Articles from the April 15, 2021 edition

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  • Health Department recommends shift from regulations, metrics in place to repeal mask rule

    Missoula City- County Health Department|Apr 15, 2021

    Over the past month, Missoula County's new COVID-19 case incidence rate has stayed relatively low and COVID-19 vaccine appointments opened to all Missoula County residents ages 16 and older. In light of those developments, the Missoula City-County Health Department believes now is the time to step down more of Missoula's COVID-19 requirements. The Health Department proposes the Board of Health changes most COVID-19 mitigation requirements to recommendations for businesses, bars, restaurants,... Full story

  • Bob Marshall Music Festival set for August

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - After taking a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, The Bob Marshall Music Festival is back with an entirely new set of dates. Instead of taking place in June, the festival is scheduled for Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 and will continue to take place during the first weekend of August moving forward. Early bird tickets will go on sale at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. Max Pigman, festival organizer and Lewis & Clark Brewing Company owner, said they decided to push it back this year to allow time for...

  • Spring burning ignites wildfires in Blackfoot Valley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    POTOMAC – Just after 5:30 p.m., April 7, 10 fire engines responded to a hay fire in the lower Blackfoot Valley north of Highway 200. No structures were lost and no one was injured, however, the homeowner lost 40, 800 pound round bales of hay. This was the fourth human-caused wildland fire Greenough/Potomac Volunteer Fire Department has responded to since April 3. Greenough/Potomac Fire Chief Ryan Hall said they were dispatched a minute after the call came in at 5:36 p.m. on Wednesday for a h...

  • Legislation to keep us and our home healthy

    Gene Schade, Seeley Lake, Montana|Apr 15, 2021

    Here I am, with my second vaccine under a Band-aid on my arm, looking at the world with renewed hope. As I plan summer hikes, cold beer at hand, I trace routes near my home. I follow topographic lines near Morrell Mountain, Dunham Point, and Spread Mountain and look for areas of easy walking, routes that connect the landscape. This area, between Seeley Lake and Ovando, is my home. It is rich in wildlife. It is the birthplace of rivers. It is a working landscape too. These maps capture the heart of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act...

  • Questions for Fire Board Candidates

    Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake, Montana|Apr 15, 2021

    I have a couple questions of the candidates that I would like answered to the public. 1. Pohlman and McLean sent out cards in the mail with the words Accountability, Transparency, Community Safety, Community Advocacy and Community Voice. First, where is the transparency when you ask people to ask questions in private? You want people to email questions to you and the answers are not public. Also, what group are you advocating for? What is your cause? The current Fire Board and Administration encourage the community to speak for themselves and...

  • Stand up for your rights and for others

    Roxie Sterling, Seeley Lake, Montana|Apr 15, 2021

    Biden’s latest harebrained idea is to send Kamala Harris to inspect the border. That’s like sending a weasel to inspect the hen house. Harris will destroy evidence and cover up the truth. Biden is illegally encouraging and abetting illegal aliens to cross our sovereign border illegally. Wow that was a mouthful! Because of hate for Trump and Trump supporters, he took a Trump system that worked and changed it. Under Trump’s leadership we had the most secure border in 45 years. Biden and those telling him what to do are guilty of slavery, drugs...

  • Holism and consciousness

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Apr 15, 2021

    What does holism have to do with psychology? For that matter, what is holism? The old tale about an elephant and several blindfolded people, touching different parts of the elephant while trying to determine what they're touching, comes to mind. One person touches an ear, another a tail and another a foot. Each exclaims what it is they're touching. Each is wrong, because only a small part of the whole – the elephant – is being touched. In fact, we can never understand the whole from any ind...

  • Celebrate Earth Day with the Clearwater Resource Council

    Alicia Dixon, Big Sky Watershed Corps member serving with CRC|Apr 15, 2021

    The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is holding an outdoor chili tailgate Thursday, April 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. The event is open to the entire community to celebrate Earth Day at the Bison and Bear Center. With the purchase of a raffle ticket, attendees will receive a free drink and bowl of homemade chili made with locally sourced meat, and a veggie chili will be available for non-carnivores. In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day, please bring your own reusable bowl, cup and utensil. All p...

