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Articles from the July 2, 2020 edition

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 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020

Health Department cautions Fourth of July events as cases rise

With an influx of visitors and coronavirus cases entering the Fourth of July weekend, the Missoula City-County Health Department asked event coordinators to be cautious on what is one of the busiest holidays in Seeley Lake. Though events are looking... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 2, 2020

4-H and FFA projects going from farm to fair

Despite some Western Montana Fair event cancellations, 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are still able to exhibit their projects but without spectators due to COVID-19 risks. Missoula...


Howard transfers Air Force skills to MAS in the Seeley-Swan

SWAN VALLEY - Condon resident Linda Howard joined the Missoula Aging Services (MAS) in 2016 and currently works as the organization's Resource Specialist in the Seeley Swan area. Many of the skills...

 By Frank Dufresne    Opinion    July 2, 2020

An election is the solution, not lawsuits

SEELEY LAKE - If this sewer was a good idea, users in the district would be ALL for it and it would have been built already. As proposed, it’s dissolved into a decades-long lawyer and lawsuit can-of-worms and getting worse. After the recent board...

 By John Rice    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Open Federal lands or give management over to the state

That was a great article in the Thursday, June 18 issue of the Pathfinder by Dale Terrillion on “Public Lands”. It seems the government forgets who owns and pays taxes to support public lands. I don’t understand why disabled groups, senior citi...

 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Daines, be honest and tell us how you will bring back jobs

Steve Daines’ campaign ads that claim he will bring back the jobs from overseas suggest he is either stupid or naive.  Here’s why... The jobs, if they ever were in the U.S, went overseas because there is cheaper labor and less government...


Wishful thinking and denial

Wishful thinking has been called magical thinking, fantasy thinking, even idealistic thinking. It has never been called realistic thinking. In other words, it is a form of thought that expresses perso...

 By Linda Howard    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Senior Farmers' Market Coupon program available

Along with our gorgeous summer weather, we in the Seeley-Swan Valley have something to celebrate! Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, residents of Missoula County and meet federal income...

 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Tomato troubles, plastic covering and tasty veggies

What does it mean when the bottom leaves of my tomatoes turn yellow? It means that the bottom leaves are not healthy. If they turn yellow late in the growing season, it means only that the leaves are...


Loon & Fish Festival, Shakespeare in the Park canceled

"This was a tough decision for Alpine Artisans to cancel the Loon and Fish Festival this summer," stated AAI Program Manger Jenny Rohrer. "The Festival was scheduled for the first weekend in August,...

 By Tom Browder    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Double Arrow Ranch - Change and stability in the 1980's

The decade of the 1980’s was the time when initial plans were modified, properties were bought and sold regularly and building began occurring across all phases of DARLOA. It is fascinating to look back at how the development matured in the...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020

Trail Creek Merc offers something for everyone

SEELEY LAKE - After decades of working for others, Lynda and Kevin Mickelson decided it was time for a change. The newly retired couple opened Trail Creek Merc on June 28, a one-stop-shop for gifts,...

 By Colleen Kesterson    News    July 2, 2020

Swan Valley Community Library highlights for July

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Library is still offering curb side service to patrons who have a hold on a library item or who want to borrow a chrome book for use outside the library. Patrons can request books from the Library’s shelves by phoning...

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020

Fourth of July  - Be cautious with the upcoming fire season

The Fourth of July is an excellent time to get outside with family and friends and recreate on the Lolo National Forest. With more people out recreating, the Seeley Lake Ranger District is asking people to do their part when it comes to wildfire prev... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    July 2, 2020

Mountain lion takes dog in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - A Seeley Lake resident’s dog was killed by a mountain lion early Wednesday, June 16 off of Spruce Street. The last mountain lion sighting in the area was reported almost a month prior, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Cougar and...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 2, 2020

Missoula businesses close due to COVID-19 positive employees

MISSOULA - Two Missoula area restaurants announced via their Facebook page last week that they would close after an employee test positive for COVID-19. Paradise Falls voluntarily closed upon hearing from the worker and has been cooperating fully... Full story

 By Dave Erickson    News    July 2, 2020

Japan: A glimpse at Montana's future?

This is part 1 of a two-part story about financing elder care in aging populations. Part 2 - what new strategies could Montana explore? - will be published next week. Montana, the oldest state in the...


From draft to final declaration

We often wonder how our founding fathers could have written the phrase "all men are created equal" while simultaneously sanctioning and supporting slavery. A close look at the changes made in the...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    July 2, 2020


We once more have arrived at the great celebration day of our nation’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Blood, sweat and tears were shed so that we can enjoy benefits such as free speech, life, liberty, independence, freedom of religion...


Heart and Crescent Lakes

Distance: 4.3 miles (8.6 miles roundtrip) Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation gain: 1,368 feet Services: The trailhead has a relatively large parking lot with a pit toilet. No drinking water is available... Full story


Pound wise

Over 70% of American adults and over 18% of kids are overweight or obese. Here are 6 important things to be aware of regarding extra weight: • Increased weight increases cancer risk: Research shows...


Community Briefs

Lorentz named to spring Deans’ List at Nebraska  LINCOLN, NEB. - Elizabeth “Ibby” Lorentz of Seeley Lake was named to the Deans’ List for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the spring semester of the...


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