Articles from the February 4, 2021 edition

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  • Opencut Mining Permit issued for Cottonwood Gravel Pit

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – On Jan. 25, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued Opencut Mining Permit #2864 to Deer Creek Excavating, LLC for a 20-acre sand and gravel pit on 26.5 acres located approximately four miles east of Seeley Lake in Powell County. Owner of Deer Creek Excavating, LLC Gary Lewis looks forward to beginning operations at the Cottonwood Site this summer. “We are pleased that the permit has been approved and we look forward to serving the community of Seeley Lake with our own gravel products,” said Lewis and his w...

  • County enters Phase 1b vaccine distribution

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - By the end of January, Missoula County shifted into the first tier for Phase 1b vaccine distribution. Tier one of Phase 1b includes county residents ages 70 and older, Native Americans and other people of color. Following these groups, appointments will be opened to younger individuals who meet other eligibility criteria under this Phase. Due to high demand and limited doses, Phase 1b appointments will open with a tiered approach as required by the Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD). Those without Internet access... Full story

  • Examining the risks of a "No" vote for bonds

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The fate of a pair of bonds to fund Seeley Lake’s proposed sewer system is in the hands of the voters with ballots being mailed out Feb. 3. If the bonds pass in the Feb. 23 election, the Seeley Lake Sewer District can move forward to finish checking off the conditions of the funding package and put the proposed sewer project out to bid. However the water gets muddier when looking at the impacts of a “no” vote. The Pathfinder reached out to the Missoula City-County Health Department, Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ...

  • AAI names Schades as 2021 Art Benefactors

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI) named Carla and Gene Schade as the recipients of their annual Arts Benefactor Award during their annual meeting which took place virtually Sunday, Jan. 24. Every year the AAI Board of Directors selects someone to receive the award based on contributions of outstanding merit to the local community. AAI Program Manager Jenny Rohrer said the Schades "have brought so much to the organization" both together and individually. "The overall thing is that Gene...

  • Question the source

    Mike McGrew, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 4, 2021

    After reading Roxie Sterling’s latest installment I am left in absolute awe of her access to “facts” not available to the average citizen whose sources of information are limited to such suspect tabloids as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times or, God forbid, that liberal rag the Missoulian. Perhaps she should have a regular column in which she enlightens the rest of us poor benighted souls with the truth of what is really happening in America. Maybe then we would learn the little-known facts of the moon-landing hoax, the dark forces that...

  • Adult behavior

    Dale Terrillion, Proctor, Montana|Feb 4, 2021

    In the spirit of Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Lombardi gave us a full-page report in his Letter to the Editor in the Pathfinder’s Jan. 21 issue. If he thinks Daines and Trump were bad, wait till Chuck Shummer, A.O.C., Bernie and Biden’s cabinet appointments get done raid’n the treasury and our freedoms. Give’em a year, if it takes that long. Please come back and give us another full-page report. Across the page Mike Hopkins gave us the kind of Legislative update we expect. Thanks Mike....

  • Spreading lies further divides

    Karen Pratt, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 4, 2021

    Last week there was a letter in this newspaper called “Where is the unity.” The first paragraph said those who “went into the Capitol unlawfully” should be prosecuted… I agree. But that is where my agreement with this letter ends. Unity could come from people looking at pertinent data for a particular question and having a meaningful debate. This article is full of misrepresentations of situations and inflammatory rhetoric. The person writing this article repeats false narratives, (i.e. lies). It’s not the first time the author has done this....

  • Vote NO on Sewer Bonds

    Troy Spence, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - I am writing in response to Curt Friede’s letter last week. Curt has given false information regarding the Seeley Lake Sewer Project. I contacted the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last year and asked if Seeley Lake was on a watch list for sewer contaminates and the answer was NO. I asked if Seeley Lake had higher then the state law for contaminates in the water and the answer was NO. I asked if the DEQ would enforce a sewer if the project was voted down and the answer was NO. I have an email to verify this. So yes, I...

