Articles from the January 19, 2017 edition

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  • Local Shooters Named State Champions

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Hellgate Civilian Shooters (HCS) Ibby Lorentz and Justin Thomas took the state championships for junior air rifle and smallbore at the Junior Olympic Invitational in Bozeman, Mont. Jan. 7-8. They are both invited to compete in the Junior Olympic Championships at the Junior Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in April. Lorentz is ranked eighth in the country. She along with an HSC team of four earned a spot to shoot at the Army Nationals in Fort Benning, Ga. at the e...

  • USFS Roads Closed to Wheeled Vehicle Winter Travel

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – A local musher happened upon a vehicle that was stuck on the Cottonwood Lakes Road Jan. 7. This road has been closed to wheeled vehicles since Dec. 5. Had Federal Officer Tyler Robinson been notified both the driver and the friend that towed out the vehicle could have been charged with a Class B Misdemeanor and faced up to $5,000 each in fines and up to six months in prison. Driving wheeled vehicles on groomed trails damages the trails costing taxpayers money and poses a serious safety risk to both the driver of the vehicle and t...

  • Can't Beat the Cold? Enjoy It!

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Around 100 people attended the Seeley Lake Driftrider's annual Snow Ball Saturday night and participated in the annual Fun Run on Sunday. Despite the subzero temperatures, snowmobilers came from across Montana to enjoy the snow and each other. "Snow Ball was great, fun times had by all attendees, with great money raised," wrote Driftrider's Admin Secretary Kristy Pohlman. "We would like to thank everyone for the support. This event helps fund our grooming program." Fun Run Winners...

  • Students Grateful for Support

    Jan 19, 2017

  • Weltzien Returns to Open Book Club with "Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes"

    Carol Brodie, Open Book Club|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - O. Alan Weltzien will be reading from and discussing his newly published book, "Exceptional Mountains: a Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes" Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company. The event is sponsored by Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club and is free. All are welcome. In "Exceptional Mountains," Weltzien provides a comprehensive and well-indexed history of mountaineering among the volcanoes of the northwest: Rainier, Hood, Baker and others....

  • Not My Land - Let Lewis Have a Gravel Pit and Make a Living

    Roxie Sterling, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - I moved to the beautiful mountain town of Seeley Lake in 1961 at the age of 16. My husband moved here two years before in 1959. We were here for many years before the Double Arrow Ranch subdivided. I didn’t like it but it wasn’t my land so it was none of my business. There are beautiful homes and wonderful people living there now but we need to remember others were here first, like the Lewis family. Their kids went to school with our kids. They have been scrambling to make a living like the rest of the work force in Seeley, pay...

  • Swan Valley Economic Development Addressed

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) discussed and edited seven paragraphs in the Regional Draft Plan at their monthly meeting Jan. 11. The paragraphs were part of the Economic Development Element under the section entitled Future Potential of Past and Current Economic Activity. The SVRPC addressed five of the paragraphs: Residential Construction, Guiding/outfitting, Resource-based recreation, Eco-tourism and Accommodations. This portion of the draft plan deals with promoting the recreation possibilities the valley...

  • Community Council Updated on Programs and Services

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) heard several presentations from local organizations at their Jan. 9 meeting. Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Resource Specialist Linda Howard presented information about services available to community members age 60 and older and to persons with disabilities. Howard said she has access to a database listing more than 400 resources. People can visit her at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation office in the Bison and Bear Center and she will do a Benefit Checkup to see what services they qual...

  • Sleep with Door Open or Closed?

    Jan 19, 2017

    Should you sleep with your bedroom door opened or closed? It’s a straightforward question, but the answer isn’t quite so clear-cut. Many variables, including where people sleep in their homes and the location of their smoke alarms, make it challenging to craft a one-size-fits-all answer. In an effort to reflect the latest information, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Educational Messages Advisory Committee (EMAC) recently modified its messaging around sleeping with a door closed. Comprised of national, state, and local fire and...

  • Nudging Kids Outdoors

    Bridget Laird, SLE Outdoor Education Coordinator|Jan 19, 2017

    As a mother of four kids myself, I've been guilty of the common complaint that "kids these days" just don't play outside or have opportunities to explore and figure things out on their own like we used to when we were kids. They're so often plugged in, over scheduled or over managed. I feel lucky to have grown up in Montana in a simpler time, before the internet and social media, when our parents nudged us out of the house in the morning and called us back in for meals. What happened in between...

  • Building Community Appreciation and Having Fun

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Snow School, an after school program funded through the 21st century grant, is in full swing. The goal is to provide outdoor activities that engage the students in their community. This past Thursday, second through fifth-graders walked to Lindey's Prime Steak House, went sledding and played hockey and presented Mike Lindemer with a thank you from the school for his donations from the Seeley Lake Pond Hockey Tournament. Snow School is open for second t...

  • Bill Would Help Patients Slapped with Big Air Ambulance Bills

    Michael Siebert, Community News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Montanans who paid exorbitant costs for life flight services not covered by insurance testified at the Montana Legislature last week for a bill that would eliminate these costs. Senate Bill 44 would remove the burden of cost for patients using out-of-network air ambulance services and would instead require that insurance companies and out-of-network air companies come to a voluntary agreement on the charges, or else make a determination through litigation. The Airline Deregulation Act, which currently covers air ambulances, does...

