Articles from the August 5, 2021 edition

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  • Increased fees proposed for Seeley Lake Refuse District

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – On July 29, the Missoula County Commissioners held a budget hearing to consider rate increases for the Seeley Lake Refuse District fiscal year 2022 . The annual assessment would increase $30 to $180 as well as other increases in out-of-district and specialty item fees. The final budget for the District will be approved on Aug. 26 during the Commissioners’ meeting at 2 p.m. During the meeting, Missoula County Budget Analyst Amanda Henthorne gave a presentation regarding the Seeley Lake Refuse District and the need to increase rev...

  • The Bob Marshall Music Festival returns this weekend

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The fifth annual Bob Marshall Music Festival returns as planned to Seeley Lake Aug. 6 and 7. Festival organizers are eager to bring an exciting lineup and plentiful activities including family activities on the Festival Grounds. There is also the Seeley Lake Duathlon/Triathlon and Bob Marshall Trail Half Marathon and 10K Saturday morning. Lewis and Clark Brewing Marketing Director Heidi O'Brien wrote that the festival organizers are going to stick with their original capacity of...

  • Local 4-H Trailblazer hopes odds will steer in her favor at Fair

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    MISSOULA - Seeley Lake Trailblazer Dani Sexton is excited to return to the Missoula County Fairgrounds for the annual Western Montana Fair with her new steer, Hollywood, after last year's event was restrained due to COVID-19. "I'm just ready to show again in front of a bunch of people instead of just the judge like last year," she said. "I really like being around a lot of people and ... going to the carnival at night." Hollywood was born in March 2020 and Sexton bought him in November from Two...

  • Seeley Lake was home base for military family

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Ron Talcott joined the military with a clear understanding of what that decision entailed. He had the experience of his grandfather, who served in the United States Army, and his father, who served during World War II, to draw on. When he applied to and received an appointment to the Air Force Academy, his goals were to receive a good education and retire with skills that would translate into a civilian career. Understanding that military life would require his family to move many...

  • Moose-ing around

    Pathfinder Staff|Aug 5, 2021

    A cow moose drinks out of a puddle at a residence in the Potomac Valley while her twin calves (right) wait in the woods. While moose live in the area, they are not common, especially in residential areas....

  • Focus letters on local communities

    Nathan and Andi Bourne, Seeley Lake, Montana|Aug 5, 2021

    Dear Roxie Sterling, The change to our Letters to the Editor policy restricting letters to local issues is not meant to cancel conservative voices. This change equally affects letter writers from all political views and opinions as it pertains to national politics and issues. We will not allow one view and silence the other. We feel there are many different platforms to address issues at the national level. What makes the Seeley Swan Pathfinder unique is that it focuses on the Clearwater, Swan and Blackfoot Valley events, people and issues.... Full story

  • Thank you for your support

    Sariah Maughan and Kyla Conley, Seeley Lake and Condon, Montana|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - We would like to say a big thank you to all who helped support us on our journey this summer for Junior Olympics track. Especially all the businesses who donated and the individuals who came and supported our car wash. We greatly appreciate each and every one of you guys....

  • Doing good is good for you

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Aug 5, 2021

    You can make a difference in local schools by serving as a Foster Grandparent! Foster grandparents are volunteers placed with local schools and assist teachers by providing extra support to students. As a foster grandparent you are a role model, a tutor and a friend. You help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Volunteers are requested for students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to high school in Seeley Lake and Condon....

  • Trail and area closures ordered for Dry Cabin fire

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    OVANDO – Due to increased fire activity, the Flathead National Forest and Lolo National Forest jointly issued area and trail closures in response to the Dry Cabin fire burning about 20 miles north of Ovando in the Upper Dry Fork and Cabin Creek areas of the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas. Closures are in place for public safety. For the most up-to-date information visit The Dry Cabin Fire is approximately 3,000 acres in size. It is burning a...

  • Community Foundation awards graduate scholarships

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Aug 5, 2021

    The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 SLCF Scholarship. Seeley-Swan High School graduates Kara Good and Nicole Williams each will receive $1,000 towards university expenses! Good graduated from Seeley-Swan High School in 2020. Throughout her high school years, she received numerous awards both in academics and athletics. Some of her accomplishments include: state-wide 2019 Montana High School Mathematics Award; the National President's Award for...

  • Missoula Electric Cooperative's approach to wildfire prevention

    Kelsey Lodge, Missoula Electric Cooperative|Aug 5, 2021

    The Western United States has experienced some of the most devastating wildfires in the nation's history. In 2017, the wildfire season brought unique challenges for Montana. Not only was it exceptionally hot and dry over a longer period of time, but fires burned across the entire state. A record 2,420 fires burned over 1.4 million acres that year, making it the most destructive fire season to date. As we enter fire season, it's important to understand the prevention methods your Cooperative has...

  • Ovando residents discuss zoning possibilities with Powell County

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    OVANDO - Ovando residents came together in the Ovando School gym Thursday, July 30 to discuss whether the community should decrease the minimum developmental acreage from one to ½ acre in order to allow for more potential housing. Powell County Planning Director Scott Hazelton led the presentation and facilitated the discussion. Overall the community did not support the idea of smaller lot size but was interested in adding other zoning parameters. Hazelton said Powell County's motivation...

  • Grants available for Powell County non-profits

    Powell County Community Foundation|Aug 5, 2021

    POWELL COUNTY - The Powell County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from non-profits throughout Powell County. The PCF awards grants, usually ranging from $500 to $2,000, for charitable purposes in the following focus areas: basic human needs, arts and culture, recreation, and economic development. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 10. The short application form is available by writing to the PCF at P.O. Box 834, Deer Lodge, Montana, 59722, or by contacting board members Kirk Sandquist, Steve Owens, Mary Ann Fraley, C...

