Articles from the February 1, 2018 edition


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  • Gravel Pit Access Through Evergreen Drive Approved with Conditions

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    DEER LODGE – The Powell County Planning Board voted unanimously to amend the restriction in the Conditional Use Permit for Deer Creek Excavating, LLC to use Evergreen Drive as a haul route for Double Arrow Ranch projects at their meeting Jan. 11. The amendment requires Missoula County, Deer Creek Excavating and the Ranch to sign off on a road use agreement with certain criteria for the condition to be valid. The proposed Cottonwood Gravel Pit is located approximately four miles east of Seeley Lake and would be operated by Deer Creek E...

  • Montana Senators Champions for Small Business

    Richard Miltenberger, Clancy, Montana|Feb 1, 2018

    Small businesses can use all the help they can get, most especially representatives in Washington who stand up for them and represent their interests. Montana’s small businesses are lucky that they have such champions in Senator Tester & Senator Daines, both of whom recently signed on to legislation to delay the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The HIT is a federal sales tax on health care plans purchased by small business owners for their employees. At $430 per per family per year, this tax directly raises the cost of health care, forcing small b...

  • Support Russ Fagg

    Tom McGillvray, Billings, Mont.|Feb 1, 2018

    I have known Russ Fagg for over 25 years. When you know someone a long time, you see what they are made of. Russ served as a Montana district judge for 20 years in Yellowstone County. Judges have the title "Honorable" in front of their names. This is not just a title for Judge Fagg it is a description of his character. Russ is a man of honor and integrity. He does what he says, he is transparent and there is nothing false about him. I don't know about others, but that is a key character trait I am looking for in someone I vote for. Is he/she...

  • The Smiles Never Stopped

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – Toting a sled to top of the hill was a small price to pay for the thrill of flying down the hill behind the Marxes' home in Seeley Lake. The most adventurous tried to catch the most air off the air-time jump while the younger children stuck to the kiddie hill at the seventh annual Sledapalooza. Shana and Kyle Marx started hosting the Sledapalooza sledding party when their son Finn was three-years-old. "I have wonderful memories of sledding parties when I was a kid," wrote Shana in...

  • A Change of Climate For Seeley Lake's New Postmaster

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – When Seeley Lake's new Postmaster Laura Brett arrived in Seeley Lake on Dec. 28, she was welcomed with 30 inches of snow. Her wish for "a change in climate" was granted and she looks forward to many more new adventures in her new home. Brett has been with the U.S. Postal Service for the past 17 years. She started in Florida. "I've always worked for the government," said Brett. "I went from working for the military, to working for the state back to working for the government." B...

  • Reich Dethrones Berryman after Five Year Reign

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – After two years of following 50K winner Missoula's Orion Berryman to the finish line, Henry Reich of Missoula finally beat his toughest competitor. Reich finished in 2:33:59 with Berryman nearly five minutes behind him. They were joined by 125 other racers in the 50K, 20K, 10K and 5K 36th annual OSCR Nordic ski races Jan. 27 at the Seeley Lake Nordic Trails. Berryman has been the reigning 50K winner since 2013. His fastest time on the course was in 2015 finishing in 2:10:30. R...

  • Annual Winterfest Bonfire Held for 21th Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - The 21st annual Winterfest Bonfire was held at The Filling Station Jan. 26. While the adults enjoyed the fire and the Seeley Lake Fire Department Volunteers ensured no sparks went unchecked, the children enjoyed themselves sliding down the big snow pile on the south end of the parking lot....

  • Dog Off Leash and No Voice Control

    Carleen Gonder, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Feb 1, 2018
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    SEELEY LAKE - To the cross country skier who allowed his dog to jump all over mine as my dog and I were trying to walk to the start of the Morrell Falls USFS road: As your dog continued to jump on and at mine, you watched but did nothing. I asked you several times to please call your dog back, since it was making it difficult for me to walk. You repeatedly ignored me and stood silently watching. Finally you yelled that it is a “dog-off-leash” area. True. But, that does not mean that dogs off-leash should not be under voice control and all...

  • Fire Department Growing and Changing

    Michael Greer, Seeley Lake Fire Chief|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - A lot has happened here at the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District in the last couple of months! We are growing and changing and improving every day! Our call volume continues to grow which means we have been able to help more people than ever. We have conducted several community events which have been a great success! We are already planning with the Missoula County Health Department to conduct the Free Flu Shot and Health/Safety Fair for next fall. The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration was a huge success where hundreds of people...

  • Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project Thanks Tester, Calls on Daines to Support Blackfoot Bill

    Members of the BCSP|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act will receive a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Feb. 7. Members of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP) reiterated their thanks to Senator Jon Tester for sponsoring the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. Senator Tester introduced the bill last year. “Almost 12 years ago, we started the painstaking work on a timber, recreation, and conservation proposal for managing public lands in our backyard,” says Jim Stone, a ranch...

  • Wafstet Announces Run for Missoula County Sheriff

    Travis Wafstet, Independent Candidate for Missoula County Sheriff|Feb 1, 2018

    MISSOULA - My name is Travis Wafstet, and I am a candidate for Missoula County Sheriff/Coroner. I am a Missoula native and I have lived in the Missoula area all of my life. I've been very deeply rooted in the Missoula community through public service for more than 15 years. I believe that my experience in emergency service and my dedication to our Missoula area communities will make me a successful Sheriff if you choose to elect me. As you may know, the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement...

  • Open Positions on Local Boards

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    As of Jan. 29 only three people have filed for the 16 open board of trustee positions in Potomac, Seeley Lake and Condon. Of the nine open school board positions at Seeley Lake, Potomac, Swan Valley and Sunset, no one has applied. All positions will be voted on in the May 8th mail-in election. If the number of applicants is equal to or less than the number of seats open, then those that applied will be elected by acclamation. Local boards and number of positions to be elected include: Greenough-Potomac Fire District (2, 3-year terms); Potomac...

  • Health and Support Guides Available

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Feb 1, 2018

    Hi. I have exciting news today! The new "Seeley Lake Community Health and Support Guide" is in print and being distributed this week. It is a collaboration of Seeley Lake Community Foundation, Missoula Aging Services, and our neighbors, most notably Jeanne Koester's tireless efforts at gathering and proofing all the facts. This guide was a result of the Seeley Lake Community Foundations Community Assessment in an effort to expand the ability of the resources in town to communicate with each...

  • Area Students Make MSU Dean's and President's Honor Rolls

    Feb 1, 2018

    BOZEMAN -- Montana State University has announced its undergraduate President's and the Dean's Honor Roll for fall semester 2017. To qualify for the honor rolls, students must complete a minimum of 12 degree-eligible credit hours to be on either list. Students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester were named to the President's Honor Roll. An asterisk follows the names of the 1,120 students named to the MSU President's Honor Roll in the listing below. The Dean's Honor Roll...

  • Saints or Sinners - Christian Hypocrisy

    William Campbell, Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship|Feb 1, 2018

    A friend once told me that when he had invited a neighbor to church, the neighbor’s response was, “Why would I want to go to church? They’re all just a bunch of hypocrites.” My friend responded jokingly, “Don’t let that stop you, we’ve always got room for one more.” The reality is that non-believers often misunderstand Christians. The misunderstandings are generally based on false assumptions or false impressions. First, they may assume that Christians seem to act superior (and certainly that is an impression we might leave) assuming that t...

  • Blackhawks Split on the Road

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 1, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks were on the road last week. The Boys were victorious over Clark Fork while the Ladies fell Jan. 26. The next night, the Lady Blackhawks found success against Plains while the Boys fell. The Boys got off to a slow start against Clark Fork before taking off in the second half. They then blew the game out in the final frame scoring a whopping 31 points to a final score of 71-30. Keaton Johnson led the assault on Clark Fork with 17 points...

  • Summer Festivals Worth Weight Shouldered by Civic Groups

    Seaborn Larson, Great Falls Tribune|Feb 1, 2018

    Many small rural communities in north-central Montana — like Dutton, Conrad and Choteau — put on summer festivals that raise funds for a variety of community programs. As the population in these small towns continues to shrink, organizers are coaxing along an evolution in the way these events are run to pump more If there were a way to distill the identity of these small towns into one weekend, the summer festivals along the Rocky Mountain Front would be that manifestation. Imagine rodeos and...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 1, 2018

    First Friday in Seeley Lake, Feb. 2 SEELEY LAKE – Good Times is the featured business for the First Friday event in Seeley Lake, Feb. 2. Everything in the store is 10 percent off storewide excluding already marked down items and movie rentals and sales. Also, stop in and receive a coupon for $5.00 off with the purchase of $50.00 or more Friday only. Appetizers and refreshments will also be served. Live music will start at The Filling Station at 9 p.m. Swan Valley AARP Meeting, Feb. 6 SWAN V...

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