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  • Clearwater Junction RV dump site remains closed

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    GREENOUGH - Ryan Sokoloski, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks park manager for Placid Lake, Salmon Lake and Beavertail Hill State Parks, said that the Clearwater Junction RV dump site will be closed indefinitely unless something changes substantially. According to him, in spring 2019 FWP saw the site's system fail repeatedly for a multitude of reasons. The built-in alarm system continually went off and when maintenance workers went in to fix the issue they would have to manually override it to get...

  • Veterans Memorial Gardens ready for Memorial Day

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Volunteers with the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) did some maintenance work to the Memorial Garden Tuesday, May 18 in preparation for Memorial Day. Aside from cleaning the grounds and removing weeds, the biggest change the site saw was at the kiosk. The wooden plaques were replaced with metal-engraved ones. The new kiosk features metal-engraved plaques that will be protected from the elements under a roof. The previous version had wooden plaques hung on a chain....

  • Meyers celebrate 70 years

    The family of Henry and Joan Meyer|May 27, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Henry Meyer Jr. and Joan Rodamer celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on May 11. They were married May 11, 1951 in South Carolina. Henry and Joan were high school sweethearts from Lyndhurst, New Jersey. They wanted to get married and have a church ceremony but Joan's parents did not approve of the marriage. The thought of Henry sweeping Joan away to some remote, untamed location and "homesteading" was not what they wanted for their young daughter. Although Joan was 20 years...

  • Potomac experiences the Middle Ages

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    POTOMAC - After having studied the Middle Ages, the sixth through eighth grade students together with the staff decided to host Medieval Days May 18 - 19. Social Studies teacher Jessica Van Kerkhove said the goal of Medieval Days was to provide a more hands-on experience for students to learn about the Middle Ages. The Middle School teachers were royalty presiding over their 'kingdoms.' Each kingdom was set in a classroom closely resembling manors. Van Kerkhove explained that each kingdom had...

  • Clean trail makes for smooth ride

    Steve and Cheri Thompson, Seeley Lake, Montana|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - With the departure of snow on the Dog Town trail, the residual of snow plowing and graveling was most evident. Tuesday, May 8, the Missoula County road crew swept the whole trail from the Dog Town bridge to Highway 83. I’m sure that we speak for the many kids (young and old) who walk, bike, scooter and skateboard on the trail that we are all very happy that the winter “leftovers” are now gone and we have a nice shiny, clean trail. Yeah!!...

  • Please take a stand against cap on credit card fees

    Mike Lindemer, Seeley Lake, Montana|May 27, 2021

    As a longtime rural small business owner in Seeley Lake, I know firsthand how important it is for our business to accept electronic payments from our customers. We appreciate that our customers are able to have secure and efficient transactions every time they visit our restaurant. By paying with either credit cards or debit cards, customers are able to carry their money around more easily, spend more money in our local community and have round-the-clock protection from fraud and theft. I’m also appreciative of Senator Jon Tester and all the wo...

  • Get it done - Support the BCSA

    Kate Goodwin, Missoula, Montana|May 27, 2021

    Everyone in Montana uses our outdoors but not everyone has the same vision for how to manage it. Do we want forest restoration or recreation areas for snowmobiling? Sometimes what’s best for an angler isn’t what’s best for a backcountry skier or the timber industry or for environmental health. Every stakeholder has a unique vision on how to protect our public lands. That’s the beauty of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project. The BCSA was originally conceived in a 2005 agreement between snowmobilers and wildlife conservationists, two gro...

  • A brief look at dreams

    Ken Silverstro PhD|May 27, 2021

    Why consider dreams important? This is a question that is asked so many times. Most people consider dreams valueless or just a recap of the day's events with some memories. In fact, dreams are remarkably rich in expression and one of the most valuable human resources. Without dreams, people eventually hallucinate and are diagnosed with a psychological disorder. That's frightening! We don't, however, have to worry about that extreme, since we all dream, even if we don't remember our dreams. One...

