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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 September 18, 2014 issue

- Too Good to be True? Probably Is

Those who sell on Craigslist have recently been the target of another wave of scams.

Citizens Alliance Bank (CAB) had two fraudulent checks written to local Craigslist sellers in the past month totaling nearly $5,000. Although both checks were caught before there was a transfer of money, CAB Branch Manager Gary Miller offered advice on how not to get caught in a scam.

- Children and Swans Share Milestone

Seven area schools came together at Jones Lake near Ovando Sept. 12 for the release of five Trumpeter Swans. It was the 10th swan release hosted by the Blackfoot Challenge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

- Never Forget - 9/11 Tribute

Members of the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Company stood for 111 minutes Thursday, Sept. 11 in remembrance for all those who lost their lives when the World Trade Centers were attacked. It took 111 minutes for the first tower to fall. Pictured (L-R): District Administrator Lynn Richards, Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel, Chaplain Bill Bogardus, Cadet Alaina Bogardus, Cadet John Bogardus and Lieutenant Michael Reagan.

- CMP Gives Back Locally
On the evening of Sept. 10, the agents of Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc. (CMP) met at the Double Arrow Lodge to give out their 2013 donation checks funded from their Community Giving Program.

- SSHS Recognized as One of America’s Top High Schools

Newsweek magazine recognized Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) as one of America’s Top High Schools. The ranking aims to identify public high schools nation-wide that do the best job preparing students for college and overcoming obstacles posed by socioeconomic inequality. SSHS was one of four high schools from Montana to be recognized.

- County Hears Questions and Concerns about Subdivision Rewritee

Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) Senior Planner Tim Worley and consulting team Bill Collins and Anne Cossitt addressed questions and comments regarding two sections of the Missoula County subdivision rewrite in Seeley Lake Sept. 10. The sections on infrastructure and subdivision review procedures and variances were discussed.

- Geology Is All Around Us:
The Mission and Swan Range

The mountain ranges that border the Seeley-Swan valley are the Mission Range on the west and the Swan Range on the east.

- Decision on the Cilly Cliffs Project

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Swan Unit Manager Daniel Robertson released his decision on the Cilly Cliffs Multiple Timber Sale Project Sept. 8. Robertson chose to implement Action Alternative C (AA-C) without modification. As compared to Action Alternative A, no action and Action Alternative B (AA-B), this alternative will treat more old-growth stands, use less old-growth maintenance/restoration treatments, requires less new road construction and uses more even-aged management treatments.

- Tying Montana Communities Together

More than 60 aircraft flew in to Seeley Lake Airport for its 50th anniversary and the Montana Pilots’ Association (MPA) 75th anniversary celebration. This is twice the number of aircraft that attended the very first fly-in in 1964.

- How Has Wilderness Impacted You?

Wilderness Football; Wilderness Limitations

- Psychological Perspectives, Different Types of Dreams - by Ken Silvestro

- Community Surrounds Kimmel Family with Support

Nearly 100 community members turned out Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13, in support of past Seeley Lake resident Angie Kimmel. Kimmel was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and is undergoing treatment in Seattle, Wash. Kimmel’s family hosted the event at Tamaracks Resort owned by Kimmel’s parents Jeff and Sue Heagy.

- Meet the Teacher
New 5th Grade Teacher a Willing Team Player

Despite being a new teacher at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Andrew Wyatt feels right at home. He completed his student teaching at SLE last year in Chantel Thornsberry’s 4th grade classroom. Teaching 5th grade this year means he’s primarily working with the same students.

- Opinion - Letters to the Editor

Burglary Investigations Continue; Hidden Jewel in Potomac; Connect the Dots Between Sale of Community, Taxpayer Burden, Fort Missoula; Power of the Jury

- Seeley-Swan Hospital District
Construction Proceeds, Trailer Approved

The Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board discussed continued construction at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center, financial obligations and funding sources at their monthly meeting Sept. 8. The projected end date of construction is within six months.

- Pond Hockey’s Take on Golf

From the worst ball, marshmallow drives and Happy Gilmore t-offs, Seeley Lake Pond Hockey hosted their second annual golf tournament Sept. 13 at Double Arrow Golf Course. The tournament featured 18 holes of golf with alternate rules making it possible for even the worst golfers to compete with the best.

- Community Briefs

The Life and Times of the Beaver with Bob Shepard; Seeley Lake Library News; Seeley Lake Ranger District Requests Comments; Hunters Reminded to Have Horses Inspected;Grant to Aide Conservation Efforts in the Flathead; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 9/8/14 – 9/14/14

- Coop Celebrates 25 Years

The Chicken Coop celebrated 25 years in business, Wednesday, Sept. 10, with their anniversary chicken dinner. The traditional half a deep-fried chicken was available for $4.50. The chicken was fresh, cooked to order and still uses the original recipe that was perfected by founder Gene Herndon.
“We just want to thank all of our local customers,” said Office Manager Kay Lockwood. “Without you we would not still be here. We hope you enjoyed the celebration!” Pictured: Cook Travous Snider serving up the anniversary chicken dinners. The chicken was hot out of the fryer.

- Camp Paxson Promotes Community and Outdoor Education

Camp Paxson is a 15-acre group camp on the shores of Seeley Lake. The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) had managed it since 1995. This April, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) special use permit was issued to the Camp Paxson Preservation Project (CPPP). The CPPP looks forward to making more direct links between the camp and the community and opening it up for outdoor education.

- New Playground Symbol of Hope

Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church dedicated their new playground Sunday, Sept. 14. Pastor Carrie Benton is excited for the kids to have a safe place to play where they feel welcome and have a sense of belonging.

- The Priest and the Pilot

I came across this joke a couple of days ago. You may have heard it, and it has more than one variety, but it got me to chuckle, so I thought I would share it here.

- In Sports:

Done and Haines Run Personal Records; Warriors Keep Blackhawks Tethered; Lady Blackhawks Win Back to Back at Home; Flag Football Off and Running

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)
Waving to the planes as they take off at the Seeley Lake Airport 50th Anniversary and Montana Pilots’ Association 75th Anniversary fly-in celebration in Seeley Lake, Sept. 13. More than 60 aircraft flew in for the event and many people from the community came to participate in the festivities. Full story page 6.
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