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Welcome to the website of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder.
The Pathfinder is the award-winning weekly newspaper serving the communities of Seeley Lake, Condon, Swan Valley and the Blackfoot Valley of Montana.

Highlights from the May 28, 2015 issue

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Seeley Lake resident Doug Waldron sharing about J.K.P Stricklin, a 21-year-old who died Sept. 24, 1886 and is buried in the Reynolds City Cemetery. This is all Waldron knows about Stricklin creating more questions than answers. In preparation for Memorial Day, Waldron rebuilt Stricklin’s fence after it was destroyed by blow down. He also painted and replaced the eight other unmarked crosses in the cemetery. Full story page 5.

- SSHS Receives Bronze Award from U.S. News

SEELEY LAKE – U.S. News and World Report awarded Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) the bronze medal for being one of the best high schools in the nation. This marks the second year SSHS has received this recognition, the last being 2013. SSHS was one of 32 public schools recognized of 166 Montana schools.

- Wind Related Wildfires Start in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) responded to two wildland fires Wednesday, May 20 in Seeley Lake. Strong winds caused a tree to blow into the power lines on Redwood Lane and an unattended debris burn escaped containment on Grandview Drive.

- World War II Vet Remembers

SEELEY LAKE - In 1941 Burt Talcott was a young man at Stanford University taking a pilot training course because he was interested in flying. December 7 he and his friends heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. December 8 they all enlisted.

- Swan Song Ray Schmidt

- Guest Column – Part 2 Herbicides and Weeds – The Price We Pay

Last week I wrote about three ingredients used in herbicides – 2,4-D, glyphosate and aminopyralid. Here’s more of that story.

As far back as 1991 concerned scientists made a unified statement that synthetic hormone-based chemicals “could interfere with hormones of animals and possibly people. Fetuses and the young were at the greatest risk for disease, abnormalities and reproductive problems that were already manifesting in wildlife” (Wingspread Statement 1991, Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle, 1998).

- O’Brien Graduates from UM

1991 Seeley-Swan High School graduate Sandi (Cebulski) O’Brien graduated with honors from the University of Montana this past May. O’Brien received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology and an Art History and Criticism minor. She plans to attend law school in the fall.

- Seeley Lake Resident Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident

SEELEY LAKE - A Seeley Lake resident was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Boy Scout Road near Seeley Lake Campground in the early morning hours of Friday, May 22. The victim is hospitalized and his name and condition has not been released.

- Share the Road Signs Warn Motorists Along Salmon Lake

SALMON LAKE - Share the Road with Bicycle signs have been placed on Highway 83 on the north and south ends of Salmon Lake. This was a safety concern pursued by the Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) with Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) starting last fall.

- The Bees Are Back in Town

POTOMAC - In the Blackfoot Watershed the bee boxes are back bringing with them thousands of bees to the area. In addition to honey production, the bees are also important pollinators in the Blackfoot Valley.

- Pocha Releases First CD, Backroads

OVANDO - Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) sophomore Abram Pocha released his first album entitled “Backroads” at the end of February. He wrote four of the ten songs and was the solo instrumentalist and singer for the acoustic pop album.

- For the Love of History

REYNOLDS CITY - Seeley Lake resident Doug Waldron read a poem entitled “I’m Nobody!” by Emily Dickenson to honor the lives marked by eight unnamed crosses and J.K.P. Stricklin, who died Sept. 24, 1886 at the age of 21. For Waldron there are more questions than answers in the Reynolds City Cemetery but he has spent the last couple of weeks honoring those who were laid to rest near Elk Creek more than 100 years ago in preparation for Memorial Day.

- Partnerships at Seeley Area Irrigation Diversions Continue to Benefit Irrigators, Streams and Fish

The Clearwater River drainage is home to some beautiful streams and lakes, many of which still support native trout populations. Westslope cutthroat trout are still found throughout these drainages and bull trout that live in the local lakes and spawn in the feeder tributaries (a regionally rare life history) are still persisting.

- AIS Check Stations Open for Season

FWP – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials reminded private and commercial boaters that state law requires all motorists hauling watercraft—from trailers with motorboats or inflatable rafts to canoes and kayaks perched atop cars and pick-up trucks—to stop at inspection stations that opened this past weekend. Seventeen well-marked inspection stations will again be in operation beginning Thursday, May 21 through September including the Internal Highway Station at Clearwater Junction and the roving crew in the Swan Valley.

- Centenarian Ona Lake - Living One Day at a Time

SWAN VALLEY - One-hundred-year-old former Swan Valley resident Ona Lake reminisced about her life that began May 27, 1915 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. That hospital was the closest to her childhood home near Broadus, Mont. Today she lives in a retirement home in Missoula, Mont.

- Psychological Perspectives - Strategies For Meeting Anxiety - Ken Silvestro

- Students Help Ready State Parks

SEELEY LAKE - State Park Manager for Salmon and Placid Lakes Ryan Sokoloski presented award certificates May 20 to nine Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) junior high students. These students had volunteered their time and energy to help clean up the two parks in readiness for the influx of summer campers and boaters.

- Community Briefs

Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center Now Open Daily; Maclean Festival Writing Workshop Deadline Extended; Swan Valley AARP Program: A Visit to Vietnam; Ashley Engesser Guest Speaker at Sparrow’s Vine Annual Banquet; Seeley Lake Library News; Potomac Library News; Seeley Lake Community River Forum, June 2; FWP Embarks On New Mountain Lion Plan – Public Comment Sought

- Swan Valley School and Ovando School 2015 8th Grade and Kindergarten Graduates

- Sunset School Celebrates End of the Year

GREENOUGH - Sunset School celebrated the end of the school year May 21. The students received awards, shared things they had learned over the year and showcased their talents.

- Dancing Through the Decades

OVANDO - Ovando School students danced and sang through the decades at their annual May Day Tea, May 22. This year they studied American history starting with the Civil War. They wrote their program starting after World War I with the 1920s through the current 2010s. They dressed in the fashion of the decade, dancing, singing and sharing historical facts and events from the time.

- Seeley Lake Sewer District - Funding Application Update

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) board was updated on their funding application to the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) at their May meeting.

- Seeley Lake Rural Fire District - Retirement Approved and Board Reorganized

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees approved retirement plans for Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel and District Administrator Lynn Richards at their May 19 meeting. Vanden Heuvel also mentioned that the station would no longer be accepting expired medications.

- Swan Valley Community Council - Welcome Sign Becoming a Reality and No-Passing Zone Painted

SWAN VALLEY - At the Swan Valley Community Council (SVCC) meeting May 19, Kvande and daughter Iriey Anderson presented an update on the welcome signs for Condon. The SVCC also heard an update regarding the completion of the no-passing zone in front of the Swan Valley School.

- Lady Blackhawks Take Second in State

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks competed at the Class C State Championship track meet May 21-23 in Laurel, Mont. The Lady Blackhawks earned 46 team points to take second place, finishing just four points behind West Yellowstone.

For the Boys, Logan Maughan earned the only team points with a fourth place finish in the 3200-meter. Quinton Johnson finished the 300-hurdles in seventh and Justin Grimes placed tenth in the shot put.

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