Articles from the March 2, 2017 edition


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  • Tester Announces Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) at the Rich Ranch Feb. 22. While collaborators and supporters gathered to voice their support, not everyone believes the legislation goes far enough to protect motorized recreation opportunities. The BCSA designates more than 79,000 acres of additional wilderness to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountains Wildernesses and establishes the 3,835-acre Spread Mountain Recreation Area and the...

  • Community Foundation Launches "I Ride Seeley Lake" Shuttle Service

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – On March 1, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) is launching "I Ride Seeley Lake," a shuttle service to Missoula and in Seeley Lake for medical, physical therapy and chiropractor appointments and pharmacy pick-up. SLCF Executive Director Anne Beach acknowledges there are other stops that may be beneficial for riders but the program is starting small and may expand in the future depending on use. The need for public transportation was highlighted by a survey conducted by t...

  • Seeley Lake Resident Convicted of Five Wildlife Violations

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017
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    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Rusty Loomis was found guilty of five charges with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) in Lewis and Clark County on Feb. 17. He was charged $1,635 in fines and his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were suspended for two years. According to the court documents, Loomis was hunting from his vehicle on Dry Creek Road near the intersection of Montana Highway 21 on Sept. 6, 2016. He killed a mule deer doe and fawn out of season with a shotgun on the B...

  • Snow Jokers Fill the Streets for 38th Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Runners took to the roads around Seeley Lake for the 38th annual Snow Joke Half Marathon. While race participation was down nearly 200 participants this year, Big Sky Orogenic Racing and Events' (BSORE) Race Organizer Matt Gibson felt it was a safer event with the new traffic measures in place and everyone had a lot of fun. Gibson attributed the lower numbers to the cold, snowy weather in December and January making it difficult for Montanans to train. While the majority of the r...

  • Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act Will Ensure the Magic of Montana Forever

    Lee Boman, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent. It makes no difference if you enjoy snowmobiling or hiking or both. Regardless of personal preferences, all Montanans can be proud of the proposal a group of local folks generated over ten years. The proposal is now known as the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. If passed it will enhance timber, recreation and conservation forever in about 80,000 acres near Ovando and Seeley Lake. It turns out working together is valued by most Montanans. A poll, conducted b...

  • Thank You Volunteers!

    Merrily and Larry Dunham, Condon, Mont.|Mar 2, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - I read in the Feb. 23 issue of the Pathfinder about the article, “Condon House Fire Total Loss”. What a great group of volunteers we have in the Swan Valley Emergency Services! They responded to this house fire at midnight on a cold winter night, to find the driveway to the house pretty much impassible to the fire truck. They were not deterred—they chained up the truck and BACKED it down the quarter mile of curving driveway to respond. Unfortunately, the fire was fully involved before they got there (maybe even before they were...

  • Enough Already – No Elbow Gravel Pit

    Douglas E. Waldron, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - I wholeheartily agree with Libby Langston’s letter to the Seeley Swan Pathfinder dated Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, “Do Not Create the Elbow Gravel Pit.” Possibly, some of these brain thrush people at DNRC who want to make this deal should drive north and south on Highway 83, preferable at night… Gee look here, a “warning sign,” placed on Highway 83, after turning from Highway 200, a warning sign approximately 69” x 132” of, ‘Gee? “WILDLIFE CROSSING.” You might want to look for the osprey, golden and bald eagles, ravens, etc....

  • Declare Legal Protection At Conception

    Annie Bukacek - MD, Kalispell, Mont.|Mar 2, 2017

    With 25 years of clinical experience, and scores of patients who have had abortions, I have never met a woman who wasn’t emotionally harmed by it. Post abortive woman’s feelings, health and humanity are ignored in the pro-abortion arguments... not to mention potential physical complications for the mother including death and sterility. Post abortion women learn later in life when happily pregnant that at conception the unborn child has its own distinctively human genome, separate from the mother—already established gender, hair and eye color. T...

  • What is Maturity?

