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Articles from the September 7, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Man Accused of Running Roadblock

SEELEY LAKE - Tuesday, Aug. 29 Seeley Lake resident Stuart Stone, 73, was arrested for nearly hitting a National Guard Solider at the roadblock into an evacuated area for the Rice Ridge Fire. He was...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Wednesday Morning Update

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to extreme fire conditions, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) lands in western Montana are temporarily closed to all public access until conditions improve. TNC joins private timber...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Rice Ridge Fire Explodes to More than 100,000 Acres

SEELEY LAKE – Under Red Flag Conditions, the Rice Ridge Fire exploded this past weekend, adding 12,000 acres on Saturday and doubling the already 50,000 acres burned on Sunday. As of Tuesday, Sept....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Life is a Gift

BARCELONA – Seeley Lake resident and Seeley Lake Elementary teacher Kelsi Luhnow didn't realize that her simple decision to stop at her hostel before going to the plaza at Las Ramblas in Barcelona,...

 

Brevity Shortchanged Readers

SEELEY LAKE - With his letter in last week’s Pathfinder, Dennis Clark became a strong, though likely unwitting, ally to Citizens for Sensible Wastewater Solutions (CSWS) and the constituents of the Seeley Lake Sewer District. We at CSWS found most...

 
 By John Rice    Opinion    September 7, 2017

Go Blow Your Horn

I am really getting tired of all the advertisements about all the good things our good old Montana boy Jon Tester is doing for Montana. Anytime I hear a politician continually blowing their horn I get suspicious. That`s certainly is the case with...

 

Yes for First World Sewer System for Seeley

SEELEY LAKE - I am writing to share my thoughts and voice my “Yes” for a community sewer system. The first reason is that I, along with all of you, like clean water. It is so refreshing to drink directly from a spring or mountain waterfall! I...

 

Migraines

Having a headache is no picnic, in fact, these things can be quite debilitating. People get headaches for all kinds of reasons. Sore muscles, a bad neck or just a stressful life often causes tension...

 

Smart911 Alerts Fail Some, Still Preferred Contact Method

SEELEY LAKE – There were a few people in Seeley Lake that didn’t receive the Smart911 alert Monday, Aug. 28 when parts of Seeley Lake were evacuated. While the oversight was due to human error, Smart911 is still the preferred method to send...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Game Range and State Trust Lands Temporarily Closed

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) issued a temporary closure Aug. 31 for most of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA), due to extreme fire conditions and the surrounding...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Swan Valley School Off to Brand New Start

SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley School started Tuesday, Sept. 5 with three new teachers and a new secretary. Supervising Teacher Susan Bracha was the only returning faculty this year. The only teacher...

 

Making a Difference - If You See Something, Say Something

First, as a representative from Missoula County Fire Protection Association, our thoughts and prayers go out to the communities of Seeley Lake, Kozy Korner and Ovando for the trying times people are...

 

The Chemical Messages in Smoke

Smoke. More smoke. Ridiculous amounts of smoke. That has been what we in Seeley Lake have been breathing and looking through since July 24th. We know the smoke is impacting our health but how is it impacting the trees and plants? Plants breathe and p...

 

Hunters Beware of Extreme Conditions - Check Restrictions and Closures

Hunters in western Montana should be aware of local fire restrictions and closures and take safety precautions. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks says hunting seasons will open as planned but some areas have wildfire-related closures that affect hunter...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Montana Elk Habitat Conserved, Opened to Public Access

SWAN VALLEY - A 640-acre private parcel within a mile of Holland Lake is now federally owned thanks to a collaborative effort between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation-minded family an...

 

Norman Maclean Festival Relocated to Missoula

Due to the events of the Rice Ridge Fire, the Norman Maclean Festival is relocating the Seeley Lake events scheduled for the first two days of the Festival to Missoula’s First Presbyterian Church – Reverend Maclean’s historic church....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Mandatory Evacuations Can Trigger Insurance Benefits

SEELEY LAKE – Have you been evacuated during the Rice Ridge Fire? Owner of Summit Insurance Agent Tom Monaghan said most homeowner policies have coverage that will pay additional living expenses in...

 
 By Micah Drew    News    September 7, 2017

Expectations and Responsibilities of Public Boards

MISSOULA – Missoula County hosted a board member training session on Thursday, July 27. The county brought in Dan Clark of the Local Government Center to lead the training for anyone serving on a public board. Public boards, districts and...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    September 7, 2017

Liberty Fire: Islands Among Ash

POTOMAC - On the morning of July 15, lightning struck near Liberty Creek, southeast of Arlee, Mont. and caused a wildfire which spread toward Placid Lake, the Rattlesnake Wilderness and the Gold...

 

Events Reveal Crown of the Continent Timeline

It took more than 60 years to create Glacier National Park, which is the foundation of the much larger natural system called the Crown of the Continent that we study and celebrate today. The events...

 
 By Todd Fife    Opinion    September 7, 2017

Drop Your Stones

While the Savior was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles, some scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him who was guilty of adultery: They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law...

 

New Grandstand Filled for 53rd Annual Helmville Rodeo

HELMVILLE - The new grandstand was packed and it was standing room only at the 53rd annual Helmville Rodeo this past Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4....

 

Community Briefs

Space Available at Clearwater Alliance Church for Evacuees GREENOUGH - Clearwater Alliance Church, just east of Clearwater Junction, has offered space to park RV’s, camper trailers and set up tents for evacuees. Those camping can use the facility i...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 7, 2017

Evacuations Lifted for Parts of Seeley - New Team Happy with Progress

OVANDO – The Community meeting started with an announcement that the evacuation order in parts of Seeley Lake was lifted. Greg Poncin's Type 1 Incident Management Team is happy with the progress...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Thursday Morning Update

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: Community Meeting tonight, Sept. 7 at 6 pm at the Mission Bible Fellowship Church. There will be a meeting Friday Night, Sept. 8 at 6 pm at the Ovando Elementary...

 

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