Articles from the June 1, 2017 edition


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  • New Law Requires Anglers to Purchase Prevention Pass

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    Anglers in Montana are now required to buy an additional pass to fish in the state. The mandatory Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Pass was part of Senate Bill 363 which was signed by Gov. Steve Bullock Thursday, May 24. The pass must be purchased once a year in addition to a fishing license. Resident passes cost $2, while nonresident passes are $15. “We know this will be an inconvenience to some anglers but protecting the health of our waterways is critical,” said FWP director Martha Williams in a press release. “The AIS progr...

  • Asset-Based Approach and Attendees' Input Addressed

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) addressed the remaining paragraphs of the Asset Based Approach to Future Development section of the Land Use Element in the draft growth plan May 24. They tabled the final paragraph of the section until the next meeting which deals with natural resources and residential densities. Residents also shared their thoughts about the process of editing the draft plan. The committee unanimously accepted Colleen Dowdall’s edits to the third paragraph of the section. They agreed to r...

  • Blackhawks Win Three Titles at State Track

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    LAUREL - The Seeley-Swan High School boys continued their season-long dominance in the 4x400 meter relay at the state meet Saturday, May 27. The Blackhawks finished in a season best time of 3:32.84, just shy of a school record but two seconds ahead of second place Charlo. "They ran pretty well," said Coach Mike Haines. "They were favored going in and they handled that pressure." Three boys scored points in individual events as well. Sophomore Hunter Shelmerdine ran a personal record (PR) in the...

  • Memorial Service in Seeley Lake

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake hosted their annual Memorial Day Service Monday, May 29 at the Memorial Gardens in Seeley Lake....

  • Seeley Lake Sewer Board Trying to Circumvent the Law

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board continues its end-run effort to cancel last fall’s election results. After a solid majority voted “NO” on the $12 million bond issue last December, it is trying to circumvent the law by first shutting the public out of the meeting to discuss the $40 thousand sales effort by a PR firm and second allowing board members to advocate for the failed proposal. If any Sewer District dollars are spent on this new sales effort it should be a public meeting to discuss the strategy and if board members are permi...

  • Response to Wood's Letter

    Mary Miester, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 1, 2017

    In response to Elizabeth K. (Betsy) Wood’s letter in the May 25 Pathfinder, the special election was held to replace Ryan Zinke who was in the U.S. House of Representatives not the U.S. Senate. Also, if she would rather have a U.S. Congressman charged with assault versus one who broke a music contract, it appears she got her wish....

  • Lake Alva Campground Set for Hazard Tree Removal

    Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District will be closing portions of the Lake Alva Campground for approximately four weeks beginning June 2 to safely remove dead and dying trees. Many of the trees in the campground have been infected by spruce budworm, a native insect that defoliates some tree species. Defoliation has caused significant tree mortality in the campground. Lake Alva Campground is located approximately 11 miles north of Seeley Lake and situated on the east shore of Lake Alva. The work at the campground will be done in phases,...

  • Greg Gianforte Wins Special Election

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE-Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's lone house seat Thursday, May 25. The Associated Press called the race just after 10:30 p.m. Gianforte defeated Democratic nominee Rob Quist by more than 20,000 votes, receiving 50.2 percent compared to Quist's 44.1 percent. Libertarian Mark Wicks received 5.7 percent. "Together, tonight, we won a victory for our Treasure State," Gianforte said in his victory speech. Gianforte was the favorite throughout the...

  • Playhouse to be Raffled for Veterans and Families

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - It started with a doodle. The doodle was a simple drawing of a bear, standing behind a wooden gate with his front paws hanging over the door. Now almost three months later that doodle has become a teal-trimmed house, just big enough for a few children to fill with their imagination. Seeley Lake resident Doug Richards has constructed 11 playhouses for fundraisers in Washington and Montana over the years. The 12th filled his garage-cum-workshop this spring. The playhouse stands...

  • Career Fair Highlights Local Occupations

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley students had the opportunity to explore local occupations at Swan Valley School Career Fair May 17. The Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) organized the event with a grant from the Swan Valley Community Foundation. Students learned about sixteen different occupations from adults in the Swan Valley that wanted to share their careers. This was the first year the PTA hosted the Career Fair. The participants were set up at tables in the gym and the students went around i...

  • Revive and Thrive with TNC

    Chris Bryant, The Nature Conservancy Western Montana Land Protection Director|Jun 1, 2017

    The Nature Conservancy (TNC), along with our partners at the Blackfoot Challenge and Five Valleys Land Trust, invite members of the community to celebrate restoration and land protection with our third-annual "Revive and Thrive" event on Sunday, July 23. It's a chance for people to lend a hand sprucing up a favorite, or even not so well known, spot on TNC's Clearwater Blackfoot Project land. This year we'll be working on a new loop trail at the headwaters of Fawn Creek, not far from Seeley...

  • Uncorked and Creative Returns to Rich Ranch

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - "We're not in kindergarten, we don't have to stay in the lines." With that statement, Condon artist Merrily Dunham kicked off the Painting for a Dream weekend held at Rich's Montana Guest Ranch. Wine and laughter flowed freely at Friday night's workshop, rightly called Uncorked and Creative. The evening, hosted by Kris Gullikson and Belinda Rich, was focused around the art of watercolor. "Watercolor is my favorite because it's such a challenge," said Dunham. "And I love teaching...

