Articles from the June 2, 2022 edition

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  • Condon Container Site raises concerns

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley residents are voicing opinions and opposition to the Condon Container Site proposed at a Swan Valley Community Council meeting in April. Comments on the Missoula County Voice website are currently running approximately 80% against with just over 10% in favor of the proposal. Comments on the proposal are being gathered for informational purposes and the topic will be discussed again at the June 21 Council meeting. Shane Stack, Missoula County Public Works Director, said the next step is to go back before the C...

  • Military life provides many opportunities for Thompsons

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Steve Thompson was born, raised and educated in Missoula, Montana. He met his wife Cheryl at Camp Paxon in Seeley Lake and, after a stint in the United States Air Force, brought his family back to Seeley Lake to live. But those six years of military service gave the Thompsons an opportunity to visit parts of Europe and Scandinavia and to travel back and forth across the U.S. Inspired partly by his cousin who was an Air Force pilot, Thompson enlisted in ROTC while at the U...

  • Honoring and remembering the ultimate sacrifice

    Pathfinder staff|Jun 2, 2022

    Veterans, their families and members of the community joined together Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Seeley Lake Veterans Memorial Garden and on the Cold Creek bridge in Condon to honor and remember fallen veterans....

  • Seeley-Swan Boys win State, Girls take third and records fall

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    GREAT FALLS – Seeley-Swan's Boys earned the top spot on the podium for the second time in the school's history at the State C Track Meet in Great Falls May 28. The Boys accumulated 84 points to beat out Manhattan Christian with 62.5 and third place Belt with 40 points. The Girls earned 52 points putting them in third behind Manhattan Christian with 65.5 and Plentywood with 74. Seniors Walker McDonald and Sariah Maughan both set new state records. The last time the Seeley-Swan Boys won the g...

  • Just vote!

    Senator Shannon O'Brien - D, Senate District 46|Jun 2, 2022

    Well, it's that time of year again to practice your right to vote. We have the freedom to choose those people who represent us in the US Congress, the Montana Legislature and in the courts. I am so grateful for our democracy, as imperfect as it is, it allows us to take part and share our voice. Don't be embarrassed if you don't know who to vote for, I'd recommend reading the Pathfinder for information, and most candidates have a website or Facebook page where you can find more information. I...

  • Moving forward with legalization of adult-use marijuana

    Representative Mike Hopkins, R - House District 92|Jun 2, 2022

    During the 2020 election, voters in House District 92 voted to legalize the sale of adult-use marijuana in Montana. Although the Libertarian in me supported legalization, I had not campaigned for or against the initiative, knowing that if approved, it would require legislation as the language in the initiative made it vulnerable to being overturned in court. During the 2021 Legislative session, I authored House Bill 701 (HB701). It passed with large bipartisan majorities and allowed for the...

  • Volunteers needed to meet rising demand

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services|Jun 2, 2022

    Many of the programs and services provided by Missoula Aging Services (MAS) are made possible thanks to wonderful volunteers who are dedicated to giving back to the community. MAS has worked hard during the past two years to keep pace with the demand for services it provides to older adults in Missoula County. Due to this steady increase, MAS has identified a need to recruit a minimum of 32 volunteers to serve 96 new clients currently on a waiting list and is looking to the community for help....

  • Board non-renews teacher contract

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY- In a special meeting May 26, the Swan Valley School Board voted to non-renew its contract with non-certified staff Christopher Mauldin. Mauldin was hired under a provisional license three years ago. Under state statute the District cannot continue Mauldin’s contract without an extension to the current provisional license, said James Boyd, Board Chair. In 2021, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) granted fourth year extensions to instructors working toward certification due to COVID issues. To date OPI has not granted a...

  • Taos, New Mexico author to read in Seeley Lake June 4

    Alpine Artisans Inc Open Book Club|Jun 2, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club author series is excited to present a Taos, New Mexico-based author of an exciting new series of western novels this Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Foundation Building. Juliana Hoolihan Clayton is an indigenous woman of Turtle Island (First Nations Plains Cree/Nehiyawak) who was adopted by a white family and raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. She has lived and worked with Native Americans and cowboys throughout the West during her...

  • Changing with the seasons

    Garry Swain, President, Seeley Lake ROCKS|Jun 2, 2022

    As dependable as the changing seasons, our Seeley Lake ROCKS Board members have unraveled the winter programs, and we have turned our focus to supporting our current season of community outdoor activities. Each May/June, we concentrate on sprucing up the hiking, biking and all abilities trails at Placid Lake. After a stellar winter of kids skating - from finding the right sized skates in our bountiful shed, falling down, getting up, starting over and finding their stride to the fun pick-up hockey games and the brave figure skaters attempting...

  • Sunset School bids tearful goodbye to graduates and staff

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    GREENOUGH - Supervising teacher Toni Hatten bid two graduating eighth-graders a tearful goodbye for the Sunset Schools' annual end of year celebration on Friday, May 27. Graduating students included Jadesa Stevens, Lucas Nygard and kindergarten graduate Cade Carstens. The event featured farewell speeches, student awards, a flower presentation and a drum performance directed by Matthew Nord, music teacher and owner of Tangled​ Tunes in Missoula. Students sang "Funga Alafia" to kick off the c...

