Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

20/35 Year Look Back


Pathfinder photo from the May 21, 1987 issue

Wayne Cahoon slides home during the Lakers game against Lincoln last Saturday.

In celebration of 36 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 for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 36 years as documented by the Pathfinder.

35 years ago: May 21, 1987 issue

Clearwater fisheries may face dismal future

Story Suzanne Vernon

If perch populations aren't soon controlled in the Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes, trout fishermen here may not have much to fish for, according to Don Peters, fisheries biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Missoula.

"You'll get more of what you've got right now - marginal fisheries," Peters said last week. Biologists are now looking at ways to control perch populations - which have peaked and crashed and are now increasing again, Peters said. Several years ago, fish barriers were installed between lakes and several lakes were poisoned in an attempt to control perch. Recently, McBride trout, a Yellowstone strain of cutthroat, and McConaughy rainbow have been introduced into area lakes in an attempt to control perch populations...

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35 years ago: May 21, 1987 issue

Blackhawk Booster Club: Support for athletics and academics

In the eight years since the Blackhawk Booster Club was created, members have donated thousands of dollars to Seeley-Swan High School in support of athletic and academic programs. Nearly everything, from the bleachers at the football field to the backboards in the gym have been donated by the Booster Club.

The organization was the brainchild of Roger and Rhea Johnson and Mike and Sue Holmes.

"We first started talking about it when we met Mike and Sue during a football practice in August 1979," Rhea recalls. Johnsons were watching their son Steve who was a senior at the time and Holmes were watching their son Shawn who was a freshman. Out of those early conversations came a commitment for "People support" of athletic events...

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20 years ago: May 23, 2002 issue

Loon & Fish Festival running on 10 years

Story Peggy Meinholtz

Created by Anne Dahl

This Memorial Day Weekend, Alpine Artisans invites the public to help them carry on the many traditions developed over 10 years of the Loon and Fish Festivals in Seeley Lake.

This Year's Loon and Fish Festival offers two days filled with nature walks and talks, arts and crafts demonstrations, children's art activities and games and a Bowl of Soup Benefit lunch, all centered around an Arts and Crafts Show and Sale featuring original work by area artists.

Most activities take place at the Seeley Lake Community Hall on Highway 83. Admission is free...

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