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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 July 24, 2014 issue

- Project Healing Waters - Restoring the Mind, Body, Spirit

“Did you see that fish jump?” asked Robert White of his son Daryn and guide Pete Shinn. They responded, “No,” and White simply said, “Neither did I.”

White is blind. He is one of four disabled veterans hosted by the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited (BBCTU) July 16-18 for the third year with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program (PHWFF). This fly fishing trip offered an opportunity for disabled veterans to experience fly fishing on the Blackfoot River and on private land near Lincoln. It also offered an opportunity for mental and emotional healing and over-due recognition for service.

- Joint Meeting of Missoula County Commissioners and SVCC
FNF Supervisor Weber Delays Holland Lake Day Use Fee

Flathead National Forest Supervisor (FNF) Chip Weber said he would delay the Holland Lake Day Use five-dollar fee until Sept. 1. Weber listened to concerns from a crowd of nearly 75 gathered at the Swan Valley Community Hall July 15. He and his staff answered questions about the proposed fee to use the Holland Lake beach.

- Opinion - Letters to the Editor

To the People that Fight Over Huckleberry Patches; Septic Replacement Program and Mandatory Septic Inspections Would Help Water Quality

- Air Quality Sign Operational Except for Air Quality Messages

Wildfire smoke from fires in Canada, Oregon and Washington started blowing into the Valley Wednesday, July 16 lasting through Saturday afternoon. According to Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), air quality deteriorated into the unhealthy category. However, the recently installed air quality sign at the Seeley Lake Elementary School did not display air quality warnings.

- Bud Moore Papers Available at UM Mansfield Library

MISSOULA – The archival collection of William Robert “Bud” Moore is now available at the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana (UM). The collection includes personal journals, photographs, research files, interviews, correspondence and other materials created by and about the late forester and conservationist.

- Chamber Encourages Networking, Facilitiates Commerce

Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is a network of nearly one hundred local businesses, organizations and individuals with a mission to increase the consumption of goods and services in our area. It is a forum where a hotelier, journalist, landscaper, historian, merchant and all interested can join together to help create an amazing community to live, work and play.

- Recycling A Way to D.C.

The Washington D.C. Fund has tried multiple methods of raising money for the children going on the trip, one of those methods being the “Recycling Our Way to D.C.” fundraiser.

- Living in the Wild – Celebrating Our Backyard

The new and improved Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) banquet is rapidly approaching. This year’s theme is “Living in the Wild – Celebrating our Backyard.” 2014 is the 50-year anniversary of the Wilderness Act and we are blessed to have two wilderness areas in our backyard. Appropriately, the menu and auction items will have a flair for the “wild”.

- Blackfoot River Cleanup - Keep It Clean!

The 11th Blackfoot River Cleanup is Saturday, July 26. Registration is at Johnsrud Park west of Potomac off Highway 200 at 8 a.m. for divers, snorkelers and rafters and 9 a.m. for the walkers, waders and floaters.

- Potomac Athletic Complex Construction Resumes

The Potomac Athletic complex nears completion as the second of three phases is underway. Seeley Lake Ready Mix and John Richards Construction owner John Richards was hired to haul the recycled fill material from the Hayes Pit in Potomac to complete the track.

- More Relationship Complexities - Psychological Perspectives, Ken Silvestro

- Ducks Unlimited Chapter Takes Flight in Seeley Lake

More than 80 attendees participated in the Seeley Lake Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) Banquet Saturday, July 19. This is the first event for DU in Seeley Lake in the last 29 years.

- Community Briefs

Fuels Reduction Work at Nordic Ski Trails; Seeley Lake Library News; SEC Campfire Program: Amphibians and Reptiles, July 26; Volunteers Needed to Construct New High School Greenhouse, July 29; Public Invited to Tour Kennecott Exploration Drilling Sites July 29; Trails and Tales, Wednesday, July 30; Seeley Lake Trails Meeting, July 31; Hunter Education Class Planned for Seeley Lake; Call for Photography for FINAL PIY EXPO; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 7/15/14 – 7/21/14; June Call Report for the Seeley Lake Fire Department

- Plum Creek Grant Funds Repairs to Potomac Community Center

MISSOULA, Mont. – A $6,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation will help repair the well-loved Potomac Greenough Community Center that is used by everyone from the Parent-Teachers Club and sports teams to 4-H club members and the local quilting club.

- Off the Beaten Path - Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness

Lake Dinah: Trail No. 12

Length: 2 miles one way

Elevation: Lake Elsina – 6,320 feet; Pass – 6,680 feet; Lake Dinah – 6,480 feet

- FWP, Anglers Work Together to End Illegal Fish Introductions

Montana fisheries officials and major statewide angling groups recently signed an agreement aimed at curbing the spread of illegal fish introductions into state waters.

- Interview Date Set for Seeley Lake Fire Chief Candidates

At their monthly meeting July 15, the Seeley Lake Fire District Board overturned last month’s decision to use a hiring committee to interview fire chief candidates. Two candidates – Steven Cunningham and Chris Mullenix – will be interviewed Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m., at the Fire Hall during a special public meeting. As of July 21, candidate Todd Light withdrew his name from consideration.

- Hospital District Signs Notice to Proceed

At a special meeting held July 17, the Seeley-Swan Hospital District unanimously agreed to sign the Notice to Proceed with Quality Construction to begin the addition on the Seeley Swan Medical Center for dental, medical and behavior health services.

- Get Rid of That Burden

I believe that many people carry deep, dark secrets through life and are constantly tormented by their mere thought. Are you one of those? Do you believe you have committed an act so ungodly, so heinous, so wicked, so unspeakable that you believe God could never forgive you? I have spoken to veterans of foreign conflicts that carry such a burden through life when they do not have to.

- Interview Date Set for Seeley Lake Fire Chief Candidates

At their monthly meeting July 15, the Seeley Lake Fire District Board overturned last month’s decision to use a hiring committee to interview fire chief candidates. Two candidates – Steven Cunningham and Chris Mullenix – will be interviewed Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m., at the Fire Hall during a special public meeting. As of July 21, candidate Todd Light withdrew his name from consideration.

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Blackfoot Valley Dispatch
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CLB Custom Landworks
(Landscaping, Tree Care and Fencing)

Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.
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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 wildfire smoke from Oregon and Washington that filled the Valley from Wednesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 19 did not keep canoeists off of Lake Alva Saturday, July 19. According to the Department of Environmental Quality, particulate matter reached the unhealthy category before finally blowing out Saturday evening.
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