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  • The Dusty Banditas ride again

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 13, 2024

    The Dusty Banditas gravel race returned to Ovando for a second appearance June 1. This year 300 riders entered, 60 for the 80-ish mile race and 240 for the 45-ish mile race. It was an increase in ridership of 100 from last years' 200-rider limit. The Dusty Bandita is the nation's first all-women gravel bike race. "Overall the event was hugely popular and successful," Jenna Tomiello, one of the co-race directors and director of MT Alpha Cycling in Missoula, said. "The positive energy at the...

  • Primary election results for Seeley-Swan Statehouse races

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    In June’s primary election, Seeley-Swan voters had 12 candidates for the Montana Statehouse to choose from on their ballots, along with levies related to local government studies. According to Montana’s Secretary of State tabulations, voter turnout statewide for the primary election was 40.9%, with 308,226 voters turning in ballots out of the 753,698 registered voters. Missoula County’s turnout was a bit lower, coming in at 39.5%. After the decennial redistricting process, some of the state House and Senate districts were rearranged perta...

  • Scenic Montana Trails event to introduce bike trails

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 13, 2024

    Scenic Montana Trails (SMT) is continuing its efforts to develop all-season trails for bicycles, fat tire bikes, e-bikes, ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles in the Seeley Lake area. An event held June 21-23 will introduce bike trail plans for the Nordic ski area off Morrell Creek Road. SMT has been working in partnership with the Forest Service, the Nordic Ski Club and a trail designer to develop the trails. The bike event is designed to introduce people to SMT and the proposed new bike trails, and prov...

  • Swimming lessons wrap up with a safety assembly

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    Shortly after a swimming safety assembly at Seeley Lake Elementary School, a mermaid and a lifeguard walked into the Grizzly Claw. Olivia Colburn (lifeguard), Melanie Blank (mermaid) and Michela Reese (local chiropractor) had wrapped up a three-week round of swimming lessons in Seeley Lake for about 70 school-aged children, four and up. The Double Arrow Lodge allowed the instructors, who all went through Red Cross training funded by the Seeley Lake Lions Club, host the swim lessons at the...

  • Swan Valley Elementary School celebrates eighth grade and kindergarten graduates

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    Last week Swan Valley Elementary School celebrated the school's eighth grade graduate, Noah Morgan, and three kindergarteners moving up to first grade. Three Swan Valley teachers spoke warmly about Morgan's positive attitude, hard work ethic and artistic skills in addition to his track and field prowess and ability to see the good in everyone. Morgan asked Swan Valley School Secretary Katie Gleason to be his guest speaker at the celebration. "I'm so honored that Noah asked me to speak today,"...

  • Salmon Prairie celebrates eighth grade graduate

    Colleen Kesterson|Jun 13, 2024

    In a brief outdoor ceremony covered against the rain showers, Nikylie Vance, the sole graduate from Salmon Prairie School, received her eighth grade diploma from her teacher, Holl Hubbard, Lake County Superintendent Carolyn Hall and school board member Kvande Anderson. Vance's three classmates told the audience of family, friends and neighbors that Vance helped them heat their lunches and with their schoolwork. They said they would miss her....

  • Seeley-Swan BPA student takes on Prospects and starting his own business

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    At 17-years-old, Ben Kesterke understands that business interactions hinge on the foundation of making deals with others. In meeting that end, Kesterke has spent the last year developing his social and networking skills despite having a lot of social anxiety around the same time. He wasn't bad at socializing, Kesterke said, but it made him really anxious and he wanted to get better at it. Kesterke traveled to the Bozeman-based Prospects business competition, hosted by the Montana Chamber of...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|Jun 13, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday June 15, 1989 Forest products production down everywhere this year Timber shortages and unusually cold weather in late January and February slowed production in Montana's forest products industry during the first quarter of 1989, reports the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. All major sectors of the industry - lumber, pulp and paper, plywood, particleboard and fiberboard - saw reduced production for the first quarter of 1989....

