Articles from the May 23, 2024 edition


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  • Game range opens with new parameters

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|May 23, 2024

    Instead of a line of trucks overflowing with antler hunters bombing through the west gate of the Clearwater-Blackfoot Game Range on opening day, 115 vehicles followed a game warden driving a side-by-side pilot vehicle through the east gate off Woodworth Road. Safety concerns because of excessive traffic around the Game Range west gate on opening day led Montana Fish and Game to explore options for the management of opening day. People camping and parking across Highway 83 and crossing the highwa...

  • Federal money on the table for a wastewater project in Seeley, potential system design expected in couple months

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Bill Decker sat in the beautifully lit meeting room upstairs in the Barn - what Seeley Lake residents refer to the combo museum, historical society and community meeting spot as - with legal pads and a folder of sewer-related information displayed in front of him. He was explaining a few things about April's sewer board meeting when his phone rang. A representative from Rep. Ryan Zinke's office was on the other line with news of a chunk of money available from the federal government - through...

  • Seeley-Swan student attends Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago

    Michele Holmes, Seeley-Swan High School BPA Advisor|May 23, 2024

    When Hattie Batchelder was a freshman, she had no idea what BPA was. She just wanted to participate in more clubs. She thought it was some sort of after-school class with a focus on business that was just a Montana thing. After four years of participating in Business Professionals of America, Batchelder's learned, competed and traveled to two national competitions, one in Anaheim, California - where Batchelder and friends placed eleventh in the nation in a podcasting category about an episode...

  • No nitrate problem in Seeley

    Don Larson, Polson, Montana|May 23, 2024

    We don’t have a nitrate problem in Seeley. We have a health department/real estate developer problem. These folks continue to push for a central sewer for the area but the system they are proposing, in the sewer district as it is now drawn, will never clean up or protect the watershed. The present sewer district does not include the worst septic effluent polluters. That would be all the waterfront and riverfront properties on all the lakes. Were the Missoula County Health Department to ever develop the political courage to test all the w...

  • The safest choice for children is Dave Kesler

    Elizabeth Peterson, Manhattan, Montana|May 23, 2024

    As the Montana State Representative for the National Safe Parents Organization, I have meticulously vetted Montana’s legislative candidates in order to determine who prioritizes the health and safety of children and who can be trusted to display honor in the ruthless political arena. As a private citizen, Dave Kesler has sacrificed countless hours, and his own hard earned money, to educate himself and advocate for common sense child safety laws in Montana over the last few years. Unintimidated by the hyper-slanderous hyperbole excreted by the c...

  • Condon voters approve general fund, technology levies

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Condon voters approved two levies the Swan Valley Elementary School Board put on May ballots. Just a little over $20,000 will be added to the school’s budget, about $10,000 into the general fund and about $10,000 for a technology fund, which the school didn’t have before presenting the technology levy to voters. The timing of voted levies across the state couldn’t have been worse in many cases. For Condon voters, the early-March announced levy was right before extra property tax bills were sent out by Missoula County and just before the annou...

  • Seeley Lake Historical Society - Memorial Day Open House 2024

    Tom Browder, Seeley Lake Historical Society|May 23, 2024

    Memorial Day, when we honor those members of our armed forces who died while serving their country, has a long history. Once known as Decoration Day, it was first celebrated in 1868. Although it has been in existence for 156 years, it has only been since 1971 that the holiday has been observed on the last Monday in May. Before that, Memorial Day always fell on May 30. This year, we encourage everyone to join the ceremony on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m., at the Seeley Lake Veterans Memorial Garden....

  • Thought for the week - Paradise!

    Jon Bergen, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|May 23, 2024

    What thoughts come to mind when you see the word paradise? For some it is a lovely beach with sunshine and warm sand. Maybe paradise is the view from the top of a mountain. For me, it would be a big shop building with all sorts of tools and projects with time to work on them all. We all have our own ideas of what makes paradise in our lives. Spring comes in many forms. I just know that I now laugh at the idea of April showers bringing May flowers. Spring is that time of perfect temps, not too hot and not too cool, cool nights and warmish days....

  • Sunset School celebrates graduates

    Toni Hatten, Supervising teacher

    Sunset School is celebrating three graduates - eighth grader Kailash Valencia and kindergarteners Olivia Paulussen and Odin Holwerda. The school's end of the year celebration and graduation event will take place on Friday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest under the Pavillion....

  • Getting outdoors has measurable health benefits

    Dr. JoDean Nicolette MD|May 23, 2024

    Your feet hit the dirt and the sound of cars is replaced by the call of a yellow warbler. The majestic trunks of Nordic pine and Tamarack shield you from the concrete. You smell the Ponderosas and let the huckleberry leaves brush your legs. Exhale and relax. It feels great, and it is. Most of us know that getting out into nature is beneficial, whether it's exercise, clean air, vitamin D production, or simply taking a break from our frenetic daily lives. Science has discovered that visiting a...

  • Nine Blackhawks to attend State track and field

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Nine Seeley-Swan track and field athletes will head to State this weekend in Great Falls after competing in Divisionals in Missoula last weekend. The women's 4x1 relay team placed first in Divisionals with a time of 52.38 seconds. Coach Mike Haines said this was almost a second faster than their past times, but the team will likely need to cut a second or a second and a half off to be competitive at State. The relay team was made up of Laicey Auchenbach, Darby Gleason, Kilty Hanson and Lillian B...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|May 23, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday May 25, 1989 Eighth graders excel in history project Five Seeley Lake eighth graders received 'excellence ratings' as this area's first participants in Montana History Day, an annual qualifying competition held at the State Capitol each spring as a preliminary to National History Days in Washington, D.C. Shawn Helvick and Jason Zebarth entered a group project on Camp Remini, Montana's World War II training camp for sled dog search and rescue teams. Melita...

  • Blackfoot Challenge summer stewardship happenings

    Jennifer Schoonen, Blackfoot Challenge Director of Communications and Fund Development|May 23, 2024

    Summer brings the field season for Blackfoot Challenge program staff - teaming up with landowners, state and federal partners and fellow conservation organizations to make hay while the sun shines. From new electric fences to piles of biochar, here are a few updates on Blackfoot community stewardship work happening around the watershed. Education In spring and fall, school-based education events are in full swing. In May, Challenge staff took part in an all-day bear-aware event for Seeley Lake...

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