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 By Dakota Gonzalez    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Love

Love is, Love, Faith, Happiness, Friends, Family, And freedom. For Love is like money, not everyone has it....

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Welcome Candidates!

SEELEY LAKE - Last week Seeley Lake hosted two candidate forums at our Community Hall. The Seeley Lake Community Council offered a great service for the community and they did it very professionally. One of Klaus von Stutterheim’s super powers is...

 
 By Beth Hutchinson    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Sewer Board and Data by the Numbers

Current Seeley Lake Sewer Board: Males - 100%, Females - 0%, Business Owners - 100%, Wage Earners - 0%, Fixed Income/Retired - 0%, High Value Property Ownership - 100%, Apparent Need for Sewer - 100%, Relevant Training/Background - 40% Flexibility...

 
 By Scott Kennedy    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Vote for Incumbents Gary Lewis and Connie Clark

SEELEY LAKE - First, thank you to all our VOLUNTEERS for their time in training and responding to the needs of the community! I am honored to support the incumbents for Fire District Board of Trustees. I have known both Gary Lewis and Connie Clark...

 
 By Jean Curtiss    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Curtiss Brings Experience and Common Sense to Commissioner Race

I am running for Missoula County Commissioner because my experience and common sense leadership are needed now more than ever. I have a passion for Missoula County.  I was born in Missoula and raised on a farm in the Swan. I graduated from...

 

Vote for Josh Slotnick June 5

MISSOULA - We are writing to support Josh Slotnick’s bid for County Commissioner. Thirty-five years ago, we were transplants to Montana. We came initially for the reasons many do: easy access to unadulterated wilderness and the beauty of...

 

Sewer Board Incumbents Most Knowledgeable, Best Choice for District

SEELEY LAKE - We chose to move to Seeley Lake for the beauty of the mountains, the lakes and streams, the critters, the snow…The small town. Back then, the sewer, “to be or not to be,” was a topic of discussion – and it still is 16 years...

 
 By Travis Wafstet    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

A Challenge to Maintain Respect for All Candidates

SEELEY LAKE - Dr. Stephen Covey, author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," accurately stated about the profession of law enforcement, "Service, justice and fundamental fairness - these...

 

McDermott Committed to Fair and Ethical Campaign

My re-election campaign for Sheriff is committed to fair and ethical campaigns and behaviors. We are firmly opposed to the type of behavior Mr. Wafstet has indicated in his emails, by any supporter of any candidate running for any political office....

 
 By Marcy Allen    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Curtiss Listens to New Ideas, Seeks Long-term Solutions

In my role as Executive Director of BREDD, a regional economic development organization, I had the privilege of working alongside of Commissioner Jean Curtiss for 10 years on economic development issues facing Missoula County. During this time, Jean...

 
 By Pedro Marques    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Slotnick – Visionary Leader to Help Missoula County Grow into the Future

MISSOULA - I design projects to restore degraded ecosystems and often catch myself asking, “What were they thinking?” Short-sighted needs for economic growth blinded previous generations to the long-term consequences their actions would have on...

 

A Concern About the Confucius Institute at the University of Montana

China has been funding Confucius Institutes (CI) language programs under the communist regime's Ministry of Education since 2004, in which it forms partnerships with American universities. There are currently 103 branches on campuses across the U.S....

 

Psychology of Time

Time has long been a mystery. What is it? How does it influence us? Why does it exist? One of the most important questions is: How does it change? As we get older, we all experience time passing more...

 
 By A. Lee Boman    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Hiking Time!

From the Introduction to 100 Classic Hikes MONTANA, by Douglas Lorain: "If you mention Montana to an avid hiker living almost anywhere else in the United States, the reaction is usually a big smile,...

 
 By Craig Wilson    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

God Never Changes

For many, using GPS (Global Positioning Service) is a helpful convenience to find directions in the car with very little hassle. For a reasonable cost, users can connect with multiple satellites in their cars to be directed all over the world....

 

Missoula County Building Permits and Inspections Needed for 61-Lot Subdivision

I have been following the purposed 61-unit Swan Mountain Estates subdivision in Powell County, just outside Seeley Lake. I have some concerns that I don’t believe are adequately addressed.  While I don’t have any problem with the subdivision in...

 

Vote For Trustees that Will Support Our Fire Volunteers

SEELEY LAKE - As we all know, Seeley Lake is a small, rural, unincorporated community. For fire and medical emergencies, we are served by a volunteer fire department. Our property taxes pay to outfit the department with equipment and gear, pay for...

 

Horse Tradin'

It's springtime... no wait. Not in my neck of the woods anyway. It's January 78th, but that's another story for another day.  Anywho... What I meant to say is that it's horse trading season again...

 

Work and Play on TNC Ground

With abundant snow, this has been an outstanding season for winter recreation around Seeley Lake. We are grateful to all of the people and partner groups who have made this a safe, successful and fun season on The Nature Conservancy’s lands. From...

 
 By Jack Pippo    Opinion    April 12, 2018

A Ray of Sunshine - Service to Others

How could we forget the fires of 2017? Ranking #1 in the nation in any category was bad enough. We ranked #1 in fire and #1 in worst air in recorded history. To add insult upon injury, if you lived east of Highway 83 here in the valley, you were...

 

Common Sense

After the recent school shooting the usual cries for gun “safety” went out. Stephen Smith who lost his mother in a school shooting wrote a great pro-gun guest editorial which pretty much reflects my views on the subject. Democrats and other liber...

 

Troy Downing - Man of Directness, Honesty and Patriotism

My grandfather’s generation fought in WWI, my father’s in WWII and mine in the many conflicts which followed. Each generation of Americans valiantly stood against the evil of their day as we must also do. Today’s battlegrounds, unlike Iwo Jima...

 
 By Leo Miller    Opinion    April 5, 2018

Rescue Victim Disputes Article - Thanks Rescuers

SEELEY LAKE - The story “Snowmobiler Rescued Near Marshall Lake” that ran in the Pathfinder’s March 8 issue about my snowmobile wreck near Marshall Lake March 1 has a lot of things wrong. My riding partner Dave McDonald, also from Frenchtown,...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    April 5, 2018

How to Succeed in Local Government Agencies

Regarding the Editor’s Note about media coverage of local government meetings on March 15, that was a well-written piece and deeply appreciated. Having served on boards I have seen board members tempted to be secretive and avoid transparency. But...

 
 By Troy Spence    Opinion    April 5, 2018

Fairy Tales of Seeley Lake Sewer

SEELEY LAKE – As I read the March 22 issue of the Pathfinder, I walk over to the wall and beat my head against it. I am very amazed how a board of individuals that are supposed to be representing the citizens of Seeley Lake have posted false info...

 

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