Articles from the June 16, 2022 edition


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  • Clearwater Meadows Ranch subdivision approved, conditions made for natural resource benefit

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    Editor's Note: The opening paragraph was updated June 16 to include that IMEG said the Developer did not agree to all conditions as presented. GREENOUGH – At their June 7 meeting, the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board approved the Clearwater Meadows Ranch 20 residential lot subdivision proposed approximately one mile west of Clearwater Junction. Approval included the contentious condition that required expansion of the proposed common area around Blanchard Creek from 8.64 acres to nearly 2...

  • Baseball returns to Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Despite temperatures barely reaching 50 degrees, the stands were packed April 28 for the kickoff scrimmage of the Seeley Lake Baseball Club. More than 85 children, three-years-old through eighth grade, registered to play for the season and the Club swept the 2022 Blackfoot Little League Tournament June 11. "For the first year we were just trying to get as much interest as possible, as much participation as possible for the most amount of kids possible," said Organizer Nathan M...

  • Celebrating 60 years of love and friendship

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - Ten years ago, Betsey Ellis was touring a castle on a hill in the Czech Republic Capital of Prague, when she found the perfect 50th anniversary gift for her husband Steve. It was a rock. Discreetly picking it up from some loose cobblestone, she gifted it to Steve and told him it was a symbol of their marriage because, like stone, the foundation of their love was rock solid. With plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary on June 17, the rock remains a testament to their ongoing...

  • A Biblical perspective on Pride month

    Jim Johnson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jun 16, 2022

    An image of the Pride Flag started an article on June 9th that needs to have Biblical truth shined on it. True love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth,” (1 Corinthians 13:6). The Pride culture revels in unrighteousness and rejects the existence of truth in God’s Word. True love is based on the Word of God as of the Bible. Pride month, as celebrated by the sexually humanistic, anti-God culture of today, endorses and flaunts sinful behavior right in God’s face. The activities associated with Pride month target public...

  • Social complexes

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Jun 16, 2022

    From previous articles, we've become familiar with psychological complexes, however, each was introduced from a personal perspective. Now, let me introduce complexes from a group, collective or social perspective. Recall that complexes are essentially an accumulation of experiences related to a common theme, such as experiences with one's father. For social complexes the development is similar only now, the experiences are related to a social theme. When we consider the many common social...

  • Commissioners approve building permit fee increases

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    MISSOULA – Missoula County Commissioners voted unanimously June 9 to approve a resolution to increase building permit fees effective Sept. 1. Along with increasing fees, the building department will use the International Code Council (ICC) Building valuation to value building projects, increase fees annually as necessary based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) Mountain Area, adopt definitions as presented for finished and unfinished basements, eliminate the Footing and Foundation Waiver, eliminate the Agricultural Exemption and set the s...

  • Preliminary election results

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    As of the final Election Night Report, June 7, the unofficial election results are in. There was a 38.44% statewide voter turnout this election. For the Democratic Primary for U.S. Representative, Monica Tranel swept the state, garnering 65% of the vote. Her nearest competitor was Cora Neumann who received only 24% of the vote. The Republican U.S. House Representative ran a much tighter race. While Ryan K. Zinke did receive the most votes with the unofficial count of 33,203 votes, Al “Doc” Olszewski’s was only 180 votes behind. These resul...

  • Herbicide approved to treat invasive waterlilies on Lake Inez

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The battle against the invasive fragrant waterlily may begin with herbicides mid to later summer on Lake Inez. In April the Missoula County Commissioners approved the Missoula County Weed District's request to apply for a general permit from Montana Department of Environmental Quality for the application of herbicides on Lake Inez. Missoula County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Chris Mascari said the Weed District will possibly begin application of the herbicide Imazamox f...

  • Shrine Club Backroads Poker Run brings new event to Seeley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Side-by-sides, UTVs and ATVs took to the Forest Service Roads from Seeley Lake to Ovando Saturday, June 11 for the Western Montana Shrine Club Backroad Poker Run and Live/Silent Auction.Winners received $3,500 in payouts and prizes and the event raised $10,000 from the poker run and auction that will benefit the Shriners Children's Hospital in Spokane, Washington. "The people of Seeley and their fans know how to enjoy life and have fun and are as generous as I have ever seen," s...

