Articles from the December 15, 2016 edition


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  • Cottonwood Gravel Pit Permit Not Granted After Split Vote

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – After a four and a half hour hearing and two motions on the table that ended in a tie, the Powell County Planning Board was unable to approve or deny the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the proposed gravel pit on Cottonwood Lakes Road. According to Powell County Planner Carl Hamming, the permit was not granted so the petitioner can readdress some of the discussion points and resubmit a new CUP if they choose. The Birdhead Company, LLC purchased the quarter section four miles east of Highway 83 and south of Cottonwood Lakes R...

  • Two Creek Monture Ranch Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

    Montana Stockgrowers Association|Dec 15, 2016

    OVANDO - The Two Creek Monture Ranch, from Ovando, Mont., was recognized as the 2017 Montana Environmental Stewardship Award winner. Ranch managers Wayne and Karalee Slaght and family accepted the award Dec. 9 at the Montana Stockgrowers Association Annual Convention and trade show in Billings. The Two Creek Monture Ranch will now represent Montana at the Region IV Environmental Stewardship Award competition in Denver this spring. Like the old 4-H motto, the ranch team is focused on "making the...

  • Sharing Love and Generosity this Christmas

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Loving Hearts hosted their annual Toy Sale Dec. 6. When the doors opened at 5 p.m. there was a line out the back door. The sale was wrapped up by 6 p.m. This year, the volunteers saw two individuals, whom they called angels, exemplify the love and generosity of Christmas. All year Loving Hearts volunteers save the best toys, stuffed animals and books for their Christmas Toy Sale. This year, organizer Mary Newpower volunteered to store the items at her hanger by the airport. This a...

  • Christmastime in Potomac

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    POTOMAC - The snowy winter month of December brought the annual Christmas Comes Home event to Potomac. Hosted at the Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC), attendees enjoyed festive activities from 5 to 8 p.m. More than 70 people attended and mingled with friends and neighbors amongst the decorations. There were mule drawn hayrides, tractor drawn hayrides, a tree decorating contest, Santa in his sleigh, carol singing, Christmas crafts for children, a bonfire, a live nativity scene, treats...

  • SSHS Musicians Play to a Full House

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) Music Department held its Winter Concert Dec. 6. Under the direction of Music Director Kaytee Ambrozich, band and choir students entertained with several pieces, including both traditional music and holiday selections. Following the full choir performance, the audience was treated to three soloists and one trio. Senior Cera Strumpfer sang a classical piece, "Into the Night" with piano accompanist Laura Morris from Missoula. Sophomore Chloe...

  • Seatbelt Safety is Very Important

    Victoria Elliott, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Dec 15, 2016

    Many people die from car accidents because they are not wearing their seatbelts when they are riding in their cars. That is a very dangerous and foolish thing to do!! This causes families a lot of sadness and broken hearts!! Everyone, you should know that seatbelts save lives especially in car crashes! If you have any children, please make sure that they fasten their seatbelts when they are riding in a car. Also, if you have very young children or babies, please have them in car seats and fasten those seatbelts when they ride in cars. These...

  • Please Pause for Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Dec 15, 2016

    Alert! For those who warm up their car in the garage, please make sure you do not leave your pet in the garage after leaving. Carbon monoxide could kill your pet from the fumes of your car. Best to back your car outside then warm it up. Carbon monoxide accumulates and can filter in and fill up the garage and seep into your home. Please everyone out there get a carbon monoxide detector. Save your family and your pet, a detector would make a great Christmas present. There has been a mountain lion hanging around the top of Cedar Lane near the...

  • Potomac 4-H Club Members Win Honors

    Dec 15, 2016

    MISSOULA - Missoula County 4-H presented 67 county awards to 47 4-H club members who showed excellence in their project areas. The nominated members were from eight 4-H clubs. This year popular projects included beef, club officer, dog, horse, rabbit and sheep as well as cake decorating, photography, archery and teen leadership. Missoula County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Campbell Barrett said award numbers were up this year due to club leaders and others taking the time to nominate...

  • Travel Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

    Dec 15, 2016

    MISSOULA — Roadways and airways are about to get a little crowded as we enter peak travel season for the holidays. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that Americans drive the most during the fall months, October through December, at 31.5 miles daily. As travelers make their plans for family getaways, scammers are also planning — but on ways to make a buck off others’ misfortune. In a little more than a year, two dozen travel scams have been reported by consumers on Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving the Northwest’s Scam Tr...