  • Alan Ray "Pete" Taylor Feb. 14, 1932 - July 24, 2021

    Aug 5, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Alan Ray "Pete" Taylor was born on Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day), 1932 in Brownwood, Texas. His parents were Harold and Mary Taylor. He moved with his family to San Diego, California when he was 12 years old, and graduated from high school there in 1950. He then moved to Susanville, California, to attend Lassen Jr. College, where he graduated with an AA degree in Vocational Forestry in 1952. After graduating from Lassen Jr. College, Alan joined the United States Air Force Weather... Full story

  • Anthony G. Quadros 1949 - 2021

    Aug 5, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - It is with great sadness to announce that Anthony (Tony) Quadros left this world and joined his parents on July 8. Born in Marin County in 1949, he died in one of his favorite places in Montana. Tony is remembered by his wife Laura, his children Jacquie (Chris), Nikki (Joe) and TJ (Jenni), and his grandchildren, Sarina, Hayli, Emma, Ally, Abby, Aidan and Josie. Tony “Q” will always be thought of as the life of the party with a good bottle of wine to share with all. He was “living his best life.” To us, he will always be our Dad... Full story

  • Thy Kingdom come

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 5, 2021

    In order to teach us how to pray, Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer to serve as an outline to guide our own prayers. Not only does the Lord's Prayer teach us elements of prayer to incorporate, we also see a Biblical worldview to change our thinking. Within a Biblical worldview, there are only the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. The arrival of Jesus into our world inaugurated the spiritual Kingdom of God with Jesus as king. We choose the kingdom of God when Jesus is ruler over our...

  • Missoula County recognizes watercraft inspection staff

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    CLEARWATER - Missoula County Commissioners and partnered agencies recognized employees at the Clearwater Junction Watercraft Inspection Station Monday, Aug. 2 as part of the statewide Watercraft Inspector Appreciation Week. County staff praised the station staff for their success at preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading in Montana's waters. "Inspection Station Supervisor Lindsey Bona-Eggeman and her team have done an outstanding job of being the first line of defense for our...

  • Master Trail Plan gaps and opportunities discussed

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - A half dozen residents participated in a Pathways and Trails Master Plan workshop at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation’s West Wing July 28. Missoula County is beginning the process to create a countywide Pathways and Trails Master Plan to guide the development and prioritization of regionally and locally shared-use pathways and trails that serve communities throughout the county. Missoula County Parks, Trails & Open Lands Manager Juniper Davis explained that the workshop was to gather community input on what gaps or problems t...

  • STEM camp helps local student pursue engineering interests

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Incoming Seeley Lake Elementary School seventh grader Walter Shields returned from a five-day excursion to the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) earlier in July. He participated in informational sessions about engineering, crime scene investigations and "small medical procedures." According to Envision Experience, the organization behind the program, the forum is hosted in over 20 major cities across the U.S....

  • Community support fills in the gaps at local schools

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – With school resuming in less than a month, teachers are preparing their classrooms and planning for the year to best serve their students. This year, four teachers were able to apply for and receive funds that will help make their classroom and their students' experience a little more enjoyable. Seeley Lake Elementary Superintendent Josh Gibbs said these community partnerships "help a great deal" for the school and teachers to provide the best education possible. Former Clearwater...

  • Glass Recycling drop-off event

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Recycling Works is holding the first of three glass recycling events in Seeley Lake Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (3150 MT-83 N). Seeley Lake residents can drop off clean, food-grade glass for recycling. There is no cost outside a recommended donation of $1 per gallon, which will be donated to Seeley Lake Public Schools. According to their website, Recycling Works is a non-profit organization bringing sustainable waste management practices to Missoula. We began as a subsidy of the...

  • Clearing out invasive water lilies

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Residents and visitors came together Saturday, July 31 to participate in Clearwater Resource Council's second annual Make the Cut Invasive Waterlily Removal Event. Participants competed to cut and bag as many waterlilies as they could within the span of a few hours. In total those involved collected 37 bags equaling 850 pounds of waterlilies, a couple hundred more than the previous year. According to CRC Executive Director Caryn Miske, waterlilies are "prolific" and push out other...

  • Crafting products out of fabric

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 5, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Local artist Terri Townsend sells just about any "useful item" made out of fabric at her Undafoot Creations stand in Seeley Lake Market. Some of her products include baby clothes, potholders, purses and reusable grocery bags. A product's final form is predetermined by whatever fabric Townsend has to work with and how much she has at her disposal. This is her sixth year working as a merchant for the market. She has previously participated in Missoula's Farmers Market but this year s...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Aug 5, 2021

    In celebration of 35 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 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Aug. 7, 1986 issue Local teacher computerizes track meets Art Sikkink, science teacher at Seeley Swan High School, has... Full story

  • Garnet Ghost Town re-opens as wildfire threat dwindles

    Bureau of Land Management|Aug 5, 2021

    GREENOUGH – Garnet Ghost Town reopened for visitors after the Bureau of Land Management issued a new area closure in the Anderson Hill Fire vicinity. The new closure is much smaller and allows the public to access Garnet while also providing space for firefighters to safely continue suppression and mop-up operations on the 750-acre fire. The BLM closed Garnet Ghost Town on July 16, the day after the fire was reported within a mile of the historic site. Under Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation wildland fire protection, t...

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