Articles from the September 1, 2022 edition


Sorted by date  Results 1 - 18 of 18

  • Benefits, challenges of aging in Seeley Lake discussed

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Area citizens offered opinions on the benefits and challenges of living in Seeley Lake and aging during a listening session Aug. 24 with representatives from Missoula Aging Services (MAS). MAS has held several sessions around Missoula County as part of an information gathering forum for Montana State Area Agency on Aging, of which MAS is part. The state is looking for input as it begins work on the next strategic plan which will be released in the fall of 2023, said Kate Cotnoir, MAS Resource Center Manager. Cotnoir lead the d...

  • Seeley Lake veteran honored with Quilt of Valor

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Retired Marine Corps Naval Aviator Captain and Seeley Lake resident John Manz received a Quilt of Valor (QOV) Aug. 24 from the QOV Foundation. He is among more than 325,000 veterans across the United States who have been recognized for their service and dedication to their country. His son Tom, a retired 23-year career Army Officer, will also receive a QOV. "It was a surprise," Manz said. "It takes you back a lot of years. It really humbles you." After receiving the QOV, Manz s...

  • Partnerships build playground at Lions Club Park

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "We've had no complaints from any of the Seeley Lake kids," said Jackson Lee, Missoula County Parks & Trails Project Specialist. He laughed and added, "They seem all excited." After more than two years of planning, raising funds and preparation, the much-anticipated new playground at the Seeley Lake Lions Club Park, on the corner of Cedar Lane and Elm Drive, is nearly complete. Lion and Playground Project Leader Rich Westin said the partnership with Missoula County in c...

  • Fire danger drops to High, open burning closed

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Sep 1, 2022

    Sustained cooler temperatures and increased fuel moistures have prompted fire protection agencies to lower the fire danger in Missoula County to HIGH, effective immediately. Caution when outdoors is still urged as when fire danger is high, dry grasses and needles ignite easily and fires can spread rapidly and may be difficult to control. Unattended campfires are likely to escape and high intensity burning is likely to occur on slopes and concentrated grassy areas. “There is still plenty of tall, dry grass—especially in our lower cou...

  • Seeley Lake Satellite Office accepting new clients

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is pleased to announce its satellite office located in Seeley Lake is once again accepting new clients. Missoula Aging Services Seeley-Swan Resource Specialist Kristin Mason joined the Agency in April and has spent the last several months learning how to best serve clients in the Seeley Lake area. She now holds regular business hours Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Seeley Lake Foundation Building located at 3150 H...

  • SSHS graduate named BSSG Female Athlete of the Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    BILLINGS, MONTANA - The Big Sky State Games named Seeley-Swan High School graduate Klaire Kovatch the 2022 Female Athlete of the Year. Klaire has competed in Big Sky State Games Track & Field for three years and has since broken two records and earned a total of 10 medals. The Athlete of the Year award is designed to recognize individuals who best personify the ideals of the State Games movement: participation, sportsmanship, effort and positive attitude. "I was really surprised I received the...

  • Maintaining healthy waters

    Amanda Zelnis, Clearwater Resource Council, Big Sky Watershed Corp. Member|Sep 1, 2022

    Here in the Clearwater Valley, so much of our lives revolve around the presence of healthy lakes and streams. This valley contains the waters where our kids catch their first fish and where our families recreate to find respite from the busyness of life. These bodies of water are essential components of our economies. Here in this place and in this time, our stories as individuals and a community are deeply connected to the water. As residents and property owners in the Clearwater Valley, we...

  • Forest management help available for private landowners

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    OVANDO - Powell County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is introducing a Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP) for addressing wildfire hazards from biomass accumulation in private forested areas in North Powell County. The project will be active in fiscal years 2023 - 2026. According to the North Ovando Fuels Reduction Targeted Implementation Plan, recent changes in weather patterns are creating longer fire seasons and dryer fuel conditions, causing fires to increase in number, size...

  • Wolf hunt success dips despite loose regulations

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE- This past hunting season, local trapper Rob Henrekin trapped and hunted five wolves for the second time in the approximately nine years he's been harvesting wolves. In 2021, the Montana Legislature directed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to reduce wolf populations, extend the wolf-hunting season and increase wolf-harvest threshold statewide. This was the first season Henrekin and all hunters and trappers have operated under the new guidelines. Despite the loosened...

