Articles from the February 24, 2022 edition

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  • Jette went from '58 Ford to patrol car

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – In 1957 Dennis Jette was working road construction, helping to build the Condon section of Highway 83. By the following year he was making enough money to get a new 1958 Ford Convertible with a retractable top. He only had one payment left to make on the car when he got drafted into the United States Army in 1959. Knowing he wouldn't be able to make that last payment, Jette went to Missoula to talk to the dealer who had sold him the car. The two worked out an agreement. The dealer... Full story

  • Spreading seeds of friendship and kindness

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - Attendees at the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Johnny Appleseed" Feb. 18 got to see first hand the fruitful career of Johnny Appleseed. Swan Valley students sang and danced their way across the west spreading apple seeds, kindness and sharing how much fun apples can be. Johnny Appleseed (played by Lilly Boyd) was not always called by his famous name. In fact, as the story goes, the young Johnny Chapman was given the nickname "Appleseed" after sharing seedlings for...

  • Heritage Keeper nominations sought

    Montana Historical Society|Feb 24, 2022

    The Montana Historical Society is seeking nominations for people and organizations with exemplary commitment to identifying and preserving local historical and cultural heritage. Nomination deadline is April 1. Up to three people or organizations will be honored by the MHS Board of Trustees for the Heritage Keeper Awards. An additional award, The Montana Heritage Guardian Award, given out only on special merit, recognizes the accomplishments of one of the Heritage Keeper Award nominees with a record of outstanding accomplishments. To qualify,...

  • Common values shared at "Tell Your Story"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – More than 25 people gathered for the second "Tell us your story – Why did you come here and why do you stay?" Wednesday, Feb. 16. Six community members shared their stories and highlighted those values they hold dear and how they are exemplified here. "Every story is unique and every story is important because it is those stories that make up what this valley is all about," said Organizer Tom Beers. "People come from different places, different backgrounds, different styles so we...

  • Kurt's Polaris named MSA 2021 Dealer of the Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Montana Snowmobile Association recognized Kurt's Polaris 2021 Snowmobile Dealer of the Year at the MSA Awards Dinner and Banquet Feb. 5. This is the second time Kurt's Polaris has received the award. Owner Curtis Friede said it is a testament to his team and putting the customer first. "It is never a perfect situation, it is just a situation, so you gotta deal with it," Friede said. "They just keep struggling forward and keep fighting for everything and try and take care of t...

  • Lady Blackhawks take District 13C by storm

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    FRENCHTOWN - The Lady Blackhawks blew through the District 13C tournament, taking home the top trophy and maintained their undefeated season. They got a bye in the first round and then took down Darby in the quarterfinal Feb. 18 before defeating Granite in the Championship game Feb. 19. Darby put up very little fight as the Lady Blackhawks put them down 24-6 in the first quarter and didn't let up until the final frame. The final score was 68-28. Emily Maughan put in 10 baskets for 20 points to...

  • Gratitude for emergency response

    John Duffield, Missoula, Montana|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – I took a tumble around 5-6K into the OSCR ski marathon at the end of January. I broke my hip and am very grateful to Tim Hoag and his Search and Rescue crew that day (Joe Miller, Dan Johnson and John Baker) for pulling me out of there on a sled. They were very skilled at getting me moved as comfortably as possible. Thanks also to your Fire Chief Dave Lane and the ambulance crew that met us down on Highway 83. Lynn Carey, the race director now for 30 some years, organized the whole rescue and broke a trail for us out the west g...

  • Farrar responds to Marshall's letter

    John Farrar PhD, Ovando, Montana|Feb 24, 2022

    In my guest column printed in the Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 issues of the Pathfinder, I only addressed the issue about whether the vaccine can prevent transmission – it cannot. My letter said nothing about the efficacy (reducing symptoms) and safety (as yet not fully understood). That parenthetical comment about safety is warranted for two undisputed reasons: 1. Because the full safety packages have not been submitted to the FDA by either Pfizer or Moderna, and 2. The CDC’s own database called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System or VAERS lis...

