Articles from the March 21, 2019 edition

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  • Living up to his nickname "Cowboy"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    In the first article, Louis Woodrow "Louie" Vero of Greenough, Mont. told of his early years riding and roping. With the nickname "cowboy" given to him by his mother at age two, he had a lot to live up to. Vero served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated with a degree in animal science and agriculture from Cal-Poly. He worked for the E Bar L Ranch in Greenough during his summers in college. GREEOUGH - Not only was Vero smitten with Montana, he also fell in love with E Bar L ranch owner Bill...

  • Royer takes third in Iditarod

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    ALASKA – After crossing under the burled arch in Nome at the end of the 2019 Iditarod sled dog race, musher Jessie Royer dropped her snow hook and worked her way to the front of her 11-dog team loving and thanking her dogs. When asked why, she replied, "I'm here because the dogs got me here. They deserve the credit." Placid Lake area part time resident Royer, 42, and her 14-dog team took third place in the 1,000-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. This success came on the heels o...

  • Eagles undefeated for season

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles went undefeated in their regular season with a 16-0 record. Head Coach Brett Haines said this is the first time the team has gone undefeated and they played like they were number one in the tournaments. The Eagles took the championship title for the girls Copper League Small Schools 2019. In the tournament, the first game was Wednesday night against Clinton. Clinton proved to be no competition for the Eagles winning 57-6. "At some point I needed t...

  • St. Patrick's Day dinner a success

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Senior Center hosted their annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner March 17. Senior Center President Boyd Gossard said the event went very well and all the proceeds will support the general operating budget for the Senior Center. The Seeley-Swan High School Leos Club helped with the event for the second year. They had six students that helped Saturday night and Sunday during the main event. "They were a tremendous help. I just can't say enough about those kids and all t...

  • To hook to the sewer or not

    Colleen Krause, Seeley Lake, Mont. - 72-year summer resident|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - If you have been unable to attend a sewer meeting since November 2018, you will never know what has gone on if you read the notes taken at the meetings. They do not give you any detailed information. I know the past president made sure the minutes were detailed for the public to read and be informed. I recently spoke with the sewer’s lawyer asking him about information on the Users’ Agreement. He said he couldn’t share with me, as it was a confidential matter. He said he edited the agreement and sent it back to the board, assum...

  • Why I hate the .357 magnum

    Philip Gregory|Mar 21, 2019

    The reason I hate the .357 so much is partly because of the handguns it is available in. Many of the firearms manufactured in the .357 are works of art by themselves. Some of them are so nice and so carefully crafted, they are almost too nice to shoot. This is true especially of the Smith and Wessons. Practically every company that has ever manufactured a center fire revolver has made a .357. Hence, there is an almost endless variety of .357 revolvers available. Everything from small...

  • DISH Network scam targets local customers

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE –Seeley Lake residents have been the target of a phone scam with the caller and number posing as DISH network. DISH Network advises customers to not give out their account number, last name, pin number or credit card number over the phone. Instead, hang up, block the number and call DISH directly and report the call to their fraud department. Seeley Lake resident Rick Derry said three different times during the week of March 10 he received fraudulent calls from someone posing as a representative from DISH. His caller ID showed t...

  • Slotnick to Seeley: Why not incorporate?

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted short presentations from County Commissioner Josh Slotnick, Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer Matt Walter and Seeley-Swan High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Pecora at the March 11 council meeting. Newly elected Slotnick spoke about what it was like to be a new commissioner and then posed the question: Why doesn’t Seeley Lake incorporate? Slotnick said that as a new commissioner he feels like he has had to learn a dozen different languages...

  • Crime prevention starts with knowledge

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Coordinator Rob Scheben introduced himself at the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting, March 11. The crime prevention coordinator is a new position with the Sheriff’s Office. Scheben hopes to share his knowledge and expertise in regards to crime prevention with residents and business owners in Missoula County through small and large group presentations. While Scheben has lived in Montana for 29 years, he grew up on the outskirts of New York City. He remembers hearing peopl...

