Articles from the January 19, 2023 edition


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  • Planting seeds of friendship and kindness

    Pathfinder Staff|Jan 19, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - Attendees at the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Johnny Appleseed" Jan. 13 experienced the fruitful career of Johnny Appleseed as performed by Seeley Lake Elementary kindergarten through eighth grade students. MCT Tour Directors Joshua Bennett and Christian Watts worked with a cast and crew of more than 30 students. After auditioning Monday and practicing after school all week, Friday evening friends and family watched as Johnny Appleseed sang and danced his way across...

  • Vital Ground, landowners conserve key grizzly habitat in Swan Valley

    Vital Ground|Jan 19, 2023

    A sizeable wetland within a key wildlife corridor will remain open and protected for grizzly bears and many other wildlife species in Montana’s Swan Valley after the Vital Ground Foundation completed a conservation agreement in the Salmon Prairie area near Condon this week. Working with conservation-minded landowners, Vital Ground collaborated with Montana Freshwater Partners in support of the 30-acre conservation easement. The land will remain in private ownership with a new habitat restoration plan for portions of the wetland previously c...

  • Storytellers sought for February event

    Gwyneth Hyndman, Interim Editor|Jan 19, 2023

    A storytelling event that began in October 2021 with the aim of bringing people together through common values will continue on Feb. 1 at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation Building starting at 7 p.m. - but more storytellers are being sought out to get involved. “Why Did We Come Here, Why Do We Stay” has hosted 40 storytellers since its inception, all members of the Seeley Lake region with a strong pull to the area. Organizer Tom Beers said that the idea for the event first started as a question: “How do we communicate with each other when...

  • A memorial message from afar lands in Seeley Lake

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Jan 19, 2023

    Shortly after Christmas, Kris Davis, Seeley Lake, saw her dog barking at something rolling across the snow in the yard. As Davis investigated, she saw a well-traveled floating Chinese lantern had landed, with a child's handwriting on it. The marker inscribed message said, "I miss you and I love you, love Amelia." "I had the feeling that this lantern was a little girls' memorial to someone she loved," said Davis, who has experienced her own losses. "I don't know who Amelia is or who she lost,...

  • A fight to the end

    For the Seeley Swan Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - The Lady Blackhawks versus Lady Prospectors from Granite High School in Philipsburg was a fair match up on Thursday, Jan. 12, which was evident on the scoreboard the whole game. Granite had a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, going into a tie of 18 to 18 at the half. But the Lady Blackhawks took the lead in the third, with 28 points on the board and 24 points for Granite. In the end, the Lady Blackhawks were victorious, with 40-38 over the Lady Pro...

  • Questions on spaying and neutering your pet answered

    Tanya Fyfe DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic|Jan 19, 2023

    Small animal spays and neuters are the most frequently performed surgeries in most standard veterinary practices. While these procedures have been done routinely for several years there are some theories that have been challenged in the veterinary world. There are also some pet parents who question whether they should have their pet altered. There was a general rule to spay (remove the ovaries and uterus in a female) or neuter (a general term to alter either a female or male but is mostly used...

  • New publisher named for Mullen Newspapers

    For the Seeley Swan Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2023

    Victoria Howell has been named publisher of four Mullen Newspapers-owned papers: the Bitterroot Star, the Philipsburg Mail, the Seeley Swan Pathfinder and the Silver State Post. Howell joined the Mullen Newspapers team in 2021 as editor of the Bitterroot Star. Prior to that, she and her husband Michael owned and operated the Star for 35 years before selling it to Jesse Mullen in 2020. The Howells founded the Star in 1985 and grew it from a tiny paper that covered only Stevensville news to a 7000...

  • Ovando gym rumbles with basketball after a long time out

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinde Staff|Jan 19, 2023

    OVANDO - Three basketball games are scheduled in Ovando for the first time in ten years. The 2022-23 season of the Blackfoot Valley Basketball League welcomed the Ovando Colts with 12 players for the "B" and "C" squads. For the last ten years Ovando and Helmville have had a co-op team that met in Helmville as neither community had enough kids for full teams. The basketball collaboration between Ovando and Helmville began in 2013 when Brady Stone was invited to play in Helmville when Ovando did...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 19, 2023

    Jan. 31 grant deadline for projects helping Seeley Lake Non-profit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals to the Seeley Lake Community Foundation for 2023 projects. Applications are due January 31st. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation helps local groups fund important community projects in the areas of: art and culture, community and economic development, basic human needs, education, and natural resources and conservation. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to...

  • An ode to Seeley Lake

    Claire Muller, Seeley Lake Community Foundation Executive Director|Jan 19, 2023

    Claire Muller, executive director for the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, volunteered in 2022 for the Red Ants Pants Foundation for their Girls Leadership Program, where mentors and mentees received a training on Rural Identity from Megan Torgerson, the founder of the Reframing Rural podcast. Muller said they listened to her narrated essay, “Patchwork Quilt” and explored how to talk about and celebrate the rural Montana places they lived in. “We did a quick exercise of writing a poem about our homes and I loved it,” Muller said. “Afterw...

  • Joanna Beardsley Kreitzberg, 1939 - 2022

    Jan 19, 2023

    Joanna Beardsley Kreitzberg died in Salem, Oregon on December 31, 2022 after a short illness. She was born in Salem on March 7, 1939 to Andrew Beardsley and Mildred Weeks. She is descended from ancestors who crossed the plains in 1846-47 in the Applegate wagon train. Joanna had a strong interest in history. She was a 4-H Club member for ten years with diverse projects, many awards, including two national trips, one of which included meeting President Eisenhower in the Rose Garden at the White House. She attended Keiser Grade School, Monument... Full story

  • 20/35 Look Back

    Jan 19, 2023

    26 AIDS Policy Gets Mixed Reaction at Seeley Lake At least two Seeley Lake school trustees have questioned the wisdom of implementing a proposed AIDS policy at the school. They cite an apparent lack of information about the AIDS disease that has become America's number one health issue. School trustees have been exploring the idea of adopting an AIDS policy similar to the one used by School District I in Missoula. The policy states, in a roundabout-way, that school administrators and trustees... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Ranger District highlights from 2022, looking forward to 2023

    Quinn Carver, District Ranger, Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger District|Jan 19, 2023

    I wanted to take an opportunity to thank everyone for another great year. The ebbing of Covid definitely helped things to feel a little more normal. We did still have high usage of our campgrounds and recreation opportunities, but not at the levels we had the last couple of years. All in all still a good year. I will throw out a quick recap of some highlights from 22 and then go into a couple of big things happening in 23. Recreation – As I said, we had a good year this year but not as intense as the last two. Campgrounds were well used and d...

  • Lolo National Forest Invites Public Participation as Forest Plan Revision Begins

    Lolo National Forest|Jan 19, 2023

    MISSOULA — The Lolo National Forest and Plan Revision Team will start the new year by launching a series of public engagement opportunities to share information on the Revision process and to invite input on key topics. “We are looking forward to the next several months which include carefully planned informational webinars, workshops, and engagement opportunities,” stated Carolyn Upton, Lolo National Forest Supervisor. “The feedback we hear through these sessions will be crucial to informing the Draft Assessment, the first step toward a revis...

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