  • Clarification to COVID-18 statistics

    David Kenmir, Condon, Montana|Feb 24, 2022

    I would like to add a clarification to Mike Marshall’s letter regarding COVID-19 statistics from the Feb. 17 issue. Regardless of where Mike got his information, it was lacking and misleading. This so called vaccine is not your annual flu vaccine you have been taking all of your life. And per Dr. Fauci, the medical definition of unvaccinated persons is any person not current on his/her shots and boosters. So if you got one shot last year and no others, you are considered medically unvaccinated. It matters not how many shots or boosters you have...

  • Thankful for all the support

    Cyndi Triplett, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Michael and I have lived here in Seeley for several years now. Like everyone we have had good years and not so good years but none as challenging as 2021. The events of this last year have caused us to be even more thankful to be blessed enough to live in such a place as this. We both have had surgeries with extended recovery times. Michael is our main source of income and even though he’s been doing small jobs it’s been quite overwhelming. We could never express our gratitude enough to the many members of this incredible com...

  • Housing assistance, proposed Forest Service projects, Highway 83 construction top discussion

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted presentations at its Feb. 14 meeting on a wide range of topics including landlord and rental assistance, upcoming United States Forest Service proposed projects and reconstructing Highway 83 around Salmon Lake. Missoula County Landlord Liaison Alex Ramsing presented on his job and some of the classes and services Homeword offers to landlords, renters and homebuyers. Homeword is a Missoula-based nonprofit that works to strengthen Montana communities by teaching homebuyer education and...

  • Board approves lease with Community Center, bid for paving parking area

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    POTOMAC – At their Feb. 14 meeting, the Potomac School Board approved their lease with the Potomac Greenough Community Center (PGCC) and the bid with Shadow Asphalt to pave the parking areas behind and in front of the school to meet ADA compliance. In other business, they received an update regarding the eighth grade trip fundraising and approved several contracts for next year. Chair Dr. Courtney Hathaway said much of the lease was the same with the PGCC. She highlighted some of the changes and explained why some of the cost increased. H...

  • "The Play" highlights talents on and off the stage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "This is the very first of Oskar Murphy productions," Playwright and Seeley-Swan High School Senior Oskar Murphy said about "The Play." It will be performed Thursday, March 3 at 6:45 p.m. by the Seeley-Swan High School Drama Class. Attendees will watch this original script unfold as a mad king attempts to control and dominate the princess. "The Play's" theme is about a woman overcoming adversity. "I just liked the story of being told you can't do something, and knowing something i...

  • MCPS Superintendent Watson resigns effective June 30

    Missoula County Public Schools|Feb 24, 2022

    MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Watson announced Feb. 18, that he is leaving his position with MCPS effective June 30. “It is with mixed emotions that I share this decision with you today,” Dr. Watson told District education leaders Friday morning. “My time with MCPS, including my former time as a principal, has been some of the most rewarding of my 29 years in public education. I will leave with many happy memories and proud to have served with each of you.” While he is resigning his formal role in public educa...

  • Patricia "Patti" Ann Herbert Sept. 28, 1957 – Feb. 9, 2022

    Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Patricia "Patti" Ann Herbert was born on Sept. 28, 1957 to Jim and Donna Hadley in Baker, Montana. Patti moved to Seeley Lake in the mid 1970's and worked at Barney's where she met her best friend Jeannie Paxton. Patti married Les Herbert Jr. on Nov. 14, 1986. When they moved to Missoula, Patti worked at Ruby's Reserve Street Inn. In the mid 1990's, the family moved back to Seeley Lake where Patti worked at the Chicken Coop, eventually became the manager and retired in 2014. After... Full story

  • Masks

    Pastor Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Feb 24, 2022

    To wear a mask or not to wear a mask, that is the question. Based on the title and the question you might think that I am going to write about the issue we have been dealing with since Spring of 2020. But this article is not about the mask mandates or the ever-changing rules by our government officials or the science of whether wearing a paper or cloth mask is effective in stopping an airborne virus. This article deals with people wearing different type of masks as they walk through this life....

