Articles from the March 5, 2020 edition

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  • SLE superintendent decision deferred until Wednesday, March 4

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Three candidates for the Seeley Lake Elementary superintendent Jon Konen, Eric Larson and Josh Gibbs toured the facilities, met with faculty, staff and the community and interviewed Sunday afternoon at SLE. Following public comments on the candidates and an executive session where the Board reviewed the background check information, the board announced they would deliberate and select a candidate Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. at SLE. The meeting is open to the...

  • Suspects in custody after area burglaries

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Law enforcement responded to two burglaries in the area over the weekend. The suspect Travis Burgess, 43, was detained Sunday while involved with another alleged burglary in Missoula with Kasey Hugs, 35. Both are in the Missoula County jail on felony burglary charges. Burgess has also been charged with felony criminal mischief and Hugs was charged with obstructing a peace officer. Saturday morning, Feb. 29 around 5:30 a.m. It’s Ah Wrap on Highway 83 was entered and items were stolen. Law enforcement said they had information, inc...

  • Runners take the leap at annual Snow Joke

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Nearly 700 runners "Took the Leap" and ran around Seeley Lake in the 41st annual Snow Joke Half Marathon. This was the second time in race history the Snow Joke has fallen on Leap Day. The last time was in 1992 when the Cheetah Herders were still organizing the race. For the second year, Run Wild Missoula and the Missoulian organized the race and were excited about the turn out. Racers agreed it was a beautiful course and a beautiful day to "Take the Leap on Leap Day." There w...

  • Sewer District receives $660,000 for Phase 2

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Seeley Lake Sewer District will receive a grant for $660,000. SLSD Manager Jean Curtiss said the grant will be applied toward Phase 2 of the collection system and reduce the cost to landowners by $4,853 per lot. The grant funding comes from the Water Resources Development Act and will cover about 10 percent of the cost of constructing Phase 2’s collection system. A complete funding package has not been secured for Phase 2 but grants from Montana’s Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Pro...

  • Lady Blackhawks win Western C Divisional

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    FRENCHTOWN – The Lady Blackhawks won three tight games at the Western C Divisional to take the top spot and secure a place at the State C Tournament. The Lady Blackhawks faced Philipsburg in the opening round. They had a great first quarter but by the half they were just three points up. The game was tied by the third quarter and the Lady Blackhawks managed to come out on top by the final buzzer, 31-28. Terra Bertsch and Bethany Hoag led the Lady Blackhawks with 12 and 11 points respectively. L...

  • Tomatoes, phosphorus and seed catalogs

    Molly Hackett, Master Gardener|Mar 5, 2020

    It is too early in the year to get a shovel into the ground but it is time to start preparing for this year's garden if it is going to be the best ever. Q: What are your favorite tomato varieties? A: I try at least one new kind of tomato every year. Most of them I never grow again but sometimes I discover a new variety that I keep on growing as long as the seed is available. I always grow one kind of cherry tomato because they are earlier than big tomatoes. This year it will once again be...

  • Montana reminded about REAL ID as deadline approaches

    Mar 5, 2020

    HELENA – In preparation for the Oct. 1 federally enforced deadline for identification changes to fly domestically or enter secure federal facilities, the Montana Department of Justice’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) would like to remind citizens about REAL ID. REAL ID is an option that can be added to your Montana driver license or identification card for an additional fee. If you add it during your renewal cycle, the cost is an additional $25. Outside the renewal cycle it is $50.00. While most people have heard of REAL ID, some don’t know...

  • Community invited to help support Ellinghouse triplets, March 7

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – On Saturday, March 7, Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and auction to support the Ellinghouse triplets Mia, Kensi and Natalie. While neither parents Shawn Ellinghouse or Kristy Pohlman are veterans, VFSL President Barbara Knopp said, “We just want to help wherever we can.” Knopp said the idea for the fundraiser just popped into her head. “I think God was talking to me,” said Knopp. “I said why don’t we do this? They are in need. They have three girls to take care of and t...

  • Sewer candidate forum, WUI cost share and Bob Marshall Music Festival fill Council agenda,

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Next Monday’s meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council promises to be quite lively: Sewer Board candidates will talk about their views on the project as part of a Sewer Candidates Forum. There are two vacancies on the Board and five candidates running: Tom Morris, Jason Gilpin, Carleen Gonder, Duane Anderson and Kyle Zumwalt. All candidates have indicated that they will attend the Forum, with the exception of Tom Morris, who has a prior engagement. Morris also commented that while he has no problems stating his position, ...

  • Three important things you need to know about in March

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Mar 5, 2020

    Hear the band? Join the March...for Meals 2020 Join us as we march into spring with our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) campaign. With your help, we can meet our 2020 goal of $5,000. March for Meals – Seeley Lake is the annual fundraising event which helps pay for Seeley Lake's MOW Program. Meals cooked every morning, Monday through Friday at the Seeley Lake Senior Center are hand delivered by volunteers to homebound older adults in Seeley Lake. Our service goes beyond meal delivery at the door. W...

  • What happens when the elk cross the road?

    Rob Rich, Conservation and Education Associate- Swan Valley Connections|Mar 5, 2020

    The young driver was not hurt. At least not physically. She had only looked down for a second as her check engine light came on and, in that moment, her Jeep hit the elk. Hitting the 600-pound animal at 70 miles per hour, the light – and the animal's life – flickered out. Last year, when two of my co-workers got word of this accident, they printed off a Vehicle-Killed Wildlife Salvage Permit from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website, and within 30 minutes from impact, the three of us wer...

