Articles from the June 16, 2016 edition

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  • Area Cattlewomen Promote Beef

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    OVANDO - The Blackfoot Valley CattleWomen (BVC) hosted an event at the Ender Ranch in Ovando June 6 to promote beef as a healthy, practical food. The BVC are a group of local beef producers who believe in the beef industry, its importance in the Montana economy and how beef is essential in every balanced diet, according to member, producer and Potomac resident Jody Wills. The BVC wants "to do all in our power to instill in the coming generations the love of the land and of life," a part of the...

  • Seeley Lake Elementary Burglarized

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, staff at Seeley Lake Elementary discovered a multitude of items had been stolen from the school. Between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7:15 a.m., a large number of computers, laptops, tablets, digital cameras, band instruments and various items were taken. “The cash value of what was taken was actually pretty low,” said SLE Superintendent Chris Stout. However, Stout estimates the replacement cost for the items will be around $2,000. The two Bach trombones will be the most expensive to replace. “It makes m...

  • Greenough Retires after Nearly 31 Years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - After working for the Condon Post Office for two months short of 31 years, Ellie Greenough is looking forward to her retirement. Greenough has seen a lot of changes and worked through many challenges. Working with her customers has always been her favorite part of the job and what she will miss the most. Greenough moved to the Swan Valley in April 1978. She worked various jobs until being offered the postmaster relief/leave replacement (PMR) position at the Condon Post Office....

  • Eighth Graders Bid Farewell To SLE

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Nineteen eighth-graders graduated from Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) June 9. Students were recognized for their accomplishments and given advice as they move onto high school. The students chose SLE sixth grade teacher Sharon Teague to be the keynote speaker at their event. Teague began teaching sixth grade ten years ago when this class was in preschool. Teague recapped the years the students had spent at SLE, from their preschool years through junior high. From academics to time o...

  • Local Newspapers Recognized at Statewide Convention

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    WHITEFISH - The Seeley Swan Pathfinder won seven awards in the 2016 Better Newspaper Awards Division 1 at the 131st Annual Convention of the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA). Lincoln's Blackfoot Valley Dispatch also came home with four awards. Nathan Bourne and Betty Vanderwielen were both recognized for their photography. Bourne took the second and third places for his sports photos. Second place was for his Helmville Rodeo photo. "If you look closely at the photo, the cowboy and the stear...

  • Update on the Animal Control Air Conditioning 

    Elinor Williamson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 16, 2016

    MISSOULA - Several have called me in regard of the air conditioning unit for The Missoula Animal Control building of which many of us contributed to. So, I called Jeff the head of Animal Control and he stated pretty much the following. Before Animal Control could have it installed they had to have a structural engineer check out the building where the unit would be placed and he found problems in the upper building. This has been fixed. By the time it was fixed, the business, who had said they would install it at no cost, found the cost and it...

  • The Path to Now

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    Part I reviewed the history of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder from its conception by the Potters and the Vernons to their decision to sell it. SEELEY LAKE – On Aug. 4, 1987 Gary Noland and Millie Jette assumed ownership of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. In what Dick Potter named as his 116th editorial, he called Noland and Jette the "new pathfinders" and said, "We are convinced that our successors have what it takes to propel Pathfinder to greater heights." In the same issue, a feature article w...

  • Election Results by Local Precincts Primary Race June 7

    Jun 16, 2016

    Results shown for contested races and the top three of the presidential race....

  • When They Call

    Heather Layman|Jun 16, 2016

    "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." ~Psalm 61:2 When they call...those mountains. They call to me this time of year. They call to me always. They call me home. They say it's time to feel alive again. It's time to shut out the noise. It's time to be where you're most at peace. It's time to be grounded again, yet elevated. It's time to live simple and simply live. It's time for reflection and time to breathe deep. It's time to awake there and watch the sun ri...

  • Because Not all Agents are Created Equal...Five Tips for Finding a Realtor Who's Right for You!

    Kim Koppen - CRS, Great Bear Properties|Jun 16, 2016

    There are a lot of agents out there so when you are ready to buy or sell property, how do you know which one to choose? 1. LEARN WHAT TITLES MEAN: Real Estate Agent, Broker, Realtor®. A “Real Estate Agent” has taken classes and passed an exam to get a license. A “Broker” has continued their education, must have two years experience as a licensed salesperson and a minimum number of sales transactions. A Broker can hire agents to work under them. A “Realtor” can be either an agent or broker who is a member of the National Association...

  • Pinchot Journal: Presumed Drowned?

