Articles from the March 30, 2023 edition

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  • MDT announce start for construction around Salmon Lake

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 30, 2023

    The Montana Department of Transportation hosted an open house for public comment and questions about the upcoming Highway 83 construction at Salmon Lake. Engineers for MDT and Kiewit were present to explain what work is planned for the two-lane route that snakes along the hill ridge next to the lake. The proposed work is only a small part of a large plan to renovate major roads in the area, and because of a prolonged winter it's already facing probable delays. "We hope to get in there [at the]...

  • Seeley Lake hiker prepares for a second long-haul through hike

    Jean Pocha|Mar 30, 2023

    Kyle Peltier of Seeley Lake is embarking on the Appalachian Trail April 8 after completing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2021. While nearing the end of the PCT, Peltier began thinking about another through hike, either the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) or the Appalachian Trail (AT). The three trails comprise the Triple Crown of thru hiking. "I wasn't really keen about doing the Appalachian Trail because of all the rain and snakes and stuff on the east coast," said Peltier. "One of my PCT...

  • SLE board votes on levy, discusses hiring of new teachers and a contract dispute

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 30, 2023

    The Seeley Lake Elementary School board consented to a proposed levy at a meeting last Wednesday, March 15, before discussing issues of staffing, hiring, and a staff complaint involving unclear contract language. The board voted in support of enacting a general operating fund levy for 2024 in the amount of $23,864.86 which will annual taxes on a $100,00 home by $3.21. and $6.43 for a $200,00 home. The levy will be on the ballot in May. Janet Morgenstern submitted a letter of resignation. Morgenstern spoke about her resignation from the...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nathan Varley, Bear Creek Council|Mar 30, 2023

    Dear Editor, Montana’s state Legislature is proposing a host of extreme anti-wildlife bills despite widespread, diverse, strong, and credible opposition to these unnecessary measures. The onslaught on wildlife by locally elected officials began in 2021 and continues in this legislative session with the introduction of bills that go from bad to worse. Snaring and night shooting wolves, placing bounties on a hunt, loosening stipulations for killing grizzly bears, hounding black bears - the list goes on. Proposed laws spread misinformation a... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor

    Libby Langston|Mar 30, 2023

    Dear Editor, An asphalt plant?! And a gravel pit?! On 21 acres?! That’s an area bigger than 26 football fields, or more than 300 tennis courts or over 3100 parking spaces! However the reader, you, can best envision the enormity of such a horrific industry smack in the middle of a peaceful, wild area that is adjacent to an already designated special open space, this is a proposal that needs to be denied. This application to build such a noisy, dusty, smelly, disruptive industry directly across from the Blackfoot Clearwater Game Range (which is a... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor

    Mary Lynne Jones|Mar 30, 2023

    Dear Editor, On January 6 of this year, LHC, Inc. a paving contractor from Kalispell, submitted an application to Montana DNRC to mine crush and remove roughly 110,000 cubic yards of stone, sand and gravel from their Land Trust, Section 20, Township 15N, Range 14W. The application also requests to include a permit to locate an asphalt production plant on site. The area is roughly 21 acres and is proposed to be used to build our new roads on Highway 83 expansion this summer and next, as well as other highway projects. DNRC sent out a press... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Mar 30, 2023

    Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log March 16-22 3/20, Medical, Drew Creek Road 3/20, Medical, Airport Road... Full story

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Mar 30, 2023

    Missoula County Sheriff's Log March 16-22 3/17, 12:25 p.m., 2xx School Lane, Intimidation 3/17, 5:11 p.m., 1x MM Highway 83, Suspicious Activity 3/17, 9:26 p.m., 4xx Airport Road, Accident-No Injury 3/18, 5:26 p.m., 386xx Highway 200 E, Accident-No Injury 3/21, 12:21 p.m., 33xx Highway 83, Suspicious Activity 3/21, 12:35 p.m., 36xx Bear Acres Road, Fraud 3/22, 6:21 p.m., Montana Drive, Accident-No Injury... Full story

  • The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

    Mark Taylor|Mar 30, 2023

    by Mark Taylor, Layman The Holy Rosary is a Gospel derived meditative prayer that can transform hearts and change lives. I have gathered several scripture passages/information on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary that focus on the Passion (suffering) of Christ offered to atone for our sins. Please join in meditating on these Sorrowful Mysteries. The Agony in the Garden: “Then Jesus went…to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go…and pray.’ And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,... Full story

  • Collective Dreams

    Ken Silvestro|Mar 30, 2023

    It’s time to return to the importance of dreams. Dreams are common nighttime experiences, as common as our daytime experiences. The problem is that we don’t easily remember dreams, not as easily as we remember daytime experiences. Why is that? That’s because we are not conscious (aware) while we sleep but we are when we’re awake. That seems obvious enough. If we’re not conscious when we sleep, where are the dreams coming from? Dreams come from the unconscious (hidden psychology) or inner wor... Full story

  • Aquatic invasive New Zealand mudsnails discovered in Upper Clark Fork watershed

    Mar 30, 2023

    New Zealand mudsnails, an aquatic invasive species that can have a long-lasting impact on local waters, were discovered last week in Silverbow Creek near the outlet of Warm Springs Ponds. This is the first time mudsnails have been detected in the Upper Clark Fork watershed. So far Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries staff have only found two dead mudsnails in Silverbow Creek but will conduct follow-up surveys when the weather warms and it is more effective to find snails. New Zealand mud snails are an aquatic invasive species found in a... Full story

  • Previous volunteers return to Seeley Lake Fire Department

    Andi Bourne|Mar 30, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District recognized their two newest members at their monthly board meeting March 21. Fire Chief Dave Lane also reported they are gearing up to welcome two new paramedics to the department. The Fire Department's newest volunteers Mark Kues and Shawn Ellinghouse are both previous members. At the pinning ceremony Lane said, "That is a huge plus for us because [they] can help with training, [they] can fall right into place to what needs to be done and for...