  • CU at the new Youth Hub

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "I have a desire to create the opportunity for the kids to go 'What do I believe?'" said Bryce Smith, youth leader for Christ Unrivaled. "If this is it, then where does that take me?" Bryce and his wife Stefanie are looking forward to welcoming area youth in grades six through 12 to the new Christ Unrivaled Youth Hub Wednesday nights from 6 – 8 p.m. in the basement of Faith Chapel, 3260 Highway 83. Their mission at the Youth Hub is for the youth of the community to learn their iden...

  • What do you to know about Carbon Monoxide alarms?

    Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake Rural Fire District|Feb 24, 2022

    Carbon Monoxide alarms are not smoke detectors! Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It is the biproduct of incomplete combustion and it may be found in smoke. CO is in the air that we breath, this means that our bodies can handle low levels of exposure. At higher levels this gas is deadly to humans. It is known as the “silent killer” because people cannot tell when they are around it. The Carbon Monoxide Detector is a safety device that can alert homeowners of a CO leak and help them escape a potentially lif...

  • Vehicle reservations for Glacier National Park available March 2

    Glacier Country Tourism|Feb 24, 2022

    WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park announced that vehicle reservations, formerly known as “tickets,” required to access Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) and the North Fork area via the Polebridge Entrance Station from May 27 – Sept. 11 will become available on starting March 2 at 8 a.m. Other areas of the park can be accessed without a reservation. This will be the second year of the reservation system pilot, designed to manage high traffic volumes within the park and avoid gridlock. Glacier National Park is consistently the 10th...

  • Levy updates, ambulance rates and hiring top discussion

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – At their Feb. 15 meeting, Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane gave the Fire Board an update regarding the levy that was discussed last summer, proposed nearly doubling the ambulance rates to help offer a better salary for a full-time firefighter/paramedic and addressed the public concern regarding properties that could be a fire hazard. He also addressed comments made by the public at last month’s meeting that he felt were inaccurate. The board took no action on the increased ambulance fees or paramedic position. They asked for mor...

  • Fully embracing teaching the Ovando way

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    OVANDO - Nathan Graves came to Montana for its beauty and its education. He began his teaching career in the fall of 2021 with the fourth - eighth grade classroom in Ovando School. As an avid learner himself, Graves is excited for the chance to instill the want and need to learn in young people. Graves, originally from Illinois, was attracted to the beautiful campus and the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana. Through working in the Missoula YMCA summer camp programs, he...

  • Board puts out Request for Qualifications

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board moved forward with advertising a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and discussed water testing and an increase in eDNA testing at its Feb. 17 meeting. At last month’s meeting the Board discussed whether to send out a RFQ or Request for Proposals (RFP). District Manager Bill Decker wrote up a proposed RFQ for the Board to consider at this meeting. Director Cheri Thompson said the proposed RFQ was not specific enough and wanted specific details about the District in it instead of the entire com...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Feb 24, 2022

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: February 26, 1987 issue Letter to the Editor: Mt. Henry EIS The general enthusiasm for building a ski resort on Mt.... Full story

  • Blackhawks take third at District 13C Tournament

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 24, 2022

    FRENCHTOWN - The Blackhawks put up a great fight at the 13C District Tournament but in the end fell just one basket short of extending their season to the divisional tournament. The Blackhawks defeated Granite 63-46 in their opening game Feb. 17 before falling to Darby in the semifinal 56-74. In the consolation bracket the Blackhawks faced Valley Christian Feb. 19. By half time the Boys looked like their season would be ending sooner than later as they trailed 15 points. They clawed their way...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 24, 2022

    Snowshoe Hike, Feb. 27 SEELEY LAKE – Join Clearwater Resource Council and USFS Wildlife Biologist Scott Tomson on a two- to three-mile snowshoe Feb. 27 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about winter ecology and identify tracks along the way. Please bring your own snowshoes and leave dogs at home. Please RSVP at Updates will be posted on Facebook and sent via email to those who register. For more details visit or contact Amanda at 412-956-0208 Weekly COVID-19 upd...

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