Articles from the February 11, 2021 edition


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  • Residents receive first COVID-19 vaccines

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Partnership Health Center (PHC) collaborated with the Missoula County COVID-19 Vaccine Coordination Team to organize a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Seeley-Swan High School Monday, Feb. 8. Around 200 PHC patients in the Seeley-Swan area were able to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The second doses will be administered at the same location Sunday, Feb. 28. According to Eric Halverson, PHC public information officer, this clinic was exclusively for PHC... Full story

  • Paws Up Animal Shelter to close

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    POTOMAC – After receiving a call that a doberman-pitbull cross named Angel was pregnant and would be shot unless someone took her, Paws Up Safe Home welcomed another cast-off. Within a week, she had six puppies. Even though the puppies all died, Angel was given a second chance at a new home. "She is the best dog," said Sherri Housley, Paws Up board member. "I've had her since she was 10 months old." After more than 20 years of caring for lost, abandoned and abused pets in the area as well as f...

  • Snowmobilers rescued Sunday

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue were called out at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 to look for two snowmobilers from Arlee who got off the trail south of Fawn Peak and could not find a trail out. SSSAR worked through the night in difficult weather and terrain and rescued the snowmobilers and returned to the Westside Trailhead by 6 a.m. Sunday morning. According to Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Dunster the man and woman were coming down the south side of Fawn Peak and headed back to the Westside Trailhead. The...

  • Historical Walk n' Talk through the snow

    Henry Netherland|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Historian Ron Cox, representing the Seeley Lake Historical Society took the group of around a dozen people on a three-hour loop from Camp Paxson to Seeley Lake Campground, to the Maclean Cabin and through Girard Larch Grove. During the tour he talked about a range of historical topics including Hotel Point, early residents and logging history. Cox said part of the grant money from the Reimagining Rural Series went towards plowing the parking lot so attendees could...

  • Seek alternatives to treat waste water

    Colleen Krause, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - If you believe that the whole sewer project was handled poorly and that there are other ways to improve waste water treatment, this is a way to get rid of the sewer by VOTING NO on the upcoming Seeley Lake Sewer Bonds Election, on Feb. 23. Voting against the sewer does not mean you support pollution. There are alternatives to sewers that are state authorized. Colleen Krause, Homeowner...

  • A unified letter from the Sewer Board

    Seeley Lake Sewer District Board Members|Feb 11, 2021

    As you know, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board sent a memo to voters and property owners in the Sewer District about the upcoming Bond Election. The Board would like to take this opportunity to clarify the facts. Supplemental materials can be found at www.seeleysewer.org. Our purpose is “to maintain and provide a healthful environment for present and future generations and to supervise wastewater treatment within the District.” The data shows the nitrate levels in groundwater within the District are trending upward. This concerns MT DEQ and...

  • Look at the numbers, the proposed sewer is too expensive

    Michael Richards, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 11, 2021

    I have been involved with preliminary planning, design and cost estimates for a sewer project for Seeley Lake since 1984. The current project, which began about 10 years ago, was agreed to provide a sewer treatment system for no more than $100 per connection per month. The current project design is estimated to cost $35 million to provide sewer service to approximately 515 customers. This results in the project construction cost to be estimated at $68,000 per connection. This sewer system is too expensive for our district. The board has been...

  • Hopkins please find a higher road

    Mike Marshall, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 11, 2021

    I was looking forward to reading an actual objective legislative update in the February 4 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, but deeply disappointed in the partisan campaign piece submitted by Representative Mike Hopkins. We were left with the impression the piece should have been a paid political ad rather than a simple update on what the Montana State Legislature is working on and has accomplished so far this session. I keep thinking that our elected representatives and senators represent all of us rather than one political party....

