Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition


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  • Records: fire chief care case has disputed facts

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Jan 11, 2024

    County records show at least two facts used during the punishment of a Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Chief do not match Seeley Lake records from the 2022 incident, according to an independent review by the Pathfinder. Dave Lane, the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Chief, was previously ordered to four hours of continuing education by a state board for his role in a March 2022 incident. The emergency ended with the department calling Life Flight to extract a patient after complications during...

  • Local wins national champion goat showman

    Jean Pocha, of the Pathfinder|Jan 11, 2024

    Alaina Barger won Senior Goat Showmanship at the Arizona National Livestock Show held in Phoenix, Arizona on Dec. 29-31. Competing against 78 exhibitors from 16 states, Barger was pleased to take home the championship prize. "Anyone can buy a fancy animal to compete with," Barger said. "But the attitude and motivation to compete in showmanship is available to anyone. Even a small-town girl like me can compete and win in Showmanship at the National level." The Arizona National attracted 1556 exhi...

  • Lack of snow hurts town economy

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Jan 11, 2024

    Jack Frost went missing this December, and local Seeley Lake businesses said the lack of snow has hurt the town's winter sports economy, although there might be relief in sight. The Clearwater, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys are all experiencing record-low snowpacks, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That could change this week, however, as several storms and arctic air will move into the region. Snowmobiling rentals and cross country skiing have been severely limited. And with fewer...

  • Outfitters to reapply for Bob Marshall permits

    Matt Ferrell, of the U.S. Forest Service|Jan 11, 2024

    HELENA – January 2, 2024 – Starting this month, the Forest Service is accepting comments on reauthorization of existing outfitter and guide permits for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. “We are working with a team of specialists from the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Lolo and Flathead national forests to evaluate and reauthorize permits that are set to expire in April 2025,” said Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Muñoz. “Outfitters and guides help connect people with their public lands and we are looking for comments from the public that voice...

  • Pathfinder editor to exit role this month

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    It is with a heavy heart that I announce I will be leaving the role as Pathfinder editor in the coming weeks. Seven months ago, I started the job wondering if anyone still read the newspaper, or if the days of local journalism had come to a close. I quickly realized that the local news is alive and well in Seeley Lake, because you, the reader, care. In my time as editor, I have seen concerts, heated meetings, infrastructure issues and the roar of the Seeley Swan High School gym during a good basketball game. It has been an honor to cover each...

  • Responding to Mike Marshall's letter

    Sen. Jason Ellsworth, President of the Montana Senate|Jan 11, 2024

    I want to respond to Mike Marshall’s letter, published in the Pathfinder on Jan. 4. As I understand him, Mr. Marshall’s basic premise is that all or most of the dozens of bills passed by the Legislature that are being challenged in court are clearly unconstitutional. Constitutional matters are not so simple, nor does the actual data support his argument. But it’s an argument that has also been made by others, such as Democratic legislators and activists, so I’d like to address it. First, Mr. Marshall suggests the Legislature’s “legal ve...

  • Sparrow's Vine here to help

    Ruth Bergen, Executive Director of Sparrows Vine Seeley Lake|Jan 11, 2024

    Dear Editor, We live in a confusing time. A time when we protect unborn whales and pandas, but not unborn human children! Statistics say that in America there are an average of 90 human abortions every hour. In 1984, President Ronald Ragan proclaimed January 22 a Sanctity of Human Life Day. This year celebrates forty years of the Sanctity of Human Life. The dictionary defines sanctity as the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or of ultimate importance and inviolability. At Sparrow’s Vine Pregnancy and Parenting Resource Center we b...

  • January library news

    Carrie Benton, Seeley Lake Librarian|Jan 11, 2024

    As this new year begins so does a new Reading Challenge. The 2024 Missoula Reads reading logs are in, folks! Swing by your local library to pick up your copy. If you can’t wait, check out the new categories online on the Missoula Public Library main website (programs & events, ongoing programs, Missoula Reads). I was so impressed by the number of people who completed last year’s challenge! Way to go everyone. Prizes for completed 2023 logs should be arriving very soon. If you haven’t recei...

  • Let's Establish a Standard Against Anti-Semitism in Montana Courts

    Cory Swanson, Candidate for Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court|Jan 11, 2024

    The horrific terror attack against Israeli on Oct. 7 revealed that anti-semitic hatred has a disturbing foothold in the world. Equally troubling is what has been exposed in our own country in the months since: the shocking tolerance (encouragement even) of antisemitic, genocidal hatred on college campuses. Like so many Americans, I was stunned when the heads of three elite Universities testified before Congress and refused to unconditionally condemn calls for genocide against Jewish people. This ugly episode shone a light on the creeping,...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log for Jan. 11

    3/27 8:34 pm Suspicious Activity 2X MM Highway 83 12/27 8:47 pm Suspicious Activity 36XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 12/27 10:00 pm Suspicious Activity 31XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 12/27 10:56 pm Suspicious Activity Pine Drive, Seeley Lake 12/28 1:24 pm Theft 6XX N. Canyon Drive, Seeley Lake 12/28 5:27 pm Criminal Endangerment 1X MM Highway 200, Potomac 12/28 11:14 pm Disturbance 1XX Hickory, Seeley Lake 12/29 11:20 am Burglary 38XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 12/29 2:48 pm Slide-In Highway 83 12/30 10:42 am Suspicious Activity 2X MM Highway 200,...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Jan 11

    3/29/2023 Medical Elm Drive 12/29/2023 Medical Hickory Lane 12/30/2023 Medical Spruce Drive 12/31/2023 Medical Spruce Drive 12/31/2023 Medical Highway 83 1/4/2023 Wildland Fire Highway 83...

