Articles from the January 14, 2016 edition

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  • Resident Loses Nearly Everything in Tri-plex Fire

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - After moving nearly everything she owned into her new apartment, Seeley Lake resident and owner of Moose B’ Mornin Espresso Laura White never expected to get the call that there had been a fire. White intended to sign the lease agreement for her new apartment on SOS Road on Monday, Jan. 4. But a fire started Sunday morning, Jan. 3. Arson is the suspected cause. The property manager approved White to start moving her belongings into her new place prior to signing the lease. This gave her the opportunity to clean out her existing r...

  • Seeley Lake's New Deputy Sworn In

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Three new deputies were sworn in with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office Dec. 30. Seeley Lake's new deputy Mike Sunderland, Jr. was among them. Sunderland is currently doing his field training program and will be attending the academy from April through the end of June. He anticipates moving to Seeley Lake after all his training is complete. Sunderland grew up in Missoula, Mont. He started riding in a patrol car with his father Mike Sunderland, Sr., now a retired lieutenant with...

  • Swan Ecosystem Center and Northwest Connections Combine

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections (SVC), a new organization born from the merger of two long-standing local non-profits Northwest Connections (NwC) and Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC), was formed in the beginning of 2016. SVC is expected to carry forward all the educational programs, stewardship services, conservation work and land management partnerships from the past, while further expanding its reach and influence. Since June of last year, NwC and SEC have been working to complete the...

  • Pond Hockey Community Makes for Another Great Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake welcomed 44 teams and nearly 250 players for the sixth annual Seeley Lake Pond Hockey Tournament (SLPH) on the ice in front of Lindey's Prime Steak House Jan. 8-10. With the best weather they have had in the past six years, the ice was smooth and the teams were on fire. Three of the four defending champion teams returned to defend their titles and two ended up in the championship game again this year. One of the big changes this year was the online scheduling using...

  • Response to Dog Ban on Seeley Lake Ski Trails

    Mike McGrew, President, Seeley Lake Nordic Club|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - I am writing in response to the letter in the Jan. 7 edition of the Pathfinder concerning the prohibition of dogs on the Seeley Creek Ski Trails. The ski trails are located on National Forest ground and are maintained by the Seeley Lake Nordic Club through a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service. The rule banning dogs on the trails comes from the Forest Service, not the ski club. However, the ski club is in agreement with this policy for several reasons. There are obvious safety concerns involving allowing dogs on our...

  • Jeremy Smith presents "Epic Measures"

    Carol Brodie, Open Book Club|Jan 14, 2016

    In an intriguing and very readable look into the world of international health statistics, acclaimed journalist and science writer Jeremy Smith chronicles the career of Christopher Murray as he and a varying group of colleagues seek to gain a truer understanding of how we live and how we die through the Global Burden of Disease study. “Epic Measures” is the true story of a 20 year, 500 scientist attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury and death for everyone on earth, the biggest of big data collection ever. Murray argues that the...

  • Please Pause for Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Jan 14, 2016

    Ahhh…rains throughout the summer, no more fires! Thanks for the donations. Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter of Potomac and the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank can always use dog and cat food and all other donations. A special thank you to Vicki Scalise for her donation to The Ed Jackson (helping Pets Fund) and Barry and Carolyn Scalise for their donation in honor of Ed Jackson and Vicki Scalise. We so needed those donations. Pat Shane caught five cats and had them spayed or neutered plus shots. We also are helping two other couples get their c...

  • There is a New Educator in Town

    Steven L. Thompson, Avalanche Instructor|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Imagine you are with a group of five friends on a snowmobiling outing in the Seeley Lake area. The weatherman has just blessed your group with 12 inches of "cold smoke" and everyone is having a wonderful time. Then, the unthinkable happens and an avalanche swallows everyone in your group except you. It is up to you and your skill set to find and save your friends who will likely die of suffocation in 15 minutes. That scenario is a nightmarish possibility for anyone who skis,...

