Seeley Swan Pathfinder Archives (2024)

  • Yajko relates a life on alert

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SALMON PRAIRIE – When John Yajko graduated from college, he got a job as a football coach at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. It looked like the beginning of a promising sports career – until he received a draft notice. Not wanting to go into the Army, Yajko immediately went down to the Air Force recruiting agency and signed up. Hoping to become a pilot, he added his name to a long list of others who hoped for the same thing. In the meantime, he went first to Officers Training Sch...

  • New commissioner to bring authentic, rural voice

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    GREENOUGH – Relaxed on her front porch, the newest Missoula County Commissioner Juanita Vero watches intently as two wranglers head out to break in two horses. A fourth-generation partner of the E Bar L Ranch in Greenough, Vero is responsible for one of Montana's oldest family-owned and operated guest ranches. After her appointment June 13 to fill the remainder of Commissioner Nicole Rowley's term, Vero is excited to be part of the team leading the forward momentum of Missoula County. With t...

  • Community Foundation celebrates opening of non-profit center

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its new community space and non-profit center on Saturday, June 15. "This began with great ambition and great goals," said Foundation Board President Kevin Wetherell before the ribbon cutting ceremony. "We didn't know if we could pull it off or not, we didn't know if people would be interested in supporting this (building) in a big way." Nearly 50 people attended the event and ribbon cutting ceremony at the...

  • Property values increase significantly

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Property owners in Missoula County recently received their 2019 Classification and Appraisal Notice indicating the taxable value of their property. Assessments in Missoula County as a whole showed an average increase of 12 percent for residential values and 18 percent for commercial values. Landowners have until July 18 to appeal their assessment with the Montana Department of Revenue. The classification and appraisal notice sent by the Montana Department of Revenue Property Assessment Division informs landowners how their p...

  • County to consider assistance

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    MISSOULA – The Missoula County Commissioners briefly discussed a letter from the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board requesting county assistance and resources at their June 12 administrative meeting. The letter from the District requests several things the county previously provided the District through an interlocal agreement including use of office space in the County’s Seeley Lake satellite office and administrative assistance from Missoula County Public Works Seeley Lake Projects and Operations Coordinator Kim Myre. That agreement exp...

  • Good Neighbor Authority taking shape on the local landscape

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Clearwater Unit Supervisor Kristen Baker-Dickinson and US Forest Service Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver presented about the local applications of the Good Neighbor Authority at the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting June 10. They are both excited about this opportunity to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and resiliency work in the area. The Good Neighbor Authority was put into law in the 2014 Farm Bill and the authority expanded in the 2018 O...

  • Potomac students take the next step forward

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    POTOMAC - Memories and laughter partnered with smiles the evening of Potomac School's kindergarten and eighth grade graduation June 12 at the Potomac Greenough Community Center. More than 120 people including great grandparents sat amongst friends and family for the event which began with a motivational speech by principal John Rouse. Accompanied by their eighth grade buddies, the five kindergartners passed out flowers to their parents and then were escorted to the stage. The eighth grade class...

  • New building permit website results from building forum

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County has launched a new website hoping to address some of the issues raised at the Seeley Lake Community Council’s Building Forum in January. Missoula County Project Manager Gayl Hann announced the new website at the Council meeting June 10. Hann said the county learned at the building forum that people were having trouble finding all the things they needed to navigate the building permit system. The County had already started using software that would send the applications out to all the necessary departments wit...

  • SLE School Board discusses staff vacancies and budget

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board discussed employment vacancies within the district as well as a General Fund budget amendment at its regular meeting Wednesday, June 12. According to Superintendent Chris Stout the district is advertising openings for second and third grade educators, as well as a hybrid position for a junior high library media and social language arts educator. The third grade position isn’t vacant but Stout anticipates current third grade teacher Kristy Pohlman will take maternity leave in the fall. ...

  • Front runners in Tour Divide pass through area

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    OVANDO - Bike packers have begun to trickle through the area on the 2019 Tour Divide bike race. As of Tuesday, June 18, there are still 146 racers (originally 159) that left with the Grand Depart from Banff, Canada June 14. The winners are on pace to reach Antelope Wells, New Mexico in just more than two weeks. The Tour Divide, billed as the hardest bike race in the world, is a single-stage, self supported 2,745-mile mountain bike race on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Riders left en...

  • Dr. Pecora bids farewell to SSHS

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – When Kathleen Pecora, PhD started as principal at Seeley-Swan High School in 2010 she believed in teaching a rigorous curriculum, demonstrating relevance to the students' lives and futures, and building the best possible relationships with the adults in their lives. Now, after nine years as principal, Pecora feels she has done that with the help of the staff, students and community and set SSHS on a path for continued success following her retirement. Pecora has more than a decade...

  • Peltier receives Grizzly Claw Scholarship

    Grizzly Claw Trading Company|Jun 20, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School graduate Kyle Peltier received a $1,500 scholarship from Grizzly Claw Trading Company in Seeley Lake. Peltier is the co-editor of the SSHS Literary Journal "Back Roads of the Mind" and will be attending the University of Montana. This year's award goes over the $7,000 mark in scholarships given. The Grizzly Claw scholarships are funded from the sale of used books. Grizzly Claw owners Susan and Dee Baker wish to thank everyone in this community and s...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 20, 2019

    In the Wild Vacation Bible School, June 24-27 SEELEY LAKE – Children ages four through the sixth grade are invited to attend “In the Wild: Vacation Bible School” at Mission Bible Fellowship. The fun starts Monday, June 24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and includes games, music, crafts, Bible lessons and snacks. The Vacation Bible School runs through Thursday. The event is free and open to the public. To register, text Erika @ 499-2903. Swan Valley Community Library Highlights SWAN VALLEY - Story Time is held each Friday at the Swan Valley Library at 11...