  • Norman Maclean Literary Festival nearing 1,000 registrants

    Jenny Rohrer, Director, In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival|Jun 16, 2022

    MISSOULA – The In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Literary Festival announced that the biennial gathering in late June 2022 in Missoula has attracted almost 1,000 registrants and will feature the auction of an original Kevin Red Star painting produced just for the event. The event, the fourth to be hosted by the Maclean Literary Festival, is called “Public Land & Sacred Ground: Western Writers Bear Witness.” It is scheduled for June 24-26 at The Wilma Theatre. Admission is free to the public. Registration is required and available on the Festiv...

  • Graduates celebrate their time at Seeley Lake Elementary

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Nineteen Seeley Lake Elementary eighth graders celebrated their last day as elementary students Wednesday, June 8. Keeping up with the Seeley Lake tradition, the students presented family and friends with flowers during the ceremony. The ceremony kicked off with a welcoming speech from Grace Neher. "We will go our separate ways, but we'll all have the memories of our time at Seeley Lake Elementary," Neher said. These memories were commemorated in a class slideshow featuring...

  • Silk Screening business opens in Seeley

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Sapphire Print Design is open for business. Tracey Youbles, long time Seeley Lake resident, found the equipment for sale on marketplace and set up shop. Youbles moved to Seeley Lake 30 years ago with family. "I knew the area because my dad loved Lake Alva and we spent summers up here," Youbles said. Youbles' first job was with Sun Mountain Sports in Missoula putting logos on the pocket of golf bags. She also worked for a company printing on cloth and vinyl in the Seattle/Tacoma a...

  • Pioneers celebrate graduates, Klein retirement

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    POTOMAC - Potomac School had 10 eighth graders and 12 kindergartners graduate on the evening of June 8. More than 100 people were in attendance in the Potomac Greenough Community Center (PGCC). Bryanna Peterson, the kindergarten teacher, shared what her students wrote about their favorite thing about her class. Willa Howard loved the field trips, Tucker Brown loved playing outside and others loved when the caterpillars changed into butterflies, long recesses and Ms. Peterson. Peterson awarded...

  • Klein retires from Potomac

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    POTOMAC - Teacher Terri Klein retired from Potomac School after 30 years of teaching first grade Pioneers. "Teaching was the only thing I ever wanted to do!" Klein said. "I used to play school all the time and started teaching Sunday school and vacation Bible schools when I was in high school." Klein graduated from Eastern Montana College (now known as MSU-Billings) in 1982. "I did not get a job my first year out because I wanted a first-grade position and every interview I had told me they...

  • Swan Valley School celebrates graduates

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 16, 2022

    CONDON – Swan Valley Elementary School graduates were honored on June 9 in front of family and friends. Five kindergarteners and two eighth graders received certificates of completion for their respective grades. Colleen Harrington, junior high teacher, offered a few words of encouragement to the eighth-grade graduates Lillian Boyd and Darby Gleason. Harrington stated in a world of selfies and Instagram influencers, these girls are grounded. She felt that will carry forward with them in the w...

  • Helmville Fastpitch Softball tradition continues

    Jean Pocha|Jun 16, 2022

    HELMVILLE - The 43rd Annual Father Mac Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament was held in Helmville June 3-5. This year's tournament was won by the Helmville Helmvillians when they beat Deer Lodge 8 - 5 in the Championship game. The Tournament is hosted by the Helmville Fastpitch Softball Team, a team in the Blackfoot Valley Fastpitch Softball League. Seven teams from the Blackfoot Valley League played this year from Helmville, Seeley Lake, Deer Lodge, two Missoula teams, Lincoln and Huson....

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jun 16, 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: June 18, 1987 issue Fishin' at the Pothole More than 30 young people, from toddlers to teenagers, caught hundreds of... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 16, 2022

    Public invited to Parks and Trails Steward Award presentation June 16 SEELEY LAKE – The public is invited to attend a presentation of the 2022 Missoula County Parks and Trails Steward Award to the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16. The Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board and the Missoula County Board of County Commissioners will present the award at the Veterans Memorial Garden, on Highway 83 just north of Seeley Lake. The annual award recognizes individuals and organizations who have d...