  • Memorial Day celebrations from Helmville to Condon

    Jean Pocha and Keely Larson, Pathfinder reporters|Jun 6, 2024

    In an area where history, hindsight and remembrance are important, it's not surprising the Seeley and Swan Valleys - where at least in Seeley Lake 14.6% of the population are veterans, according to Census data - treated Memorial Day as something special, and not just a three-day weekend. The Pathfinder was able to attend three celebrations throughout the valleys, and further afield, to see how the holiday was being commemorated. From Condon, to Seeley, to Helmville, one thing was for sure - the...

  • Seeley seniors presented with scholarships

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 6, 2024

    Two days before graduation, Seeley-Swan High School seniors sat in the gymnasium to receive scholarships provided by local and state-wide organizations. Anywhere from $750 to over $300,000 was awarded per student. A throughline from those handing out the awards was the importance of community service and volunteerism. Steve Bowen from the Seeley Lake Lions Club said community service is what drives our lives. Mary Stone, who presented the Seeley Lake Leo Awards and the National Honors Society...

  • Plastica debut, Seeley sixth graders put together and perform an opera

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 6, 2024

    When Shelia Devins had the Seeley Elementary sixth graders as first graders in music class, they were upset after learning how sea turtles can get caught in plastic that makes its way into the ocean. At the time, it was the last week of school and there wasn't a ton of time to dive in, so Devins and the class looked at what else could be used instead of plastic, like biodegradable straws or packing peanuts. Flash forward to this school year and the sixth graders harkened back to their concerns...

  • Grass under the ice certainly isn't always greener, Double Arrow Golf Course deals with winter kill off

    Keely Larson, Editor|Jun 6, 2024

    About a month ago, some of the greens at the Double Arrow Golf Course were looking quite brown. Before that, pictures of the course looked like it could have been a lake frozen over due to all the ice that formed on top of the grass. Kyle Darrow has been working at Double Arrow for 17 years. He's experienced years when the dead grass post-winter was rough and generally thinks worse seasons for the course are during El Niño years when winters in the United States are generally drier. But this...

  • Seeley Lake Community Foundation scholarship applications due June 17

    Claire Muller, Seeley Lake Community Foundation Executive Director|Jun 6, 2024

    The deadline is fast approaching for the Seeley Lake Community Foundation’s scholarship opportunity for local students. The 2024 SLCF scholarship is designed for students who have graduated from Seeley-Swan High School and are enrolling in their second or third year of post-secondary study at a college or technical school. The scholarship is meant to assist with costs incurred at a college, university, or technical school for the 2024-2025 academic year. The SLCF scholarship is generally in the $1,000 per student range. Applications are due J...

  • Sunset School graduation celebrates the school year

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Jun 6, 2024

    Sunset School celebrated their end of the year celebration on May 24, the last day of school. Family and friends packed the Lubrecht Forest Pavilion for the ceremony. The ceremony celebrated the school year with individual student awards, drum music, recognition of graduates and an emotional thanks to teacher Miss Peterson. "I'd like to thank the board members and staff who provided a robust and individual school experience this year," Toni Hatten, Head Teacher, said. "I like to recognize that...

  • Lolo Forest Plan Revision team meets in Seeley Lake

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|May 30, 2024

    The Lolo National Forest Plan Revision committee held the first of four meetings region-wide in Seeley Lake on Monday, May 20 at the Community Hall. Thirty people filled the chairs and contributed comments on draft alternatives to the proposed Lolo National Forest Plan. "We just closed the scoping comment period on the proposed Lolo Forest Plan," Carolyn Upton, Lolo Forest Supervisor, said. "Then I had a great idea, why don't we go to the communities to see if we got the issues right?" The three issues the National Forest suggested for...

  • Drier and warmer weather anticipated this summer, snowpack levels lowest since eighties

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 30, 2024

    A day before Montana’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee met to discuss the low precipitation levels of April and look at what was in store for the months to come, a traffic-stopping, Search and Rescue-compelling snowstorm occurred on Bozeman Pass on May 8. According to KBZK, the interstate was closed for almost 24 hours and some travelers were stuck in their cars for 15 hours. Those presenting at the committee meeting — including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Geological Survey — said...

