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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 July 2, 2015 issue
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The Upper Falls on Morrell Creek is not frequented nearly as often as lower Morrell Falls. There is an unmarked trail 100 yards before you reach the lower falls that takes you to the upper falls. It is a steep climb and is not maintained; use extra caution. For full hike details see page 15.
- Fireworks Prohibited - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
- Hopping About Hoppers!
POTOMAC - Since mid June Potomac residents have seen many grasshoppers covering roads and fields, sometimes so thick that the ground looked as if it were moving. All across Montana they can damage cropland and rangeland. Although grasshoppers are common to Potomac during the summers, the densities seen this June are not.
- Please Pause for Pets and People
- Smith Creek School Gains New Home
SWAN VALLEY - The Smith Creek School house was in session during the early years of the settlement of the Swan Valley. It opened in 1918 to the children of the first settlers and homesteaders. Children in grades one through eight were taught there until its closure in 1932.
- Notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact
The USDA, Rural Utilities Service has received an application for financial assistance from the Seeley Lake Sewer District. The proposal consists of installing a sewer collection system throughout the community of Seeley Lake and the construction of a wastewater treatment facility on the Northeast edge of the community.
- Opinion Letter to the Editor - Tired of Dealing with Crap!
- Seeley Lake Sewer District - Rovero’s Waits as Funding Carrot Dangles
The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) board was told, at their June 18 meeting, they would have to wait another six weeks to see their possible funding package. Also at the meeting, the board learned that Rovero’s may be forced to replace its septic system depending on the sewer’s timeline.
- Safety Messages from Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Parcell
• Have fun but be safe!
- Seeley Lake Resident Returns Home After Accident
SEELEY LAKE - The last thing Seeley Lake resident Sean Dalrymple remembers after driving off Boy Scout Road May 22 was that he was cold and needed to get out of the truck to warm up.
Dalrymple’s Chevrolet truck went into the ditch near Seeley Lake Campground and a dead lodgepole snag went through the windshield and out the back window. Dalrymple’s head was impaled with a branch, breaking every bone in his face.
- Celebrate Independence Day Safely
MISSOULA – Fire management officers announced Monday that fire danger is now extreme for the Lolo National Forest and for Department of Natural Resources lands in west-central Montana. Officials are reminding the public that as the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the possession or use of any type of fireworks on public lands, and private lands in Missoula County, is prohibited. These lands include National Forests, BLM, State Trust and all classified forest lands.
- Seeley Lake Fourth of July Traditions
We Americans love our traditions. This time of year, as we celebrate our independence and the birth of the greatest nation on earth, the traditions that come to mind are near and dear to the heart of every American: parades and fireworks.
- Seeley Lake Farmers Market Offers More Than Merchandise
SEELEY LAKE - Since 2008 a variety of vendors have arrived every Sunday throughout the summer to display their wares on the grassy lawn across from Seeley Lake Elementary School. Officially named Littlebird’s Marketplace Seeley Lake Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market, vendors usually refer to it as the Seeley Lake (SL) Market.
- Country Cottage Built to Support Elementary Athletics
SEELEY LAKE - The Country Cottage makes its debut appearance at the Seeley Lake Fourth of July parade. The children’s playhouse, built by Seeley Lake resident Doug Richards, will be raffled off to support Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Athletics.
- Celebrate the Swan Race Offers Slower Pace
CONDON - The Swan Ecosystem Center held a “Celebrate the Swan!” Race for the Trails Fundraiser, Saturday, June 27 in the Swan Valley on Falls Creek Road. Proceeds from the race go to the maintenance of 90 miles of recreational trails along the Swan Front and Mission Mountains Wilderness, employing experienced and dedicated trail stewards.
- Norman Maclean Country – The Untold Stories
SEELEY LAKE – The tragic family story told by Norman Maclean in “A River Runs Through It” has produced more interest in the state of Montana than any other creative effort, as documented by the Montana State Department of Commerce which titled it “A River Runs Through It Syndrome.” In 2002, a department spokeswoman stated “the impact for the state of Montana has been priceless as far as promotional value. It just draws people to the state.”
- Celebrating 50 Years of Memories from SSHS -
The Bus Trip to Missoula, Choosing School Colors and Basketball Beginnings
- Celebrate Fourth of July with The Kramers
- Swan Song - Jeanne Wilson Sticht Sr. - 1925 ~ 2015
SEELEY LAKE - Jeanne Wilson Sticht Sr., 90, passed away Wednesday, June 17 at St. Pat’s Hospital, Missoula, Mont. of natural causes.
Born and raised in Missoula on a “truck garden” he enjoyed gardening all his life. He purchased his home on Lake Inez in 1952 and considered it his favorite place on earth. He spent weekend and vacations at the Cabin until he retired permanently there in 1988.
Jeanne retired from the USAF as a Major. He claimed three wars was enough - WWll, Korea and Vietnam.
He loved working in the woods, using his sawmill, boating, seeing the wildlife, bad puns, telling stories and family. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan Hansen Sticht, 12 children, 27 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all.
- A Permanent Pillar in Seeley Lake
The Seeley-Swan Medical Center hosted its Open House, June 23, giving tours and answering questions to more than 75 attendees. The board, staff and Partnership Health Center (PHC) are excited about the ability of the clinic to offer more services because of the facility’s expansion..
- Met Versus Unmet Needs for Seniors Discussed