans to request that the Missoula County Commissioners increase building permit fees as early as June 2022. The Public Works department is funded entirely by building permit fees that are no longer covering costs. Building Official Dave Larkin said in an interview that current bylaws allow the division to set fees but past practice is the commissioners have been involved in consent with a resolution. On March 23, Larkin presented options to create more funding for the d...

  • Avian Influenza hits Montana

    Pathfinder staff|Apr 14, 2022

    MONTANA – On Friday, April 8, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) announced the confirmation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in two Montana flocks. These are the first cases of HPAI reported in domestic poultry in Montana since 2015. Montana is the 25th state to report cases of HPAI in domestic poultry in 2022. Montana poultry producers and hobby farmers are encouraged to be extra cautious to keep their flocks healthy. Potomac Valley 4H Club announced Monday that all p...

  • Halls interspersed four children among high-ranking military careers

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    CYGNET LAKE – Part I of the Veteran Spotlight on Mike and Robin Hall covered each of their commissions in the Army – Mike in the Ordnance Corps and Robin as a JAG lawyer – their marriage in Germany and their subsequent assignments in Germany where their third and fourth children were born. Part I ended with the Halls serving in the D.C. area, Mike involved in war planning at the Pentagon and Robin a Chief of the Judge Advocate General's recruiting office. After her recruitment assignment, Robin...

  • Extending an elegant evening

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Young women in stunning dresses, young men dressed in suits and ties mingled about the Main Lodge at The Lodges on Seeley Lake Saturday night, April 9. For the second year in a row, The Lodges on Seeley Lake hosted a complimentary pre-prom party for Seeley-Swan High School students and their dates. In keeping with the Hollywood-themed Prom, students enjoyed appetizers, fancy drinks and a relaxed Happy Hour atmosphere to visit and take photos. "We want them to gather and get to l...

  • Health Department changes COVID-19 testing services

    Missoula City- County Health Department|Apr 14, 2022

    As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and the public need for COVID-19 testing services wanes, the Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) will be winding down COVID-19 testing services over the coming weeks. The last COVID mobile testing in Seeley Lake will be April 19 at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation parking lot. COVID-19 testing at the 3665 W. Broadway Clinic will be open Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing operations will be closed Sunday, April 17 in observance of the Easter...

  • Testing History - Part 1

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Apr 14, 2022

    In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of Carrying Capacity" for the Missoula County Commissioners. There were testing sites throughout the county, but the ones we are interested in are those in Seeley Lake. They monitored the area by the airport, downtown and Camp Paxson. AIRPORT: The earth materials are glacially derived unsorted sand and...

  • Egg hunters get ready

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    The traditional egg hunts return this year with two Easter Egg Hunts in the area this weekend. For the first time since the pandemic started, the Seeley Lake Lions Club returns to their traditional egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the ball fields at Seeley Lake Elementary. On Easter Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. the Klassen Family will host the annual Condon Community Easter Egg Hunt in the Condon Ball Field, just north of the Condon Airstrip on Highway 83. Children ages 0-12 are invited to participate in the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt....

  • Recycling Works returns for final collection day, April 23

    Recycle Works|Apr 14, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Recycling Works will be holding its final scheduled glass recycling event in Seeley Lake Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation. They will be accepting clean, food-grade glass for recycling. There is no cost to recycle glass, but they will be asking for a donation of $1 per gallon of glass, which will be donated to Seeley-Swan High School to support instruments to help expand the band program. Recycling Works is a non-profit organization based in Missoula focused on bringing sustainable w...

  • Fast Charging Station, residential charging pilot coming to Seeley

    Kelsey Lodge, MEC Manager of Communications and PR|Apr 14, 2022

    With gas prices on the rise, the motivation for consumers to consider an electric vehicle (EV) is steadily growing. Some of the top automotive manufacturers have already announced an end to production for gas and diesel engines in the near future. As drivers seek out ways to shield themselves from rising gas prices, utilities are already preparing for the coming transition to the electrified future of motoring. You might ask, why should I consider an EV? The list of benefits to owning an EV...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees

