Articles from the May 20, 2021 edition


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  • Holmes selected as new SSHS Principal

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Last Friday, Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Watson recommended Seeley Lake's Shawn Holmes to serve as the new principal at SSHS. He accepted the position and will replace current Principal Kellen Palmer who transferred to Washington Middle School in Missoula, Montana. Watson said in a letter to SSHS parents that they had many qualified candidates for this position. The interview and selection process was rigorous and thorough including a formal interview with sta...

  • FWP taking harder stance on improperly stored attractants

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - As bear and human interactions become more frequent in the warmer months, the annual cycle of bears becoming acclimated to human attractants will come into full effect. Continued conflicts with humans can eventually result in the removal of a bear. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Bear Specialist Jamie Jonkel said he has begun seeing a lot of trash inadequately disposed of in the area which will continue to perpetuate the situation. "When I was driving around town, I mean...

  • Fire danger raised to Moderate

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|May 20, 2021

    MISSOULA - Due to increasing temperatures, lack of precipitation and drying vegetation, wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have raised the fire danger within Missoula County to Moderate, effective immediately. When fire danger is moderate, fires will readily start in open, dry grassland and will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Outdoor burning with a permit is still open in Missoula County, but MCFPA urges residents to not burn on windy day...

  • Prescribe burn complete adjacent to Double Arrow

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    Seeley Lake Ranger District completed a 130-acre prescribed burn Monday, May 17 in the Horseshoe Hills area located approximately three miles southeast of Seeley Lake and Double Arrow Ranch. Five engines and 34 firefighters from the Seeley Lake and Missoula Ranger Districts and Montana Department of Natural Resources conducted the burn to help reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property and improve wildlife habitat. District Ranger Quinn Carver said they had good consumption of slash...

  • District Meet records fall

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    MISSOULA - Athletes from Seeley-Swan's track team competed at the District 13C meet May 14-15 in Missoula and broke five meet records. The Lady Blackhawks took first place, earning 184 points, well ahead of Drummond in second with 130. Seeley-Swan's Boys took second with 134 points behind Drummond's 168. Walker McDonald blew the competition away in the Discus and Shot Put, setting meet records in both events. In the Discus he threw 164 feet 10 inches, besting second place by 35 feet. He won the...

  • Cat health

    Tanya Fyfe DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic|May 20, 2021

    T.S. Eliot wrote in The Ad-dressing of Cats that "A cat is not a dog." While most of us agree, there are more than just the obvious reasons why cats are unique creatures in their own right. Within lithe, compact bodies full of powerful muscles, cats are incredibly resourceful and famously self-reliant. Their ability to live as solitary creatures underscores just how well they can hide illness or disease. Often times it looks like a cat has suddenly developed a limp when, in actuality, a fight...

  • Memories of Memorial Day

    Dale Terrillion, Christian Logger|May 20, 2021

    Several years back I returned for Mom's funeral. I laid eight roses on her casket, one for each of her children – one stillborn. It was a perfect spring day - made me remember all those Memorial Days she took us to this place. To show respect for loved ones and all the service men and women buried there. I didn't linger as they lowered the casket next to a stillborn daughter, Dad and brother Gilbert, who was killed in Germany. They placed a flag there. And years later Brother Wilson, who s...

  • Scavenging for antlers

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    GREENOUGH - Wildlife enthusiasts scoured the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area, also known as "the Game Range," for antlers as the area opened to the public Saturday, May 15. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Sergeant Dan Curtin said that from his perspective this year's turnout was about the same as previous years and may have actually been slightly less than in the past. He estimates that there were close to 1,000 people on the Range. "Everything went really smoothly," he said....

  • Swan Valley Library highlights

    Colleen Kesterson, Swan Valley Librarian|May 20, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Library is open during regular hours. Preschool children are invited to come to the library on Mondays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to listen to a story and make a craft or art project. Book Chat will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at 1 p.m. We will be discussing #1 bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s new book entitled “The Four Winds”. Books are available at the library to borrow. “The Four Winds” is a heroic novel set during the Great Depression and the drought which brought on the Dust Bowl in the 1930s on the Great Plain...

  • Operational decisions made, masks optional

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Members of the Swan Valley Elementary School Board unanimously voted to follow the recommendations of the Missoula-City County Health Department (MCCHD) to rescind their mask mandate during their monthly board meeting Tuesday, May 11. As of Wednesday, May 12 students and staff are no longer required to wear masks on school grounds. During the discussion Principal Ralph King said that he wanted to add the verbiage “optional” to whatever motion the Board would make to avoid implications. “There’s nothing mandatory or recomme...

  • Prepare now for wildfire season

    Max Rebholtz, Missoula County Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator|May 20, 2021

    May is National Wildfire Awareness Month and the Missoula County Fire Protection Association is encouraging property owners to begin preparing now for this year’s upcoming wildfire season. With some simple steps, you can prepare your home and protect your neighborhood for the 2021 fire season. Here are four takeaways to get you started. 1. Sign-Up For Emergency Alerts. Start by signing up all family members for Smart911 to receive emergency alerts on your cell phone via text, email and/or phone call. Smart911 will be one of the primary ways y...

