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 By Henry Netherland    News    July 15, 2021

Cyclist killed by grizzly bear

OVANDO - Before dawn Tuesday, July 6, Leah Lokan, a 65-year-old cyclist from Chico, California, was killed by a grizzly bear while camping in Ovando. Friday morning, a grizzly bear suspected of killing Lokan was shot and killed by wildlife officials...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Kovatch named Gatorade Player of the Year

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS- In its 36th year honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade named 2021 Seeley-Swan High School graduate Klaire Kovatch its 2020-21 Gatorade Montana Girls Track &...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Fire danger extreme - Use caution outdoors

MISSOULA - Hot, dry conditions and lack of precipitation forecasted are prompting Missoula County fire protection agencies to raise the fire danger in the Missoula area to EXTREME, effective...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Lost goat finds new home in Seeley Lake

HOLLAND LAKE – Finding a Billy Goat in distress near Upper Holland Lake was not something Jennifer Fife of Great Falls and her friend Ryan Seyler expected to find on their first day hiking into Big...

 

AAI Senior Scholarship and Youth Grants awards announced

SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans is pleased to announce our Senior Scholarship winner and three additional Youth Grant awards. Seeley-Swan High School recent graduate Kess Victor will use her $1,000...

 

FWP seeks comment on several wildlife-related proposals

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public review and comment on several wildlife-related items approved for comment during the recent Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting. Proposals include the 2021 wolf hunting and trapping...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Free family photo event this weekend

SEELEY LAKE – “We wanted everyone in the community to have the opportunity to get a family photo that doesn’t cost anything,” said Jama Mauldin, executive director with Sparrow’s Vine Pregnancy Resource Center. Thanks to a grant from the...

 

Volunteers dig in to remove fragrant waterlily

SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) sponsored an invasive fragrant waterlily "dig-it" event on Saturday, July 10. The demonstration project on Seeley Lake is being used to test...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    July 15, 2021

Forest Service offers public land for private opportunities

SEELEY LAKE - While Forest Service land is open to the public, businesses and other organizations have opportunities to lease or hold events on federal land that may require a fee for use. Kate Jerman, Lolo National Forest public affairs officer, sai...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    July 15, 2021

Loving Hearts brings out its best for upcoming fashion show

SEELEY LAKE - Loving Hearts Thrift Store is prepared to show off the best it has to offer at its annual Fashion Show. The fundraising event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 inside Mission...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    July 15, 2021

Offering a unique riding experience

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Adventures Operations Manager Heather Myre said she is looking forward to helping customers and staff explore the natural area in and around Seeley Lake with her new motorized...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    July 15, 2021

Selling signs with amusing sayings

SEELEY LAKE - Annie Micklitz helps her husband Jeff sell his custom made slogan signs every Sunday at Seeley Lake Market. Annie said Jeff makes his signs in his woodshop from trees or reclaimed...

 

20/35 Year Look Back

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...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    July 15, 2021

Potomac chef offers 'eclectic' menu

POTOMAC - Jennifer "Niffer" Stackpole owned her catering service The Balsamroot Catering Company for around a decade before she opened her new food truck the Copper Cliff Cafe last summer. She loves s...

 

Dumbbells and pots

Half of the year is gone and far more than half the people whose New Year’s resolution was to get in shape have long since put away the dumbbells and let their bodies go to pot. Which brings up the questions, why are exercise weights called...

 

Community Briefs

Weekly COVID-19 update As of July 12, there have been 114,325 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There have been 874,859 doses of vaccines administered and 434,242 Montanans fully immunized. There are 466 active cases, 5,555 total hospitalizations with...

 

Dry Cabin fire burning in the Scapegoat Wilderness

OVANDO - On Sunday, July 11 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Dry Cabin Fire was reported and aerial resources were dispatched immediately to size up the fire. The fire is located approximately 20...

 

DNA ties euthanized grizzly bear to cyclist attack

DNA results received Wednesday confirmed the bear killed by wildlife officials last Friday was the same bear who fatally attacked a camper in Ovando early on the morning of July 6. The DNA samples from the bear, saliva sample at the scene of the...

 

BLM closes Garnet Ghost Town and surrounding area due to wildfire

Due to a wildfire burning about a mile east of Garnet Ghost Town, the Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed the historic site and surrounding area for public safety and to allow firefighters to conduct suppression activities. The closure... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 15, 2021

Campfires banned and Stage II Restrictions implemented

Due to worsening fire danger, campfires are banned and other fire restrictions are taking effect at 12:01 a.m. July 17 throughout most of the Missoula area. Stage II restrictions will go into effect... Full story

 

DNRC working to contain Anderson Hill fire near Garnet Ghost Town

MISSOULA - The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is working to contain the Anderson Hill Fire located one mile southeast of Garnet Ghost Town in Granite, Powell, and...

 
 By Henry Netherland    News    July 8, 2021

Increase in cub abandonment bewilders specialist

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Bear Specialist Jamie Jonkel said he is confused by the recent number of local mother bears abandoning their cubs either permanently or...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Pop Up Market offers Saturday opportunity

SEELEY LAKE – There is another Market in town this summer with vendors from the area. The Pop Up Market will be held every week on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fat Hippie's lawn through the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 8, 2021

Fostering community through the generations

SEELEY LAKE – "I didn't like the races but this memory – the laughing, grown up racing, teenage cousins who were really competitive and the whole atmosphere of family, laughing and hanging out...

 

Pathfinder wins numerous awards

SEELEY LAKE – Each year the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA), a consortium of 83 news publications throughout the state, sponsors the Better Newspaper Contest. The goal of the contest is to...

 

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