Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

Community Briefs


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

CORRECTION: The Ovando School Board President Jim Stone (middle) was misidentified in the June 9 issue. He along with Powell County Superintendent of Schools Jules Waber awarded Jesse McKay his eighth grade diploma from Ovando School May 25.

CORRECTION: The Whalen Cabin that was recently moved to the Swan Valley Museum was donated to the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society by Roger Donald of Condon. Sharon Gressle and her relatives funded the move.

Delegate Selection County Convention – June 9

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Democrats are calling their 2016 Democratic Delegate Selection County Convention to be held Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at Hellgate High School, Main Auditorium, 900 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula. 

They will caucus with the purpose of electing delegates to be sent to the Montana Democratic Party's Delegate Selection Convention in Helena, Saturday, June 11 - who will then elect Montana Democrats to serve as Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the week of July 25. 

All Democrats, who are registered to vote in Missoula County, are encouraged to participate in this process to have the full diversity of Montana represented. There is no cost to participate.

The required affirmation form is available on our website: and must be completed prior to entry. Copies will be available at the door but greatly appreciated if attendees complete the form prior to arrival.

Please arrive no later than 6 p.m. Once the caucus begins, no new arrivals will be admitted.

SSHS Graduates Scholarships Available – Deadline June 30

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) announces scholarships are available to Seeley-Swan High School graduates who have finished at least one year of college, university or technical school.

Seeley-Swan High School will mail the application forms or one can be obtained by emailing Anne Beach at

Applications are due June 30.

The SLCF has provided $8,000.00 in scholarships to Seeley-Swan students since 2006.

Giving Opportunity to Support Merc Employees Without Work

SWAN VALLEY - The recent fire that destroyed the Mission Mountains Mercantile (Merc) was a tragedy for everyone in the Condon area but the impact is greater on the employees now without work.

In order to help with the impact of lost wages, Condon Community Church will use its benevolence fund to assist with valid needs in the coming weeks and months until the unemployed are able to find other jobs.

To assist with this effort please make donations to Condon Community Church with the notation on the check "for Merc employees." Mail to Condon Community Church, PO Box 1073, Condon, MT 59826.

All funds donated for this cause will be placed in a special benevolence fund strictly for the Merc employees and their families.

If additional information is needed please call one of the following:

Pastor Bruce Rippy 406-754-6760;

Elder Scott McCleerey 406-754-6453;

Elder Leon Kauffman 406-754-2333 or

Elder Buzz Busby 406-754-0044 

Public Advised of Truck Traffic on Cottonwood Lakes Road

SEELEY LAKE – Timber harvest activity and log hauling traffic associated with the Mountain Creek Stewardship project on the Seeley Lake Ranger District is expected to begin June 6.

The hauling traffic will occur periodically on the Cottonwood Lakes Road (#477) and motorists and general recreationists are asked to use caution while traveling on the road.

 The hauling will take place only during weekdays and only between Mile Markers 0.0 and 4.7. Signs advising the public of the work and truck traffic will be posted in the area. The log hauling is expected to continue until about June 17. The road will not be closed for this work. 

For updates on the status of the truck traffic or the Mountain Creek Stewardship work, please contact the Seeley Lake Ranger District at 406-677-2233.

Seeley Lake Library News

SEELEY LAKE - Registration for the Seeley Lake Library's Summer Reading Program, Get Ready, Set. . . Read, begins Tuesday, June 14 and will continue throughout the summer.

Children who participate will keep track of the time they read or listen to a book in order to earn prizes. The program concludes with grand prize drawings on Wednesday, Aug. 17. For more information call 677-8995.

The Seeley Lake Library is a branch of the Missoula Public Library located at Seeley-Swan High School. The library is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Story Time takes place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome.

FWP Seeking Members for Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on the west-central Montana Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). 

The CAC is a general advisory committee that provides input and feedback to FWP on diverse issues-from wildlife and fisheries management to access, state parks, outdoor recreation and law enforcement. The committee is designed to have a membership that represents a variety of west-central Montana communities and natural resource interests. 

Applicants must live in FWP Region 2, which includes the counties of Deer Lodge, Ravalli, Granite, Mineral, Missoula, Powell and the southwestern portion of Lewis & Clark.

FWP welcomes applications from hunters, anglers, trappers, boaters, outfitters and guides, other outdoor recreationists and anyone with an interest in natural resource issues.

The function of the CAC is to:

· Provide a forum for ongoing, two-way communication;

· Help FWP identify emerging issues;

· Provide advice and perspective on important resource and management issues;

· Assist FWP with crafting local solutions on regional and statewide issues.

The panel of volunteers typically has four evening meetings per year in Missoula. Members serve four-year terms and can reapply when their terms expire. Meals and travel expenses are provided.

To apply, download an application online at, or contact FWP at 406-542-5500. Completed applications must be received by Friday, July 1.

Public Comment Sought on Area Forest Plan Draft, Amendments and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

KALISPELL – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service released the draft revised land and resource management plan (draft Forest Plan) and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Flathead National Forest for public review and comment.

In addition to the effects of the draft forest plan, the DEIS includes the environmental consequences of the proposed forest plan amendments to incorporate habitat management direction for grizzly bears for the Helena-Lewis & Clark, Lolo and Kootenai National Forests. Written and electronic comments will be accepted for 120 days.

The publication of a Notice of Availability of the draft documents in the Federal Register begins the public comment period on both the draft forest plan, amendments and DEIS. Two open houses are scheduled during the 120-day comment period. One will be in Kalispell, Mont. June 20 from 2-6 p.m. at the Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office, 650 Wolfpack Way. The second will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve, Missoula, Mont. June 22 from 2-6 p.m. These open houses are intended as an opportunity to visit with individual planning team members and review maps of management area allocations by alternatives.

The draft documents are available for review and comment online at Comments may be submitted via email to, via facsimile to (406) 758-5379 or in writing to: Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT., 59901.

The Forest Service will carefully review the comments on the draft Forest Plan, Amendments and DEIS. There will also be an objection process for any unresolved concerns prior to the final decision.

For additional information, please contact Joe Krueger, Project Manager, at 406-758-5243, or


Reader Comments


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2019