Articles from the February 25, 2021 edition

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  • Running the line between recreation and conservation

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    Just after sunrise Saturday, Jan. 9, local wolf trapper Rob Henrekin fired up his snowmobile to check his trapline, something he has done every day since the wolf season opened Dec. 15. While he had seen tracks from a pair of wolves Dec. 24, he had not had a single visit to his 40+ foothold traps. "It is such a rush everyday, even when I don't catch a wolf," said Henrekin. "If I'm just patient and everything is working, they will be back. Whether I catch them or not is unknown but I'll have a...

  • Sewer Bonds Failed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Both of the Sewer Bonds up for election Feb. 23 failed by a large margin. The preliminary results for the Phase 1 Bond was 33 Yes, 80 No. For the Plant, 98 voters approved and 198 voted against. Results are preliminary until canvassed. The Sewer Board's next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Visit for how to participate in the virtual meeting....

  • Leading by example, encouraging others

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 was officially proclaimed Klaus von Stutterheim Day by the Missoula County Commissioners. The Proclamation honors Von Stutterheim's many years of service to Seeley Lake and Missoula County and urges all Missoula County residents to emulate his example by giving back to their friends, neighbors and community in a way that leaves this place better than they found it. The Commissioners chose to name a day after Von Stutterheim because of his many years of l...

  • Locals recognized for life saving efforts

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office honored five individuals at a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 16 for their life-saving actions following a September plane crash north of Seeley Lake Airport. The individuals recognized include Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue (SSSAR) volunteers Matt Pitman, Jason Ayers and Kal Kovatch, Civilian Mike Lindemer and U.S. Forest Service Federal Officer Tyler Robinson. Around 10 p.m. Sept. 12, 2020, SSSAR and local law enforcement responded to a report that an...

  • Lady Blackhawks soar through District 13C tournament

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Lady Blackhawks defended their home court from the Victor Pirates and the Granite Prospectors to earn the top District 13C trophy. The Lady Blackhawks had a bye in the first round of the tournament and met very little resistance from the Pirates in the second round Feb. 18 defeating them 85-15. The Prospectors provided a little more of a fight in the championship game Feb. 20 but the Lady Blackhawks were still able to run to a 36-12 lead by half time. The Lady Blackhawks held...

  • Ranked Choice Voting - A good idea

    Mike Marshall, Seeley Lake, Montana|Feb 25, 2021

    I see Ranked Choice Voting as part of a suite of reforms that might lead to more reasonable politics. Are you looking for practical solutions to the many problems we face in common, instead of the rhetoric of political extremism? Then Ranked Choice Voting may be for you. In this system, voters first rank candidates by preference. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, that candidate wins the election. If no one wins a majority, second-preference votes come into play. A new count determines whether any candidate has won a...

  • Death, taxes and transfer: HB320 is the latest attempt to resurrect rejected land transfer legislation

    Kari Gunderson, Swan Valley, Montana|Feb 25, 2021

    Twenty-six days. That’s how long it took legislators to resuscitate legislation that supports transferring public land to the state, an idea Montanans have rejected time and time again. The newest effort, Representative Steve Gunderson’s house bill 320, is a misleading and cynical attempt to set the stage for yet another transfer push. This wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing bill is a carbon copy of a bill introduced six years ago by then-senator Jennifer Fielder, an extreme transfer advocate, as part of a package of bills aimed at laying the groun...

  • Your psychology and the universe

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Feb 25, 2021

    Recently, I was asked to describe the overall structure of a person's psychology. Often, I describe one element at a time. Seldom do I attempt describe the entire structure. So, I thought it might be fun and interesting, using an analogy, to present the complete structure in this column. Consider the solar system as a representation each person's unique psychology; further, that there are as many solar systems as there are people. The sun, the center of the solar system, has planets orbiting...

