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  • Runners soak up the sun at annual Snow Joke Half Marathon

    Hattie Batchelder|Mar 8, 2023

    Runners from all over Montana, and even several from out-of-state, joined together on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the 44th annual Snow Joke Half Marathon. The Snow Joke is hosted in late February every year and is one of Montana's oldest footraces. The first official Snow Joke was hosted on February 23, 1980, with a total of 33 races. The race grew popular over the years, with 328 runners participating in this year's race. Temperatures reached the mid 30's on Saturday with blue, sunny skies projected...

  • Smith River permit drawing results available

    Mar 8, 2023

    The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2023 are now available online on FWP’s website. In addition to the online results, successful applicants will be notified via email. Links within the email will allow permit holders to download and print their float permit, as well as access important and detailed information regarding their upcoming Smith River float. Permits are required to float the iconic 59-mile stretch of the Smith River, which is celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout f...

  • Seeley Lake dog sled racer wins in Montana, looks to Alaska

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    Feb. 13 brought another first place win for local dog sled racer, Jessie Royer. The 46-year-old musher and dog trainer crossed the finish line with her seventh win in the Race to the Sky event, a 300-mile trail-race from Lincoln to Seeley Lake, and back. Royer has been running sled dogs for 31 years, since she was 15. Two years after getting her first dog team she won the event in Lincoln and she's competed many more times since.Spending a childhood between cattle ranches in Ennis, White...

  • 'Bucket list' brown trout is one for the wall

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Feb 23, 2023

    Saturday Feb. 11 started like any other day of ice fishing. Wyatt Blevins of Missoula and his friend Morgan McKinney set out on the ice just before sunrise. The brisk Montana morning promised a day of cold air and light breezes across the arid ice field of Seeley Lake's frozen surface. Blevins set a line and immediately caught a small pike. "I was like 'okay, today might be alright,'" Blevins said. The first pike was a small one and as the following hours brought more of the same their optimism...

  • Camp to provide another summer of outdoor study

    Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp|Feb 23, 2023

    The Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp is now taking applications for July 16 -21. For 37 years, the camp has provided youth an opportunity to study in an outdoor classroom. Today’s scientific principles, economic realities, historical heritage, and social perspectives help these future leaders in their quest to gain natural resources perspective that is informed and progressive. Campers learn about forests, streams, soils, geology, rangeland, wildlife, and recreation and spend half-day rafting the Clark Fork River’s Alberton Gorge. In bet... Full story

  • UM researchers seek to clarify complicated hunting regulations

    Oct 20, 2022

    By Raequel Roberts, UM News Service MISSOULA – Coming in at a weighty 143 pages, Montana’s 2022 book of deer, elk and antelope hunting regulations is an impressive tome listing license costs, permit drawing stats, season start dates, tag requirements and the ominous penalties for breaking any of its stated rules. It’s a valuable resource in the management of the state’s beloved big game animals and a must read for hunters heading out into the field, but it also can be an intimidating opus for even the most experienced hunter, never mind ne...

  • Around town

    Vince Lovato|Oct 13, 2022

    A group of boys played a rousing game of football at the south end of the Seeley-Swan varsity football game recently....

  • Horse sweat and cards...

    Oct 13, 2022

    By Jean Pocha Pathfinder Correspondent HELMVILLE "Thanks for riding with us," were the parting words to the 170 riders after they drew their last card in the Third Annual Helmville Poker Ride Oct. 8 marked the day for the Helmville Community Fundraiser. The ride was held on the Mannix-Wineglass Ranch a couple miles southeast of Helmville. Both a five and ten mile loop in the foothills of Hoodoo Mountain were available to riders. Cards were drawn and recorded at five separate stations along the...

  • Pickleball comes to Seeley Lake

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Players from eight to 80 years old join together for Pickleball on the Seeley Lake Elementary School tennis courts twice a week. Carole Rice, Seeley Lake resident, has been playing Pickleball for six years and wanted to introduce the sport to Seeley Lake. Pickleball is a sport which combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a paddle and wiffle-type ball. Pickeball can be played as doubles or s...

  • Running across America

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2022

    HELMVILLE – While running across America, Greg Nance passed Helmville on Highway141 June 27 and spent the night in Seeley Lake. During an impromptu interview near the Highway 141 and Highway 200 junction, Nance shared his life passions and motivation for the adventure. Beginning in Long Island, New York City April 25, Nance aims to finish July 17 at Ocean Shores, Washington. The journey is planned to take 85 days, running an average of 38 miles a day. "Being naturally hard-headed and liking t...

  • Friede conquers Baja 1000

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 2, 2021

    MEXICO - Seeley Lake's Curtis Friede pulled off a miracle in Mexico, racing 1,227 miles from Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico to complete the Baja 1000 race Nov. 20. "The Baja is the most rugged, brutal, off-road race in the world, no doubt about it. So I thought, you know, it'd be really fun to do that one time," Friede said. "I've been an adrenaline junkie my whole life." The idea of Friede racing in the Baja this year was planted last February at the King of Hammers race in Southern... Full story

  • Free dryland dog mushing training camp Oct. 2-3

    Pam Beckstrom, Montana Mountain Mushers|Sep 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Montana Mountain Mushers is holding a free dog mushing clinic on Saturday, Oct. 2-3 at the West Side Bypass Trailhead, four miles north of Seeley Lake, Montana. All beginning or experienced mushers, runners, bike and scooter enthusiasts are invited to Canine Fun Days. The clinic will run from 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9 - 11 a.m. Sunday. There will be hands-on training for everyone. Experienced dog mushers will answer questions about equipment, proper training, nutrition and venues for dog mushing. Following the clinic,...

  • Blackhawk Disc Golf Course gets an upgrade

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Aug 26, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Blackhawk Disc Golf Course near Seeley-Swan High School received a string of renovations this past year. SSHS teacher Trace Stone said while he has done some work on the course in the past, this year is the most they have done at one time. Stone said former teacher Brian Bennion was enthusiastic about the project and helped him organize with the student council to work on redoing the course, installing posts and putting in dirt tee pads. Much of the work dealt with reviving...

  • Garnet Offers Montana's Best Preserved Ghost Town

    Rick Graetz, Department of Geography University of Montana|Jun 30, 2016

    GREENOUGH - It's quiet now, especially when heavy snows descend on the Garnet Mountain Range. More than 120 years ago though, Garnet was a boisterous place, going full blast even in the harsh winter months. Its main link to the lower elevations was a rough and somewhat torturous road that led south along Bear Creek to Bearmouth on the Clark Fork between Drummond and Missoula. The old town is part of a mining district that covered an extensive area of these mountains. Placer gold was first...