Articles from the November 9, 2023 edition


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  • Seeley Lake man gets five years for vehicular homicide

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 9, 2023

    A Seeley Lake man was sentenced to five years in the Montana State Prison on Nov. 3 after he pleaded guilty to killing a Potomac woman while high on methamphetamine in a car crash last December. Kerry Glen Drew, 69, pleaded guilty to four felonies and one misdemeanor earlier this year as a part of a plea deal. He was driving westbound on Highway 200 on the night of Dec. 21 when he hit a group of cars parked on the side of the road near mile marker 18. The group of cars were attempting to pull a car out of a snowbank. Drew, who was intoxicated...

  • Seeley Lake man gets eight years in prison for receiving child pornography

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 9, 2023

    A Seeley Lake man will be behind bars for the next eight and a half years after he pleaded guilty in July to receiving child pornography. Charles Lief Isaacson, 62, was first arrested by Missoula County after he allegedly thought he was messaging a 14-year-old girl on social media, who he planned to have sex with, in 2022. Isaacson still has two charges against him for Sexual Abuse of Children active in Missoula District Court. U.S Attorney Jesse Laslovich announced on Nov. 8 that an...

  • Sheriff starts 24 hour area coverage

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 9, 2023

    The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has increased its number of deputies working in Seeley Lake and will have someone on patrol in the area at all hours - the first time in recent memory. Sheriff Jeremiah Petersen told the Pathfinder that starting Nov. 1 there will be at least one deputy on duty in the Seeley Lake area. The Pathfinder previously reported the sheriff's office had been short staffed and failed to replace two open resident jobs in Seeley Lake. After another failed search to find a...

  • 'Rumbling Owl' project would reduce fuels near Holland Lake

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 9, 2023

    A new project from the Flathead National Forest would do fuel reduction, logging and road management work on roughly 6,000 acres in the southeast area of the district, which officials said would help limit dangerous wildfires and increase forest health. The project stretches from the southern edge of the Flathead National Forest to Rumble Creek, with Highway 83 and the Bob Marshall Wilderness bordering the western and eastern sides. The area would also include Holland Lake and Upper Holland...

  • Citizen science projects highlighted in Condon

    Jean Pocha, of the Pathfinder|Nov 9, 2023

    Rebecca Ramsey, Swan Valley Connections(SVC) executive director, welcomed 28 participants to their quarterly potluck and speaker series held at the Swan Valley Community Hall. "It's beautiful to see everyone together," Ramsey said. "At SVC we love to bring people together to connect them to each other and to the landscape to inspire conservation." The featured speaker on Nov. 1 was Emiline Kraus, a science and parks intern with Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) in Glacier...

  • Grateful for Loving Hearts

    Claire Muller, Executive Director of Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Nov 9, 2023

    I am so grateful for Loving Hearts Thrift Shoppe. I recently got the prettiest teal colored jacket there, and a pile of other great items, at the $1 bag sale! When I got home and realized my new favorite jacket was reversible, and even prettier on the inside, I SQUEALED with joy. I am a very proud cheapskate - a frugal warrior - and your store makes my heart happy. I love a good deal, I love reusing perfectly good clothing, and I love popping in to Loving Hearts every month or so to run into people and see what’s going on. So many people in t...

  • Clarifying the facts as I see them on the 95 mill property tax increase

    Senator John Esp, Chairman Senate Finance Committee|Nov 9, 2023
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    Recently opinion pieces and information sent to legislators regarding the counties decision to levy 77.9 mills instead of the State directed 95 mills has been circulating in both statewide newspapers, and internal legislative correspondence. It appears that the message being distributed is counties are giving large tax breaks to corporations and out of state homeowners while doing little for the average Montanan. While the numbers can be interpreted to support that message, and they (the numbers) are in fact accurate, they only tell part of...

  • Make your voice heard to help rebuild Montana's Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Systems

    Nov 9, 2023

    No Montana community is untouched by the mental health crisis. Suicide. Addiction. Loneliness. The struggle to find mental health services or appropriate supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Patients receiving care in places that aren’t best for them. The list of challenges facing our communities is long and years in the making, and the time for setting that list aside is over. This spring, Governor Greg Gianforte and the Montana Legislature invested $300 million to reform and improve Montana’s behavioral health and dev...

  • Open enrollment continues through Dec. 7

    Allison Strekal, Missoula Aging Services|Nov 9, 2023

    MISSOULA, MT - Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to optimize your Medicare coverage. Whether you’re considering a Medicare Advantage plan or adjusting your Prescription Drug Plan, MAS is here to help you make the most of Medicare. Open Enrollment consultations are tailored to your situation, helping you review your options and secure the most suitable and cost-effective plan for the coming year. Open Enrollment falls between Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. It allows for adjustments to Medicare Advantage plans and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D). W...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's log for Nov. 9