  • Council hears updates on Bob Marshall Music Festival, sewer system, Paws Up, USFS projects

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Community Council heard updates regarding the Bob Marshall Music Festival, the status of the sewer project, Paws Up’s use of two motels for employee housing, and U.S. Forest Service summer projects during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 10. Bob Marshall Music Festival Heidi O’Brien, Lewis and Clark Brewing marketing director, provided updates on the Bob Marshall Music Festival. She said they were ready to make any adaptations required should conditions change in the weeks leading up to the festival sch...

  • Staffing changes and vaccination updates

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Hospital District learned of staffing changes and received a vaccination update from Partnership Health Center at their May 11 meeting. PHC hired Georgiann McCoy as the new Seeley-Swan Medical Center Satellite Manager to fill Karen Ayers position. “We feel that the expertise that she brings to that position is going to be exactly what we need to be able to move into the future,” PHC representative Abby Berow said. Due to her new position, McCoy can no longer serve on the Hospital District board. The board is seeki...

  • Die Hard

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    "Die Hard" probably conjures up images of Bruce Willis jumping from an airplane or crawling through an air vent or walking barefoot through broken glass. But the phrase pre-dates the movie series by at least 200 years. In 18th century England, before gallows platforms were built with trapdoors, the body of a hanged person twitched and jerked until the victim strangled to death. Sometimes condemned people arranged to have someone hang onto their legs to make their death quicker. The invention of...

  • Looking back over the past 35 years of Pathfinders

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    The May 20, 2021 issue marks 35 years of publication for the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. Started by Swan Valley residents Suzanne and Sheldon Vernon and Seeley Lake residents Dick and Michele Potter, the Pathfinder was envisioned to focus on community issues and provide a forum for discussion. In the inaugural issue May 22, 1986, Potter explained the new enterprise and the reason for its existence, "We believe that this newspaper is making its first appearance at a time when the community has... Full story

  • SSHS students hit the trails at Placid Lake

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School students took their learning schedule outside at Placid Lake during the school's Community Discovery Day Wednesday, May 12. Trace Stone, social studies and Spanish teacher, organized the event with science teacher Shelby Holmes. He said that previously the day has been either more service or educationally oriented, however, this year was a combination of both. He believes it has been around for at least a decade. "The fundamental reason [of the day] is to...

  • Local author shares writing and publishing experience

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    GREENOUGH - Author Tanya Fyfe spoke with Sunset Elementary School students about her new book, "Lost and Found in Missing Lake," as well as her writing process during their class Friday, May 14. After a brief presentation she answered questions from the fifth through eighth grade class. Fyfe shared her personal experiences and how they impacted the creation of the book. She spoke about her upbringing in a small town before moving to Vancouver, Canada where she trained as a figure skater. She...

  • Policy updates approved, board reorganized, masks optional

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    POTOMAC - The Potomac Elementary School Board unanimously approved maintaining their 1900 policy series and Return-to-School Plan with certain amendments during their monthly board meeting Thursday, May 13. While the series contains policies intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks are no longer required on school grounds. At the meeting, the board also changed membership and approved Montana School Board Association (MTSBA) policy updates on first reading. Board members decided to keep the 1900 policy series until the end of the...

  • Records fall despite short elementary track season

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 20, 2021

    SEELEY-SWAN – Despite a shortened track season, Tyler Haines broke one Seeley Lake Elementary school record and Rilyn Richardson and Lillian Boyd set four new records at Swan Valley School. Both Head Coaches Brett Haines with SLE and Judd Binley with Swan Valley were proud of all their athletes and their effort this season. Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles There were around 30 fifth – eighth graders that joined the Eagles this year for track and field. The Zelda M. Haines Invitational (ZMHI) in...

  • Community Briefs

    May 20, 2021

    Customer Service Training available May 21, May 27 and May 29 Glacier Country Tourism presents their 2021 customer service trainings entitled “Customer Service Essentials” on May 21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and May 27 from 1 – 4 p.m. and “Management Conflict: Principles and Practice for the COVID Era and Beyond” on May 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. This year’s trainings have been developed in partnership with the University of Montana College of Business, based on what businesses and employees are facing in a COVID-19/post-COVID-19 world. The customer se...

  • Support the Lincoln Prosperity Proposal with us

    Forest Mercill, Lincoln, Montana|May 20, 2021

    This past snowmobile season started out a little slowly here in Lincoln. Snow was thin but stoke was high, and as soon as the clouds started dumping, we started riding. Snowmobiling is a way of life here; it's a family-friendly activity, a way to socialize with your friends, it gives us all an opportunity to blow off some steam while benefiting from great outdoor physical activity and is a great way to experience Montana wilderness in the winter. As Lincoln and the surrounding area grows and changes, it's our hope that snowmobile access will...