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|Mar 2, 2017

    There are several common answers to this question. For example, an older person is mature. Or, a person who is wise is mature. Another common belief is that a moral person is mature. Although there is some value to these answers, none of the answers are accurate enough. Don't we often see or hear people who are older making immature statements and behaving childishly? And, isn't the news full of moral people doing immoral acts? So, the question remains: What is maturity? There isn't a maturity...

  • 2017 Seeley Lake Challenge Biathlon Cancelled

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake hosted their first biathlon in 2008 after local skier and OSCR Race Organizer Lynn Carey suggested the idea. The goal for the biathlon has always been to offer a fun, unique experience to a broad range of people by hosting a family-friendly, quality event. This year’s biathlon scheduled for March 4 was cancelled due to lack of insurance. The sport of biathlon combines the aerobic rigors of cross-country skiing in the winter or running in the summer with the steady hands and sharp eyes of marksmanship. While Seeley L...

  • Open Book Club presents Chris Dombrowski and "Body of Water"

    Carol Brodie, Open Book Club|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Chris Dombrowski will be reading from and discussing his recent book, "Body of Water," Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company. Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club sponsors the evening. There is no charge and all are welcome. Seeley-Swan High School poet Elizabeth Done will be reading her poem, "Rest On Fawn Peak," to open the evening. A published poet (most recently "Earth Again") and Montana-based fly fishing guide Dombrowski recounts his trip to the Bahamas...

  • Are You Ready for Fire Season?

    Jordan Koppen and Beau Maciag, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation|Mar 2, 2017

    Open burning is officially underway for the 2017 spring season. It's important for you to know the local burning seasons and what you can burn. With the exception of small cooking or recreational fires, every fire ignited in Missoula County, including those on public lands, require a Burn Permit. If you want to burn yard waste (leaves, grass, branches) or manage vegetation (agriculture or forested property), you can burn outdoors in the spring with a General Outdoor Burn Permit available March...

  • Anything New on the Mussel Front?

    Joann Wallenburn, Clearwater Resource Council|Mar 2, 2017

    As of 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24… Last Friday, Feb. 17 I learned that the Clearwater Junction boat check station was going to be moved north up Highway 83. On Monday the 20th, it was likely going to be eliminated altogether. As of Tuesday the 21st, it is going to remain at the Junction, but only check boats moving from west to east. Yes, that’s right: west to east. That’s because three new check stations will be on Highway 200 near Lincoln, US-12 west of Helena, and I-90 west of Butte to inspect boats moving from east to west. These new stati...

  • Seeley Lake Trails Project Kicks Off

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - For the past two-and-a-half years Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) has been laying the foundation to allow the Seeley Lake community to plan a comprehensive trails system. To begin building on that foundation, CRC formally kicked off the public input phase of the Seeley Lake Trails Project Feb. 25. CRC Executive Director Cathy Kahnle said during those two-and-a-half years the organization gathered information from Missoula County, other counties, other trails-planning groups, surv...

  • Sharing the Resource and Serving the People

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – This past week, Rich Ranch partnered with Driven, LLC for the second year in a row to offer a three-day snowmobile riding school. Driven Elite Snowmobile School contracts with professional riders to work with snowmobilers to be more prepared and better riders in the backcountry. Rich Ranch appreciates the school's willingness to work with riders of all skill sets and the educational components. Driven, LLC is a consulting service for non-profits, businesses and athletes looking t...

  • Chief Spending Allowance Raised

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – At their Feb. 21 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $4,000 increase in the amount available to the Seeley Lake Fire Chief for equipment purchases. While it was understood that current chief Bob Vanden Heuvel would inform the board about any upcoming equipment purchases and get board approval should time allow, he can spend up to $5,000 without prior board approval if needed. The discussion was put on the agenda after board members were concerned about Vanden Heuvel going over his $...

