Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

20/35 Year Look Back


Created by Anne Dahl

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: June 4, 1987 issue

The work-comp problem

Skyrocketing workman's compensation rates charged to employers in Montana's timber industry are having a big impact on traditional logging methods. Logging companies are moving toward more mechanization and hiring fewer sawyers and other employees.

"That's what makes you really stop and think about it - the Work Comp rate in Montana," Neil Meyer, longtime area logger, said recently. Thirty-four percent of the amount paid in wages by Montana timber companies must also be paid to the state Workman's Compensation Fund for insurance coverage. There was talk that the rate would go up to 45% beginning July 1 but that move appears to be stalled for now.

A sawyer who earns $100 a day actually costs his employer $150 when...

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35 years ago: June 4, 1987 issue: Fireworks return

July 4th billed as "best ever"

The 1987 Fourth of July celebration in Seeley Lake is already being billed as the "best ever" by Chamber of Commerce President Addrien Marx.

At the regular meeting of the Chamber Tuesday morning, LeRoy Vick presented an outline of the planned holiday activities.

The most exciting event this year will be the return of the "Fireworks over the lake" - a tradition that was dropped last year due to lack of funding. Vick said that "a summer resident" of Seeley Lake has offered to buy fireworks. Don Larson of Reddi Dock in Seeley Lake has volunteered to build...

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20 years: June 6, 2002

Community Band forming

A community band is being organized for the Seeley Lake/Swan Valley area. Any instrumentalists (or former instrumentalists) in the area are encouraged to become involved.

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