Articles from the May 6, 2021 edition


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  • Tester reintroduces BCSA, recreationist call for change

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, April 29 U.S. Senator Jon Tester reintroduced his landmark Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) in the Senate. With no change to the bill since it was reintroduced in 2019, many still support it while other recreationists are getting more vocal about the lack of collaboration that developed the current proposal. History of the BCSA The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project started more than 15 years ago from a collaborative effort of ranchers, logger, timber companies, outfitters, local citizens, b...

  • Local Election Results

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    The final, unofficial results until canvass are in for the Seeley Lake Fire Board, Potomac School Board of Trustees and the Seeley Lake Elementary General Fund Levy elections held May 4. For the Fire Board of Trustees two open positions, Gary Lewis and Connie Clark received the most votes. Lewis received 512 votes, 31.5%, and Clark received 409 votes, 25.15%. Kristy Pohlman was only 16 votes shy of Clark pulling 24.17%. It is unsure at this time if, because the two candidates were so close, there will be a recount. For the Potomac School Board...

  • Statue stolen from Mercantile

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Two unknown suspects were caught on camera stealing Condi, the green dinosaur statue located outside of Mission Mountains Mercantile between 1:40 and 1:50 a.m. Monday, April 25. They cut the cable that secured the statue, loaded it into a box truck and headed north. Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Dunster said the two suspects were wearing white hoodies and pants with masks and black gloves. They were seen coming in from the south on Highway 83 but driving northbound in a...

  • Loon & Fish Art Show and Festival returns

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - After taking a year off due to COVID-19, Alpine Artisans, Inc.'s (AAI) Loon and Fish Art Show and Festival will return for 2021 with a new date. Instead of taking place Memorial Day weekend, the festival will instead take place from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 in the Seeley Lake Community Foundation Building. AAI Program Manager Jenny Rohrer said they attempted to change the date last year to late July but because it was canceled they set it a...

  • McDonald breaks SSHS 1990s records

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    GREAT FALLS - Seeley-Swan Blackhawk junior Walker McDonald broke school records in both the Discus and Shot Put at the Fairfield Belt Invite May 1. McDonald shattered Christian Jette's 1992 record by 7 feet 7 inches with a throw of 163 feet 10 inches. His shot put throw of 50 feet 10 inches was one inch farther than Barry Deleo's 1990 record throw. "This has always been a goal of mine since I started track [at Seeley-Swan]," said McDonald. "I first realized that the records were actually in...

  • NAWCA awards $1 million grant for local wetland restoration

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley Connections (SVC) received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to fund a wetland restoration project on the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). NAWCA is the federal grant program dedicated to funding the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds. This was the only project funded in Montana by the NAWCA this grant period. The goal of the project is to restore the n...

  • It's time for Congress to pass the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

    Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act Supporters, Montana|May 6, 2021

    For over 15 years, we’ve shared this goal: Congress passing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA). Thanks to the continued support of Senator Tester, we are back on track to reach this goal, with hopes that this is the year when all of our tireless work in Seeley Lake, Ovando, and beyond will pay off. Support from our entire delegation would make our goal easier to attain and it’s our fervent hope that Senator Daines and Representative Rosendale can join Senator Tester and work together to pass this legislation for the benefit of all...

  • Session wrap-up

    Senator Shannon O'Brien, D - Senate District 46|May 6, 2021

    The legislative session came to an end last week. It was truly an honor to serve you and look out for your interests in Helena. Thank you. While on the campaign trail, I tried to make no promises but shared my intent to work hard with my fellow legislators and focus on what we all have in common: a desire to have a good job that pays the bills and puts food on the table...and allows us a bit of time to enjoy with family and friends. This was my first session as a legislator but even experienced...

  • Spring classes and support groups great for seniors

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|May 6, 2021

    Missoula Aging Services is offering three excellent classes this spring and two virtual support groups! In the educational courses offered you may participate online using ZOOM. Pre-registration is required online at missoulaagingservices.eventbrite.com or by calling Missoula Aging Services 406-728-7682. 1. Virtual Social Security Workshop: The next class is Wednesday, May 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. An additional class is offered July 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost $10/person with no-cost...