  • Happy Trails

    Dale Terrillion, Christian Logger|Sep 1, 2022

    Back when I was a lad and my hound dog was a pup, Saturday mornings usually found me walk'n up that dirt road that led to the only TV in the neighborhood. Don't ya see it was there in that old homestead owned by one of the best neighbors on the planet word has it they were good Catholic folks. Anyway, several of us young'uns would invade their hospitality just in time to see Roy Rogers and Trigger get the bad guys. Sometimes his wife Dale joined in the chase on Buttermilk the buckskin. As I...

  • Haines named MCA Coach of the Year

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Fourth time Coach of the Year recipient Mike Haines, Seeley-Swan High School Track and Field Coach, said "This one is special." Haines was nominated as Montana Coaches Association's Coach of the Year for both Boy's and Girl's Track and Field Coach of the Year and received the Boy's Track and Field award for 2022. The SSHS Boy's Track and Field team won the Class C state title for only the second time in school history. Haines's son Chase was a senior on the team. The first win w...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Sep 1, 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 seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. 35 years ago: September 3, 1987 issue Residents consider golf course A golf course would be just the thing to keep dollars flowing in the Seeley lake community, according to Ervin Gysler, local resident. Gysler, along with other golfers, has often traveled to... Full story

  • Hard work pays off for Nevada Creek 4-H

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    DEER LODGE- Nevada Creek 4-H Club members brought home several Cream of the Crop, Champion Showmanship and Champion Market Animal awards from the 2022 Tri-County Fair in Deer Lodge. The Club also won the Overall Herdsmanship Award for keeping their barn areas tidy and cleaned up, plus special notice for working well together and getting their work done. The Tri-County Fair is the culmination of months of breeding, feeding and training animals, developing and practicing skills in crafts and honin...

  • Lady Blackhawks soar in season openers

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School Lady Blackhawks Volleyball team beat Alberton in three matches Aug. 25. "I was super happy with our playing especially for it being our first match," said Janelle Greenwood, head coach. "We met our team goals and everyone got playing time and contributed well." Senior Dani Sexton got a couple of saves for the team, Greenwood said. Trista Alexander had a good run serving to give the team a big lead. Kyla Conley and Cora Stone had four kills and Ava T...

  • Outdoorsman finds happiness with photography

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Eric Kottman of Lincoln has been offering his photography at the Seeley Lake Market for three years. Eric Kottman Photography offers a variety of scenic and wildlife prints, mostly of Northwest Montana. Kottman has been shooting scenic and wildlife photography for the past 20 years. He attends shows all over Montana but has been a regular at the Seeley Lake Market. "I've always enjoyed photography and being out in nature and doing things," Kottmann said. "[The] two of them are a h...

  • Blackhawks evade Wardens

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School Football team scored 76 points Aug. 26 to beat the Powell County Wardens, 0. The Blackhawks executed all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams said Jared Crum, Head Coach. Seven Blackhawk players were involved in scoring plays. Scoring for the Blackhawks were Kaden Thornsberry, 26; Ben Haley, 16; Seth Dunster, 12; Owen Hoag, 10; Klayton Kovatch, 8; Cannon Hawkinson, 4 and Aiden Posthumus, 4. Senior Quarterback Haley passed for 35 y...

  • Blackhawks off and running

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School cross country runners competed in their first race Aug. 27 in Deer Lodge. Junior Conner Chadwick had a time of 24:11.46 with Sophomore Wesley Stevenson coming in with a time of 31:09.32 on the course. This is Head Coach Bridget Laird's first year coaching the cross country team. She has had a long competitive career in sports and enjoys spending time with students outside the classroom. Laird has been the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski coach for the past 13 years. G...

  • Community Briefs

    Sep 1, 2022

    SSHS hires science teacher for 2022-2023 SEELEY LAKE – An 11th hour email and Seeley-Swan High School has a science teacher for the 2022-23 school year. Debbie Jackson will start her teaching career with SSHS this fall, said Shawn Holmes, principal. “I’m so happy to welcome Debbie Jackson into the SSHS community as our new science teacher,” Holmes said. Jackson contacted Holmes about the open broad field science teaching position last Friday and as of Wednesday she was hired. “Our [Missoula County Public Schools] human resources departmen...