  • FWP Seeks Comment on Hunting Regulations

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials held a meeting Jan. 4 in Seeley Lake to discuss proposed changes to the 2016 and 2017 hunting regulations. FWP is accepting public comment on these changes through Jan. 22. FWP Region Two Wildlife Manager Mike Thompson explained that public comment is welcome, not only on the proposed changes, but also on the full regulations. Scott Eggeman, FWP’s wildlife biologist based in Seeley Lake, presented the proposed changes for the Seeley Lake, Ovando and Potomac area districts. Local D...

  • Place Based Science and Education in the Clearwater: Not Just Chalkboards and the Nature Channel Anymore

    Clearwater Resource Council|Jan 14, 2016

    In recent years our local schools, teachers and students, school administrators and volunteers have worked to bring our local environment into the classroom. Or more accurately, to move the classroom outside linking students with the natural resources and remarkable place we call home. Recent examples include the work they are doing in our streams and watersheds, forests, trails and even within the business community via the new Seeley Lake Elementary Outside Learning Center. The students have...

  • Livestock Identification 101

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    Livestock owners need to have current brand inspections or permits accompanying livestock. Brand inspections include lifetime and annual inspections, transfers of ownership, change of pasture, travel permits, market permits, slaughter and hide inspections. Each specific inspection is good for a certain number of days. Permits and inspections are written by Montana Department of Livestock (MTDOL) Brand Inspectors after inspecting the owner's paperwork and livestock. There are 12 brand inspectors...

  • BCCA Draws Community and Agencies Together

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    OVANDO - The Blackfoot Community Conservation Area (BCCA) is located in the mid-reaches of the Blackfoot watershed near Ovando Mountain. It combines community forest ownership and management within the Core 5,609 acres with cooperative ecosystem management for multiple-use across public and private lands for 41,000 acres in the Blackfoot Watershed. Established in 2005, the community vision for the BCCA is to develop a working landscape that balances ecological diversity with local economic...

  • Maulers Take to the Ice in Seeley Lake

    Jan 14, 2016

    The Missoula Maulers came to skate with the community on the Seeley Lake "ponds" Jan. 6. This has been an annual event organized in cooperation with the Seeley Lake Pond Hockey Tournament with the intent of exposing and encouraging skating and ice hockey in Seeley Lake....

  • Chipping Away Toward Perfection

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Faster speed and greater accuracy are the goals Lynn Carey has set for the 34th Over Seeley's Creeks and Ridges (OSCR) cross-country ski race at the Seeley Creek Trail System Jan. 30. Carey is not referring to bettering his personal ski score. Instead, as Vice President of the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club (SLNSC) and Race Director for the OSCR [pronounced Oscar], Carey is inaugurating a new streamlined method for providing faster and more accurate OSCR score results for all s...

  • For the Love of Dogs

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Roberta Reiley of Seeley Lake is pursuing a life-long dream of becoming a musher. After working with dogs as a young child and working as a handler for several mushers, she has been training for her first race Jan. 16-17. While racing is a big part of her dream, Reiley also wants to help others better understand mushing and share her love of running dogs with others. "I've always wanted to have my own team," said Reiley. "My dream is by 50 years old [currently 42-years-old] I want...

  • Juan de Santa Anna Photography

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    Goal: Juan de Santa Anna defines photography as the magic of recording a moment that will never be again. He said, "It's a nostalgic art really. Everything becomes a moment that has passed." He sees his mission as "recording as much of now as I can" and sharing as many pictures as possible with people all over the world. History: De Santa Anna's formal training in photography began in 1999 when he took a course at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) in Missoula. After he graduated,...

  • James Burton Patterson 1932 ~ 2015

    Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Jim Patterson, the youngest son of Harry Lucas and Virginia Cowan Patterson, was born Sept. 16, 1932 in his mother's original homestead shack near Freewater, Mont. on the Big Bend of the Milk River. After spending a few years of his boyhood near Leadore, Idaho, he graduated from high school in Malta, Mont. in 1950 and went to work on the logging crew of Collins Pondosa Lumber Co. in the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon. In the fall of 1952 Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army to... Full story

  • Appreciation

    Shane Kesterke, Mission Bible Fellowship|Jan 14, 2016

    As a contractor, I have many opportunities to see the value and effects of appreciation. Appreciation is simply defined as “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” There are certain customers that I find more pleasant to work for and certain customers that I find more difficult to work for. One of the differentiating qualities is how appreciative they are of what we do for them. Even a very demanding customer is easier to work for when they regularly express true appreciation for what we have done. And that...

