Articles from the June 13, 2024 edition


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  • The Dusty Banditas ride again

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 13, 2024

    The Dusty Banditas gravel race returned to Ovando for a second appearance June 1. This year 300 riders entered, 60 for the 80-ish mile race and 240 for the 45-ish mile race. It was an increase in ridership of 100 from last years' 200-rider limit. The Dusty Bandita is the nation's first all-women gravel bike race. "Overall the event was hugely popular and successful," Jenna Tomiello, one of the co-race directors and director of MT Alpha Cycling in Missoula, said. "The positive energy at the...

  • Primary election results for Seeley-Swan Statehouse races

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    In June’s primary election, Seeley-Swan voters had 12 candidates for the Montana Statehouse to choose from on their ballots, along with levies related to local government studies. According to Montana’s Secretary of State tabulations, voter turnout statewide for the primary election was 40.9%, with 308,226 voters turning in ballots out of the 753,698 registered voters. Missoula County’s turnout was a bit lower, coming in at 39.5%. After the decennial redistricting process, some of the state House and Senate districts were rearranged perta...

  • Scenic Montana Trails event to introduce bike trails

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 13, 2024

    Scenic Montana Trails (SMT) is continuing its efforts to develop all-season trails for bicycles, fat tire bikes, e-bikes, ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles in the Seeley Lake area. An event held June 21-23 will introduce bike trail plans for the Nordic ski area off Morrell Creek Road. SMT has been working in partnership with the Forest Service, the Nordic Ski Club and a trail designer to develop the trails. The bike event is designed to introduce people to SMT and the proposed new bike trails, and prov...

  • Swimming lessons wrap up with a safety assembly

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    Shortly after a swimming safety assembly at Seeley Lake Elementary School, a mermaid and a lifeguard walked into the Grizzly Claw. Olivia Colburn (lifeguard), Melanie Blank (mermaid) and Michela Reese (local chiropractor) had wrapped up a three-week round of swimming lessons in Seeley Lake for about 70 school-aged children, four and up. The Double Arrow Lodge allowed the instructors, who all went through Red Cross training funded by the Seeley Lake Lions Club, host the swim lessons at the...

  • Rocking the Atlantic into the Big Apple

    Alan Muskett MD|Jun 13, 2024

    It is evening at Liberty Landing Marina, New Jersey, which is directly across the Hudson from Manhattan, New York City. The fading sun is glinting off the glass skin of the Freedom Tower, which replaced the destroyed World Trade Centers. In the distance is the Empire State Building, now dwarfed by more modern edifices. We arrived here after a 132-mile run from Cape May, New Jersey, having toured the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. We don't usually go that far in a day, but weather might have...

  • June is busy at the library

    Carrie Benton, Seeley Lake Librarian|Jun 13, 2024

    Summer Reading Program — “Adventure Begins In Your Library” This year’s Summer Reading Program at your Seeley Lake Public Library welcomes explorers of all ages to embark on an exciting journey of discovery, imagination and learning. The Summer Reading Program begins on Monday, June 17. Come by the library to sign up and receive your free bag of goodies. Lots of prizes will be available throughout the summer, including coupons for small ice-cream cones from the Ice Cream Place for complet...

  • Edward "Jack" E. Hooker November 19, 1930 - May 14, 2024

    Jun 13, 2024

    Edward E. "Jack" Hooker, at age 93 of Ovando Montana, passed away at home on Montana Mountain View Ranch. A celebration of life will be held on August 24, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Bill and Dena Hooker's residence in Ovando, Montana. Jack was born in Hermiston, Oregon on November 19, 1930. At age six he worked with his uncle, LaVern, learning to ride and break horses for surrounding ranchers. This started his passion for working with horses, which lasted his entire life. He would take a "troubled"...

  • Swan Valley Elementary School celebrates eighth grade and kindergarten graduates

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    Last week Swan Valley Elementary School celebrated the school's eighth grade graduate, Noah Morgan, and three kindergarteners moving up to first grade. Three Swan Valley teachers spoke warmly about Morgan's positive attitude, hard work ethic and artistic skills in addition to his track and field prowess and ability to see the good in everyone. Morgan asked Swan Valley School Secretary Katie Gleason to be his guest speaker at the celebration. "I'm so honored that Noah asked me to speak today,"... Full story

  • Salmon Prairie celebrates eighth grade graduate

    Colleen Kesterson|Jun 13, 2024

    In a brief outdoor ceremony covered against the rain showers, Nikylie Vance, the sole graduate from Salmon Prairie School, received her eighth grade diploma from her teacher, Holl Hubbard, Lake County Superintendent Carolyn Hall and school board member Kvande Anderson. Vance's three classmates told the audience of family, friends and neighbors that Vance helped them heat their lunches and with their schoolwork. They said they would miss her....

  • Seeley-Swan BPA student takes on Prospects and starting his own business

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    At 17-years-old, Ben Kesterke understands that business interactions hinge on the foundation of making deals with others. In meeting that end, Kesterke has spent the last year developing his social and networking skills despite having a lot of social anxiety around the same time. He wasn't bad at socializing, Kesterke said, but it made him really anxious and he wanted to get better at it. Kesterke traveled to the Bozeman-based Prospects business competition, hosted by the Montana Chamber of...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|Jun 13, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday June 15, 1989 Forest products production down everywhere this year Timber shortages and unusually cold weather in late January and February slowed production in Montana's forest products industry during the first quarter of 1989, reports the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. All major sectors of the industry - lumber, pulp and paper, plywood, particleboard and fiberboard - saw reduced production for the first quarter of 1989....

  • Driving an EV in Ovando

    Elaine Caton|Jun 13, 2024

    A lot of what we hear in the media about electric vehicles can be discouraging to anyone even considering buying one, and I had a lot of those concerns as well. Can you find places to charge them? Are they affordable? Do they just trade one environmental problem for another? Are they more dangerous to drive? I’ve found out that a lot of what we hear is exaggerated or just untrue. My husband and I bought an electric vehicle a year ago. We spent a fair amount of time researching EVs and talking to people who have them. We settled on a Chevy B...

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