Articles from the April 27, 2023 edition


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  • Another Destinations for Education Trip for the books

    Hattie Batchelder|Apr 27, 2023

    On Thursday, March 30th, students and chaperones set off for the airport to begin their adventure to Costa Rica as part of the seventh annual Destinations for Education cohort from Seeley-Swan High School. Students Kyla Conley, Cora Stone, Klayton Kovatch, Ben Haley, Conner Chadwick, Hattie Batchelder, Wesley Stevenson, and James Hayhurst, along with their two chaperones, Bridget Laird and Trace Stone, who are both teachers at the school traveled from Montana ready for whatever Costa Rica had...

  • New club forms in Seeley Lake to advocate for motorized recreation, establish new trails

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 27, 2023

    Although Seeley Lake is known as a town for outdoor recreation, it so far has been lacking any accommodation for organized use of motorized vehicles on the trails. “There’s one quarter of one mile of ATV trails,” said Curtis Friede, a local businessman who has been working for years to increase forest access for outdoor recreation vehicles. “There are zero mountain bike trails and zero single track for motorcycles, zero.” The one off-road vehicle that has wide access to the forest lands around Seeley Lake are snowmobiles. While the snow trails...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 27, 2023

    The first week I started selecting content I remember choosing a public release about a herpes outbreak among horses in the Flathead Valley and thinking “Oh god, I hope that doesn’t end up on the kid’s page.” It didn’t. It ended up below the Passages column. But since that week I’ve been very mindful of what I add to the top of that page. I’ve opted to use stories about public parades or about the schools because I feel that it’s an almost sacred space. Literacy is something sacred to me, and as a writer it is something I want to keep sacred...

  • Meet your Fire Board Candidates

    Apr 27, 2023

    Susan Monahan I have lived in Seeley Lake since 2019, came to Montana from Eastern Oregon in December 1989 for a job. This is my first time running for a public board in Seeley Lake, but I have served on the Kalispell Pee Wee Baseball Board and Libby School Board. My husband, Quinn Carver, is the Seeley Lake District Ranger. His job brought us to Seeley Lake. I enjoy being outdoors, kayaking, walking/hiking and reading. Experience: I have experience with collections, reading and creating... Full story

  • George N. McCabe

    Apr 27, 2023

    George N. McCabe was born on December 25, 1930, in Great Falls, MT to George N. McCabe, Sr. and Helen Florence O'Day McCabe. He was raised in Cut Bank, MT. He was an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet and saxophone. He played in the high school band. On weekends, he played in Cut Bank dinner clubs with his own band. He graduated high school as the Valedictorian in 1949. After graduating, George attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He was a member of the Army ROTC. After 3 years... Full story

  • The Resurrection

    Kapp Johnson|Apr 27, 2023

    “When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” John 20:19 My father entered into eternal life on April 4, 2010. My wife and I cared for him for two years in California because my family in Montana were not able to do so. He suffered dementia and neurological deterioration. We had a wonderful pattern for those two years. He didn’t know where he was or who I was but the three of... Full story

  • Burn, Baby, Burn!

    Alta Martin, DNRC Fire Prevention Assistant Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Apr 27, 2023

    The grass getting green, the sun parting the clouds, temperatures becoming comfortable, and pollen tickling noses can only mean one thing: spring burn season is upon us! Spring is not only one of Montana’s many wonders, but it is also the best time to collect and burn yard debris before summer takes us into fire season. Spring burn permits may seem like a hassle or headache, but they are required for the debris burn period of March 1st to August 31st. Let this be your guide to applying for, paying, and activating your permits while m... Full story

  • Ovando history book shows early family life

    Jean Pocha|Apr 27, 2023

    "The Pathway of Life" is a Montana story of the Sperry family and life in the Blackfoot Valley in the late 1800's and early 1900's. C.B. Sperry and his wife Nell left Michigan for California and then traveled to Montana in search of a better life. From Helena they homesteaded along the Blackfoot River east of Clearwater Junction. Their homesite area is now called Sperry Grade, near Russell Gates Campground and fishing access. "It is a story of an early homesteader determined to survive the...

  • Seeley Lake Historic Film Club

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 27, 2023

    Roughly once per month a small film club meets in the hayloft of the Seeley Lake Historic Museum for a curated selection of films with one common theme, a connection to the state of Montana. "We've done writings of a well-known Missoula writer named Dorothy M. Johnson, three of whose books were made into movies," said Tom Browder, who organizes the event and is part of deciding which films to show. Johnson, who was a prolific author of western-themed books, and an instructor at the University...

