Articles from the February 14, 2019 edition

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  • Race to the Sky continues to build mushing community

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – With temperatures below zero and wind chills estimated at -47 degrees, it was a frigid start to the 34th annual Race to the Sky in Lincoln, Mont. where the 300-mile and the 100-mile races started Saturday, Feb. 9. However, the cold did not seem to bother the dogs and there was a warmth in the community of mushers, volunteers and veterinarians who came together not only to see whose team was the best on the course but also to honor and remember one of the original race organizers J...

  • Answering the call

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Though residents in the Seeley Lake and Swan Valley area know Robert "Bob" Parcell as the local Deputy Sheriff, woven through his award-filled law enforcement career is an equally distinguished and impressive military career. Backed by a Forestry Degree from Northern Arizona University, smokejumper certification and several summers of firefighting, in 1974 Parcell enrolled in U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. He said he had brothers in each of the other services and t...

  • Board hires Jean Curtiss as manager

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Former Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss was hired at a Feb. 6 special meeting by the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board to be an interim district manager. The county had been providing Missoula County Public Works Director Greg Robertson as district manager through an interlocal agreement since 2011. Robertson left the county for a new job in January and the commissioners didn’t believe that anyone else on staff could fill in behind Robertson. At the last board meeting, the District received a letter from Missoula County st...

  • Frigid fun at the rink

    Ashly Alexander, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - This past week hosted viciously cold temperatures which hovered at zero or below but that didn't stop the Swan Valley School Parent Teacher Association from hosting an ice skating party at the recently established ice rink in the Condon arena. On Feb. 10, local skaters of all ages enjoyed chili and hot cocoa and were able to participate in a game of hockey. Most skaters were students from the Swan Valley Elementary School, but experienced skaters such as school board member Jimmy...

  • Stepping forward as District Manager

    Jean Curtiss, Missoula, Mont.|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - At the Sept. 24 work session of the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board, Great West Engineering gave a presentation and asked for a few decisions regarding the route of the main sewer line, etc. After the presentation, the three board members present Beth [Hutchinson], Troy [Spence] and Davy [Good] voted unanimously to instruct Great West to design the treatment plant and Phase 1 of the collection system to 90 percent. They had 120 days to submit those 90 percent plans to DEQ for approval. The Board expected the project to be approve...

  • More history on the Seeley Lake Biathlon

    Steve and Cheri Thompson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - I thought that I would expand just a bit on your article from last week as to the history of the Seeley Lake Biathlon. Having a biathlon was the brain child of Lynn Carey. He spoke of the fun of participating in such a race out of Missoula years before with instruction from his mentor Werner Probst, a transplant from Germany and a former biathlete. He got Steve and I excited as to the possibilities and how a biathlon would complement the culture of Seeley Lake. As your article indicated, the first race in 2008 was sponsored by...

  • Can a leopard change its spots?

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Feb 14, 2019

    Of course a real leopard cannot change its spots but the question refers to psychological spots, such as personality characteristics, behaviors, emotions, values, beliefs, childhood influences and conditionings and on and on. Psychological spots vary and depend on an individual's psychological make-up. Psychology, just like the medical field, relies on diagnoses to help guide treatment approaches. Unlike medical ailments, psychological conditions are not physical; nevertheless, these conditions...

  • "West Side Story" Historical Walk

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Historical Society will be presenting a “West Side Story” walk in the snow Saturday, Feb. 16. The trek will begin at the River Point Campground beach, 3600 Boy Scout Road, about 2.6 miles from Highway 83, at 1 p.m. Friendly dogs are welcome on the two mile walk. Everyone is welcome to the free event. The walk n’ talk will include discussion about the historic development and notable people of the west side of Seeley Lake. A packed snow trail will traverse from River Point beach, to Camp Paxson, to Seeley Lake Ca...

  • The importance of the MMR vaccine

    Dr. Todd Fife, Seeley-Swan Medical Center, Partnership Health Center|Feb 14, 2019

    I want to talk today about a vaccine. Wait...don't roll your eyes! This one is important, especially in light of the recent outbreak of measles that you have probably been hearing about. I feel it appropriate that we reexamine our thoughts on the MEASLES (MMR) vaccine. Most of our children here in Seeley Lake have been vaccinated, as have most of us adults. This has given our community a certain 'herd' immunity. In simple terms, this means that those of us that have been immunized have been a sh...

  • A lot happening in the Legislature

    Representative Mike Hopkins - R, House District 92|Feb 14, 2019

    HELENA - There are now 900 introduced bills with around 100 or so already having been killed by committees. By the time the legislature ends, we should have somewhere around 1,500 bills having been introduced or having been drafted and had a hearing. We are now coming up to the general bill title deadline. This means that bills that deal with policy without having dollars connected to them have to be passed through the chamber they started in by next week in order to transfer over to the other chamber in time, so look to see an avalanche of bil...

