Articles from the February 2, 2023 edition


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  • Lost snowmobiler found; search and rescue praised

    Gwyneth Hyndman, Interim Editor|Feb 2, 2023

    A search and rescue effort to find a lost snowmobiler overnight on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Lolo National Forest had a happy ending, after family, friends and volunteers with the Seeley Swan Search and Rescue worked in darkness and wintry conditions to bring the woman home safe. Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jeannette Smith said the department got a call just after 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 that there was a lost snowmobiler in the Mt. Henry area of Lolo National Forest. Seeley Swan Search and Rescue was deployed within the h...

  • Lead continues to weigh down eagles

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Feb 2, 2023

    "We lost yet another golden eagle to lead poisoning yesterday," said Brooke Tanner, founder and executive director, Wild Skies Raptor Center, Potomac, Mt. "It happens every winter after the snow settles. Prey is harder to find and they must scavenge to survive." After a weakened eagle is found and brought to Tanner or other raptor rehabilitation facilities, the birds are given chelation therapy to bind the lead in their systems and hopefully allow the lead to pass through. Success varies,...

  • Bounty of audio-visual equipment donated to Seeley Lake community

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Feb 2, 2023

    Equipment and training for podcasting and videotaping was recently received by Seeley Lake Library from Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT). “I remember it like Christmas!” said Michele Holmes, Seeley-Swan High School librarian and Business and Technology Teacher. “MCAT asked what types of multimedia equipment we would want...I immediately thought of the upcoming elective that I am teaching--videography. I had already received a grant from the Seeley Lake Community Foundation for a high quality video camera, so I thought--why not have...

  • Seeley-Swan BPA students head to State

    Hattie Batchelder, SSHS Student Journalist|Feb 2, 2023

    On Tuesday, January 10, Business Professionals of America Students attended their second in-person regional competition held at the Missoula College of Technology. Students chose single or team events to compete in and have been preparing to compete since the start of school in September. Some members competed against other schools in taking tests aiming for the highest score, while others teamed up for group projects they presented to judges. The students were able to compete in multiple...

  • Holland Lake Lodge: For which "American People?"

    Lily Clarke, Condon, Montana|Feb 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, Flathead National Forest (FNF) rejected POWDR’s Master Development Plan (MDP) for Holland Lake Lodge, creating a temporary calm after residents of Condon overwhelmingly rejected POWDR’s MDP proposal. The FNF did not consult the Condon community or Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) prior to MDP submission. On September 14th, during the public comment period, FNF Supervisor Kurt Steele wrote on the USFS website that he will consider what “is in the best interest of the American People”. Having grown up in Condon and now...

  • Bears are asleep - but we aren't

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, The summer of 2022 in Western Montana was one for the record books! You might even call it the perfect storm. Here in Seeley we had record numbers of visitors coming to our area to recreate, our campgrounds were full, we saw an influx of new people moving into the area, we had unusually cold then warm weather which caused a poor berry crop throughout Western Montana including Seeley, and FWP personnel responded to over 1000 black bear conflict calls in region 2. Sadly, this is the norm for the Seeley lake area. Over the last 10...

  • Take a trip from Seeley Lake to the Middle East with the music of Seffarine

    Jenny Rohrer, 2VS Program Director|Feb 2, 2023

    The auditorium at Seeley Swan High School will reverberate with the rhythms and dance steps of the Middle East as 2 Valleys Stage presents the band Seffarine, Sunday, February 5, at 3 pm. Charged with texture and color, Seffarine concerts carry the audience on a vibrant musical journey, channeling the heart-wrenching joy of the music and dance of North Africa and southern Spain to wide acclaim. Their music is described by Bass Player Magazine as a "gorgeous intersection of Spanish flamenco, Arab...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 2, 2023

    Seeley Lake Lions Club Annual Skating Party this Sunday! Seeley Lake - Please come join the Seeley Lake Lions Club for their annual skating party Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Lions Club Pond on the corner of Elm Drive and Cedar Lane. Cocoa, Chili, hot dogs and cookies will be served. Free use of skates on our pond at the Lions Community Park. Don't miss the fun! Missoula County Sheriff’s Log January 19-25 1/20, 5:23 p.m., 30xx Highway 83, Theft 1/20, 8:09 p.m., 31xx Highway 83, Suspicious Activity 1/24, 5:12 p.m., MM Highway 83, S...