  • Focusing on children

    Senator Shannon O'Brien, D - Senate District 46|Feb 25, 2021

    It's important to me that your voice is present at the legislature. All rural voters in Senate District 46 are invited to meet with me every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom, and I encourage you to join us. Send me an email at and I'll be sure to get you the meeting link. Next week we will be half way through the legislative session. This point in the session is known as Transmittal, which means all new bills must be through the Senate in time to be discussed and...

  • Community Foundation awards 2021 grants to local groups

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) helps local groups fund important community projects. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in Seeley Lake. We’re pleased to announce the 2021 SLCF Community Grants, awarded to projects benefitting Seeley Lake: • $1,575 to Recycling Works to start a Rural Glass Recycling Project in Seeley Lake, with a local glass drop-off location open to the public and emptied regularly. • $2,425 to Seele...

  • Health Board revises COVID-19 mitigation requirements

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - The Missoula City-County Board of Health voted 6 to 1 to make several revisions to the County’s current COVID-19 mitigation requirements during a virtual meeting Thursday, Feb. 18. These revisions include: 1. Increasing event capacities from 25 to 50 for indoors and 100 for outdoors. 2. Removing capacity limits except as necessary to meet distancing requirements. 3. Removing certain restrictions on businesses including, but not limited to: fitness facilities, pools, places of worship and assembly, personal care businesses, r... Full story

  • Paycheck Protection Program sees changes in operations

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are making operational changes to the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in order to create more equitable relief for American small businesses according to a press release. The SBA will: • Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s fundi... Full story

  • District responds to County Commissioners

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – At their Feb. 16 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board listened to letters written by Fire Chief Dave Lane and Board Chair Scott Kennedy in response to a letter dated Jan. 14 from the Missoula County Commissioners. It was sent to Board Chair Scott Kennedy and Sam Hunthausen, executive officer of the State Board of Medical Examiners. Lane read his response to the Commissioners’ letter. This was also provided to the Pathfinder and parts were included in the Jan. 21 article “Commissioners discuss concerns regarding Seeley Lake Ambul...

  • Subdivision proposed near Blanchard Creek

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Developers of a proposed 13-lot residential subdivision held a virtual neighborhood meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16 to go over initial details for the project. Paul Forsting, IMEG Corporation land use planner, presented the aspects of the subdivision. The 200-acre property site is owned by John Richards. It is located between Camp Utmost Way and Blanchard Creek Road off of Highway 200 in Greenough. Forsting added there was a similar neighborhood meeting a couple of years ago over a subdiv...

  • Board updates policies

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Members of the Seeley Lake Elementary School Board unanimously approved a second round of board policy updates in their 2000’s series during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17. Superintendent Josh Gibbs also provided updates on the School Improvement Team’s efforts as well as other various aspects of the school. Policy updates included: • Removing the Montana Digital Academy policy because it is already a part of state law. • Using the old library policy for members of the public because it is more in-depth. • Removing a policy around d...

  • Terry Nelson Daugherty Oct. 12, 1950 - Dec. 30, 2020

    Feb 25, 2021

    GREAT FALLS – On Dec. 30, 2020, my dear sweet husband, Terry Nelson Daugherty was called to heaven. After thirty years of pain due to a logging accident, he is finally at peace. He called me his "Darling Bride" to everyone for thirty years. Terry was born in Des Moines, Iowa on Oct. 12, 1950. He grew up in Iowa where his family had a corn farm. When he was in the third grade, his family moved to Montana. Terry graduated from Helena High School in 1968. He spent two years in Forestry School in M... Full story

  • Faith that works through love

    Pastor Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Feb 25, 2021

    Do you desire more faith? We can have it by developing a loving relationship with our Lord. It is a personal connection with someone of good character that causes us to have faith. Well, our heavenly Father has perfect character and He already loves us. Does it not make sense to exercise the "measure of faith" that we already have and let it grow? Faith, like a muscle, grows when it is exercised. As faith grows, the more of God's love we receive. This is expressed in one sentence in Galatians...