  • Seeley Lake wood stoves and winter air quality

    Benjamin Schmidt, Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Recent cold snaps have been instructive about the role weather plays in Seeley Lake's winter air quality. Since the wood stove change out program of 2012-2014, Seeley Lake winter air quality has varied with weather patterns and temperatures. Immediately following the change out program, winter air quality in Seeley Lake improved, with far fewer days exceeding the 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate than was observed before the change out....

  • Students share info about water quality

    Diann Ericson, Swan Valley AARP|Mar 21, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - On March 5, the Swan Valley American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) were treated to a visit from Swan Valley Elementary School's third through fifth graders. The main purpose of their visit was to share information about their water quality monitoring work. Last fall, with financial assistance from AARP, these students worked with Watershed Education Network and Swan Valley Connections to gather water quality data from a site on Glacier Creek, a project pursued by various...

  • Memories supplement "Red Skies"

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – When 20th Century-Fox chose Missoula as the location for its January 1952 world premier opening of the motion picture "Red Skies of Montana," it was a momentous occasion for the city. The premier was a whole day event which included a police-guard parade with film stars waving from a Cadillac, planes flying overhead and a 135-guest reception and dinner at the Florence Hotel. Then came the showing followed by an after-program at the Fox Theater featuring a group of smokejumpers i...

  • Discussion continues about new school sign, salary raise approved

    Mar 21, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Elementary School Board continued their discussion about the new school sign at their March 12 board meeting. In other business the board approved a 2.5 percent retroactive raise for the hourly and salary employees as well as a 1.5 percent step increase. Swan Valley resident Sue Cushman started the discussion on the proposed digital sign. After reading the school board article in the Feb. 14 issue of the Pathfinder, she was concerned about the aesthetics of the sign and the cost. “I was scratching my head and [as...

  • Living with bears in Seeley Lake

    Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The weather is warming and it’s time to start being bear aware. Please bring in bird feeders by April 1 and start securing attractants, such as garbage and pet food. If you have chickens or small livestock, an electric fence can be an effective solution at preventing bear conflicts. FWP Region 2 confirmed that a collared grizzly bear emerged from the den on the east side of the Missions, west of Seeley Lake. Clearwater Resource Council is hosting a Pure Montana Tales event March 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. entitled, “Living with Bea...

  • Prevent flood damage around homes

    Office of Emergency Management|Mar 21, 2019

    Be ready for it! Flood prevention in your home and yard is your responsibility. If the snow melts quickly, your home may be at risk of flooding even if it’s never been flooded before. Tips to help reduce your risk of a snowmelt flood in your home (Some tips involve snow shoveling which is heavy work. Consider doing a bit at a time and please use care and caution. Get help if you have health concerns): • Remove snow from around your foundation. Pay particular attention to the areas around window wells. • Most lots drain along the outside edges...

  • Blackfoot Peacemakers quilting the fabric of life

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    POTOMAC - For the last 24 years Potomac ladies have been getting together and creating quilts. Some of the quilts are donated to hospice, raffles, families in need, Potomac Bingo night, the Greenough/Potomac Volunteer Fire Department for people displaced by fire and to veterans. In 1995 Barb Sheehy was part of the Potomac Home Extension Group, now called the Blackfoot Home and Community Club. Sheehy, who has a quilting background offered to give some quilting lessons. The group took quilting...

  • Hunter Watson Memorial fund offers grants for innovative young people

    Mar 21, 2019

    There are a lot of young people with new ideas, enthusiasm and passion without the financial means to change their dreams into reality. The Hunter Watson Memorial Fund is now offering grants to help support these young innovators and their projects. Founded in memory of Hunter Brooks Watson, a college sophomore who died as a passenger in a distracted driving accident, the Memorial Fund offers grants from $500 to $5,000 to provide individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 with the financial means to take their ideas and dreams to the next step....

