Articles from the August 4, 2022 edition

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  • New owners to continue Pathfinder legacy

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Monday, Aug. 1, the Seeley Swan Pathfinder turned a new page. The weekly publication sold to brothers Jesse Mullen and Lloyd Mullen, owners of Ponderosa Publications, and will be managed by Mullen Newspaper Company. Ponderosa Publications looks forward to continuing to provide a positive environment for community journalism to thrive. The Mullen brothers grew up in the newspaper industry. They worked as delivery boys for Sioux City Journal and began writing stories for the N... Full story

  • Sanders receives prestigious award

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Pyramid Mountain Lumber Resource Manager Gordy Sanders received the 2022 William Schlich Memorial Award for his 46 years of outstanding work that influenced local, state and national forestry policy. Sanders is one of only 39 recipients of the award in 88 years. The first two recipients of this award included the 32nd President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 and Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the United States Forest Service, in 1940. "When you look into the...

  • Ingenuity, camaraderie keeps 20-year Naval career underway

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Looking back over his 20 years in the U.S. Navy, Bryce Smith said, "It's such a beautiful collage. There were people from every walk of life and every corner of this country that were just amazing to have spent a piece of my life with." Fueled by an early fascination with aviation and especially the Navy's F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, Smith entered the Navy's Delayed Entry Program while still a senior in high school. Upon graduation in 1998, he fulfilled his promise to enlist in t...

  • Salmon Lake Highway 83 Reconstruction Open Houses

    Jennifer Gonzalez, HDR Strategic Communications Coordinator|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) invites the public to attend a final design open house for the MT 83 Salmon Lake Highway Reconstruction project. The meeting will also be hosted online for those unable to attend in person. MDT will reconstruct Highway 83 along the east side of Salmon Lake beginning in the fall of 2022. Roadway and safety improvements should increase visibility and include: • Widen the highway to include three to four-foot shoulders • Straighten curves, flatten roadway profile and minor shift of the c...

  • Community input sought from Seeley-Swan residents

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services|Aug 4, 2022

    Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is hosting listening sessions throughout Missoula County this summer to better understand and meet client needs. The listening sessions provide an opportunity for citizens to discuss issues they are facing, share ideas and ask questions of Missoula Aging Services so the Agency can learn how to better serve the community. The Agency will hold its eighth and final listening session at the Seeley Lake Foundation Building (3150 Highway 83) Aug. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m....

  • The Bob Marshall Music Festival returns this weekend

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The sixth annual Bob Marshall Music Festival returns to Seeley Lake on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6. Festival organizers said they're excited to bring a new lineup of popular country, rock and folk artists from across the country to the festival grounds. There is also the Seeley Lake Duathlon/Triathlon Saturday morning. "We were really happy to bring the festival back this year," said Heidi OBrien, the Lewis and Clark Brewing Marketing Director. "This is now the third festival we've done....

  • Motor vehicle accident tips to help maintain safety

    Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake Rural Fire District|Aug 4, 2022

    Summer has arrived and the seasonal population influx around Seeley Lake has also arrived. The campgrounds and outdoor activities are much more active as the community grows. The increased movement increases our highway traffic. Visitors unfamiliar with our scenic roads will not be as attentive toward driving, as people tend to look at surroundings rather than focusing on the road. Motor vehicle accidents happen. Should an accident occur please consider the following: • Call 911 immediately and emergency crews will respond. • If you are inv...

  • Altacare no longer offering CSCT services in Montana

    Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press|Aug 4, 2022

    A longtime provider of comprehensive in-school mental health services for hundreds of Montana students closed its operations last month, a development that other providers and professionals attribute to broader forces placing stress on the state’s already fragile mental health infrastructure. Altacare of Montana, a for-profit provider of Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) programs owned by Tennessee-based Acadia Healthcare, announced its intent to close its Butte facility and halt its CSCT services in a May 13 letter to the M... Full story

  • Senate Committee takes first vote on Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) received a 10-10 tie vote in the Senate Energy and Resource Committee July 21, setting up a future vote to move the bill out to the committee. Senator Steve Daines voted against the bill but said he’s willing to work with Tester to find a compromise. The BCSA adds approximately 80,000 acres of wilderness to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountains Wilderness areas, opens 2,013 acres of currently closed land to snowmobiling and protects 3,835 acres for...

  • Missoula County launches Pet Commissioner contest

    Missoula County Commissioners|Aug 4, 2022

    Is your dog the natural leader of the pack? Does your cat have discerning judgment? Or maybe your parrot likes to voice its strong opinions? Then they might just have what it takes to be Missoula County’s first-ever Pet Commissioner. Missoula County invites residents to enter their furry, feathery or scaly friends in its inaugural Pet Commissioner contest. Submissions will be accepted through Saturday, Aug. 20. Voting will take place Sunday, Aug. 21 - Wednesday, Aug. 31. The contest will take place on Missoula County Voice, the digital engageme...

