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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 April 17, 2014 issue

- Teen’s Hobby Documents Passion

Seeley Lake snowmobiler Caleb Kesterke has been pursuing his snowmobiling passion since the age of two. He started shooting video of himself riding two years ago to, “record all the fun stuff I was doing out there.” Last spring he gained national recognition through the first amateur video competition put on by North Road Productions out of Kenai, Alaska.

- Project to Proceed - Judge Lifts Injunction
on Colt Summit

In an order filed April 4, Federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy dissolved the injunction on the United States Forest Service (USFS) for the Colt Summit project allowing them to proceed with project implementation. Although the USFS and it collaborators feel this is a great victory for collaborative projects and on-the-ground restoration work, the plaintiffs, Friends of the Wild Swan and others, feel this is a loss for wildlife and habitat.

- They’re Back!!

If you are out in the woods make sure to check yourself and your pets for ticks. This Rocky Mountain wood tick found on a dog April 14 is just the start of the tick season. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, tick season last from the onset of warmer weather until about mid-July when warmer weather and low humidity causes ticks to become inactive.

- SLE Levy Presented to Voters

The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) School Board of Trustees approved a $17,999 levy for the May 6 school election. SLE Superintendent Chris Stout said the proposed levy will maintain the current budget and allow programs SLE currently offers to continue.

- Flood Advisory for Missoula County

MISSOULA - The public is encouraged to begin preparing for potential flooding. Missoula Emergency Officials and the National Weather Service believe that current snow pack levels pose a risk for potential flooding in and around Missoula County this spring. Several agencies from Missoula City and County are coordinating efforts to plan for potential flooding. Below is some information you should know about flooding to help you make informed decisions about your safety and your property.

- Swan Valley Homesteads Protected Forever

According to Alice Brunson Lawrence’s memoir My Swan River Memories, it took five days for her parents’ covered wagon to journey from Missoula to their homestead near Condon, the area of Vital Ground’s most recent undertaking in Montana’s Swan Valley – the Elk Flats Neighbors Project.

- Spring Hunting Season Begins!

Local Hunters Prepare for Ursus americanus and Meleagris gallopavo merriami

Spring black bear and Merriam’s wild turkey hunting seasons have opened.
Spring tom turkey hunting opened April 12 and runs through May 18 in the general hunting district that includes Potomac Valley. Spring black bear dates are from April 15 to June 15 in Bear Management Unit (BMU) 290, which includes Potomac.

- Desserts Offer Community Thank You

Grasshopper cheese cake, lemon tea cake, Blondes and Baklava were just a few of the selections at the Destinations for Education Dessert Night hosted at Double Arrow Lodge, April 9. The free desserts, atmosphere and music, provided by Mile Marker 45, were all to thank the community for its support for the Seeley-Swan High School trip to Orosi, Costa Rica.

- Scam Alerts For Missoula County Residents

Numerous Missoula residents reported receiving a phone call from a man referring to himself as “Sergeant Jackson” of the ‘Warrants Division.’ The caller advises victims that they failed to show for jury selection and the court issued a warrant for their arrest.

- Seeley-Swan Band, Choir Stand Out at District Music Festival

Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) Band and Choir performed at the District Music Festival held at Sentinel High School in Missoula, April 11. Both groups impressed the judges with their sound compared to their size. T.J. Freyholtz signed up to compete as a soloist on Saturday, April 12 but was unable to sing due to illness.

- Townsend Wins People’s Choice Award

Condon sophomore Alaina Townsend received the People’s Choice Award for her pencil drawing entitled “Hand Painted.” Her work is on display in the New Artists 2014 High School Students Art Exhibition at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Mont. The award is one of two given as part of the exhibit. Townsend’s along with 83 other works by high school students will be exhibited through May 3.

- Made in America - Fuzzy Logic

Angelo Pecora

– Letter to the Editor

Maintain trappers rights.

- Seeley Lake Community Council
DNRC Provides Trail Easement Information

The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) held its monthly meeting following the Candidate Forum on April 7. Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) were in attendance to answer questions regarding trail easements on state trust lands.

- Community Briefs

Potomac School Board Entertains Two Applicants for Administrator; Missoula County Open Board Positions; Missoula County Commissioners Announce Intent to Appoint Elections Administrator; EdReady Montana Available to Strengthen Math Competency; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Area Highlights for 4/11/14 – 4/14/14

- Candidate Forum Fills Community Hall

The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) hosted candidates from five upcoming elections. The question and answer event drew 15 candidates and more than 50 members of the public. The event was held at the Community Hall in Seeley Lake on April 7.

- Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee Town Hall Meeting - Growth in Swan Valley’s Future

A well-attended town hall meeting was held April 10 at the Swan Valley Community Hall to discuss the future of the Swan Valley.
Planning consultant for the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee Bob Horne reviewed the objectives of the planning process to date, outlining the steps necessary to arrive at a final document that will be transmitted to Missoula County for adoption as a neighborhood plan and as an amendment to the County Growth Policy.  

- Calling All Egg, Treasure Hunters

The Easter Bunny returns to Seeley Lake for the annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Seeley Lake Lions Club. Children through the age of 12 are welcome to participate, April 19, at the Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) lawn. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. and the egg picking and treasure hunting starts at 1:00 p.m.

- Rich Ranch and Alpine Artisans
Co-hosts “Painting for a Dream”

Coming in May, both novice and professional painters will be able to access the talents and teachings of two Montana artists coming to Seeley Lake’s Rich Ranch. Any and all profit from these two workshops will go to a newly established “Rich Ranch Art Scholarship Grant” that serves students in the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys for education opportunities in the arts of any kind.

- Silotissimus Closes out Concert Series

University of Montana Music Professor Steven Hesla and Missoula native pianist Barbara Blegen brought the music and influences of Alexander Siloti and Sergei Rachmaninoff alive on dual concert grand pianos to close out the 2 Valleys Stage 2013-2014 concert series.

Cellist Fern Glass Boyd also played “Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 18” composed by Rachmaninoff along with Hesla.

- Blackhawks Take Bronze Then Hit Bad Weather

The Blackhawks hit the track in Corvallis Thursday, April 10. The Lady Blackhawks scored 78 points overall which placed them in third.

- Nicholas wins Big Fork Invitational

Seeley-Swan golf headed to Big Fork Thursday, April 10.

Junior Micah Nicholas locked down the gold medal scoring a winning 75. Overall the Blackhawks took seventh place with a 406 team total.

Visit the Seeley Swan businesses
with links below.
Their sponsorship
makes this website possible.
Blackfoot Valley Dispatch
(Local news source for Lincoln, Ovando, Helmville and Canyon Creek)

CLB Custom Landworks
(Landscaping, Tree Care, and Fencing)

Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.
(Proudly partnering with Cabela Trophy Properties for Real Estate Sales)

Double Arrow Resort
(Historic Lodge & Golf Course)

Great Bear Properties
(Real Estate Sales)

Lindey's Steakhouse
(The Place For Steak & Burgers on the Bay!)

Montana Loon Society
(Supporting Montana's Common Loons)

Pine Hills Outfitters
(In Canada and US)
Swan Mountain Outfitters
(Outdoor Recreation Services
and Exclusive Lodging)

Swan River Valley Real Estate
(Real Estate Brokerage)

Swan Valley Centre Cabins
(Vacation Lodging in the Swan Valley)
Caleb Kesterke, 16-year-old snowmobiler, catching some air near Seeley Lake. Photo by Nathan Bourne.
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