Articles from the June 27, 2024 edition


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  • Condon Work Center considered for Forest Service conveyance

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    The Northern Region of the Forest Service, based in Missoula, is beginning the process of transferring its ownership of the Condon Work Center due to a backlog of maintenance on the property and associated costs. Swan Valley Connections, a nonprofit focused on conservation and stewardship in the Swan Valley, has an office in the work center and leadership has been encouraged to start searching for a new office space with a tentative deadline to be out of the work center by March 2025. Swan...

  • Forest Service provides updates on Holland Lake Lodge

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    This summer, no operations at Holland Lake Lodge have been approved. Holland Lake Lodge Owner Christian Wohlfeil submitted an operating plan for 2024 but since the wastewater treatment system is unable to function at the level needed for the plan, the Forest Service has not approved any operations and Wohlfeil hasn’t submitted an updated plan, Chris Dowling, Swan Lake District Ranger, said at a June Swan Valley Community Council meeting. A design firm is looking at a replacement or repair of the wastewater treatment lagoon, which was found t...

  • Same guy, new name, Boom Shack open for firework sales

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Clint Rice was in Washington on Friday picking up fireworks for a stand he's been running in Seeley Lake since 1990. For over 30 years, Rice has been coming up to Seeley Lake in the summers to run the firework stand, formerly called Pyromania and rebranded as the Boom Shack. He opened the shop for New Years sales in 2000. Most recently, Rice relocated to Seeley Lake to live full-time as of September. While in high school in Arlee, Montana, Rice worked for a firework stand and then for a company...

  • New game warden covering the Seeley Lake area

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks swore in a new game warden to cover the Seeley Lake area in January 2024. Garrett Kocab of Helena started the lengthy hiring process while completing two degrees at Carroll College. Graduating in May 2023 with Environmental Policy/Project Management and Sociology degrees and hired in January 2024, Kocab then had three months of law enforcement training in Helena before coming on the job in Seeley Lake in May. "Although I used to come up here hunting while going...

  • Dr. Jesse Charles begins practicing family medicine at Partnership Health Center

    Dr. Jesse Charles|Jun 27, 2024

    I'm writing to introduce myself as the newest physician at Partnership Health Center's Seeley Swan Medical Center. After practicing rural family medicine for the past seven years in northern Washington, I am excited to return to Montana and continue providing rural healthcare in the Seeley Swan area. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin for both undergraduate and medical school. I completed my Family Medicine residency training in Missoula through...

  • Smitty

    Alan Muskett MD|Jun 27, 2024

    Salutations de Montreal. As you can see, I am quite fluent in Google translator. We just arrived in Montreal after a somewhat harrowing trip from Sorel-Tracy at the top of the Richelieu River and canal system. Actually, the St Lawrence Seaway was completely calm with no traffic. Harrowing makes a better story. We are becoming facile in the transit of canals, where the boat is raised and lowered by the filling and emptying of enclosures called locks. We are up over 20 locks now, with quite a few...

  • Post office pot holes paved

    Pathfinder staff|Jun 27, 2024

    On Tuesday night last week, construction workers began paving the pot holes in front of the Seeley Lake Post Office. The paving continued into Wednesday when the Post Office was closed for Juneteenth, a federal holiday....

  • Dark night of the soul

    Carrie Benton, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Jun 27, 2024

    Not everyone has to go through hard times in order to see the beauty of what they can be. Sometimes I imagine what life might have been like if certain events hadn’t occurred, certain abuses, pains, rejections. Would I still be the same person today? Maybe. Maybe not. All I know is that the things that have happened, have happened. They simply are. How I choose to understand them, live into the complexities of meaning, that’s where life is interesting. In fact, that’s really where life is. S...

  • Old Salt Festival returns for second year

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    Full coverage to come in an upcoming Pathfinder edition....

  • Bringing beavers back to the landscape

    Torrey Ritter, Nongame Wildlife Biologist with Montana FWP|Jun 27, 2024

    On a sunny autumn day, in a beautiful little slice of Montana, two people bob up and down in the chest-deep water of a beaver pond wrestling with a giant tube attached to a fence. Their names are Elissa and Elyssa, which I know can be confusing, and they are both some of the leading experts in western North America on protecting human infrastructure from beavers. The giant tube Elissa and Elyssa are wrestling runs through a notch in a broad, decades-old beaver dam. Pretty much as soon as the pip...

  • Clearwater Valley Bear Smart Working Group selects its first local coordinator

    Carla Zell Schade, Clearwater Valley Bear Smart Working Group|Jun 27, 2024

    It's springtime when bears have emerged from their winter hibernation, many with cubs in tow, and are out and about exploring the Clearwater Valley. If you and your neighbors are curious and a bit worried about what the bears are up to in your neighborhood, here's some good news. Clearwater Valley Bear Smart Group selected Alan Davis to be our first local coordinator. This new position will support education and other activities to help Seeley Lake and surrounding areas to become more bear aware...

  • The power of the sun

    Dr. Camilla Peterson|Jun 27, 2024

    By January of 1879 in Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison had built his first high-resistance electric light. This invention would revolutionize the world and create incredible opportunities for human development and growth. The invention itself would have long tentacles of repercussions that would reverberate amongst scientific and economic fields. It would impact the field of medicine itself and set the stage for change in our relationship with sunlight. Humans live in a circa 24-plus-hour environment relying on light and darkness to guide...

  • It's big-and-little dry fly time

    Chuck Stranahan|Jun 27, 2024

    It's not every day that a fly shop owner has a client take him on a guided float trip. My friend John was in the front seat of the boat, I was in the rear. John and I first met at the Portland Expo Sportsman's Show where I was doing seminars and demonstrations. We hit it off and over the years he fished out of my shop regularly, bringing groups of friends with him. He was the gracious host to our dinners after fishing or after show hours in Portland. I wasn't too surprised when he invited me to...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|Jun 27, 2024

    This is a lightly edited and condensed version of Eddie Coyle's July Fourth story from 1964 provided by the Seeley Lake Historical Society and Visitors Center. By Eddie Coyle I was promoting one of our bigger celebrations for that year, and started preparing for it back in May. The plans included a water carnival, slalom races, ski jumps, a Miss Seeley Lake bathing beauty contest, a Boat and Motor raffle and three nights of dancing with live music. Two local carpenters with helpers built a...

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