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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 March 26, 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)
Gordon Wax presenting Robert “Bob” Hall of Potomac a Bronze Star along with several other awards at a military awards ceremony March 22 in Potomac. Hall was recognized for his service in World War II by the Military Ceremony Veterans Awards Committee from Stevensville, Mont.

- “Top Kick” Hall Honored in Potomac

“First In War, First In Peace”
The motto for the
161st Infantry Regiment

Robert (Bob) Hall has put up hay at his home in Potomac, Mont. for more than 80 years. He also put up hay at a dairy in New Zealand during World War II (WWII).

- Commission Adopts Changes to Commercial Photography & Film Fees

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission (Commission) approved modifications to their Commercial Use Permit Fee Rule in regards to commercial photographers and videographers at their March 12 meeting.

The decision exempts individual photographers and videographers who were previously required to obtain a permit. Two or three-person crews will continue to be required to pay $25 per day or $50 annually for using Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) lands.

The fee for commercial still photography and filming on FWP lands was introduced in 2009 and included individuals. Permits for four-person crews or larger start at $50 per day up to $400 per day. Photography and filming for personal use does not require a permit.

- Dr. Alex Apostle Resigns as MCPS Superintendent

Friday, March 20, Dr. Alex Apostle announced to Trustees, staff and students of Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS), his acceptance of the position of Superintendent of the Shelton Public Schools in Shelton, Wash. Dr. Apostle will continue to serve as the Superintendent of MCPS for the duration of the current school year.

- Letter to the Editor: Exicted for Family History Fair

- Adjusted Speed Limits and No Additional Crosswalks Recommended for Seeley Lake

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) released their findings from last summer’s engineering and traffic investigation of Highway 83 through Seeley Lake. While their recommendations included increasing the distances of slower speed zones through downtown Seeley Lake, their study did not warrant more crosswalks.

- A Compelling Ally to Help Address Montana’s Future Water Needs

You may have heard of Geronimo, the male beaver outfitted with a spring-loaded crate and parachute? The hero who was dropped repeatedly from an airplane onto a field in Idaho? The rodent whose successful test flights convinced Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) they no longer needed to struggle with translocating live beavers on pack animals?

- Maintaining Forest Health Near Seeley Lake

The Seeley Lake Ranger District has been actively logging this winter removing more than 20,000 tons of biomass from the Horseshoe West and Colt Summit Projects. All operations are on schedule and proceeding according to plan.

- Seeley Lake Fire Board - Volunteers Covered 24/7 with New Insurance Policy

At their monthly meeting March 17, the Seeley Lake Fire Board of Trustees voted to provide their paid staff and volunteer firefighters and medical personnel with 24-hour, seven days a week (24/7) insurance coverage. While this policy is supplemental to each volunteer’s personal insurance, it will not only cover accidents, disability or death on an incident but also offers $25,000 of coverage in their off time.

- IamResponding – New Tool for Seeley Lake Volunteers

The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department has implemented the new tool, IamResponding. Although they are still in their two-month trial and have not committed to the program, Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel hopes this electronic application will cut down on unnecessary radio traffic and continue to make the department more efficient.

- Seeley Lake Sewer District - Annexation Policy Discussed

The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed their annexation policy at the March 19 regular board meeting.

- 2015 Brings 49th Creston Auction

It is time for the Creston Fire Department’s largest annual fundraiser: the Creston Auction & Country Fair, held every spring in Creston, Mont. This benefit for the all-volunteer fire department is the largest spring event in Montana and draws thousands of people from throughout the region and Canada annually. Here are some of the details for this year’s event:

- Swan Valley Community Council - Horne Rehire Discussed

The Swan Valley Community Council (SVCC) discussed Missoula County’s proposal to rehire professional planner Bob Horne as presented to them by the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) at their monthly meeting March 17. SVRPC member John Keller submitted his resignation to the council.

- SVRPC Special Meeting - Committee Commits to Horne

The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) held a special meeting March 23. The committee voted to rehire Bob Horne to finish drafting the regional plan providing that Missoula County funded his work.

- 2015 Regular Session of the Montana Legislature

Legislative Roundup – Week 11: Budget Advances While Bullock Threatens Veto, Lawmakers Hear Bills on Minors in Possession and Broadband; Sen. Malek Reflections 2015 Montana Legislature – Week 11

- Photos of SSHS 2015 Prom - Arabian Nights

More than 350 bingo players came to the Greenough/Potomac Community Center March 14 for the annual Bingo Night presented by the Potomac School’s Parent/Teacher Club (PTC). After the doors opened at 5 p.m. the tables filled up rapidly and the concession stand was packed.

- The Bold Servant

The theme of our men’s retreat this last weekend was “Bold Servants”. As I thought about this theme, I considered that this term is a bit of an oxymoron to us - we think of being a humble servant, or maybe of being a bold leader, but a bold servant? What is that? It seems kind of like a round square, or being enormously small. And I also considered how we value boldness - in sports, the man or woman who boldly gives it their all in their quest for the victory; in politics, the politician who stands firm on his or her principle regardless of the cost; in business, the executive who innovates a new product or idea that can enhance our lives.

- Community Briefs

Donate Only Usable Items to Loving Hearts; Dance Classes Offered in Seeley Lake; County May Special Elections Canceled; Motorcycle Safety Rider Coaches Needed; Take Care as Bears Emerge; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 3/9/15 – 3/23/15

- SLE Board Discusses 4-Day School Week and Other Changes

The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Board of Trustees met March 18. Topics discussed included the proposed four-day school week, May school elections and the advisability of affiliating SLE sports with the Copper League.

- Martin Named Montana Market Manager

Kenny Martin, current President/CEO of First Bank Lincoln (FBL) was recently promoted to a new role of Montana Market Manager for Citizens Alliance Bank (CAB), a sister company.  Martin will remain the President/CEO through the charter merger and system conversion of FBL to CAB which is anticipated to occur in second quarter 2016.

- Soaring High, Standing Out

Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) 3rd grader Matiah Stidham is a four-time national champion with her Summit Cheer Team. Stidham is a three-time reigning national solo champion for Mini Level 3. This March she claimed her fourth national title as a flyer with her Summit Junior 2 Team, M-80’s, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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