Articles from the January 10, 2019 edition


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  • Commissioners discuss renewing interlocal agreement

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019

    MISSOULA – County Commissioners took up discussion of the interlocal agreement between Missoula County and the Seeley Lake Sewer District at their Jan. 3 administrative meeting. The commissioners expressed concerns about the county’s ability to continue parts of the agreement with the departure of the county’s Chief Public Works Officer Greg Robertson. The Sewer District board voted in November to request the agreement that expired in mid November be extended while details of a new agreement could be worked out. The departure of Rober...

  • Timber salvage projects continue despite government shutdown

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – As the partial government shutdown runs into its third week, local salvage operations on the Liberty and Rice Ridge fires continue as well as green timber sales on U.S. Forest Service throughout Region 1. While current operations continue, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. and the Federal Forest Resource Coalition expressed concerns about the long-term impact of the shutdown on future projects should it continue. Pyramid was awarded the Liberty fire salvage sale and three of the four salvage sales on the Rice Ridge Fire. P...

  • Fun times, good people, great hockey

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – With players saying this was the best ice in the last nine years, the USA Hockey sanctioned Seeley Lake Pond Hockey Tournament happened without a hitch this past weekend Jan. 4-6. Although the number of teams was around 10 teams less than usual, the tournament still drew players from across the country and Canada. One of the tournament founders and owner of Lindey's Prime Steak House Mike Lindemer started maintaining the ice on Seeley Lake in mid- December. He put 140 hours on h...

  • 2019 Pond Hockey Tournament Recap

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019
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    Team YMV from Helena was back to defend their two-year title in the most competitive league, called Cup this year. After being undefeated in the pool play, the Brown Stars from Portland, Ore. proved to be a challenge in the championship game. At the half, Team YMV was down by one point. Following a two-minute overtime, Team YMV came out with the win 27-25. Last year's B League was split creating the Competitive and Intermediate Leagues. First year team, the Mighty Merkins from Spokane swept the...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 10, 2019

    Snow sculpture deadline extended until Feb. 9 A Seeley Lake Winterfest tradition throughout January is snow sculptures. However, due to the current lack of snow, the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce extended the snow sculpture competition into February. Forms will be available at Grizzly Claw Trading Company starting Feb. 5 and the deadline to register is Feb. 9. Take a photo of the completed sculpture and leave it with the sculpture in a plastic bag. Sculpture maps will be available at area businesses starting Feb. 15. Sculptures will be...

  • Worn

    Heather Richards|Jan 10, 2019

    Coming home always stirs up memories. Traveling down old roads in favorite, familiar places does that. I let my mind run its course through those memories, linger in the dents and curves and worn edges of my heart and soul, and I just... smile. It comes to mind that the best thing about these memories is that they feel comfortable and happy and worn... Worn like the faded color of the photograph of my grandpa smiling back from atop his favorite black and white pinto. Worn like the grayed and...

  • Dirty politics is not the way it has to be

    Bridget Johnson, Missoula, Mont.|Jan 10, 2019

    I had the honor of serving as Lee Bridges’ campaign manager and the great pleasure of meeting many of you in House District 92 this summer and fall. A scurrilous ad paid for by Mike Davis, slandering Ms. Bridges, was published in The Pathfinder on Nov. 1, 2018 - less than one week before the election which gave us no time to respond and refute. Mr. Davis is a disgruntled vendor who damaged Ms. Bridges’ equipment five years ago and had to be sued before he would pay for the damages he caused. Through public social media posts in the weeks leadin...

  • Missoula County awards $39,000 in capital and maintenance grants

    Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board|Jan 10, 2019

    Residents throughout Missoula County will enjoy much needed upgrades and maintenance to parks, playgrounds and trails – and even a new open-air skating rink – thanks to nearly $39,000 in matching grants awarded by the Parks and Trails Advisory Board. The Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports (ROCKS) used $10,000 in matching grant funds to put the finishing touches on a new open-air ice rink located at the elementary school’s athletic fields. The rink enjoyed its grand opening last Saturday, Dec. 29 with more than 200 peopl...

  • Council to examine county building code

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Jan 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council will hold a forum on the building code and permitting process next Monday, Jan. 14 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Klaus von Stutterheim, Council Chair, explained, “over the years we have heard many comments from constituents on this topic. We thought it would be helpful to bring together the officials who issue permits, other experts who are affected by the process and the community. We expect a large audience with plenty of questions and suggestions, so that county officials can hear where t...

  • Looking back at 2018 and the battle against AIS

    Joann Wallenburn, Aquatics Director, Clearwater Resource Council|Jan 10, 2019

    Let's take a look at what happened across Montana in 2018 in the battle against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). More than 100,000 watercraft were inspected at 35 watercraft inspection stations across the state. Clearwater Junction continues to be one of the busiest. Sixteen out-of-state watercraft with invasive mussels were intercepted. AIS monitoring crews surveyed 1,450 sites on 250 unique waterbodies for invasive plants and animals. One new population of faucet snails was found in Lake...

