Articles from the December 8, 2022 edition


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  • Warrant issued for former Seeley firefighter

    Gwyneth Hyndman, Pathfinder Interim Editor|Dec 8, 2022

    By Gwyneth Hyndman A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Austin Ailport of Potomac, who was hired as the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District’s first paid EMT/Firefighter in June, but was fired for the alleged theft of cash, tools and fuel over a two month period before his termination. According to court documents, Ailport was charged Oct. 3 with felony burglary and deceptive practices misdemeanor; however, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office failed to locate him to serve him papers. Ailport missed two arraignment hearings held Oct. 27 and...

  • Young snowy owl lands at Wild Skies raptor rehab program

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Dec 8, 2022

    By Jean Pocha A young snowy owl is in rehabilitation and will be spending the winter at Wild Skies Raptor Center in Potomac. The injured owlet was discovered September in a field near Utqiagviv (Barrow), Alaska, unable to fly. The owlet is the youngest of six chicks in a nest that Owl Research Institute (ORI) monitored in the summer of 2022. ORI in Charlo, Mont., has been monitoring Snowy Owl activity in Alaska since 1992, and Wild Skies Raptor Center has been rehabilitating raptors since 2010....

  • The heart and soul of Joan Zen now in Seeley

    Victoria Howell|Dec 8, 2022
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    By Victoria Howell Seeley Lake is now home to two of Montana's finest musicians and they plan to pour their hearts into their new community. Deborah and Jason Hicks, the foundation of "Joan Zen," the well-known and much loved soul and rhythm and blues band, are just completing their home-build on a mountainside above the town. They have been living in their camper for the last three and a half years as they worked on their house and more recently have been living in town. The couple moved to Mon...

  • They are not making any more Swan Valleys - Listen to the American public

    Save Holland Lake Members|Dec 8, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - The rollout of a proposal by one of North America’s biggest ski developers to triple the size of Holland Lake Lodge and bring industrial tourism and commercial recreation to the rural, wildlife-rich Swan Valley in western Montana was a complete and utter disaster. After two months of vehement public opposition, the expansion proposal by POWDR, the Utah-based ski developer that promotes “soulful” experiences through high-impact recreation, fell to earth in flames – like the 1937 Hindenburg dirigible disaster in New Jersey. The air...

  • Reader Hunting Photos

    Dec 8, 2022

    Thank you to all our readers who shared their hunting success this season!...

  • Big changes happening in local real estate

    Kevin Wetherell, Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.|Dec 8, 2022

    By Kevin Wetherell Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc. The effect of rising interest rates Mortgage rates have more than doubled this year, as 30-year mortgage rates have risen from below 3% last year, to near 7% presently. As a result, the number of homes sold in Seeley Lake has dropped 30% over last year at this time. Although the number of homes currently on the market in Seeley Lake has risen to 16, most are no longer selling quickly as they have in the past. Looking at homes currently on...

  • Larry Miles Pagett February 15, 1940 to November 17, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Larry Miles Pagett was born in Grand Forks, N.D., to Moythan Pagett and Ardeth Crossan on Feb. 15, 1940. He grew up in eastern Montana and graduated from Saco High School as Valedictorian in 1957. He attended and graduated from the University of Montana in December of 1960. A job in a bank brought him to Havre where he married Karen Pewonka on May 26, 1961. Larry began his teaching career in Dutton, Mont., in the fall of 1961. He also taught in St. Regis and Seeley Lake, Mont. After 37 years teaching business and music, a retirement job... Full story

  • Clarence (Chuck) Shoupe November 20, 1943 to October 22, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Clarence (Chuck) Shoupe, 78, of Seeley Lake, died Aaturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1943, in Oneida, KY, to Elisha and Maye (Terry) Shoupe. Chuck was the eldest of six children. He joined the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 30, 1960. After basic training, he was stationed in Great Falls, Mont., where he met and married his life-long companion Dollie (Zordel) on May 24, 1963. In 1969, Chuck moved his family to Missoula, Mont. He worked in the lumber industry, mining industry,... Full story

  • Roberta Sellner February 22, 1941 to November 23, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Roberta Sellner died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. She was born Feb. 22, 1941, in Bemidji, Minn., to Theodore and Dorothy Adams Preston. Roberta met the love of her life, Gordon Sellner, at a truck stop where she was cooking. She would joke that he dripped water on her burgers from showering in a room above the kitchen, and that's how they met. They became good friends and were married on Nov. 27, 1966. They moved to Montana where they purchased property in the Swan Valley in... Full story

  • Alden "Al" Lewis Rogers October 5, 1929 to October 22, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Alden "Al" Lewis Rogers, 93, of Missoula, Mont., died at St. Patrick's Hospital on Oct. 22, 2022. Al was born on Oct. 5, 1929, to the late Eugene and Lila Lewis Rogers on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Following high school, Al left the Vineyard and attended Samson College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York where he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and in 1955 received his master's degree from New York University. In 1951 Al began a long and... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log November 26-29

    Dec 8, 2022

    2/26, Highway 83, Medical 11/26, Riverview Drive, Medical 11/26, Highway 83, Medical 11/27, Highway 83, Medical 11/27, Highway 200, Medical 11/27, Highway 200, Medical 11/28, Bear Drive, Fire 11/28, Riverview Drive, Fire 11/29, Highway 83, Medical 11/29, Highway 83, Medical...

  • Thou shalt not lie

    Mark Taylor, Layperson, Living Water Catholic Church|Dec 8, 2022

    Growing up in Montana, I remember in grade school that there are two items that you must never forget: don’t lie (“I give you my word”) and respect a person’s reputation (do not damage it). The Bible describes the seriousness of dishonesty. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Lying is the most direct offense against the truth. Lying is a sin that originates from the devil, Satan, who is “the father of all lies” (John 8:44). I reference the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) paragraph numbers as I find no better expla...

  • Giving tree for older adults

    Missoula Aging Services|Dec 8, 2022

    MISSOULA - The holiday giving season has arrived, and Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is asking for community support to help older adults and caregivers in Missoula County. Missoula Aging Services will once again host a Virtual Giving Tree, as well as hang tags on the Missoula Public Library’s Giving Tree, to support programs and services for older adults and caregivers in Missoula County. Providing critical resources such as Meals on Wheels, Memory Care Support Services, In-Home Support and more, Missoula Aging Services promotes the i...

  • 20/35 Year Lookback

    Dec 8, 2022

    2/35 Year Look Back 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 seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. 35 years ago... Voyage of the Rigil Kent by Dick Potter Joseph Conrad, the great 19th century author of seafaring tales, would have been enchanted by Al and Jean Slaight. The Slaights, who moved to Seeley Lake last spring, share many of the attributes... Full story

  • Frostbite Festival showcases local art at Saturday annual holiday event

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder Interim Editor|Dec 8, 2022

    This year's Frostbite Festival - put on by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society - pulled in locals and newcomers to the annual holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 3....

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