Articles from the May 13, 2021 edition

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  • County mask mandate rescinded, still recommended

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - According to the Missoula City-County Health Department, Missoula County met its vaccination goal to move face coverings from a mandate to a recommendation as of Monday, May 10. In a public statement, Health Officer Ellen Leahy said that 60% of the county’s eligible population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, reaching its intermediate vaccination goal. The county’s case incidence rate has also stayed below 25 new cases daily per 100,000 population on a seven-day rolling average. In April, the County Health Boa... Full story

  • SSHS recognizes Most Inspirational Students

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula Education Foundation and Missoula County Public Schools recognized Seeley-Swan High School seniors Kess Victor and Quinlan Ream as the school's Most Inspiring Students. The students were presented with their awards at the MCPS banquet April 22. According to Principal Kellen Palmer, the nominators look for students who have overcome adversity and have been an inspiration to staff and students alike. "It's just someone that's gone above and beyond and has really set a...

  • SSSAR assists in search for missing child

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    BLACKFEET RESERVATION - Three Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue (SSSAR) volunteers were involved in the search and recovery efforts for missing three-year-old Arden Pepion the weekend of May 1. Pepion was last seen near Joe Show E Road off of U.S. Highway 89 S at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation southeast of Browning. Pepion was last seen wearing a purple jacket with a unicorn design on front, gray under sweater, black leggings and black boots with green tr...

  • Students learn about bear ecology, safety at Bear Academy

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary School students spent the day at the Lions Club Park learning about bear safety and the role bears play in the local ecosystem during the school's Bear Academy Tuesday, May 4. Students transitioned through presentations taught by local agencies throughout the day. "We just have this really awesome, collaborative group of people who've all come together to educate Seeley's young people about living in bear habitat," organizer Rob Green said. "It's really cool...

  • BCSA - Bring the 'we mentality' to rest of Montana's delegation

    Riley Egen, Missoula, Montana|May 13, 2021

    It’s easy to see why so many are fed up with modern politics and the “us versus them” rhetoric. Thankfully, a trip up the Blackfoot Valley puts this chaotic world into perspective with stunning mountains, clean waters, expansive ranchlands and people who still wave as you pass by. The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is common-sense policy and represents what Montana politics can get right: collaboration, broad support and a mentality of ‘we.’ The benefits of the BCSA have been touted tirelessly. Local ranchers, hunters, snowmobilers, fishe...

  • Above all remain helpful and kind

    Dee Schmitz, Seeley Lake, Montana|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - You hear people talk about Seeley being such a friendly/helpful place. I hope after this virus is done, people are still helpful. Leaving the grocery store last Tuesday, I observed an elderly lady struggling with her (passenger) door parked next to me. I reached out and grabbed the top of the door and commented how heavy these darn doors are and held it for her. She smiled and got out of the Subaru. In the meantime, across the car a woman was bellering “Six feet. Six feet.” The elderly woman passed around me and smiled. The wom...

  • AIS and your role protecting Montana waters

    Sydney Young, FWP Game Warden|May 13, 2021

    The Seeley Lake area is renowned for great boating, paddling and fishing opportunities. Every year visitors from across the US come and enjoy the nearly two dozen lakes and rivers here. With the increased visitation from tourists and their boats comes an increased risk of new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) being introduced into our watersheds. AIS has become increasingly prevalent in the West and Montana has recently seen several outbreaks of non-native species which threaten our aquatic...

  • Sewer Board considers assessment methods

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board will be discussing and possibly selecting an assessment method for the 2022 fiscal year at their May 20 meeting. At last month’s meeting the Board chose three assessment methods to consider and have published on their website for the public to look up how each method impacts their property. A link to the document can be found on the District’s website The first method, listed in the first column, is the “equal” method. This means that every lot within the District would pay...

  • Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program begins May 19

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    The Missoula Public Health City-County Health Department’s National Diabetes Prevention Program called Prevent T2 is starting a new virtual session starting May 19 from 4 – 5 p.m. Prevent T2 is a lifestyle balance program carefully designed to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The program is based on research studies regarding the best ways to help people make life-long changes that support healthy eating, an active lifestyle and weight loss and management. The classes are held weekly for the first 12 weeks, bi-monthly for...

  • Election results for local races

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The final, unofficial results were reported May 4 for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees, Potomac School District 11 Board of Trustees and the Seeley Lake Elementary General Fund Levy elections. There was nearly a 54% turnout for Seeley Lake while only 36% of voters returned their mail-in ballots in Potomac. For the Fire District’s two open positions, incumbents Gary Lewis and Connie Clark received the most votes. Lewis received 512 votes, 31.5%, and Clark received 409 votes, 25.15%. Candidate Kristy Pohlman r... Full story

  • Game Range opens Saturday, May 15

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA), aka the Game Range, along with many other state WMAs opens Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. to shed-antler hunters and other recreationists. While cars have already started “lining up” at the Game Range’s West Gate on Highway 83, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Game Warden Sydney Young reminds the public that it is illegal to park vehicles within the road right-of-way on a public highway. Many of Montana’s WMAs provide security to wintering wildlife during the most vulnerable time...

  • The little known invasive threats to area wetlands

    Torrey Ritter, FWP Nongame Wildlife Biologist|May 13, 2021

    The Seeley-Swan area boasts an exceptional number of wetlands and variety of wetland types, from the giant lakes where loons and eagles chase fish to the wet meadows amongst the forests where rare plants grow and great gray owls hunt voles and pocket gophers. Wetlands are biodiversity hotspots, containing the greatest abundance and diversity of organisms of any habitat type in Montana. Wetlands also greatly benefit humans through storing and filtering the water we use, controlling the spread of...

