Articles from the May 26, 2022 edition


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  • Local finds elk of a lifetime on Game Range opener

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Brooke Woodside has participated in the opener on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area, known locally as the Game Range, nearly every year since she was 13 years old. She knows the area well and has found a lot of sheds. However, this year's 6X6, 28-pound rack and skull were the biggest she has ever found. Woodside has lived in the area her entire life. Hunting for sheds opening day of the Game Range is a family tradition. "I started out doing it with my mom and dad a...

  • Nicholas brings home the gold

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SIDNEY, MONTANA – Seeley-Swan High School golfer Ari Nicholas placed first at the Class C Golf Tournament hosted by the Sidney Country Club May 17 – 18. Mia Nicholas placed second for the girls and the boys team brought home the third place trophy. "It feels amazing," said A. Nicholas regarding his win Wednesday. "I was happy with both scores." A. Nicholas shot 81 the first day and 84 the second day. M. Nicholas had a personal best for her first season as a Blackhawk with an 86 on the first day...

  • Planting for pollinators in Seeley

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The new Pollinator Garden, envisioned and designed by the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC), will be set up soon at Lindey's Prime Steak House. The purpose of the pollinator garden is to demonstrate what a pollinator garden is and provide education to the community to inspire people to include habitat for pollinators in their yards and gardens. The public kickoff celebration is Saturday, May 28 from 12 - 4 p.m. Pollination is the process of moving pollen from one flower to another...

  • Keep God in homes and schools

    Larry Dillree, Ovando, Montana|May 26, 2022

    This message is for the ears of all the atheists living in America, as more and more of you teach your children that there is no God. And they, in turn, teach their children there is no God. The world is becoming a more violent place. Just look back at the last few years and you will see I am right. I don’t go to church on Sunday – I go to church every day. The last time I rode my snowmobile to the top of Ovando Mountain I touched the face of God. I graduated from the Ovando Grade School in 1955. People came from miles away to attend the Chr...

  • Question the Fire District leadership

    Alyssa McLean, Seeley Lake, Montana|May 26, 2022

    I understand that I am the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board problem scapegoat now and unfortunately whatever I say is going to be seen as some kind of attack. I would like to point out that some of the things Scott Kennedy is claiming I said [at the May 17 Fire Board meeting - see “Public Comment” page 9] were actually brought to light by a different public voice during their comment time. So, who is bad at research and uninformed? I did not make the administrative assistant quit. Nothing I’ve ever said was directed at the admin...

  • Adding mulch to vegetable gardens

    Jean Pocha, Master Gardener - Pathfinder Staff|May 26, 2022

    Preparing for the gardening season invariably includes weed and water management. Useful tools, besides the hose and hoe, are mulches. Once vegetable plants have sprouted and are three to four inches tall, the use of a mulch can reduce weeding, keep the soil cool, reduce pathogens and help maintain even soil moisture and temperature. Mulching guru Ruth Stout suggested in her book “Gardening Without Work” that mulches will decompose into the soil and more must be added through the season. The mulch will add to soil organic matter and enrich the...

  • Yarborough joins Pathfinder team

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Hi! I'm Haley Yarborough, a sophomore student at the University of Montana majoring in biology and journalism. I grew up in Bishop, California, about an hour south of Yosemite along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. As a kid I loved to write, read, hike, play soccer, run and cross-country ski. After graduating high school at the top of my class, I came to Montana for the University of Montana's journalism program and to attend college in a place close to nature. Over the two years...

  • Seeley Lake Visitor Center receives Glacier Tourism grant

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    MISSOULA – Glacier Country Tourism, the officially recognized marketing, management and stewardship organization for Western Montana, recently awarded $58,000 to seven visitor information centers throughout the region including $8,000 to the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center. Glacier Country Tourism has long supported community-based visitor information centers (VICs) with training and financial assistance. “Studies show community-based VICs are more likely to be used by first-time visitors traveling to an area,” said Glacier Cou...