  • Blackfoot Outreach To Conserve Missoula County

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    POTOMAC - The Missoula Conservation District (MCD) brought knowledge, expertise and a listening ear to Potomac May 24. The meeting was one of many listening sessions held throughout Missoula County by the MCD to answer questions and clarify concerns by residents as well as help inform residents of MCD’s long range plan. MCD representative Jen McBride explained the basics of conservation and the history of conservation beginning with the ‘Dustbowl’ that brought drought and agricultural issues to areas of the United States. The Federal gover...

  • Please Pause for Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Jun 1, 2017

    After writing columns for 20 years I must take time off. I must thank all of you who read my columns and in so many ways have helped change people and helped save many cats’ and dogs’ lives. We must stay vigilante and always stand tall when it comes to cruelty and abuse of children and pets. I thank you all for supporting our cake sales in many ways and helping The Ed Jackson Helping Pets Fund, which is no more, and the Potomac Animal Shelter. The shelter is always in need of funds and has saved so many abused pets and found them loving hom...

  • Butterworth's Military Career Highlighted

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Montana has become the home of a number of retired military personal. Among them is Larry Butterworth, retired colonel in the United States Army. Though Butterworth came from a patriotic family – six uncles served in either the U.S. Army or U.S. Navy – growing up he had no military aspirations for himself. What he did have by his senior year in high school was a four-year scholarship to Virginia Tech and a probable engineering career in his future. A casual trip to hi...

  • Solid Rock

    Leon Kauffman, Elder Condon Community Church|Jun 1, 2017

    Last February, the Oroville Dam in California had a problem with its spillway that eventually threatened the integrity of the dam and led to the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents downstream. Although a major catastrophe was avoided, the event served as a warning to the problem of aging infrastructure in our country. I believe the event also can provide an analogy to problems that can arise in our lives if we allow sin a foothold. The problem with the Oroville spillway started as just a small area of the concrete broke loose as...

  • Robert Blackwell Griffes June 20, 1929 ~ May 21, 2017

    Jun 1, 2017

    The Gates of Glory are well-oiled today, May 21, 2017 as “Grif” entered in. Robert Blackwell Griffes was born in Chicago on July 30, 1929 to James Lincoln Griffes and Dorothy Blackwell Griffes residing in Berwyn, Ill. He grew up and attended school pursuing his interests in carpentry and the outdoors. As a young man, Bob became an Eagle Scout and a naturalist. He left the Chicago area at 17 to attend the University of Montana Forestry School. He was active in the university community, pla... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 1, 2017

    Seeley Lake Fire Department at Cory’s June 3 SEELEY LAKE – Join the Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel and volunteer firefighters and medical personnel June 3 starting at 12 p.m. at Cory’s Valley Market. Check out the ambulance, fire engine and other equipment and have a chance to talk to local responders. They will also have goodies for the children who visit. Volunteers Needed for National Trails Day LINCOLN - Saturday, June 3 is National Trails Day. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will be holding a volunteer workday event in co...

  • Seeley Music Teacher Directs Final Spring Concert

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE-The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) gave its final music concert of the school year Tuesday, May 23. This was the last performance under the direction of Kaytee Ambrozich. "I was pleased with how it went," said Ambrozich after the concert. "It was a good showcase of the students' abilities." The Spring Concert included performances by the band and choir. The SSHS creative writing class also shared several original works as interludes. The choir started the performance with a duet of...

  • Range of Musical Talent Showcased at SLE Spring Concert

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary students shared a variety of musical selections at their Spring Concert May 24....

  • Around the World in 45 Minutes

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    OVANDO - Around 60 people attended the Ovando School's annual May Day Tea Wednesday, May 24. The eight students spent their year learning world geography and the event was a way to showcase what they had learned. Ovando teacher Leigh Ann Valiton introduced each act and gave a brief synopsis of what the students learned. "To share this with you, we're going to dance across the world in 45 minutes," Valiton said while students served tea and cookies to the audience. Students performed songs and...

  • Putting Others Before Himself

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Kindergartner Jesse Wink is putting others before himself this summer. He is raising funds for the Seattle Children's Hospital to help children who are dealing with Chiari Malformation, a condition where the brain grows into the spine. Jesse himself was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation before he was two years old. He wants to ensure other children have the same care he had during his treatment. When Jesse was a year and a half, he fell off a bunk bed and gave himself a c...

  • Sunset School Holds Year-End Celebration

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 1, 2017

    The Sunset School held their year-end celebration and kindergarten graduation Thursday, May 25 at the schoolhouse near Paws Up Resort. The nine students recited poems and sang songs for their gathered family members and watched a slideshow from the year. Supervising teacher Toni Hatten gave a short recap of the year, which included the Sunset School skyping with a smaller, one student school in Wyoming. First year teacher Hali Miller, who joined Sunset School in November, presented the...

  • Seeley-Swan High School Blackhawks - 2017 Graduates Part I

    Jun 1, 2017

    SSHS Graduation Ceremony: Sunday, June 4, SSHS, 1 p.m. Speaker: Duane Schlabach Valedictorian: Stevi Meade Salutatorian: Alex Bohlman Senior Awards Night: Thursday, June 1, SSHS, 8 p.m....

  • Seeley-Swan High School Blackhawks ~ 2017 Graduates Part II

    Jun 1, 2017

    SSHS Graduation Ceremony: Sunday, June 4, SSHS, 1 p.m. Speaker: Duane Schlabach Valedictorian: Stevi Meade Salutatorian: Alex Bohlman Senior Awards Night: Thursday, June 1, SSHS, 8 p.m....

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