Articles from the August 18, 2022 edition

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  • Salmon Lake Reconstruction Project prep to begin this fall

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Prep work on the Salmon Lake Highway Reconstruction project is set to begin this month. Crews will begin the process of tree removal for the project which is slated to begin construction in the spring 2023. The Montana Department of Transportation held in person and virtual meetings last week to update the public on the completed design phase and encourage participants to sign up for weekly construction updates. To sign up for weekly updates email: or call Lisa Gray 406-208-0551 or contact Matt Straub m...

  • Potomac Valley 4H Club Dared to Win

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    MISSOULA – Fourteen 4-H members from Potomac Valley stood up to the challenge and stood out with their projects at the 2022 Western Montana Fair. Out of 29 members, projects that were represented included market animals, dairy, breeding and horse and dog showing as well as poultry, Cloverbuds, cooking, sewing, photography, archery and leatherwork. County Extension Agent Campbell Barrett said despite the long hot days and short nights that fair week inevitably brings, in the 4-H barns everyone g...

  • Lightning causes several small wildfires in area

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Approximately 200 lightning strikes over the Missoula area Thursday night, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12 left their mark. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation firefighters are currently battling several wildfires near Seeley Lake as a result. Missoula County is in EXTREME Fire Danger which means fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Firefighters are anticipating more lightning-caused fires to appear throughout the...

  • More testing

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Aug 18, 2022

    The Seeley Lake Sewer district has continued testing since 1994 within the district. This does not include the airport area which was part of the original testing as this area is outside of the district. Looking at a summary of the wells from 1994-2004, the results are as follows. Well #1 located at Lindey's Prime Steak House shows very elevated nitrate levels. Well #2 located at the Seeley Lake Baptist Church nitrate levels were generally quite high with huge seasonal swings. As low as 0.08 to...

  • Hoot owl and hunting season

    Sydney Young, FWP Game Warden|Aug 18, 2022

    Just like that, summer has come and gone. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff have been hard at work doing aerial flight surveys and preparing for hunting season. Block Management Area (BMA) maps were released Aug. 10th for early elk shoulder season to start in select hunting districts Aug. 15! Fisheries biologists and technicians are still in the middle of their busy field season, electrofishing in creeks and high mountain lakes for trout and other species. Here's what you should know as we tr...

  • Loon and Fish Art Show and Festival, better than ever

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The beauty of the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys is reflected and enhanced in the diverse artwork that is the heart of the annual Loon and Fish Art Show and Festival. This unique festival sponsored by Alpine Artisans returns Friday, Aug. 19 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Foundation Building. The festival is free and everyone is welcome. "This year's festival has many exceptional features," said Alpine Artisans' President Kris G...

  • Ten years of preserving history

    Sharon Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Aug 18, 2022

    A dream became reality when the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) celebrated the grand opening of the Swan Valley Museum on July 4, 2013. Longtime residents Neil and Dixie Meyer cut the ribbon that officially opened the museum to the public. Twenty-five years earlier, on March 10, 1988, the first meeting of the USVHS was held at Evelyn Jette's residence. The next week officers were elected: Ken Wolff, chairman; Bud Moore, vice-chairman; Fern Kauffman, recording secretary; Claudia...

  • Recruiting and building the next Griz football team

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    MISSOULA – Seeley-Swan High School 2018 graduate Keaton Johnson grew up around sports and attended the University of Montana Griz Football games. "Certainly growing up, going to the games with my family and my family being passionate about it too, it is ingrained into me now," Johnson said. "They were walking super heroes or legends. You look up to those people." Even though he never played football, Johnson worked his way up with the Griz Football team - from computer work during the week as a...

  • BLM proposes rules to maintain safety

    Missoula BLM Feild Office|Aug 18, 2022

    MISSOULA – The Missoula Field Office published proposed supplementary rules in the Federal Register Aug. 4. This will allow the newly-developed Missoula Resource Management Plan to be fully implemented and give law enforcement rangers the ability to enforce new management decisions finalized through the planning process. The field office has opened a 60-day comment period on the proposed supplementary rules that would cover the 167,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands within the Missoula area and specifically address management of the S...

