Articles from the March 24, 2022 edition

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  • Jack Hooker named to Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    HELMVILLE - "Sitting around crackling campfires and hunting camp dinner tables listening to Jack Hooker tell stories of adventures was a great privilege I had during the years I worked at the Whitetail Ranch," said Rebecca Ondov. "His philosophy on life empowered him to train horses and mules not merely in an arena, where the fence draws a line as to how big the wreck can be, he trained them to be sound work animals in the high country of the wilderness, where the unexpected happens in the...

  • Seeley ambulance rates nearly doubled to fund more services

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board voted March 15 to increase the base rates for ambulance service from $600 - $750 to $1,177 - $1,339 depending on the level of care. With this adjustment in rates, the board also approved Fire Chief Dave Lane to increase the base pay he is offering for the paramedic/firefighter position outreach from $40,000 to $50,000. The board also heard comments from the public regarding unprofessional conduct and a request to develop a strategic plan. Ambulance R...

  • Eagles claim Copper League Championship

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles finished the season as the Copper League Champions after beating Bonner for first place March 17. Head Coach Bradley Miller said it was a great season, with a lot of improvements. "I was a very, very lucky coach this year," Miller said. "I did a lot and I had to do a lot but they made it really easy towards the end of the season. They all figured it out and got together as a team and decided what they wanted to do and they went out and did it. That m...

  • MAS Levy will help meet growing needs for seniors

    Missoula Aging Services Governing Board, Missoula, Montana|Mar 24, 2022

    Older Missoula County residents and their families owe a big “thank you” to our County Commissioners. On March 10th, the Commission voted unanimously to place a levy on the June 7th Primary Election ballot. The levy will boost support to vital Missoula Aging Services (MAS) programs, such as Meals On Wheels, which are under stress as our population grows older. The Missoula County Commission established MAS in 1982 to “promote the independence, dignity and health of older adults, and those who care for them.” However, this mission has become...

  • Response to Farrar - "Pshaw," vaccine conspiracy theories waste our time

    Mike Marshall, Seeley Lake, Montana|Mar 24, 2022

    In the last several years, so many folks (and some of them are well intentioned) have floated so many unfounded ideas. We have been subjected to flat-earth theories, Israeli space lasers causing wild fires in our western state forests, windmills causing cancer, Microchips planted in vaccines to track you and the new COVID-19 vaccines causing thousands of deaths covered up by government agencies. Sadly, these theorists too often know how to push our emotional buttons and they know how to allude to something by use of innuendo and...

  • Douglas-fir bark beetle activity on the rise in Seeley

    Brad French, Montana DNRC Clearwater Unit|Mar 24, 2022

    Being an owner of forested property can bring many upkeep duties. Thinning, burning, roadwork and monitoring for tree health can keep a property owner busy. Many large, old Douglas-fir trees in the Double Arrow Ranch and valley foothills are showing signs of beetle attacks in the last couple years, including some trees over 400 years in age. Last year’s beetle-infested trees can affect your healthy trees if not dealt with in a timely fashion. Most forest insect pests occur naturally throughout Montana, but with some careful planning and the r...

  • LP And The Vinyl take the stage Sunday

    Jenny Rohrer, AAI Program Director|Mar 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Are you ready for an afternoon of jazz, rhythm and blues and more from an accomplished Los Angeles quartet? 2 Valleys Stage invites you to join us at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 27 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall for a lively concert featuring the acclaimed LP And The Vinyl. Tickets are available at the door. Refreshments will be served, and beer and wine are by donation. Who are LP And The Vinyl? After years of intensive recording projects and concerts for jazz aficionados throughout...

  • Public comment prompts policy review

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Public comment at the March 15 Seeley Lake Elementary School Board Meeting has led the board to request a review of community use of school facilities. A local community member questioned the board regarding a religious group that was allowed to pray on school grounds. The community member stated the school is opening the door for all types of religious groups. In recent weeks, a religious group was allowed to enter the building on a Sunday, according to Josh Gibbs, Superintendent/Principal. He granted permission based on...

  • Cultural, sociological and ethnic diversity

    Carleen Gonder|Mar 24, 2022

    Acceptance of diversity, and isolationism: two concepts that have been at the forefront of my mind, given the current situation in our state, our country and the world. I’ll not discuss world history or politics, but rather look at those concepts as they relate to my own past experiences and my current concerns. The first half of my life, as a child and young adult, I did not have much experience outside my immediate environment. I was isolated from diversity, had little exposure to people who weren’t like me. That changed in 1984 when I mad...

  • Seeley-Swan students stand out at State BPA Conference

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    BILLINGS, MONTANA – Seeley-Swan High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club competed at the State BPA Leadership Conference in Billings March 13 – 15. Five SSHS students joined 91 chapters and over 1,000 top competitors from across Montana. SSHS BPA Advisor Michele Holmes said she is very proud of all the students that attended as well as the team's fourth place finish in Global Marketing and Club President Tru Good's top 20 finish in National Promotional Photography. This is the se...

  • Board discusses water testing and budget

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board continued to hone a water testing regiment for the lake and began discussing next year’s budget at their March 17 meeting. Over the last several months the Board has been discussing with Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) how to do water testing to assess the human impact on Seeley Lake. The Board amended their budget in November to allocate $5,515 for environmental DNA (eDNA) testing but learned last month that it would not be enough for a year. This month CRC came back with another tes...

  • Redemption

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith Lutheran in Condon & Holy Cross Lutheran in Seeley Lake|Mar 24, 2022

    One of the most popular movies in the last several decades is “The Shawshank Redemption.” For those who have not seen it, the basic plot is about a man named Andy who has been wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. However, after a number of years, he is able to escape. The main focus is mostly between ostensible criminal Andy and the Warden, who presents himself as a godly man. The dichotomy here is that each man’s true actions are the opposite of what they are purported to be outwardly. The Warden, for example, is anyth...

  • Budding creativity branches out

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Mar 24, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - ReMarkable Floral is adding fun to their services. Last week they offered a Floral Creation Make and Take, this was the second in a series. The first Make and Take happened last November. It was well received, according to Ruthie Mizner-Welch, owner of ReMarkable Floral. Talking to people she learned they were interested in doing more. "Flowers are happy. Most people respond really positively to flowers," Mizner-Welch said. "We got several comments from the one we did in November....

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Mar 24, 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 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 26, 1987 issue Planning board approves plat for Placid Lake The Community Development Staff for Missoula County... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Mar 24, 2022

    Personal Tech Support Event, March 31 SEELEY LAKE - Have technology questions or issues you want resolved? Come by the Foundation Building West Wing on Thursday, March 31 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and visit with SLCF volunteers. Volunteers can help on various devices and will try their best to help solve your issues. If possible, please bring the device and be sure to know your passwords so you can access what you need help with. For more information, contact the Seeley Lake Community Foundation at 406-677-3506. The Foundation Building is...

  • Protect our headwaters with the BCSA

    Walter Hadwick, Missoula, Montana|Mar 24, 2022

    The Bob Marshall Wilderness is a roadless tract of land that spreads over 1,009,352 acres north of Ovando. South of its designated boundary, Monture Creek, an important tributary of the Blackfoot River, flows through a remarkably roadless area. An area needs to be roadless to be a designated wilderness. Monture Creek past the campground is roadless already and an access point to the greater Bob Marshall area. Additionally, Monture Creek is recognized by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks as a primary spawning stream for two species of concern,...