Articles from the April 9, 2020 edition

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  • Be vigilant against pandemic scams, frauds

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    Local and state agencies are warning consumers to beware of frauds exploiting the outbreak of COVID-19 and the economic stimulus checks that will be distributed across the country. “Scammers are hard at work turning breaking news into ways to steal your money or personal information. While we know about several types of COVID-19 scams, these frauds are constantly evolving, and the best tool you have to protect yourself is your own good judgment,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Fraudsters are working COVID-19 into common phone scams you may a... Full story

  • Kearney retires from Swan Valley School

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY – "I think some of those teachers got glitter out just to get to me," said Swan Valley Elementary School custodian Dar Kearney laughing at the memories. "The older kids all knew, Dar hates glitter." Just shy of 16 years, Kearney retired from her job as the Swan Valley Elementary School custodian at the end of March. While she is looking forward to having more time to spend on her home improvement projects, gardening and planting flowers, she will miss the students and treasures h...

  • Celebrating Holy Week outside church walls

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Sunday morning, April 5 those driving Highway 83 through Seeley Lake were greeted with Burma-Shave-type signs on pastel-colored crosses with a palm branch mounted to every light pole between Riverview Drive and Cedar Lane. While most were humorous asking motorist "How do you make Holy Water?" "Boil the hell out of it," and saying "Tweet others as," "You would like," "To be Tweeted," they all had a message that Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church hoped permeated the community in t... Full story

  • Johnson's road from infantry to ministry

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – In November of 1967, when the Vietnam War was heating up, Don Johnson received notification he had been drafted into the United States Army. Though repulsed at the possibility of having to kill another human being, his sense of patriotism and love for his country impelled him to embrace his duty and honor the draft notice rather than run from it. That decision was the beginning of a circuitous route which would guide him to the evangelical ministry. Johnson said he hoped the A...

  • What freedom means to me

    Philip Gregory|Apr 9, 2020

    I am confident if you ask ten people what "Freedom" means to them, you would get ten different replies. During these difficult times of quarantine, maintaining social distances, staying at home and unemployment, I would like to offer some of my thoughts of what "Freedom" means to me. Hopefully these will be encouraging to you too. 1. Going to the shooting range. A pickup is needed to haul all the guns, ammo, targets, binoculars, spotting scope, rifle rest, eye and hearing protection and who...

  • Jury duty - A privilege of democracy

    Shirley Faust, Missoula County Clerk of Court|Apr 9, 2020

    Raise your hand if you would like to serve on a jury. If you raised your hand – thank you! If you didn't, consider this: If you were the subject of a jury trial and needed a jury of your peers to decide your fate, would you choose an educated, intelligent individual such as yourself to serve? If yes, you should reconsider. You don't have to be charged with a crime to be the subject of a jury trial. You could be a defendant in a civil lawsuit and be tried by a jury. Something to keep in mind! W...

  • Powell County implements pre-screening of 9-1-1 callers

    Gavin Roselles, Powell County Sheriff|Apr 9, 2020

    POWELL COUNTY - The Powell County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) 911 Dispatch Center will be instituting measures to assist in the pre-screening of potential exposure for First Responders. When someone calls 911 or the non-emergency line, he or she may be asked a series of questions that will help assess the condition of the patient or those that may come in contact with first responders. The dispatcher may ask the caller whether they or the person needing medical help has a fever, has respiratory distress or has traveled or interacted with someone w...

  • Accessing key resources through collaboration

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Apr 9, 2020

    What a wild few weeks it has been. We hope you're doing ok. Crises bring lots of stress and unknowns. Yet, this is also an opportunity for some beautiful collaboration. There are so many good people in this community! Many of our neighbors are having a hard time and we realize that number will grow the longer this pandemic goes on. Over here at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, we are reaching out to different parts of our community and looking at how we can help get people access to the res...

  • Coronavirus updates – Week in review March 31 - April 6

    Apr 9, 2020

    Below is a summary of the new information about local and statewide closures, restrictions and accommodations due to the coronavirus as of Monday, April 6. Information changes daily, sometimes hourly. Please call ahead or contact the organization directly with questions. Please follow the Seeley Swan Pathfinder website ( for Breaking News for our area. We will post as it becomes available. For the most up-to-date and accurate information and best ways of protecting yourself and... Full story

  • Seeley-Swan real estate - What now?

    Kevin Wetherell, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    12 SALES FINISHED WITH THE HIGHEST SALES RECORDS SINCE 2005 In 2019, property sales in the valley finished substantially over the total sales records that were set in 2018. The housing markets in the Seeley- Swan Valley have become stronger than ever, resulting in inventories that are very limited as home sales continued to roll at a record pace perhaps until the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic set in– more on that later. The local markets are maintaining a great balance and generally they a...

