Articles from the March 16, 2023 edition


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  • New mother recovering after month-long ICU stay

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 16, 2023

    Paige Paffhausen, from Seeley Lake, recently underwent a serious health scare and spent a month in the intensive care unit. Paffhausen gave birth to her daughter on Dec 15, 2022. She and her husband Mick thought the toughest part was over but later that month Paige developed a terrible infection which led to a month-long ICU stay. Paffhausen had her daughter, Parker, via cesarean at Barrett Hospital & Healthcare in Dillon. Paffhausen has been living in Dillon since moving there for college in...

  • Public comment period opens on gravel project near Elbow Lake

    Deptartment of Natural Resources and Conservation|Mar 16, 2023

    The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is seeking public comment on an aggregate take and remove permit application to mine, crush, and remove aggregate (gravel) on approximately 21 acres of State Trust Land near Elbow Lake in Missoula County. The application also includes a request to have an asphalt plant on site. The permit application has been submitted by LHC, Inc. "Input from the local community is one of the factors we consider when working through the analysis and...

  • Seeley-Swan High School senior Owen Hoag prepares for West Point

    Hattie Batchelder|Mar 16, 2023

    In December of 2022, Seeley-Swan High School senior Owen Hoag was nominated for The U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Senator Jon Tester. Tester nominated Hoag based on his academic achievements, participation in extracurricular activities, and dedication to future service in the United States Military. The nomination was one of the first steps of many for Hoag to apply to West Point. Since then, Hoag has been appointed to the academy and looks forward to what lies ahead. Hoag says...

  • T-Ball and baseball signups open for spring season

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 16, 2023

    An unofficial baseball club has formed in the Seeley Lake region and signups are currently open for kids interested in the four age groups. The unofficially named “Blackfoot League” is a collection of amateur baseball clubs in the scattered small towns who might not be big enough to host their own official teams, but still have plenty of love for the sport. “Living in a rural community, you’re going to have to travel a little ways,” said Alex Chapman, assistant coach of the Seeley Lake Baseball Club. “If you want to play sports, just that’s...

  • Suspected robbery attempt still under investigation

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 16, 2023

    An investigation into a suspected attempted robbery at the Citizens Alliance Bank in Seeley Lake last month is still open. Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jeannette Smith stated that deputies responded to a criminal mischief call on the morning of Saturday Feb. 4 and arrived to find spray paint covering the external-facing ATM and its accompanying security camera. Upon inspection, the deputies were able to conclude the ATM had been defaced and that a person or persons had attempted to break into it. Although the a...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 16, 2023

    Dear Editor, As more information has come to light through the efforts of Save Holland Lake, a few key pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place. I’ve been pondering why the Flathead National Forest (FNF) would push such a widely unpopular expansion project. Now, after reading recent publications, I have a few ideas of why. FNF gets to unload a failing septic treatment system into private hands. Essentially flushing the decades of regulatory failure down the toilet without the public realizing a thing, until now. It seems to me they failed t...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Mar 16, 2023

    March 2-8 3/3, Medical, Spruce Dr 3/3, Medical, Whitetail Dr 3/4, Medical, Snowmass Dr 3/6, Medical, Elm Dr 6/7, Medical, Boy Scout Rd...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Mar 16, 2023

    March 2-8 3/2, 6:36 p.m., Highway 200 East, Disturbance 3/2, 6:54 p.m., 5xx Whitetail Drive, Accident-No Injury 3/4, 12:17 p.m., 28xx Highway 83. Suspicious Activity 3/6, 1:39 p,m., 6xx Grizzly Drive, Offenses Against Family/Children 3/6, 3:52 p.m., 297xx Potomac Drive, Disorderly Conduct 3/7, 8:20 p.m., 3xx Seeley Lane, Theft...