  • Working for you

    Senator Shannon O'Brien, D - Senate District 46|Apr 15, 2021

    It is a true honor to represent you in Helena. Although we have covered a wide variety of topics in the legislative session thus far, I would like to share a few issues we are currently working on: • Building and protecting good jobs, especially in tourism and natural resources. • Guarding the backbone of our democracy: voting rights and integrity. • Making certain high quality public education is accessible for everyone. • Increasing access to broadband and computers for rural communi...

  • Key infrastructure, conservation projects advance

    Representative Mike Hopkins, R - Missoula House District 92|Apr 15, 2021

    In recent weeks the Montana Legislature has advanced bills to support critical infrastructure and conservation projects across the state. Starting with House Bill 632, Republicans committed to investing the latest round of federal COVID relief dollars in infrastructure, telecommunications and economic stabilization which will support our economy for future generations. While it was fiscally irresponsible for Congress to pile up more national debt, we invested the funds wisely. Several other...

  • From the Fire Chief's desk

    Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake Rural Fire District|Apr 15, 2021

    As the temperature warms, it is tempting to take advantage of the last days for ice fishing, do a little skating, or ice sailing for this season. Please be cautious and be aware of your surroundings. Soon the ice will begin to move and shift on the lakes making noises. Pay attention to the noises, this means that the ice is melting from below the surface. Should somebody or something fall through the ice and become submerged, be aware that the water below the surface is moving. Whatever fell...

  • Chris La Tray draws large Zoom audience

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Chris La Tray's website identifies him as a Métis writer and storyteller but publication of his "One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large" projected him into the limelight as a poet. La Tray was the guest speaker for Alpine Artisans' third virtual Open Book Club April 10, attended by approximately 50-55 people. Along with reading from "One-Sentence Journal," he also read two as yet unpublished poems "Super Blue" and "Comet" and an essay entitled "B...

  • Missoula County residents have cultural and educational opportunities, face costs of living

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - According to the results of Missoula County’s community survey, county residents have several opportunities for education, culture and the arts but experience high living costs when compared to over 600 communities across the U.S. Missoula County mailed the 1,700 surveys in June to residents and received 538 responses. Strategic Initiatives Manager Casey Gannon said was “a great response rate” during a virtual meeting with commissioners Jan. 14. Of those responses, 370 resided within Missoula City limits while 168 lived in un...

  • What are pastors good for?

    Pastor Bruce Rippy, Pastor, Condon Community Church|Apr 15, 2021

    In his book “Ordinary Church”, Joseph S. Beach has a section titled “The Ordinary Pastor of an Ordinary Church.” When you have gone through the process of “Church shopping,” one of the first things you probably considered was the Pastor. The first point regarding Pastors that Mr. Beach makes has to do with what Pastors are. They, first and foremost, are human beings, folks trying to make their way through life just like you. Secondly, your Pastor is also a fellow “regular” Christian (no super Christian), someone trying to follow Christ j...

  • Local Election Guide - Potomac School District #11

    Apr 15, 2021

    Voter Information: There are two candidates each running for one, three-year term and one, one-year term trustee positions for the Potomac School District #11. Candidates' responses were based on the following questions: • Biography • Qualifying experience • Why do you want to be a trustee? • What challenges do you see facing Potomac School and the Board? • Are there things you would like to see changed or addressed at the school or with the board? • If so, how would you address them? Ballo... Full story

  • Local Election Guide: Seeley Lake Elementary General Fund Levy Vote For / Against

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    Ballots for the Seeley Lake Elementary General Levy election were mailed April 14 to all registered voters in Seeley Lake Elementary District #34. The Missoula County Elections Office encourages voters to mail their ballot with plenty of time to meet the May 4 deadline, postmarks not accepted. There will be a ballot drop off at Seeley Lake Elementary on May 4 from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information visit the Missoula County Elections Office ( or call 406-258-4751. Tax... Full story

  • Local Election Guide - Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees

    Apr 15, 2021

    Voter Information: There are four candidates for the two, three-year terms on the Seeley Lake Fire Board. Candidates' responses were based on the following questions: • Biography • Qualifying experience • Why do you want to be a trustee? • What would you like to see changed or what issues would you address if elected? • What challenges to you see facing the board and the fire department in the near future? Ballots for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Trustee election were mailed April 14... Full story

