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Articles from the April 20, 2023 edition

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Fire Board candidates have their say at Seeley Lake Community Council meeting

Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board candidates sparred in a short open forum discussion at the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting on Monday, April 10. Each candidate was given a short time to...

 By Jean Pocha    News    April 20, 2023

Roundabout at Clearwater Junction won't become a reality for at least four years

"The design process for the Clearwater Roundabout is ongoing, said Kristine Fife, of Big Sky Public Relations. "Don't expect construction for at least four to five years." Although public opinion...

 By Gwyneth Hyndman    News    April 20, 2023

Easter scavenger hunt brings in the prizes

Between 200 and 300 kids turned out for the annual Seeley Lake Easter Lions Club Easter Scavenger Hunt last weekend, as youngsters set off in search around 2,500 eggs stuffed with candy and prize...

 By Jesse Mullen    Opinion    April 20, 2023

Op-Ed: Nanny politics are a bad excuse to raid habitat funds

The Montana Legislature is pushing through two house bills, both co-sponsored by area representative John Fitzpatrick, that fundamentally alter the way marijuana tax monies are allocated in direct opp...


Jay William Lapka, 1958-2023

Jay William Lapka passed away on April 11, 2023 at 64 years of age. He died at home with his family . He was born on October 4, 1958, in Leola, South Dakota to George and Leona Lapka. Jay was born wit... Full story


Celebrating Earth Day… the Christian Way

So, how are you going to celebrate Earth Day?  Many Americans may have a suspicious attitude toward celebrating what some see as a “hippie holiday” or a political statement against anyone who doesn’t embrace a 100% “Green” lifestyle. As... Full story


Missoula County Sheriff's Log

April 6 – April 13 4/6         11:01 a.m., 293XX HWY 200E                                Suspicious Activity 4/7         2:08 p.m., 2XX School Lane,... Full story


Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

4/6         Illegal Burn, Dolly Varden Drive 4/7         Medical, School Lane... Full story


Upcoming Events

April 19 Ugly Fashion Show with No host Karaoke, 8pm, Seeley Lake Chicken Coop April 22 Movie Night at the Barn, “Cattle Queen of Montana”, 7 p.m. at 2920 MT-83 Seeley Lake, Call 406-677-2990 for more information. April 27 Coffee and computers,...


Bournes missed by reader

Dear Editor I miss Andi and Nathan’s Pathfinder, but I do accept their need to move on. I debated whether to renew my subscription. I did, but it’s conditional. Please, it must remain local, not piecemeal with articles and contributions that are... Full story


In Regards to the Elbow Lake Gravel Pit

Dear Editor, Elbow Lake is located on the Clearwater River, just over three miles north of Clearwater Junction. The stretch of the Clearwater below Elbow Lake and before the confluence with the Blackfoot River is a unique and peaceful trout fishing... Full story


Frustration with fire board

Dear Editor, I have been attending the Seeley Lake Fire Board meetings for several years now. I am frustrated with lack of transparency, no discussion at the board meetings when issues are brought up, unless they are known ahead of time. When people... Full story


Transparency for change, Vote Susan Monahan May 2

Dear Editor, First, in my response to Scott Kennedy’s letter printed last week, I am not running for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District. Susan Monahan is. She is running against the incumbents on a platform to bring change to the board with a fres... Full story


Op-Ed: A conflicted nature of legacy and memory

When I was seven years old, my great-grandmother died. I had been told that she was dying, so it wasn’t a sudden event and as my mother sat deeply into her squatting legs in the twilight morning and woke me so many hours before school, I knew what...



Pathfinder Archives April 20, 2023   1988 Highway 83 Widening Being Planned If all goes well, starting about 1993 much of Highway 83 will be widened from its current 24 feet to 28 feet (two 12-foot... Full story


Upcoming workshops to discuss succession planning

Forest landowners and agricultural producers are invited to attend two upcoming workshops on succession planning.  The “Ties to the Land” workshops, sponsored by the Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation, are scheduled separately for May 6 in... Full story


Weekly Covid reports to end

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that with the federal Public Health Emergency ending on May 11, the agency plans to discontinue the weekly updates to the COVID-19 case tracking and vaccine dashboards. The... Full story


FWP asks commission to initiate rule-making process on grizzly bear management

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking for approval from the Fish and Wildlife Commission to move forward with a rule making process on administrative rules that address state management of grizzly bears. The request comes as the Montana... Full story


Senior Menus

For any area senior unable to afford the lunches, assistance may be available. Frozen meals are also available. Please call Ria Overholt with Missoula Aging Services at 406-728-7682 for information. The Mission Mountains Mercantile serves senior...

 By Gwyneth Hyndman    News    April 20, 2023

Gathering together

The annual Fur Dinner was held at Ovando's The Stray Bullet back in February. The only requirements was to wear a fur item and have a great time. The annual Fur Dinner location has been in Seeley...


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