Articles from the February 29, 2024 edition


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  • Potomac athlete heads to New York City, from gravel track to Nike stadium

    Keely Larson, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    On an overcast day in early February, Potomac School's outdoor track was covered in snow. Cows and horses stood on a property nearby and the sounds of cars whooshing along Highway 200 could be heard a few miles away. Corbin Weltzien crunched footsteps into the snow as he walked out onto the track. He started training on this track in the fifth grade and grinned as he talked about some of its more run down elements. Now a Junior at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Weltzien and five other athlete...

  • Antler hunt to continue with changes

    Jean Pocha, Reporter|Feb 29, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is developing a new online registration system for participants to determine their place in line for vehicles on opening day of antler hunting season on the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area. Online registration will open a few weeks before May 15, the opening day. FWP is still deciding if a first come, first serve system or a random drawing will be the best way to distribute numbers for waiting in line on opening day. There will be phone-in options for those not using a computer. “This is year one f...

  • Seeley Lake Fire Department welcomes a new volunteer, board discusses response times

    Keely Larson, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    The Seeley Lake Fire Department is adding two new volunteers to its ranks and the addition of another paramedic makes it so the department is fully staffed with paramedics during the day at least five days each week. At February's Seeley Lake Fire Board meeting, Fire Chief Dave Lane said over the past couple of months there have not been any responses to filling open volunteer positions. But now the department has received two - one for a firefighting position and one for a chaplain. Michael...

  • Board of health transparency

    Nathan Bourne|Feb 29, 2024

    I attended the Feb. 15 Missoula County Board of Health meeting in regards to the “new policy” Missoula Public Health, Environmental Health has for Seeley Lake. While the Missoulian and Pathfinder covered the presentation, both presented the changes to the Special Management Area (SMA) requirements as “proposed.” The chair of the board of health stated there would be a public process before the board implements new regulations. However, based on my experience, the health department is already enforcing the new policy that functions more like a n...

  • Volunteerism abounds

    Robert Shaffer, Double Arrow Ranch Landowners Association|Feb 29, 2024

    One of the many things I love about Seeley Lake is the volunteerism I see everywhere. When I bought my home here almost 10 years ago, one of the things I planned to do when I retired to Seeley full time was volunteer in some fashion to serve the community. That is actually how I ended up on the DARLOA BOD. I felt that the DARLOA BOD had arrived at a more harmonious place than it had been in some preceding years and I wanted to help keep it that way. Of course HOA’s have a way of always having some contention and DARLOA (being quite large) is n...

  • Lady Blackhawks take fourth at Divisionals

    Keely Larson, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Seeley Lake's Lady Blackhawks were escorted through town in their traveling bus by a fire truck, cop cars, an ambulance and a bunch of waving and cheering elementary school students and faculty. Lined up in the parking lot of the school, students smiled and waved and held signs in support of their older peers heading to Divisional basketball tournaments. The Lady Blackhawks took fourth overall this year. "They finished with a lot of heart," Coach David Cahoon...

  • Fishing for winter whitefish, then and now

    Chuck Stranahan|Feb 29, 2024

    It’s been a few years since I deliberately fished for winter whitefish. The last time, I joined some friends at a café in Darby for a late breakfast. The object was to fuel ourselves up with enough calories to withstand a chilly afternoon on the river, where we planned to catch a mess of whitefish. After that, the plan was to cook a few for an early dinner according to one of Mike’s all-time-great whitefish recipes (he’s a great cook) and if enough were left over, to smoke them. Who would do the smoking was uncertain. Both Jim and Mike are gr...

  • Archives

    Pathfinder Staff|Feb 29, 2024

    Thirty-five years ago ... Thursday March 2, 1989 Good Times operating in temporary space following explosion The Good Times is open and temporarily operating out of space adjacent to its main retail space following a propane explosion last Wednesday. A wood stove inside the Good Times is believed to have ignited leaking gas while a propane delivery truck driver was filling a propane truck on the outside of the building where The Filling Station and other retail outlets are located. The Seeley La...

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