Two Bear Air’s rotor wash creates a blizzard forcing Seeley Swan Search and Rescue personnel to take cover. The helicopter is approaching the north beach of Seeley Lake Campground to lower one of the drowning victims recovered from Seeley Lake, Dec. 26.
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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 January 29, 2015 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
(Outfitting in the 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)
Synchronized swimmers Steve Thompson, Alan Rolston, Gene Schade and Lee Boman were one of many acts in the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wild West Winterfest Vaudeville Dinner Show. For more photos see page 11.
Click here for the Seeley Lake Wild West Winterfest
Three Week Schedule, Jan. 16-Feb.1

- Refuse District Security System Raises Privacy Questions

For the past year, the Seeley Lake Transfer Site, under the management of Missoula County, has been using two motion-activated security cameras. According to Missoula County Public Works Director Greg Robertson, along with recording video, at least one of the cameras has limited short-range audio. This has Seeley Lake residents questioning the legality of recording conversations without consent and the purpose behind the recordings.

- SSHS Discusses Shorter School Week

Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) Principal Dr. Kathleen Pecora and the SSHS teachers hosted an informational meeting Jan. 22 regarding the pros and cons to changing the traditional school week. The primary goal of a shorter school week is to increase attendance, academic achievement and graduation for all students.

- Swan Song: Joanne Barsi, Joylynn Rose Schlegel-Wheeler

- New Montana Statewide Multiple Listing Service

FireMLS.com, a new, free real estate website has been launched. An information resource available to real estate professionals and the public, FireMLS.com is a Montana Statewide Multiple Listing Service (MLS) offering real property listing information combined with state-of-the art landscape mapping service.

- Attempted Scam in Seeley Lake

A claimed Publisher Clearing House representative named Scott Parker called a Seeley Lake resident three times Jan. 21 and 22 to tell her she had won $350 million. The catch was that she had to send a check for $1,000 to process her winnings. While the resident did not fall for it, she warns others about the scam.

- A Bright Idea Lights Up Town

Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) is 80 percent complete with the changing out of 1,000 commercial lights across their service area, including Seeley Lake, Potomac and Condon. The old high pressure sodium (HPS) can lights on the power poles are being replaced with energy efficient LED lights at no cost to the MEC membership.

- Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee - Conservation Ethic Recognized, Timeline Set

The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) discussed revisions to the draft and set a target date for release of the draft of the Swan Valley Growth Plan at their meeting Jan. 21.

- Chasing Lions - Reading Stories in Snow

During the winter, Potomac residents Jeff Hahn and Tony Knuchel venture out with their dogs and snowmobiles to find one of the largest winter predators in the Blackfoot Watershed. That predator is the mountain lion, also named catamount, puma or cougar.

- Snow Sculpting: A Labor of Love

Donna Love has created Seeley Lake Winterfest snow sculptures for 20 years. She has become an expert on optimum winter weather conditions, snow texture, when to carve and when to add on and what works best for audience viewing.

- 2015 Regular Session of the Montana Legislature

Legislative Roundup – Week 3, Medicaid Expansion, Education, Taxes and Minimum Wage Dominate Third Week; Sen. Malek Reflections 2015 Montana Legislature – Week 3

- Opinion: Letter to the Editor

Expanding Medicaid Will Help Poor Montanans, Boost Montana’s Economy; Snowmobiling on TNC Lands Clarification

- Wild West Winterfest Rides into Seeley Lake

Seeley Lake Elementary students painted and decorated their horses Tuesday and Wednesday for the Wild West Winterfest parade, Friday, Jan. 23. Seeley Lake’s Margo Wilcox created the pattern and Walt Madinger cut them out. Steve and Cheri Thompson, with the help of adults Stacie Cassidy, Suzie Ferdinand, Kim Davis, Sean Dalrymple and Carrie Benton, led the decorating activities at SLE.

- Catmull’s Radio Static Energizes Seeley Lake

The original sound of Tom Catmull’s Radio Static filled the Seeley-Swan High School gymnasium entertaining an audience of more than 60. Radio Static was a part of Alpine Artisans’ 2 Valleys Concert series that closed the second weekend of Wild West Winterfest events, Jan. 25.

- Wild West Winterfest Vaudeville Show Shakes Things Up

The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual dinner show, Jan. 24. More than 120 attendees enjoyed Pop’s Place chuck wagon-style barbeque dinner while watching a Vaudeville-style show with local performers. Attendees also participated in a silent auction, could be sent to jail for a price and bid for a $100 envelope. All proceeds benefited the Seeley Lake Chamber.

- Local Snowshoe Adventures

Snowshoeing continues to gain in popularity in this community and the country as the fastest growing winter sport in the world. The Seeley Lake area offers unbounded opportunities in a near natural setting. Our ample snow supply combined with the fact that Nature and human well-being are connected makes this an ideal area to pursue the sport. For the full article click here.

- Creation Connection

This world – the seas, mountains, rivers, animals, birds and humans – were created in order to be in relationship with one another. Humans especially were created in the image of God – who is Love/Relationship/Communion/Personal. Being connected with one another, connected with our environment and connected with the Divine presence imprinted in it all, is what it means to be fully human.

- Community Briefs

Council Approves $1,000 Donation to Seeley Lake Trails Project; Online Community Calendar Available; National School Choice Week, Jan. 26-30; Nature Conservancy Purchases Acres in Blackfoot River Valley; Land Transfer Community Meeting, Feb. 2; Swan Valley AARP Meeting, Feb. 2; Winter Anglers Can Help to Protect Montana’s Waters; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 1/20/15 – 1/26/15

- Sports - Week in Review

Seeley Lake Nordic Team Participates in Seeley Lake Biathlon; No Stopping Lady Blackhawks; Blackhawks Come Up Short in Overtime

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Please enjoy select archived articles, Passages columns, Swan Songs (obituaries) and Eye on The Environment columns from local organizations. Links to these offerings are available on the left side of this page. Also at the left you will find links to local area information and our site sponsors and other potentially interesting or useful websites.

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