  • Rebuttal to Friede's sewer letter

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Curt Friede’s letter to the editor about the sewer proposal last week suggests we “get the facts.” Here are a few: Fact: Mr. Friede of one of the parties suing the sewer district board to force them to build the sewer. Fact: There is NO SIGNIFICANT groundwater nitrate degradation, in the groundwater OR the lake, that we know of definitively. The engineers recommended water quality testing in all four sewer “sub-districts” but test wells were drilled in only two. Of those two, only one was tested regularly and it consisten...

  • Working for our electorate every day

    Representative Mike Hopkins, House District 92|Feb 4, 2021

    Things are finally in full swing in the Legislature. The appropriations subcommittees are starting to wrap up their work. After they finish, the full Appropriations committee will come back together and start putting the budget together. Revenue is hard to estimate here with the pandemic and the policies coming out of government and leaving a lot of unknowns out there. But on the budget side we have a pretty good idea of where we are heading. We think that we will be able to reach our target of...

  • Community invited to Winterfest events this Saturday

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to attend a History Snow Walk n’ Talk starting at Camp Paxson and Winterfest at Seeley Lake Elementary during the afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 6. The Seeley Lake Historical Society is hosting the Snow Walk from 1 – 4 p.m. The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Winterfest activities from 3-6 p.m. The History Snow Walk n’ Talk will start at Camp Paxson, located along Boy Scout Road. Meet at the campfire for the start of snow tour at 1 p.m. The tour will include a walking loop from Camp Paxson to...

  • COVID vaccinations at next Community Council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The next meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be held this Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The main topic will be COVID vaccinations. Cindy Farr, County Incident Commander - COVID-19 Response, will explain the current status of vaccinations in Missoula County, where to get information and how to sign up, the schedule of vaccination priority, the availability of vaccine, etc. It should be a very interesting and informative session, with an opportunity for citizens to ask all the questions they might have. Finally,...

  • Update on senior meals in Seeley and Swan

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Feb 4, 2021

    We are fortunate in the Seeley Swan Valley to have both the Mission Mountains Mercantile (MMM) in Condon and the Seeley Lake Senior Center (SLSC) in Seeley Lake providing meals for seniors. The Mission Mountains Mercantile offers senior meals Monday, Thursday and Saturday for pick-up, and Meals on Wheels (MOW) delivered to homebound individuals. Grace Siloti updates her Facebook page with pictures and commentary on the current meals. For details, please visit the Mission Mountains Mercantile...

  • Free tax return preparation assistance

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    MISSOULA – AARP will be offering free tax service at Southgate Mall, in the former location of Lane Bryant, between Hoagieville and Champs in the Dillard’s wing, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments will be accepted between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays by calling 406-531-2701. Please don’t call until Feb. 8th for the next block of appointments. For more information visit Also every Saturday beginning Feb. 6 through March 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., the VITA Program will be offering free tax help to those... Full story

  • Conversations around water

    Kate Clyatt, Blackfoot Challenge Drought Technician|Feb 4, 2021

    If you've been around in the Blackfoot long enough, there's a good chance you've heard the words "Murphy right" or "Milltown right" thrown around. If you're an irrigator in the watershed, you've probably been affected by one or both of these instream water rights. Due to recent changes in water law, any surface water rights with a priority date junior to 1904 could be called in a drought year if flows in the Blackfoot River are low enough to warrant restrictions. Luckily, because of the long...

  • Comments sought on North Fork Blackfoot River Native Fish Restoration Project

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Feb 4, 2021

    SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS – The Lolo National Forest is seeking comments on the North Fork Blackfoot River Native Fish Restoration Project which is located in the Scapegoat Wilderness on the Seeley Lake Ranger District on the Lolo National Forest, and the Lincoln Ranger District on the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest, in Powell and Lewis and Clark counties. The project would authorize Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to implement fish management and stocking actions within the wilderness that would establish a secure population of nat...

