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Articles from the September 21, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Relating Music to All Generations

SEELEY LAKE – Chinook Winds brought a breath of fresh air to the students and the valleys as they kicked off the official 2 Valleys Stage 2017-2018 season with their concert Sunday, Sept. 17 at...

 

Board Accepts RD's New Conditions

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board voted at a special board meeting Sept. 14 to accept Rural Development’s (RD) new conditions for funding that includes an extra $1 million in grants and $1.3 million in loans. The extra funding to...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Making Something Good Out of the Bad

SEELEY LAKE – Doug Janison was short just one ingredient he needed to host an ice cream social for the firefighters at the Rice Ridge Fire Camp. Janison, managing partner of Houston's Too Catering,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Evacuation Warnings and Fire Restrictions Lifted

SEELEY LAKE - The cooler temperatures and moisture in the form of rain and snow were welcomed sights this past week. With the change in weather, fire managers and law enforcement lifted all...

 

Thank You for Best of the Valleys Recognition

SEELEY LAKE - I want to say a big THANK YOU to the community of Seeley Lake for voting Good Times the best place to buy a gift.  I am honored, thankful and humbled for the recognition.   Sue had a dream when she opened Good Times in 1982, and I am...

 

Unite as a Community and Make Our Voices Heard

SEELEY LAKE - It is probably general agreement that the summer of 2017 in Seeley Lake will be remembered as the summer of the fire, as opposed to the summer of sunny skies, fresh mountain air and experiencing a variety of recreational opportunities....

 

Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

SEELEY LAKE - A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is just that: a possible event which offers enormous gain but will never be re-offered and if not seized will leave decades of regret in its wake. The federal government, whose purse strings are rapidly...

 

Sewer - More Troubling Issues Arise

SEELEY LAKE - This is the third time of my writing on the Seeley Lake sewer issue. Each time visiting the subject, more troubling issues arise. First off, who are these people who are able to go against the wishes of citizens who have voted down...

 

Sewer: A Newcomer's Perspective

SEELEY LAKE - As relative newcomers to the Seeley Lake community, please allow us to provide our perspective on the municipal sewer issue. Three years ago we purchased a seasonal (summer) cabin on Boy Scout Road. Our time here during the summers and...

 

If the Sewer Benefits Everyone Then Have Everyone Chip In

SEELEY LAKE - The underlying issue of the sewer proposal is Seeley Lake’s ability to sustain itself as a community. We have seen most private land around Seeley revert to government ownership, so the growth potential of the community is capped....

 

Response to Ken Silvestro's Letter

SEELEY LAKE - First, a solid majority voted in a certified, legal election against the sewer initiative last December. That speaks volumes about peoples’ no-growth wishes for Seeley Lake and for their inability to shoulder the heavy financial...

 

Rely on Facts When Deciding on Seeley Lake Sewer

SEELEY LAKE - I’m thankful to live in a community and nation that respects opinions. I respect the opinions of those arguing against a sewer system for Seeley Lake and know they have the best intentions for our community. We must, however, deal...

 

Residences Will Pay Commercial Debt Service Rate Under Proposed Sewer Plan

SEELEY LAKE - In the Aug. 30 Pathfinder, the article written about the public sewer meeting brought up a plan by [District Manager] Greg Robertson which should make anyone involved with the sewer outraged. Here is some of what the Pathfinder article...

 

Time for Good Men to Step Forward and Protect Ourselves and Our Environment

I believe everyone knows the earth is warming up. So there is no need to throw yourself on the floor kicking and screaming that nobody is listening. There does seem to be some controversy over whether man caused the warming or it is just a regularly...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Building the Community Connection

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary is looking for adults who are interested in connecting with junior high students on a whole new level. SLE is hosting their third Phlight Club for Seeley Lake an...

 

SLE Students Experience Delayed Start

SEELEY LAKE – Though Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) got off to a slow start, having canceled the first four days of school due to fire danger, students and teachers are back and plunging into t...

 

We Fight Fires, But Don't Manage

The topic of wildfire raises the level of awareness of our forests. Some of this is good. People become aware and then they are compelled to act. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if they are going to act in the right manner. Wildfire in the West In the...

 

Re-Inhabiting Burned Lands

Fires alter wildlife’s food, water and shelter forcing animals to either adjust or find new homes. In an intense fire, the complex humus layer on the forest floor gets charred, depleting nutrients and causing soils to repel water. Erosion is greate...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Burnout Totals 7,000 Acres – Meets Objectives

SEELEY LAKE – Despite concerns from near-by landowners, Greg Poncin's Type 1 Incident Management Team initiated a 7,000 acre burnout north of Cottonwood Lakes Road (Forest Road 477) Sunday, Sept....

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Accounting for $3.6 Million of Firefighting Equipment

SEELEY LAKE – The Rice Ridge Fire rehabbing process began Thursday. Firefighting crews started wrapping up 135 miles of hose, collecting the 224 pumps and 1094 sprinkler heads and collapsing the...

 

Fourth Element Finished – Committee Sprints Through Fifth

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee worked through the final sections of the Housing Element and completed the Transportation Element of the Growth Plan at their meeting Sept. 13. The SVRPC addressed the goals, policies and...

 

Spark

I’ve struggled to feel the blazing flame of Christ lately. Sure, I still attend church – and my faith in Him hasn’t faltered – but I haven’t felt the fire quite like I have in the past. I think routine has become the killer. Whether that...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    September 21, 2017

Building a Foundation of Music

SEELEY LAKE – Kristen Cottom is looking forward to bringing her energy to the music classes of Seeley-Swan High School, Seeley Lake Elementary and Swan Valley School this year. A first-year...

 

No Blackfoot River in Movie That Made It Famous

MISSOULA – Twenty-five years ago the movie "A River Runs Through It" was released. The film was based on Norman Maclean's novella of the same name and the river was the Blackfoot. Taking its cue...

 

A Closer Look at Funding Conditions

SEELEY LAKE - After the Seeley Lake Sewer Board’s special meeting Sept. 14 where the board voted to accept Rural Development’s new conditions, the Pathfinder compared the new Letter of Conditions with the previous letter. The comparison revealed...

 

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