Articles from the November 18, 2021 edition


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  • SLCF recognized as Outstanding Foundation

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    MISSOULA – The Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) was recognized by the Missoula Nonprofit Center (MNC) as this year’s Outstanding Foundation as part of their National Philanthropy Day Celebration Nov. 15. SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller said this recognition is a great way for the SLCF to cap off celebrating 21 years of service to the Seeley Lake community. She feels the honor must be given to everyone in the community who has supported the Foundation and worked to strengthen See...

  • Honoring those who served

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley veterans, their families and the community gathered with the American Legion Post 63 outside the Swan Valley Community Hall to celebrate local veterans Nov. 11. "We now know that each and every generation must give to keep this nation safe and free," Post 63 Commander Edward Klassen said. "This is a time to commemorate and honor those veterans." At the end of World War I on Nov. 11 the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 they signed the...

  • SSHS senior receives national character award

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Every day before football practice started, senior Sawyer Shelmerdine would go get the keys from Head Coach Jay Crum and go unload the equipment shed for the team. He would have been the quarterback again this year but due to a knee injury he was sidelined. Because of his love of football and desire to stay involved he was the captain and team manager. "I just wanted to be there and try and help them out as much as I could," Shelmerdine said. Shelmerdine's dedication and leadership...

  • Thank you Seeley Lake!

    The Brauliks, Seeley Lake, Montana|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - We would like to say a big thank you to all of the community following our house fire. We would like to thank everyone for all the prayers, support and donations. We are truly humbled by all the support we have gotten. We have felt so loved. This is why we chose to live here in Seeley Lake. We wanted a close and loving community to raise our kids in. We are so blessed and grateful. Thank you to everyone for everything....

  • Support the majority Senator Daines

    Josie Hess, Missoula, Montana|Nov 18, 2021

    The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is supported by 75% of Montanans. The bill on a whole, accurately reflects Montanan values. With its plan to protect approximately 80,000 acres of land for conservation, recreation and restoration, the bill speaks for the people of Montana that wish to preserve our precious land. The BSCA restores fish and wildlife habitats, increases space for outdoor recreation for Montanans and conserves precious Montana wilderness by adding 80,000 acres of land to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. In response to...

  • Listen to the many BCSA supporters

    Jordyn Everett, Missoula, Montana|Nov 18, 2021

    As an honorary Missoulian, I can confidently say Montanans in particular have a deeply rooted connection to the environment. Jack Rich, the hardworking owner of the local family-owned Rich Ranch, said “our hearts belong to the wildlands, wildlife and waters...” The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a bill that Rich and many other Montana experts have contributed to over the past two decades, would designate 79,060 acres of new federal wilderness. This is vital not only because of the 2,013 acres that would be allotted towards snowmobile rec...

  • Caring for senior pets

    Tanya Fyfe DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic|Nov 18, 2021

    Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and increased nutritional knowledge, many animals are living longer lives. This means there are more and more senior pets out there who tend to have specific needs. In general, most veterinarians consider a dog or cat who is older than seven years to be a senior pet. Most pet parents will notice things like more grey hair or a slower pace as their animal companions age but there can also be subtle changes that people don't always realize are a symptom...

  • New Girl Scout Troop forming

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake is very close to having everything setup for a new Girl Scout Troop. The new Seeley Lake Troop is Troop 3436 with Chantel Lynch as the leader. The Troop is open to girls from kindergarten to sixth grade. However girls up to seniors in high school are welcome and can also join. The cost is $25 dollars from September to September. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 1. Time and location to be announced. For more information about the troop, how to get involved call or text Lynch at 907-738-8657 or email c...

  • Christmas tree permits available

    Lolo National Forest|Nov 18, 2021

    The holiday season is quickly approaching and Christmas tree permits are now available online or for pick-up at Lolo National Forest office locations. “Finding and cutting a Lolo National Forest Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition and a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends on National Forest lands,” said Kate Jerman, Lolo National Forest spokesperson. “This year we are offering permits online through Recreation.gov or by outdoor pick-up at office locations for public convenience.” All Lolo National Forest offices will of...

  • Highway reconstruction proposal along Salmon Lake released

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Salmon Lake Highway Reconstruction project team presented proposed improvements to Highway 83 along the east side of Salmon Lake during two outreach meetings at the end of October. Montana Department of Transportation and Project Managers shared information about the proposed roadway widths, improved alignment, plans for slope mitigations and rockfall areas and other safety improvements. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2022 and be completed in the spring of 2024. MDT is working with HDR design consultant and...

  • Delivering place-based education in the Blackfoot

    Sara Schmidt, Communications Manager, Blackfoot Challenge|Nov 18, 2021

    At the Blackfoot Challenge, we believe that the best place to learn about the watershed is in the watershed and that our best teachers are those who have experience here. That's why our education programs are outdoors, hands-on and rely on a multitude of local residents and partners willing to share their expertise with the next generation. Based on the guidance and direction provided by our Teachers Steering Council, earlier this fall we coordinated two outdoor education days focused on the...

  • Author of "If It Sounds Good..." sounded good at OBC

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Richard Manning is no stranger to Seeley Lake or to Alpine Artisans' literary events. Former journalist and author of 11 books, he has written about environmental issues, the American prairie, agriculture, poverty and collaborated with a Harvard medical professional to write about a healthier lifestyle based on a better understanding of our DNA. When he came to Open Book Club on Nov. 13 to present his latest book, "If It Sounds Good, It Is Good," he brought his guitar. Manning a...