  • Equal assessment method chosen

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board appointed Cheri Thompson to serve on the Board and adopted an equal assessment method for next year’s tax assessment at their May 20 meeting. In other business, the Board hired an interim manager, heard a presentation on a water study in the area and discussed studying the groundwater with the Health Department. Thompson was the only applicant to fill Director Walt Hill’s seat after he resigned in February. The Board interviewed Thompson at the meeting. Thompson said the reason she applied is b...

  • Change Your Pace Challenge begins June 1st

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The sixth annual Change Your Pace Challenge kicks off next week! The Seeley Lake Community Foundation's Change Your Pace Challenge is a campaign for community-wide giving, celebrating the people and organizations that make our community great. During this month-long fundraising period (June 1-30, 2021), the "CYP" motivates community members to give to their favorite participating local nonprofits and community groups, knowing the impact of their gift will grow thanks to the CYP...

  • Two council members appointed in Swan Valley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    MISSOULA - At their May 21 Administrative Meeting, the Missoula County Commissioners appointed Kathy Koors and Jesse Arno to the Swan Valley Community Council for three-year terms. Koors reapplied for her position after it was not filled. Arno was recruited by former Council Chair Ken Donovan whose term expires May 31, 2021. “[Jesse] seems like a fine person who has been active enough in the community,” Commissioner Chair Dave Strohmaier said. “It always comes up with the question of do we feel good enough about this individual to appoi...

  • Students drum up a thunderous performance

    Henry Netherland|May 27, 2021

    GREENOUGH - Students from Sunset School ended their school year with a bang as they performed a drum concert inspired by West African music for family members Friday, May 21. The students had been training with Matthew Nord, who teaches African rhythms for Tangled Tones Music Studio in Missoula, for about five sessions over the course of two months. In between performances, Nord educated audience members on the various drums they were using in the set including djembes, dunun, sangbans,...

  • Board approves election results, summer lunch program, new hires

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board unanimously approved a canvass of the election results for the general fund levy during its regular meeting Monday, May 17. During the meeting the Board also approved the school’s 2021 Summer Lunch program, new hires and talked about updates to the School Improvement Plan. Superintendent Josh Gibbs said the levy passed but by “a very narrow margin.” A total of 990 ballots were submitted, 887 of which were accepted. Of those 887 votes, 452 were in favor while 418 were opposed. The remai...

  • Board reorganizes, discusses by-laws and budget

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board reorganized and discussed an amendment to their by-laws at their monthly meeting May 18. The board swore in Gary Lewis and Connie Clark to serve for another three years. They voted to retain Scott Kennedy as the board chair, Lewis as the vice chair and Clark as the secretary. Lane suggested adding a paragraph related to the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District by-laws that delegates managing duties to the District fire chief when there is one in place. The Seeley Lake Fire Board by-laws were last updated i...

  • Montana Loon Society 2021 Loon Watch

    Story Lynn Kelly and Donna Love, resident and Secretary of the Montana Loon Society|May 27, 2021

    This past year has given us an even greater appreciation for our federal and state wildlife biologists and their interns as well as all the volunteers that kept looking out for loons and their habitats in the midst of difficult times and conditions. Thank you just doesn't seem enough but THANK YOU! We hope you have a wonderful year of getting outside and appreciating life in all its diverse forms and thank you for all you do for loons and their neighbors. One person we would specifically like to...

