Articles from the January 7, 2021 edition

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  • Porcupine Dump site to remain open twice a week

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    LAKE COUNTY - Lake County Commissioners unanimously voted to keep the Porcupine Dump site open for two days a week following recommendations from the Solid Waste Board during their Dec. 16 Commissioner meeting. The days in question have not been decided. Solid Waste Board Member Carol Field is canvassing area residents to determine which days are preferable. Once the days are determined, residents will be notified. The site will remain in its current location for the time being. Lake County’s Solid Waste Board originally recommended closing t...

  • Snow Joke half marathon goes virtual

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Runners will be able to run the 42nd annual Snow Joke Half Marathon on their own terms this upcoming February. Run Wild Missoula helps put on the event. Interim Executive Director Ashley Cossairt said their decision to make the race virtual instead of in-person was so that they could avoid spreading COVID-19. "Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of active cases in the state of Montana, we determined it was better to take a more cautious approach and offer...

  • Building a legacy of service and philanthropy

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Sitting around a table at the Elkhorn Café in the fall of 1999, Seeley Lake resident Stan Nicholson told Loren Rose and four other future board members that there were 28 nonprofits and quasi-government agencies in the Seeley Swan Valley. "They all needed a 'boost' and bake sales aren't going to cut it," Rose recalled Nicholson saying. "How can we raise serious capital for all those entities to flourish?" From this initial discussion and many more involving the community, the Se...

  • Playing in the snow

    Andi Bourne|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Playing in the snow with family was an activity many Seeley Lake residents enjoyed over the New Year including Kris Martin and her son Sam Welch. They built these two snow bears to help them ring in the New Year on Thursday, Dec. 31 at their home on A Street....

  • Public hearing to outline ATV safety requirements Jan. 7

    Andi Bourne|Jan 7, 2021

    Do you ride all-terrain vehicles? The Missoula County Commissioners are holding a hearing Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. where they have been asked to approve a resolution “Outlining the need for safety while operating all-terrain vehicles.” The Commissioners have been asked to take two actions. First for the county to encourage and promote safe use of all-terrain vehicles, especially by children. Second for the county to endorse the following rules of the trail “to make safety a part of the plan for every ride and help reduce ATV-related deaths and injur...

  • Need a plan with community support

    Frank Dufresne, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Another lawsuit in the mix may be the last thing the village of Seeley needs to make sense of what is already a train wreck of a process to decide on the sewer. If, after decades of public discussion, we’re still fighting about it, that alone seems a good reason to put this project on the shelf…or come up with a plan than has solid community support. This one doesn’t have it....

  • Where is democracy going?

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jan 7, 2021

    Senator Steve Daines is one of 12 senators who have decided your vote doesn’t count. Those officials, led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, have organized to protest Joe Biden’s victory and are making a futile effort to unseat the President-elect. By this action Senator Daines is ignoring the Constitution he has sworn to uphold. While most of us democrats have long-felt a vote for Mr. Daines is wasted, this new twist suggests these officials are telling you ALSO, your vote doesn’t matter. To hell with the will of the people. Makes you wonder where...

  • Top priorities this legislative session

    Senator Shannon O'Brien, Senate District 46|Jan 7, 2021

    This week we gave the Oath of Office, promising to uphold the constitutions of the United States and Montana. This 67th Legislative Session proves to be a unique one, and as we begin, I want to thank the legislative staff who have done a tremendous job of making sure we may safely do our work. Many people have asked me what I hope to do for you all. This is my first time ever serving in the legislature, so the learning curve will be steep! That having been said, the primary answer to the...

  • COVID-19 vaccination protocol and testing in Seeley

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Jan 7, 2021

    Greetings, If you were wondering about current vaccination protocol, the Missoula City-County Health Department has a new web address, that will keep us up to date about the Phases of Vaccine distribution as set by Governor Bullock. You can also call 406-258-4636 to get current information. On the website, there is a tab at the top titled Vaccination; within it is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. At the top of the list is the question-Who will get t...

  • Sewer bond election voter requirements outlined

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – According to the Missoula County Elections Office, there are a couple of changes to the voter registration process for property owners in the Seeley Lake Sewer District for the upcoming Bond election. The Feb. 23 election will be conducted by mail with ballots being mailed Feb. 3. Unlike most elections, Sewer District elections allow certain landowners the ability to register and vote in addition to the registered voters who reside in the District. There are several ways in which landowners may be eligible to vote depending on h... Full story

  • Department of Transportation, Community Foundation, Forest Service at next Council Meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The next meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be this Monday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. with an intriguing agenda. It will be held via Zoom. Instructions for sign-on are at the end of this release. The first speaker will be Bob Vosen, Missoula District Administrator with Montana Department of Transportation. He will cover a number of subjects, including banners on the light posts, flower boxes, memorial plaques and the Salmon Lake construction. Next will be Claire Muller, executive director of the Seeley Lake Community...