  • Board continues assisted living facility discussion

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Hospital District Board continued their discussion regarding an assisted living facility in Seeley Lake at their Aug. 9 meeting. They also discussed the proper way to raise concerns regarding Partnership Health Center’s policies, procedures, treatment or staff. Trustee Terryl Bartlett said that she had reconnected with BeeHive Homes owner Ty Harding following his presentation at their April meeting. She felt, based on his presentation, the board could either move forward or end the discussion due to lack of fea...

  • On a journey without end

    Stephen Moon, On a journey without end|Aug 18, 2022

    1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” You are in one of two jurisdictions, whether you know it or not, there is only one of two choices - the power of darkness/deception or the marvelous Light. The one sits over his kingdom and indeed is a professional puppet master. He, the evil one, is so good at pulling strings that the puppet does not even know that he is a puppet wit...

  • Students explore environmental issues in Vietnam

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - This past July, three Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) students and graduates visited Vietnam as part of a youth exchange to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vietnam's bilateral relations on environmental issues facing Vietnam and Montana. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, the exchange included 25 students each from Montana and Vietnam. All students from Montana involved in the exchange were enrolled in Missoula County Public Schools. The SSHS students and graduates who atte...

  • Funding the best in the "Last Best Place"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Every corner of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation annual banquet was decorated to represent different aspects of Seeley Lake – the beauty, recreation, wildlife and nature that makes Seeley Lake "the BEST in the Last Best Place." Nearly 120 attendees filled the tent at the Homestead Cabin Aug. 14 to support the Foundation's efforts like so many whom have gone before and paved the way. "The idea is it is a foundation. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation will be here long aft... Full story

  • The ecology after the burn

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver stood looking up at the muddy debris that flooded Dunham Creek Road in a landslide approximately three years prior. Imprinted on the hill face above him are the scars of the 2017 Rice Ridge fire. Despite the rows of skeleton trees, the shrubs, forbs and grasses are green and flourishing. "We mobilized some equipment quickly but it took about two days to get it in drivable condition," Carver said. "You probably could cross through all the muc...

  • Blackfoot Challenge block party brings people together

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    OVANDO - Children held impromptu foot races down Main Street, country music serenaded the crowd and food trucks provided dinner for the Fourth Annual Blackfoot Challenge Block Party Aug. 10 in downtown Ovando. "Welcome to the Annual Block Party," said Jim Stone, Chairman of the Blackfoot Challenge Board of Directors. "On behalf of the Challenge, we want to thank you all for all you do to support the Blackfoot Challenge and one another to keep our community strong." "The Block Party is hosted by...

  • Crochet products offered at Summer Market

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Anita Huggard of Plummer, Idaho plans to offer her UNIQUELY YOURS by Anita crochet products once a month at the Seeley Lake Market. Huggard has been crocheting projects since the age of eight. "I enjoy crocheting because it is relaxing, I enjoy creating things that make people happy, Huggard said. She started selling her crochet work in 2005, to supplement her income after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She listens to customers and creates designs from their comments. "If I h...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Aug 18, 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 20, 1987 issue Chaffins celebrate 50 years What does it take for a marriage to last 50 years? Well, you take... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Aug 18, 2022

    Weekly COVID-19 update As of Aug. 15 there have been 300,607 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There have been 1,527,257 doses of vaccines administered and 571,664 Montanans fully immunized. There are 2,099 active cases, 12,934 total hospitalizations and 3,481 deaths in Montana due to COVID-19 complications. Missoula County has had 31,069 cases and 213 COVID-related deaths to date. At-home test kits are available at no cost at the Seeley Lake Fire Department, 200 Firehouse Lane. For the most up-to-date and accurate information please refer to the...

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