Articles from the May 9, 2019 edition

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  • Single- vehicle rollover claims life of local man

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Three men were involved in a single-vehicle rollover car accident May 5 around 8:15 p.m. on Golf View Drive near Double Arrow Golf Course. Passenger Michael Haley, 48 of Seeley Lake, was ejected. He was transported to Missoula but later died from his injuries. The other two in the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation. According to investigating Highway Patrol Trooper Wes Whitlatch, an Audi sedan was northbound on Golf View D...

  • Offering healing and hope in the wake of destruction

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – "Once [Cheri Thompson] mentioned the idea to me, it was like, yeah, this is what we need to do for our congregation and for our community to help them heal," said Reverend Carrie Benton, pastor of Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church. "[The banners] will remind them that there is hope, this devastation is not the end of the things and through God's power we can get through devastating times." Thompson felt led by God to make a visual art piece to bring healing to her congregation f...

  • Vietnam veteran still struggling with aftermath of war

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    OVANDO – Dave Miller joined the U.S. Army for altruistic reasons. As he explained, "I was reading and watching the news and stuff and I just thought Vietnam needed some help in their independence." Miller was pretty sure he knew what war would be like. He had watched the TV segments. He was ready to face the hardships, and even possible death, for the sake of helping another country gain its independence as the U.S. had fought and gained its own independence. Instead he found his sense of right...

  • Voting has begun for 2019 Best of the Valleys Readers' Choice Awards

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    The Best of the Valleys Readers' Choice Awards are back again for 2019. The Pathfinder is looking for what people like best about the Blackfoot, Clearwater and Swan Valleys we proudly inhabit. Whether you live here year-round, during the summer or consider this area your backyard on weekends, we want to hear about the best places you frequent. Follow this link to take the survey: All the businesses and locations in the Pathfinder's readership, including...

  • Big Larch Campground open for firewood

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Big Larch Campground opened May 3 to firewooders with a $20 firewood permit. The public is invited to cut anything on the ground. It will remain open until May 12....

  • Mee, Mee, Mee, Mee

    Ken Silverstro PhD|May 9, 2019

    When opera singers warm up, they sing mee, mee, mee, mee, mee. There is an old joke relating opera singers and the psychological focus of this article, which amounts to a play on words. The joke changes the mee to "me," referring to a person who always thinks about life in terms of "me." The psychological part of the joke presents a person who is self-centered or more appropriately, narcissistic. In a previous article, I described narcissism but due to our daily news and social media reports a...

  • MDT plans and wood stoves at next council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|May 9, 2019

    Monday’s Seeley Lake Community Council promises a full agenda for their May 13 meeting. It will start out with Donny Pfeifer, Montana Department of Transportation Missoula District Preconstruction Engineer, who will talk about plans for Highway 83 and other projects that might be of interest to the Seeley Lake Community. Karen Hughes of the County’s Community Planning and Services will follow Pfeifer. She will introduce Climate Ready Communities, which is a county-wide resiliency planning process led jointly by Missoula County, the City of Mis...

  • Cakes for Canines boasts largest crowd to support shelter animals

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Pop's Place opened their doors after their month long spring break for the annual Cakes for Canines donation pancake breakfast May 1. The free breakfast included pancakes, bacon and eggs, great conversation and an opportunity to support the Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter in Potomac. Paws Up Operator Hazel Tyler said it was the best turnout they have ever had for the event. There are currently 26 dogs, a feral cat colony and five cats at the shelter. They adopted out two horses l...

  • A branch above the rest

    Missoula Electric Cooperative|May 9, 2019

    With spring weather teasing us occasionally, I can't help but think what a difference a year makes! Missoula Electric Cooperative's (MEC's) 2019 winter maintenance season, which runs from November to April, was much different when compared to our 2018 season. While most rang in 2018 with loved ones, many of the dedicated employees at MEC were working tirelessly to restore power that was lost during a New Year's storm that wreaked havoc on the northern part of our system, including Seeley Lake.... Full story

  • FWP seeks review of biennial access rule for The Nature Conservancy lands

    May 9, 2019

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public input on its proposal to renew a biennial rule that provides recreational access on The Nature Conservancy (TNC) lands in Missoula and Powell Counties. This biennial rule, which provides public recreational access on 163,883 acres of TNC (including former Plum Creek Timber Company) lands, was first established by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2015 and renewed in 2017. The rule establishes public use regulations and allows for yearround access. The current proposed renewal of this...