  • "Yours is the Kingdom"

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|Feb 2, 2023

    This is my last article in the Lord’s Prayer series. The traditional Lord’s prayer ends with the benediction, “Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever, amen.” This is the declaration, “Yours is the kingdom”. The kingdom of God is where God is always obeyed and God’s will is always followed. Full and perfect obedience to God, for now, only exists in heaven. But because of Jesus, as Christians, by faith we can choose obedience to God. Through the Lord’s prayer, we pray that God’s kingdom would expand into earth as it is pe...

  • Elwyn (Pete) Petry 1945 - 2023

    Feb 2, 2023

    Elwyn (Pete) Petry went home on Jan. 15. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 22, 1945 to Annis and Theodore Petry. He had four siblings Ralph, Gloria, Wayne and Laverne. He had five children Nick, Rick, Steve, Angela and Amanda. There are 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren that will remember him through the stories told by the family. Pete always had a smile and loved to tease. He moved to Montana many years ago. He moved to Condon in the early 1990's. He was living in Essex and... Full story

  • 20/35 Look Back

    Feb 2, 2023

    26 Snowball Softball Tourney February 13th The 2nd Annual Snowball Softball Tournament sponsored by the Filling Station will be held Saturday, February 13th starting at 9 a.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Park. The number of tournament entries is expected to double from six last year to at least twelve due to an expanded mailing list which includes all 40 teams that played in the Missoula Snow Joke softball tournament. Vorhauer Gives $50,000 to U of M Library University of Montana Foundation... Full story

  • Missoula Aging Services seeks additional volunteers in 2023

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services|Feb 2, 2023

    At the start of each new year, many resolve to do better for their health and wellness, look for fresh ways to find happiness, and seek new opportunities to give back to their communities. As people evaluate new beginnings in Missoula County, the Volunteer Services team at Missoula Aging Services (MAS) would like to invite Seeley Lake community members to include volunteering in their New Year’s resolutions. Many programs and services provided by MAS are possible thanks to wonderful volunteers dedicated to giving back to older adults in M...

  • Brighten your day with Good Times Floral

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 2, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - After working in day care and preschool for 30 years, Margaret Clark was ready for a career change. Her love of bright colors and artistic ability blossomed after becoming a certified florist in December 2020. In partnership with Good Times Gifts Owner Dena Turner, Clark opened Good Times Floral within Good Times Gifts to serve the community with quality floral arrangements at an affordable price. Clark never considered herself an artist. "All through high school I would dread...

  • Sewer district, rural grant, RV dump discussed at Seeley Lake Community Council meeting

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Feb 2, 2023

    The Seeley Lake Community Council met Monday, Jan. 9 at The Barn. The Missoula County Rural Grant Pilot Program for county residents was announced by Sarah Bell, Missoula County Grants and Community Programs. Micro-grants of $100-500 and Impact Grants of $500-4,000 are available. “We want to see what needs are in each rural community in the county,” said Bell. “We know that each community has it’s own personality and unique needs.” The Micro Grant will be open to new applicants on a monthly basis and is designed for projects that can be comple...

  • Seeley Lake Ranger District Seeking Public Feedback on the Monture Hazard Tree Removal Project

    Lolo National Forest|Feb 2, 2023

    The Seeley Lake Ranger District is seeking public feedback on the proposed Monture Hazard Tree removal project located at the Monture Creek Campground and Trailhead. The campground and trailhead are a major access point to various trail systems in the Scapegoat Wilderness and is used by the general public, hunters, anglers and outfitter/guide operations. The project proposes to remove dead and diseased trees in and around the project area that are currently being impacted by Douglas-fir Bark Beetle. The beetle is present in large trees that...

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