Articles from the July 21, 2022 edition

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  • Ovando grizzly attack likely linked to food-conditioned bear

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    OVANDO - The grizzly bear that fatally mauled cyclist Leah Davis Lokan last summer was likely food conditioned, according to an official Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) Board of Review report on the Ovando grizzly attack. The IGBC reviewed the official report and recommendations at a meeting on Wednesday, July 13 with Fish and Wildlife Grizzly Bear Coordinator Hilary Cooley. Cooley said officials found food and toiletries in and around the tent, along with lingering food scents from...

  • Encouraging land, wildlife stewardship

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections hosted their first Landowner Stewardship Fair at Swan Valley Community Hall Saturday, July 16. The event was to welcome both new and longtime residents of the watershed and share information about resources available to support private land stewardship. "We think it's really important to be able to give folks all the information that we possibly can to help them make decisions on managing their properties," said Eli Estey, Swan Valley Connections program...

  • Pickleball comes to Seeley Lake

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Players from eight to 80 years old join together for Pickleball on the Seeley Lake Elementary School tennis courts twice a week. Carole Rice, Seeley Lake resident, has been playing Pickleball for six years and wanted to introduce the sport to Seeley Lake. Pickleball is a sport which combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a paddle and wiffle-type ball. Pickeball can be played as doubles or s...

  • Memory Care Support available in Missoula and Ravalli Counties

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jul 21, 2022

    In 2021, Missoula Aging Services (MAS) launched a program aimed at increasing support for older adults living with memory loss in our community. It has already served over 75 people since it began just over a year ago. The Memory Care Support Services program was created in response to the growing number of older adults in Missoula and Ravalli Counties that are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Memory Care Support Services is a no-cost service that starts with a one-on-one meeting to screen for eligibility, identify specific g...

  • Thank you for the support

    Ginger Williams, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jul 21, 2022

    Thank you to some community members, Kind hearts are the gardeners Kind thoughts are the roots Kind words are the blossoms Kind deeds are the fruits Kirpal Singh A belated Thank You to all who gave me support through your words and unexpected gift card. But most of all, you noticed and appreciated the bit of beauty I planted down town. Through hail, heat, human and deer, I vow to plant it without fear. With gratitude, Ginger Williams...

  • Keeping cool in the heat

    Tanya Fyfe DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic|Jul 21, 2022

    Summer is here and many of us have animal companions who are more excited to get outside than we are! While there is nothing better than taking your dog for a hike or riding your horse in our beautiful mountains there are precautions to take and things to be aware of before venturing out in the sun. When enjoying time outside it is important to remember that dogs can quickly develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Dogs are more sensitive to high temperatures than humans largely because of their...

  • Fire Danger raised to High in Missoula County

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Jul 21, 2022

    MISSOULA - Due to increasing temperatures and drying vegetation, fire protection agencies have raised the fire danger in Missoula County to HIGH, effective Monday, July 18. When fire danger is high, dry grasses and needles ignite easily and fires can spread rapidly and may be difficult to control. Unattended campfires are likely to escape and high intensity burning is likely to occur on slopes and concentrated grassy areas. According to Colt Mortenson, Lolo National Forest Fire Staff Officer, “Spring and early summer rains have provided us w...

  • Grant to help assess child-care needs in community

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - This year, Sparrow’s Vine Parenting and Pregnancy Resource Center and the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) received a $6,000 grant from Zero to Five Montana and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to help assess child-care needs and provide opportunities for people to apply for child-care licensure in the Seeley Lake community. Zero to Five is a statewide organization that helps coordinate local collaboratives to improve child care for children and families across Montana. Seeley Lake is one of 10 c...

  • Achieve better health, one step at a time

    Molly Attwater, Nutrition Educator, Montana State University Extensions|Jul 21, 2022

    With so many trends and diets out there it can be hard to figure out what to honestly believe. The external pressure to look and feel specific ways, the households we grew up in as children, our geological location and the cultures we immerse ourselves in are the elements that help shape who we are. Here is my quick breakdown of 12 simplified steps that you can take, starting today, to help you achieve better health! 1. Drink More Water Our bodies can’t survive long without water. Seventy-five percent of our brain and muscle matter is made u...

