Articles from the May 26, 2016 edition


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  • Mission Mountains Mercantile Destroyed by Fire - The Community Remembers

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - The Mission Mountains Mercantile (Merc) and Swan Valley Real Estate office were destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of May 18. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The structure has been determined a total loss. At approximately 12:22 a.m. a fire was reported at the Merc on Highway 83. The Swan Valley Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Swan Valley Fire Chief Randy Williams said that about a third of his personnel did not get the...

  • Nicholas Claims Gold; Blackhawks Take Silver at State

    Chelsea Cahoon, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    HAMILTON – Monday, May 16, the Seeley-Swan Golf team travelled to Hamilton for the 2016 State meet. It was their last round of golf for the season. Six Blackhawks qualified and competed in the two-day match, four boys and two girls. Junior Jessie Hood shot a 107 on day one and 111 on day two for a total of 218. This gave her the 15th place medal. Serena Loney shot a 145 on day one, but was unable to compete on day two. Seniors Joshua Cahoon and Jacob Haley, and Juniors McKinley Nicholas and S...

  • Prized Antlers Stolen from Vehicle

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Robert Kelley took his eight-year-old grandson Noah antler hunting for the first time when the Blackfoot/Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (Game Range) opened May 15. On Tuesday, May 17, the sheds they found were stolen from his truck near Kozy Korner. Kelley along with his brother Kevin, son James and grandson Noah waited for three hours at the gate of the Game Range for it to open at noon. Kelley was lucky enough to find a matching set of six-point elk s...

  • Vote for Dave Strohmaier

    Jean Curtiss, Missoula County Commissioner, Missoula, Mont.|May 26, 2016

    MISSOULA - Stacy’s latest political trick to do an op-ed on Missoula County’s new parental leave policy with her campaign photo and only her signature is a perfect example of a politician not a statesperson. This is just one more reason to vote for Dave Strohmaier, a qualified leader of integrity. She had only been in the appointed position for a short time when I realized how county staff and our partner agency representatives were looking at me with the same questions in their eyes- “What is it that she doesn’t like about my work? Does my...

  • Psychosis, Hallucinations and Dreams

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|May 26, 2016

    When people think about psychosis and hallucinations, they usually think about severe mental illness, loss of reality and drugs. We never think in terms of dreams. So, is there really a relationship between psychosis, hallucinations and dreams? First, let me briefly describe psychosis and hallucinations. When someone sees or hears something that isn't really there, it can be considered a hallucination. Psychosis occurs when a person sees and hears hallucinations all the time, or for a period of...

  • MEMORIAL DAY-A Day of Remembrance

    Marjorie Pelletier, Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake|May 26, 2016

    As Memorial Day 2016 quickly approaches, we must remember not to take for granted the three-day holiday that you will be enjoying with family and friends. It’s not just time for a fun long weekend but a time to take a few moments to remember those warriors and heroes that have fallen in battle throughout our history. Because of their sacrifices we are able to enjoy our freedom and the opportunities that our country offers. You should take the time to experience a Memorial Day ceremony in your community and honor these men and women that are n...

  • Tractor Tires Flattened near Paws Up

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    GREENOUGH - On May 9 at approximately 6 p.m. it was discovered that three tractors sitting in the Paws Up field near Hwy 200 at about mile post 28.5 were vandalized. A drill was used to puncture a hole in each of the 24 tires causing more than $26,000 worth of damage. The victim was a private contractor doing work for Paws Up. Sergeant Bob Parcell said that the motive is unknown and the vandalism is under investigation. "Somebody definitely has a problem with someone to do that," said Parcell....

  • Person Stabbed After Forcing Entry into Local Residence

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – On Friday, May 20 someone from out of the area forced entry at a residence north of Seeley Lake on Highway 83. The intruder was stabbed by the resident and later transported to Missoula via ambulance. Charges are pending on the stabbed victim. There are currently no charges against the homeowner who did not sustain any injuries. Sergeant Bob Parcell said the out-of-towner had a civil dispute with the homeowner. He knocked on the door and when the homeowner opened the door he assaulted the homeowner. Once inside, the intruder w...

  • Looking Back on Costa Rica

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Spring 2016 marks the fifth time Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) teacher Trace Stone escorted a group of students to South America. The opportunity was open to any high school student willing to help raise the required funds, approximately $1,700 per person. This year Stone and Seeley Lake Elementary School teacher Bridget Laird took 10 students to Costa Rica. When Stone started the program in 2010, he named it Destinations for Education. He has taken groups to Ecuador, Panama, G...

  • House District 92

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted a candidate forum, May 9, at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Candidates from the Public Service Commission (PSC) District 4, House District (HD) 92 and Missoula County Commissioners races answered various questions from moderator Klaus von Sutterheim and the audience. This week the Pathfinder features the candidates for HD 92. Look for the County Commissioners debate in the next issue. The PSC debate is on the Pathfinder's website, www.seeleylake.com Four...

  • Seeing Birds Up Close

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Though bird banding usually does not start until June, a group from the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab set up their station May 21 to enable Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) students and parents an opportunity to observe the bird-banding process. The activity was another parent-child opportunity supported by the 21st Century grant. The Seeley Lake banding area is classified as a mixed forest/willow riparian area. Mike Krzywicki, who is in charge of the Bird Ecology...

