Articles from the November 4, 2021 edition


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  • Fuel spill closes Highway 200

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    GREENOUGH – Highway 200 was closed for more than six hours Saturday, Oct. 30 due to a fuel spill that covered all three lanes just past Sunset Hill Road at the top of Greenough Hill. Greenough-Potomac Volunteer Fire Department (GPVFD) and Missoula Rural Fire Department's Hazmat Team ran traffic control. Once the road was sanded, Highway 200 was opened around 10:30 p.m. As of Monday evening, Nov. 1, Montana Department of Transportation is still reporting loose gravel with reduced speeds of 35 m...

  • On the cutting edge of a new market for wood products

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – To look at the new home on Spruce Drive in Seeley Lake, no one would think it was built from the inside out. Seeley Lake resident and general contractor Chris Chitty built his home using engineered wood products including cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and wood fiber insulation from the Czech Republic. While the mass timber panel industry is a new phenomenon in the United States, within the past five years it has started gaining popularity in constructing multi-story b...

  • Substitute shortage hits close to home

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Three schools in the state took advantage of the three-day week Oct. 18-20 and closed their doors to in-person learning. Darby, Glasgow and Livingston School Districts reported they either did not have enough employees to operate the schools, did not have enough substitutes to cover the absent staff or they wanted to provide time for the county to contact trace active COVID-19 cases. While none of the local schools have had to shift to remote learning due to staffing shortages, Seeley Lake Elementary, Seeley-Swan High School a...

  • Stop the stall tactics Senator Daines and do what is right

    Alexandra Berna, Missoula, Montana|Nov 4, 2021

    Senator Steve Daines is holding the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BSCA) hostage. The BCSA, a bill introduced by Senator Jon Tester, intends to strengthen public land protection while ensuring public access to outdoor recreation and the economic advantages to the Montana economy that follow from it. The BCSA is an outstanding example of what can happen when Montanans work together, because the act stems from collaborative conversations between recreationists, timber companies and conservation advocates that began in 2005. According to...

  • Fed up with approach to the Post Office?

    Lynn Carey, Seeley Lake, Montana|Nov 4, 2021

    To my fellow citizens of Seeley Lake, How many of you are fed up with the approach to the Post Office parking lot? Here is where to complain: Montana Department of Transportation PO Box 7039 Missoula, MT 59807-7039 406-523-5800 Remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease!! ** Editor's Note: Please note the address was corrected as of Friday, Nov. 5....

  • Medication reviews can help you get the best care

    MIssoula Aging Services|Nov 4, 2021

    Missoula Aging Services is hosting Medication Review appointments in partnership with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The hour-long appointments will be with both a UM Pharmacy student and a supervising licensed pharmacist and will be available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through Dec. 7. The Medication Review appointments are available for people aged 55 and older who are currently taking five or more medications. To better serve the residents of Seeley Lake, these...

  • Council hosts Senior Symposium

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council will have its November meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors Center, 2920 Highway 83N. Pizza and water will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be a Senior Symposium, providing an overview of the many services available to the senior population in the valley. Presenters will include Missoula Aging Services, Seeley Lake Community Foundation, the Seeley Lake Senior Center (Sela Senci), the Seeley Lake Community Food Bank and others. Don’t m...

  • Celebrate local veterans, Nov. 11

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    Everyone is invited to join the Veterans & Families of Seeley Lake at the Veterans Memorial Garden north of Seeley Lake and the American Legion Post 63 at the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 to celebrate and thank local veterans. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance so Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Observing Veterans Day on Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the...

  • Fire danger dropped to low

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Nov 4, 2021

    MISSOULA – Extended cooler weather and precipitation has prompted Missoula County fire protection agencies to reduce the fire danger in the Missoula area to Low. When fire danger is low, fuels do not ignite readily from small embers but will if a more intense heat source occurs. Fires in open, dry grasslands may burn freely a few hours after rain, but wood fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering. Fire managers would like to re-iterate that LOW fire danger is not NO fire danger. “This recurring pattern of precipitation will definitely hit...

  • Protecting yourself and your rights

    Sarah Wilburn, Licensed Property Manager, Circle S, LLC|Nov 4, 2021

    Whether you are currently renting or you have rented in the past, when moving out we all eagerly anticipate the return of our security deposit from our landlord. Then, when it arrives been disappointed to see deductions. But what do these deductions actually mean? Were they legally deducted? Rental Cleaning & Damages When inspecting a vacated rental, landlords look at different categories of possible deductions. Each category has its own specific time to be considered and looked at by the...

  • Norman Wesley Baier Sept. 27, 1929 - Oct. 29, 2021

    Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Norman Wesley Baier, 92, passed peacefully from this life on Oct. 29 at his daughter's house in St. Ignatius with his wife Rose and daughter Karen beside him. Norman was born Sept. 27, 1929 in Fessenden, North Dakota, shortly before the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression. Consequently his childhood, like many of that era, was basically non-existent. As with most rural families, everyone in the Baier household had to work to have money for food and clothing.... Full story

  • "Thy will be done"

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 4, 2021

    I read a story about a frequent airline traveler who commented about observing exemplary service on a regular flight. On this occasion, the flight attendants were absolutely fantastic. The traveler noted that the flight crew was the most attentive, responsive flight crew he had ever seen. So, toward the end of the flight, he stopped one of the flight crew members and said, "Excuse me, I don't mean to bother you, but I fly a lot and I have never seen a flight crew like this. You are the most...