  • Anderson Chases Her Dream in High School Rodeo

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - During the spring and summer of 2015, Seeley-Swan High School sophomore Iriey Anderson traveled with her family and five horses all over the state to participate in Montana High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) rodeos. This year she will compete in five events which she hopes could lead to a full ride scholarship in college rodeo. "I have wanted this since I was little. It's all part of chasing my dream," said Anderson. "We have been to almost all the rodeo arenas in the state and...

  • Lady Blackhawks Continue Winning Streak

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks continued to rack up wins this week. The Ladies defeated the Granite Prospectors and the Lincoln Lynx to extend their overall record to 8-0. Versus Granite The Lady Blackhawks hosted the Granite Prospectors Jan. 8 in what was anticipated to be a close match-up. Granite came into the game with only one loss this season. The undefeated Lady Blackhawks sent the Prospectors home with their second loss after taking control of the game in the second quarter. Final score...

  • Blackhawks' Comebacks Come Up Short

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks staged late game comebacks but were unable to defeat the Granite Prospectors or the Lincoln Lynx last week. The losses give the Blackhawks a 2-6 overall record for the season. Versus Granite The Blackhawks took on the Granite Prospectors at home Jan. 8. The Blackhawks struggled in the first quarter, missing several shots as Granite ran up an 8-point lead. The teams went nearly point for point the next two quarters and headed into the fourth with the Blackhawks...

  • SVES Opening Games Highlight Areas that Need Attention

    Ken Donovan, SVES Assistant Coach|Jan 14, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Elementary School (SVES) “A” and “B” squads dropped two games to the Hall Huskies Saturday as cold shooting and ball control left the local teams losing 33 to 8 for the “B” squad and 32 to 18 for the “A” squad. Neither team made a free throw and first game turnovers gave up several baskets to the team from Hall. Looking on the bright side, coaches Katie Gleason, Ken Donovan and John Tapp were pleased with the hustle and aggressive play of both teams. “We were tied at half time and the kids were getting good shots but c...

  • Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Team Off to the Races

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 14, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Team started their race season in Whitefish, Mont. Jan. 10 at the 2016 Glacier Glide. Six members of the team competed in the 15 kilometer (K) and 3.5K races with many finishing in the top five for their division. Senior Angus Batchelder and eighth-grader Dakota Wood participated in the 15K Skate race. They were the youngest racers by more than 20 years. Batchelder finished in 11th place with a time of 46.45. Wood came in 17th with a time of 52.88. The re...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 14, 2016

    Seeley Lake Inventor and Entrepreneurs Group Starting in Seeley Lake SEELEY LAKE —Have you ever wanted to sell what you craft? Do you have an idea for a product? Is inventing your passion? Would you like to move your idea to reality? Join like-minded community members for a brainstorming session to form a Seeley Lake Inventor and Entrepreneurs Group. This session will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at SLE Outside in the Bison & Bear Center. For more information contact the Seeley Lake Community Foundation office 406-677-3506. SSHS Pep Band Recruitin...

  • Updates to Seeley Lake Winterfest Schedule

    Jan 14, 2016

    There have been several changes to the 2016 Seeley Lake Winterfest "Cabin Fever" schedule since the press deadline. • There will be no Torchlit parade this year on Friday, Jan. 15. As scheduled, the Christmas tree bonfire will start at The Filling Station parking lot Friday at 5:30 p.m. including games for the children and music for everyone to enjoy. The Grizzly Claw Trading Company will be offering half priced lattes from 4:30-5:30 to accommodate this change. • The Seeley Lake Challenge Bia... Full story