Articles from the June 17, 2021 edition


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  • Salmon Prairie celebrates a century of learning

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SALMON PRAIRIE - "We talked the teacher into letting us go up in the attic to see if we could kill some of the pack rats that were always up there. She went along with us for awhile until she couldn't get us to come down. I made the mistake of telling my folks about what I was doing instead of my studies." Karen Conley, a former student of Salmon Prairie Elementary School, told this story as it was recorded and published in the book, "Lake County School History, Vol. II' in the chapter on Swan...

  • Riding through the range

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    GREENOUGH - Horse enthusiasts rode through the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (aka Game Range) as part of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's (RMEF) annual Horse Ride Saturday, June 12 at Old Boyd Ranch. Blackfoot Clearwater Chapter Co-chairs Twyla and Todd Johnson have been organizing the event for over 20 years. Its purpose is not only to give horseback riders an opportunity for adventure and prizes but also to act as an additional fundraiser for the RMEF. "My husband and I really...

  • Former resident grateful for quick response

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Paul Benbow, former Seeley Lake resident who currently lives in Missoula, had an "intense" experience during the heavy thunderstorm Sunday, June 13. According to the Seeley Lake Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) near the Seeley Lake Airport, temperatures reached 90 degrees by 5 p.m. However as the predicted cold front hit, temperatures dropped 30 degrees and winds hit gusts of up to 39 miles per hour by 7 p.m. The RAWS at Clearwater Junction recorded wind gusts up to 42...

  • Seeley Lake Market resumes Sunday for the summer

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Local growers, artisans, non-profits and other organizations will once again fill the Seeley Lake Community Foundation's lawn, Highway 83, starting this Sunday, June 20 for the Seeley Lake Market. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day, the community can come, browse and support local vendors. This is the third year the Market has been managed by the Foundation. Market manager Rachelle Harman said the intent is to promote homemade or homegrown products/crafts. T...

  • Loving the four seasons...

    Marilyn Mitzi Stonehocker, Condon, Montana|Jun 17, 2021

    I love the four seasons. Each one has special meaning and opportunity. Fall is hunting which I love, have always loved. Yes, I continue each fall to pursue meat for the freezer. Also football, basketball, leaves turning gold, orange and softly falling from the trees, preparing to take a long snooze. Winter is clear and crisp with gorgeous snow or can't-see-a-thing blizzards! Skiing, snowmobiles and icy roads but beautiful none the less. We need the snow to provide the moisture for spring....

  • CRC kicks off Summer Campfire Series

    Alicia Dixon, Big Sky Watershed Corps member serving with CRC|Jun 17, 2021

    On Thursday, June 10 the Clearwater Resource Council kicked off its newest education and outreach program, the Campfire Series. This first presentation was titled "Aquatic Invasive Species" and was led by Heidi Sedivy at the Placid Lake Campground. Sedivy discussed various aquatic invasive species (AIS) that threaten Montana and reviewed the different ways AIS are spread. She emphasized the importance of Clean Drain Dry, while also highlighting the lesser-known ways invasive species are...

  • Help available for energy emergencies

    Energy Share Montana|Jun 17, 2021

    Are you or someone you know struggling to catch up on your home energy bill from last winter? There might be help available. While it has been frustrating at times throughout COVID to work through the process of applying for help, Energy Share and the Human Resource Council (HRC) in Missoula want you to know there is help available, including one-on-one assistance when needed. Energy Share helps Montanans who are facing home energy emergencies. The HRC processes Energy Share applications and can help you apply. Common reasons people apply for E...

  • Residency program to start at Medical Center this fall

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – At their June 8 meeting, the Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board learned more about the residency program that will be starting at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center this fall. The Medical Center Satellite Manager Georgiann McCoy said there are several residents interested in doing their rural rotation in Seeley Lake. Dr. Stephen Humpal and Nurse Practitioner Lynne Rogers are hoping to have a resident in the clinic every Friday starting in September. They will have two to three that will rotate every week. McCoy said this will allow f...

  • Johnson closes the book on 24-year career at SSHS

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Annette Johnson wrapped up her 24-year position as Seeley-Swan High School math teacher at the end of this school year. Johnson graduated from Great Falls High School in January 1985. Soon after she attended the College of Great Falls where she graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in secondary math education and business. She then received a master's degree in technology in education as well as several math credits from the University of Montana. She started teaching math at...

  • Local students win Lewis and Clark Essay Contest

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation announced that two Seeley Lake students won cash prizes for their participation in an essay-writing contest. Ava Thornsberry won first place and received $300. Clara Kyrouac tied for third and received $100. Other Missoula-area students to win were Abigail Sherwood in second and Kenney Smith tied for third. Each entrant received a one-year membership to the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. In their essays, the girls talked about the significance of the 1803-06 Lewis and...

  • Why we live here...it's for the recreation

    Garry Swain, President, ROCKS|Jun 17, 2021

    Over the course of the past several months, especially with COVID-19 hovering and bringing us relentless malaise, it has become clear that living in this gorgeous area has been a blessing beyond words. There are many reasons we choose to live in the fourth largest state with just over a million inhabitants: we love the great outdoors and we love having all the beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, ponds, meadows - and so much more - to roam. With the long, long, long and cold winter finally behind us, and the ice rink at Seeley Lake Elementary...