  • Premium, organic products offer natural healing opportunity

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Premium, high quality, organic cannabis as well as western Montana-made handcrafted products are now available in the Bison and Bear Center. Dancing Goat Gardens Medical Cannabis Dispensary and Seed and Soil opened in September and will be hosting their Grand Opening Nov. 4 – 8. "I want to help people heal in a more natural way outside of big pharma products," said Melanie Blank, partner in Dancing Goat and owner of Seed and Soil. "It is so rewarding working in the cannabis industr...

  • Creating a new harvester to treat invasive lilies

    Alicia Dixon, Clearwater Resource Council|Nov 4, 2021

    In an effort to remove invasive water lilies from area lakes, the Clearwater Resource Council is looking forward to creating a mechanical harvester that will cut lily leaves and flowers mounted beneath a pontoon. This would allow the removal of invasive plants at a faster rate compared to non-mechanized methods. The blade would be mounted a few inches below the surface of the water. The leaves and flowers will then be captured between the two pontoons as a screen affixed to the back of the boat will prevent plant fragments from escaping. This...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 4, 2021

    Missoula County Treasurer Satellite Office schedule change SEELEY LAKE – Due to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays falling on the normal business days for the Missoula County Treasurer’s Satellite Office, 3360 Highway 83, the days have been changed for November. The Satellite Office will be open Friday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 regular hours: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Local Food Bag Drive at Cory’s Valley Market SEELEY LAKE - The Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) started their annual food drive at Cory’s...

  • Slow season start for elk hunters in west-central Montana

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Nov 4, 2021

    MISSOULA – After the first two weekends of big game season, west-central Montana hunter check stations show that elk harvest is off to a slow start, but hunter traffic through the stations is up from last season. The number of hunter trips through the Darby, Bonner and Anaconda check stations totaled 3,387 for the first two weekends of the season, up eight percent from this point in the 2020 season. Those hunters checked enough deer to keep deer harvest on track with last year, while the 92 elk reported so far marks a five-year low. At the c...

  • The ride around Salmon Lake

    Ron Cox, Seeley Lake Historical Society|Nov 4, 2021

    The long talked about Salmon Lake Highway Reconstruction project appears to finally be coming to fruition. Most of this highway stretch replaced the original wagon road into Seeley Lake country in the early 1920s. Early ways into the valley were from the east and the west. The earliest main transportation route to and through here was via the Jocko Trail used by aboriginal peoples for ages coming from today’s Mission Valley. That trail comes from Jocko Pass, down Placid Creek, over Hill16/Tuppers Lake vicinity to the Riverview area south of S...

  • Suspect a blue-green algae bloom?

    Alicia Dixon, Clearwater Resource Council|Nov 4, 2021

    Fall is the time of year blue-green algae blooms are commonly identified due to temperature patterns and end-of-summer nutrient processes. A potentially toxic algae bloom on Seeley Lake was reported to MT DEQ on Oct. 18. Unfortunately, due to reporting delays, water samples were not tested until the following Monday. Though the test results were negative for toxins, we cannot rule out the possibility that toxins may have been present at the time the suspected bloom was originally reported. Reporting a suspected bloom to Montana Department of...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission pares down wolf trapping season, shrinks areas for snaring

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Nov 4, 2021

    The geographic and temporal sweep of Montana’s wolf trapping and snaring regulations shrank Thursday when the state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a measure that brings those regulations into alignment with legal settlements governing management of grizzly bears and Canada lynx, two federally protected species that share habitat with wolves. Wolf trapping areas that overlap with grizzly habitat will now have a default season start date of Dec. 31, when grizzly bears will be in their dens. The commission also approved a regulation c... Full story

  • Trunk, tricks and treats in Seeley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The community came out for several events in Seeley Lake on Halloween night. The annual Trunk-or-Treat event was a great hit with local law enforcement and emergency responders along with nearly dozen trunks for children to visit. The Pet Parade featured five dogs showing off their costumes and doing tricks on stage. Several children dressed as animals also joined in the fun showing off their costumes and doing their best impressions. To cap off the night, Tamaracks Resort hosted...

  • Trunk-or-Treat Swan Valley style

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Trick-or-Treaters showed up at the Hungry Bear Bar & Grill Halloween night for the third annual Condon Truck-or-Treat. Nearly a dozen trunks lined the parking lot. Pizza and goodies were available for everyone as well as lots of candy....

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Nov 4, 2021

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Nov. 6, 1986 issue A downhill ski resort? Study of Mount Henry begins The idea of a downhill ski area in the Clearwater... Full story

  • Sharing the power of language

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Katy Pellett has always been a self-proclaimed "English buff." She looks forward to bringing her love of the English language and storytelling to Seeley-Swan High School and helping her English and drama students understand the power of stories. Pellett grew up in a military family. She has been reading, writing and telling stories to anyone who will listen for a very long time. Her grandmother Betty Sperry, who was a teacher from Mississippi, identified that Pellett was d...

  • Lady Blackhawks take second at District 13C Tournament

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 4, 2021

    MISSOULA - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks are heading to the Western C Divisional Tournament off a second place finish in the District 13C Tournament last weekend. The Lady Blackhawks came into the tournament as the top seed but dropped back-to-back championship matches to the underdog Drummond. The Lady Blackhawks had a bye in the first round and faced Valley Christian in their first match. They took the match after five sets 18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 23-18 and 15-4. The Lady Blackhawks then faced...

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