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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 October 30, 2014 issue

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 in Seeley Lake)

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

Montana Loon Society
(Supporting Montana's Common Loons)

Prudential Montana Real Estate
(Real Estate Sales in Seeley Lake)

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)
Fall in the valley. Snow capped peaks tower over Seeley Lake and the larch filled valley.

- Seeley Lake House Fire Contained to Second Floor

The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cedar Lane Oct. 24 around 5 p.m. There were no injuries and the fire was contained to the second floor of the house.

- TNC Acquires Plum Creek Land in Blackfoot River Valley

MISSOULA, MT– The Nature Conservancy announced Oct. 27 at it is acquiring 117,152 acres in the Blackfoot River Valley in the heart of Montana’s Crown of the Continent to sustain clean water, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

- Hearty Breakfast Before Heading Out Hunting

The Seeley Lake Seniors hosted their annual hunters’ breakfast the opening of rifle season, Oct. 25. Whether hunters stopped before they headed into the woods or a few hours after dawn, there was no shortage of food.

- Listening Sessions Attempt to Capture Local Vision

The Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) hosted eight different listening sessions around Missoula County to identify values and issues among residents and landowners. Anne Cossitt and Bill Collins, a part of Land Solutions LLC that includes Collins Planning Associations and Cossitt Consulting, are working with CAPS to revise the Missoula County Growth Plan. Cossitt led the presentation and facilitated the exercises and discussion.

- Water

Water. We are seemingly blessed with abundant, clean, clear water in this part of the world… right? Yes… but, it’s also something we often take for granted. It’s easy to think we’ll always have plenty for all the ways we use water. We trust that somebody, somewhere will make sure that’s the case. But who?

- Hunter Numbers and Harvest Up Opening Weekend

MT FWP - Opening weekend of the 2014 general rifle season saw more hunters pass through the three check stations in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 2 than in the 2012 or 2013 openers, with more big game animals harvested than in last season’s opener.

- Potomac Ammo Company Making Rounds

Blackfoot Ammunition is a new company in Potomac that manufactures rifle rounds, fills custom bullet orders and provides Montana law enforcement with handgun ammunition. The locally-owned business is operated by president and partner Justin Wagner, his wife Misty, vice-president and partner Tom Messina Jr. and mentor Tom Messina Sr.

- Photo Essay ~ Swan Valley's Harvest Carnival Howling Success

- Fuzzy Logic - Elections Are on Their Way... - by Angelo Pecora

- Aiming High, Hitting the Mark

Seeley-Swan High School freshman Ibby Lorentz placed first in the Montana Outdoor Women’s State Championship match in Bonner, Mont. at the end of August.
Lorentz competed against three other women, two juniors and two seniors, in her first outdoor match. She placed third overall.

- Blackhawks Seniors Take Center Court

Three Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) seniors were recognized at the final Lady Blackhawks’ home game Oct. 23. Player Shy Murphy and managers Zachary Lewis and Skylar Hoelstad all agreed that the best part of their career with Blackhawks’ volleyball revolved around making it to divisional tournaments last year.

- Opinion - Letters to the Editor

Vote NO on Parks & Trails Bond; Move Forward with Confidence in McDermott for Sheriff; County Growth Policy, Zoning, and Supreme Court Elections; Vote for Strohmaier

- Citizens for Parks and Trails Presents at SVCC Is Parks and Trails Bond Important to Swan Valley?

Tate Jones, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History at Fort Missoula, Vice President of the Northern Rockies Heritage Center at Fort Missoula and a member of Citizens for Parks and Trails campaign, presented information about the Missoula County Parks and Trails bond measure on the ballot in the General Election Nov. 4. Jones spoke about the $42 million bond and answered questions from the council and more than a dozen public in attendance at the Swan Valley Community Council meeting Oct. 21.

- Seeley Lake Fire Board Audit Reviewed, Smart Board Approved

Doyle & Associates, P.C. Certified Public Accountants’ Tana Doyle presented the Seeley Lake Fire District audit report at the Oct. 21 board meeting. The financial statements were found to be unmodified and there were five significant findings with respect to the district’s internal control.

- Community Briefs

Loving Hearts NOT Accepting Donations; Rapid Forest Assessment Workshop for Citizen Science, Nov. 5; Seeley Lake Library News; Recreation Update for the Week of Oct. 27; Montana SBA Seeks 2015 Small Business Award Nominations

- Scratching the Surface of the Big Blackfoot Railroad

Dennis Sain from the Bonner Milltown History Center presented the history of the Big Blackfoot Railroad at the Seeley Lake Historical Society’s (SLHS) annual meeting Oct. 26. He laid out the timeline of the railroad, shared stories and displayed maps and artifacts from the railroad.

- Marie Andersen…A Proven Judge

Marie Andersen is a Justice of the Peace Candidate for Missoula County. Judge Donald Louden appointed Andersen to be his Assistant Municipal Judge in January 2006. Prior to that, she was a substitute judge for him for three years. Andersen co-presided over Veterans’ Court & Co-occurring Court with Standing Master Brenda Desmond. She is currently a substitute judge for Judge Karen Orzech.

- Giving More than Just Their Tourist Dollar

Ovando residents Gary Aitken and Dona Aitken taught for three months with WorldTeach in Namibia, Africa. Both enjoyed the opportunity to live and learn about the Namibian culture through working with their students and offer some of their expertise coming from computer science and biology backgrounds. The couple returned this past August.

- Candidates for MIssoula County Commissioner Respond to Reader Questions and Concerns - Rowley and Gordon

- Gideon and Midian

The book of Judges is filled with historical accounts of bravery, battles and excitement, overshadowed by the theme of God’s judgment for disobedience and His blessing and forgiveness for obedience. One of my favorite accounts in Judges is that of Gideon and the Midianites. You can read the full account of Gideon in Judges 6-8.

- In Sports:

Blackhawks End Football Season in Darby; Lady Blackhawks JV Finish Strong; Blackhawks Excel at State Cross Country; Lady Blackhawks Head to Districts. Click here for District Brackets.

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