  • Change Your Pace challenge kicks off June 3

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The seventh annual Change Your Pace Challenge (CYP) kicks off next week! The Seeley Lake Community Foundation's (SLCF) CYP is a campaign for community-wide giving, motivating community members to give to their favorite participating local nonprofits, knowing the impact of their gift will multiply, thanks to the CYP Match Fund. Seventeen local organizations are participating this year, raising money for important projects benefitting the greater Seeley Lake area. CYP runs from June...

  • Montana common loon pair hatch three goslings

    Kelsey Preslar, Loon Ranger and Wildlife Technician, Kootenai National Forest|May 26, 2022

    On June 10, 2021 on a private lake in the Crystal Lakes area near Eureka, Montana, a resident nesting loon pair successfully hatched three chicks. Three chicks! Loons only lay two eggs each clutch. But that wasn't the only surprise for photographer and area property owner Bob LeBlanc. These chicks were bright yellow. They were goslings! On May 6, Bob reported that a loon pair began incubation on their artificial nesting platform. Loon observers know that geese, which return earlier in spring...

  • Pathways and Trails Master Plan out for final review

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    MISSOULA COUNTY – The Missoula County Pathways and Trails Master Plan draft proposal is 90% complete, said Stephanie Grisby, PLA, AICP, LEED Green Associate, Principal in Charge at Design Workshop at a public meeting on May 18. Public comment on the draft proposal is open until June 7 at Missoula County Voice. “Our scope is really focused in on what is called Pathways and Trails, those paved pathways generally separated from the roadway,” Grisby said. “Often, referred to as class one shared use path, some refer to them as side paths, major s...

  • Swan Valley Library News

    Pathfinder staff|May 26, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – There is a lot going on at the Swan Valley Library in June. For children, the Library is hosting a summer reading program for kids of all ages. It will run all summer long and will include story/craft time for school-aged children from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mondays starting June 13. The Library will also continue the third Friday story time for Preschool and younger children through the summer. Spectrum Science in the Summer Program will present “Be a Biologist” June 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. This is for any elementary school-aged children...

  • Seeley Lake Library News

    Pathfinder staff|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - There is a lot going on at the Seeley Lake Community Library in June. The Book Club meets June 2 at 10 a.m. This month they are reading “Educated” by Tara Westover. Here is a synopsis from the book: “Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himsel...

  • Mediocre or diligent obedience to God?

    Pastor Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|May 26, 2022

    Have you ever thought that mediocrity disturbs God? Mediocre, according to Webster’s dictionary, is derived from a Latin word meaning literally “halfway to the top.” So, we only are going halfway when we had planned to go all the way. I am afraid that most of us are content with mediocre obedience to God in our daily lives. We are satisfied merely to keep our nose clean and passively avoid the “greater sins” of the world (there is no difference in sins to God). So, not much effort goes into our obedience to God on a daily basis. God doesn’t i...

  • Local kindergartner places second in statewide poster contest

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    HELENA, MONTANA - Students in schools across the state competed in Keep Montana Green's 61st annual wildfire prevention poster contest this year. After taking second in the primary division for the southwestern Montana region, Seeley Lake Elementary Kindergartner Hale Devins placed second in the state for the primary division. Overall statewide winners included Madysen Martin, a ninth grader from Columbia Falls High School, took first place followed by Emory Ercanbrack of Plains High School in...

  • Board reviews playground equipment proposal

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board reviewed proposals for ADA compliant playground equipment at the May 16 meeting. The current playground is amazing said Josh Gibbs, superintendent/principal. People make it a rest stop when traveling through the area. “It is starting to deteriorate,” Gibbs said. “Kids are getting tons of slivers from the playground (equipment).” Some of the boards are breaking, which is fixable, Gibbs said. Since it is pressure treated it can’t be sanded down to get a nice, smooth finish. There is the opti...