    Apr 14, 2022

    Voter Information: Incumbent Jon Kimble and Alyssa McLean are the two candidates running for the one, three-year term on the Seeley Lake Fire Board. Candidates' responses were based on the following questions: • Biography • Qualifying experience • Why do you want to be a trustee? • What would you like to see changed or what issues would you address if elected? • What challenges to you see facing the board and the fire department in the near future? Ballots for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Dist... Full story

  • Missoula County Public High School Levy

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    MISSOULA - The Missoula County Public School Board of Trustees approved an operations levy for the high school district at their March 29 board meeting. The levy will appear on the school election ballot being mailed April 13 and must be returned to the Missoula County Elections Office by May 3. This will be an all-mail election. The high school levy amount of $525,962, which is approximately 2.04 mills, will cost $2.76/year per $100,000 in assessed property value. “Local levies help us support additional students as our community grows while m... Full story

  • Blanchard Creek property discussions continue

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    POTOMAC – The discussion between the Greenough-Potomac Fire Board and Developer John Richards regarding the Blanchard Creek property continued at the Board’s monthly meeting April 5. While the parties felt they need to pursue renegotiations or sale of the land, no amounts were floated and they wanted the attorneys’ input before moving forward. The Board and Richards signed the original agreement Sept. 4, 2007. The agreement stated that the Department would exchange their property on Sperry Grade for a one-and-a-half-acre lot within the Clear...

  • Jaylund R. Rammell July 11, 1961 – March 28, 2022

    Apr 14, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Jaylund R. Rammell, 60 of Seeley Lake, Montana, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in the morning of March 28 in Seeley Lake. He was born July 11, 1961 to Elden and Dorine Rammell in Ronan, Montana. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Seeley Lake where Jaylund spent the rest of his life loving the mountains, rivers and lakes he called home. Jaylund grew up loving and working outdoors from a young age. Logging was a family business that Jaylund perfected to a science... Full story

  • According to the Scripture

    Pastor Bruce Rippy, Condon Community Church|Apr 14, 2022

    From the Bible in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the apostle Paul writes, “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to Scripture, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to Scripture.” Looking closer at this Scripture, we...

  • BLM purchases 4,600 acres from TNC

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    GREENOUGH – Last week the Bureau of Land Management purchased 4,600 acres in the Ninemile/Woodchuck area. This purchase is part of a years-long cooperative effort with The Nature Conservancy to secure public access on former industrial timber lands throughout the Blackfoot River watershed. "These lands will provide for opportunities for continued access for public recreation, access to sacred areas and other important areas for tribes and forest management for multiple benefits including r...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Apr 14, 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 16, 1987 issue - Part II Construction of the Seeley Lake Community Hall Story Mildred Chaffin When the first... Full story

  • One Blackhawk qualifies for state in first tournament

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Swan High School Golf season is in full swing with a new coach Colleen Stone. Mia Nicholas, a freshman homeschool student, qualified for state shooting a 98 during her first high school tournament played in Hamilton, March 31. Other individual scores from the Hamilton Tournament are: junior Ava Thornsberry, 114, senior Tegan Mauldin, participated but no score available, junior Ari Nicholas, 82, freshman Aiden Postumus, 92; junior Ben Haley, 95, freshman Trey Miller, 1...

  • Seeley-Swan takes second in Polson

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    POLSON - Seeley-Swan’s Boys and Girls track teams both took second place at the 50th Annual Dave Tripp Memorial Track Meet in Polson April 8. The Boys earned 83 team points putting them ahead of Drummond with 69 points and Loyola with 63. Class B Jefferson took the top spot with 175. Seeley-Swan’s Girls earned 72 points behind Drummond with 97 and ahead of Superior and Anaconda with 65 and 62 respectively. Seeley-Swan’s Boys burned up the track. Owen Hoag won the 200-meter in 23.02 seconds and won the 400-meter in 51.07, more than five secon...

  • Community Briefs

    Apr 14, 2022

    Swan Valley Community Council resumes in-person meeting, April 19 SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Community Council will meet for the first time since the pandemic Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Swan Valley Community Hall. The agenda includes a discussion with the US Forest Service and Missoula County officials about a proposed garbage transfer site in Condon. The Missoula County Building Department will also present current happenings with building codes and answer questions. There will also be an opportunity comment on non-agenda items. E...

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