  • Coombes family raises $6,000 to purchase CuddleCots

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – St. Patrick Hospital now has a CuddleCot™ thanks to Seeley Lake residents Kendra and Jurian Coombes. They have raised more than $6,000 to purchase CuddleCots for both St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center maternity wards in memory of their daughter Huntley. While the Coombes were unsure of their next steps, an unexpected invite from Mended Hearts Missoula to participate in their annual heart bash in February has given them a boost towards their ultimate goal of starting...

  • Summary of Missoula City-County 2018 Community Needs Assessment Online Survey

    Missoula County Community and Planning Services|Jan 10, 2019

    MISSOULA - Missoula County and the City of Missoula recently distributed their annual online Community Needs Assessment Survey. The purpose of the survey was to examine community perceptions of municipal and county needs pertaining to housing, infrastructure, public facilities, public services and economic development. The results of the survey will help inform funding priorities related to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) grants. The survey was open from...

  • Early gun bills include proposals for schools, background checks

    Emily Schabacker and Eric Lindblad, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Jan 10, 2019

    Montana is home to more than 60 one-room schools, the most of any state. One, the single-room Hi-Line elementary school in Galata, relies on Shelby's police department for protection – but Shelby is 23 miles away. That's why Rep. Casey Knudsen, R-Malta, said he plans to support legislation this session that would allow school officials to carry concealed firearms. "I really see it as a benefit for our rural schools to have some kind of protection for students," Knudsen said. "That way they w...

  • Is credit monitoring enough to keep your identity safe? 

    Hugh Norton|Jan 10, 2019

    Identity theft can be a time-consuming and costly hassle, but there are measures you can take to protect your personal information and avoid the headache. One tool that can help is credit monitoring. But what exactly does credit monitoring do? And more importantly, is it enough to keep you safe? What is credit monitoring? There are a three primary national consumer credit bureaus, and you may have a credit report with more than one. Although the reports are often similar, they’re not necessarily identical because some financial institutions o...

  • Roseles graduates from Montana Youth Challenge Academy

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Moises Roseles of Seeley Lake graduated Dec. 15, 2018 from the Montana Youth Challenge Academy. He is now continuing his education with the Clearfield Utah Job Corp. Roseles is son to mothers Crystal Melendrez and Rebecca Bowman and father Refugio Lopez of Seeley Lake. The Montana Youth Challenge Academy is a two-phases academic-based program located in Dillon, Mont. on the campus of the University of Montana Western. The Academy's focus is to assist youth, ages 16-18 by helping... Full story

  • Potomac and Seeley Lake students make UM fall semester Dean's List

    Jan 10, 2019

    MISSOULA – At the University of Montana, six of the 2,520 students that made the fall semester 2018 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List were from Potomac and Seeley Lake. To qualify, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits. Students who receive any grade of C+ or below or no credit (NC/NCR) in a course are not eligible. Double asterisks after a name indicate the student earned a 4.0 GPA. A single asterisk indicates a GPA greater than 3.5 but less than 4.0....

  • Those were the days (or were they?)

    Roger Andruss, Elder, Condon Community Church|Jan 10, 2019

    I went out on an icy walk last week. And as I slid around the corner of a meadow, I had a flashback: THIS, HERE was the rock I sat upon, about six months ago, to watch the sun rise on the longest day, the solstice. I felt a bit nostalgic. Those were the days! Looking back, it was easy to see God ‘within’ it all; rippling grasses in the meadow, wildflowers painting the landscape, birds orchestrating their summer sounds. What’s not to love? But now, here, in the gloom and the cold and the ice? Are THESE the days, too? Surely the psalmist wasn...

  • Seeley-Swan defeats Lincoln, falls to Charlo

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks hosted Lincoln Jan. 3 and Charlo Jan. 4. Both the Boys and Ladies easily defeated Lincoln but couldn't overcome the stiff competition from Charlo. The Lady Blackhawks wasted no time burying Lincoln, outscoring them 2 to 1 in the first quarter and 4 to 1 in the second quarter. They didn't let up much in the second half running the score up to 69-26 by the final buzzer. Terra Bertsch and Ashley Miller led the assault with 11 points...

  • Solutions rather than rhetoric

    Rep. Casey Schreiner, Great Falls, Mont.|Jan 10, 2019

    If there’s one thing Montanans can unite behind, it’s that we’re sick and tired of self-serving politicians who are all talk, no walk. As the House Minority Leader for the 2019 Legislative Session, I couldn’t agree more. Montana families deserve a Legislature that sets aside the partisan, political blustering. And they deserve lawmakers that lead with solutions. That’s why House Democrats have our sleeves rolled up and are eager to get to work. As citizen legislators, our number one job is to represent and provide a voice for the people wh...

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