Articles from the December 3, 2020 edition


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  • Local schools receive additional funding for safety measures

    Andi Bourne|Dec 3, 2020

    Governor Steve Bullock announced Wednesday, Nov. 25 that the state’s Coronavirus Relief Funds have been redistributed to provide approximately $13 million for K-12 schools to cover remaining expenses incurred due to COVID-19 through Dec. 30. This includes nearly $300,000 for Missoula County Public School high schools and more than $27,000 for area elementary schools. “School administrators and educators are working diligently to provide educational opportunities for Montana’s students during challenging times – and we must do all we can to...

  • Average end to big game season in west-central Montana

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 3, 2020

    The 2020 general big game hunting season closed Nov. 29, with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' west-central Montana check stations reporting above average hunter success in the Bitterroot and Upper Clark Fork and lower success in the Blackfoot. Hunter numbers at the FWP Darby, Anaconda and Bonner Check Stations were lower than average, partly a result of reduced staffing and hours of operation due to COVID operating procedures. Those that stopped through the stations reported above average...

  • Reader Hunting photos II

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 3, 2020

    Congratulations to everyone for a successful hunting season. Thank you for sharing your photos!...

  • Reader Hunting photos III

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 3, 2020

    Congratulations to everyone for a successful hunting season. Thank you for sharing your photos!...

  • Army National Guardsmen receive Certificates of Commendation

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 3, 2020

    HELENA, MONTANA – On Nov. 23 Missoula County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Richard Maricelli and Sergeant Robert E. Parcell traveled to Helena to present four members of the 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion, Montana Army National Guard, with Certificates of Commendation for their efforts in an Oct. 5 rescue of two hikers near the summit of Holland Peak. "Congratulations on a job well done!" wrote the Sheriff's Office in a press release. A narrative of the events: On Oct. 5, a 5...

  • Santa visits Seeley Lake

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Trail Creek Merc co-owner Lynda Mickelson said the store's capacity was capped at 24 so some families had to briefly wait outside before meeting Santa Saturday, Nov. 28. Once they entered, children wrote what they wanted for Christmas in a letter to Santa. After meeting him, they received a jingle bell. "We just decided that Santa needed to come to the valley," Mickelson said. "Santa comes to our house every year and we just wanted to share that with the community." Santa said he...

  • Conserving grizzly bears takes self responsibility

    Jessianne Castle, Marion, Montana|Dec 3, 2020

    Randy Newberg doesn’t carry a sidearm. Clocking some 100 days every year exploring the unbound—and often bear-laden—pockets of the American landscape, Newberg says when it comes to a bear attack, he’d leave his trust in an aerosol rather than a piece of lead. It’s a personal decision, one that is the right of each individual who steps foot in the woods, but for Newberg, carrying bear spray is a no-brainer. Newberg is a hunter who calls Bozeman, Montana his home. He is the producer of two popular TV shows, “Fresh Tracks” and “On Your Own Advent...

  • Working for you

    Senator Shannon O'Brien, Senate District 46|Dec 3, 2020

    Happy Holidays! I'll be writing in periodically with updates about our district and legislative activities. While the 67th Legislative Session for Montana won't officially begin until Jan. 4, folks have been working hard to create a safe and productive session despite the situation of COVID. The pandemic and economy are top priorities right now and we need to ensure taxpayer dollars are used responsibly to direct help where it is most needed. I am hoping for a safe and productive legislative...

  • Continuing leadership

    Representative Mike Hopkins, House District 92|Dec 3, 2020

    HELENA - The Republican and Democratic caucuses recently met in Helena to elect those who will serve in leadership roles during the next session and at the same time, the Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee met to set the "starting point" revenue estimate upon which we will build Montana's next budget. Then, once leadership was elected, they met and decided on committee assignments as well. The House of Representatives will be run by our new incoming Speaker of the House, Wylie Galt...

  • Prevent T2 - Preventing diabetes through creating healthy lifestyles

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Dec 3, 2020

    The Missoula Public Health City-County Health Department is offering a National Diabetes Prevention Program called Prevent T2 starting Jan. 20, 2021. It will continue through December 2021. Prevent T2 is a lifestyle balance program carefully designed to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This course will equip participants with the most recent research in healthy lifestyles. With a focus on nutritional education, physical activity guidance and stress management tools, Prevent T2...

  • Foundation awarded grant

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation recently received the full $2,000 grant they requested following the Reimagining Rural series. Communities were only able to apply for the grant if they participated in all three of the Reimagining Rural workshops. During the last session, attendees collectively decided to consolidate multiple community improvement ideas into Winterfest which will take place this upcoming winter. Most of the Winterfest activities have not yet been finalized but ideas for events included lighting up the town...

  • Launching the battle against fragrant water-lily

    Chris Mascari, MIssoula County Weed Prevention Coordinator|Dec 3, 2020

    The word on the street in the Seeley-Swan is that the Missoula County Weed District may grab the bull by the horns and implement management tactics to control the prolific aquatic invader. Common sense generally persuades the wise to side-step such audacious gossip; however, the rumors are true and the process has already begun! Of course, in this case, the proverbial bull isn't necessarily a cantankerous 1,200-pound Spanish fighting bull, but rather the alluring perennial aquatic plant species...

