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Articles from the August 11, 2022 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022

Fairgrounds Revitalization Bond placed on General Election Ballot

MISSOULA — Missoula County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously July 28 to place a Missoula County Fairgrounds Revitalization Bond on the November 2022 General Election ballot after hearing testimony from fairgrounds supporters at a public hear...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022

Crisis Intervention Levy placed on November Election Ballot

MISSOULA—Missoula County Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to place a Crisis Intervention Levy on the November general election ballot. The proposed levy is for $5.5 million. This translates to about $54 annually for a home with an...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022

Students hand-build AAI youth scholarship fund

SEELEY LAKE – The last week of school, six Seeley-Swan High School industrial art students gathered around the back of Carrie Darrah's vehicle after being treated to lunch. Their faces lit up as...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022

Potomac teacher receives First Rural Educator Stipend

MISSOULA - BroadbandMT (dba, the Montana Telecommunications Association-MTA) awarded its first annual rural educator stipend to Abby Stitt, fourth/fifth grade teacher at Potomac Elementary School....

 

Bob Marshall Music Festival traces music back to Montana roots

SEELEY LAKE - Raised on a rugged ranch in Northwestern Montana, Bozeman-based artist Amanda Stewart discovered the way Montana's unique landscape inspired her music from a young age. Her vivid...

 

Swan Valley Council to discuss county taxes, funding and roads

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council will meet in-person Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Swan Valley Community Hall. The agenda includes presentations from Missoula County staff regarding taxes and funding and road and bridge...

 

Condon Mountain firewood cutting open

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Lake Ranger District is offering a temporary firewood cutting opportunity in the Condon Mountain Area. National Forest System Road 9813 will be open through Aug. 30 for access to firewood. Please use caution when traveling on...

 
 By Bill Burt    Opinion    August 11, 2022

Vote to fight rising crime rates this November

Right now, as I am writing this piece, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is engaged in a standoff just north of the Wye with at least two people that were discovered committing a residential burglary. These two men are well...

 
 By Anna Bateson    News    August 11, 2022

Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect in Lake County and tribal lands

MISSOULA — Stage I fire restrictions went into effect Aug. 5 for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal, tribal trust and tribal fee lands within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation, Lake County private lands outside of...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022

Board approves bids for Station 2

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board approved bids to address the water issues at Station 2 at their special meeting Aug. 5. They also reaffirmed the Board Chair’s powers and duties beyond Montana Code Annotated 7-33-2105. At the July 19...

 

Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival this weekend Aug. 13

SWAN LAKE - It’s that time of year again! For more than 40 years, the second Saturday of August has meant art, food and fun on the shores of Swan Lake. The original Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Swan...

 
 By Lena Beck    Opinion    August 11, 2022

Grizzly DNA monitoring in the Sapphire Mountain Range

The one-track roads leading from Stevensville, Montana, into the Sapphire Mountains are lined with wildflowers like beargrass and lupines by early July. As the truck climbed, the view of the...

 

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents King Lear

SEELEY LAKE - It's mid-August in Seeley Lake and that says "Montana Shakespeare in the Park." Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage and Double Arrow Lodge are once again hosting this free event, Monday,...

 

FWP seeks comments on snowmobile grants

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed 2022 snowmobile grant proposals. Public comments will be accepted through Monday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. Montana’s Snowmobile Program received 25 grant requests and...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    August 11, 2022

Benefits of prescribed burning on private land

OVANDO - “We know that prescribed fire is an important part of the ecosystem here. It makes our plant communities and forests healthier and makes our home safer,” said Steve Kloetzel,...

 

Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating Leo and Laura Dougherty's 50th Wedding Anniversary Aug. 5, 2022. They thank everyone for the love, joy and laughter.... Full story

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    August 11, 2022

Nevada Creek 4-H Club prepares for Tri County Fair

HELMVILLE - Nevada Creek 4-H, based in Helmville, has 13 members from Ovando, Helmville, Avon, Bozeman and Cascade. Members are preparing projects for the Tri-County Fair Aug.16 - 22 at the Deer...

 

YFC triathlon welcomes athletes from across the country

SEELEY LAKE - Before 69-year-old triathlete Terry VanderWert turns 70, he wants to complete 50 triathlons across all 50 states. After participating in the 16th annual Youth for Christ (YFC) Triathlon...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    August 11, 2022

Artist combines wood and rocks with light

SEELEY LAKE – Monty's Agate Lamps have been for sale at the Seeley Lake Market since its inception. Howard "Monty" Montgomery has been making and selling lamps made from wood for 25 years. His...

 

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 web... Full story

 

Community Briefs

Phone number correction In the July 28 story “Reducing forest fire damage to homes with Firewise planning,” Blackfoot Challenge Forestry and Prescribed Fire Coordinator Cindy Super’s phone number was incorrectly listed. To reach her to further...

 

Lead us not into temptation

Each article I have been walking through the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the...

 

DNRC firefighters currently battling several wildfires near Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Approximately 200 lightning strikes over the Missoula area within the last 24 hours left their mark. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation firefighters are currently...

 
 By Megan Redmond    News    August 11, 2022

Road Work on MT 83 south of Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Knife River Corporation will be working on Montana Highway 83 (MT 83) between Seeley Lake and Salmon Lake beginning the week of Aug. 15, weather permitting. Crews will be resurfacing...

 

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