  • Condon talks incorporation

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 30, 2024

    The Swan Valley Community Council heard a presentation on what it would take for Condon to become its own town at the council's May meeting. No action was taken, other than forming a subcommittee to further investigate incorporation, but general considerations of the idea included the prospect of being able to handle things on the town's own terms - without needing to fit in Missoula County's envelope for some things like road maintenance and building codes - and looking toward the future on...

  • Norman Maclean biographer to read in Seeley Lake

    Alpine Artisans|May 30, 2024

    In the first biography of one of Montana's most celebrated writers, journalist Rebecca McCarthy presents a detailed and intimate portrait of Norman Maclean's life and work. Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club and the Seeley Lake Historical Society are co-sponsoring McCarthy reading from her biography on Thursday, June 6 at the Seeley Lake Foundation Building at 7 p.m. Visit the historical museum's Maclean display that same day from 10:00 am until 6:30 pm to see their collection of Maclean...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|May 30, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday June 1, 1989 Montana Senators seek compensation for forest fire losses Montana Senators Max Baucus and Conrad Burns are seeking $10 million in compensation for property losses from wildfires originating in Yellowstone National Park or National Forests in Montana and Wyoming. In a letter sent recently by Baucus, Burns and Wyoming Senators Malcome Wallop and Alan Simpson to Senator Robert Byrd, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, the...

  • Game range opens with new parameters

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|May 23, 2024

    Instead of a line of trucks overflowing with antler hunters bombing through the west gate of the Clearwater-Blackfoot Game Range on opening day, 115 vehicles followed a game warden driving a side-by-side pilot vehicle through the east gate off Woodworth Road. Safety concerns because of excessive traffic around the Game Range west gate on opening day led Montana Fish and Game to explore options for the management of opening day. People camping and parking across Highway 83 and crossing the highwa...

  • Federal money on the table for a wastewater project in Seeley, potential system design expected in couple months

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Bill Decker sat in the beautifully lit meeting room upstairs in the Barn - what Seeley Lake residents refer to the combo museum, historical society and community meeting spot as - with legal pads and a folder of sewer-related information displayed in front of him. He was explaining a few things about April's sewer board meeting when his phone rang. A representative from Rep. Ryan Zinke's office was on the other line with news of a chunk of money available from the federal government - through...

  • Seeley-Swan student attends Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago

    Michele Holmes, Seeley-Swan High School BPA Advisor|May 23, 2024

    When Hattie Batchelder was a freshman, she had no idea what BPA was. She just wanted to participate in more clubs. She thought it was some sort of after-school class with a focus on business that was just a Montana thing. After four years of participating in Business Professionals of America, Batchelder's learned, competed and traveled to two national competitions, one in Anaheim, California - where Batchelder and friends placed eleventh in the nation in a podcasting category about an episode...

  • Condon voters approve general fund, technology levies

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 23, 2024

    Condon voters approved two levies the Swan Valley Elementary School Board put on May ballots. Just a little over $20,000 will be added to the school’s budget, about $10,000 into the general fund and about $10,000 for a technology fund, which the school didn’t have before presenting the technology levy to voters. The timing of voted levies across the state couldn’t have been worse in many cases. For Condon voters, the early-March announced levy was right before extra property tax bills were sent out by Missoula County and just before the annou...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder staff|May 23, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday May 25, 1989 Eighth graders excel in history project Five Seeley Lake eighth graders received 'excellence ratings' as this area's first participants in Montana History Day, an annual qualifying competition held at the State Capitol each spring as a preliminary to National History Days in Washington, D.C. Shawn Helvick and Jason Zebarth entered a group project on Camp Remini, Montana's World War II training camp for sled dog search and rescue teams. Melita...

  • Potomac teacher wins statewide award

    Keely Larson, Editor|May 16, 2024

    It certainly wasn't a bus evacuation assembly, which was the reason Potomac School Principal Sarah Schmill gave to her staff and students for gathering in the community center on May 6. The Potomac Community Center was filled with Potomac students, teachers, representatives from the University of Montana's College of Education, the infamous UM mascot, Monte, and family and friends of Abby Stitt, who was being presented with the Maryfrancis Shreeve Award for teaching excellence, of which she had...

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