Articles from the April 6, 2023 edition

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  • Elementary School Musical!

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 6, 2023

    On Tuesday March 28, the Seeley-Swan High School auditorium became a musical journey through ancient civilizations when students from the Seeley Lake Elementary school performed a theater production of "Dig It" with original humor woven in. The play is a musical written by Roger Emerson and John Jacobsen for production by grades 4-8. It follows two archaeologists, and their excavated skeleton friend, as they travel to various ancient civilizations. The production was led by Janet Morgenstern,...

  • Proposed gravel pit near Elbow Lake sees public outcry

    Jean Pocha|Apr 6, 2023

    A potential gravel pit is being proposed for an undeveloped area near Elbow Lake, in Greenough, and the residents of the area are voicing concerns about noise pollution and disruptions to wildlife in hopes of stopping the project from moving forward. The 21.2 acre gravel pit would be just off of Highway 83, south of Salmon Lake and near Elbow Lake in Greenough. LHC Construction, the Kalispell-based outfit being subcontracted by Kiewit for the project, says the pit and its accompanying asphalt...

  • UM Student Wrangles Wi-Fi to Study Air Quality in Popular Resort Town

    Raequel Roberts, UM News Service|Apr 6, 2023

    SEELEY LAKE– University of Montana graduate student Kristen Cram spent several weeks this spring semester diligently hunting for strong internet connections in Seeley Lake, Montana. Her search for a robust link had nothing to do with taking an online class or watching a favored social media channel, but was needed for a capstone project she is conducting, which will help the Missoula City-County Health Department study air quality in the resort community 52 miles northeast of Missoula. The W... Full story

  • Exercise your right to know - Vote for Susan Monahan

    Andi Bourne|Apr 6, 2023

    Exercise your right to know - Vote for Susan Monahan It is time for more transparency on the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board. Voters have the opportunity to make this change May 2 by voting Susan Monahan for Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees. Attending nearly every Fire District Board meeting since 2014, I’ve watched the board have less and less discussion under the current leadership, including the two incumbents running against Monahan. Meetings usually are shorter than 30 minutes with actual board discussion less t... Full story

  • Hands Off Holland has really brought Montanans together.

    Jacole Johnson|Apr 6, 2023

    Hands Off Holland has really brought Montanans together. To echo a recent statement made on the Senate floor by Sen. Jon Tester to U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore, the Forest Service has done a great job of bringing Montanans together. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and many folks new to politics and advocacy have united in an attempt to save the public land at Holland Lake and protect the historical, cultural, and ecological values of our pristine mountain lake and surrounding wilderness. I’ve had the honor of watching f... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    Apr 6, 2023

    Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log March 23-29 3/26/2023, Medical, Riverview Drive 3/29/2023, Medical, Black Bear Drive... Full story

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    Apr 6, 2023

    Missoula County Sheriff's Call Log March 23-29 3/23/23, 3:55 p.m., 30xx Highway 83, Theft 3/23/23, 6:21 p.m., 3xx Redwood Lane, Disorderly Conduct 3/24/23, 12:08 p.m., 14xx Sunset Pines Court, Suspicious Activity 3/24/23, 5:03 p.m., 9xx 1st Street, Civil 3/24/23, 8:42 p.m., 5x MM Highway 83, Accident-Injury 3/24/23, 9:46 p.m., 79xx Highway 200 E, Obstructing 3/25/23, 12:53 p.m., Monture Campground Road, Trespassing 3/26/23, 8:59 a.m., 7xx Overland Trail, Suspicious Activity 3/26/23, 9:43 a.m.,... Full story

  • Prison Paws Bill moves forward

    Elinor Smith, UM Legislative News Service|Apr 6, 2023

    HELENA -- The House State Administration Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill Thursday designed to address mental health in Montana’s prisons by expanding a program that teaches inmates to train dogs. Rep. Gregory Frazer, R-Deer Lodge, is the sponsor of House Bill 941. “I think that’s a great program. Especially due the fact that there is a lot of therapeutic value in having the inmates work with animals. Teaches them compassion, patience, a little bit of respect. Those are all positive benefits that these individuals can apply to th... Full story

  • Easter Sunday

    Jon Bergen, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Apr 6, 2023

    Rev Jon Bergen Seeley Lake Baptist Church It has been of interest to me as the new kid on the block to read other’s Passages thoughts. The thoughts on Laments and the suffering of Christ echo where we should lead off in dealing with this Easter Season. Whilst Easter is a single day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the journey to the cross and the grave was anything but pleasing. The cry of Jesus in the garden is not to be missed or taken lightly as we hear the voice crying ‘take this cup from me’. But for us in our secular world this... Full story

