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 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Working together for the past 60 years

SWAN VALLEY – When seventh-grader Karen Clothier from Salmon Prairie met eighth-grader Dale Conley of Big Fork at a 4-H meeting she told her girlfriends he was the cutest boy there. They worked...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Fire restrictions in place, no open flames

Due to worsening fire danger, campfires are banned and other fire restrictions went into affect Saturday, July 17 throughout most of the Missoula area. As of 12 p.m. Monday, July 19 there were 20...


Decision issued on the North Fork Native Fish Restoration Project

SEELEY LAKE - The Forest Service has issued a decision to authorize Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) to establish a secure conservation population of native westslope cutthroat trout in the North Fork of the Blackfoot River in the Scapegoat...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Equipment fire at Pyramid quickly extinguished

Seeley Lake Volunteer firefighters responded to an equipment fire at Pyramid Mountain Lumber Monday, July 19 just after 11:30 a.m. The front loader was fully involved and mill workers were actively... Full story


DNA ties euthanized grizzly bear to cyclist attack

OVANDO - DNA results received Wednesday, July 14 confirmed the bear killed by wildlife officials Friday, July 9 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...

 By Claire Muller    News    July 22, 2021 

Opportunity to receive $80,000 in down payment assistance

SEELEY LAKE - Learn about an opportunity to finally buy your own home here in Seeley Lake. Trust Montana, a non-profit community land trust, will present on its Home Buyer Choice (HB Choice) homebuyer assistance program, Tuesday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m....

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Remembering Trenton Johnson

SEELEY LAKE – Under smoke filled skies, family and friends of the late Trenton Johnson gathered at his memorial on top of the Florence Lake Trail 451 July 18 to remember him, share stories and...


Root weevil potential houndstongue biocontrol

Houndstongue is a well-known noxious weed here in the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot region. As a member of the Borage family, it contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids that make it toxic for livestock to...

 By Juniper Davis    News    July 22, 2021 

Pathways and Trails Master Plan outreach meeting July 28

Missoula County is embarking on the creation of a county-wide Pathways and Trails Master Plan, focused on creating regional connections outside of Missoula’s urban area. They are seeking community input to understand current needs and values to gui...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

BLM closes Garnet Ghost Town and surrounding area

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

 By Henry Netherland    News    July 22, 2021 

Texas 4000 for Cancer rides through Seeley

SEELEY LAKE - Students from the University of Texas at Austin stayed the night at the Seeley Lake Baptist Church Wednesday, July 14 as they made their way back to Texas from Glacier National Park as...

 By Henry Netherland    News    July 22, 2021 

Sharing a lifetime of outfitting experience

SEELEY LAKE - Former Bob Marshall Wilderness outfitter Smoke Elser broke down the history and methods of packing during a special outdoor presentation at the Big Larch Campground amphitheater...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Board closes in on Action Plan, vice chair resigns

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board continued discussing an Action Plan for moving forward at its July 15 meeting. In other business, Vice President Beth Hutchinson resigned her position ahead of the meeting and the Board approved a...

 By Henry Netherland    News    July 22, 2021 

Board selects new principal, chair resigns

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Elementary School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Aaron Morgenstern of Seeley Lake as the school's new principal and music teacher during their regular meeting...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Change Your Pace Challenge sets new fundraising records

SEELEY LAKE – Into its sixth year of the Change Your Pace Challenge, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation raised over $80,800 for 14 local organizations, including over $23,000 for the CYP Match Fun...

 By Jenny Rohrer    News    July 22, 2021 

AAI receives several grants

SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans is gratified to announce recent grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Humanities Montana. “A common reaction of many people new to the area when they f...

 By Henry Netherland    News    July 22, 2021 

Snow Peaks offers variety of vehicle customizations

SEELEY LAKE - Snowy Peaks Off Road & Fabrication Owner Dean Ruth is prepared to make any welding or fabrication modifications his customers request with his new automotive customization shop based...

 By Henry Netherland    News    July 22, 2021 

Author tells the life story of pioneer John Colter

SEELEY LAKE - Every Sunday at the Seeley Lake Market, Author Powell Swanser of Turah, Montana sells his first book, "John Colter Young Patriot," in addition to a knife set and aquatic creature...

 News    July 22, 2021 

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 22, 2021 

Overcoming the odds on 2,600 mile journey

EDNA, CALIFORNIA - Seeley-Swan High School graduate Kyle Peltier is over halfway through his multi-month journey hiking along the west coast on the Pacific Crest Trail. He began his trek April 11. As...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Dry Cabin fire grows to 2,200 acres

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS – As of Monday, July 19 at 4 p.m. the Dry Cabin fire in the Scapegoat Wilderness grew to 2,200 acres. According to Public Information Officer Trainee Heather Martens, this was due to the hot, dry weather conditions over the...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Free gun locks available, residents selected for program

SEELEY LAKE – At their July 13 meeting, Seeley-Swan Medical Center Satellite Manager Georgiann McCoy informed the Seeley-Swan Hospital District board about their continued partnership with Missoula City-County Health Department to provide free gun...

 By Henry Netherland    News    July 22, 2021 

SSHS students qualify for Junior Olympic Games

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School students Sariah Maughan and Kyla Conley are heading to Houston Texas later this month to participate in the National Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games...

 News    July 22, 2021 

Community Briefs

COVID-19 testing available for outbound travelers MISSOULA - The Missoula City-County Health Department’s (MCCHD) COVID-19 testing clinic located at 4025 Flynn Lane now offers free COVID-19 testing for residents who plan to travel outside of...

 By Andi Bourne    News    July 22, 2021 

Multiple structures lost in afternoon blaze

SEELEY LAKE - At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 firefighters were called to a structure fire on Juniper Drive in Seeley Lake. When they arrived multiple structures were involved and... Full story


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