  • Open Hands, Open Hearts

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Loving Hearts Thrift Store held their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon Saturday, May 21. In addition to enjoying a lunch and entertainment, those in attendance saw the latest fashions at Loving Hearts modeled by volunteers and were updated on the giving through Loving Hearts. Volunteer coordinator Cassy Swain said that since January, Loving Hearts has given $4,915 back to the community helping those in need after emergency financial hardship or offering short-term help with...

  • Two Teachers Resign, All But One Contract Approved

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) school board accepted the resignation of Brenda Ashmore and Angela Good from their current positions for the 2016-2017 school year. They also approved all the teachers and staff contracts with the exception of the physical education teacher. Ashmore will be retiring at the end of the year after 10 years at SLE. Good submitted her resignation from the preschool. The board voted unanimously to hire all the teachers and specialists with the exception of physical education teacher Andy Sieges. Board m...

  • Sunset Students Experience Forces and Motion

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    GREENOUGH – Sunset School students competed in Silverwood's Physics Day Roller Coaster contest May 18. They were one of 30 teams with students from junior high to high school age. This was the first time Sunset School competed in the event at the theme park in Athol, Idaho. Sunset School teacher Toni Hatten said they saw the Physics Day in a brochure they received and she thought it would be a great extension to their Forces and Motion Unit. Lucas Nygard, Reagan Fox, Hanarose Groom, and Isaac Mo...

  • Brightways Learning and SLE Team Up to Help Montana Youth Flourish

    May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - In Missoula County, feelings of hopelessness, drug use and suicide rates continue to rise among its middle and high school students. So how can this wave of alarming trends be reversed? Brightways Learning, a Missoula-based educational nonprofit organization, and Seeley Lake Elementary School District (SLE) announced that they will be hosting two youth development events in June that will make a positive difference in the lives of Montana youth, families, schools and communities. Kaleidoscope Academy, a two-day youth development...

  • Pinchot Journal: Wearing a flour sack to shoot a bear

    May 26, 2016

    Submitted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society. Reprinted from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. Gifford Pinchot, who later became chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was working for the National Forest Commission in 1896 when he traveled south through the Swan Valley with Jack Monroe, a trapper and guide. In the previous installment of the seven-part series, they had finally located the deserted cabin, baked biscuits from the flour they found, and killed two deer. I left the carcasses on the ground and three fat hams hanging...

  • Ringing with Talent - Music Galore Entertains

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells presented Music Galore IV, May 22. The handbell choir along with several local musicians shared their talent. Pictured (L-R): Margaret Sandor, Carole Rice, Laurel Deniger, Mary Miester, Julie Samuli, Janet Whitesell, Glen Stocking & Joann Wallenburn. The group was conducted by Bev Evans....

  • Remembering Jonkel

    Ron Cox|May 26, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Chuck Jonkel recently passed away after a distinguish career of being recognized as one of the leading bear authorities. More than three decades ago, Jonkel made tracks in the Seeley Lake area as the idea of protecting grizzly bear, including transplanting them to recover their population and enlarge their occupied habitat, was beginning to jell. In the early 1980s, I remember him making a presentation about the grizzly bear situation to what was then the Seeley-Condon Chamber of...

  • SVE Students Perform in Colorful Concert

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Elementary (SVE) School students, from preschool to eighth grade, performed in their annual spring concert for family and friends May 17. This year's concert theme was "Color Our World" in which the students displayed their musical skills they had acquired under the direction of music director Kaytee Ambrozich. Most of the selections had to do with color while others according to Ambrozich, the students chose themselves. They decided on "Stand" and "Brown Eyed Girl."...

  • Athletes Shine at Meet of Champions

    Andi Bourne and Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    MISSOULA - The top five athletes from the Missoula County Public Schools and schools from the Copper League competed against each other at the Meet of Champions, May 19 at Big Sky Stadium. Potomac School sent 11 athletes. Three athletes from Swan Valley School (SVE) and one thrower from Salmon Prairie School joined with Seeley Lake Elementary's (SLE) 24 individual athletes and relay teams for the meet to end their season. Potomac Pioneers Potomac head coach Amy Vann is very proud of the track...

  • Lady Blackhawks Take First at Divisional Meet

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|May 26, 2016

    MISSOULA - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks triumphed over the competition for first place at the Western C Divisional Track Meet May 21. The Lady Blackhawks earned 89 points to beat out Plains and Ennis with 70 points each. Four Lady Blackhawks advanced to state in individual events while two more earned places on relay teams. Only one of the Boys advanced in an individual event. The Boys 1600-meter relay team also earned a spot at state. Alex Bohlman led the Ladies in points. She took first...

  • MWA Announces 2016 Wilderness Walks

    May 26, 2016

    HELENA — Beginning in May and lasting throughout the summer, Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) is offering more than 100 free day hikes, field trips, trail building and maintenance projects and wildland inventory outings across some of the state’s most magnificent backcountry, including wilderness areas, proposed wilderness areas and roadless lands. Since the program’s beginnings in July of 1962, when MWA founders Ken and Florence Baldwin led 40 hikers on the first Wilderness Walk to Table Mountain in the Spanish Peaks, the intention of th...

  • Community Briefs

    May 26, 2016

    Rides Offered to Seeley Lake From Swan Valley SWAN VALLEY – Condon Community Church is offering transportation for Swan Valley residents to Seeley Lake for groceries, fuel and other necessities. They have a 12-passenger van and volunteer drivers to help those in need. If interested please call coordinator Patricia Busby, 406-754-0044. Logistics will be arranged based on the need and schedules of those interested. Rustics and Log Home Building in the Swan Valley – A Program by the USVHS SWAN VALLEY - Join the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society...

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