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 By Susan Monahan    News    September 22, 2022 

Locals receive top weather observer award

SWAN VALLEY – Since 1981, husband and wife team Marty and Claudia Kux can be found daily at 6 p.m. recording the weather at their Lindbergh Lake home. Diligence and dedication has earned the couple the distinguished Thomas Jefferson Award, the...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    September 22, 2022 

Backcountry classroom brings outdoor lessons to life

OVANDO - Riding to school got a new meaning for Ovando School's third through eighth grade students Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Thanks to the Rich Ranch, students and teachers rode nine miles into Leota Park...

 

Paying the government's bills

SEELEY LAKE – Graduating high school in 2002 with no clear career path in front of him, Mike Brent joined the United States Navy. He knew he eventually wanted to pursue higher education. Serving in...

 

Comment period extended for Holland Lake Lodge Project

SWAN VALLEY - Kurt Steele, Flathead National Forest Supervisor, decided to extend the comment period for the Holland Lake Lodge Expansion Project until Oct. 7 and offer an additional public meeting in Seeley Lake Oct. 4.   “We had a...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 22, 2022 

SLE Parent Teacher Club formation meeting Sept. 26

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Michelle Dunn is excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience working with the Potomac School Parent Teacher Club to Seeley Lake Elementary. She hopes parents, teachers, administrators and other community...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    September 22, 2022 

Camp Paxson to host first Larch Day Oct. 1

SEELEY LAKE – Camp Paxson will be open to the public on Oct. 1st from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. for Larch Day. The Open House is an opportunity for area residents to visit and learn about the educational programs offered at Camp Paxson. Entrance to the...

 
 By Jenny Rohrer    News    September 22, 2022 

Japanese drumming group returns Oct. 2

SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans’ 2 Valleys Stage 2022-23 season opens with the return of the dazzling Canadian drumming group Fubuki Daiko at Seeley-Swan High School Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Single...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    September 22, 2022 

Offering full time, holistic approach to chiropractic care

SEELEY LAKE – After close to two years as the resident chiropractor, Dr. Michela Reese purchased Seeley Lake Chiropractic. The office will no longer be part of the Optimum Health and Wellness,...

 

Throw under the bus

Sportscasters, political pundits and social media propagators have become enamored with reporting about people thrown under buses. No physical violence has actually been perpetrated, of course. The phrase is only used metaphorically. But how did it...

 

Two grizzly bears euthanized after repeated conflicts

OVANDO – Wildlife officials euthanized two grizzly bears this week that were responsible for at least 10 conflicts in the upper Blackfoot Valley over the past two months.  Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife specialists reported that the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    September 22, 2022 

Proposal sought from engineer, new monitoring wells approved

SEELEY LAKE – At their Sept. 15 meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board followed their committee’s recommendation to seek a proposal from Water & Environmental Technologies (WET) and voted to install up to 14 additional monitoring wells....

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    September 22, 2022 

Enrollment increases, teacher resigns

SWAN VALLEY – Enrollment numbers are up at Swan Valley Elementary School for the 2022-23 school year, said Principal Aaron Morgenstern at the Sept. 13 Swan Valley School Board meeting. The School Board also received a resignation letter from Chris...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    September 22, 2022 

Blackhawks fall to Panthers in triple overtime

SHERIDAN – Seeley-Swan High School Football team suffered a tough loss Sept. 16 against the Sheridan Panthers. The final score after three overtimes was 32-33. Head Coach Jared Crum said, "Every...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    September 22, 2022 

Lady Blackhawks sweep Prospectors and Bobcats

SEELEY LAKE – The Lady Blackhawks added a pair of victories last week defeating the Granite Prospectors on the road Sept. 15 and the Superior Bobcats at home Sept. 17. After a close first set agains...

 

20/35 Year Look Back

In celebration of 36 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...

 

Community Briefs

Developmental and Preschool Screening Clinic Sept. 23 SEELEY LAKE - A free Developmental and Preschool Screening Clinic for children ages 0 to 5 for Seeley Lake and Swan Valley School Districts will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. -...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 15, 2022

Repeat offenders pay the price

SEELEY LAKE – Around Father's Day, Federal Officer Tyler Robinson responded to a call north of Seeley Lake. A homeowner left more than six bags of trash out on their porch and a black bear found...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 15, 2022

Love, laughter and ministry for the past 50 years

GREENOUGH – A hopeless romantic Don Johnson was inspired to surprise his wife Ruth with a dip kiss. While she was doing dishes in the kitchen, he snuck up behind her, spun her around, grabbed her...

 

Holland Lake Lodge expansion proposal meets resistance

SWAN VALLEY – Expansion plans for Holland Lake Lodge (HLL) were met with opposition from locals at the recent scoping open house held at the lodge Sept. 8. Over 100 area residents and users of...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 15, 2022

Never Forget - 9-11 Stand-in

SEELEY LAKE - On the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, members of the Seeley Lake Fire Department stood for 102 minutes on Highway 83 in front of the Post Office. This was the amount of time...

 

Fire danger increases to Very High in Missoula County

MISSOULA – Hot and windy conditions are drying fuels out, prompting Missoula County fire protection agencies to raise the fire danger in the Missoula area to VERY HIGH. Very high fire danger means that fires start easily from all causes,...

 

FWP elk management public meetings to be held locally

MISSOULA — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on revisions to the statewide Elk Management Plan last adopted in 2005. FWP began work on the revised plan in 2020, when a citizen’s group was convened to develop guiding...

 

Providing customer service in today's real estate market

SEELEY LAKE – Resident Kim Van De Riet has formed a partnership with her son Corey, Kalispell, to open VDR Realty, part of the eXp Realty family. The Van De Riets look forward to listening to their...

 

Back to normal this school year at SLE

SEELEY LAKE – Students at Seeley Lake Elementary begin the school year with no COVID restrictions in place. “We will follow quarantine guidance from the Missoula County Health Department,” said Josh Gibbs, Principal/Superintendent. “As...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 15, 2022

Swan Valley Library celebrates readers

SWAN VALLEY - In May Town Pump awarded the Swan Valley Community Library with a $1,000 grant to support their Summer Reading Program. The goal is to get the community children reading as much as...

 

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