  • Celebrating Easter despite COVID-19

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Among the things the coronavirus has disrupted is the supply lines feeding the nation. Who would have thought toilet paper would become the most hoarded commodity? There's a possibility it may also lead to fewer Easter "necessities." The traditional Easter egg hunt has already been canceled for Seeley Lake and other places. So just in case supplies of baskets, egg dying equipment, or candy run out before you get there, or because you are staying home as all the health officials are...

  • Flathead National Forest prepares for spring prescribed fire projects

    Flathead National Forest|Apr 9, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest is planning spring prescribed fire projects when weather and air quality are favorable. People can expect to see smoke in various places in the Flathead Valley depending on burn locations and weather conditions. The Forest follows a prescribed burn plan for each project, designed to reduce the potential for an escaped wildland fire or other adverse effects like excessive smoke. Fire managers time the projects to comply with air quality standards and state and local regulations to reduce smoke impacts in...

  • Residents reminded to only flush toilet paper

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – During this time of toilet paper shortages across the country, local owner of Rockn-B Septics Norman Bernstrauch reminds those on septic systems to put used handi wipes, disinfectant wipes and paper towels in the trash. Flushing them down the toilet can result in clogs in their septic system and, in worse case scenarios, can require homeowners to replace their entire drain field. Bernstrauch has owned Rockn' B Septic for the past seven years. In his tenure he has had several c...

  • Going on a bear hunt in Seeley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Stuffed animals are appearing in windows of residences and businesses as the Seeley Lake community joins the global movement of "Teddy Bear hunts" for children. The hunt is inspired by the children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" written by UK author Michael Rosen. The intent is to give children a fun, socially distant activity to do with adults. Teddy bears have been spotted all over the world bringing joy and promoting a sense of community during a time of isolation....

  • Economic impact payments: What you need to know

    Internal Revenue Service|Apr 9, 2020

    WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Who is eligible for the economic impact payment? Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing j...

  • William "Bill" Graham 1942 - 2020

    Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - William "Bill" Graham's permanent change of address is 316 Heavens Way effective March 30. Bill was surrounded by his children as God called him home. He was born Oct. 9, 1942 to Glen and Lucy Graham in Seattle, Wash. He came to know and accept Jesus in 1962. He spent four years in the Navy enlisted on the flight deck. Following his time in the service he spent 37 years with Northwest airlines. On May 6, 1966 he married the love of his life Virginia "Ginny" Bohannon. Upon becoming... Full story

  • Lessons for a viral pandemic

    Shane Kesterke, Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship|Apr 9, 2020

    Well, this is a new one. At least, it is for me, and for the vast majority of you who read this, and the vast majority of Americans. We are undergoing an historic event that will likely alter the world we know going forward and we are being required to stay at home, except for essential activities. This event has taught me a few lessons, with more to come I expect. Let me share a few. First, life is uncertain. We do not know the future and no matter what anyone tells you is going to happen, we do not know if it will happen until it does. This...

  • SSHS recognizes basketball players

    Apr 9, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Due to the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) winter sports awards banquet was canceled. Members of the SSHS varsity basketball teams will still receive their varsity letters, pins, chevrons, All-Conference and Academic All-State. Letters, Pins & Chevrons: Students earned a letter if basketball was the first activity they have lettered in along with a pin. Pins are awarded to students who have previously lettered in another activi...

  • Community Briefs

    Apr 9, 2020

    Ice Off 50/50 Challenge partners with AAI SEELEY LAKE – Participants have until Sunday, April 12 at 6 p.m. to enter their guess for the 2020 Ice Off 50/50 Challenge sponsored by Tamaracks Resort. Each date and hour is $10. Half of the pot, which is up to $300 as of Monday, April 6, will go to the winner. The other half will be donated to the Alpine Artisans Inc. to throw the first big event at Tamaracks Resort after coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Tamaracks Resorts partnered with AAI following last week’s article announcing the Cha...

  • Send me to the Senate

    John Brian Driscoll, Helena, Mont.|Apr 9, 2020

    When you see an Ace of Hearts taped face-out in a window or on a door, or brass-tacked on a post or a tree, it means within, or passing nearby, is an American with courage and caring enough to respond to the call of duty to protect and defend our U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Scores of thousands of Montanans, in doing this, gave some and some gave all. From pictures of these Aces of Hearts in an album on my John Brian Driscoll Facebook page, you will see they ask nothing in return except effort by our nation to...

  • Choose experience and vote Kimberly Dudik

    Cliff Larsen, Missoula, Mont.|Apr 9, 2020

    The challenges that COVID-19 presents are both unprecedented and telling -- they highlight the cracks in our system that leave out the most vulnerable, especially our seniors and veterans. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, retired businessman, eight-year state senator representing rural and urban areas in Montana, and Montana rancher, I know these challenges first hand. From insecure housing and underemployment to lack of comprehensive health care, food insecurity, and impossibly expensive pharmaceuticals, many of our state’s seniors and v...