  • Elizabeth M. Moody 1918 - 2023

    Jan 11, 2024

    Elizabeth M. Moody passed on July 25, 2023 at 105 years of age. She was born on May 21, 1918, in Marshall, Missouri, to John H. and Ruth J. Marschall. Her family relocated to Miami, Arizona where her father was a high school science teacher for many years. She graduated from Miami High School at the age of 16. She attended the American University in Washington D.C. on a scholarship for two years earning a Liberal Arts Degree. She then stayed out of college for a year to earn money to attend the...

  • My greatest joy

    Ryan Dailey, Camp Utmost|Jan 11, 2024

    Have you ever felt far from God? When the Israelites were in exile before the coming of Jesus, they were far from the dwelling place of God as he chose to dwell among them in the temple. Even though we are in an age of God dwelling with and among us, I often put myself in exile from God’s presence by removing myself from him in difficult times. I’m sure many of you do the same. Today I’d like to challenge all of us to turn our affections toward Christ and to find our deepest satisfaction in hi...

  • Yoga, mountain style

    Alan Muskett, of the Pathfinder|Jan 11, 2024

    For the last five years of my surgical career in Billings I endured two or three sessions a week of “hot yoga.” Seriously hot, 104 degrees with added humidity. I had been experiencing the common occupational hazards of surgery--neck, back, and shoulder pain resulting from twisting, bending, and generally contorting the skeleton into improbable positions to see into the nether regions of the human body. With regular, seemingly tortuous yoga sessions I had none of the aforementioned somatic complaints. A friend of mine suggested that I went bec...

  • In the bleak midwinter

    Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal|Jan 11, 2024

    I'll take the stillness. I'll take the fact I don't have to shovel snow. I'll take streets that are mostly dry and fairly safe to drive on in the afternoons and the luxury of not having much of anyplace to go most mornings. I'll take the daily temperatures that produce highs, some days, that bring mist off the river. The mist, if everything goes just right, freezes overnight to appear as hoar frost the following mornings; some mornings there is enough sunlight to turn the whole landscape into a...

  • Gallop toward the sun: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison's struggle for the destiny of a nation

    Tom Beers|Jan 11, 2024

    WOW!! Peter Stark has brought to life a time and place in our young nation’s history that would forever shape the future of the United States. But I think, more so, it would shape the destiny of all Indigenous tribes. It is the story of the lengths a corrupt, self-serving politician would take to expand the United States and a courageous Shawnee Chief who would rally this country’s first people, to unite and stop the destruction of their way of life. Stark will be presenting this new book in conversation with Montana Poet Laureate Chris LaTray...

  • Lady Blackhawks sweep weekend with two blowouts

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Jan 11, 2024

    The Seeley Swan High School Girls Basketball Team cemented two commanding victories over St. Regis and Hot Springs last weekend, giving the team momentum as it turns its focus toward district opponents. Co-Head Coach David Cahoon said the team's work on fundamentals is starting to pay off. The team made 17 assists versus St. Regis on Jan. 5, and scored 18 unanswered points to start the game. The Lady Blackhawks won that game 68-22. The next day, the team took a 43-21 win over Hot Springs. "The...

  • Boys working through illness, respond with win at Hot Springs

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Jan 11, 2024

    The Seeley Swan High School Boys Basketball team is working through a team-wide sickness, which hurt them in its loss versus St. Regis on Jan. 5, but the team rallied back to steal a victory from Hot Springs on the road Jan. 6. Head Coach Mike Haines said a mystery bug has spread through the team, with some players getting sick multiple times. He said the team is not 100%, which has affected their play. Against St. Regis, when they lost 40-63, Haines said the team turned the ball over 30 times....

  • How to grow an endowment

    Claire Muller, Seeley Lake Community Foundation Executive Director|Jan 11, 2024

    December is a busy, generous month. The giving spirit of the holiday season often moves people to support the causes they love. As year-end approaches, people also evaluate tax consequences and work to maximize their contributions. At the end of 2023, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation received a very generous gift of $10,000 earmarked for our endowment. How did this happen? The donor simply called up the SLCF office to talk about what he was looking to do. Together we figured out the mechanics of this gift, and made it happen before his...

  • Archives for Jan. 11

    Jan 11, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday Jan 12, 1989 Weatherman watches Jan. snows pile up, It might be a 'regular' Montana winter, says Kux SWAN VALLEY–More than 30 inches of snow fell at Lindbergh Lake during the month of December, but that's still less than the 30-year average (33.3 inches) for the month according to Swan Valley weather observer, Marty Kux. The record high snowfall at Lindbergh Lake during the past 30 years was 84.8 inches in 1977; the record low was 10 inches in 1965. On Dec. 3...

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