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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 recent cold snap created a frozen Morrell Falls that greeted hikers Sunday, Nov. 16.

- Impacts of CSKT Water Compact Discussed

In an effort to gain better understanding of the proposed Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact and the potential impacts on the valley, the Blackfoot Challenge hosted a public meeting in Ovando, Nov. 12.

Representatives from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (Commission) discussed potential outcomes of the Compact with Blackfoot Valley residents.

- Fourth Graders Reach out to the Community

Writing poems is not just about expressing thoughts for an assignment in the Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) fourth grade class. It is about reaching out into the community by recognizing local businesses.

- Swan Song ~ Gloria Anne Busch

- Seeley-Swan High School Ranked 12th in Montana by Niche

Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) topped the Missoula County Public Schools in the Best Public High Schools 2015 Niche Rankings. Niche ranked SSHS the 12th Best Public High School in Montana out of 71 ranked Montana schools. Big Sky, Hellgate and Sentinel High Schools ranked 31, 32, and 36 respectively.

- Giving Tree Makes Christmas a Little Brighter

Visit the “Giving Tree” at Cory’s Valley Market if you would like to help a child this Christmas.

The annual “Giving Tree” returns to Cory’s Valley Market Nov. 25. Members of the community are invited to select a card from the tree, purchase the identified clothing and toy items for a local child and return the unwrapped, boxed gifts to Cory’s by Monday, Dec. 16.

- Cold and Snow Keep Deer and Elk Harvest Slow but Steady

FWP - Cold temperatures and snowfall kept hunter participation and harvest slow but steady in the third week of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana. 

- Geology is All Around Us: The Rockies

The Rocky Mountains, commonly known as the Rockies, are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States.

- Please Paws for People and Pets - by Elinor Williamson

- Opinion - Letters to the Editor

Air Quality in Seeley Lake

- Community Health Assessment Available for Review

After a year of work by multiple community agencies, the 2014 Missoula County Community Health Assessment (CHA) report is ready for public review. To review the document and make comments visit the Missoula City-County Health Department website and click on link in the Hot Topics box.

- Parcell New to Preschool

Danni Parcell is not new to teaching but this year, for the first time, she is working with preschoolers at Swan Valley Elementary (SVE). Parcell meets with her mentor, Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) preschool teacher Sheila Devins one day a week at SLE to write lesson plans to use during the remaining four days of the school week at SVE. According to Parcell, the preschool program at SVE was made possible this year by an anonymous donation.

- Plugging into the Community

Seeley Lake resident Justin Loconte looks forward to being more plugged into the community with his new business JCL Electric. Loconte is the owner and sole employee with JCL Electric.

- Cold Snap Heats up Propane Business

A new, locally-owned propane supplier for the Potomac area and beyond is 406 Propane, LLC. Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas used as an alternative fuel. Owners Nick Salter and Dwayne Rehbein run the business with their three employees. 406 Propane made its first delivery on Sept. 8.

- Community Briefs

Correction: ‘In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean’; Schwan’s Helps Local Student Groups; Seeley Lake Library News; Blood Drives in Seeley Lake and Potomac; Montana 2-1-1 Offers Human Resources Services; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 11/10/14 - 11/17/14; Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department October Calls

- Veterans Honored in Condon

More than 20 Swan Valley veterans representing most of the branches of the United State Armed Forces gathered outdoors at the Swan Valley Community Hall with the temperature just reaching into the low double digits. The American Legion Post 63 recognized their service with a brief ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.

- Reflections on Veterans Day

Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) celebrated Veterans Day with an all-school assembly to which veterans of the community were invited. Retired Marine Corps Colonel and Swan Valley resident Bob Parcell and Seeley Lake Marine veteran Doug Richards shared reflections on their service and answered questions. The SSHS choir sang while Micah Nicholas read Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag.”

- Seniors’ Christmas Bazaar Kicks Off Shopping Season

The Seeley Lake Senior Center hosted their annual Christmas Bazaar at Seeley Lake Elementary Nov. 15. Attendees were able to get a start on their Christmas shopping with 33 vendors offering a variety of goodies and gifts. There was also games for the children.

- The Koran and the Holy Bible, A Comparison

I would imagine that most of us are much more familiar with the Bible than we are with the Koran (English spelling) Quran (Arabic spelling). Many have little or no awareness of the history or content of the Koran. And a question that should be asked by Christians is this, what evidence leads us to the Bible as truth versus the Koran?

- Eagles Dominate Home Court

The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles are halfway through their season, playing their last three games at home during the week of Nov. 10. They welcomed Bonner, Alberton and Potomac with back-to-back games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The fifth and sixth grade B team and seventh and eighth grade A team took the home court by storm and never gave up a game.

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Seeley-Swan Pathfinder,
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Seeley Lake, Montana 59868.
Phone 406.677.2022.