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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 November 20, 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)
The yurt at the Seeley Lake Nordic Trails Trailhead off of Morrell Creek Road is ready to greet skiers. Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports (SL ROCKS) will host an official Yurt-Warming and Volunteer Appreciation Party for the community Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. For the full story see page 8.

- Home for the Holidays Pull-Out Schedule!!
December Schedule of Holiday Events
Black Friday Deals

- Lolo Officials Seek Input on Forest Roads Risks, Benefits

The Lolo National Forest (LNF) is beginning a Travel Analysis Process (TAP) to assess the risks and benefits for roads in the LNF. The public is encouraged to participate in the process by commenting in an online process through Dec. 19.
The purpose of TAP is to provide forest officials with information about the existing road system and identify the minimum road system needed for safe and efficient travel.

- Fire in the Heart - Sculpture Honors Commitment

When Swan Valley resident and artist Russ Abolt created his sculpture to commemorate firefighters more than five years ago, he never imagined the resonance it would have in the fire community.

- National Forest Christmas Tree Permits Available

Christmas tree permits are now available at all Lolo and Flathead National Forest Ranger District offices and in Condon at the Swan Ecosystems Center and Swan Valley Centre. Permits are $5 each. Individuals may purchase up to three permits on the Lolo and two permits per household on the Flathead.

- Luhnow and Teague Earn National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, known simply as the National Board, announced Nov. 15 that two more Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) teachers accomplished their National Board Certification.

- Christmas Trapper Tales

Since time immemorial, Christmas has been the time when friends and family gather together to share gifts and good will. Most of us can’t imagine spending Christmas without the companionship of those most dear to us.

- Hunting Adventure on the Game Range

Lexi Carpenter, a freshman at Seeley-Swan High School, was drawn for the only unisex elk tag issued in area 282-10, the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area or “the Game Range.”

- Backcountry Rangers - Gunderson and Childs Hang up Their Boots

Swan Valley residents Kari Gunderson, Mission Mountain Wilderness ranger, and Mike Childs, a backcountry ranger on the Swan Front, hung up their ranger gear this fall. Gunderson and Childs worked as backcountry rangers for the Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC) performing U.S. Forest Service (USFS) jobs with varying monetary aid from the USFS throughout their careers.

- No, No, No, It Ain't Me Babe - Fuzzy Logic - by Angelo Pecora

- Opinion - Letters to the Editor

Additional Comparisons Between the Koran and the Bible; Raising Minimum Wage Does Nothing More than Raise Prices; Citizens in Government; Thankfulness this Season

- New Yurt Ready to Warm Skiers this Season

Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports (SL ROCKS) facilitated the building of a yurt at the Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails off of Morrell Creek Road. A yurt is a Mongolian-style portable tent.

- Diversified Trail Users Sought to Serve on Citizen Advisory Committees

Helena, MT – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking diversified trail users to serve on three separate citizens advisory committees. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 15.

- Cowboy Claus™ Rides into Ovando Thanksgiving Weekend

While driving along Highway 200 in North Central Montana, around highway marker 45, a big white sign welcomes you to the region. “Ovando is Open!” claims the sign, welcoming everyone to the tiny hamlet of Ovando; population 50, dogs more than 100.

- Frostbite Festival Promises Winter Fun

The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) will host its Annual Frostbite Festival Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 in Condon.

- Community Briefs

Pet Food Donations Needed; Donations Accepted for Student Shopping Days; Handbell Choir Christmas Concert, Dec. 4; Parents Night Out and Children’s Christmas Party, Dec. 5; Benefit for Hahn Family, Dec. 20; Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Meeting; Flathead National Forest Hosting Open Houses; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 11/17/14 - 11/23/14

- Seeley Lake Sewer District - Too Soon for Individual Cost Estimates

Seeley Lake Sewer District Manager Greg Robertson responded to questions regarding individual landowner costs and whether the Seeley Lake Sewer system will be put to a vote at the Seeley Lake Sewer Board meeting Nov. 20.

- Seeley Lake Fire Board - Fire Board Approves Donating Engine 712 to Greenough Potomac

The Seeley Lake Fire District Board of Trustees approved donating Engine 712, Seeley’s 1985 FMC fire engine, to Greenough Potomac Volunteer Fire Department (GPVFD).

- Athletic Achievements Honored at Awards Banquet; Seeley Lake Elementary School – First Quarter Honor Roll; Swan Valley Elementary School – First Quarter Awards

- What is Grace?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “grace”? Is it thanking God before eating a meal or maybe the name of a friend?

- Guest Column - Small Business Saturday® Highlights Year-round Impact of Shopping Small

 As the voice for the nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates small businesses on a daily basis. When small businesses do well, communities do too.

- Guest Column - Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

 Are these costly add-ons worth the expense or simply a sucker bet intended to boost the seller’s bottom line? It depends on whom you ask.

According to consumer watchdog organizations like the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Reports, extended warranties and service contracts often don’t make strong financial sense. However, some people find extended warranties reassuring, especially for large purchases with electronic components that can go awry and are expensive to repair or are easily broken.

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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.
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Andi & Nathan Bourne, Editors and Publishers,
Seeley-Swan Pathfinder,
PO Box 702,
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868.
Phone 406.677.2022.