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 website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder.

35 years ago: Oct. 30, 1986 issue

Condon has 911

Swan Valley residents whose phones have the "754" prefix may now reach 911 emergency services dispatchers by simply dialing "911."

The new switching equipment was installed by Blackfoot Telephone last week, according to Earl Owens, supervisor for the cooperative.

Residents of Ovando and Greenough will still have to dial 1-728-0911 to reach emergency services, although Owens pointed out that they, too, will receive the switches in 1987, enabling them to simply dial "911" sometime next year.

Installation of new phone equipment also means that Swan Valley residents must now dial all seven digits in a phone number for the call to go through.

Other new services include: faster connections, call forwarding, call waiting, conference calls and speed dialing. For more information about these services, contact Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1986-10-30.pdf

35 years ago: Oct. 30, 1986 issue

Rainbows are retired

Two hundred and sixty nine rainbow trout, averaging four and a half pounds in size, were planted Monday in Harper's Lake near Clearwater Junction. A total of 1,212 pounds of fish were brought from the Arlee fish hatchery, according to Jim Crepeau, hatchery manager. Dan Cainan and George Wright, Seeley Lake, helped Crepeau with the planting operation.

The large rainbow trout are retired broomstick from the hatchery. Crepeau estimated that the largest of the fish weighed about 12 pounds. Most of the fish were males which were used to fertilize eggs, although there were about 30 females, two dozen of which were the big four-year-olds.

Crepeau said the broodstock are used for two years and then retired and planted into area lakes, including Seeley Lake, Van Lake in the Swan and Lake Como in the Bitterroot Valley. "If we keep them any longer (in the hatchery," Crepeau added, "they get too big to handle..."

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1986-10-30.pdf

35 years ago: Oct. 30, 1986 issue


Seeley Lake's second annual YAMAFEST, a snowmobile festival to be held Jan. 16-18, 1987 is shaping up to be the largest snowmobile event in Western Montana.

YAMAFEST, sponsored by Yamaha Motore Corporation USA, the Seeley Condon Chamber of Commerce and five Western Montana Yamaha dealers, will feature snowmobile competition events and activities for the entire family. Trophies and prizes will be awarded.

Registration and events will begin Friday evening, Jan. 16 at YAMAFEST headquarters, the Seeley Lake Community Hall. A chili feed and dance to live entertainment will be held Saturday night, Jan. 17.

Snowmobile clubs which will participate in YAMAFEST are: The Seeley Lake Drfitriders, The Missoula Snowgoers, the Mission Mountain Snowmobile Club from Ronan, the Bitterroot Riderunners from Hamilton, and the Flathead Snowmobile Association from Kalispell.

Friday activities will be: Poker run, Liars contest and Cider-cheese party and awards presentation. Saturday activities will be: Snodeo events, Poker run, Yamaha Open House and chili feed/dance and the Ugly Snowmobile Suit Contest, with awards for Snodeo and Poker run. Sunday activities will include: Radar run, Power pull and Poker run. All snowmobile events will be held at the heliport, north of Seeley Lake.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1986-10-30.pdf

20 years ago: Nov. 1, 2001 issue

Be prepared for a long conflict

(Tom Mitsoff is a long-time newspaper editor and syndicated editorial columnist. This piece was written shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.)

Our enemy now has a name.

And it's not Osama Bin Ladin.

Vice President Dick Cheney told the nation recently during his appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," that the United States is focused upon the international terrorist organization known as Al-Qaida. Bin Ladin is the founder of the organization, and therefore is certainly a target of the inevitable United States military response to terrorist attacks here on September 11.

But as with any nation, religion or ideology - all terms, which can be used to describe the Al-Qaida organization - it cannot be defeated by merely defeating one man or individual. There are many who share Bin Ladin's beliefs and, as we discovered, to the extent that they were and are willing to give their lives for the cause. In that respect, they are no less passionate for their nation, religion or ideology than are Americans.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/2001-11-01.pdf

20 years ago: Nov. 1, 2001 issue

Local effort raises nearly $3,000 for New York Relief Fund

What a great town we HAVE!! I just want to thank all the businesses and people of Seeley Lake for donating their time and their money to help the Seeley Lake New York City Relief Fund.

Elaine Warholic came up with this idea to place cans all over in different businesses to start up a fund tor the terrible disaster on Sept. 11, 01, in New York City.

I helped her get cans ready and we placed them around the businesses. I asked for our Seeley Lake Elementary school if maybe we could do a penny drive and everyone was very enthused about this. I got a fireman's boot from our Fire Department and the children filled it to the top with coins...

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/2001-11-01.pdf

20 years ago: Nov. 1, 2001 issue

Council working to expand trail system

The Seeley Lake Community Council is continuing to expand the recreational travelways.

A route is being planned which will allow people to travel around Seeley Lake without having to be on the roadway.

The next phase being considered will start on the south end of Boy Scout Road at Highway 83, go west to the State Section #4 then south into National Forest land.

An application for a grant from the State of Montana through the Recreation Trails Program is being prepared to be submitted by Nov. 16.

The first segment will be .08 miles along the north edge of Boy Scout Road at the south end of Seeley Lake. A 10-foot strip will be cleared to build a gravel-surfaced travelway.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/2001-11-01.pdf


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