Articles from the November 10, 2022 edition

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  • Democracy Project

    Vince Lovato, Pathfinder|Nov 10, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Pathfinder Editor SEELEY LAKE – Though Republicans control Montana politics today, that wasn't always the case, retired journalist Mike Dennison told Seeley Swan High School students Nov. 1. Up to about 30 years ago, Montana was a so-called Blue State, he said. Dennison, who covered Montana politics as a print and TV journalist for the last 40 years, is a guest lecturer for the Humanities Montana Democracy Project. According to the website, the privately funded Democracy P...

  • Biochar benefits studied in the Blackfoot Valley

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Correspondent|Nov 10, 2022

    By Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Correspondent GOLD CREEK Emerging technology and forest product utilization was the focus of the forest tour in the Gold Creek area Oct. 25. More than two dozen people observed the Tigercat Carbonator 6050 make biochar out of slash piles as part of forest thinning and fuels reduction work done on land managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service and private landowners. Land managers discussed biochar production in the...

  • Venerating Veterans

    Vince Lovato|Nov 10, 2022

    Seeley Lake schools took time to honor area veterans....

  • Seeley Lake man charged with child sex offenses

    Vince Lovato, Pathfinder|Nov 10, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Pathfnder Editor SEELEY LAKE – A Missoula County Sheriff's detective, posing as a 14-year-old girl on a social media site, lured a 61-year-old Seeley Lake man into an illicit rendezvous in Missoula, where he was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault of a minor. After the weeks-long online interaction, Detective Travis Wafstet arrested Charles Lief Isaacson, at the rendezvous location and booked him into the Missoula County Detention Facility on Oct. 25. I... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 10, 2022

    Grants available for projects helping Seeley Lake From Claire Muller, SLCF Executive Director Non-profit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals to the Seeley Lake Community Foundation for 2023 projects. The SLCF awards grants of up to $2,500 for projects to benefit the area of Seeley Lake, MT. Applications are due January 31st each year, and grant award decisions are made by early March. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation helps local groups fund important community projects in the areas of: art & culture, community & economic...

  • Seeley Lake garden hosts native plants

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Correspondent|Nov 10, 2022

    By Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Correspondent SEELEY LAKE -- Native plants had their first summer in the Clearwater Resource Council's (CRC) Native Plant and Pollinator garden. Bearing up under the hot summer, with exceptional care from volunteers with daily watering taught organizers many things. "Thanks to Ginger Williams and other volunteers we were able water the plants nearly every day, which I think also kept the plants super happy and healthy," said Miske. "The success of the plants seemed to...

  • Recipes for Thanks-gathering

    Kelly Moore, Missoula County Extension, Family and Consumer Science Agent|Nov 10, 2022

    By Kelly Moore Missoula County Extension, Family and Consumer Science Agent The holidays we look forward to each year can often bring stress and anxiety into our already busy lives. Attempts to please everyone can leave us feeling exhausted and less able to feel thankful. Family traditions and guests can become a dark cloud of dread in our minds as November and December come into view. Re-evaluating traditions and reducing expectations, can pave a rejuvenating path to the holiday season. Let’s start with the Thanksgiving menu. We know that m...

  • 6 arrested for child trafficking

    Jeannette Smith, PIO Missoula Co. Sheriffs Office|Nov 10, 2022

    From Jeannette Smith PIO Missoula Co. Sheriff’s Office MISSOULA -- An operation that began Wednesday in Missoula and concluded Thursday by The Montana FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force led to six arrests of those suspected of the exploitation and enticement of children. The task force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from various agencies in Montana and Federal Officers. Missoula County Sheriff’s Office was the central point for the operation but also worked very closely with City of Missoula Police Dep...

  • 'Hawks volleyball season ends

    Nov 10, 2022

    BOZEMAN -- The Seeley Swan volleyball reached the Western C Division tournament Nov. 3 and 4 in Bozeman but did not advance to the state tournament. The Blackhawk girls made a dramatic and grueling drive through the District C13 tournament in Missoula Oct. 27 and 28 to qualify for the divisional. On Thursday, Manhatten Christian swept SSHS in three games. On Friday, Seeley Swan made season nemisis Drummond work hard to win, 25-16, 26-24, 18-25, 25-19, knocking the Blackhawks out of the tournament. The girls finish with a stellar record of 19-9...

  • Eagles Basketball

    Nov 10, 2022

    The Seeley Lake Elementary School boys basketball teams tipped off their season Nov. 2 at home. These pictures were from the JV team's game....

  • 20 & 35 YEARS AGO...

    Nov 10, 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 for you to enjoy. Full story

  • SVC taking orders for seedlings

    Nov 10, 2022

    Swan Valley Connections is taking orders for tree seedlings until Nov. 30. These seedlings are 10-cubic-inch root plugs that are grown at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Tribal Forestry Tree Nursery in the Mission Valley. Place your order now, and pick your trees up from our office in the spring for planting. Or, if you'd like us to do the planting for you, check out our price sheet and contact us to schedule a date. Place your order at or call...

  • Ovando needs volunteers to decorate for Christmas

    Nov 10, 2022

    OVANDO -- Time is approaching to make Ovando bright and colorful for the Holidays. And your help is seriously needed. We are in need of pine boughs if anybody can let us know if you can come up with a pick up load of tree trimmings. 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Bring your staple guns, your gloves. Short ladders....

  • This week at area schools

    Nov 10, 2022

    This week at SSHS • Wednesday 11/9/2022 Accelerate Montana will be here at 12:30 for seniors. For more information go to • Friday 11/11/2022 Intervention 7:50 -11:00 National Honor Society Information Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) is based on a student’s fulfillment of four requirements. Members of the junior and senior class who meet all four requirements, as evaluated by faculty, and complete an application will be admitted to the National Honor Society. The four basic requirements for membership are: - Sch...

  • Edith Arleene Walters

    Nov 10, 2022

    Edith Arleene Walters age 76 of Seeley Lake, MT., passed away peacefully on November 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Edie was born in Eureka, MT, to Evelyn and Robert Gibson on July 4, 1946. She was always our firecracker. She spent most of her childhood in Seeley Lake. In October 1963 she married Wayne L. Walters and moved to Missoula to raise their family. After the children were grown, they returned to Seeley Lake to live out their years. Edie was a big part of the community, she ra... Full story

  • Lovato no longer Pathfinder Editor

    Staff, Seeley Swan Pathfinder|Nov 10, 2022

    Mr. Lovato is no longer employed by the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, owned by Ponderosa Publications. We have started the search for a new editor and appreciate the community's understanding and support as we work to fill this position.... Full story