  • Clearwater-Blackfoot Project: Two Years of Stewardship

    The Nature Conservancy|Dec 15, 2016

    As snow finally blankets the valley, the quiet and cold gives us time to reflect on the last year. 2016 has been an incredibly busy year for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, including for those of us who work on the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project. In almost two years since acquiring the 117,152 acres that comprise the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project, the Conservancy has been working hard to address urgent conservation needs and to understand the landscape as a whole. Projects of this scale always have an element of uncertainty but our work with...

  • AAI to Receive $10,000 Grant

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Alpine Artisans, Inc. for the 2017 In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are...

  • Double Arrow Property

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Part I of this two-part article posited a time between 1935 – 1940 when Burt and Dagmar Sperry may have lived in the Homestead Cabin now belonging to the Double Arrow Ranch Landowners Association (DARLOA). But it is almost certain the cabin was built earlier than that time period. Exactly when is hard to establish, though DARLOA resident George Frasca estimates the age at 110 years based on word-of-mouth information he was given by Seeley Lake residents who have since passed a...

  • Wicked Good Greens Provides Fresh Greens throughout the Winter

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    POTOMAC – Chef Jennifer "Niffer" Stackpole of Balsamroot Catering in Potomac has expanded her ability to share her love of food and provide good food to her customers. With her new farm called Wicked Good Greens housed in an upcycled, refrigerated, shipping container at the old Bonner Mill site, Stackpole will be able to supply tender crisp greens year-round to local chefs and individuals in the area. Stackpole has cooked her whole life. After graduating from New England Culinary Institute in Mo...

  • Freedom Journey

    Rev. Carrie A.H. Benton, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Dec 15, 2016

    1Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you… 4-6 I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith e...

  • Blackhawks 1-1 at Western C Tip-off

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks defeated Granite and fell to Hot Springs at the Western C Tip-off last week. The Blackhawks now have a 2-1 overall record for the season. Versus Granite The Blackhawks took on the Granite Prospectors in Ronan on Dec. 9. The Blackhawks had a solid victory over the Prospectors, outscoring them in every quarter to a final score of 69-32. Gunner Sloan led the Blackhawks with 23 points from 10, two-point baskets and 3 free throws. Cameron Haines racked up 20...

  • Lady Blackhawks Victorious at Western C Tip-off

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks racked up a pair of wins the Western C Tip-off last week. The Ladies defeated Granite and St. Regis to extend their overall record to 3-0. Versus Granite The Lady Blackhawks played the Granite Prospectors at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo on Dec. 9. The Lady Blackhawks steadily pulled out of reach of the Prospectors. They scored into the double digits while holding the Prospectors under ten each quarter. The Lady Blackhawks won with a final...

  • Eagles Face Tough Competition, Finish Strong

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) boys basketball team wraps up their season Thursday, Dec. 15 with their final game against Philipsburg. The Eagle's A team, made up of primarily seventh and eighth- graders, went 7-4 for the season (4-4 in the Copper League) while the fifth and sixth-graders on the B team had a record of 4-8 (2-7 in the Copper League) prior to the final game. "The season went well," said Head Coach Brett Haines. "We went into the Copper League this year and it w...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 15, 2016

    Everyone Invited to the Rich Ranch Community Appreciation Day, Dec. 18 SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan and Ovando area residents are invited to the Rich Ranch in Woodworth Meadows Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1-4 p.m. for a community family fun day. Gather with friends and neighbors to share in the holiday spirit. Complimentary activities include: Horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobile rides, outdoor chili feed & campfire. There’s also room for sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Santa will be at the Rich Ranch at 3 p.m. to deliver his annual com...

  • Sewer Bond Fails

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Preliminary numbers reported by the Missoula County Elections Office have the $4.4 million Seeley Lake Sewer Bond failing by a margin of 186 "no" votes to 137 "yes" votes. The bond would have paid to build the proposed wastewater treatment plant and Phase I of the collection system. Look for full coverage of the election and reaction from the sewer district board in the Dec. 22 issue of the Pathfinder....

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