Articles from the March 10, 2022 edition


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  • Slow day on the ice yields huge trout

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Even though the day ice fishing on Seeley Lake started slow, things picked up when Dani Sexton, 17 of Seeley Lake, and her friend Tristan Whitney of Missoula hooked into an eight-pound brown trout Friday, March 4. Caught on a tip-up baited with smelt, the pair expected a nice pike but instead pulled up the 27-inch trout. While Sexton enjoys fishing in the summer, she does not care for the cold so she rarely goes ice fishing. She said Whitney is an avid fisherman and hunter. He brou...

  • Mannix family seeks resilience through ranching

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    HELMVILLE - Cattle, education and conservation have helped strengthen the Mannix Family Ranch in Helmville. Through years of conversation and counsel they decided that a successful ranch needed to include economically sustainable and sufficient ranch businesses, balance with the natural environment and social strength through nurturing community within and outside the ranch. Developing resilience increased their confidence as the Mannixes explored ways to survive well and include the next...

  • The rise and fall of good and evil in "The Play"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Thursday, March 3 the Seeley-Swan High School Drama Class took to the stage for the debut of "The Play." SSHS Senior Oskar Murphy wrote the production which he helped direct along with senior Crystal Lopez and Drama Teacher Katy Pellett. The production opened in the throne room of King Eildue (Oskar Murphy). His kingdom had been attacked. While Prince Freddrich (Tyler Neher) was eager to fight, he was not of age. King Eildue threw him in the dungeon for his over-zealous defense o...

  • Vaccination debate to continue

    Andi and Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder Editor and Publisher|Mar 10, 2022

    In reference to the pandemic, few things have sparked such emotional debate as masks and vaccinations. Our Letters to the Editor policy has not allowed national topics that have no possible local resolution to keep the Pathfinder’s content hyper-local. However, after much consideration, we are going to allow this vaccination debate to continue in the letters to the editor. While it is a national issue, we recognize that it affects each one of us locally when choosing whether or not to vaccinate ourselves and/or our children. The decision c...

  • Be smart, ignore the fearmongers

    Mike Marshall, Seeley Lake, Montana|Mar 10, 2022

    So many (perhaps well-intentioned folks) have been spreading fear about the Covid-19 vaccinations via social media and news sources. Many of these are politicians and talking news heads. Alas, a very few have even been medical personnel or retired medical staffers. By and large, our medical care professionals across the country and certainly here in Missoula County have been buried in dealing with the effects of so much fear and misinformation. As an antidote, here’s some truth: The CDC does in fact maintain a database known as the Vaccine Adve...

  • Alert regarding At-Home Test Kits

    David Kenmir, Condon, Montana|Mar 10, 2022

    This is just a heads up “ FYI “ in reference to the free home COVID-19 test kits being handed out by the Seeley Lake Fire Department. Per an alert on national news, the test kits have a toxic chemical in the ingredients called Sodium Azide. It was indicated that the toxic chemical could lead to hospitalization and complications from low blood pressure. So out of curiosity, I researched the ingredients that should have been on the box or at least within it. No information is provided in the kits. An online search eventually led to a Safety Dat...

  • Can experimental COVID gene vaccine alter the human genome?

    John Farrar Ph.D, Ovando, Montana|Mar 10, 2022

    For 200 years every vaccine that has ever been given to humans has contained the virus, bacteria or protein (THE ANTIGEN) against which the immune system responds by the production of antibodies. It is time-tested technology. The COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) are the first exceptions to the use of this standard antigen vaccine process. The COVID vaccines do not contain antigen. The COVID vaccines contain a man-made GENE (RNA). They are “gene therapy”. The injected RNA hijacks the human cells’ protein manufacturing system which produces th...

  • Vaccination mandate has little affect on PHC staffing

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    MISSOULA – With the implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) health care worker vaccination rule that went into effect Feb. 14, Seeley-Swan Medical Clinic and the other Partnership Health Center facilities report that more than 99% of their staff are in compliance with the mandate. PHC Director of Communications Eric Halverson was pleased to report that PHC will not see any diminished services and they have not lost any staff at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center and everyone will remain employed. He added it is unc...

  • More reasons to care

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Mar 10, 2022

    The Importance of Proper Liquid Waste Disposal Why do we care about correct liquid wastewater effluent disposal? Here are a few reasons: • Environmental protection: Improper wastewater effluent disposal can hurt the surrounding environment. It can affect the balance of aquatic ecosystems and kill marine organisms. Or it can seep into the soil, kill plants, destroy natural habitats and cause biodiversity loss. • Human health protection: Inadequate wastewater effluent disposal can also make peo...

  • Blanchard Creek property agreements top discussion

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    POTOMAC – At their March 1 meeting, the Greenough-Potomac Fire Board and Developer John Richards discussed their needs and concerns regarding building a fourth fire station on the Fire Department’s property on Blanchard Creek. Several questions were identified that Richards and the Board hope to address at the Board’s April meeting. The Greenough-Potomac Board of Trustees and Richards signed the original agreement Sept. 4, 2007. The agreement stated that the Department would exchange their property on Sperry Grade for at least an acre and a...

