Articles from the October 26, 2023 edition


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  • Swan Valley Community Council starts zoning plans, sheriff hopes to add officers

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    The Swan Valley Community Council is going ahead with a long-term process to add potential zoning and community plans to the area, which split the crowded room over what would be appropriate to keep landowner rights. The council also heard a plan to get 24 hour coverage from the sheriff's department, got an update from its Montana State legislature representatives and listened to the community club during a two and a half hour meeting on Oct. 17. Missoula County Planner Andrew Hagemeier told...

  • Spooky Season haunts high school

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    The inside of Seeley-Swan High School's auditorium has been transformed into an eerie maze, and the school's drama class hopes to get locals screaming during a one-night haunted house special on Oct. 27. The drama class, led by teacher Katy Pellett, spent the last several weeks designing a maze and building different exhibits that the unsuspecting guests can walk through. Each room has a different theme made by the students, featuring the scariest masks the group can find. "I got a full class...

  • Bear Buffer Zone regulations finalized

    Jean Pocha, of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    New Bear Buffer Zone regulations will go into action after Missoula City Council finalized the decision to expand the zone, including new regulations around garbage storage in the Potomac Valley. Potomac will be requiring bear resistant garbage cans by Sept. 1, 2024. The ordinance revising the Missoula municipal code will be instituted over a three phase multi-year plan. The proposed rules are an outcome of the work of the Bear Smart Working Group, which is a public-private partnership of bear experts, agency representatives, and concerned...

  • Report: Holland Lake Wastewater Lagoon leaking 148 times above legal limit

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    A leakage study determined the Holland Lake Wastewater System has been spilling sewage at a very high rate into the surrounding ground, an issue that the Forest Service said will be fixed under state guidelines. If the Forest Service does not complete the necessary maintenance deadlines, it might face legal trouble with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, which said in an Oct. 18 letter that some fines associated with the lagoon could run up to $10,000 per day. The study showed that...

  • Creatives share work at Alpine Artisans tour

    Jean Pocha, of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    The beauty of glass drew Sheri Burden’s curiosity to explore the art and craft of stained glass 40 years ago. Buying a book and supplies for her new passion gave her the start she needed. “My inspiration comes from what I see around me,” Burden said. “I see something like the beautiful fall leaves we’ve had this season and made stained glass leaves that have been very popular.” Burden is a stained glass artisan from the Swan Valley. She was one of several artists who participated in the Tour of the Arts on Oct. 14 and 15. The Alpine Arti...

  • Lions club to end area phone book

    Joe Saalfield, President Seeley Lake Lions Club|Oct 26, 2023

    Every other year for the past several years the Seeley Lake Lions Club has produced and distributed free of charge to the community members a regional phone book as a fund-raising endeavor. Funds are raised through the sale of advertisements. This phone book covers Seeley Lake, Condon, Ovando, Helmville, and Potomac and includes the local phone numbers of residents. Over the past month the Seeley Lake Lions Club Phone Book Committee has been diligently working to verify our list of advertisers through emails followed up by personal contact....

  • It is time to step up

    Dave Torell, Executive Director Clearwater Resource Council|Oct 26, 2023

    Volunteers are the heartbeat of America! Throughout the history of our great country, volunteers have led the way to a better tomorrow. People who give, such as the founders of our country, giving hands in natural disasters or social injustices, to local people taking part in PTA, volunteers have left a legacy for the benefit of others. Never has there been a more critical time for good caring people to pitch in and help have influence on the values and conditions that affect you, your family, community, country, and world. Remember, all it...

  • Is a new GOP tax underfoot?

    Rep. Mary Caferro, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee|Oct 26, 2023

    The Montana Republicans claim that they support lower taxes and they do – selectively. They support lower taxes on millionaires and big corporations. Not you. The evidence from the 2023 legislative session is unambiguous. When property values shoot up, like they did this year, it will be homeowners and small businesses, not big corporations, that pay. “Property taxes” include several different kinds of property, from the homes where everyday Montanans live to the buildings that house big box stores to electric utilities’ transmission lines t...