  • Update from Swan Valley Community Library

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 27, 2023

    At the Swan Valley Community Council meeting on April 18, and Librarian Jenny Kauffman presented some updates on services available at the Swan Valley Community Library. The Library which is attached to the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of every week. The shelves are stocked with books, both classic and contemporary, but the library has access to many more books through the inter-library loan system. “We do have a large collection of nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children and we can a...

  • Blackhawks running a successful season

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 27, 2023

  • Max Lostukoff to present new novel, 'Ruthie Fear' at AAI's Open Book Club

    Jan and Bill Lombardi|Apr 27, 2023

    From the beginning, Maxim Loskutoff's debut novel, Ruthie Fear, rings with foreboding. The protagonist, Ruthie, lives in a ramshackle trailer with her father, Rutherford, in Montana's Bitterroot Valley under the watchful eye of Trapper Peak, which is "hooked like a finger beckoning her above the treeline" and looks down on her like the missing mother she pines for. Cast adrift from the shuttered local lumber mill, Rutherford scrounges for odd construction jobs. He survives by hunting and... Full story

  • Glass recycling brings in big donation for local school

    Apr 27, 2023

    3,125 pounds of glass was recycled on Saturday, April 15 at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation’s recycling and fundraising event. $1,179 was collected in cash donations and was matched by local nonprofit, Charlie’s Helping Hands, who generously doubled all donations up to $1,000 that day. A total of $2,179 was donated to Seeley Swan High School. Over the years, the annual event, which is co-hosted by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, and Recycle Works, has kept over 12,000 pounds of glass out of the landfill and raised over $5,500 for... Full story

  • Archives

    Apr 27, 2023

    Pathfinder Archives April 27, 2023 From 1988 Chamber to Discuss Seeley Sewer System Discussion of a central sewer system for Seeley Lake will highlight the May meeting of the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Local residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, according to Chamber president Rod Kvamme. Council Appoints Johnson Bud Johnson has been re-elected as chairman of the Seeley Lake Community Council. The action came at last week's regular Council meeting, the first to be held since...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Apr 27, 2023

    Sheriff Report 4/13/23 - 4/20/23 4/13 8:27 a.m. 31XX HWY 83, Seeley Lake Theft 4/13 12:58 p.m. 3XX Lodge Way, Seeley Lake, Theft 4/13 8:19 p.m. 2XMM HWY 200 Trespassing 4/14 9:03 a.m. 10XX Frontier Drive, Seeley Lake Suspicious Activity 4/14 10:46 p.m. 67XX HWY 83, Condon Weapons - Carry/Possess 4/15 8:37 p.m. 282xx Blixitt Creek Road, Bonner Suspicious Activity 4/17 8:36 p.m. MM HWY 83 Accident - No Injury 4/17 12:14 p.m. 208XX HWY 200 E Probation 4/19 1:05 a.m. 447XX HWY 200 E Suspicious... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Apr 27, 2023

    4/13/2023 Medical Badger Ct 4/15/2023 Fire/fluid spill 26 MM/ Hwy 83 4/15/2023 Fire Public Asst Airport Rd 4/16/2023 Fire Public Asst Airport Rd... Full story

  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

    Nina Dubois|Apr 27, 2023

    I stumbled across The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore at my library job recently and was captured by the picture book's depth and beautiful imagery. Writer and illustrator William Joyce takes us on a heartwarming journey that follows the life of book lover Morris Lesmmore. One day, after a period of loss and confusion Morris is gifted a book that slowly begins to color his world (and our pages!). He follows the book to a library where he becomes the caretaker of many great...

  • Local bowhunting instructor recognized with award

    Jean Pocha|Apr 27, 2023

    Hunter's education teacher Ron Ream, of Condon, was recently recognized by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks(FWP) for 15 years of teaching the youth of South Dakota and Montana. "I enjoy teaching our younger generation and appreciate those who carry on our traditions," Ream said. "I enjoy sharing my experiences, in hopes I will influence young hunters to make good ethical decisions and to always be safe when out in our beautiful outdoors." Ream got hooked on bowhunting while on a trip to...

  • New voter registration system removes fire board election from ballots mailed to tax-exempt properties

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 27, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE- Some voters in the area may be missing a ballot question regarding the Fire District Board election. A new voter registration system in use this year lines up voter registration with GIS maps which compare the property with tax-payer information to decide which issues should, or shouldn't be included in each ballot. The new system removed location specific questions from ballots going outside of the eligible area, but it also removed the election question from properties covered by tax assistance programs such as those for... Full story

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