Articles from the July 28, 2022 edition

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Swan Council closes lid on garbage container proposal

The Swan Valley Council Board members voted unanimously to “cease and desist” with any further discussion of a garbage container site in the Swan Valley at their July 19 meeting. In addition to the container discussion, the nearly 40 people in at...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Side by side for more than 70 years

SEELEY LAKE – One night in November 1950, Ray Cebulski returned home to surprise his wife Barb and their newborn daughter. Instead he was surprised to find his newborn daughter alone in her crib....

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Commemorating a 30-year gift

SWAN VALLEY – "Don't have too much fun," Danni Parcell told her husband Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Robert "Bob" Parcell as he headed out the door to respond to an assault call in Lake County...


Testing history, Part 2

In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of...


The I Ching or The Book of Changes

In this column, I decided to introduce an ancient Chinese text to emphasize a couple of psychological points -- that the human psyche (our psychology) is present in most of what we do and express and...


Give thanks

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Psalm 107:8 NRSV "Don't forget to say thank you." "Did you say thank you?" "Say thank you." How often did we hear...

 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 28, 2022

Gas N Shop to host weekly Swap Meet

SEELEY LAKE - Michelle Brumfield, the manager of Montana Gas N Shop, plans to host a swap meet at the grassy lawn between the convenience store and the Citizens Alliance Bank every weekend for the rest of the summer.  Brumfield said the Swap Meet wi...

 By Susan Monahan    News    July 28, 2022

Request to abandon rightaway on Cottonwood Lane denied

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Board of County Commissioners voted July 21 to deny the request to abandon Cottonwood Lane as a roadway. Prior to the vote, the petitioner’s representative Carrie Sokolski advised the Commissioners of the petitioner...


Grants available for Powell County non-profits

The Powell County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from non-profits throughout Powell County. The PCF awards grants, usually ranging from $500 to about $2,000, for charitable purposes in the following broad focus areas: basic huma...

 By Bryce Smith    Opinion    July 28, 2022

The ebb and flood of lumber

The last several years have certainly seen no lack of breaking news topics. Thankfully, the Seeley-Swan Valley of Montana continues to offer a mostly quiet refuge from much of the excitement faced in other areas of the country. Topics of discussion...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Board rehires K-2 teacher

SWAN VALLEY – At a special meeting July 19, the Swan Valley School Board voted unanimously to rehire Chris Mauldin as the kindergarten – second grade teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Principal Aaron Morgenstern said this decision was based...


Carol Ann (Cleckner) White Oct. 21, 1947 – June 15, 2022

DEWEY, ARIZONA - Carol Ann (Cleckner) White peacefully went home to be with our Lord and Savior on June 15 in Dewey, Arizona with her family by her side as her partner and two children held her hands... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Make the Cut sets new record

SEELEY LAKE – While it takes a semi-trained eye, the mat of waterlilies at the north end of Seeley Lake received a significant thinning Saturday, July 23 during the third annual "Make the Cut...

 By Susan Monahan    News    July 28, 2022

Snacks and bandanas to keep the dogs happy

SEELEY LAKE – Homemade, all natural products dog treats are available each week at the Seeley Lake Market this season. Ashlyn Schatz-Eason, of Oak and Coop Bowtique and Snackery in Missoula, will...

 By Jean Pocha    News    July 28, 2022

Reducing forest fire damage to homes with Firewise planning

OVANDO - Preparing a home to be as resistant to wildfire as possible can be done with Firewise planning said Cindy Super, Forestry and Prescribed Fire Coordinator for the Blackfoot Challenge, at a...

 By Haley Yarborough    News    July 28, 2022

SWCC tour explores forest restoration, wildlife management

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) and the US Forest Service joined the Southwestern Crown Collaborative (SWCC) for a Seeley Field Tour on July 20. The SWCC brings together citizens,...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Board approves trailer purchase, addresses open meeting questions

SEELEY LAKE – At their July 19 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board approved the purchase of a new enclosed trailer. They also approved Fire Chief Dave Lane to seek bids to mitigate and fix water issues at Station 2 north of Seeley Lake. In other...

 By Keely Larson    News    July 28, 2022

What to know about smoke and health this summer

When wildfire smoke billows from its source and lingers in the air, the haze brings coughs and questions for many Montana residents. Among them: How should I interpret air quality ratings? How does... Full story


Community Briefs

Weekly COVID-19 update As of July 22 there have been 294,340 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There have been 1,513,844 doses of vaccines administered and 569,772 Montanans fully immunized. There are 2,199 active cases, 12,680 total hospitalizations...


20/35 Year Look Back

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... Full story


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