  • Pyramid Mountain Lumber comments on COVID-19 cases

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - In mid-December, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. was alerted to the presence of positive COVID-19 cases among its employees. In about a three-week period, the mill saw eight positive cases, a majority of which were office personnel or exposed to office personnel. This is the area with the most exposure to the general public. Pyramid’s Human Resources Director was notified of the first case Dec. 13. Controller Wendy Dalrymple said that in addition to the positive cases, five employees, three in the office and two in the mill, had to...

  • The camp

    Dale Terrillion|Feb 11, 2021

    Thought I better catch up on my summer at Gramps logg'n camp. Pack'n that Ol' gear drive McCulloch saw, gas, oil and pack. Husky dog chase'n chipmunks. A great day to be alive. Finally at camp I threw open the door and drank in that fragrance – a cabin full of memories. "Trout fer supper, Husky," I assured him. Grab'n my line and hooks, I ran out and cut me a pole. Dug some worms out near the old horse barn and took off on a trot for the river. A trout jumped!! I baited up and tossed it in. A...

  • Living and heating with propane

    Amber Stark, Energy Partners, LLC|Feb 11, 2021

    As we all know, living here in Western Montana comes with the challenge of ever-changing weather and temperatures. We all know the saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Montana, wait five minutes”. With so many variables to consider when choosing how to properly heat your home for the Montana weather, finding ways to educate the public on the positive and safe use of propane is an important mission for Energy Partners. Have you ever been watching a high action film when all of the sudden there is an intense propane explosion in the backg...

  • AAI Giving Trees continue to support school art supplies

    Henry Netherland|Feb 11, 2021

    Alpine Artisans, Inc. representatives Kris Gullikson and Gene Schade presented checks to Seeley Lake Elementary and Swan Valley Elementary schools from the AAI Giving Tree for art supplies. The funds can be requested by teachers to purchase art supplies in their classrooms....

  • Resident discovers a fiery piece of history

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Resident Cheri Thompson found an explosive secret while she was digging through her family's relics. Amongst the familial treasures were a live Type 91 Japanese fragmentation grenade and an artillery fuze which came from her father's World War II memorabilia. She immediately turned over the items to Robert Parcell, Missoula County Sheriff's Office Sergeant and retired Marine Colonel, who brought it to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) in Missoula. Thompson's father Ivan Odom...

  • Celebrate Lent - Journey with us

    Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Feb 11, 2021

    The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this counting of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.) For Catholics and many Pr...

  • Born again

    William Campbell, A servant of Christ|Feb 11, 2021

    Having spent 40 years attending church, I was offended when a Christian friend announced she was a "Born Again Christian." I brought her to tears arguing that "Born Again Christians" were simply snobs that thought they were better than other Christians. This dear friend is one of the primary reasons I am a "Born Again Christian" today. When Nicodemus questioned Jesus as to how someone who had already been born from the womb could do so again, Jesus explained the first was a physical birth, the...

  • Blackhawks win regional BPA competition, head to state

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Students in Seeley-Swan High School's Blackhawk Business Professionals of America (BPA) group placed high enough in the recent BPA Regional Conference to move on to the statewide competition March 14-16. The students who will move on are Freshman Conner Chadwick in Financial Math & Analysis, Junior Hannah Ayers in Entrepreneurship, and Sophomore Cora Stone in Interview Skills as well as Ethics & Professionalism. The school group was created earlier in the fall with SSHS Business...

  • Winter Fun - Reader Photos 1

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan turned into a winter wonderland over the weekend. The Seeley Lake Ranger District officially reported 31 inches of snow from 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 – Monday morning around 10 a.m. By the end of the weekend, the North Fork Jocko Snotel Site added 33 inches of snow to the 62 inches on the ground. We asked our readers to share their snow and winter fun photos with us....

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 11, 2021

    Neighborhood meeting for Commercial Major Subdivision GREENOUGH – IMEG, formerly Territorial Landworks, Inc., will be hosting a Neighborhood Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. to discussion a commercial major subdivision being proposed between Blanchard Creek and Camp Utmost. To join via phone call 1-309-644-4427, Conference id #312 387 613#. To join via computer call 406-532-0263 prior to the meeting and a Microsoft Teams meeting link will be emailed to you. For more information direct questions to Paul Forsting, paul.t.for...

