Articles from the September 22, 2022 edition


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  • Locals receive top weather observer award

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – Since 1981, husband and wife team Marty and Claudia Kux can be found daily at 6 p.m. recording the weather at their Lindbergh Lake home. Diligence and dedication has earned the couple the distinguished Thomas Jefferson Award, the National Weather Services’ top honor for cooperative weather observers, said Corby Dickerson IV, National Weather Service Observing Program Leader. They join the ranks of only five others in the Missoula forecast area and 13 Montanans that have received this honor since 1960. The Kuxes will be rec...

  • Backcountry classroom brings outdoor lessons to life

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    OVANDO - Riding to school got a new meaning for Ovando School's third through eighth grade students Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Thanks to the Rich Ranch, students and teachers rode nine miles into Leota Park for a backcountry Outdoor Ed trip. Bill and Dena Hooker accompanied the group and stayed with them in camp to provide meals and backcountry lessons. The Ovando School alternates their annual Montana history trip between a museum-based trip and an outdoor education-based trip. This year was the...

  • Paying the government's bills

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Graduating high school in 2002 with no clear career path in front of him, Mike Brent joined the United States Navy. He knew he eventually wanted to pursue higher education. Serving in the military would help finance that. In addition, the Navy might allow him to see more of the world beyond his home state of Colorado. His military plans almost ended before they began. An eye examination during Boot Camp revealed Brent was partially colorblind. He was told he could become a Navy c...

  • Privacy is on the line, make some changes

    Karen Pratt, Seeley Lake, Montana|Sep 22, 2022

    In the Sept. 8, 2022 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder there was an ad run by Senator Blasdel and Representative Galt of the Montana State Legislature. It was asking for the opposition to national Senate Bill 2992. I went looking for the bill and it looks to me like it is trying to protect your privacy and my privacy from large Internet companies. The first sentence says, “To provide that certain discriminatory conduct by covered platforms shall be unlawful…” Blasdel and Galt suggest SB2992 breaks up successful companies; I do not read it th...

  • Roundworms, hookworms and tapes... oh my!

    Tanya Fyfe DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic|Sep 22, 2022

    Most of us don't like to think about our dogs and cats having parasites living inside their bodies but knowing some basic facts is important because intestinal parasites - ones that live inside an animal's gastrointestinal (GI) tract- can cause some serious health problems. The most common small animal intestinal parasites in North America are roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. While these worms live inside our pet's GI tract, they consume nutrients that were destined for our dog or cat....

  • Comment period extended for Holland Lake Lodge Project

    Flathead National Forest|Sep 22, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - Kurt Steele, Flathead National Forest Supervisor, decided to extend the comment period for the Holland Lake Lodge Expansion Project until Oct. 7 and offer an additional public meeting in Seeley Lake Oct. 4. “We had a well-attended public meeting last week and have received a lot of comments to date on this project,” said Steele. “The comments so far have made it clear to me that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the process and potential use of a categorical exclusion. I would like to make it clear that the use of a categ...

  • SLE Parent Teacher Club formation meeting Sept. 26

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Michelle Dunn is excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience working with the Potomac School Parent Teacher Club to Seeley Lake Elementary. She hopes parents, teachers, administrators and other community members will join her at the first meeting for the SLE Parent Teacher Club Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the SLE gymnasium following the girls’ volleyball game. Dunn recently moved from Potomac to Seeley Lake. She was a member of Potomac School’s Parent Teacher Club for several years and loved watch...

  • Camp Paxson to host first Larch Day Oct. 1

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Camp Paxson will be open to the public on Oct. 1st from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. for Larch Day. The Open House is an opportunity for area residents to visit and learn about the educational programs offered at Camp Paxson. Entrance to the event is free. “Our goal is to introduce the Seeley Lake and Swan Valley community to the outdoor education activities that we plan to offer to third, fourth and fifth graders during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall,” said Helen Mulroney, Camp Paxson Preservation Project board member. Curre...

  • Japanese drumming group returns Oct. 2

    Jenny Rohrer, AAI Program Director|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans’ 2 Valleys Stage 2022-23 season opens with the return of the dazzling Canadian drumming group Fubuki Daiko at Seeley-Swan High School Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Single and season tickets are available at the door. This four-person band reinvents traditional Japanese drumming with their eclectic and energetic performances that are part martial arts athleticism, part mediation and all rhythm. Collaborations with a wide range of groups including classical, funk, jazz a...

  • Biological controls increase weed management options

    Karen Laitala, Powell County Weeds Coordinator|Sep 22, 2022

    When I started my job as the weed management projects coordinator for the Powell County Weed Board several years ago, I inherited a project that began with my predecessor in cooperation with the (now defunct) MSU Sheep Institute. This project involved importing sheep to prescriptively graze with cattle across several contiguous livestock operations in the Deer Lodge valley, primarily targeting the noxious weed leafy spurge. Data collected by the coordinator(s), extension agents and cooperators...

