Articles from the January 9, 2020 edition


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  • Two perish in New Year's Day avalanche

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – A New Year's Day ride took a fatal turn when three snowmobilers from Anaconda were trapped in an avalanche near Lake Dinah, in the southern Mission Mountains west of Seeley Lake. While one was able to free himself and called for help, Jade Green, 24, and Lowell Grosvold, 26, were buried and perished in the slide. According to Missoula Avalanche's Preliminary Report of Lake Dinah Avalanche Accident released Jan. 3, around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 one of the riders was stuck on t...

  • Klassens struggled to juggle family and military life

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY – Edward and Heidi Klassen met and began a relationship aboard the USS John Stennis. Both ended up serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy and ultimately getting married. But maintaining a relationship while both partners were in the service was not easy. It was even more complicated with children involved. Edward, who had three daughters from a first marriage and later one son and a daughter with Heidi said, "The hardest part about going on deployments is you have to find arrangements f...

  • Seeley Lake man found guilty of embezzlement

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – On Nov. 18, Bradley Walters of Seeley Lake was convicted of one felony count of theft by embezzlement for more than $10,000 and one felony count of deceptive practices while working as the secretary/treasurer of the Seeley Lake Wilderness Sportsman’s Club. Missoula County District Court Judge Robert L. Deschamps III sentenced Walters to six years deferred sentence for each count, 30 days in the Missoula County Detention Facility and nearly $21,300 in restitution plus fines and fees. Walters was the secretary/treasurer of the See...

  • Haines named Coach of the Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – In addition to her first state title, Seeley-Swan High School Cross Country coach Zelda Haines was voted the Montana Coaches Association's Coach of the Year for Class C Girls' Cross Country. While Zelda has received assistant coach of the year when she coached junior high track, this is her first Coach of the Year. Zelda said while she appreciates the formal recognition, her goals have always been to see the team take state and for the program to grow. Zelda grew up on a ranch. A...

  • Protecting the County and the taxpayer

    David Wall, Missoula County Auditor|Jan 9, 2020

    When I introduce myself as the Missoula County auditor, most people respond with: "Are you like the IRS?" "Do you go door to door and audit taxpayers?" "Nice to meet you, am I in trouble?" I am pleased to clarify that the county auditor's role is that of an internal auditor. My job is to ensure that county policy is followed and to design internal controls to safeguard against waste, fraud and abuse in county government. Yes, it's as glamorous as it sounds. One of the most important ways my...

  • Suicide prevention at next council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Suicide Prevention will top the agenda of next Monday’s meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council. Sadly, Montana holds the suicide record in the nation with more than three and a half times the rate of New York, the lowest state. Nancy de Pastino, Missoula County Suicide Prevention Coordinator, will start with a presentation of what the County is doing to help desperate people who can see no way out. Following Pastino will be Molly Bowlen of the Missoula City-County Department of Relationship Violence Services. Bowlen will t...

  • ROCKS receives $10,000 grant from Missoula County

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    MISSOULA - Seeley Lake ROCKS received a $10,000 grant for expansion of the ice rink at Seeley Lake Elementary school as part of nearly $37,000 in matching grants awarded by the Missoula County’s Parks and Trails Advisory Board. Grant applications submitted this year reflect the community’s continued interest in enhancing trails for both transportation and recreation. The newly formed Butler Creek Trail Association received $12,000 to complete preliminary design work for a shared-use path along Butler Creek Road, and the National Museum of For...

  • Open Book Club presents memoir authors

    Jenny Rohrer, AAI Program Manager|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club kicks off the new year with the presentation of an exciting collection of short stories from over 41 Montana women, titled "We Leave the Flowers Where They Are," Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company in Seeley Lake. This remarkable collection was edited and curated by longtime memoir instructor and novelist Richard Fifield. Three of the anthology's contributors will be present to read and comment on their experience, along...

  • The puck drops Friday for 10th annual Pond Hockey tournament

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Despite the feet of new snow, the organizers of the 10th annual Seeley Lake Pond Hockey Tournament (SLPH) will not be swayed. The Four rinks in the south bay of Seeley Lake will be ready to welcome 34 teams Jan. 10-12. The community is invited down to the lake to enjoy the tournament. SLPH is a USA Hockey sanctioned tournament that is designed as a fund raiser for local charities as well as a weekend to bolster local commerce in Seeley Lake. Since its inception in 2010, the SLPH tournament has donated close to $7,500 to help b...