  • Welcoming new FWP biologist

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    OVANDO - The new Region 2 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Biologist Mike Ebinger was eager to come to the Blackfoot-Clearwater Region when the job opened. The reputation the Blackfoot area has as a leader for community-based collaboration on stewardship issues caught his attention. He replaces Scott Eggeman, who left FWP in fall 2021. Ebinger said time spent hunting and fishing while growing up in Michigan, coupled with an affinity for animals, guided him to study Resource Ecology in college....

  • David G. Miller 1948 - 2022

    Jul 21, 2022

    David G. Miller was born Oct. 29, 1948 to Roy and Pauline Miller in Missoula, Montana. He attended elementary school in Missoula and Frenchtown. He started high school in Missoula, but joined the Armed Forces in 1967. He then met and married Nellie Morgan in 1970. They resided in Missoula where they were together for seven years and welcomed three children Donna, Tanya and David. In 1979 David met Mary Hiatt. She had four children and in 1980 welcomed a son Daryl D. Miller. David met the love... Full story

  • Living the law of love - I'm a Pioneer

    President Sherman Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Jul 21, 2022

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepares to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Pioneer Day July 24 this year. We need to recognize that in addition to the sacrifices of the early pioneers (Ancestors), there are many modern-day pioneers around the globe who have built the Church in their nations or in their families. We need to recognize and remember the love and sacrifices that the present-day pioneers have done and are doing to help all of us live Christ's law. The law of love...

  • Bridging the gap between counties and communities

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    In 1987 the Missoula County Commissioners appointed the first Community Council. It was in Seeley Lake. Community Councils are designed as a way for the rural local communities, which make up 56% of Missoula County land base, to communicate local ideas and issues to the county commissioners. Per the Missoula County website, a Community Council is an elected group of citizens representing a particular area of the county that can provide focus, leadership and continuity to that area. One of Missoula County’s primary goals for Community C...

  • Dress like you are famous

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – A customer walked into j's you-nique boutique Clothing and Gifts after being encouraged to check out the new store in the Bison and Bear Center. She proceeded to browse and was excited to see the selection and the reasonable prices. Owner and saleswoman Jody Heryford smiled, quickly struck up a conversation with her new customer and helped her find other items she may like. "I hope my customers like the clothing and I hope they like the prices," Heryford said. "I hope they feel c...

  • The Sentinel of Flathead Lake

    Jackie Bussjaeger, This is Montana Editor|Jul 21, 2022

    The enormity and beauty of Flathead Lake has captured the imagination of Montana residents for generations. As the largest freshwater lake in the western U.S. (outside of Alaska), it's no surprise that people have been asking and trying to answer questions about this body of water for a very long time. Flathead Lake Biological Station, located on the lake's east side, is the second-oldest research station in the U.S. Perched on the peninsula of Yellow Bay, the biological station consists of 60...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jul 21, 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 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: July 23, 1987 issue Fire destroys Greenough Mill A fire that apparently started in old sawdust piles at Greenough... Full story

  • Spotlight Scented candles and soaps for all ages

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Donna Hacker discovered her passion for candle-making after learning about it in a Martha Stewart Living magazine in 1998. Over 20 years later, Hacker and her sister Anabelle are selling handmade candles and soaps with their business Tin Shed Candles during the Seeley Lake Market every Sunday. "My mom told me you can paint and sculpt all you want but try to find something that you can make over and over that you might be able to make a living," Hacker said. "So I did and now it's...

  • Community Briefs

    Jul 21, 2022

    Coffee & Computers, July 28 SEELEY LAKE - Have technology questions or issues you want resolved? Come by the Foundation Building West Wing Thursday, July 28 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to visit with volunteers who can help on various devices and will try their best to help solve your issues. If possible, please bring the device and be sure to know your passwords so you can access what you need help with. For more information, contact Tom Browder at (646) 894-0247 or There will not be an event in August but volunteers...

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