    1/26 2:04 p.m. Slide-In, No Damage 27XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 10/26 5:53 p.m. Harassment 207XX Potomac Road, Potomac 10/27 3:28 p.m. Slide-In, No Damage E. Morrell Creek Road, Seeley Lake 10/28 12:48 p.m. Civil 63XX Highway 83, Condon 10/29 10:13 a.m. Disturbance 1XX Redwood Lane, Seeley Lake 10/29 2:40 p.m. Intimidation 15XX Camas Road, Potomac 10/29 9:31 p.m. Suspicious Activity 1XX School Lane, Seeley Lake 10/30 3:22 p.m. Civil 30xx Highway 83, Seeley Lake 10/30 6:18 p.m. Driving Under the Influence Highway 200, Clearwater Junction 10/31...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Nov. 9

    1/28/2023 Medical Riverview Drive 10/29/2023 Medical Highway 83 10/31/2023 Medical Riverwatch Trail 11/1/2023 Medical Frontier Drive 11/2/2023 Medical Highway 83...

  • Seeley Lake Community Council November Meeting

    Sharon Teague, Seeley Lake Community Council|Nov 9, 2023

    Key updates and information important to our community! The November meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be held at the Barn (2920 Highway 83) on Monday, Nov. 13. Pizza will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Planned speakers/topics are as follows: Review of the results from the Seeley Lake Community Meeting Missoula County Environmental Health Representative Solid waste management Missoula County Brownfields Program Possible Gravel Pit Update Possible Holland Lake Project Update Missoula...

  • Patricia Mae DeSmidt (1932 - 2023)

    Nov 9, 2023

    Patricia Mae DeSmidt, of Seeley Lake, peacefully joined her beloved husband Roland DeSmidt in heaven on Friday, Oct. 20,2023 at the beautiful age of 91. Patricia is survived by her five children and their families, Deborah and Larry Krieger of Turah, MT, Donna and Terry Buss of Missoula, MT, Randy and Donna DeSmidt of Oak View, CA, Bob and Bonnie DeSmidt of Abita Springs, LA and Diane and Rick Sutton of Huffman, TX. She is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and three great, great-grandchildren. Patricia... Full story

  • Identified and prepared

    Ryan Dailey, Camp Utmost|Nov 9, 2023

    In my last article I said I wanted to do a small series looking at the armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-18. Last time I wrote about the sword of the spirit and the shield of faith. This time I would like to take a look at the helmet of salvation and the shoes that Paul describes in this way: “your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” So what do these two pieces of armor look like historically and how do they help us understand the spiritual implications Paul is ad...

  • Preparing for the fly tying season

    Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal|Nov 9, 2023

    The past few snowy days have driven me indoors. And I'm at home here. I'm not house-bound, yet, but will be by the end of February. Until then there is plenty to do: on several sides I'm faced with an unending pile of clutter to be sorted out as it gets added to while deciding which of it to discard; there are abandoned manuscripts in the computer that need an infusion of interest; there are the musical instruments - guitars, a banjo and a mandolin – on their stands next to the computer s...

  • Halloween goes down as spooky success

    Nov 9, 2023

    Senior Center Halloween Bash The Seeley Lake Senior Center (Sela Senci) had a Halloween Bash on Tuesday, Oct. 31. They had a contest for the best costume. The winners were: 9th place, Jerry Posthunus, 8th place Eldon Barbieri, 7th place Rockey Kennedy, 6th Marlene Bartlett, 5th place Rachel Wilkinson, 4th place Barb Knopp, 3rd place Boyd Gossard, 2nd place Althea Garland, and 1st place went to Doug Richards. After lunch a game of bingo was played. Everyone had a great day. About 20 people came...

  • Street Cred in the Swan Valley

    Alan Muskett, of the Pathfinder|Nov 9, 2023

    It happened like this: The guy is going 120 mph in a stolen car, running from the cops. Not surprisingly, being fabulously drunk, he misses a 90 degree turn, launching him and his vehicle (separately) into a low earth orbit, our protagonist being unrestrained. After a flight of around 100 feet, he was then restrained when he landed on a metal fence post, which entered his lower jaw and exited through the middle of his back. First responders cut the fence post off at the ground and found to their surprise that he was alive. Remarkably, they got...

  • Archives for Nov. 9

    Nov 9, 2023

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday, November 10, 1988 New Outdoors Program Hundreds of youth are exploring nature and firearm safety through new 4-H wildlife and shooting programs. There are wildlife programs in about half of Montana’s counties now according to Mike Cavey, Montana State University Extension Service project coordinator. They plan the programs in all of Montana’s counties as soon as there are enough volunteer leaders. As long as there is a group of 10 or more people, the project will go anywhere in the state to train them. The...

  • Firewood, slash & bugs: How to protect your personal forest & reduce wildfire risk

    Kyle Carpenter, Clearwater Unit Service Forester for DNRC|Nov 9, 2023

    While late fall through early winter brings pleasant temperatures to work outside, it can also contribute to insect issues the following year. If lodgepole or ponderosa pines are cut without time to thoroughly dry before the following June, pine engraver (Ips) beetle populations can build to levels that are hazardous to trees. Pine engraver populations can build up in both limbs of ponderosa pines discarded from logging operations as well as in smaller diameter stems cut for fuels reduction....

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