Articles from the February 9, 2023 edition

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  • World Champion adaptive skater recalls her start in Seeley Lake

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Feb 9, 2023

    World Champion Adaptive figure skater Dacia Loconte, age 16, got her start at the Seeley Lake Lions Club rink. In 2022 Loconte earned Junior Ladies Free Inclusive World Championship, Ladies Inclusive World Championships Silver Medalist and Ladies Free Inclusive and Unified Bronze medalist in the 2022 Virtual World Championships for Adaptive Skaters. “As a three-year-old watching the Olympics, Dacia said she wanted to be an ice skater,” said Beth Loconte, Dacia’s mom. “We started skating at the...

  • Helmville ranching family honored with 2022 Regional Environmental Stewardship Award

    For the Seeley Swan Pathfinder|Feb 9, 2023

    The Mannix Brothers Ranch, in Helmville, Mont., has been selected as one of seven regional honorees of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award, announced during the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention and NBCA Trade Show, recognizes the operation’s outstanding stewardship and conservation efforts. Regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced later this year. “The Mannix Brother Ranch is extremely deserving of this award and we [MSGA] are pro...

  • Local college students graduate, make Dean's Lists

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 9, 2023

    There were several local students who were among University of Montana 800 graduates and 851 graduates from Montana State University for fall semester 2022. Many others made the Dean’s List from their respective universities and colleges. Local UM degree candidates were: • Helmville: Jordan Jarrell, Bachelor of Arts: Mathematics • Seeley Lake: Amaya Harman, Associate of Arts: General AA and Christopher Mood, Bachelor of Arts: Classics, CUM LAUDE (GPA of 3.40 to 3.69) The local MSU degree candidate was Ethan Town from Potomac. Town gradu...

  • Fire engulfs Seeley Lake house

    Gwyneth Hyndman, Interim Editor|Feb 9, 2023

    The Seeley Swan Pathfinder understands a structure blaze on Hickory Lane in Seeley Lake on Sunday, Feb. 5, was attended by the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District firefighters. No injuries were reported. The extent of the damage to the house was still being determined as of Monday morning, Feb. 6. A story will be in next week’s Seeley Swan Pathfinder....

  • Affordable housing: Lessons from a garbage can

    Roger Koopman|Feb 9, 2023

    Some problems are perplexing and complicated, with solutions evading the wisest among us. The need for affordable housing is not one of those issues. The causes and cures are not complicated. They evade us only because somewhere between kindergarten and college graduation, we never learned basic economics. Often, one avoidable and seemingly unrelated problem can inform the solution to another. Take your garbage, for example. It should interest you to know that if you live in Montana, garbage isn’t very affordable – its disposal, that is. Dep...

  • Council meeting to be held at The Barn - key updates and information important to our community

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Feb 9, 2023

    The February meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be held at the Barn (2920 Highway 83) on Monday, Feb. 13. Pizza will be served starting at 5:30, and the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm. Featured speakers/topics are as follows: 1. Missoula Aging Services Kirstin Mason 2. Sally Edwards, candidate for the MEC director position. 3. Seeley Lake Community Foundation - Claire Muller 4. Seeley Lake Sewer Update 5. Seeley Lake Bear Working Group 6. Seeley Lake Trail System 7. USFS updates -Quinn Carver 8. The Lolo Forest revision plan...

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    Feb 9, 2023

  • Elizabeth C. Needles 1937-2023

    Feb 9, 2023

    OVANDO ~ Elizabeth C. Needles of Ovando, passed away suddenly and without permission January 28, 2023. Elizabeth was born in Big Timber to William (Bill) and Isabel Dickinson, May 15, 1937. Elizabeth attended high school in Deer Lodge. Elizabeth grew up in the logging camps of Montana. Shortly after high school, she fell in love and married Woodrow (Woody) W. Needles, Jr at the young age of 18 in Missoula on June 3rd, 1955. Of this marriage, four wild and crazy children were born, Arlene,... Full story

  • Dennis William Jette 1937 - 2023

    Feb 9, 2023

    SWAN VALLEY - Dennis W. Jette, a long-time Swan Valley resident, passed away in Kalispell January 27, 2023 with his beloved wife, Billie and his step-daughter, Charlene Bartell, at his side. Dennis was born March 20, 1937 in Missoula to Evelyn and Art Jette. His early schooling was at St. Francis Xavier elementary school in Missoula. He, his parents and four siblings moved to the Swan in 1951. He went to eighth grade in the Swan at Smith Flats school. There was a total of 13 kids at Smith... Full story

