Articles from the April 21, 2022 edition

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  • Local students win regional poster contest

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    MISSOULA – Creative slogans and colorful artwork illustrated the importance of wildfire prevention in the 61st annual Keep Montana Green art contest. This year, Swan Valley School third grader Molly Williams and Seeley Lake Elementary kindergartener Hale Devins placed first and second in the primary school division for the southwestern Montana region. "The Southwestern Land Office received over 150 submissions from 18 different schools, each one demonstrating just how creative and artistic M...

  • Clearwater RV Dump Site to remain closed

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Missoula Region Supervisor Randy Arnold advised the Seeley Lake Community Council at their April 11 meeting that the RV Dump Station at Clearwater Junction won’t be operational again this year. The RV Dump Station has been managed by FWP for close to 20 years, Arnold said. Several years ago, issues began to develop with the dump station pump. The pump is an effluent pump which moves waste from the holding tanks to the drain field. “With some challenges to those pumps, we had, a number of tim...

  • Mauldin signs with Carroll College

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    HELENA, MONTANA – Seeley-Swan High School Senior Tegan Mauldin will don a purple Fighting Saints uniform next year after signing to play on the junior varsity (JV) basketball team with Carroll College. In the second year recruiting for the JV program, Head JV Coach Taylor Edwards is excited to welcome Mauldin to the team and looks forward to helping her excel at the next level. While on a campus tour at Carroll, Mauldin requested a meeting with the basketball coach. Not only did she get to m...

  • Traditional Egg Hunt returns

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The excitement was tangible as children lined up for the annual Seeley Lake Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt in the fields and playground at Seeley Lake Elementary April 16. When the gun went off it took less than six minutes for the more than 2,600 eggs to be found. Smiles continued as children loaded up on candy and many found tickets to claim a toy prize. "It was great to see so many smiling faces," Lion Rachel Feigley said. "It was a lot of fun for sure," said Organizer Lion M...

  • Music and comedy takes the stage next Thursday

    Jenny Rohrer, AAI Program Director|Apr 21, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - 2 Valleys Stage is wrapping up their 2021-22 season with a fun, globe-trotting music and comedy duo, Bridge and Wolak. Due to the band's tight travel schedule, the concert will be on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. Tickets are available at the door (Adults $14, seniors $12, and students under 18 are free). Refreshments will be served and beer and wine by donation. This exciting band merges traditional instruments with 21st century digital...

  • Do, do, do

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Apr 21, 2022

    There are many people who cannot stop doing. They must do, do, do, all the time, at least that's what they believe. This doing, this continual activity, can be understood in several ways. So, let's take a look! By doing something all the time, a person can avoid other aspects of life that might need attention. The children might need attention; the house or apartment might need attention; a parent or family member might need attention. Being in continual motion or doing constant activity can be...

  • FWP and TNC begin discussing recreation vision for Placid Lake State Park and adjacent lands

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Apr 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE — Staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are working together to begin a recreation visioning process for Placid Lake State Park and adjacent TNC lands, located just southwest of the town of Seeley Lake. They are asking for public input early in the process to help understand current issues and priorities and to generate ideas for the future of the area. For decades, Placid Lake State Park has provided the only public access to the lake, a popular spot for camping, boating, swimming and f...

  • Dee McNamer presents "Aviary" at Open Book Club Event

    Carla Schade, AAI OBC Reviewer|Apr 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Deirdre McNamer is no stranger to readers of Montana authors. This acclaimed award-winning novelist will be presenting her new novel "Aviary" at the next Open Book Club sponsored by Alpine Artisans. At 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, McNamer opens the pages of her newest work to our community. "Aviary" is a story that explores the relationships of the residents of a senior home in Montana. The complexities of old age and an unusual event lead to...

  • 2022 Loon & Fish Festival Art Show and Sale returns

    Kris Gullikson, Alpine Artisans President|Apr 21, 2022

    Alpine Artisans has bragging rights on holding the world’s only Loon and Fish Festival, scheduled this year for Friday evening and all day Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20. We describe this festival as a “celebration of art and nature in the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys,” and the main feature is a community art show and sale featuring the work of over 30 local artists from Lincoln to Swan Valley. Held in the Foundation Building in Seeley Lake, the show features marquetry wood pieces, jewelry, paintings (all media), embroidery, bead work, origa...