  • God's fashion for marriage

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Mar 21, 2019

    It’s fascinating to look back over the decades at what couples dressed like. Every era over the past century had common fashions and trends that help us know what period history a couple lived in. What makes it possible to identify past eras is that couples looked just like everyone else around them. In relationships, and in marriage, the Bible actually gives us fashion advice to NOT treat others exactly as the world around does. This truth is seen in Colossians chapter 3. First, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hea...

  • Matthew Alan Thorvald Castonguay 1979-2019

    Mar 21, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Our beloved and precious Matthew, 39, was suddenly and unexpectedly taken away from us on March 11. Matthew was born on December 19, 1979 to Gary and Royann in Missoula and was raised in Seeley Lake. Matthew, even as a young child, had such stubbornness head strength that he had to do things, all things, with the idea or notion that it was his idea only. He was never a follower, more like a loner always. He attended Seeley-Swan High School and actively participated in weight... Full story

  • Gregory Leon Barsi 1956-2019

    Mar 21, 2019

    MISSOULA - Gregory Leon Barsi, 62, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7 of natural causes at St. Patrick's Hospital. He was born on March 16, 1956 in Santa Rosa, Calif. to Mario and Jeane Barsi. Gregory was educated in Santa Rosa public schools and went to Santa Rosa Jr. College. He was a member of the Glee Club, as well as many groups of the arts. He enjoyed music of all kinds, as well as musical plays, art, crafting and was very artistic. He wrote poetry as a hobby and had a... Full story

  • Johnson chosen for Treasure State Classic

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 21, 2019

    BILLINGS – Seeley-Swan High School senior Chance Johnson was selected to participate in the Treasure State Senior Classic Tournament March 14-16. He was one of 12 seniors to represent the Western Class C Division in the tournament. Johnson enjoyed the high level of competition and opportunity to play on the same side of the court with some of his past rivals. The annual tournament features seniors from AA, A, B and C classes. The Western C team was one of four C teams and was made up of p...

  • Community Briefs

    Mar 21, 2019

    Community musicians wanted SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School band invites community members to join the high school band for their concert May 21 at 7 p.m. in the SSHS auditorium. For more information contact Music Director Sandy Abbott at SSHS, 677-2224. Seeley Lake Ranger District roads update SEELEY LAKE – While salvage logging still continues on the Seeley Lake Ranger District, many of the projects have been completed. There are only two snowmobile trail closures still in effect: • Rice Ridge Road (Forest Service Road 720) from...

  • Medicaid expansion lacks real compassion

    Dusty Weber, Hamilton, Mont.|Mar 21, 2019

    Why should someone who works and cannot afford insurance pay for the insurance of someone else who does not work at all? Continuing to fund Medicaid Expansion with tax revenue from Montana's struggling workers lacks real compassion. Try not to confuse Medicaid with Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid already covers profound disabilities and people who truly cannot enter the work force. Medicaid Expansion on the other hand is a deceptively named redistribution scheme that takes taxpayer money to give healthcare to nearly 100,000 other Montanans; many...

  • Daines supports improving rural broadband

    Bridget Holland, Helena, Mont.|Mar 21, 2019

    Editor, Without access to broadband internet, students are unable to keep up in the classroom, patients are denied the promise of telemedicine tools and rural businesses are locked out of the global economy. Thankfully, Senator Daines stood up for rural America when he wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the issue this week. In the letter, Senator Daines asked the FCC to remove the regulatory barriers holding TV white spaces back – a technology that wirelessly delivers broadband connectivity to underserved c...

  • Montana lawmakers consider new ways to protect against Aquatic Invasive Species

    Shaylee Ragar, UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Mar 21, 2019

    HELENA--A prolific alien organism is closing in on Montana’s ecosystem and could have dire consequences for food production, outdoor recreation and the economy if it crosses the state’s borders. Aquatic invasive species have widely infected the Midwest and are continuing to spread. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and state lawmakers are racing to protect the state from all invasive species but aquatic species like quagga and zebra mussels in particular. Proposals include allowing counties to implement new taxes, creating a new fee for boat owner...

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