Articles from the May 25, 2023 edition


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  • Game range opens to the roar of engines

    Jean Pocha|May 25, 2023

    Every year the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) commonly known as the Game Range near Clearwater Junction in Greenough opens for eager shed hunters to collect antlers from the field. The annual tradition has become a kind of festival. "Horn hunting is like an Easter-egg hunt for adults," said Trevor Welnel, a Helena area hunter who came to the Greenough for the opening day event. The Game Range opened on May 15. "Once the gate opens you drive until your heart is bursting with...

  • DNRC approves Elbow Lake gravel pit in Greenough

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 25, 2023

    On Monday, May 15 the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) announced an approval of the Opencut Mine Gravel Pit near Elbow Lake. On March 16, the DNRC issued a press release in the Pathfinder, alerting the public to a permit being considered which would open a gravel pit and asphalt production facility near Elbow Lake in Greenough. LHC Inc of Kalispell, applied for the permit and sought to provide materials for a nearby road work project on Highway 83. The permit marked the second time that LHC has filed to mine gravel near...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 25, 2023

    There are a lot of harsh criticisms of Governor Greg Gianforte and I agree with almost every single one of them. I don’t mind telling you that I take great exception to his stances on environment, housing, welfare, journalism, and Donald Trump - just to name a few. But while many of my contemporaries in journalism have been quick to insult his banning of TikTok, I won’t be joining them. Gianforte made millions as a California tech investor before becoming a Montana politician and as such, I do believe that he knows something about technology. W...

  • Walk lighter on the land, or demand more from it

    Will Kats|May 25, 2023

    Editor, One of the greatest things about the valley has always been its diversity, from its timber base to its wildlife. The complexity and abundance of both would be hard to dismiss for anything other than a great blessing. This abundance has supported and bolstered human life since man first set foot here. That is all changing. The timber base is being eroded away by a multitude of reasons. Disease, fire, logging, road widening and development. They are all contributing in one degree or another. the end result is a loss of habitat to... Full story

  • Fiscal responsibility shouldn't come at the expense of taxpayers

    Edward Hill|May 25, 2023

    I applaud Representative Matt Rosendale for being one of the strongest advocates for fiscal responsibility in DC. As negotiations between the White House and Republicans have had little success, our congressman has continued to voice strong solutions that will keep the US from defaulting on its debt. Both parties admit that defaulting on our nation’s debt is the wrong course for the US. But unless Democrats are willing to cut back on their erratic spending, a deal will not be reached. Montana’s small businesses are at serious risk of becoming t... Full story

  • Thumbs up to Pathfinder!

    Andrew Chritton|May 25, 2023

    In response to your letter in the May 11 edition, I just wanted to relay that I am pleased with the Pathfinder’s progress. You have particularly improved dramatically the editorial quality. By all means, expand local content as you can, but I think you are doing a very good job. Keep it up! Sincerely, Andrew Chritton (Woodworth area)... Full story

  • Missoula County Sheriff's Log

    May 25, 2023

    5/11 11:18 a.m. Disturbance Morrell Creek Road, Seeley Lake 5/12 9:04 a.m. Civil 1XX School Lane, Seeley Lake 5/12 10:37 a.m. Minor in Possession 203XX E. Mullan Road, Clinton 5/12 10:39 a.m. Trespassing 71XX Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake 5/12 11:32 a.m. Burglary 7XX Pine Drive, Seeley Lake 5/12 12:43 p.m. Assault 18XX Grandview Drive, Seeley Lake 5/12 1:39 p.m. Fraud 2XX Cutthroat Court, Seeley Lake 5/13 9:12 a.m. Theft 150XX Sperry Grade Road, Seeley Lake 5/14 12:12 p.m. Suspicious Activity... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log

    May 25, 2023

    5/15 Wildfire Airport Road, Seeley Lake 5/16 Medical Highway 83 5/16 Structure Fire Highway 83... Full story

  • Zachary Levi McElroy 1986-2023

    May 25, 2023

    Zachary "Zack" Levi McElroy was born Nov 18, 1986 at Wenatchee, Washington on a Tuesday at 5:48 p.m. It was the first snow of the season in the Wenatchee Valley. He weighed seven pounds even and was only 19 and three quarters of an inch long. Proof that big things in life come in small packages. In 1989, Zack became a big brother to his only brother, Joshua and in 1992 he became biggest big brother to his only sister, Elizabeth. They would make a lifetime of adventures and memories growing up... Full story

  • Heart of gold

    Dale Terrillion|May 25, 2023

    This year is the fourth time I’m reading through the Bible in a year. In the past I read all the books but not all in one year. Seems like there are always verses I seem to not have noticed before, or forgot after. Like this year, in Genesis 6:6 “The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth and His heart was filled with pain.” As I read that over and over I began to realize “God’s heart was filled with pain.” I wonder if we can really grasp that - ‘God’s heart was filled with pain!’ Can anyone even come close to know how God felt... Full story

