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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 April 23, 2015 issue
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Seeley-Swan Search & Rescue assisting Flathead County Sheriff and Flathead County Search & Rescue personnel on April 21 in their search for three snowmobiles that were lost in Seeley Lake, Dec. 26. The Flathead is using this as a training exercise for their dive team. Using side-scan sonar they located what they believe to be the snowmobiles. They were able to confirm the location of one of the snowmobiles at a depth of 86 feet using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). Although divers were put in the water, they were unable to find the snowmobiles due to lack of visibility at the bottom. The operation was complicated by 10-15 mile per hour afternoon winds. Flathead County divers are expected to return in the next couple of weeks to remove the snowmobiles.
- SSHS 4+ Week Approved
The Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposed 4+ day school week for Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) at their regular meeting, April 14. SSHS staff will finalize the details for the transition during their staff development day April 27. It will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.
- Paws Up for Cakes for K9s
Pop’s Place Family Restaurant opened their establishment and served nearly 70 people April 14 for the Cakes for K9s fundraiser for Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter in Potomac. Paws Up operator Hazel Tyler and members of the board were overwhelmed with the support from Tim and Connie Clark, owners of Pop’s Place, all the volunteers who helped serve the breakfast and everyone who attended and supported the event.
- Trailblazers Host Local Vaccination Clinic
As a part of their commitment to community service, the Seeley Lake Trailblazer 4-H Club is hosting a vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and horses, Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. at the Dupree’s home, 239 Whitetail Drive in Seeley Lake.
- Seeley Lake Sewer District - Funding Looms on the Horizon
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) has requested additional information for the Seeley Lake Sewer District’s (SLSD) funding application. The SLSD applied to RD for a funding package that consists of part grant and part loan.
- Working Together to Benefit Water Quality
The waters of the Blackfoot give us peaceful floats between ponderosa-studded banks. They drive an agricultural lifestyle and economy, watering grass and cows. They sustain an array of wildlife, birds and fish that makes the Blackfoot a magically intact ecosystem.
- Seasonal Grizzly Bear Capturing Begins
rogram to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and Tribal wildlife managers will once again begin seasonal scientific capture operations in parts of western Montana this month.
- Bear Resistant Containers Available in Seeley Lake
The Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) recently awarded a grant to reduce bear-human conflicts in the Seeley Lake and Clearwater areas by purchasing 50 bear-resistant garbage containers.
- Potomac School Board Faces Future
During a three-hour meeting April 13, the Potomac School Board of Trustees discussed Potomac’s sexual offender policy and will begin the process of reviewing applications for the principal position at a special meeting April 20.
- Local Artist Accepted in Showing at MAM
Three photographs taken by Seeley Lake photographer Ken Dvorak will be among the art pieces on display at a special showing at the Missoula Art Museum (MAM). Entitled “Intimate and Expansive: Montana Triennial 2015” the showing will officially open May 1 in the Carnegie Gallery and will run until Sept. 5.
- Council Ponders MDT Traffic Study
The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) discussed their options for responding to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) traffic study at the council’s April meeting. The council also discussed a community wood storage project.
- One-Room Schools Different Quality of Learning
Sunset School, a one-room school in Greenough, gained national attention when The New York Times wrote the article “One-Room School Also One-Student School” written by Jim Robbins. This spring, Sunset’s fame gained international attention as researcher Jim Thomas from South Africa visited with the purpose of learning from teachers and students in a one-room schoolhouse setting. He, along with his wife Alette Zietsman-Thomas, hopes to bring what they learn from the states back to South Africa to improve their education techniques.
- Eyeglasses for Thailand Result of Efforts by Lutheran Team
Swan Valley resident Joyce Wegner traveled to Thailand with a team of eight short-term missionaries from the Lutheran Church at Creston, Mont. In Thailand, they joined with the Thai Lutheran Hour team and optometry professionals to help the Thai people strengthen their eyesight and be exposed to Christian teaching sponsored by Lutheran Hour Ministries. During their two-week trip, from the end of January to mid February, more than 800 Thai residents living in Faorai, a district located in the northern province of Nong Khai, were tested and fitted for new eyeglasses.
- Come, Follow Me
One of my assignments as a recent missionary in West Africa was to teach Sunday school to a small bunch of people in a fishing village on the Golden Coast. Living with these people, and watching how they lived a simple and happy life, gave me a glimpse of what it must have been like to live when Christ walked the earth.
- 2015 Regular Session of the Montana Legislature
Legislative Roundup Week 15: Water Compact, E-Cigs and Public Lands Task Force Bills Advance; Sen. Malek Reflections 2015 Montana Legislature Week 15; Major Fee Increase Bill Dominates Fish and Game Conversation
- Cowgirl Ramblings - Small Town America, by Heather Layman
- Community Briefs
Correction Regarding Holland Lake Day Use Fees from April 16 issue; Swan Lake Boat Ramp Repaired-Open for Use; Music Galore III, April 30; Swan Valley American Legion Post No. 63 25th Annual Chili Cook Off; Subdivision Review, Variances and Appeals Public Hearing, May 5; PSC to Host Roundtable Regarding Landlord-Tenant Utility Issues
- SSHS Musicians Stand Out at Festival
The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) musicians in band and choir participated in the District 2 Music Festival, April 17 and 18 in Missoula, Mont. The band received a superior rating for the sixth year in a row while the choir received an excellent rating. Singers sophomore Mary Strumpfer and freshman Lana Higgins will be going to state festival with their duet and sophomore Cora Grube earned an excellent rating for her solo.
- Sports - Week in Review