  • Yellowstone, Hellgate: A Discussion of Two Montana Names

    Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana Department of Geography|Jan 19, 2017

    Call it 670 miles or perhaps more precisely 674 miles, but either way, the Yellowstone River remains the nation’s longest undammed waterway. It’s a great river that gathers some of the finest mountain and prairie topography on the planet as it passes peaks reaching 12,000 feet in elevation, the largest high-mountain lake on the continent, dense evergreen forests, buttes, colorful badlands, deep canyons and sweet-smelling sage and juniper covered hills. A good portion of this wondrous river flows in Wyoming, but Montana claims most of it and...

  • Warhawks Split Week

    Ken Donovan, Warhawks Head Coach|Jan 19, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - After a season opening win, the Swan Valley Warhawks “A” team experienced a close game with Helmville Jan. 12 but were two points short. The B team showed progress but also fell to Helmville 12-28. They traveled to Avon Jan. 14 to face the Blackfoot Valley League defending champions. They came away with two wins. Versus Helmville The team from Helmville took advantage of their significant height advantage at 2 positions and jumped out to a 2 to 14 point lead in the first quarter of the A game. The determined Warhawks scrapped bac...

  • Nordic Ski Team Starts Race Season

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Team started their season at the Glacier Glide in Whitefish, Jan. 7. Eleven of the 29 team members participated in the 3.5K Skate Race. Coach Bridget Laird said the team's number one goal is to have fun while working hard to become strong, competitive skiers. This is the largest ski team Seeley Lake has ever had. They also have five Seeley-Swan High School students participating, the most upper classmen they have ever had on the team. Coached by Laird, M...

  • Part 1 Winter Pigs, Snowy Sheep and Cold Chickens Surviving Below Zero

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    Farm and ranch animals are well-adapted to overwintering. Pigs burrow, chickens fluff their feathers and sheep stay insulated in their wool. Providing shelter, fresh water and extra feed is key to keeping animals healthy and warm throughout the cold months. Pigs don't hair up for winter but if their shelters have a low roof, plenty of clean straw and other pigs to nestle with they can burrow into the straw to stay protected from the cold and wind. Potomac farmer and rancher Russell Hudson said...

  • Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    When a person feels things are at their very worst, a friend might try to offer hope by saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The advice is based on the observed phenomenon that when clouds disperse and sunlight begins to shine through, the first sign is the appearance of a silvery edge on the cloud. The inferred meaning is that if the depressed person looks hard enough, he or she will discover something good comes out of their misery. So where did the phrase originate? Sources attribute the first written use of the phrase to John Mil...

  • Hampton "Jay" Brand Dec. 16, 1949 ~ Dec. 27, 2016

    Jan 19, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - Hampton "Jay" Brand died unexpectedly on Dec. 27, 2016. Jay was born on Dec. 16, 1949 to James and Iris Brand in San Juan, Utah. Following high school graduation Jay enlisted in the army and was honorably discharged in 1977. Jay worked in several different fields throughout his lifetime but his passion was logging and working with timber. Most recently Jay manufactured his own sawmill design, Brand X Sawmills. Jay enjoyed visiting with his neighbors and friends. His early... Full story

  • Church for Groucho Marx: A Quest

    Rev. Carrie A.H. Benton, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Jan 19, 2017

    It could have been any day, I do not remember exactly, but the conversation was not new in its content. I was visiting with a person about the value of participating in the life of a church. Various reasons were given for not doing so: lightning might strike, the walls might fall in, too many hypocrites (“I know what they’re like when they’re not at church.”), etc. I quoted Jesus’ response to the Pharisees and legal experts who complained about his eating and drinking with sinners and tax collectors: “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but s...

  • Lady Blackhawks Down District Foes

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks soared over the Eagles, tamed the Tigers and made the Pirates walk the plank last week. The three victories against 13-C foes push the Lady Blackhawks' overall record to 9-1. Versus Valley Christian The Lady Blackhawks hosted the Valley Christian Eagles Jan. 12. It was a blowout game that ended with the Lady Blackhawks on top 48-7. Tessa Grimes led the Lady Blackhawks scoring 9 baskets worth 18 points. Terra Bertsch hit 2 of 3 free throws. The team...

  • Blackhawks Tangle with Eagles, Tigers and Pirates

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 19, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks finished last week with a pair of wins after dropping a close game to Valley Christian. They now have a 6-4 overall record. Versus Valley Christian The Blackhawks hosted the Valley Christian Eagles Jan. 12. The Boys struggled in the first quarter to control the Eagles' Zach Baugher allowing him to land 14 points. The Blackhawks headed into the second quarter trailing by 6 but held Baugher to just 5 points through the rest of the game. The Blackhawks...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 19, 2017

    Build a Snowman or Snow Sculpture to Celebrate Winter SEELEY LAKE – With no Winterfest this year, several downtown Seeley Lake businesses are building snowmen or snow sculptures to celebrate winter. They are encouraging businesses and residents in and around Seeley Lake to do the same. While there are no prizes this year, there also are no rules and plenty of snow. Pinterest and Google offer great ideas for building snowmen. Snowmen and/or snow sculpture sightings are encouraged to be reported. Please call the Pathfinder and leave a message a...