  • Offering full time, holistic approach to chiropractic care

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – After close to two years as the resident chiropractor, Dr. Michela Reese purchased Seeley Lake Chiropractic. The office will no longer be part of the Optimum Health and Wellness, PLLC. "My biggest goal is to maintain more of a full-time clinic up here, something that hasn't been done in quite a few years," Reese said. "Maintaining at least four days a week would be my goal. I'd also love to diversify a bit with other therapies such as massage and potentially acupuncture, bring a m...

  • Throw under the bus

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    Sportscasters, political pundits and social media propagators have become enamored with reporting about people thrown under buses. No physical violence has actually been perpetrated, of course. The phrase is only used metaphorically. But how did it start—and when will it end? Merriam Webster’s website suggests an innocent enough British pre-origin in 1971 when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. With tongue in cheek, Hugh MacPherson wrote in “The Spectator,” “There is an amusing little parlour game much favoured by politi...

  • Two grizzly bears euthanized after repeated conflicts

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Sep 22, 2022

    OVANDO – Wildlife officials euthanized two grizzly bears this week that were responsible for at least 10 conflicts in the upper Blackfoot Valley over the past two months. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife specialists reported that the conflicts began in mid-July in the Ovando and Woodworth areas where the bears broke into three grain sheds. FWP worked with the property owners to install an electric fence at all sites to prevent more issues. The bears moved on from that immediate area but stayed close to places where people live and recrea...

  • Burket F. "Ted" Graf May 17, 1953 - September 14, 2022

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    SWAN VALLEY - Ted Graf left this earth on the morning of Sept. 14 after living a life on his own terms and in his own way for 69 years. Ted was a rugged individualist. He may have softened some in his later years to enter the world of cell phones and commercial flights, but he still cast a unique shadow. Born and raised on the plains of Nebraska, it didn't take him too many years to want to escape the conformity and mundane rigidity of life there. It seemed that Montana - like it was to... Full story

  • Trust in the Lord

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith Lutheran, Condon & Holy Cross Lutheran, Seeley Lake|Sep 22, 2022

    The city was surrounded...besieged by an army in order of magnitudes bigger than its own paltry defense. Below the city walls, the top general of the Assyrian army taunted the king’s three emissaries above. This was the last city standing in all the country. Heretofore this king had been everything one would hope for. He was a humble yet strong man with an inveterate faith in God and His provision. While the people and kings before him had chosen a different path, upon his ascendance to the throne, he had immediately initiated reforms to return...

  • Proposal sought from engineer, new monitoring wells approved

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – At their Sept. 15 meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board followed their committee’s recommendation to seek a proposal from Water & Environmental Technologies (WET) and voted to install up to 14 additional monitoring wells. The Board’s committee heard presentations from two engineering companies, WET and Morrison & Maierle and two manufactures, SepticNET and AquaTech Systems, that responded to the District’s Request for Qualifications. District Manager Bill Decker said he reached out to a third engineering company multipl...

  • Enrollment increases, teacher resigns

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – Enrollment numbers are up at Swan Valley Elementary School for the 2022-23 school year, said Principal Aaron Morgenstern at the Sept. 13 Swan Valley School Board meeting. The School Board also received a resignation letter from Chris Mauldin, kindergarten – second grade teacher. Enrollment is at 33 up four from the end of last year. The kindergarten-second grade class has 15 students. There are 11 in the third – fifth grade and seven in the sixth – eighth grade classrooms. The board accepted Mauldin’s resignation. Mauldin’s...

  • Blackhawks fall to Panthers in triple overtime

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SHERIDAN – Seeley-Swan High School Football team suffered a tough loss Sept. 16 against the Sheridan Panthers. The final score after three overtimes was 32-33. Head Coach Jared Crum said, "Every kid that traveled to that game, in my opinion, left there a champion. I'm very proud of these boys." The Blackhawks lead the Panthers most of the night, but injuries had three starters sidelined for the evening. "Our kids dominated the game but injuries during the game proved to be fatal towards the e...

  • Lady Blackhawks sweep Prospectors and Bobcats

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Lady Blackhawks added a pair of victories last week defeating the Granite Prospectors on the road Sept. 15 and the Superior Bobcats at home Sept. 17. After a close first set against the Prospectors, the Lady Blackhawks had a strong second set and cleaned up in the final set: 25-22, 25-17 and 25-7. Back on their home court, the Lady Blackhawks faced fierce competition from the Bobcats that kept fans on the edge of their seats right up to the final point. Neither team could build...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Sep 22, 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 24 , 1987 issue Clipper logging: A sign of things to come by Suzanne Vernon Loggers in our woods are changing the way they do business and the results appear to be good, both for the loggers and for the land. Small timber companies are...

  • Community Briefs

    Sep 22, 2022

    Developmental and Preschool Screening Clinic Sept. 23 SEELEY LAKE - A free Developmental and Preschool Screening Clinic for children ages 0 to 5 for Seeley Lake and Swan Valley School Districts will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. This free screening will include gross motor, fine motor, language concepts, communication concepts, communication skills, hearing and vision screening. Please call 406-677-2265 to schedule an appointment for your child’s screening or to receive more i...