  • Girl scout cookies have arrived

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 30, 2023

    Spring is here and so are the Girl Scout cookies. The Seeley Lake Troop #3436 which is only in its second year of activity had a mildly successful year of orders this winter compared to last year, but according to troop leader, Chantel Lynch, they expect to make the most of their sales at the in-person booths over the coming weeks. “We got more for the booths because that’s what we’re expecting more this year - people buying from the booth instead of individuals,” Lynch said. She attributes the dip in sales to people still having some boxes l...

  • Annual glass recycling program returns and raises money for local schools

    Mar 30, 2023

    The Seeley Lake Community Foundation, in partnership with Missoula-based nonprofit Recycling Works, is offering free glass recycling in Seeley Lake via three Saturday drop-off events this year. The glass recycling drop-off events will be from 10am until 2pm on April 15, July 15, and October 15, 2023. Community members are invited to bring their glass to the parking lot of the Foundation Building, where Recycling Works staff will load clean glass into their recycling trailer. The Foundation Building is located at 3150 MT Hwy 83 N, in downtown...

  • Bears emerge from hibernation

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Mar 30, 2023

    Between the winter thaw and the summer sun there arrives two annual influxes of new area residents. The beach-lounging lake crowd, and the bears. This late winter has kept both populations away, but recent weeks has seen the beginning of bear movement in the area, and while most of the collared grizzlies haven’t ventured far it’s only a short matter of time before they start leaving their winter dens and exploring the same areas that humans inhabit and enjoy. “I’ve got four radio collars that are out of the den,” said Erik Wenum, Fish, Par...

  • Archives

    Mar 30, 2023

    Pathfinder Archives March 30 Issue 1988 1st Valley Bank First In State 1st Valley Bank is the top-rated commercial bank in Montana, according to Sheshunoff & Company, a national bank-rating service. Through the third quarter of 1987, which is the most current information available, 1st Valley had an overall rating of 95 (out of a possible 99).The only other bank in the state with a rating over 90 is Valley Bank of Kalispell (rated at 92). The ratings are based upon a weighting of capital, asset quality, management, earnings and liquidity. To...

  • When it's springtime in the Rockies

    Brett Zarling, Recreation Ranger Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks|Mar 30, 2023

    As I began to ponder what to write about, almost immediately my mind drifted toward springtime. Soon after, the song title “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies” by Gene Autry filled my mind. Most reading this article are probably too young to remember that song, including myself. So why would a song from 1937 come to my mind? My father often told me of his grandfather who was a cheesemaker in Wisconsin He would regularly sing this song while making cheese in his small cheese factory. I never met my great grandfather, but I enjoy imagi... Full story

  • Bill banning gender-affirming care for minors moves forward in house legislature

    Elinor Smith|Mar 30, 2023

    HELENA -- A bill that would bar children under 18 experiencing gender dysphoria from getting gender-affirming care in the state of Montana or with Montana Medicaid cleared a final vote 65-to-34 in the House Friday, after an emotional debate the day before. Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 99, but Rep.Kerri Seekins-Crowe, R-Billings, carried it in the House. She said the bill would stop children from making life-long decisions about their health at a young age to protect them from the potential side effects of... Full story

  • Missoula food group, area ranchers look to alleviate bottleneck

    Hailey Smalley, Montana Free Press|Mar 30, 2023

    Sarah and Joshua Christenson pride themselves on being part of the local food economy. As co-owners of a 117-year-old ranch in western Montana, their days are spent mending fence poles, herding cattle and, increasingly, driving trailers of cows across the state to available butchers. Ranchers across the West, including the Christensons, often truck their cows hundreds of miles to meatpacking facilities that slaughter, butcher and package the meat for sale. The highway miles add carbon emissions and financial burden to an industry that already... Full story

  • Swan Valley Community Council discusses funding, bears, summer events

    Mar 30, 2023

    CONDON- The Swan Valley Community Council met on March 21 to discuss federal funding for bridge repair, bear news, Alpine Artisans summer events, National Forest updates and Holland Lake. Missoula County has requested permission from the Condon town council to apply for federal funds to repair the Cold Creek bridge through the Federal Land Access Program. (FLAP) If the council consents to the application then the county would submit for funding which can be used to repair the bridge but not other projects. The only objection came from Brian...

  • Spring has sprung in the Seeley Swan

    Andi Bourne|Mar 30, 2023

    Flowers decorate a driveway on Highway 83 near Lake Inez....

  • Legal Notices

    Mar 30, 2023

    MISSOULA COUNTY FY24 NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE FUND (CAF) SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION Mill Levy (SAP ML) Fiscal Year 07/1/2023 to 06/30/2024 Missoula County will be accepting competitive applications from governmental and non-profit organizations for two grant opportunities. Links to the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for each source of funds will be available on April 4, 2023, at Funding will be for twelve months, beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024. Applications are d... Full story