Articles from the December 23, 2021 edition


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  • 1 Stop shop for locals and visitors

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – After visiting Montana for the past seven years, Tony Singh Mann moved to the state he deeply loves for its outdoor recreation opportunities and sense of community. He and his wife Varinder purchased the Sinclair Gas Station in Victor, Montana and most recently the Seeley Lake 1 Stop. He looks forward to offering a one-stop shop for locals and visitors alike at Montana Gas N Shop 1 Stop and opening Casino Montana in the back of the convenience store with 10 gaming machines, bar and...

  • Breakfast with Santa starts new traditions

    Dec 23, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – Caravanning from Kalispell on Saturday, Dec. 18, 20 members of the Wilson family dressed up, played and sang Christmas carols all the way "to the North Pole to see Santa," Ally Wilson said. When they arrived at the Falls Creek Guest Ranch Lodge, they were welcomed by the jolly old soul himself, treated to a pancake breakfast, enjoyed crafts, took photos with Santa and left with new toys and full tummies. "This has been so fun," Wilson said smiling as her three children took t...

  • Lightin' it up for the holidays

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The second annual Christmas Caravan of Lights lit up the streets of Seeley Lake Saturday night, Dec. 18. More than a dozen groups decorated their trucks and trailers, UTVs, and other vehicles and drove the streets of Seeley Lake before returning to the Chicken Coop for bonfires and the community gathering. To watch the parade visit https://youtu.be/KzUivP-s_VU....

  • 'Firestorm' of comments leads FWP to rethink elk proposals

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Dec 23, 2021

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has backpedaled on a controversial elk management strategy after a public response that FWP Director Henry “Hank” Worsech described as a “firestorm.” Even after the department backed away from the most contentious proposal it had planned to present to the Fish and Wildlife Commission, public commenters continued to raise concerns at yesterday’s commission meeting in Helena about a process they said has been rushed and favors large landowners and brings the state closer to privatizing wildlife. In response...

  • Snowmobile trail closures in effect for Westside Bypass area

    Lolo National Forest - Seeley Lake Ranger District|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The following over-snow vehicle use routes / snowmobile trails will be temporarily closed during the week, Monday – Friday, for winter logging activities and for public safety while the Westside Bypass Wildfire Resiliency project is implemented. The trails will be open for weekends (Saturday – Sunday). The project will help address existing fuel and vegetation conditions that contribute to an increased risk of severe wildfire in areas adjacent to state and private lands. Tra...

  • UM announces fall graduates

    University of Montana News Service|Dec 23, 2021

    MISSOULA – The University of Montana has more than 800 students who are degree candidates for fall semester 2021. The students listed in the links below are UM degree candidates or have been awarded their degrees. Students with “cum laude” after their name indicate a GPA of 3.40 to 3.69. “Magna laude” indicates a 3.70 to 3.89 GPA, and “summa laude” is 3.90 and above. Official awarding of a degree and any official graduation with honors or graduation with high honors designation is not made until students have completed their final term of enrol...

  • Donation supports Swan Valley School class trip

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – The Unaffiliated Lutheran Church of Condon members Valli Reed-Bigley (middle) and Shelby Stoll (right) presenting a $551 donation to Swan Valley School secretary Katie Gleason for the junior high class trip. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders take a trip touring Montana every three years. The next trip is scheduled for 2023. The Unaffiliated Lutheran Church of Condon meets Sundays at 11 a.m. at Liquid Louie's. This donations is from the offering that has been collected since t...

  • COVID and Medical Center updates discussed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board received several updates regarding COVID testing and vaccination opportunities as well as updates regarding the Seeley-Swan Medical Center at their meeting Dec. 14. Wednesday, Dec. 8 the Missoula City-County Health Department held a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation building. Seeley-Swan Medical Center Satellite Manager Georgiann McCoy said it was “overwhelmingly attended.” She understood that some waited for more than two hours and people were turne...

  • FWP proposing changes in Hunting District 285

    Mike Thompson, Region 2 Wildlife Manager - Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 23, 2021

    I can't believe I've lived to see this. It seems like it was yesterday. Maybe it was 30 years ago when I pulled my Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) pickup off the north side of Highway 200, snuck down off the grade between Woodchuck and Blanchard Creek and set posts for the sign that monuments my work out there to this day proclaiming "Hunting District 283/285 Boundary." The loneliest destination sign in Montana. Connected to no other apparent landmark. Pointing in no particular direction. Barely vi...