  • Christine Kaye (Kaul) Wallace Feb. 22, 1952 - May 6, 2021

    May 27, 2021

    Christine Kaye (Kaul) Wallace went to live with her Savior Jesus on May 6, 2021. Surrounded by loved ones at home, Chris stepped into her new adventure with the same grace, positivity and humor that epitomized her adventure in this world. We had a lot of fun writing about her extraordinary life and hope you enjoy reading this. Chris was born to Albert and Helen Kaul Feb. 22, 1952 and baptized in Sheridan, Wyoming. Soon after, the family moved to Minot, North Dakota. There she grew up with three... Full story

  • Morris Wayne Nyquist

    May 27, 2021

    MISSOULA - Morris Wayne Nyquist, 82, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, May 20 at home with his wife Marie, and both daughters by his side. He was a model to all for never complaining after 30 years of suffering multiple cancers and their effects. For the full obituary please visit gardencityfh.com.... Full story

  • Praying for revival

    Pastor Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|May 27, 2021

    The thought of a revival has been heavy on my heart for a long time. I have read a lot about different revivals that have taken place here in the USA, like "The Great Awakening" in the 1730s and 1740s, that swept through the New England and Middle Colonies. Ministers called for "a new birth," a return to the strong faith of earlier days. One such minister was Jonathan Edwards of Massachusetts, who gave powerful sermons for people to return to the Bible. George Whitefield, a minister from...

  • Students dance their way through a world tour

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    OVANDO - Students at Ovando School gave audience members a taste of all seven continents as they explored various cultures through the medium of dance during the school's May Day Tea event in the school gym Thursday, May 20. Teachers Leigh Ann Valiton and Andrea Tougas as well as community member Angela Williams organized the event. Valiton said this performance was made possible through the Ovando School Cultural Enrichment Committee. According to her, the students have been preparing for...

  • Creating a unique experience with bar-hotel combination

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - After its building was purchased four years ago by Jason Moe of Moe Opportunities, LLC, the Moe-asis bar and hotel is now on the brink of being fully operational this upcoming summer. Located on Highway 83 just north of Seeley Lake, the bar opened Wednesday, May 12 and the hotel will hopefully be open around the beginning of July. Named after its owner, Moe-asis Manager Katelyn Lewis said the goal for the bar and hotel is to have an inviting environment for both visitors and...

  • SSHS sophomore named Athlete of the Week

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School Sophomore Owen Hoag won the Missoulian's Athlete of the Week for the week of May 23 after receiving the most votes. He was nominated after winning the 100-meter dash, the 200 and the 400 as well as anchoring the winning 1,600 relay team at the District 13-C track and field meet May 14-15. He also owns the top 400 time in Class C this season. Hoag started running track in fifth grade at Seeley Lake Elementary. While he tried long jump in junior high, this yea...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    May 27, 2021

    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 seeleylake.com 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: May 29, 1986 issue New convenience store under construction in Seeley Lake Norm Baier has raised a few eyebrows... Full story

  • Potomac Pioneers rewrite the school record book

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    POTOMAC – The Potomac School track and field team wrapped up their less than six week season May 20 with six track meets and 15 new school records. With two-thirds of the 18-member team never having tried track before, Coach Beth Copenhaver said it was a great season with "a good set of kids. The kids showed up, they worked hard and you can always tell those kids that wanted to push themselves harder and go out and break some records." Potomac's season started mid-April. There were more j...

  • Blackhawks golfers shoot best scores at State meet

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    BOZEMAN – Seven Seeley-Swan golfers headed to Bozeman last week for the State Golf Tournament, May 18-19. While hoping for a top five finish, the girls team finished seventh. Head Coach Kellen Palmer said almost everyone shot at least one round that was his or her best of the year. "I was proud of our kids," Palmer wrote in an email. "The biggest success, from my point of view, is I think we have some kids that are hooked on this game! Lots of fun memories were made going to tournaments and m...

  • Seeley-Swan heads to State

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 27, 2021

    MISSOULA - A dozen athletes from Seeley-Swan's track and field team advanced to the State C Meet through the Western C Divisional Meet May 21-22. The Girls finished in second place with 95 points behind Manhattan Christian with 104 and in front of Clark Fork with 58. The Boys took home the third place trophy with 55.5 points behind Twin Bridges with 60 and Manhattan Christian with 112. On the track, Sariah Maughan brought home the gold in the 400, 800 and 1600-meter races while Owen Hoag earned...

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