  • Psychological perspectives: personality influences

    Ken Silvestro|Oct 26, 2023

    Personality characteristics are complex. We live with our personalities without giving them much consideration but that’s an unconscious (not aware) way to live. Here are some ways to become more conscious of your personality. I previously introduced several personality characteristics – extraversion, introversion, thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation functions. Now, I want to introduce a couple of influences on these characteristics – the masculine and feminine sides of a perso...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's log for Oct. 26

    1/13 8:42 p.m. Suspicious Activity 15XX Double Arrow Road, Seeley Lake 10/14 10:39 a.m. Suspicious Activity Nordic Way, Seeley Lake 10/14 5:54 p.m. Suspicious activity 3XMM Highway 83, Condon 10/14 11:46 p.m. Driving Under Influence Highway 83, Seeley Lake 10/15 2:53 p.m. Disturbance 63XX Highway 83, Condon 10/16 10:54 a.m. Civil 32XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 10/16 4:28 p.m. Civil 7XX Riverview Drive, Seeley Lake 10/17 6:11 p.m. Theft 9XX Elm Drive, Seeley Lake 10/18 4:22 p.m. Recovered Stolen Vehicle 31XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 10/18 9:28...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Oct. 26

    1/13/2023 Medical Highway 83 10/14/2023 Illegal Burn Tamarack Drive 10/16/2023 Medical Morrell Creek Drive 10/17/2023 Illegal Burn Bass Court 10/19/2023 Public Assist Grandview Court 10/19/2023 Public Assist Airport Road...

  • Revival: Then What?

    Dale Terrillion|Oct 26, 2023

    John Wesley once said to his preachers: “How dare you lead people to Christ without providing adequate opportunity for growth and nurture? Anything less is simply begetting children for the murders.” I like the way Hebrews 3:12-13 puts it. ‘See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.’ Pretty hard to encourage one another when you see them only...

  • Clearwater Resource Council reports on water quality sampling for Chain of Lakes

    Clearwater Resource Council Board|Oct 26, 2023

    Seeley Lake, Montana – The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) recently released a report on the findings of its water quality monitoring over the past two years. CRC collected water samples from six lakes in the Clearwater Valley in 2021 and 2022: Lake Alva, Lake Inez, Placid Lake, Salmon Lake, Seeley Lake and Big Sky Lake. The community of Seeley Lake has no central sewage system, relying on individual septic systems. This has led to concerns that groundwater may be contaminated from poorly functioning or concentrated densities of septic s...

  • Jarabe Mexicano to bring energy at Seeley Lake show

    Jenny Rohrer, of Alpine Artisans|Oct 26, 2023

    Alpine Artisans’ 2 Valleys Stage opens their 2023 season with a community concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 with the exciting San Diego band, Jarabe Mexicano. This five-person Mexican American band will be presenting Dia de Los Muertos: “A Celebration of Life” with music and stories that highlight the importance of family connections and the power of cultural remembrance for Latinos and their descendants. Their electrifying performances show how this multi-generational ensemble embraces change while still honoring the past. These celebrations can take...

  • Football falls to Choteau, finishes season 3-6

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    The Seeley-Swan High School Football Team lost to Choteau on the road, capping a 3-6 season filled with tough games and a team looking to find momentum. The Blackhawks finished seventh out of the 10-team South Central 8-man division. Just three of the 10 teams made the playoffs. The Blackhawks took victories over Powell County, Sheridan and Cascade. The Blackhawks will graduate three seniors: Cannon Hawkinson, Jalen Kauffman and Austin Gonzales. "We are going to miss our three seniors a lot,...

  • Volleyball goes to divisionals for potential playoff run

    Griffen Smith of the Pathfinder|Oct 26, 2023

    The Seeley-Swan High School Volleyball team is hoping to keep its season alive in the playoffs as it goes to Missoula for the Class C western divisional tournament. The Blackhawks went on a five-game win streak earlier in the season, but struggled with rivals like Philipsburg and Drummond. The team's final three game scores had not been reported by press time. The Blackhawks will first face off against Victor High School at the tournament, which will be held at Valley Christian High School in...

  • Archives for Oct. 26

    Oct 26, 2023

    Thirty-five Years Ago... Thursday, October 27, 1988 Local Artist's work accepted for New York City art show By Suzann Vernon Seeley Lake artist, Jeff O'Boyle, creates paintings based on his views of the Montana landscape -the fallen leaves of autumn; the wild birds near the lake; the rippling water of the Clearwater River. The American Artists Professional League recently accepted one of O'Boyle's paintings, called "Autumn Groundcover", for display during their annual show. The prestigious organ...

  • The Swan Valley Community Hall: The heart of our community

    Steve Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Oct 26, 2023

    The old log building that stands at the corner of Highway 83 and Glacier Creek Road has been Swan Valley’s Community Hall for the past 84 years. Built from 1938-39, this treasured building is widely used as a central gathering place and is the cornerstone of our community. The Swan Valley Community Hall is located on land that once had two unsuccessful homestead attempts beginning in 1916 by N.J. Frye and later by Joseph Griffin in 1917. A third attempt by Jesse Forster was successful after he filed on the 160-acre parcel in 1919 and proved u...

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