  • Holly Cahoon

    May 9, 2019

    Seeley Lake resident Holly Cahoon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Montana May 4 with an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. She also received a certificate for Computed Tomography. Cahoon thanks her family for loving and supporting her every step of the way.... Full story

  • Embracing the reality of wildfire, mitigating the risk

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Around a dozen property owners participated in this year's Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 4. Local fire agency experts assessed properties for defensible space and structures for wildfire risk. They offered landowners suggestions on how they could improve the structures' chances of surviving the flaming front and ember shower produced by a wildfire. Volunteers with the Clearwater Resource Council also provided information regarding fuel mitigation grant opportunities thro...

  • Students participate in AARP's biennial speech contest

    Swan Valley AARP|May 9, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley chapter of AARP sponsored its biennial speech contest for fifth through eighth grade students at Swan Valley Elementary on May 2. Participants presented speeches in one of three categories: a demonstration, an original speech or a memorized work of someone else. In the seventh and eighth grade demonstrations category, Trista Alexander placed first with the speech How to Make a Fighter Jet; Nakira Morgan placed second with Animal Care and Christopher Auchenbach...

  • The journey

    Stephen Moon, On a journey without END|May 9, 2019

    The gift of salvation begins as a gift, it is not earned or it would be a wage. The beginning of the journey begins II Timothy 1:9, “Who has resurrected us and called with SET-APART calling; not according to our works but according to His good pleasure and favor that was given us in Yeshua the Mashiyach from time before the ages.” Word of ELOHIM, not works, has everything to do with the beginning of the journey. Since a spoken word has its beginning in thought life, this verse says that Yahuah was thinking of you ages ago. Creature come up out...

  • Destination Seeley Lake this Fourth

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Fourth of July is known to many as the biggest event in Seeley Lake drawing thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the lakes, the mountains and the annual parade and community-sponsored fireworks display. The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce looks forward to continuing these traditions again this year. They are looking for a parade manager and other volunteers to help the celebration run smoothly. A little history… The first time the Seeley Lake parade was ever covered was in the first year of the Valley Times. They repor...

  • Courtroom drama takes center stage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School drama class took to the stage May 2 where they presented "12 Angry Men," a play written in three acts by Sherman L. Sergel, adapted from the television show by Reginald Rose. The play was staged in a jury room following the trial of a 19-year-old for allegedly fatally stabbing his father. The 12 jurors were tasked with the decision to acquit or condemn. However the question of guilt quickly turned to reasonable doubt about the young man's guilt as J...

  • Local writer places first in age group in Missoula Writes

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    MISSOULA - The 11th annual Missoula Public Library's annual writing contest - known as Missoula Writes - announced their winners April 28. There were 36 finalists - from children and teens, to adults -in the areas of fiction, non-fiction and poetry writing. Among the top writers was Seeley Lake Elementary seventh grader Clara Kyrouac who placed first in the ages 11-14 non-fiction division for her essay "Take Action." In 2014 as a second grader, Clara placed third in the Missoula Writes...

  • Mauldin to represent Seeley-Swan at State Golf

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    "I could tell when she first started that she would be good," said Seeley-Swan Head Golf Coach Wayne Cahoon with a smile. Cahoon was talking about one of the four rookies that made up this year's high school golf team. Freshman golfer Tegan Mauldin started the season shooting a 142 at Hamilton. She needed to work that down to 120 to qualify for state. Golf wasn't Mauldin's first choice but a basketball injury kept her from going out for track. So, for the first time in her life, she picked up a...

  • School record falls to Shelmerdine

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    MISSOULA - The sun was shinning bright at the Kim L. Haines Memorial Track Meet May 4 and for Seeley-Swan's Hunter Shelmerdine it was a perfect day to shine as well. The senior ran the 400-meter in 49.82 seconds, breaking the school's 36-year-old 400-meter record set by Shawn Holmes. He also set a new KLH meet record. Shelmerdine said not only was it really cool to break Holmes' record because Holmes teaches and coaches at Seeley-Swan but he said it was extra special to do so at the KLH meet....

  • Seeley-Swan has strong showing at KLH

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 9, 2019

    MISSOULA - The Girls of Seeley-Swan took first place at the Kim L. Haines Memorial Track Meet May 4 with 92 team points ahead of Charlo with 84. The Boys took second place with 58 points behind Frenchtown's 132. Both the Girls 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams edged out the competition for first place. Their time of 52.30 seconds in the short relay was the fastest of the season. On the track, Sariah Maughan set new personal records in the 1600 and 800-meter of 5:22.39 and 2:29.12 minutes earning...

  • Community Briefs

    May 9, 2019

    Music Galore VI – A Salute to America, May 14 SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells, a local community handbell choir, invites you to enjoy an evening concert of Americana music performed by a variety of local talents Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium. The selections include patriotic songs, beloved American folk tunes, Barbershop and Bluegrass. The songs will be performed by local friends and neighbors. You’ll enjoy Bluegrass with banjo and guitar, a Barbershop ensemble, accordion, cello and per...