Articles from the May 18, 2017 edition

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  • Reaping the Rewards from the Hunt

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seldon Reum of Polson, Mont. has been the first in line at the Blackfoot Clearwater Game Range Highway 83 west entrance near mile marker three for four of his six years. This year the nearly $4,000 he earned by selling his eight-year stash of brown elk, mule and white-tailed antlers will fund his adventure on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail (GDT) from Ferndale, Mont. to Hachita, N.M. Reum loves everything outdoors. Since he has lived in Polson for the past 30 years, he has f...

  • Training Thinking Sawyers

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    As of July 19, 2017, anyone who runs a chain saw or crosscut saw as a US Forest Service (USFS) volunteer or member of a cooperating partner group is required to be certified through the USFS saw program. The intent of the new National Saw Policy is to standardize training, evaluation, certification and safety procedures for sawyers operating on lands managed by the USFS. It will also increase capacity over time as cooperating partners can start their own saw programs with the approval of the USFS and offer training and certification for their m...

  • Blackhawks Earn 13-C District Title

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    FRENCHTOWN - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks brought home both the Girls and Boys 13-C Championships from the district track meet May 12-13. The Lady Blackhawks dominated the competition earning 225 points, nearly three times the points of second place Darby. The Boys also bested Darby for the championship though on a tighter margin, 154 to 113. Thirteen Ladies and 12 Boys placed in the top five of individual events and will advance to the Western C Divisional this week. Both the Boys and Girls 400...

  • Gianforte - All Business & Loyal to the State of Montana

    Rick Ferguson, Condon, Mont.|May 18, 2017

    Regarding Montana’s special election, May 25: “Native son” Rob Quist may have been born in Montana but his character hardly represents the qualities that are necessary to represent the majority of the citizens of the great state of Montana. He feels that it is necessary for the United States Government to register all our firearms. He has publicly stated, “If you register your car, why not your firearms?” If elected, he will fall in line with the liberal democrats’ goal of watering down our Second Amendment rights to nothing. It is no secret t...

  • Under this Big Sky

    Heather Layman|May 18, 2017

    I've often found it easy to wax poetic about the mountains of home in western Montana. I've always referred to them as the supermodel of landscapes, so easy to admire with their grandiose perfection in almost every season, the clearest of streams that flow with force and clarity revealing colorful stones that tell of it's geological history and beauty, high alpine basins that offer refuge to an abundance of wildlife and coniferous trees of every variety. The mountains of Montana always seem easy...

  • Potomac School Updating and Revising

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    POTOMAC - The Potomac School Board discussed school operations, curriculum, safety, staff and technology at their May 8 meeting. John Rouse was hired as the new principal replacing Angie Williams. Starla Dugger will start next year as the special education teacher replacing Kristina Burtch. Eighth grade teacher Damian Gaglia reported on graduation, June 7. The students are planning the majority of the evening, according to Gaglia. “This is their last say on their Potomac legacy,” he said. During the meeting, student Buzzy Bennett reported on...

  • A Little Headway on Land Use Element

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) made a little progress editing two paragraphs in the Land Use element of the draft document at the May 10 meeting. Committee members also discussed adding an appendix to the document to supply further information and decided on officers for the coming year. The committee finished the section entitled Regulatory Framework with all committee members but one accepting two sentences in the last paragraph of the original draft. It reads “As set forth in the judgment handed down by t...

  • Canty to Read His New Book "The Underworld"

    Alpine Artisans Open Book Club|May 18, 2017

    Kevin Canty will be presenting his new book, "The Underworld" Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company The event is sponsored by Alpine Artisans Open Book Club. Professor Canty is in the English Department at the University of Montana and is the author of five previous novels and three short story collections. In "The Underworld," Canty tells a story inspired by the 1973 Sunshine Silver Mine disaster near Kellogg, Idaho, that killed 91 miners. Rather than a detailed...

  • SLE Spring and Summer Outdoor Education Program

    Bridget Laird, SLE Outdoor Education Program Coordinator|May 18, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - I love my job! As the Outdoor Education Program Coordinator at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE), I get to work with kids of all ages and develop programs for them that require reaching out to local folks and outside organizations to help provide engaging, hands-on, academically rich content. I'm still amazed and inspired by the generosity and willingness of people to drop everything and lend a hand for the sake of the kids. Seeley Lake Elementary's Outdoor Program has been fortunate...