  • A treasure to behold in the Swan

    Sara Lamar, Education Director, Swan Valley Connection|Apr 21, 2022

    Those of us lucky enough to live, work and play in the Swan Valley know what a special place it is. Pointing a finger at exactly what makes this place special, however, can sometimes be difficult. If you were to mill around the Mission Mountains Mercantile on a Saturday and ask tourists and locals alike, "What makes the Swan Valley so unique?" you'd likely hear answers such as "the stunning views," "diversity of wildlife" or "rural character." While all of this is true, what you likely won't...

  • Great reward discovered under "Stone in the Road"

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    GREENOUGH - Sunset School students performed "Stone in the Road" before an audience April 13 in the Bull Barn at The Resort at Paws Up. Queen Mariana (Rowan Burckhard) had her confidant Barcarole (Sera Benton) roll a stone into the path going from Brie to Cheddar. Before hiding, the Queen placed a bag of gold under the stone. The Queen and Barcarole watched as different groups from the village approached the stone. Most complained about the obstacle, some found a way around, while others went...

  • Keith Edward Weihe May 24, 1962 – Jan. 24, 2022

    Apr 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Keith was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved to Seeley Lake approximately 10 years ago where he resided when he passed away. He was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Weihe and father Charles Weihe He is survived by his mother Karen (Monty) Montgomery; brother Dale (Denise) Weihe: sons Tony (Ashley) Weihe and William (Brianna) Weihe; grandson Liam Weihe and loving family and friends. Keith was blessed to have extended family of Montgomery friends Lee, Tom and Paula, Bob and... Full story

  • Easter

    President Sherman Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Apr 21, 2022

    Easter is the Christian holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After Christ died on the cross, His body was placed in a sepulcher, where it remained, separated from His spirit, until His Resurrection, when His spirit and His body were reunited. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirm and testify that Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives today with a glorified and perfected body of flesh and bone. Following His Resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene...

  • Board seeks bids for new boiler

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – On April 12, the Swan Valley School Board directed the administration and facilities personnel to seek bids for replacing the boiler, some exterior double doors and the middle school building windows. They also voted to participate in the Montana Aspiring Teacher Residency Program next year. The school has ESSER funds available until 2024 for building improvements. The board was hesitant to fix something that isn’t broken regarding the boiler system. Chairman Jimmy Boyd said, “We would buy a new one, and it could be broke down...

  • Hunting eggs in the snow

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – The Condon Community Easter Egg Hunt was a bit different this year with nearly six inches of snow on the ground April 17. Typically eggs for the hunt held at the Condon Community Ball Field are easily visible for the hunters. However, this year everyone had to dig through a bit of white to find the colored eggs. Approximately 6,000 eggs were put out for those who braved the winter-like conditions to participate. The egg hunt opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, s...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Apr 21, 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 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 23, 1987 issue Missing boy found after five-hour search Four-year-old Arrow Hoehn, son of Dick and Jill Hoehn, mi... Full story

  • Alpine Artisans, Incorporated

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    The Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys are home to many non-profits. All these non-profits play a vital role in our communities and most are run by volunteers. Over the next several months we will feature these various groups in an effort to highlight who they are, what they do and how to get involved. To nominate your favorite non-profit for the feature please email or call 406-677-2022. SEELEY LAKE – Alpine Artisans Incorporated (AAI) has been in the Seeley, Swan a...

  • Seeley-Swan shines in the snow

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 21, 2022

    MISSOULA - The Missoula County Public School Invitational fell victim to Montana's spring weather April 16. The meet was canceled after just five events on the track but the cold and snow didn't keep Seeley-Swan's athletes from shining. In the first event on the track, Hunter Coyle ran his season's fastest 3200 with a time of 14:18.21. Chase Haines shaved nearly a half second off his personal record (PR) in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the line in fourth place with a time of 16.43. Zach Best...

  • Community Briefs

    Apr 21, 2022

    Seeley Swan Food Bank open this Saturday SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Swan Community Food Bank will be open Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Currently the Food Bank is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to the Seeley Lake Elementary School Multipurpose Room. For more information about the Food Bank or to volunteer call 406-677-5025. Personal Tech Support Event April 28 SEELEY LAKE - Have technology questions or issues you want resolved? Come by the Foundation Building West Wing on Thursday, April 28, between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m...

  • A local's perspective on the BCSA

    Cory Stalling, Missoula, Montana|Apr 21, 2022

    As someone who has grown up in Montana, the wilderness has always been something that I have found profoundly beautiful. I have witnessed first hand the majesty of landscapes such as the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountain Wilderness. As someone who has fished, floated and explored many parts of the Blackfoot River, I find it important to keep the area alive and pristine for every future generation of Montanan. In putting forward the idea of community, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act shows that people with different roots and...