  • Gabrielian brings classical music to life

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - World-renowned classical pianist Tanya Gabrielian started off the New Year bringing a whole new level of music to the Seeley-Swan High School auditorium. Playing to an audience of more than 100 people Sunday, Jan. 5, Gabrielian captured the hearts and minds of those in attendance with her piano mastery and ability to make an emotional connection to the music. Before each of the four songs, Gabrielian provided history and context for the composer and the piece. In addition, she...

  • Kathleen (Kathy) Mary Maradeo Dec. 18, 1953 – Dec. 17, 2019

    Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Kathy (Dore) Maradeo, 65, of Seeley Lake, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, one day short of her 66th birthday. She passed away peacefully at home attended to by her husband, as was her wish. She was on home hospice care due to her long battle with MS. She was born in Chicago on Dec. 18, 1953 to Maurice and Muriel Dore. Maurice was a police officer for the Chicago Police Department and Muriel was a schoolteacher for the Chicago Public School System. On March 7, 1975 she married to Frank Maradeo. She was diagnosed in April of 1975 w... Full story

  • Randy Alfred Styler Aug. 15, 1952 – Jan. 3, 2020

    Jan 9, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - Randy Alfred Styler was born Aug. 15, 1952 in Warroad, Minn. to Walter F. and RosaLee P. (Stoskopf) Styler. In 1956, the family moved from Minnesota to western Montana. Randy attended Swan Valley Elementary School and graduated from Seeley-Swan High School in 1970. Randy served in the US Army for one tour of duty, primarily spent in Germany, as a military policeman. Returning to Montana, he married the love of his life, Denise Soelter, on July 27, 1974. They had two daughters,... Full story

  • Imagine the 'What if...?'

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jan 9, 2020

    What is a community foundation? Community foundations are organizations that can help manage community-wide discussions and collect and distribute funds for local projects. A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in a defined geographic area. It enables people to easily and effectively support the issues they care about-immediately, or through their wills. They serve a vital role as facilitators of good works by bringing together people from across the...

  • Free skijoring and dogsledding Fun Days Jan. 11 and Jan. 12

    Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Mushers and skijorers of all experience levels are invited to Montana Mountain Mushers Fun Days Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 at the West Side Bypass Trail, just north of Seeley Lake off Fawn Creek Road. Park in the musher’s parking lot (on the left before the snowmobile trailhead) and be ready to run. Participants will run their dog(s) Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will be a lot of hands-on training for everyone. Whether you are a recreational musher, want to start skijoring or would like to race, Fun Days is a must...

  • Disconnected from the head

    Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Jan 9, 2020

    My beautiful wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985. MS is an auto-immune disease that causes debilitating issues between the brain and the body. Its effect causes parts of the external and internal body to not work as the brain is telling the body to work. In January 2015 my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia that causes the brain and the body to not work in harmony. There is no cure for either disease. Both of these diseases cause the body to be disconnected from the head...

  • Seeley-Swan defeats Clark Fork Co-op Mountain Cats

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 9, 2020

    SUPERIOR – The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks took on the Clark Fork Co-op Mountain Cats Jan. 3 on the road. The Blackhawks hung with the Mountain Cats in the first quarter but took a sizable lead in the second quarter. They headed into the second half up 27-12. After a close third quarter the Blackhawks finished off strong with a final score of 56-32. Owen Mercado was on fire. He scored 36 points for the Blackhawks, hitting a dozen baskets including three from three-point range and went 6 for 8 from the free throw line. Sawyer S...

  • Kendall Reese Cahoon

    Jan 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Kendall Reese Cahoon was born Jan. 2 at 4:31 p.m. to Christian and Holly Cahoon of Seeley Lake. Kendall was also welcomed by her big sister Kaylee Mae and grandparents Steve and Tira Beary and Wayne and Sandee Cahoon all of Seeley Lake.... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 9, 2020

    Missoula County Public Schools launches strategic planning process MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) is beginning the next phase of its long-term planning process. MCPS wants the public’s input on what they value most about MCPS and improvements for the future. Input offered through the survey and at the strategic planning sessions will be used to set the future direction for MCPS. The public is invited to join the MCPS Board and a committee of approximately 40 teachers, staff, parents and community members in the MCPS B...

  • Join me in the March for Life 2020

    Sandy Holland, Helena, Mont.|Jan 9, 2020

    Life is something everyone reading this has. Where did it begin? Many of us wonder, many of us trust it is from God, and most of us can agree that it is sacred. I’d like to write briefly of what this means to me and invite you to come pray for life. Life begins at conception. But along the way there are many temptations to end this life. There are so many pressures for young parents to stop what has started and ‘wait until they are ready’. Let me tell you, you are never ready to be a parent. This is a process, not a moment. And it is amazi...

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