  • Longtime Seeley Lake coach calls it a career

    Jacob Haley, Blackhawks Assistant Boys Basketball Coach|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Dave Evans has been a member of the Seeley Lake community for 47 years, first visiting in 1974 before fully settling down in 1988. After starting coaching in 1999, Evans spent more than 20 years training athletes and inspiring them to work hard and become successful people. He retired before this year’s Seeley-Swan High School basketball season. Evans coaching career began for the Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles in 1999 starting with basketball and football. This helped transition Evans into coaching at Seeley-Swan High School in 2...

  • 2022 Montana Teacher of the Year nominations open

    Office of Public Instruction|Feb 11, 2021

    HELENA – Nominations are open for the Office of Public Instruction’s 2022 Montana Teacher of the Year Program. Members of the public can fill out a simple form to nominate a teacher. Teachers can self-nominate by filling out an application. All current and actively teaching Montanans who are making a positive difference in the lives of students are encouraged to apply. If nominated, the OPI will reach out to the nominated teacher and ask them to fill out an application. “Montana teachers are remarkable in an average year, but in the past year...

  • Blackhawks defeat Lynx, drop close games to Tigers and Prospectors

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks headed to Lincoln to take on the Lynx Feb. 4, hosted the Darby Tigers Feb. 5 and finished their week at Philipsburg taking on the Prospectors Feb. 6. The Blackhawks came out shooting against the Lynx putting them down 21 to 4 in the first quarter. They never let up with a final score of 60-25. Sawyer Shelmerdine led the Blackhawks with 17 points from 8 baskets and a free throw. Chase Haines had a pair of three pointers on his way to 10 points. Nick...

  • Lady Blackhawks tame Tigers, bury Prospectors

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Lady Blackhawks chalked up two more victories last week to extend their record to 11-0. They hosted the Darby Tigers Feb. 5 and traveled to Philipsburg to take on the Granite Prospectors Feb. 6. The Tigers stood no chance against the Lady Blackhawks. The score was 24-0 in just the first quarter. The Lady Blackhawks finished them off 61-16. Three Lady Blackhawks scored into the double digits. Klaire Kovatch led the way with 13 while Emily Maughan scored 12 and Sariah Maughan...

  • Winter Fun - Reader Photos 2

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan turned into a winter wonderland over the weekend. The Seeley Lake Ranger District officially reported 31 inches of snow from 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 – Monday morning around 10 a.m. By the end of the weekend, the North Fork Jocko Snotel Site added 33 inches of snow to the 62 inches on the ground. We asked our readers to share their snow and winter fun photos with us....

  • Montana, independent courts and Montanans' rights are under attack

    Kimberly Dudik, Missoula, Montana|Feb 11, 2021

    Our state and way of life we have enjoyed for decades is in danger of being lost. With a new governor and new legislature in session, it’s vital Montana citizens are aware of the harmful actions occurring in Helena: politicizing our courts, diminishing Montanan’s rights, remaking state government and consolidating power in the Governor’s office. Although no problem exists with the current process, the Governor and some Republican legislators are politicizing and remaking our courts. SB140 (Sen. Keith Regier) allows the Governor to handp...

  • Lawmakers Grapple with Solutions to Montana's Youth Mental Health Crisis

    Austin Amestoy, UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Feb 11, 2021

    The bell rang once to signal members of the Montana House of Representatives to punch in their votes, and the result was a dead heat: 50 for “yes,” 50 for “no.” That was enough to kill House Bill 27, the first in a stream of bills working to address gaps in support for Montana students’ mental health. Sponsored by Rep. Moffie Funk, D-Helena, the bill would have permitted schools to implement “handle with care” programs -- allowing law enforcement to contact a child’s school and alert staff to handle the student with extra care because of a po...

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