  • Thirty years of putting taste buds to the test

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – "Let's hear it for the chili," Auctioneer Rip Grubaugh said to which the room erupted in applause. The 30th Annual American Legion Post 63 Chili Cookoff filled the Swan Valley Community Hall June 12 with aromas of 15 different chilis. The taste testers agreed all the chilis were good with their own style. The hardest part was choosing the best. Patricia Maurer again claimed the traveling trophy after her chili was named the 2021 Chili Champ. The Chili Cookoff is the only major f...

  • K. Allen Foucar Jan. 20, 1928 – April 9, 2021

    Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Al died peacefully at home of natural causes, surrounded by his family. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Kenneth W. Foucar and Dorothea Allen. After serving in the Marine Corps, Al attended the University of Idaho, where he was a proud Kappa Sigma, earning a BS in Forestry. During these years he met and married the love of his life Barbara Rydell of Great Falls, who was studying nursing at Sacred Heart in Spokane. They spent 62 years as partners until her death in... Full story

  • Conflict resolution

    Shane Kesterke, Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 17, 2021

    Mid-June is smack dab in the middle between two patriotic holidays: Memorial Day and Independence Day. Both of these commemorate past times and heroes of our country, as well as the ongoing freedoms enjoyed and ongoing sacrifices made for those freedoms. Recently, Israel has been in the news over a serious, violent conflict with their neighbors in the Gaza Strip as well as violent rioting and conflict on their own streets between Jews and Palestinians. Considering the situation in the Middle East, and our life here in the United States, I have...

  • SLE students move on to high school

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary School eighth graders enjoyed their last day as students in the school's gymnasium during their graduation ceremony Tuesday, June 8. As tradition, the graduates presented flowers to their parents in the audience. Amaiya Dalrymple and Bailey Bartlett introduced the ceremony. "The reason you're getting wonderful flowers is because you have done so much for us for so many years," they said. "We also want to show some recognition for fathers. We admire all the...

  • Potomac Elementary students wrap up the year

    Henry Netherland|Jun 17, 2021

    POTOMAC - Potomac Elementary School eighth graders and kindergartners concluded important life stages following their graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 9 at the Potomac Greenough Community Center. In his opening speech Principal John Rouse acknowledged the inquisitiveness of this year's group of kindergarteners. "They come here with a sense of curiosity," Rouse said. "A sense of curiosity which is evidenced through unending questions. Well, we hope we kept it alive and we believe we did. ......

  • Celebrating a year of transitions

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – "We made it," said Swan Valley School Principal Ralph King June 8 at the Swan Valley School Kindergarten promotion and eighth grade graduation. This set the stage for an evening of celebrating successes, overcoming adversity and looking towards the future. Prior to presenting the completion certificates, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Teacher Chris Mauldin applauded the kindergarteners for rising to the added challenges this year with masks trying to understand what M...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jun 17, 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: June 19, 1986 issue Fishin' At The Pothole "Fishin' at the Pothole," a children's fun day held Saturday in Seeley Lake...

  • Salmon Prairie student heads to high school

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SALMON PRAIRIE - Salmon Prairie Elementary School eighth grader Cameron Lytle wrapped up his time in the one-room schoolhouse at the school's graduation ceremony and end of the year picnic Monday, June 7. Next year he will attend Seeley-Swan High School. "Cameron, we're going to miss you," said Supervising Teacher Holl Hubbard. "We wish you the very best ... and the door is always open and you can come back and visit. It's going to be different without you here." Lytle's grandmother Zana Lytle...

  • Slow fishing but lots of fun at Mr Pike Tournament

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE –The consensus for the 2021 Mr Pike Tournament was ""It was tough fishing." With 24 participants only seven teams came for the weigh-in Saturday and six on Sunday. Regardless of the results, the intent of the tournament is just to have fun fishing for pike and adding a little competition with it. Mr Pike Tournament is held annually in June. Participants can fish Seeley or Salmon Lakes on Saturday and Sunday. They are allowed to weigh-in three fish, over 22 inches, each day. Prizes a...

  • Sheriff's Office purchases two new waverunners

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jun 17, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has a new method of patrolling local bodies of water during warmer seasons. Missoula County Sergeant Bob Parcell said the Office recently purchased its second jet ski earlier this year after having purchased one in 2020. The newer one is currently in Kalispell having its lights and decals installed. The waverunners will be used to patrol all lakes to make sure boaters have the appropriate registration and are taking safety precautions like w...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 17, 2021

    Terry Holka Celebration of Life June 19 SEELEY LAKE - The community is invited to a Celebration of Life for Ter-Bear at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 19 at him cabin at 1660 Riverview Drive. This is an informal gathering with a potluck to follow. Please bring stories, a dish to share and chairs. Cottonwood Lakes Road now open SEELEY LAKE - Heavy equipment and crews removed the small landslide on Cottonwood Lakes Road #477 located on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. All barricades are removed and the road is now open and drivable from Cottonwood Lakes...

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