  • 20/35 Look Back

    Feb 9, 2023

    26 Pollution in Seeley Lake? Report Is "Inconclusive" A report has recently been published which summarizes a two-day pollution study on Seeley Lake. The results of the study are "inconclusive," according to the report's author, Dr.Richard Hauer. Hauer, who is a researcher from U of M's Yellow Bay experimental station, conducted the study last August on behalf of the state's water quality bureau. OSCR Racers Faced Tough Trail Over 60 smiling skiers crossed the OSCR finish line this year, but... Full story

  • Missoula County distributing free carbon monoxide detectors to the public

    For the Seeley Swan Pathfinder|Feb 9, 2023

    Missoula County, with the help of local fire districts and departments, is giving out free carbon monoxide detectors to raise awareness about the dangers of this colorless, odorless gas. Carbon monoxide (CO) can be emitted from furnaces, stoves and water heaters in homes, RVs and mobile homes. Any enclosed space is susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, especially during the winter. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 Americans each year, and in 2021, more than 17,000 hospital emergency room cases were due to CO poisoning....

  • Condon AARP meeting features 'Following your passion' presentation

    Swan Valley AARP|Feb 9, 2023

    The Feb. 14 meeting of the Condon AARP will feature a presentation by Blossom Savage, a certified equine gestalt therapy coach. The public is invited to attend. The 1-hour presentation will begin at 2p.m. at the Condon Community Hall, Milepost 42 Highway 83, in Condon. The group's February theme is "Following your Passion ‑- Whatever Your Age! Blossom's passion enlists the horse as a partner in relieving pain and suffering for humans. Blossom is a 1980s U of M Graduate in Communication S...

  • Ready for hunting season? Start your application

    Sydney Young, FWP Game Warden|Feb 9, 2023

    This time of year may not seem busy to most, but for many Fish, Wildlife, & Parks staff, January and February are the calm months before the storm. That storm, of course, being the new license year that begins on March 1st and brings with it permit application deadlines for antlered bucks and bull elk. But that's just the beginning. Once a hunter has applied for their permits, either in person or online, the long wait and hopeful planning begins. While some hunters will not travel far, instead...

  • Department of Livestock recommends cancellation of equine events in Flathead County

    For the Seeley Swan Pathfinder|Feb 9, 2023

    Following multiple confirmed cases of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in Flathead County, the Montana Department of Livestock recommended that horse owners and event coordinators in the Flathead Valley limit travel and cancel events that bring horses from multiple sources together through Feb. 6 and further caution was advised through the month. The recommendation was based on involvement of horses on 3 premises that attended events at two or more event centers in the area. Several horses have been euthanized because of poor...

  • Landowners have until March 15 to apply for FWP public access to public lands programs

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Feb 9, 2023

    Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide recreational public access to state (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land where no or limited legal public access currently exists. For enrollment in UPL, landowners will receive a tax credit in the amount of $750 p...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 9, 2023

    MISSOULA COUNTY SHERIFF’S LOG January 26-February 1 1/26, 11:56 a.m., 6xx Tamarack Drive, Probation 1/27, 4:18 a.m., 1xx North Coloma Way, Suspicious Activity 1/27, 10:40 a.m., 2x MM Highway 200, Trespassing 1/27, 3:42 p.m., 293xx Highway 200 E, Slide-In, No Property Damage 1/27, 4:03 p.m., MM Highway 83, Slide-In, No Property Damage 1/27, 5:09 p.m., Boy Scout Road, Slide-In, No Property Damage 1/27, 8:09 p.m., 73xx Boy Scout Road, Burglary 1/29, 6:08 a.m., 1x MM Highway 200, Accident-Injury 1/29, 1:48 p.m., 297xx Potomac Road, Offenses A...

  • SSHS Destinations for Education prepares for Costa Rica

    Hattie Batchelder, SSHS Student Journalist|Feb 9, 2023

    Twelve years ago, in Trace Stone’s Spanish class, an idea was formed that would bring opportunities to Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) students for years to come. This idea became Destinations for Education (D4E), an international travel group for SSHS students. It provides the opportunity to become immersed in foreign cultures, languages, and community service. In 2009, Trace Stone took students on the first D4E international trip to Ecuador, where students participated in homestays with local families. Since then, Stone has taken students t...

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