  • Incident Commander clarifies COVID terminology

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - When one positive case of COVID-19 has the power to disrupt the operations for an entire institution, clarifying what is considered an active case versus a positive test can be important when determining the contagiousness of an individual. According to Cindy Farr, Missoula City-County Health Department COVID-19 incident commander, a positive test is someone who tests positive for COVID-19 while an active case is someone who has tested positive and is still in the contagious... Full story

  • Our Father in Heaven

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

    I find great encouragement from the Lord's Prayer to give shape to my own prayers. Rather than just a rote prayer, Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer as an outline to teach us how we should pray. When we pray through the Lord's Prayer, phrase by phrase, we understand how God is leading us to pray. The opening phrase, "Our Father in heaven" is a powerful reminder and truth of the personal access we have to God through our prayers. During the Apollo space missions to the moon, there were long, uncomf...

  • Jack Robert Davis Sept. 30, 1927-Jan. 20, 2021

    Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - On Sept. 30, 1927 "Happy" Jack Davis graced Planet Earth with his uplifting and indomitably cheerful presence. To the sorrow of those who were fortunate enough to have known him, and especially those who loved him, he passed away unexpectedly, but quickly and painlessly during the morning of Jan. 20, 2021 at the age of 93. Jack was born in Butte, Montana to Wilfred and Nola Davis. He was the youngest of five children. When he was 13, he met the love of his life, Patricia "Pat"... Full story

  • Foundation to host Grant Technology training Feb. 18

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is offering a free Grant Technology training for businesses and nonprofits at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 led by SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller. This one-hour discussion will include information on how to use Submittable, a popular cloud-based platform headquartered in Montana that (among many other funders) the State of Montana used for administering COVID-19 grants in 2020. We will also go over how to look for grants, manage the funding you receive, how to think about incorporating grants...

  • Economic Impact Payment debit cards issued

    Missoula Aging Services|Feb 4, 2021

    Calls are being received at local Area Agencies on Aging reporting that a credit card arrived in the mail from “Money Network Financial” saying that they represent the US Treasury and to call to activate the card. These are legitimate cards. Some eight million Americans are receiving their stimulus payments on a pre-paid debit card sent through the mail, in addition to others who will receive the payment via paper checks or automatic deposits. Just because the last payment was received one way, does not mean it will be received the same way... Full story

  • Connecting with clients through massage

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Massage Therapist Michelle Dunn is hoping to offer her clients relieving therapeutic massage services as she opens the extension of her massage clinic in Missoula, True North Massage, in Seeley Lake. Her techniques include trigger point therapy, myofascial release, soft tissue release, cupping, deep tissue massage and Swedish massage. "My mission is to give my community a way to manage pain relief and stress to keep active so you can adventure in the great outdoors," Dunn said....

  • Charlee Doris Loesch

    Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Charlee Doris Loesch was born to Seeley Lake resident Alysa Loesch Jan. 29. Charlee weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Also welcoming Charlee into the world was her family in Seeley Lake: Grandparents Jean and Gordon Loesch; great grandparents Robert and Jeannie Russell; uncles Darrin and Perry; and aunts Aubrie, Allie and Neveah.... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 4, 2021

    Placid Creek Rd. 349 temporary road closure PLACID LAKE - Placid Creek Road National Forest Service Road 349 from milepost 2.7 to milepost 5.1 will be temporarily closed through the end of February for fuels reduction work. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is conducting the work on private lands. For more information or to check the status of the road call the Seeley Lake Ranger District, 677-2233. Missoula County Commissioners seek applicants for board positions The Missoula County Commissioners are accepting applications for the Seeley Lake...

  • Skiers completed OSCR on their own terms

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 4, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Skiers were given free reign to run the 39th annual OSCR cross country ski race whenever they wanted last weekend. Participants were recommended to begin the self-supported 10-, 22- or 44-kilometer course from 8 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 or Sunday Jan. 31. Due to the lack of snow, the 25k loop was shortened to a 22k, making the longest distance 44k. According to Lynn Carey, Seeley Lake Nordic Club vice-president and race director, the club could not formally organize the...

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