  • Budget Shortfall Projected for SLE

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Board discussed a projected budget deficit and SLE Outside’s balance sheet at the Feb. 21 meeting. The board also received a board member’s resignation and has an upcoming election for two board positions. Next year’s budget is projected to be about $5,000 short of this year’s. Part of the problem is that this year’s budget was basically flat from the previous year while costs have climbed every year. District Clerk Sally Johnson cautioned that there might be some changes to funding due to the on...

  • Senator Malek Reflections

    Senator Sue Malek - D, Senate District 46 Missoula, Mont|Mar 2, 2017

    HELENA - The legislature's transmittal break is upon us. Non-revenue bills either pass the Senate by March 1 or die. Five of my bills passed! Senate Bill 22 provides rape victims a civil procedure to end parental rights of their rapists. My 2013 bill, allowing an enhanced penalty terminating parental rights when rapists are convicted, became law. But in some cases criminal prosecution is not possible because of sex trafficking or fear of further violence. The civil remedy in Senate Bill 22...

  • Hopkins' Legislative Update

    Mike Hopkins - R, House District 92|Mar 2, 2017

    HELENA - Things have been moving pretty quickly here in the Legislature as we move towards transmittal. Since the beginning of the session, I have been working on a set of veteran legislation focusing on ways to help that part of the veterans community which is experiencing a surge in suicide. Last week, my primary bill HB538 had its hearing and was tabled in House Human Services. Unfortunately, a significant lobbying effort which was brought about not because of problems with the bill, but...

  • Why are My Douglas-fir Trees Dying?

    John Ingebretson, Forester, Swan Valley Connections|Mar 2, 2017

    The Douglas-fir bark beetle is the most destructive beetle attacking Douglas-fir trees in the Seeley/Swan Valley. The potential loss of trees can be considerable and can affect both residential homeowners as well as commercial interests. Outbreaks develop in host trees following stand disturbances such as windthrow, drought, severe defoliation or wildfire, such as the Condon Mountain Fire in 2012. During outbreaks, groups of dead trees may total 100 or more. Yearly mortality in the northern...

  • Seeley Lake Vintage – Outlet for Creative Endeavors

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake residents Kathy Stevens and her daughter-in-law Tessa are hosting their grand opening for Seeley Lake Vintage March 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Heritage Building on the north end of Seeley Lake. They look forward to bringing a store offering vintage, rustic and re-loved home décor, furniture and gifts to Seeley Lake. Both Kathy and Tessa share a love of purposeful re-purposing. They also enjoy creating decorative items and painting. "I've always been kind of a craf...

  • Jack Gladstone to Perform with Swan Valley Students

    Carol Evans, 2 Valleys Stage Director|Mar 2, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage (2VS) presents one of Native America's premier lyric storysmiths Jack Gladstone, "Montana's Troubadour." Gladstone will perform in concert, with Swan Valley School (SVS) students, at the Swan Valley Community Hall March 12 at 3 p.m. Along with the concert, a slide show produced by Patti Bartlett will play as backdrop for Gladstone and his music. In a career spanning more than three decades, Gladstone is regarded as a cultural bridge builder. In...

  • Wedding Announcement

    Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Wayne and Dorothy Sturm announce the wedding of their daughter Debbie Heath to Robert Sanford. They will be married April 22 at 2 p.m. at Mission Bible Fellowship in Seeley Lake....

  • Etnire Takes Second in Flathead Classic

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    Seeley Lake musher Roy Etnire and his team leaving the starting line of the Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Dog Creek Trailhead west of Olney, Mont. Mushers traveled from Olney to Polebridge and then returned Sunday in the 82-mile race. Etnire placed second in the eight-dog class, finishing 32 seconds behind first place finisher Maeva Waterman of Bozeman, Mont....

  • Antler Thefts Continue, Citations Written for Firewood Cutting

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Sunderland said antler thefts around Seeley Lake are again on the rise. Another issue is people cutting firewood out of season on state and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) land and are blocking the road. Sunderland said antlers that are outside and visible are being stolen at night. “People need to understand that antlers are worth money, actually good money. If they leave them outside where people can see them, the odds are somebody is going to come along and steal them,” said Sunderland. Anyone...

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