  • Lawsuit against Sewer District dropped

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – A lawsuit filed last December against the Seeley Lake Sewer District seeking to force the District to construct the proposed sewer treatment plant and collection system has been dropped by the plaintiffs. The District’s defense attorney Jean Faure received an email from the Plaintiffs’ attorney Nathan Wagner April 19 indicating their intention to dismiss the case if both sides would be responsible for their own attorney fees. “After reviewing the provisions of the Resolutions, and the arguments made in your brief in light of the...

  • Music festival, septic regulations, Resort at Paws Up and Forest Service projects fill Council agenda

    Seeley Lake Community Council|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The May 10th meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will present an informative program on topics important to our area. Again we will conduct our meeting virtually, and we invite members of the community to join. Featured speakers are as follows: • Heidi O’Brien, Marketing, Lewis & Clark Brewing: Bob Marshall Music Festival update. • Jim Erven, Environmental Health Specialist-Land, Missoula City County Health Department: Septic regulations and permitting. • Steve Hurst - Managing Director, The Resort at Paws Up: Seeley...

  • Seeley Fourth of July activities undecided, input needed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – With the Fourth of July a little over two months away, discussions have begun around what this year’s celebration in Seeley Lake will look like. The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in putting together the parade through downtown Seeley Lake and the fireworks over the lake. Last year since the parade through downtown was canceled due to COVID-10, Tamaracks Resort organized a boat parade and put on the fireworks show in the middle of the lake. Several other organizations hold events that many people look for...

  • Montana Legislature adjourns; Marijuana plans, $12.5 billion budget, federal relief and more roll on to Governor's desk

    Austin Amestoy, UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|May 6, 2021

    5 Montana Legislature Adjourns after Near-Marijuana Meltdown and Bill-Resurrecting Blitz The 67th Montana Legislature adjourned on Thursday, April 29, following a week filled with policies brought back from the dead and capped by a failed high-stakes gamble by conservative Republicans to rewrite a major portion of the recreational marijuana plan passed just days earlier. Both chambers adjourned “sine die” -- a Latin phrase meaning “without assigning another day to meet” -- just minutes apart, with Republicans touting a laundry list of bill... Full story

  • Community meets SSHS principal candidates

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake community members and visitors had the opportunity to meet the top five candidates for the Seeley-Swan High School principal position at a Meet-and-Greet event April 30. Current Principal Kellen Palmer resigned his position effective at the end of this year. Candidates included Daniel Grabowska, John Stilson, Thomas Vail, Shawn Holmes and Edward Norman. Attendees were able to ask candidates questions and provide written feedback on forms outside the event. Missoula...

  • Leos Club lends helping hands

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Despite the rain this weekend, the Seeley-Swan High School Leos Club decided to get out and do some community service. They decided sweeping the parking lot at the Seeley Lake Senior Center, something they have been asked to do in the past, was a perfect fit since it allowed them to maintain the District's standard for social distancing. "We talked about calling and asking first until one of the kids stated the obvious, 'They aren't going to say no. Let's just surprise them!'" s...

  • Missoula County RAC approves funding for projects

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - The Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) unanimously approved $63,699.19 in funding for seven projects intended to improve the Lolo and Flathead National Forests during a meeting Thursday, April 29. Seeley Lake Ranger District’s Placid Gold Phase 1 Herbicide Application received $15,719.19 in funding, $281.19 short of the amount requested. The RAC approved the lower amount to remain within their budget while having minimal impact on the project’s objectives. The objective of the project is to manage invasive spe...

  • The Hollands: The first upper Swan Valley homesteaders

    Sharon Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|May 6, 2021

    The story of the first homesteaders and the first working ranch in the upper Swan Valley begins in the 1880s with the arrival of Benjamin B. Holland and his son, Charles. According to family accounts, Ben Holland, his wife, and children crossed the Great Plains in a covered wagon. They lived a nomadic life, moving from one place to another, traveling from Missouri to Iowa to Utah to Idaho before settling in Montana. Ben Holland, the patriarch of the family, was born in Missouri in 1841. He...