  • Proposed hunting regulations out for public comment

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 23, 2021

    Hunting regulation proposals for the 2022/2023 seasons were approved for public comment by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission last week and are now out for review and comment online through Jan.14. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold public meetings throughout the state to provide information and answer questions. Montana hunting season regulations are adopted biennially for most game species. This is a second opportunity for the public to provide input on 2022/2023 draft hunting regulation proposals. Earlier this fall in an effort...

  • Seeley Lake Stockings fill community with joy

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The room erupted with excitement when Santa walked through the door at the Seeley Lake Community Hall, Dec. 18. The third annual Seeley Lake Stocking event was a huge success where more than 65 children and a few adults had their photo taken with Santa, received a stocking full of goodies, chose a toy or stuffed animal, and entered to win sleds or bicycles. Thanks to organizer Sheila Czifro and support from the community and local businesses, everything was free. Seeley Lake S...

  • Gavin Tomasz Mercado

    Dec 23, 2021

    Gavin Tomasz Mercado graduated from Montana State University Dec. 17 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Enhancement K-12 and a minor in coaching. Mercado was among 838 undergraduate students that received degrees at the fall commencement ceremony. "I couldn't have completed such a monumental task like graduating Montana State University without the support of my family and close friends," Mercado wrote in an email. After finishing his student teaching experience, Mercado had the opportunity...

  • Board selects District Manager, continues solution search

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board selected a candidate for their open Interim District Manager position and heard a presentation from a manufacturer of wastewater treatment systems at its Dec. 16 meeting. The Board interviewed two candidates, David Losee and William (Bill) Decker for the manager position at last month’s meeting. After a 15-minute executive session the Board unanimously voted to offer the job to Decker. “It was a really tough decision because both of the candidates are highly qualified,” said Board Preside...

  • Immanuel with us

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith Lutheran in Condon & Holy Cross Lutheran in Seeley Lake|Dec 23, 2021

    “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:4-5 There is an old analogy that goes as follows: Imagine a room with no windows or outside light coming in. In the middle of that room there is a thick curtain that, when drawn, allows no light through it. On one side, it is completely dark to the point where one cannot even see their own hand in front of their face. The other side is fully illuminated by the light of a bright candle. When the curtain is pul...

  • Sunset School's holiday program was all music

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    GREENOUGH – Matthew Nord of Tangled Tones Music Studio in Missoula drives up once a week to teach music to the students at Sunset School. On Dec. 16 the students presented their holiday program for proud parents and friends. The singing began with John Denver's famous "Country Roads," accompanied by Nord's guitar. However, the students substituted a few more familiar locations. Instead of West Virginia they sang of "West Montana" as "almost heaven." Likewise, the Blackfoot River took the p...

  • A night of musical merriment

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School and Seeley Lake Elementary junior high musicians took the stage together at their combined concert Dec. 16. They played several traditional selections and songs from popular Christmas movies. The concert ended with a sing-a-long to "The Christmas Song." SSHS and SLE Music Director Janet Morgenstern said this was many of the students' first concert. She said, "I've been so impressed with their progress and so happy with what they are doing...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 23, 2021

    Community Ice Rink still in progress SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake ROCKS volunteers have been working hard to open the Community Ice Rink in the Seeley Lake Elementary ball field. While it has a good base, it needs cold weather, without snow, to finish the rink. Please do not skate on it until it is ready. Volunteers have been setting up and will maintain the rink. This includes snow removal, keeping the shed picked up, etc. If interested in volunteering contact ROCKS President Garry Swain garryswain@gmail.com. There’s snow place like Seeley Lak...

  • Eagles rise to challenges

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles boys basketball team took third place in the Copper League Tournament last week to end their season with a record of 10 wins and four losses. Despite all the uncertainty this season, Head Coach Bradley Miller was very pleased with the season and proud of his players. They took the first game of the tournament with a solid win over Clinton but a tough loss at the hands of Valley Christian sent them to the consolation bracket. The Eagles faced...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Dec 23, 2021

    In celebration of 35 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 seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Dec. 24, 1986 issue Residents to groom trails Area snowmobile trails will be groomed by local residents this year. In t...

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