  • Another dream

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Mar 10, 2022

    I plan to present dreams from time-to-time to help us understand the origin and meanings of dreams. All dreams originate in the human psyche (human psychology). There are two major types of dreams: personal and collective dreams. Personal dreams provide the dreamer with insights and meanings about their personal psychology. Collective dreams provide the dreamer with meanings and insights about a social situation. Yes, we can dream dreams that inform us about something other than ourselves! The...

  • The importance of the local church

    Ryan Dailey, Assistant Director at Camp Utmost|Mar 10, 2022

    Why is the local church so important to believers in Christ? Can't I stay home and listen to a sermon, pray by myself or go outside and worship through the beauty of nature? Yes, in fact, you can, but that is not church. When you have this mindset, you minimize the importance of what the local church stands for. It is not merely a place to go to sing songs and listen to a sermon; it is the community of believers. Church is not a building; it is the body of Christ. I'm a car guy, so when I'm arou...

  • Putting diverse experience to work for area customers

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – From painting to commercial fishing, plumbing to electrical, and construction to excavating, Seeley Lake resident John Mills is putting his diverse experience to work in the area. He started General Building Repairs Handyman Services last spring in the Swan Valley. After moving to Seeley Lake last fall, he is expanding his services to Seeley Lake, Potomac and Ovando with customer satisfaction as his number one priority. Mills' father was a painter. He learned most of his p...

  • Northern Pacific Railroad's influence on the Upper Swan Valley

    Sharon and Steve Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Mar 10, 2022

    Many people are not aware that the Northern Pacific Railway Company (NP) had a significant influence on the settlement, economy and timber industry of the upper Swan Valley. Looking at a current map of the upper Swan Valley, you might ask, "What influence?" No railways are located in the valley, nor are any Northern Pacific properties listed on the current maps. A closer look at the early history of the settlement in the upper Swan Valley reveals something quite different. Maps of the early...

  • SSHS receives grant to continue Morrell Creek water testing

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Board of Supervisors for the Missoula Conservation District approved three grants from their winter grant cycle to support local conservation. Among the recipients was Seeley-Swan High School. SSHS received a $500 Operation Mini Grant for students in high school science classes to continue water quality monitoring of Morrell Creek near the high school. SSHS Science Teacher Gretchen Watkins applied for the grant after they lost the funding from the Seeley Lake Sewer District this past fall. The Sewer District originally signed...

  • Raising awareness about child exploitation, cyberbullying

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "Has any one been offered money from the Nigerian Prince?" Missoula County Sheriff's Office Detective Garrett Van Hoose asked Seeley-Swan High School students. While his question was met with laughter, Van Hoose continued with a serious conversation about child exploitation through the Internet, cyberbullying and their effects at a presentation at SSHS Feb. 22. In his nearly 20 years in law enforcement and the last five with the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Mar 10, 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 12, 1987 issue Seeley Lake Post Office celebrates 75 years this week As of March 7, the U.S. Postal service has... Full story

  • Jonelle Marie Fink July 23, 1965 - March 4, 2022

    Mar 10, 2022

    BILLINGS, MONTANA - On March 4 Jonelle Marie Fink, 56, was called home by her Heavenly Father. She was born to Johnny and Wanda Aulabaugh in Corning, California on July 23, 1965. She married Charles Esparza in 1985. In June of 1985, they were blessed for a short time with the life of their daughter Natalie Marie. In 1992, they moved their children Christopher, Anthony and Andrea to Seeley Lake, Montana where they raised them in the mountains among the trees. Camping, fishing and huckleberry... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Lions Club

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    The Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys are home to many non-profits. All these non-profits play a vital role in our communities and most are run by volunteers. Over the next several months we will feature these various groups in an effort to highlight who they are, what they do and how to get involved. To nominate your favorite non-profit for the feature please email pathfinder@seeleylake.com or call 406-677-2022. Seeley Lake Lions Club SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Lions Club is an international n... Full story

  • SSHS senior named Athlete of the Week

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School Senior Tegan Mauldin was voted the Missoulian's Prep Athlete of the Week March 2. Mauldin tallied 44 points over four divisional basketball games in Frenchtown, including 16 in a loser-out game and 12 in the third-place game, both team highs. Mauldin did not starting playing basketball at Seeley Lake Elementary until junior high. "I didn't want to be in front of people, that was terrifying," Maudlin said. She decided to go out for the team in seventh grade...

  • Community Briefs

    Mar 10, 2022

    Seeley Lake Community Council to meet virtually SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Council will meet via Zoom at 6 p.m. for their March 14 meeting. The agenda includes: updating the Council’s bylaws with Laurie Hire from Missoula County Community and Planning Services; Seeley Lake Sewer District updates from Cheri Thompson; and updates from Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver. The official agenda will be posted on the Seeley Lake Community Council’s Facebook page. To join the Zoom meeting visit https://us02web.zoom...

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