  • New Visitor and Resource Guide tells story of Tri Valleys

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Residents and visitors will be able to pick up the new Blackfoot, Clearwater, Swan Valleys Visitors and Resource Guide entitled "Dream, Explore, Discover." The guide will be available at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors Center or local businesses throughout the area. The last time a visitors guide was produced for the area was in 2013. Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Hayhurst said readers can expect to see new content with "larger,...

  • Fertilizers and bolting spinach

    Molly Hackett, Master Gardener|May 6, 2021

    Could you give me some basic rules about fertilizer? What kind and what brand should I use on the garden? The lawn? Trees? Flowers? Much of the fertilizer that gardeners use is the pelleted kind that we buy in sacks. It offers the basic three nutrients which plants need in the greatest quantities: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They are the three numbers listed on a fertilizer sack, in that order. Many fertilizers, but not all, also will contain "micronutrients," substances which plants...

  • Hallowed by Thy name

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|May 6, 2021

    In the 1985 movie version of "Anne of Green Gables," as an orphan, young Anne is mistakenly placed with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Marilla is a kind, but stern lady, but also has a deep faith in the Lord. Young Anne has no Christian upbringing, which is of great concern to Marilla. So the first night Anne is taught to pray. She gives it a try: "I'll do my best. Dear gracious heavenly Father, I thank you for everything. As for the things I especially want, they're so numerous it would take a...

  • Addressing snowmobile trespassing in local wilderness

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - With winter activities converting into summer ones, recreationists and national forest staff reflect on an illegal activity that has seemingly gained more prominence in recent years, snowmobile trespassing. The Flathead National Forest offers approximately 800,000 acres of recreational land including groomed and ungroomed trail opportunities. According to their website, some areas are closed to snowmobiles including the Bob Marshall, Great Bear and Mission Mountains Wildernesses. The Flathead National Forest offers free over-snow...

  • Wildfire starts north of Seeley

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - An outbuilding and nearby private property located just north of the Clearwater Heights Condo complex burned in a wildland fire Wednesday, April 28. Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane said the possible cause is under investigation and that one person was transported for an undisclosed reason. Kate Jerman, Public Affairs Officer for the Lolo National Forest, said that a call for the fire was made at 6:31 p.m. There is joint response jurisdiction in the area which means that Seeley...

  • Prescribed burns develop fire resistant forests

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Around 20 firefighters from the Seeley Lake and Lincoln Ranger Districts held a prescribed burn Friday, April 30 to treat 40 acres of the Mountain Creek area, three miles east of Seeley Lake off of Cottonwood Lakes Road. Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver said prescribed burns are necessary to the area for two reasons: biological and social. The ecological reason is that intentional burns allow the forest to regenerate itself and be more resilient to wildfires in the future....

  • Seeley-Swan takes second

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    GREAT FALLS - The Boys and Girls of Seeley-Swan took second place behind Fort Benton at the Fairfield Belt Invite May 1. More than 20 Class C teams attended the meet along with 10 Class B teams and one Class A team. The Seeley-Swan Boys earned 59 points to tie with Wolf Point while Fort Benton took first with 89 points. Walker McDonald led the Boys in points, taking first place in both the Shot Put and Discus with school record throws of 50 feet 10 inches and 163 feet 10 inches. Eric Lorentz earned fourth place in the Shot Put while Klayton...

  • SSHS recognizes basketball players

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 6, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School hosted its winter sports awards banquet April 27 for athletes and two guests. Members of the SSHS varsity basketball teams received their varsity letters, pins, chevrons, All-Conference and Academic All-State awards. Letters, Pins & Chevrons: Students earned a letter if basketball was the first activity they have lettered in along with a pin. Pins are awarded to students who have previously lettered in another activity. Chevrons are awarded to students who have previously lettered in basketball. All C...

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