  • Larch Love

    Randi de Santa Anna|May 18, 2017

    The larches that have looked dead for the past six months have not disappointed us. They have greened up! Oh happy day! Our mountains are once again adorned with that incredible praying mantis green. The fact that larches (Larix occidentalis) drop their needles defines so much of their existence. Unlike most conifers that keep their needles year round enabling them to photosynthesize whenever the temperatures rise above freezing, larches can only grow half of the year. They make up for this...

  • Building a Sense of Place on the Banks of the Blackfoot River

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    GREENOUGH – The confluence of the Blackfoot and the Clearwater Rivers off Sunset Hill Road was the classroom for nearly 100 Seeley-Swan High School students May 10 as a part of their annual Discovery Day. Discovery Day was funded through grants from the Seeley Lake Community Foundation and the Montana Environmental Education Association. This year the focus was rivers. "The reason for focusing it on rivers was to prepare some kids to be able to present things at the Norman Maclean Festival in t...

  • The AIS Gold Standard

    Joann Wallenburn, Clearwater Resource Council|May 18, 2017

    At a recent two-day training session for watercraft inspection and decontamination in Kalispell, Whitefish Lake Institute gave a short presentation on the plan to protect Whitefish Lake. It has to be the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Gold Standard in Montana. There are two public boat launches: one at Whitefish Lake State Park and one at Whitefish City Beach Park. From May 1 to Sept. 30, both launches will be open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The launches will be physically closed during off hours. Onsite inspectors, many of whom were in the training cla...

  • Change of Venue a Win for Potomac Bingo

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

  • AAI Awards Scholarship and Youth Grants

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI) announced the recipients of the youth grants and the 2017 Ruth Korn Memorial Scholarship recipient at the Alpine Revue: Art Auction and Talent Show May 12. Lincoln High School Senior Rayna Thompson received the 2017 Ruth Korn Memorial Art Scholarship. Thompson loves her small community and doing art in various forms. She had an AAI youth grant back in 2012 for a sculpture class in Kalispell and displayed many of her paintings at the Alpine Revue. T...

  • Local Talent Supports the Arts

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 18, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Local musicians and poets treated attendees to a wide range of talent at the Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI) Alpine Revue May 12. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to bid on many pieces of donated artwork and participate in raffles all while enjoying delectable treats made by AAI members. All funds raised support the AAI Youth Grants and Scholarship Program. For more information about Alpine Artisan's upcoming events visit

  • History Repeats Itself

    Ron Cox, Seeley Lake Historical Society|May 18, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - During the record challenging winter of 1997, the Double Arrow Ranch barn collapsed. Coincidentally, the community had recently completed an assessment and had identified a need for a permanent home for the Chamber of Commerce and a museum, among other things. So instead of tossing a match to the rubble, the logs were taken apart and reassembled, Lincoln log style, with a tremendous amount of community volunteer efforts. It now serves as the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and...

  • Take Precautions to Avoid Hantavirus

    May 18, 2017

    The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local public health agencies remind Montanans and visitors to the state to be aware of the risk of hantavirus and to take precautions to avoid rodent exposures. “Although hantavirus infection can occur during any month, the risk of exposure is increased in the spring and summer as people clean cabins and sheds and spend more time outside in the vicinity of rodents,” said DPHHS epidemiologist Rachel Hinnenkamp. With 43 cases of hantavirus reported since its recognition in 1993, Monta...

  • The "Second" Great Call of Christian Faith

    William Campbell, Elder Mission Bible Fellowship|May 18, 2017

    Here I’m speaking not of the call to salvation, the “greatest call” outlined in Romans 10:9, “That is you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” For that is the call of Christianity itself. No, here I speak of the great call to all who have already accepted the call to Christianity. Jesus mentions it when asked to tell what was “The greatest commandment.” He mentioned it in verse 38 of Matthew 22. He first says in verse 37, “Love the Lord your God with all yo...

  • Donald William Livingston 1927-2017

    May 18, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Donald William Livingston, 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 5, 2017. Don was born June 22, 1927 in Durand, Wisc., the fourth of seven children to Eugene and Fyrn Livingston. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and married Betty Lea Groom of Evaro, Mont. Jan. 3, 1948. They had four children. Don and Betty lived 26 years in Soap Lake, Washington where they raised their family and Don worked as a Journeyman Electrician. Don and Betty moved back to Montana in... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    May 18, 2017

    Scholarships for SSHS Graduates SEELEY LAKE — The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce scholarships available to Seeley-Swan High School graduates who have finished at least one year of college, university or technical school. The application forms can be obtained through the Foundation’s website or by calling the office. The scholarships are intended to support students in their undergraduate studies. Applications are due June 30. The Foundation has provided Seeley-Swan students $10,000.00 in scholarships since 2006. To lea...