  • ROCKS for everyone

    Garry Swain, ROCKS|Apr 6, 2023

    by Garry Swain President ROCKS While it may seem like winter is never going to end for us here in the snow belt of Seeley Lake, the ROCKS crew is looking ahead to the next set of springtime duties. With all the recreational opportunities available to us in this area, we are never at a loss for things to keep the team occupied. The warmer afternoons have made a puddle of the ice rink, so our tasks there are now about cleaning up the shed, organizing the skates and figuring out a good time to take down the boards for another season. This was the... Full story

  • Why do we come here, why do we stay

    Tom Beers|Apr 6, 2023

    On February 1, we hosted our first storytelling of the year. We again had a great response, in person and on the Pathfinder website. Our next storytelling will be on April 12, at 7:00 at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation Building. Our storytellers will be Vicki Voegelin, Tim Tanberg, Sally Johnson, Gene Schade and Shawn Holmes. It is so great to hear how each storyteller’s journey enlightens us to what makes this valley so special. From the cold and snow of winter, (this one has been a doozy) to the trees and plants coming to life in the s... Full story

  • Archives

    Apr 6, 2023

    Pathfinder Archives April 6, 2023 Montana Outfitters Host Retreat Montana Outfitters and Guides Association leaders held a long range planning retreat at the Foxwood lnn at White Sulphur Springs last weekend. Directors, officers and chairpersons emphasized Montana's oldest industries commitment to protecting our resources and the outfitters positive impact on the state's economy. Local outfitter Jack Rich and his wife Belinda attended the retreat to represent their district, as Jack is on the... Full story

  • Police release name of man found deceased near Bonner

    Missoula County Sheriff's Office|Apr 6, 2023

    From the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Missoula, MT (March 29, 2023) – The Sheriff and Coroner, Jeremiah Petersen, is releasing the name of the man who was found deceased along Interstate 90 near mile marker 109. The deceased male has been identified as Ian C. Throndsen, 61, of Missoula. At this time, no criminal activity has been identified as contributing to the death of Mr. Throndsen. Cause of death is pending reports submitted by Department of Justice, Forensic Science Div... Full story

  • Road work begins on Highway 83

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 6, 2023

    Despite the lingering winter and subsequent soggy conditions, road work has begun on the stretch of Highway 83 that runs along Salmon Lake. Commuters are advised to expect "minor delays" as crews work from 7 a. m.-7 p. m. Monday-Saturday. Anyone driving southwest should remember to couple these delays with those expected in Bonner. The Highway 83 project is only a small part of a broader plan to update and maintain roads. Work is also scheduled to begin near Swan Lake in the near future. To... Full story

  • Children's book review: Mighty Jack

    Nina DuBois|Apr 6, 2023

    Mighty Jack is one of the best graphic novels I've read in awhile. It is a modern twist on Jack and the Beanstalk written and illustrated by the super talented Ben Hatke. As readers we are quickly dropped into Jack's world, which centers around his single mom and sister Maddie who doesn't speak. Life changes drastically when Maddie urges Jack to trade his mom's car keys for a bunch of seeds at a flea market. His sister spearheads the planting of the seeds, becoming more obsessed with the garden...

  • "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" is buzzing with energy, but...

    Christopher Shields|Apr 6, 2023

    Fans of the 2019 "Shazam!" will find "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" to be a blast. It packs the same goofy magnetism and electric charisma as its predecessor while further exploring hinted elements from the past. David F. Sandberg returns as director to continue the story of young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as he explores his newly gifted abilities that turn him into the god-powered Shazam. (Zachary Levi) Now that his adopted siblings also have super powers, they are all figuring things out...

  • Damaged ATM won't be replaced until May

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 6, 2023

    On the morning of February 4 a customer pulled up to the Citizens Alliance Bank in Seeley Lake and found it covered in spray paint, vandalized, and damaged. Police inspected the machine and gathered what little evidence was there, but the culprits had spray painted over the cameras as well and according to some sources they had obscured identifying markings on their vehicle. Although they had obviously put some planning into the ATM robbery scheme, they never managed to access any of the cash...

  • Bill to increase compensation for landowners who open their land for public hunting access passes house

    Elinor Smith, UM Legislative News Service|Apr 6, 2023

    HELENA -- A program run through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks compensates landowners in Montana for opening their land for public hunting access. Now, a bill that could double the amount of money they get is just a few steps away from reaching the governor’s desk. In 2020, there were 7.1 million acres of private land open for public hunting in Montana because of the block grant management program. Current law caps payments to landowners who allow hunting on their property at up to $25,000. Sen. Steve Heinbauch is the sponsor of Senate Bill 5... Full story

  • Local high school business club wins big in state competition

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|Apr 6, 2023

    Three Seeley-Swan High School students will be presenting their own original business plans at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) national competition this year. The BPA holds annual competitions for high school students across the nation to create and present business plans and receive feedback from business professionals in order to learn more about entrepreneurship, business administration, and many other aspects of how businesses operate. Students present before a panel of judges...