  • Men of Worth meshes humor and music for afternoon of fun

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – As luck would have it, the audience was in for a treat Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10 as Donnie MacDonald and James Keigher of Men of Worth took the stage as part of this year's 2 Valleys Stage concert series. Their Scottish and Irish wit and musical talent kept feet tapping, hands clapping and laughter abundant throughout the afternoon. MacDonald and Keigher chose their name "Men of Worth" after a song written by singer/song writer Archie Fisher. Fisher has been at the forefront of S...

  • Funding supplies for budding artists in the Swan Valley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – Alpine Artisans, Inc Board Members Sue Cushman and Gene Schade presented a $300 check to Swan Valley Elementary School to allow teachers to purchase art supplies. The money was donated as part of the Giving Tree started by local artist Kris Gullikson this past December. Gullikson hopes to make the Giving Tree an annual event. "I know some of the teachers buy supplies out of their own pockets," said Gullikson. "I feel it's very important to put supplies in the hands of the kids f...

  • Legislative roundup - Week 5

    Shaylee Ragar, UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Feb 14, 2019

    Bill Would Use Coal Money for Affordable Housing Projects The Montana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would use money from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low- and moderate-income housing projects. House Bill 16, carried by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, passed the House on a 71-29 vote and will now move on to the Senate. The bill would allow a loan to be taken from the coal trust fund’s investment pool to fund the development of housing originally financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a...

  • Highway sign and salary schedules top discussion

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board looked at more affordable prices for the proposed reader board on Highway 83 and discussed different options for bringing the current salary schedule up to date at their Feb. 6 meeting. The school board has been discussing the potential for a reader board to be located on Highway 83 for the past several months. Mercer said the idea came about as a way to promote school pride, one of the elements in the strategic plan for this year. “Part of our goal in the strategic plan is for the school to rea...

  • Alexander wins Swan Valley Spelling Bee

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - Eighth grader Trista Alexander won the Swan Valley School Spelling bee this past week after spelling the work "paramedic." This was the second year in a row Alexander has won the spelling bee. She will compete in the Missoula County Spelling Bee Thursday, Feb. 21 at Big Sky High School starting at 3:30 p.m....

  • Zella P. Erickson June 28, 1931 - Feb. 4, 2019

    Feb 14, 2019

    GREENOUGH - Zella P. Erickson, aka Granny, passed away Feb. 4 right after family had said goodnight and went home. Born June 28, 1931 in Buffalo, N.Y. to John and Zella Petersen, Zella moved as a young girl with her parents to Glendale, Calif. She graduated from UC Berkley, subsequently taking seasonal jobs at both Death Valley and Yellowstone Park. She met Gordon Erickson while he was visiting Death Valley. They married in 1955, and made their home at the E Bar L Ranch in Greenough, Mont.... Full story

  • Joelene Sharon Goodover Dec. 5, 1951 - Feb. 6, 2019

    Feb 14, 2019

    GREAT FALLS, MONT - Joelene Sharon O'Neill Goodover was born in Livingston, Mont. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1951 to Joseph (Sonny) and Donalene O'Neill. She grew up in Livingston and graduated from Park Senior High School in 1970. She obtained her Psychology degree from Montana State University and her Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Montana. While in Bozeman she lived with her grandparents James and Edith Wheeler who's loving and nurturing nature would model how she... Full story

  • Final home game a double OT thriller

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Basketball fans got their money's worth Friday night as Seeley-Swan battled Darby's Tigers. After watching the Lady Blackhawks defeat Darby, they were kept on the edge of their seats through double overtime in the Boys' game. The Blackhawks eventually fell after a buzzer beating three-pointer by the Tigers. The Lady Blackhawks struggled in the first half to contain Darby's three-point game with 21 of Darby's 26 points coming from three pointers. In the second half the Ladies shut...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 14, 2019

    Meet and Greet new Seeley Lake Ranger District staff, Feb. 15 SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake community is invited to meet the new Acting District Ranger Quinn Carver and new recreation staff Matthew Walter Friday, Feb. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Seeley Lake Elementary School. Carver hopes this will be an opportunity to introduce himself and Walter to individuals in the community and have an informal venue to get to know each other. Coffee and cookies will be served. Free Movie Night at MBF, Feb. 17 SEELEY LAKE – Join Missi...

  • Lady Blackhawks recognize seniors

    Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior basketball athletes and managers along with their families at the last home game of the season Friday, Feb. 8. This week we feature the Ladies. Look for the four senior boys in next week's issue....

  • Miracles

    Gary Fitzpatrick, Lewistown, Mont.|Feb 14, 2019

    Miracles To experience a miracle all you need do is go to the grocery store. Here in the middle of winter in Montana, you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, bread, fish and almost any kind of food item you can think of. Than you have drugs, beer and wine and way too many other things to list here. The same miracle can be experienced at other stores where you can buy a huge variety of items you want or need. If that’s not enough you can use your computer or phone to buy anything from around the world and have it delivered to your door o...