  • Get outside, be active for the health of it

    Garry Swain, President, ROCKS|Jan 7, 2021

    Some of you were lucky enough to have been born here, in the gorgeous Crown of the Continent and the bridge between two of the most awe-inspiring parks in the entire country. Some of you discovered this area and made an active life choice to join the community, perhaps because of work or family, but it is likely that the possibility of extraordinary outdoor activities were also a lure. In 2020, the year we'll always remember as the year of masks and life interrupted in previously unfathomable...

  • Science communication at Glacier National Park

    Jackie Bussjaeger, This is Montana Editor|Jan 7, 2021

    When it comes to communication about climate change, there's a lot of complexity to consider, said USGS scientist Dan Fagre. "The problem is that to really understand it, people need to understand the process," he explained. "It's sort of analogous to a lot of ideas out there about nutrition: people glom onto an idea but they don't really go a little deeper to find out what the underpinnings of that really are." Most scientists don't like to do outreach and communication, Fagre said, which can b...

  • Alan Lee Childs Aug. 11, 1943 – Nov. 19, 2020

    Jan 7, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Alan Lee Childs, 77, born Aug. 11, 1943 died of natural causes on Nov. 19. Alan was born in Browning, Montana but grew up in Libby, Montana with his parents Dorothy and Lee Childs. He joined the Navy in 1963 where he became an Engineman and a Certified Diver. He attended Submarine School and became an underwater welder where he salvaged sunken ships from the ocean. He was honorably discharged in 1969. Alan moved to Havre shortly afterward and worked for Rocky Mountain Packing... Full story

  • Willis "Bill" Ogden Sept. 26, 1934 – Nov. 4, 2020

    Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - On Nov. 4, Willis "Bill" Ogden passed away at 86, five years to the day his wife Patricia passed in 2015. He was survived briefly by his older sister Virginia. Born in Streator, Illinois Sept. 26, 1934 (though he was slow to admit he wasn't born in Montana) to Harry and Jessie Ogden. The Ogden family moved to Montana and ended up in Polson. In Polson he played football in high school and participated in the East West Shrine game. Graduated in 1954, despite jumping out the window... Full story

  • Updated vaccination distribution plan released

    Office of the Governor|Jan 7, 2021

    Governor Steve Bullock announced Dec. 30 the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan has been updated to incorporate the new federal recommendations for allocation to critical groups in Montana and an estimated timeline. “As the first phase of Montana’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is fully under way, it’s inspiring to see that thousands of health care workers have already been vaccinated and that it’s now reaching staff and residents of long-term care facilities,” Governor Bullock said. “As we continue to focus on vaccinating those most vu... Full story

  • "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,

    Diana Taylor, Defendress of the Catholic Faith|Jan 7, 2021

    and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, ‘God with us.’” Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 The Perpetual Virginity of Mary is one of the Marian Dogmas of the Catholic Church. Dogmas are formalized truths from the apostles or sacred Tradition revealed by God to His Church and declared to be binding by the magisterium. Overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary took the Son of God into her womb while remaining a virgin, see Luke 1:26-[35]-56. “And the LORD said to me, ‘This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no on...

  • Missoula County awards COVID job retention grants

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY – Missoula County Commissioners approved distributing almost $625,000 from the COVID-19 Small Business Job Retention Fund to 27 businesses impacted by the pandemic. The funding is intended to help businesses retain jobs for low- and moderate-income employees. Of the awarded grants, 58% went to food and drink industry businesses for a total of $365,000. Retailers received 12%, professional services got 10%, preschool and childcare employers received 10%, transportation services r...

  • Blackhawks take precautions as they head onto the court

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School's basketball teams played their first games this past weekend. To prevent players and fans from contracting coronavirus, organizers had to make certain adaptations during games. SSHS Athletic Director Shawn Holmes said the biggest change they had to make was having the boys and girls teams play in separate locations. They would still be able to play on the same night but the varsity and junior varsity teams for one gender would play a home game while the...

  • Mountains Cats no match for Blackhawks

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks opened their basketball season with victories over the Clark Fork Coop Mountain Cats Jan. 2. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Boys played at home while the Ladies were on the road. Blackhawks The Blackhawks traded shots with the Cats throughout the first quarter and were able to build a 13-point lead in the second quarter. They maintained their distance in the third but the Cats were not going to go home quietly. The Cats came out...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 7, 2021

    Yurt at Seeley Creek Nordic Ski trails closed for season SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Creek Nordic Ski trails just north of town on Morrell Creek Road are groomed and ready for skiers. However due to COVID-19, the yurt at the trailhead is closed for the season. Flathead Audubon offers program on Montana fish, Jan. 11 Have you ever heard of a fish that doesn’t like to swim? Or how about the one so primitive and bizarre that it is surely a ghost from very ancient times? Flathead National Forest Fisheries Biologist Beth Gardner has picked out sev...