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: February 5, 1987 issue

Site chosen for new Seeley P.O.

When the new Seeley Lake Post Office is built later this year, it will be located just south of the Seeley Lake Liquor Store on property owned by Don and Sandi Doucett and City Electric - if all of the government's plans go smoothly.

Postal Service operations seem to move rather slowly and officials on Monday were reluctant to make any definitive statements regarding the final construction of the proposed new post office.

However, the first major hurdle has apparently been cleared. Officials mailed written notice of the site selection to Dennis Nemmers, Seeley lake postmaster. Nemmers, in turn, posted the notice for public information.

It has been nearly a year since the Postal Service began reviewing possible sites to lease for the new post office. The locations of the other sites which were considered will not be released until those property owners are officially noticed, according to Frank Webber, Support Service, Salt Lake City Regional Office.

Webber indicated that it will be at least 60 days before contractors will be invited to bid on construction of the new facility. After those bids are received, it will probably be several weeks or longer, before a contractor could be chosen, Webber said.

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35 years ago: February 5, 1987 issue

Norman Maclean greeted by fans; accepts literature award

In spite of being temporarily snowed in at a Chicago airport last Thursday, Norman Maclean managed to arrive safely in Helena Friday afternoon to accept the 1987 Governor's Award for the Arts in Literature.

"Did you ever try to operate with the elements and ... (the) airline both working against you?" he asked, frustrated with his mid-winter trip to Montana.

But Maclean's spirits were undoubtedly brightened by the fact that many of his friends from the Seeley Swan Area greeted him in Helena and enjoyed watching him accept his award at an elaborate ceremony held Friday evening at the Helena Civic Center.

Maclean accepted the 1987 Governor's Award for the Arts for his book "A River Runs Through It," a collection of three stories about life and love and fly fishing in western Montana during Maclean's youth....

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20 years ago: Feb. 7, 2002 issue

Sportsman's Club planning skeet range at Club site

The Wilderness Sportsman's Club is considering building a skeet range at the existing gun club site in Seeley Lake. Our intent is to enhance the shooting opportunities for the public, as well as promote proper gun handling and safety programs for young shooters.

This facility will be open to the public with a nominal fee to cover the cost of the clay pigeons.

The funding for this project will be shared 50-50 by a grant from Fish, Wildlife & Parks. (The grant money comes from hunting license revenues.) The Wilderness Sportsman's Club will defray some of the Club's costs with donated labor and materials.

The Wilderness Sportsman's Club will purchase two skeet and one trap automatic clay pigeon throwers and will construct two 8 foot X 8 foot buildings for the skeet throwers. The third thrower will replace our old manually loaded trap thrower.

The Wilderness Sportsman's Club will conduct free clinics to familiarize people with safe gun handling as well as skeet and trap shooting.

Since this is open to the public and we are applying for a state grant, we ask that you attend a meeting...

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