  • Vacation rovings ... and the search for real life

    Michelle Jenkins, Director, The Sycamore Tree Catholic Retreat Center, Swan Lake, MT|Aug 4, 2022

    It’s mid-summer and peak vacation time in the scenic and majestic Seeley-Swan Valley. Every summer there’s a mass migration of visitors and adventurers on the highway, on the trails and in the local shops. Even when gas prices are high and lodging costs exorbitant, people are vacationing across the land. And why, one might wonder, is that? Certainly, relief from COVID travel restraints is part of it. But it’s not new, the yearning to travel, to break away from routine, to be free and spontaneous, to discover new places, people, things and t...

  • New book captures "What is Wild"

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Carleen Gonder said if she ever writes a memoir, she wants to include a chapter about her time as the crazy lady up Bird Creek. She commandeered the nickname while living in a small cabin in the wilderness of the Ninemile valley. The cabin had no running water or electricity and Gonder and her son relied on kerosene lamps, a wood-burning stove and a nearby river to fetch water. Because they were roughly a mile and a half from any dirt or paved road, her son would hike and cross cou...

  • Board passes assessment

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – At their July 28 hearing and regular meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board passed the annual assessment method and discussed drilling additional monitoring wells. The Board received just one written protest. The landowner was opposed to the assessment in part because they owned two lots and would have to pay twice even though they only have one residence. They also felt that their land was not necessary to be in the District in the first place as it is not near the lake or the contaminated groundwater monitoring well. M...

  • Montana creates University-dedicated mill levy in 1920

    George Dennison, UM President, 1990 - 2010|Aug 4, 2022

    After 1919 and the end of World War I, Montana state government responded to other pressing needs in the wake of the war and provided little immediate assistance to the multi-campus University of Montana. Faculty salaries and the repair and renovation of existing facilities fell to new lows, causing the chancellor and the board to discuss enrollment limits and reductions in instructional staff to deal with the problems. Prior to American entry into WWI, the board had authorized the chancellor... Full story

  • Fall gardening options

    Jean Pocha, Master Gardener - Pathfinder Staff|Aug 4, 2022

    Zucchinis may start showing up in people's mailboxes as Western Montana gardens are getting into the harvest season. Even though this is the pay-off time of year for gardeners, there's an option to stretch out the season for fall crops. "Like most fresh homegrown vegetable enthusiasts, I have never wanted the garden to end," said Eliot Coleman, market gardener, teacher and author of "Four Season Harvest." "That doesn't mean I longed for an endless summer; I love the pleasures of fall, winter...

  • Potomac Valley 4-H Club prepares projects for the Fair

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    MISSOULA – While shooting sports, dog projects and horse projects have wrapped up, 4-Hers are finishing their animals and wrapping up their projects for the Western Montana 4-H Country Fair next week. The Country Fair gives 4-H members a chance to educate the public about livestock as well as other projects and highlight the results of their hard work. The Potomac Valley 4-H Club has 14 participants this year working on 25 projects. The Non-Animal Projects will be on display in the 4-H Barn s...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Aug 4, 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: August 6, 1987 issue Sheri's Stained Glass Story Suzanne Vernon Kaleidoscopes are the latest in stained glass... Full story

  • Sharing her love for pottery

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 4, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Since Carrie Darrah learned to throw clay on a wheel 17 years ago, she's been obsessed with making pottery. For the last eight years she's sold an assortment of bowls, mugs and soaps at the Seeley Lake Market. "Making pottery looked like a lot of fun, so I went and took a class and got hooked on it," Darrah said. "It just took off from there." Obsession Pottery offers patrons handmade soaps and pottery Darrah makes in Seeley Lake. When she's not selling at the market, Darrah...

  • Community Briefs

    Aug 4, 2022

    SLFD Movie Night, Aug. 6 SEELEY LAKE – Join the Seeley Lake Fire Foundation for their Movie Night Aug. 6 at the Seeley Lake Fire Hall, 200 Firehouse Lane. This week’s feature is “Lady and the Tramp.” There will be a spaghetti dinner with garlic toast and games for the children starting at 4:30 p.m. Movie starts at 6 p.m. Bring a comfy chair, special blanket and pillow and come for the show! Weekly COVID-19 update As of July 29 there have been 296,599 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There have been 1,518,837 doses of vaccines administered and 570...