Articles from the March 3, 2022 edition


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  • Breeding a solution for home security

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – When Blaze Vandine, owner of Spartan Kennels in Seeley Lake, read the article about the Swan Valley Neighborhood Watch, he could not help but reach out to offer another solution for property and home protection. "No one mentioned dogs," Vandine said. "It is up to people what they want to do but this is an option if they want instant protection." While there are several breeds of dogs that can protect property, Vandine has fallen in love with the Caucasian Ovcharka, also known as a...

  • Jokers return to the streets

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – With the sun high in the sky and temperatures reaching into the mid-20s Saturday, Feb. 26, runners returned to the traditional course for the 43rd annual Snow Joke Half Marathon around Seeley Lake. While the field of 350 racers was primarily from Montana, the footrace also drew runners from Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. With only a few local racers, this year's winner Layne Ryerson and brother Clayton spent summers in Seeley Lake as youths. Running in t...

  • Outdoor burning opened March 1

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Mar 3, 2022

    MISSOULA - Spring is coming, Missoula County--and that means the opening of outdoor burning season! The General and Essential Agriculture and Prescribed Wildland Outdoor Burning Seasons opened March 1 in Missoula County. All outdoor burning requires a burn permit and the only material that may be disposed of by burning is untreated wood and vegetation generated onsite. Permits cost $7 and can be purchased or renewed online at https://app.egovmt.com/burnpermit/or in person at the Seeley Lake Fire Department, 200 Firehouse Lane. The leading...

  • Faith over form

    Bill Campbell, Seeley Lake, Montana|Mar 3, 2022

    Just a note to let you know how much I appreciated Dale Terrillion’s Passages column in the Pathfinder’s Feb. 17 issue. I agree with both him and John Wesley regarding Christian denominations. It continues to be my belief that what Satan has used to divide the church, God has used to grow the church. Just as the Talmud is a book of Jewish tradition, denominational differences are often based on Christian tradition. Jesus often corrected the Pharisees for mistaking their traditions for God’s intent. The simple fact of salvation is recor...

  • Correction to last week's letter

    John Farrar Ph.D, Ovando, Montana|Mar 3, 2022

    While the injection of over 10 billion doses of a virus gene into hundreds of millions of people using a technology first used in humans in a small-scale clinical trial less than 10 years ago and without any long-term safety data is undoubtedly the largest and most risky biology experiment ever conducted on this earth; I must admit that I inadvertently failed to use the government-approved terminology for “EUA” in my response to Marshall last week. The official term for the FDA’s authorization for the use of this gene therapy in the Unite...

  • MAS celebrates March for Meals 50th Anniversary

    Jennifer Schultz, Missoula Aging Services|Mar 3, 2022

    Missoula Aging Services (MAS) announced that it will be participating in a special March for Meals celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, the federal legislation that helps to fund community-based programs like Meals on Wheels. Throughout the month of March, MAS will join the national Meals on Wheels network to raise awareness and rally support for this vital public-private partnership that has helped provide the seniors in Missoula County, includ...

  • Maintaining hospitality excellence for the past 12 years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - "We take pride in what we do," said Arrowhead Condos Head Housekeeper Amy Jorgensen. "I don't think you can go anywhere in Missoula and find as clean of an establishment as we [have] here." While Jorgensen makes a bold statement, her claim is backed with the prestigious RCI Silver Crown Resort® award, a recognition Arrowhead Condos has received for the past 12 years after receiving ratings above 4.8 of 5 from visitors. "The Silver Crown means we have met or exceeded the...

  • Local grants awarded

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Mar 3, 2022

    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 2022 SLCF Community Grants, awarded to projects benefiting Seeley Lake: • Alpine Artisans: $2,500 to support the 2 Valleys Stage community and school performances from two professional performing groups: M...

  • What Federal funding could mean for wildlife crossings

    Lena Beck, Vital Ground Foundation|Mar 3, 2022

    A grizzly bear dubbed "Lingenpolter" by local biologists caught the attention of many in Montana and elsewhere last year. Using a GPS tracker, biologists watched as the young male bear repeatedly attempted and failed to cross Interstate 90. They followed Lingenpolter's movements in an area between Missoula and Butte, watching as he traveled for miles alongside the interstate and tried to cross it an estimated 46 times from fall of 2020 to spring of 2021. Lingenpolter's story illustrates an...