  • Carla (Carley) Maxine Boule' July 17, 1933 – May 3, 2021

    May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Carla (Carley) Maxine Boule' of Seeley Lake, Montana passed away on May 3 at The Village Health and Rehabilitation in Missoula, Montana. She was born July 17, 1933, in Great Falls, Montana. In 1950, Carley Lazure married Duane Boule'. After serving in the Air Force, Duane worked for and retired from the Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Lewistown, Montana. Carley spent many years working for the Lewistown School System cooking for the hot lunch program. The couple had three... Full story

  • God's design for His Church

    William Campbell, A servant of Christ|May 13, 2021

    I often reflect on the perfection and precision of God's design; on how the leaves and the animals change their colors with the seasons. This past week, however, as my wife and I vacationed in Mexico, I found those reflections focused on God's design for his church, as outlined in Acts chapter 2. My wife and I have been vacationing in Mexico for over 35 years now. In many ways it has become a second home to us. Some 25 plus years ago we discovered a church down there and have attended every visi...

  • Masks optional at SLE

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board unanimously voted to rescind their mask policy in accordance with Missoula-City County Health Department’s (MCCHD) recommendations during a special meeting Wednesday, May 5 in the school gym. Face coverings are now optional due to the MCCHD rescinding the requirement Monday, May 10. In an April 15 meeting, Missoula City-County Board of Health decided that face covering requirements will be converted into recommendations when at least 60% of Missoula County residents ages 16 and older have r...

  • Public participation encouraged in Community Needs Survey

    Missoula County Community and Planning Services|May 13, 2021

    Missoula County is seeking input to help identify needs and gaps in the community related to public infrastructure and facilities, economic development, housing, human services and COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The Community and Planning Services Grants and Community Programs division conducts an annual community needs assessment to gauge the community’s interests and funding priorities. The needs assessment is the first step in determining how to effectively use potential state and federal funds and to ensure that community d...

  • Local author receives Book Excellence Award

    Pathfinder Staff|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Local author Tanya Fyfe received the 2021 Finalist Book Excellence Award in the Young Adult Fiction category for her most recent book "The Runaways of Missing Lake." This is the third award for this book published in September 2020. Other awards include the 2020 Pinnacle Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction and 2021 Independent Press Distinguished Favorite Award in Teen Fiction. Founded in Toronto, Ontario, the Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedic...

  • A Spring Ball - SSHS Prom 2021

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Students took the red carpet Friday, May 7 for their 2021 Prom themed "A Spring Ball." Seeley-Swan High School Principal Kellen Palmer was the announcer for the Grand March. This year's Eric Lorentz and Klaire Kovatch were crowned prom king and queen. Walker McDonald and Sally Aldeen were this year's prom prince and princess. Grand March was held on the walkway outside and only two spectators were allowed per student to follow Missoula County protocol for COVID-19. Students and p...

  • "The Cow" getting makeover

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    After Mission Mountains Mercantile's mascot Condi the dinosaur was stolen, it was no surprise the response on social media when "The Cow" from Clearwater Junction went missing this weekend. As it turns out, the landmark bull at Clearwater Stop 'N Go was taken to Missoula's Town & Country Auto Body for a makeover. Once he is all spruced up and ready for photos again he will be returned for the summer....

  • More state qualifiers, girls first in Wayne Cahoon tournament

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Two Seeley-Swan boys qualified for state this past week following the tournament in Canyon River Tuesday, May 4 and the Wayne Cahoon Memorial Golf Tournament Thursday, May 6. In addition, the girls placed first overall in the Wayne Cahoon Memorial Golf Tournament at the Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake scoring 353, four strokes ahead of Plains. Bethany Hoag led the Blackhawks on her home course. She placed fourth overall with a score of 110. Cora Stone was second among her...

  • Seeley-Swan Girls win KLH Memorial Meet

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 13, 2021

    MISSOULA - The Seeley-Swan Girls track team took first place at the Kim L. Haines Memorial Track Meet May 8 with 90 points ahead of Broadwater in second place with 71 points. The top honors on the Boy's side went to Big Fork with 100 points while Seeley-Swan's Boys took fourth at the meet with 58 points. Sariah Maughan led the Girls on the track securing points with first place finishes in the 400-meter and 800-meter. Emily Maughan took second in the 200-meter with a personal record of 27.84...

  • UM spring 2021 degree candidates

    University of Montana|May 13, 2021

    MISSOULA – The University of Montana has more than 1,700 students who are degree candidates for spring semester 2021 including several from Seeley Lake. Students with “cum laude” after their name indicate a GPA of 3.40 to 3.69. “Magna laude” indicates a 3.70 to 3.89 GPA, and “summa laude” is 3.90 and above. Official awarding of a degree and any official graduation with honors or graduation with high honors designation is not made until students have completed their final term of enrollment and have met all requirements. Degree candidates fr...

  • Community Briefs

    May 13, 2021

    Veterans Memorial Cleanup Day, May 18 SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to join the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake starting at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 18 for a clean up day at the Veterans Memorial Gardens on Highway 83 north of the Seeley Lake Motor Lodge. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and tools to assist with raking, slash pick-up and working in the flowerbeds. A crew will also be working on mounting the new plaques to the Veterans Memorial Kiosk. Those with family members who were listed on the wood plaques a...