  • Candidate filings trigger Fire District election May 4

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    Following the close of the Special District filing deadline Feb. 8, the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District is currently the only Special District election that will appear on the May 4 mail-in ballot. However, citizens can apply to be a write-in candidate until March 1 for Special Districts and April 1 for School Districts. If someone does apply as a write-in candidate, this could trigger an election if there are more candidates than positions. However, their name would not appear on the ballot. The School District filings remain open until 5...

  • Eagles starting to gel as a team, building confidence

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – When the Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles swept the court against Granite Feb. 17, Head Coach Brett Haines said the girls are starting to play together. After adding four girls to the seventh and eighth grade A team from Swan Valley School at the end of January, they haven't played as a team for very long. Haines said they have at least six more games this season. He looks forward to the team continuing to gel, learning how to be more aggressive and building their confidence. C...

  • Blackhawks' season ends in double overtime

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 25, 2021

    DARBY - The Blackhawks season came to an end in the opening round of the 13C District Tournament Feb. 16 at the hands of the Darby Tigers. The Blackhawks came out strong outscoring the Tigers 2 to 1 in the first two quarters taking a 23-11 advantage into the second half. Their lead however would nearly evaporate in the third quarter and after a hard fought fourth quarter the teams were deadlocked. Overtime turned into a battle of free throw shooting and a war of attrition as the teams fought for possession. The Blackhawks hit 6 of 15 attempted...

  • Applications open for AARP Community Challenge Grants

    AARP|Feb 25, 2021

    AARP Montana invites community organizations and local governments across the state to apply for the 2021 Community Challenge grant program, now through April 14. Grants fund quick-action projects that can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand or tens of thousands for larger projects. Now in its fifth year, the grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for p...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 25, 2021

    Memorial donations for Sandy Berry SEELEY LAKE – Due to the closing of the Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter in Potomac, those wishing to honor Sandy Berry can make donations in her name to Hazel and Owen Tyler at 1270 Copper Cliff Drive, Potomac, MT, 59823 or a charity of their choosing. The Tylers operated the no kill animal shelter that is closing Feb. 28. They will continue to support the animals that were not adopted. ROCKS ice rink open SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake ROCKS Ice Rink in the Seeley Lake Elementary field is open with a lar...

  • Listen to the voters and oppose HB457

    Tor Gudmundsson, Corvallis, Montana|Feb 25, 2021

    During the 2020 election, Montana voters approved I-190, legalizing and taxing marijuana for adult use. On the Montana ballot, I-190 passed with 56.9% of the vote, the most popular initiative this year. Montana voters strongly support individual freedoms, new business markets and the right to choose for themselves. HB 457, introduced Feb. 17, is a shameless attempt to delay the choice of Montana’s voters. It adds arbitrarily waiting an additional year before taking action on Montana’s most broadly supported ballot result. Not only does thi...

  • Black Ram Project will wipe out old growth forests and bring death to Yaak grizzlies

    Matthew Chappell, Choteau, Montana|Feb 25, 2021

    The Kootenai National Forest advocated the 95,412-acre Black Ram Project will curtail fire risk in the wildland-urban interface and restore historic forest conditions by logging the most fire-resistant and resilient old growth forests, 12 miles from the nearest home, along the headwaters of the Yaak River. Forester Herb Hammond explained that some of the spruce-subalpine fir old growth in the project area is 600-800 years old and has no indications of previous harvest or wildfire creating a "unique habitat" that can "hold up to 80% more carbon...

  • Calling Gianforte's actions on the carpet

    C. Burt Caldwell, Missoula, Montana|Feb 25, 2021

    Dear Greg, You are now the leader of a group of Montanans (and Montana wannabes like you) who think wearing a necktie, which serves no purpose, is more important than wearing a mask in a pandemic, which saves lives. In addition, you are the leader of those who profess less government (except for those not in the group), lower taxes for corporations and the wealthy (which should, but never does, trickle down to the masses - refer to Michigan and Kansas) and personal responsibility. I suggest you and your clan put your actions where your mouth...

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