  • Montana Loon Society Seeley-Swan Loon Watch

    Lynn Kelly, Montana Loon Society|May 25, 2023

    As I write, loons are claiming their nesting territories and another loon year begins. Montana’s common loon population is currently “stable” chugging along as a relatively level line that may be slightly increasing. That was not the case when the Montana Loon Study began in 1982 to determine basic biological information about these birds, when they didn’t seem to be reproducing successfully. I joined the well-developed, albeit small, loon team in 1985. My research determined that human recreational activities (especially spring fishing... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Library starting summer hours and programs in June

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 25, 2023

    Starting Monday, June 5 the Seeley Lake Library will be changing over to summer hours. With the end of the school year, the library will not longer be open during regular school hours but will still be open for use as a regular public library. Non-holiday summer hours are: •Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. •Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. •Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Carrie Benton will be the librarian on staff and will also be leading the Library Book Club, which will meet next on Thursday, June 1 at 10 a.m. The Library Book Club’s first t...

  • May Day Tea at the Ovando school

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 25, 2023

    On Thursday, May 18 the Ovando school hosted the annual May Day Tea event to close out the school year and showcase the talents of current students before an audience of parents and community members. Every year the Ovando School closes out with a student production, a variety show which the students spend weeks preparing for. "At the end of April we're starting to build sets and make sure we've got props in order," said Nathan Graves, a teacher at the Ovando school who helped with this year's...

  • Smoke from Canadian wildfires lowers air quality and visibility across Montana

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 25, 2023

    Smoke swept through the Montana skies earlier this week blocking mountain views and lowering air quality. Luckily for the Big Sky State, where there was smoke there wasn't fire. Since early May, the Canadian Province of Alberta has been ravaged by wildfires and the winds have swept the smoke south. More than 100 separate fires have burned the forests of central Canada and 93 of those fires are actively burning as of Friday, May 20. While the trees of Montana have so far survived the early...

  • Forest service issues warning to POWDR about trailer left at Holland Lake

    Asa Thomas Metcalfe|May 25, 2023

    Last summer POWDR Corp stationed a mobile apartment trailer at the Holland Lake Lodge campus. While the company has removed most of the other pieces of equipment, the trailer has remained. At a Swan Valley Community Council meeting in March, Chris Dowling, Swan Lake District Ranger, said that there had been permits allowing for the placement of the trailer but there had never been any permits allowing it to be hooked up to utilities. This prompted many questions about why the trailer had been br...

  • Archives

    May 25, 2023

    Twenty years ago… Thursday, May 22, 2003 Forest Resource council get $8,000 grant for local work National Forest Foundation ( NFF) Awards Local Group Community Assistance Program Grants …The Seeley Lake Forest Council was awarded $8,000 in funds from the grant program. “ The NFF commitment to local participation in forest conservation is at the very heart of this program,” said Bill Possiciel, president of the NFF. “We look forward to working with these and other emerging groups as they establish themselves in their communities.” The NFF dev... Full story

  • Governor Gianforte bans TikTok in Montana

    May 25, 2023

    To protect Montanans’ personal, private, and sensitive data and information from intelligence gathering by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Governor Greg Gianforte today banned TikTok from operating in Montana. “The CCP is using TikTok to spy on Americans, violate their privacy, and collect their personal, private, and sensitive information is well-documented,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Today, Montana takes the most decisive action of any state to protect Montanans’ private data and sensitive personal information from being harvested by the CC... Full story

  • Change Your Pace Challenge community fundraiser begins June 2

    Claire Muller, Seeley Lake Community Foundation Executive Director|May 25, 2023

    Energy Partners Propane Solutions and the Seeley Lake Community Foundation invite everyone to our Community Appreciation Day and Change Your Pace Challenge Kickoff Party on Friday, June 2. Fill your 20 pound BBQ propane bottle for $10 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Change Your Pace Challenge Match Fund. Come join us for an opportunity to mingle with local non-profits and enjoy lunch, sponsored by Energy Partners! The event runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Foundation Building... Full story

  • Zinke introduces bill to improve collaboration between parks, gateway communities

    Justine Franz, Montana Free Press|May 25, 2023

    Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke has teamed with Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) to introduce bipartisan legislation to aid communities adjacent to national parks deal with the impacts of skyrocketing visitation. The Gateway Communities and Recreation Enhancement Act was introduced on Wednesday and is a companion bill to one introduced by Sens. Steve Daines and Angus King (I-Maine) in February. The bill would create a pilot program to encourage people visiting more congested national parks to explore... Full story

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