  • Students tour wood carving playground in Seeley Lake

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Since Jim Haueter started wood carving over 10 years ago, his five acres of land on Double Arrow Ranch transformed into five acres of colorful wooden birds, bears and famous cartoon characters. For years, it attracted the attention of both passing locals and tourists. Now it's a wood-carving playground for Ovando School Students, who for the first time got to visit Haueter's land on May 23. Haueter took the students on a tour across the grounds, explaining the process of c...

  • Drama class takes the stage for "Catch Me As I Fall" debut

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School Drama Class wrapped up the semester with the premier production of "Catch Me As I Fall" May 25. SSHS Senior Beth Homen wrote, helped produce and played the main character Yasha in this modern-day play set in New York City. The title of the play "Catch Me As I Fall" was important to Homen. She felt it captured the story of Yasha. Yasha, a 25-year-old English professor, escaped from the mafia at age 17. When she escaped she left her younger sister MJ a...

  • Pollinator Garden opens with a buzz

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Center (CRC) Pollinator Garden opened Saturday, May 28 in front of Lindey's Prime Steak House. Opening activities included talks on beekeeping, native plants and activities for children including a butterfly release to wrap up the day. Planters sponsored by local businesses were filled with a wide variety of native plants with labels naming them all. Charles DeVoe of Big Sky Beekeeepers from Missoula opened the afternoon with a Honeybees 101 presentation. Be...

  • Lawyers in Libraries visits Seeley Lake

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Ed Higgins, from the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA), visited the Seeley Lake Community Library May 25 for the annual Lawyers in Libraries celebration. The event was in commemoration of Law Day, which was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 to acknowledge the national dedication to the principles of government under law. This year's theme: Toward a More Perfect Union – The Constitution in Time of Change. While Law Day is officially May 1, many celebratio...

  • On a journey without end

    Stephen Moon, On a journey without end|Jun 2, 2022

    “I say then: walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another so that you are not to do the things that you wish.” Galatians 5:16-17. There’s the flesh/old man and the Spirit/new man. The old man is of great hindrance to our journey/walk. No matter how much sincere energy he spends improving the old man, he is still enmity against Yahuah. The lust of the flesh/old man will seek the easy way and becomes an exper...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jun 2, 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 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: June 4, 1987 issue The work-comp problem Skyrocketing workman's compensation rates charged to employers in Montana's... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 2, 2022

    COVID Booster Clinic, June 7 SEELEY LAKE – The Missoula City-County Health Department will be offering a free COVID booster clinic Tuesday, June 7 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Foundation Building on Highway 83. The Clinic is open to ages five and up. Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen will be on hand for primary series and first and second boosters. For more information visit or call 406-258-INFO (4636) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Summer childcare scholarships available The Department of Public Health and Hum...

  • Powell County Commissioner – Republican Primary

    Jun 2, 2022

    Voter Information: Incumbent Ralph E. Mannix Jr. and Justin Williams are the two Republican candidates in the Primary Election for Powell County Commissioner District #2. Candidates were allowed 700 words to respond to questions (bold) submitted by Northern Powell County residents. Absentee ballots have been mailed to all registered voters. Voting will occur in-person June 7. Visit My Voter Page to find a polling place closest to you ( For more information contact... Full story

  • Missoula Aging Services Levy – For/Against

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    MISSOULA COUNTY – Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is requesting voters approve a ballot measure to repeal the current flat levy of $350,000 annually with a 4-mill levy on the June 7 ballot. Replacing this flat funding with a permanent 4-mill levy will better allow MAS to keep pace with the needs of Missoula County’s aging population. The increase amounts to $3.69 per year for each $100,000 of a county homeowner’s taxable home value. Missoula County’s population of older people is growing and so is the need for services that allow them to age ind...

  • Missoula County Justice of the Peace Department #1

    Jun 2, 2022

    Voter Information: Incumbent Alex Beal, Bill Burt and Daniel Chris Kaneff are running for the Justice of the Peace Department 1. Voters have the option to vote for one on the June 7 ballot. The two candidates that receive the most votes will appear on the General Election ballot in November. Candidates responded to provided questions (bold) in 500 words or less. Absentee ballots have been mailed to all registered voters. Voting will occur in-person June 7 at Seeley Lake Elementary from 7 a.m. -... Full story

  • Missoula County Justice of the Peace Department #2

    Jun 2, 2022

    Voter Information: Incumbent Judge Landee Holloway and Susan Campbell Reneau are running for the Justice of the Peace Department 2. Voters have the option to vote for one on the June 7 ballot. Both candidates will appear on the General Election ballot in November. Candidates responded to provided questions (bold) in 500 words or less. Absentee ballots have been mailed to all registered voters. Voting will occur in-person June 7 at Seeley Lake Elementary from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. For other polling... Full story