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: Jan. 22, 1987 issue

Water District to be metered

Last Tuesday's meeting of the Seeley Lake Water Board marked the first session with Don Larson, the board's new chairman, at the helm. Larson's first order of business was to have the board establish its goals for 1987.

The board decided that its top priority this year would be to fully meter the district. Although the board has a policy of requiring meters for all new hookups, the vast majority of district water users are as yet unmetered. Larson sees a number of advantages to metering:

• Grant money from the Farm Home Administration (FmHA) appears to be available for the installation of meters. About $60,000 would be required for metering the Seeley Lake district.

•Agencies such as FmHA will generally not make major funding available to a water district unless it is metered. Therefore, metering is a prerequisite for Seeley Lake's planned expansion of its water storage facilities.

• Metering will provide an incentive for users to conserve water. This, in turn, could reduce the need for expanded storage.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1987-01-22.pdf

35 years ago: Jan. 22, 1987 issue

Large first grade on agenda for board meeting

Seeley Lake Elementary trustees will be discussing how to handle the large first grade class next fall at their regular meeting this week. There are currently 31 youngsters enrolled in kindergarten at Seeley Lake and that class has been organized into two separate "shifts" - morning and afternoon.

Parents of children who may be enrolled in kindergarten next year have been asked to preregister their children before the end of this month. Preliminary registrations, though, indicate a much smaller kindergarten class for next year.

Also on the agenda for the Thursday night meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School library, is a report from the committee appointed last month to review the career guidance curriculum at the school.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1987-01-22.pdf

35 years ago: Jan. 22, 1987 issue

YAMAFEST organizers pleased with turnout

Nearly 400 snowmobiles were counted in the Seeley Lake area last Sunday afternoon, as people who traveled from as far away as Washington, Idaho and Eastern Montana came to enjoy the snow and groomed trails in the Seeley Swan Area.

"It was really surprising," Addrien Marx commented Monday night. "We saw a lot of people from Eastern Montana."

Marx, newly elected Chamber of Commerce president, is encouraged about the enthusiasm shown for winter recreation here.

"People outside of this area are coming here to enjoy winter sports," She said. "Area businesspeople that I talked to compared this past weekend to the Fourth of July."

Howard Uhl, Holland Lake Lodge, commented that between 85 and 100 snowmobilers also toured the south end of the Swan Valley and visited the Lodge.

Several encouraging things happened as a result of YAMAFEST, according to Marx.

"This community worked together...people enjoyed the event and each other."

She complimented all the Yamaha dealers who contributed to the event adding, "Two people who really are "Mr. and Mrs. YAMAFEST' and Mike and Betty Tingley. They organized it and helped the other dealers put these events together."

Mike and Betty Tingley are Yamaha dealers from Missoula. Other dealers supporting the event were the Cycle Center, Missoula; Ronan Sport Cycle, Ronan; Fun Unlimited, Columbia Falls and Al's Cycle Center, Hamilton.

There are a few minor changes, so far, being suggested for the 1988 YAMAFEST: A spaghetti dinner might be served instead of chili and trails for riding in the residential areas could be better marked and patrolled.

To read more visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1987-01-22.pdf


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