Articles from the December 1, 2022 edition

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  • FNF turns down lodge upgrade, expansion

    Justin Franz, Montana Free Press|Dec 1, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - A Utah-based developer is going to have to go back to the drawing board after the Flathead National Forest rejected its initial plan to expand and upgrade the Holland Lake Lodge in Condon. The plan had received significant opposition from locals in the Swan Valley who alleged that the expansion would negatively impact both the community and the environment there. In a Nov. 21 letter to the developer, POWDR of Park City, Utah, the Forest Service stated that there were inaccuracies with its Master Development Plan. The letter,... Full story

  • WET Introduces 3-phased sewer analysis program

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Dec 1, 2022

    By Jean Pocha Water quality concerns in the community will be determined following a project approach that Water and Environmental Technologies (WET) will use to collect and analyze information, shared Bill Decker, Sewer Board General Manager at the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting earlier this month. “WET proposed a three-phase approach to resolving Seeley Lake’s wastewater issues. WET committed to working side-by-side with the Sewer District throughout this process to develop a practical situation that is both economical and appropriate,...

  • Author shares hippie life in book

    Gwyneth Hyndman, Interim Editor|Dec 1, 2022

    By Gwyneth Hyndman As a trauma therapist who routinely sees new patients from around western Montana, Gyspy Soul Ray knows what the expectations are when she first greets them in her office. “They are expecting me to have a broom skirt and braids,” she laughed and added: “That’s my mother.” Named after a line from the 1970 Van Morrison hit “Into the Mystic,” Ray pointed out that like all newborns, she was at the mercy of her parents’ quirks and had no input on what ended up on her birth certificate. This is just one of the backstories Ray goes...

  • Student businesses ready to launch at Blackhawk BIZ Market Day

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 1, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School Entrepreneur Class has been talking about Market Day since the first day of school. Now their mini businesses are a reality and will make their debut during the second annual Blackhawk BIZ Market Day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, in the SSHS Cafeteria. The high school students are excited to offer their homemade goodies, hand-made crafts, jewelry and apparel, and unique art created from various mediums. With the class size more than doubling...

  • Old West Christmas returns to Ovando

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 1, 2022

    Ovando hosted the annual Old West Christmas event Friday, Nov. 25. Along with the visit from Cowboy Claus, the event included a artisans and craft fair, family activities, gingerbread house creation and a petting zoo. This year there was also a Barn Garage Sale and other yummy treats for sale throughout town....

  • When We Change

    Ken Silvestro PhD|Dec 1, 2022

    By Ken Silvestro, PhD There is a sense that the earth we stand on is becoming soft and muddy, that the foundation on which we function each day now has holes or is not solid. The feeling is one of walking on a cloud. There is nothing firm about our standpoints. Usually, this feeling or sensation is temporary but it's always disturbing. What is happening? It is our egos (our sense of identity or I-ness) that is undergoing a change. The ego anchors us in the world and is closely associated with...

  • 20/35 Look Back

    Dec 1, 2022

    In celebration of 36 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, 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. 35 years ago... Alone in the Bob by Mildred Chaffin The hunting season was drawing to a close. Our helper had found other fields of interest, so I had gotten promoted. I was not chief camp guard! On the last trip that season, we were scheduled to outfit two hunters from M... Full story

  • Machine being tested could replace slash fires

    Bebe Crouse, The Nature Conservancy|Dec 1, 2022

    By Bebe Crouse The Nature Convervancy You may have seen a strange piece of machinery being towed through the area recently. It looks like a rail car-size dumpster mounted on tank treads. It's called a Tigercat Carbonator. It has nothing to do with producing fizzy beverages, but it will turn the woody slash piles left after forest thinning into a charcoal-like amendment that helps soil hold onto moisture and nutrients. The Nature Conservancy, public agencies and private landowners have experiment...

  • Clearwater dump station stays closed

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Dec 1, 2022

    By Jean Pocha The RV dump station at Clearwater Junction has been closed since spring 2019, with no foreseeable opening, the Seeley Lake Community Council and members of the public heard at their regular meeting on Nov. 14. For repairs or rebuilding to happen to the RV dump station at Clearwater Junction, the Montana State Legislature will have to vote to appropriate funds at the next session, January 2023, stated District Ranger Quinn Carver. County Commissioners have written a letter to Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) asking for the dump stati...

  • Holiday shopping kicks off with local crafts

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Dec 1, 2022

    By Jean Pocha “I started this craft show so Seeley people could get some nice, fun crafts and so local vendors had a place to display their wares,” said Carrie Darrah, organizer of the Seeley Lake Winter Craft Show on Sunday, Nov. 20. “Roads are good and it’s a beautiful day; I’m hoping for a good crowd.” “Overall, vendors were happy with sales today,” Darrah commented after the show. Vendors had wares including books, pottery, sewing, high-voltage wood burned products, photography, wreaths, local authors and pet products. Lunch was avail...

  • Swan Valley Historical Society Hosts the Frostbite Festival

    Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Dec 1, 2022

    The 2022 Frostbite Festival Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Swan Valley School in Condon. The event is hosted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society. Artisans and crafters from the Swan Valley and Northwest Montana will display and sell their handiwork. This is a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to find unique, locally made holiday gifts. It’s a great time to get together with friends and family, meet new people, and support our local artisans. A watercolor workshop will add to the fun. A b...

  • Blackhawks recognize fall athletes

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 1, 2022

    by Pathfinder Staff Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) hosted its fall sports awards banquet Nov. 14 at SSHS. Cross country, football and volleyball athletes were recognized for their participation and performance during the season. Each player received a letter after participating in the required number of varsity games or meets. They received a pin for every activity for which they meet the varsity requirements. For every year they meet the varsity requirements after receiving their pin in a...

  • Reader Hunting Photos

    Dec 1, 2022

    Thank you to our readers for sharing photos of their hunting success. See next week's Pathfinder for more hunting photos from our community....

  • Help My Unbelief

    Ryan Dailey, Camp Utmost|Dec 1, 2022

    “I believe; help my unbelief.” Can’t Christians so often relate to this statement? Mark 9:14-29 describes a father of a boy possessed by an evil spirit. He asked Jesus for help, to which Jesus told him that anything was possible for those who believe. The man responded, “I believe; help my unbelief.” After this, Jesus healed the boy. This is a miraculous story of faith and healing. For some however, it often seems as though God doesn’t answer our prayers. The apostle Paul himself struggled w...