  • Community "Paints a Heart" to support Cahoon family

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2020

    At the Cahoon Strong "Paint a Heart" Day fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 28, attendees could either purchase a canvas to paint a heart or sponsor one with a donation. Organizer Kris Gullikson said they received several individual donations, one as high as $500. As of Saturday night, Gullikson said they raised $1,150, all of which was presented to the Cahoon family to provide relief for Wayne's passing and Christian's recovery following an airplane crash in September. "Thank you to all who came to...

  • Seeley Lake Chiropractic welcomes Dr. Michela Reese

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Dr. Michela Reese will become Seeley Lake Chiropractic's new chiropractor towards the beginning of next year. She said she has not yet finalized the date she will begin but she intends for it to be sometime after Jan. 6. Her goals for her patients are to provide them with healthy biomechanics to eliminate their pain and discomfort as well as provide them with rehabilitation plans to prevent future injuries. For herself, she strives to consistently use evidence-based research to...

  • Otto Richmond Martin October 14, 2020

    Dec 3, 2020

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Otto Richmond Martin was born Oct. 14 to Scott and Gina Martin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. Otto was also welcomed into the world by proud grandparents Connie and Tim Clark of Seeley Lake and Steve and Kimi Martin of St. Paul, Minnesota....

  • Thirty year grocery price comparison: Albertsons and the Valley Market

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - With every new year comes several factors that are inserted into an already complex economic landscape. The overall effect it will have on businesses such as grocery stores will not be known until the future, however what can be determined now is how grocery prices have changed in the last 30 years. On Sept. 26, 1990, Melody Spafford of Seeley Lake did the annual Price Check Comparison for the Valley Market in Seeley Lake. She compared their prices to three grocery stores in Missoula: Buttrey’s, Albertons and Tidyman’s. The pri...

  • Lions Club providing annual Holiday Food Baskets

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Each year the Seeley Lake Lions Club distributes Holiday Food Baskets to area families in need of help, providing a holiday meal for Christmas. The Lions perform various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to purchase turkey dinners, with all the trimmings for those in need. Besides fundraisers by the Lions Club, donations from the community have been made in the past. All groceries are purchased locally at Cory’s Valley Market. Cory’s employees assemble the food baskets, which are then distributed by Lions Club members...

  • Athletes receive awards for fall sports

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Even though the Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) fall sports awards banquet was canceled this year due to COVID, football, volleyball and cross country athletes still received their varsity letters, pins, chevrons, All-Conference and Academic All-State awards. 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 a...

  • DNRC to invest $4.5M in cross-boundary forest restoration and management projects  

    Montana DNRC|Dec 3, 2020

    The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) will begin a formal solicitation process for forest restoration and management projects Dec. 1 as it seeks to address forest health and wildfire risks identified in the recently-completed Montana Forest Action Plan. The effort to implement on-the-ground forest restoration and management work across ownership boundaries was boosted earlier this week when Governor Steve Bullock allocated $4.5 million from the state’s Fire Suppression Fund toward the initiative. “This funding wil...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 3, 2020

    Loving Hearts Toy and Gift Sale, Dec. 8 SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to come and shop at the annual Loving Hearts Toy and Gift Sale Dec. 8 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Mission Bible Fellowship. There are a lot of toys and gifts ready for purchase. Organizers said to be sure to get there on time, as toys sell out fast. Each customer will receive a free stocking filled with goodies. Masks are required to be worn and hand sanitizer is available to use before handling the merchandise. Social distancing is requested. Hospital District mee...

  • Giving Tree returns to Cory's Valley Market

    Cheri Thompson, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Dec 3, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - It's that time of year again when our community helps some of our Seeley Lake area children to have a more joyful Christmas. Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church started the traditional Giving Tree in the early 1990s. In keeping with tradition, it was set up at Cory's Valley Market last week. It is ready for community members to take a tag or more. Please visit the "Giving Tree" to help with this project for the children in this area at Christmas. Parents or guardians have indicated...

  • Walking in Christ

    Pastor Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Dec 3, 2020

    The Scriptures frequently speak about the "Christian Walk" as a description of a believers' behavior. For example, we are told to walk as children of light, walk in truth, walk according to the Spirit and walk in love. Colossians 2:6 uses this expression to give us an important command, "Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him." The question we must ask is: What does it mean to "Walk in Christ?" Here the word in does not have a literal usage, like "the hammer is in...

  • Toys on the move

    Henry Netherland and Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder Staff|Dec 3, 2020

    The connection between Christmas and toys is a long-standing one. At one time, toys were handmade rather than store-bought. As society evolved, and technology along with it, superior materials, new forms of media and innovative production technology have changed the type of toys available. Some of these playthings become a fad for a short time, others come back year after year though sometimes in a changed form. One of the most beloved toys, the Teddy Bear traces its origins to a hunting trip wh...

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