  • Tester reintroduces Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    BONNER, MONT. – Standing on the banks of the Blackfoot River, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced Friday, June 7 that he is reintroducing his Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project was developed through more than a decade of local discussions among conservation, recreation and timber groups in the Seeley Lake area. The project provides for forest restoration activities to support local timber jobs, the development of additional recreational trails and th...

  • User Agreement discussion turns to concerns over costs

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Residents attending the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board’s special meeting to discuss the draft User Agreements (UA) June 6 had a lot of concerns and asked many questions. Most circled back to the landowners’ pocketbook and the million-dollar question: How many million dollars is this project going to cost? District Manager Jean Curtiss explained that the UA were sent to just landowners in Subdistrict/Phase 1 and it was mistakenly sent without the word “draft” across it. Curtiss said that the UA references the Rules and Regulatio...

  • Salmon Prairie School graduates entire student body

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SALMON PRAIRIE - Friends and family of Salmon Prairie School gathered to celebrate the graduates June 3. All three students at the school graduated, Levi Webb and Kase Anderson from eighth grade and Stetson Hulett from kindergarten. Each graduate and their teacher Holl Hubbard spoke to those in attendance about their experiences at Salmon Prairie. The graduates' grandmothers presented them their diplomas. Anderson said he was glad and lucky that he has spent nine years at Salmon Prairie...

  • Seeley Lake ROCKS receives $30,000 grant for Hill 16 Trails

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake ROCKS received a $30,000 grant from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for use on Phase 1 of the Hill 16 Community Trail System (CTS). They look forward to continued work on the Lake View Trail within Phase 1 of the project this summer. The Hill 16 Recreation Area lies between the community of Seeley Lake and Placid Lake including Placid Lake State Park. Hill-16 CTS was deemed a priority project in the Seeley Lake Trails Plan. This plan was the result of three y...

  • Change Your Pace Challenge begins June 14

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jun 13, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation's Change Your Pace Challenge is a campaign for community-wide giving, celebrating the people and organizations that make our community great. During this six-week fundraising period, June 14-July 26, the Change Your Pace Challenge motivates community members to give to their favorite participating local nonprofits, knowing the impact of their gift will grow thanks to the CYP Match Fund. Fourteen local organizations are participating this year,...

  • New beginnings for Seeley Lake Market

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Market, formerly the Seeley Lake Farmers' & Crafters' Market, will open for the season Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is excited to reshape the market to promote local businesses alongside local produce and artisans. According to Foundation President Carla Schade, they were approached by Vicki Voegelin to sponsor the market after she ran it for 10 years. Voegelin said her decision to ask the Foundation to continue the...

  • Pathfinder recognized in 2019 Better Newspaper Association contest

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    BIG SKY, MONT. – The Seeley Swan Pathfinder won 10 awards in the 2019 Better Newspaper Awards Division at the 134th Annual Convention of the Montana Newspaper Association, June 8. Seven of the awards including articles, photography and advertising were first place finishers. The Pathfinder's first place awards included: Best Continuing News Coverage: The continuous coverage of Addy 'Boo' and the Trevino family's fight with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) by Andi Bourne spanned from J...

  • SSHS students nominated for peace award

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Three Seeley-Swan High School students were nominated for the 2019 Father Jim Hogan Search for Peace Award through the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula due to their efforts in the classroom. SSHS educator Crissina Quinn nominated juniors Emma Stevenson, Kara Good and Blake Lindemer for their work in her American Studies course, a hybrid between U.S. History and English. Quinn nominated the three students based on their assignments for journalistic writing as well as...

  • Swan Valley celebrates graduates

    Ashly Alexander, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - On June 4, four eighth graders and a single kindergartner graduated at the Swan Valley Elementary School. Students reflected on memories they had created together, and celebrated a new chapter in their lives. The ceremony included speeches made by the eighth graders that was directed toward their fellow classmates. They wished this year's sixth and seventh graders good luck in the future and spoke of their appreciation for them. Relief bus driver Dan Maloughney and secretary Katie...

  • Elk country in Swan Valley conserved, improves public access

    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation|Jun 13, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – An important migration corridor for elk, grizzly bears, Canada lynx and other wildlife is now permanently protected and open to public access in Montana's scenic Swan Valley. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lolo National Forest worked with a landowner to purchase and convey the 638 acres to the U.S. National Forest (USFS). It is now under the management of the Lolo National Forest. "This property sits in a wildlife movement corridor between the Bob Marshall Wilderness C...

  • SLE graduates celebrate year of growth

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 13, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Faculty and staff at Seeley Lake Elementary celebrated the accomplishments of its 26 eighth grade graduates Wednesday, June 5. Keeping with Seeley Lake tradition, the eighth graders presented loved ones with flowers at their graduation ceremony. "I would like to point out a teacher, for being like a second mother to us, pushing us and encouraging us to be better, thank you Mrs. Bartlett for being such a great teacher to us all," said Tyler Neher and Dakota Gonzalez. The 2019...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 13, 2019

    Boats and boat operators still needed for Kid’s Fishing Tournament SEELEY LAKE – The Kid’s Fishing Tournament is still looking for volunteers to take kids ages 7-13 out fishing Saturday, June 22 on Seeley Lake. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. from Big Larch Boat Ramp. Weigh-in will be around 11 a.m. followed by a barbecue. Tournament applications for children who would like to participate are available at Rovero’s, Cory’s Valley Market and Pop’s Place Restaurant. Deadline for applications is June 15. For more information and/or to volunteer c...

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