  • Caleb Maughan graduates Nuclear Power School

    Mar 3, 2022

    SOUTH CAROLINA - On Feb. 11, Seeley Lake's Caleb Maughan graduated from Nuclear Power School (NUC Pipeline), a technical school operated by the U.S. Navy in Goose Creek, South Carolina, near Charleston, South Carolina. The NUC Pipeline included three schools completed in succession: A school, Power School and Prototype. Maughan is now a Machinist Mate Nuclear Third Class (MMN3). He will be reporting to the USS Eisenhower CVN69 March 18. Maughan joined the U.S. Navy in June 29, 2020 following... Full story

  • Bears visiting the classroom

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    OVANDO- "There's three kinds of bears in Montana, black, brown and very, very brown," chimed a young student at the Ovando School when asked how many bears live in Montana during a "Bear Necessities" presentation. Students in both the Little Room, kindergarten through third grade, and the Big Room, fourth through eighth grade, at Ovando school were anticipating another interesting class when Patti Bartlett, freelance science educator, came in the door with totes of animal skulls and bear hides....

  • Shirley Bickford Erickson July 2, 1942 – Feb.16, 2022

    Mar 3, 2022

    BUTTE, MONTANA - On the evening of Feb. 16, Heaven opened its doors and Shirley was delivered into the loving arms of her devoted son Jay. Shirley Erickson passed away while being visited and comforted by her family and Pastor Carrels at St. James Community Hospital. Shirley was 79 years old. Shirley was born in Havre, Montana on July 2, 1942 and was the third child born to Lyle and Lillian (Miller) Hamilton. She had a special relationship with her older brother Richard 'Dick' Hamilton and his... Full story

  • CRT, student and staff updates, election discussed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School board addresses correspondence and received updates from Superintendent Josh Gibbs at their Feb. 22 meeting. The school board received correspondence from a Seeley Lake resident and retired teacher asking if the school was teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT). The board reviewed the state Attorney General’s opinion on CRT that stated it was not to be taught in schools. Gibbs added the Office of Public Instruction gave them the same direction earlier in the year. “It is nothing we are teach...

  • Display your collection at the museum

    Montana Historical Society|Mar 3, 2022

    It’s time to dust off those items collected throughout the years for display in a few “pop-up” exhibits at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana. For a few hours on Saturdays this spring – March 12, April 9, and May 14 – MHS will offer space for those special collections to be shared with the community. We’re searching for everything from telephones to toys, menus to matchboxes, or bonnets to bandanas. Each collector will be provided a six-foot table on which to display their collection (or a portion of their collections), and each...

  • On a journey without end

    Stephen Moon, On a journey without end|Mar 3, 2022

    “And why do you call me Master, Master and do not the things that I say? Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings and does them, I will show you to whom he is like.” Luke 6:46- 47. Making confession in Messiah as the Master and the only begotten Son of the Father is the easiest part of the journey. Holding onto that confession without succumbing to deception and seducing teachings is the challenge for all in their life’s journey. How you run the race/journey is what determines if you enter into the eternal shabbot. Our faith picture begin...

  • Snowball returns to Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – After two years, the Seeley Lake Driftrider's returned to the Seeley Lake Community Hall for their annual Snowball Banquet and fundraiser Feb. 26. Attendees enjoyed the Fiesta with dinner catered by the new Casa Caro Mexican Restaurant, games, raffles, a dessert dash and live auction. The fun continued Sunday for the 35-mile annual Fun Run from the West Side Trailhead. Driftrider's President Bill Swain said the event went smoothly and they liked being back in the Community Hall. In...

  • Lady Blackhawks take fourth at Western C

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 3, 2022

    FRENCHTOWN - The Lady Blackhawks season came to an end at the Western C Divisional Tournament Feb. 24-26 but they didn't go down without a fight. The Lady Blackhawks had two wins and two losses to finish out their season with a 22-2 record. In their opening game the Lady Blackhawks faced the West Yellowstone Wolverines. After trailing early in the game, the Lady Blackhawks rebounded in the second quarter outscoring the Wolverines 17-2. They held them off through the second half to a 50-36 victor...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Mar 3, 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 seeleylake.com 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: March 5, 1987 issue Car seats, seatbelts can save lives If you have any doubts about the value of car seats for childre... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Mar 3, 2022

    Missoula BLM plans controlled burns near Potomac MISSOULA – The Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office is preparing to burn landing piles associated with several timber sales and stewardship projects this spring in the Lower Blackfoot River area. The piles are near Belmont Creek and Highway 200 near Potomac. Smoke may be visible periodically starting in early March. When weather and fuel conditions are favorable, multiple landing piles will be lit and each of these piles will produce smoke for several days. These landing piles are...

  • Prioritize Montana first, pass the BCSA

    Erin Heaton, Missoula, Montana|Mar 3, 2022

    Montana’s beautiful, expansive public lands are what make this state the “last best place.” Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that vows to protect some of the most beloved public spaces to Montanans: The Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Blackfoot River. Public lands are vital to the physical, mental and economic health of Montanans. In fact, 75% of Montanans support the BCSA and 89% of Montanans say outdoor recreation is vital to their quality of life. The BCSA advocat...

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