  • Denis Patrick Malone April 13, 1940 – Oct. 23, 2021

    Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Denis Patrick Malone, 81 of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 23 surrounded by his beloved family. Denis was born April 13, 1940 in Missoula, Montana, the second son of Michael and Florence Malone. Denis, or "Deny" as he was known to family and friends, grew up in Missoula and was educated there, attending St. Anthony's Grade School and graduating from Loyola High School in 1959. Denis served in the Montana Army National Guard from 1962 until 1968. He was...

  • Growing in Christ

    Dale Terrillion|Nov 18, 2021

    It was another one of those times when the cupboards began to look like Ol' Mother Hubbard's pantry. It seemed like a time to worry. However, Jesus reminded me in Matthew 6 how "He takes care of the birds of the air...and not to worry about tomorrow." So I had to come up with a plan or so I thought. No work locally. But God had a better purpose. For the same chapter sez "to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these thing will be given to you as well." So my wonderful wife...

  • Chazzy

    Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Chazzy, Seeley Lake's Therapy Assist Service Dog, died after five years of service to our community. We thank you Chazzy. Chazzy was rescued from Life Saving Animal Rescues in Polson, Montana in 2016 . He was adopted as a mere puppy by Kim Heninger. Chazzy was her fifth Service Therapy Assist Dog for her behavioral health therapy practice. Heninger trained him and he was broken in as an Alta Care Therapy Assist puppy. Many children know him from his initial service on Linderman...

  • RV Dump letter approved, local resources for seniors shared

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – At their Nov. 8 meeting, the Seeley Lake Community Council unanimously approved a letter to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks asking them to repair and reopen the Clearwater Junction RV Dump station for the 2022 season. They also hosted a Senior Symposium with representatives from various groups and received several updates from Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver. Per the discussion from their October meeting, Council Secretary Tom Browder and Council member Bruce Friede drafted a letter to FWP Director Henry Worsech r...

  • Thanking those who served

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - At the Seeley Lake Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, President of the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake Barb Knopp spoke of the men and women who fought and continue to fight so we can maintain our democracy, our very way of life. She also talked about the meaning of the poppies. Because of its blood red color, the red poppy became a symbol to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died in World War I and subsequent wars and conflicts. They are traditionally sold as a fundraiser...

  • Volunteers help prepare Camp Ponderosa for winter

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    SWAN LAKE - On Saturday, Oct. 30 over 60 volunteers helped prepare Camp Ponderosa Veterans and Retreat Center for winter. They brought shovels, axes, weedwackers, wheelbarrows, tractors, chainsaws and two portable sawmills. TJ Wendt and Steve Perrone worked under camp managers Allen & Linda Erickson's direction to get the much-needed projects done before winter comes. Camp Ponderosa is located across Highway 83 from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation District office at...

  • Potomac Bike-a-Thon rolling once again

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Nov 18, 2021

    POTOMAC - Students and staff enjoyed a mild October day for the annual Potomac Bike-a-Thon. The entire school turned out for the event Oct. 20 including more than 90 students with teachers, staff and parents helping to guide traffic, punch mileage cards, walk with and cheer on the group. Motorists also got into the spirit with some honking and waving their support. Teacher Sarah Schmill noticed the support each year. She said, "Support of the event's purpose, support from the community, support...

  • Players recognized at Fall Sports Awards Banquet

    Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) fall sports awards banquet was held Nov. 9 at Seeley-Swan High School. Football, volleyball and cross country athletes were recognized for their participation and performance during the season. Each player receives a letter after participating in the required number of varsity games or meets. They receive a pin for every activity for which they meet the varsity requirements. For every year they meet the varsity requirements after receiving their pin in a specific activity, they receive a...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Nov 18, 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. 35 years ago: Nov. 20, 1986 issue Governor's Cup and Seeley 200 get national attention Ron Ogden has worked with dogs as a hobby "since high school," but he says he was never prepared for the kind of publicity Seeley Lake would get from sled dog races. "There...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 18, 2021

    Free Developmental and Preschool Screening, Dec. 3 SEELEY LAKE – Missoula Area Education Cooperative is offering a free developmental and preschool clinic for children ages zero to five for Seeley Lake and Swan Valley School Districts. It will be held Friday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. This free screening will include gross motor, fine motor, language concepts, communication concepts, communication skills, hearing and vision screening. Please call SLE at 406-677-2265 to schedule an appointment for your c...

  • Arysta Vael Hammerel Nov. 14, 2021

    Nov 18, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Arysta Vael Hammerel was born Nov. 14 to parents Kaelin Meri Reiley and Michael Hammerel of Condon. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Also welcoming her into the world was her big sister Zera Fae Hammerel.... Full story

  • Ann E. Copenhaver Sept. 13, 1941 – Nov. 17, 2021

    Nov 18, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Ann E. Copenhaver, 80, of Seeley Lake, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes. She was born on Sept. 13th, 1941, in Missoula to George A. and Helen M. Walters Cyr. She was raised in Milltown and attended school in Bonner. She also attended Sacred Heart Academy graduating in 1959. She later attended nursing school at St. Patrick's Hospital and worked as an IBM key punch operator in Seattle. On April 4th, 1964, she married William Lawrence... Full story

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