Articles from the March 31, 2016 edition

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  • Meyers Receive Montana Neighbor Award

    Submitted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Mar 31, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Dixie and Neil Meyer learned in February they would receive the Montana Neighbor Award, offered by a group of Montana agencies and organizations, and the office of the Governor. The award program recognizes "land-owners who go the extra mile through collaborative efforts to enhance our Montana sense of community." Swan Ecosystem Center, with the support of the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS), nominated Neil and Dixie last fall. USVHS President Steve Lamar said, "If...

  • Strapping on Their Boots and Answering the Call for More Than 30 Years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula County Sherriff's Office recognized Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue (SSSAR) volunteers Gerry Connell, Pat Caffrey and John Anders for more than 30 years of service with search and rescue at SSSAR's March 15 meeting. SSSAR Coordinator Sgt. Robert Parcell said, "They have been the backbone of the unit(s) and could always be counted upon to assist when called out at all times of the day and night, in all kinds of weather, in all kinds of terrain, when varying types of...

  • Eggs Galore at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Locals and visitors to Seeley Lake enjoyed the annual Seeley Lake Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26. The 3,005 plastic eggs were gathered in a record time of seven minutes and more than 100 prizes were given away to lucky egg hunters. Preparation for the egg hunt starts the day after Easter when many of the prizes are purchased for the next year. Two weeks ahead is when the real planning begins. Lions and other volunteers gathered Friday night to fill the plastic eggs....

  • Flathead National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire Projects

    Mar 31, 2016

    KALISPELL - The Flathead National Forest (FNF) is planning to conduct spring prescribed fire projects when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead Valley depending on the location of the burn units and weather conditions. Each project follows a Prescribed Fire Burn Plan. The prescribed fire projects are located and designed to be controlled to reduce the potential for adverse effects or to escape as a wildland fire. These projects will be in compliance with Montana...

  • Strange Coincidences

    Ken Silvestro|Mar 31, 2016

    Probably most of us have experienced coincidences that make us stop and say, "How did that happen?" These coincidences usually give us an eerie feeling and make us think that something mysterious is occurring. Well, in one sense this is true – something mysterious is occurring. A typical example of a strange coincidence is thinking about an old friend for a few days and then receiving an unexpected letter, email or phone call from that friend. Another typical strange coincidence is dreaming a...

  • Comments Reviewed, More Public Participation

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) decided how they would review and assess the public’s comments at their March 23 special meeting held at the Swan Valley Community Hall. This round of comments ended March 16. The committee members agreed to divide and reread the comments to become familiar with them as they work through the draft’s wording at the next meeting. The SVRPC also agreed to project the plan draft on a screen at following public meetings as they edit the draft so it is visible to all in att...

  • Raising Funds for Wetland Conservation this April in Lincoln

    Mar 31, 2016

    LINCOLN - The Blackfoot River Committee of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is hosting its 17th annual dinner banquet at the Lincoln Community Hall Saturday, April 16. Doors open at 5 p.m. A tasty dinner, prepared by Bushwackers will be served at 6 p.m. The evening's activities include live and silent auctions, raffles, games, and giveaways. A wide array of items including local and original art, furniture, gift baskets, goods and services by area businesses and 20 guns will be up for grabs. To add to the...

  • Montana State Parks Seeks Public Comment on Draft Public Use Rules

    Mar 31, 2016

    HELENA – Montana State Parks ( announced today that public comment is being sought on the proposed Public Use Rules. The current Public Use Rules, which guide the public’s use of state parks, are out of date, many of which were last updated in 1988. Public comments will be accepted through Friday, April 15. The proposed draft Public Use Rules updates existing rules while identifying new rules which address emerging park uses or management concerns. The changes balance public service responsibilities with resource pro...

  • 800 Election Judges Recruited for Missoula County Elections

    Mar 31, 2016

    MISSOULA - Entering 2016, the Missoula County Elections Office needed to recruit 800 election judges for the estimated high voter turnout Presidential Election. Despite being a large hurdle, staff remained cautiously optimistic this goal could be achieved, and as of Feb. 18, 808 community members have signed up. “We cannot thank our community enough for stepping up to assist with the election,” Elections Administrator, Rebecca Connors said. “We’ve had overwhelming support from so many, whether Elections Advisory Committee members, the media o...

  • eDNA: The New Surveillance Tool in the Hunt for Rare Animals

    Andrea Stephens, Swan Valley Connections|Mar 31, 2016

    If you were hired to find out whether the devastating zebra or quagga mussels had invaded Swan Lake, how might you go about it? What if your job was to discover whether an isolated population of bull trout or pure cutthroat trout was hiding out in some remote headwater? Would you search every cubic meter of water in either system? How? Lucky for you, you’re off the hook, because there are already folks trying to get answers to questions like these and they’re armed with a new surveillance tool: eDNA. You probably already know that forensic sci...