  • Snow jumping hexapods

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    During sunny late winter days in the Blackfoot Watershed, multitudes of small black things can be seen wriggling on the snow. They are called snow fleas, Snow fleas, or Hypogastrura nivicola, are part of the arthropod group called springtails which include horseshoe crabs, spiders and scorpions. Springtails are not considered insects because their mouthparts are internal while insect mouths are external. Unlike parasitic fleas, snow fleas are decomposers and not bloodsuckers. They do not bite...

  • "Voices of Seeley Lake" shares stories of community members

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School English freshman and sophomore student audio documentary "Voices from Seeley Lake" aired on Montana Public Radio Sunday, Feb. 23. The documentary was a product of the Empathy Project built in collaboration with the Montana Media Lab at the UM School of Journalism and a variety of Seeley Lake community members after reading "To Kill A Mockingbird, The Screenplay" in English class last spring. "Voices from Seeley Lake" is now available on the Montana M...

  • MCPS School Board appoints local trustee

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – At the Missoula County Public Schools Board Special Board meeting Feb. 25, the board unanimously appointed Jennifer Vogel of Potomac to fill the vacant District “D” seat through the school board election May 5. This position represents Clinton, Potomac, Swan Valley, Seeley Lake and Sunset school boundary areas. Vogel was the only applicant for the seat that was vacated by Elliott Dugger Jan. 14. Vogel has taught special education for nine years and has been the special education teacher at Potomac School for the past two years. Sh...

  • Marian Matthew Seaman Aug. 27, 1932 - Feb. 14, 2020

    Mar 5, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - Marian Matthew Seaman, 87 of Swan Valley, passed away Feb. 14 surrounded by her loving family. She and her twin sister Marilyn were born in Butte Aug. 27, 1932 to Lee and Marguerite Wilhelm. She graduated from Bigfork High School in 1950, then moved to Missoula and worked at Brownie’s In and Out Drive In. The family always went there for hamburgers with ketchup and relish until it closed. Marian married John Matthew on Feb. 20, 1951 and they moved to Swan Valley where they raised their children. She worked beside John to run t... Full story

  • The necessity of the Bible

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Mar 5, 2020

    Years ago, the movie Castaway came out, in which Tom Hanks played a FedEx worker whose company plane went down, stranding him on a desert island for years. Not long after that FedEx ran a Super Bowl commercial that spoofed the movie "Castaway." Looking like a man who had been stranded on an island, the FedEx employee in the commercial goes up to the door of a suburban home, package in hand. When the lady comes to the door he explains that he survived five years on a desert island and during that...

  • The Dooking Weasel offers diverse products to meet local need

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – "For as long as I can remember I've endeavored to make things I either didn't have, couldn't afford, couldn't find or just for fun," wrote Jeanette Roesner, owner of The Dooking Weasel, in an email. "I've been an artist, author and seamstress all my life." Roesner opened The Dooking Weasel in January. She looks forward to offering handmade custom crafts, toys, embroidery and books as well as providing sewing services including mending and alterations to the communities of the S...

  • Community Briefs

    Mar 5, 2020

    Mobile Unit in Seeley Lake, March 5 SEELEY LAKE – The Mobile Unit offering free and confidential ultrasounds and pregnancy testing will be in the Lazy Pine Mall parking lot March 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. They also offer STD/STI testing. Some tests may carry a low lab fee. Sparrow’s Vine and Care Net of Missoula sponsor the Mobile Unit. Call Sparrow’s Vine, 677-1900, or Care Net, 549-0406, to make an appointment. Walk-ins welcome as time allows. Swan Valley School presents “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast,” March 6 SWAN VALLEY – Everyone...

  • Conley voted Prep Athlete of the Week

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School Junior Aspen Conley was voted Missoulian's Prep Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Republic Services, last week. Conley appreciated the recognition and support she received during the vote. Conley started playing basketball in third grade but her love for the sport started when she was younger. The Conley family has always been big basketball fans. She watched her older sister KeAnna play growing up. Conley said KeAnna inspires her and pushes her to play t...

  • 2021 Montana Teacher of the Year nominations open

    Mar 5, 2020

    HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced today that nomination and application forms are available for the 2021 Montana Teacher of the Year Program. Members of the public can fill out a simple form to nominate a teacher. Teachers can self-nominate by filling out an application. All current and actively teaching Montanans who are making a positive difference in the lives of students are encouraged to apply. If nominated, the OPI will reach out to the nominated teacher and ask them to fill out an application. Nomination forms are due b...

  • Blackhawks' season ends at Western C Divisional

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 5, 2020

    FRENCHTOWN – The Seeley-Swan Boys basketball season came to an abrupt end after a pair of losses at the Western C Divisional. The Blackhawks had a good start leading Twin Bridges by one at the quarter. However, Twin Bridges took a sizable lead by the half and then blew the game out in the third quarter. Final score was 40-58. Dakota Wood and Walker McDonald led the Blackhawks with 12 points each followed by Chase Haines with 8, Brayden Rodriguez with 6 and Quinlan Ream with 2. Wood and Haines each had a pair of three pointers while McDonald had...

  • Catherine Ellen Owens 1928-2020

    Mar 5, 2020

    On Monday, March 2, 2020, Catherine Ellen Chussler Owens, 91, passed away at home from heart conditions. She was born July 15, 1928 in Jamaica, South Long Island, New York, to Margaret (O'Neill) and Joseph Walter Chussler. Her older sister Peggy, brother John, and younger sister Theresa were all deceased before 1989. In 1940 the family moved to Elizabeth, NJ, where she graduated from Blessed Sacrament grade school and from Battin High School in 1945. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship... Full story