Articles from the June 20, 2024 edition


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  • Recording-breaking year for Change Your Pace

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    On a sunny day buzzing with the anticipation of summer days to come - people lining up outside The Ice Cream Place, a boutique pop up outside of Good Times Gifts - some Seeley Lake locals were gathered outside the Seeley Lake Community Foundation building to celebrate the end of a month-long fundraising event. Twenty groups participated to raise $126,000 during the ninth annual Change Your Pace fundraising challenge. Both of those numbers are record-breaking, Seeley Lake Community Foundation...

  • Tour Divide zooms through Ovando

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    Tour Divide frontrunner Justinas Leveika, 35 of Lithuania (pictured) rode into Ovando on Sunday at about 11:30 a.m. He was followed by second place Laurens Ten Dam, of the Netherlands, at about 1 p.m. and third place Ulrich Bartholmoes, from Spain, around 4:15 p.m. The riders are racing the Tour Divide on the 2,745-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells on the Mexican-American border. Ovando is located right on the route. The frontrunners took advantage of th...

  • Knowing Norman Maclean, biographer Rebecca McCarthy shares stories in Seeley Lake

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    Rebecca McCarthy got a call from Norman Maclean's daughter during an event at the Missoula Public Library. Based on the way Jean Maclean Snyder spoke on the phone, it could have been her father. Maclean had a deliberate way of speaking, which translated to the way he spoke over the phone. Per McCarthy's memory it would go like this: "Rebecca, dear." Pause. "How are you?" She'd answer and Maclean would respond with a particular exclamation that sounded like, "Gaaaaaaawd." That was the same way...

  • The heart (and soul) of Seeley Lake

    Robert Shaffer, Double Arrow Ranch Landowners Association|Jun 20, 2024

    The fate of Pyramid Lumber has been very much a topic of local discussion over the last few months. It isn’t just the employees and owners of the mill that will be affected if it closes. Foresters, loggers and truckers are all part of the machinery that generates “timber dollars.” More than recreation, those “timber dollars” are what caused Seeley Lake and the Seeley-Swan Valley to grow in a stable fashion and become complete communities with schools, churches, grocery stores, hardware stores, auto parts, pharmacies and even a medical/d...

  • Seeley Lake needs a celebration and we need your help!

    Tom Browder, Seeley Lake|Jun 20, 2024

    Your local volunteer team has been working hard to make our upcoming Fourth of July celebration a day to remember! Our theme this year is “Stars and Stripes and Summer Nights,” representing what makes this such a special place, and how important this holiday is to all of us. Check the posters around town for a detailed schedule, or go to seeleyswanevents.net. We hope to see all of you at one of the events, along the parade route (2 p.m. start,) or at the fireworks. Just like last year, which the same awesome group of volunteers put tog...

  • Two programs help older adults receive nutritious food in Seeley Lake

    Alison Strekal, Development Director with Missoula Aging Services|Jun 20, 2024

    Now that summer is here, many of us think fondly about the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables found at our local Farmers Markets. In Seeley Lake, we have a wonderful program to help older adults in the community receive nutritious, local food. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), or as many call it, Farmers Market Coupons, is made possible through grant money from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Anyone aged 60 and older who meets the income guidelines can call (406) 728-7682 to make an appointment or stop...

  • Loving Hearts struts its stuff

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    The tables in the sanctuary at Mission Bible Fellowship were full of people filling out raffle tickets for the fundraiser at Loving Hearts' annual fashion show and fundraiser Saturday June 8. Raffle tickets were for the 61 "baskets" of like-new goods displayed in the auditorium. Each basket had a box for raffle tickets where people could put in as many tickets as they wanted for a basket. The annual event supports Loving Hearts' scholarship fund for local high school students. This year Loving...

  • Dust flies at the Father Mac baseball tournament

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    It was a beautiful blue sky weekend for the 45th Annual Father Mac tournament June 1-2 at Helmville's Wilson Field. Six teams vied for championship status, which was taken by Deer Lodge's team with a 15-5 win. Reserve champion was the TDS team from Missoula. Runner-up was The Pine Beetles, also from Missoula. There were no gold chains around the players necks or even matching uniforms as the Men's Fast Pitch Softball teams took to the diamond. A sense of camaraderie prevailed amongst the teams...

  • There's more to nymphing than bobbers

    Chuck Stranahan|Jun 20, 2024

    "Chuck, what are you doing?" We had just launched on a not-quite-treacherous stretch of water. It was too early in the day, and possibly too early in the season to expect much dry fly fishing with the salmonfly hatch. It could happen, we told ourselves. There were telltale nymph shucks on the rock near the high-water line and in the willows. We had seen some adults flying around. The ever-hopeful guy in the front seat started with a big salmonfly dry. He was busy fishing - hitting the...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|Jun 20, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday June 22, 1989 Grand Marshals chosen for Swan Valley Fourth of July Parade The Grand Marshalls for the annual Swan Valley Fourth of July Parade for 1989 are Dorothy Clothier and Winnie Kaiser, Legion members announced last week. The pioneer women will be honored at the celebration in Condon and will ride in the parade, which begins at Liquid Louie's at 11 a.m. on July 4. Members of the American Legion Post 63 are organizing the parade. People who would like to...

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