  • TNC and Fish, Wildlife & Parks Double Size of Nevada Creek WMA

    Mar 31, 2016

    OVANDO - The Nevada Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is expanding thanks to the transfer of 760 acres of land from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The transfer protects a habitat corridor that connects elk and mule deer with winter range and protects headwater areas for the sensitive westslope cutthroat trout. In the process, it will double the size of the Nevada Creek WMA and provide a new public access point to Helena National Forest land. The project is...

  • Unsolved Mysteries Linger in the Swan Valley

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Unsolved Mysteries in the Swan Valley was the topic March 11 at the Swan Valley Museum. Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) president Steve Lamar told the stories with the aid of projected photos to a group of more than 60 people. Mysteries in the Swan include persons that did not return home, some who avoided the law or the unknown location of gold mines. Unknown Gold Mines Hall Peak, seen behind the village of Swan Lake, is named for a prospector who in the early 1900s...

  • Behind the Wheel

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE and SWAN VALLEY – For the past 20 years, owner of Diane's Buses Diane Bourne has transported students five days a week to and from the Seeley Lake Elementary school (SLE). For the last 17 years Owen Conley, owner of Conley Transportation, has transported students to and from Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) and Swan Valley Elementary (SVE). Both bus owners said, much like the roads they travel, driving a bus has its ups and downs. Bourne and Conley each got into the bus service busines...

  • I Am the Resurrection

    Todd Fife, Seeley Lake Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Mar 31, 2016

    In a small village outside Jerusalem, two sisters, Mary and Martha, watched their brother become ill and die. Because they dearly loved their bother, you can imagine their great suffering and mourning upon his death. Their friends and neighbors tried to comfort them but failed. Their sorrow was so great that upon seeing them, Jesus was filled with compassion and wept (John 11:30–35). We have been experiencing the same emotions in our congregation. One needs to simply follow the paper on a weekly basis to see that we experience this in our c...

  • Tracing the Stage Route

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Condon resident Dick Wolff has the rusty body of a 1928 Model A Ford in his back yard. Wolff and his brothers have been chasing parts and pieces of it from Swan Valley to Helena. They've also been trying to piece together the Ford's history, though it is difficult to separate the Model A's story from the sketchy history of the Seeley Lake and Swan Valley postal service. One thing the brothers know for sure, their Model A is one of the "Stages" used to haul mail, supplies and p...

  • Sebastian Luai Caro-Arteaga

    Mar 31, 2016

    Sebastian Luai Caro-Arteaga was born March 22 at 5:34 a.m. to Luis and Ailed Caro of Seeley Lake. He weighed 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.... Full story

  • Wilder Philip Eggeman

    Mar 31, 2016

    Scott and Lindsey Eggeman and big brother Angus of Seeley Lake welcomed Wilder Philip Eggeman March 22 at 9:33 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.... Full story

  • A Home Away from Home – Keeping Parents and Children Together

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    MISSOULA - For a child to end up in the hospital can be a difficult thing for parents and loved ones. The challenge is compounded when the child is being treated in Missoula and the family lives outside the Missoula area. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana includes the Missoula House and Kalispell Family Room. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Missoula (RMHM) is to provide a home away from home for families who have a pediatric patient under the age of 21 being...

  • Dan Johnson - Lieutenant 705

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 31, 2016

    Dan Johnson joined the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department (SLRFD) as a volunteer firefighter four years ago. He had no prior experience. In September 2011, Johnson said he showed up at a house fire behind Rovero's. "I saw that we really needed help in the department. They were really short handed," said Johnson. "That fire was when Shelly [Johnson's wife] and I decided to join." Johnson is qualified as a structure firefighter. Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel promoted him to lieutenant...

  • SSHS Recognizes Winter Athletes

    Mar 31, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) winter sports awards banquet was held March 15 at Seeley-Swan High School. Coaches presented varsity letters, pins, chevrons, All-Conference and All-State awards to members of the SSHS varsity winter sports team members. Academic All-State recipient names were not available at press time. All-Conference awards are selected by District 13C basketball coaches. 2015-16 SSHS Boys Basketball Joshua Cahoon 12 Chevron: All-Conference Jacob Haley 12 Chevron;...

  • SSHS Track and Golf Schedules

    Mar 31, 2016

    The 2016 Seeley-Swan High School Track and Golf Schedules. Current as of March 30. Please visit and click on the Athletics tab to confirm any changes....

  • Community Briefs

    Mar 31, 2016

    Swan Valley AARP Meeting April 4 SWAN VALLEY - Come and enjoy a fascinating trip to Antarctica is the program planned for the Monday, April 4 meeting of the Swan Valley AARP. Local residents Mary Meistner and Doug Anderson will share photos of their recent trip. Members are to meet at noon for a potluck at 1:30 p.m. The program will begin at 1:45 p.m. The hosts are Joe and Barbara Raibel. The public is invited. Annual Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex Public Meeting KALISPELL – The public is invited to the annual Bob Marshall Wilderness C...