  • Margo Janet Melton Aug. 18, 1943 - March 19, 2021

    Apr 15, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt and wonderful friend to so many, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Hospital. She was 77. Margo was born in Utah and resided most of her adult life in Condon, Montana. She is survived by three of her four sons Richard, Damon (Chandi) and Ronald (Yolanda). She has 10 grandchildren Amanda, Gared, Russell, Catrina, Jennifer, Tynell, Mathew, Jason, Parker, Charly and several great grandchildren with one on the way. She is preceded in death by her... Full story

  • Thomas "Tom" Strauss Lehman Feb. 4, 1937 - April 3, 2021

    Apr 15, 2021

    MISSOULA - Thomas "Tom" Strauss Lehman, 84, of Missoula, passed-away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 3. He was born on Feb. 4, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to Lawrence and Sue Lehman. Tom was raised in Colorado and chose Montana as his best last place. He graduated from Colorado A & M in 1960 then managed the family ranch in Ennis until it sold in 1967. He then moved to Bozeman where he was involved in many successful businesses and was well known for helping Gary Tschache invent the Montana... Full story

  • Seeley-Swan teams place in the top five

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    FRENCHTOWN - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawk competed against 20 Class A, B and C teams at the Frenchtown Invitational April 9. The Lady Blackhawks finished in second with 74 points behind Beaverhead County with 93 points. The Boys finished up in fifth with 45 points behind Beaverhead County with 54 points while Hamilton took the top spot with 65.5 points. Sariah Maughan lead the Lady Blackhawks on the track taking first place in the 400, 800 and 1600-meter events. Her time of...

  • SSHS junior named Athlete of the Week

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School Junior Walker McDonald was chosen as the Missoulian's Athlete of the Week for the week of April 7 after receiving the most votes from the public. This is McDonald's first time being named Athlete of the Week. McDonald placed first in both shot put at 45 feet 11 inches and discus at 140 feet 6 inches at the Blue Devil Invitational in Corvallis, March 27. It was the first meet he had competed in since his freshman season in 2019. He has been throwing discus...

  • Seeley-Swan takes to the course in Eureka

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 15, 2021

    EUREKA, MONTANA – The Seeley-Swan Golf Team brought three boys and three girls to the meet in Eureka April 9. Senior Bethany Hoag led the girls with a third place finish, 11 strokes shy of first. Sophomore Ben Haley led the boys with 115, placing 11th overall. While it was a two-day meet, the Blackhawks opted to play the first day on The Wilderness Club course. “This was a great opportunity for the athletes to get to play the #1 ranked course in Montana,” Head Coach Kellen Palmer said. Behind Hoag’s 106 card, Ava Thornsberry shot 138 placing...

  • Community Briefs

    Apr 15, 2021

    FWP seeks public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles, Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles developed by the Elk Management Plan Initial Guidance Citizens Group. This process was the first step in the revision of Montana’s Elk Management Plan. Comments are due by 5 p.m. May 3. FWP is interested in comments regarding whether the guiding principles are adequate in describing what the department should be striving to achieve in an upd...

  • As "Compromise" Public Health Regulation Bill Nears Law, Public Health Officer Reflects on a Year of Scrutiny

    Austin Amestoy, UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Apr 15, 2021

    Butte-Silver Bow County Health Officer Karen Sullivan was enjoying a drink in a Butte brewery after work when she said she got the call. For two months, she and her fellow county health officials across the state had been keeping tabs on reports of an outbreak of a strange new virus in Wuhan, China, but up until the evening of March 13, 2020, it had been business as usual for Sullivan and the county health department. Then a state official rang her at 6:30 p.m. “How’s your Friday?” she recalls the official asking. “Great. I’m having a beer wi... Full story

  • Marijuana Bills Advance Largely Unchanged, State Budget Clears Senate in Week 14 of Montana Legislature

    Austin Amestoy, UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Apr 15, 2021

    Montana Senate Passes State Budget Bill, Rejects Attempt to End Medicaid Expansion The state budget is on the move again in the Montana Legislature after the Senate passed in on a 33-17 vote Thursday, making few changes and defeating an attempt to end Medicaid expansion in the process. House Bill 2 is the only bill the Legislature is constitutionally required to pass, as it determines how much money state agencies and programs will receive for the next two years. This session, the budget is about $12.6 billion, with funds going to five main... Full story

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