  • Kenneth Lewis Ashcroft, 1990 - 2023

    Mar 16, 2023

    Kenneth Lewis Ashcroft, 32, of Seeley Lake, passed away suddenly, unexpectedly and certainly without permission, in his home on Friday, March 3rd. Kenny was taken from us much too soon. He was born August 1, 1990, in Missoula, MT to Rene Lewis Ashcroft and Jerry Ashcroft of Seeley Lake. Kenny grew up in Seeley Lake and graduated from Seeley Swan High School in 2008. Kenny had a variety of jobs in Seeley after high school, including spending a brief time in California. Then he landed his perfect...

  • Whom Shall I Send?

    Ryan Dailey|Mar 16, 2023

    scribes his calling this way: "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here I am! Send me.'" (Isaiah 6:8) The immediate answer by Isaiah to the question "Whom shall I send" has always been astounding to me. He didn't know the specifics of what he just volunteered for, or the degree of what he would be called to do. Nevertheless, he answered swiftly and assuredly, "Here I am, send me." Dear reader, has God ever called you to do...

  • Archives

    Mar 16, 2023

    Pathfinder Archives, March 16, 2023 1988 Local Skiers Compete In Yellowstone Rendezvous On March 5th, the final marathon in this area began with a mass start of 334 cross-country skiers competing in the 50-kilometer and 25-kilometer races. There were seventeen states represented and three other countries: Australia, France and British Columbia, Canada. Honored as the only participant to have competed in all 9 Rendezvous. Ernie Lundberg, Seeley Lake, 3:04:24, 13th in 35-39 division, 71st overall in mens. George Gearhart, Seeley lake, 3:05:57,...

  • March an important month for MAS

    Missoula Aging Services|Mar 16, 2023

    Missoula Aging Services (MAS) announced today that it will be participating in the 21st annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of both Meals on Wheels and our older neighbors who rely on this essential service to remain healthy and independent at home, now even more so amid a lingering pandemic and high inflation. Missoula Aging Services’ celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March. “Every March, Missoula Aging Services brings the community together to provide awareness and rally suppo...

  • Applications now accepted for YCC

    Mar 16, 2023

    The Flathead National Forest is accepting applications for our 2023 Flathead Youth Conservation Corps. (YCC) program – a conservation and education work-based program for youth between the ages of 15 and 18 YCC is a program designed to accomplish needed conservation work on public lands, provide gainful employment for students from all segments of society while gaining an appreciation of natural resources and cultural heritage. It also provides our youth an opportunity to engage in a variety o...

  • Poet Laureate shares at Open Book Club

    Jean Pocha|Mar 16, 2023

    Montana's 2021-2023 Poet Laureate Mark Gibbons spoke and read from, "In The Weeds," his latest anthology of poems, Saturday, February 25 at Alpine Artisans Open Book Club. The Poet Laureate is an honorary post that comes with responsibilities to promote the appreciation of poetry as an ancient and ongoing form of expression, said the Montana Arts Council, sponsor of the Poet Laureate program. "I say everyone is a poet," said Gibbons. "What's a poet? Someone who writes down the things that come t...

  • Montana's housing puzzle at the legislative halftime

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Mar 16, 2023

    Lawmakers have advanced several bills aimed at making at least a dent in the challenges facing renters and aspiring homebuyers. Here’s where things stand as of early March There’s broad bipartisan agreement in the Montana Capitol that rising housing costs, driven by the state’s finite supply of homes and rapid in-migration from other states, rank among the most pressing issues facing Montana residents. According to real estate website Zillow, the typical home price in Montana was $430,000 in January, a slight dip from last summer, but an incre...

  • An end to SNAP emergency allotments hurting rural communities in Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, among others

    Matt Volz, Kaiser Health News|Mar 16, 2023

    ELKO, Nev. - On a cold morning in early February, Tammy King prepared and loaded boxes and bags of vegetables, fruits, milk, frozen meat, and snacks into cars lined up outside the Friends in Service Helping food pantry, known in rural northeastern Nevada as FISH. The beginning of the month is busy for the food pantry, King said, because people who receive benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, come to stock up on free food that helps them stretch...

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