    Jun 16, 2016

    Submitted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society. Reprinted from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division Gifford Pinchot, who later became chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was working for the National Forest Commission in 1896 when he traveled south through the Swan Valley with Jack Monroe, a trapper and guide. In the previous installment of the seven-part series, they had used deer carcasses for bait and shot a bear. I was using the .30 caliber Government smokeless cartridge in the new model Winchester, with a soft-nosed bullet. The...

  • Grizzly Claw Awards Scholarships

    Jun 16, 2016

    Grizzly Claw Trading Co. manager, Kathy Kinzfogl, gives scholarships to Seeley Swan graduates Kyndee Schmitz and Eliana Robinett. Each year the Grizzly Claw awards money from used book sales to graduating seniors. Over $4,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. "We feel it is important to give something back to the community for all the support it gives to us," said owners Susan and Dee Baker. Schmitz will attend Carroll College in Helena, and Eliana heads to Montana State University in...

  • Seeley-Swan Medical Center 45 Year Anniversary Celebration

    Donna Love|Jun 16, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan Medical Center Foundation and the Seeley-Swan Hospital District Boards would like to invite the community to an open house at the Medical Center Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. to celebrate 45 years of the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. The 45-Year Anniversary is the perfect time to celebrate the community owned clinic. It is also a perfect time to review how the medical center came to belong to the community and how it grew. An Ounce of Prevention - The First Thirty Years of the...

  • Hanging Up Her Apron After 23 Years of Cooking for Students

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - After 23 years as head cook at Seeley Swan High School (SSHS), Connie Betson is hanging up her apron. While she will miss the students, she is looking forward to travelling and having more time to do the things that she enjoys. Betson ran a day care for nine years. When all of the children she cared for were going into first grade, she saw it as an opportunity to try something new. "When the job became available at the high school I thought it was something I would enjoy doing,"...

  • Moving On Up to the First Grade

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Thirteen Seeley Lake Elementary kindergarteners participated in their completion ceremony June 9. Friends, family and members of the community got to see and hear about what they learned throughout the year. Teacher Sheila Devins said that the group is a musical group and she used a lot of music with them. They also did a lot of activities as a part of the International Baccalaureate Program. "We had a lot of fun this year and these students were active, engaged learners," said...

  • Graduation: An End & New Beginning

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Eighth-grader Jayla Kauffman graduated from Swan Valley School along with five kindergarteners June 8. Superintendent Chris Stout told the Swan Valley students they aren't missing out on anything growing up in the Swan Valley. He called them, "the last great generation." In all of his travels, the Swan Valley School is the last place that students still play on a playground merry-go-round. Kauffman moved to Condon from Pennsylvania when she was in second grade. She said she has...

  • Students Share International Experience

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2016

  • Ronald D. Bullock 1942~ 2016

    Jun 16, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Ronald D. Bullock, age 73, of St. Charles, Ill. and Swan Valley, Mont., passed away Wednesday, June 8 at his home in St. Charles. Ron was a graduate of Wright State University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Since 1987, he was the owner and chairman of Bison Gear & Engineering. In addition to his dedication to family, Ron was a life-long proponent of American manufacturing, a supporter of our educational system and was committed to community service. He recently... Full story

  • Joyce Gaye Morris 1934~ 2016

    Jun 16, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Joyce Morris, 82, died May 10 of pulmonary failure in Post Falls, Idaho. She was born April 25, 1934 in Great Falls to Edward J. and Ethel Hale Mauzey, attending school in Great Falls. She met her first husband Donald G. Marko while working as a housekeeper in the Smith River area and married him Dec. 1, 1951. They lived on the Marko ranch until his death in 1959. She married Joseph W. Morris, a County Extension Agent, in 1960 living in Bozeman, Stanford, Cardwell and Great Falls.... Full story

  • Liebesleid

    Erik Iverson, Holy Cross-Seeley Lake and Faith-Condon Lutheran Churches|Jun 16, 2016

    “ filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20 Of the many gifts given to mankind, the ability to create is arguably one of the most beautiful. Music, among the panoply of these, can be evocative, inspirational, comforting or driving to multitudinous ends. For example, classical music has been repeatedly shown to have positive eff...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 16, 2016

    Fire Danger MODERATE in Missoula County Fuels conditions across Missoula County have prompted Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) to move to MODERATE fire danger as of June 13. Two recent lightning-caused fires on the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests have grown rapidly under windy conditions and several debris pile fires lit by citizens in valley bottoms have spread away from the pile while unattended and consumed out-buildings in the process. Wildland fire agencies would like to extend a large “Thank You” to the tho...

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