  • Council discusses proposed container site

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – The comment period regarding the potential Condon Container Site continues for another 30 days on the Missoula County Voice website (https://missoulacountyvoice.com/). Currently comments and poll information indicate the majority of the community is opposed to the container site due to cost, said Dan Saari, Swan Valley Community Council secretary/treasurer, at the May 17 Swan Valley Community Council meeting. The Condon Container Site proposal came about during meetings regarding the Swan Valley Plan draft which is now in front of...

  • Board approves hiring firefighter/EMT

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – After no interest in the firefighter/paramedic position previously posted, Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane requested at the May 17 meeting that the Fire Board consider approving a firefighter/EMT (FF/EMT) position. He has an interested candidate. The Board held a special meeting May 20 and unanimously approved the position. At the regular board meeting, Lane advised he felt the District was offering a competitive wage for the firefighter/paramedic position. However, housing is a...

  • Kaneff announces candidacy for Justice of Peace

    Daniel Kaneff, Candidate for Justice of the Peace Dept 1|May 26, 2022

    MISSOULA - My name is Daniel Chris Kaneff and I am running for Justice of the Peace, Seat #1 in Missoula County. I was born in Missoula in 1970 and returned to Missoula in 1995 after an eight-year tour in the Marine Corps, which included Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I attended the University of Montana and earned a BS in Business Administration in 2002 while serving as a full time police officer for the City of Missoula. I was hired by the Missoula Police Dept in 2000 and recently...

  • Ovando School graduates two eighth graders

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    OVANDO - Ovando School celebrated eighth grade graduates Abby and Kyle deRonnebeck on Wednesday, May 18. The siblings will be attending Seeley-Swan High School in the fall. "My favorite class is math," said Abby."I look forward to high school and making more friends. I loved Ovando School and the teachers and the friends here." "My favorite class is science," said Kyle. "I liked the teachers and kids at Ovando School, and I want to make more friends in high school." Their class quote that repres...

  • Ovando School showcases ancient civilizations 

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    OVANDO - From the Stone Age to Rome's era of rule, Ovando School students showcased a journey through ancient civilizations for the annual May Day Tea on May 19. The event was written and performed by 19 Ovando students who danced, acted and played music from seven different civilizations: Mesopotamia, Africa, Egypt, Rome, Greece, India and China. Andrea Tougas, Ovando School's supervising teacher, said the show was based on the students' social studies curriculum and incorporated musical...

  • Rising to the challenge, setting an example

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - "We are trying to clean up the school forest to protect it from future wildfires," Seeley-Swan High School senior Walker McDonald said. "We are looking to use this as an example for the community and a standard and try to get motivation throughout our community to clean up their property. We know how wildfires have been in the area and we know it is only going to get worse." McDonald along with six other students in Gretchen Watkins' chemistry class won the 2021-2022 RISE Challenge...

  • Seeley-Swan finishes strong at Western C

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    FRENCHTOWN – Seeley-Swan’s Boys earned first place and the Girls took second at the Western C Divisional Track Meet May 20-21. The Boys earned 100 points to put them ahead of Manhattan Christian with 96.5 while the Girls accumulated 60 putting them behind Manhattan Christian’s girls with 89. Eight Seeley-Swan High School athletes advance to the State C meet this week in individual events. The Boys and Girls advance with both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams. For the Boys, Owen Hoag, Sawyer Shelmerdine, Chase Haines, Walker McDonald and K...

  • First responders celebrated during EMS Week

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Department opened their doors for the Open House in celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. Attendees enjoyed a complimentary taco lunch catered by Casa Caro, toured the station and the equipment, and received free blood pressure checks. Partnership Health Center had an informational table that offered informational materials on heart attacks and strokes. Jon Kimble won their raffle basket, a summer fun cooler filled with goodies donated by the S...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    May 26, 2022

    In celebration of 36 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 seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 36 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: May 28, 1987 issue Economic Task Force - Grizzlies, tourism and timber Grizzlies and ski areas can be compatible - if... Full story

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