Articles from the June 6, 2019 edition


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  • SSHS grads prepare for their next journey

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School celebrated the achievements of its 28 seniors at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 2. Dr. Kathleen Pecora, principal of SSHS, greeted the graduates and guests at the event and shared some parting words with the graduating class. "Seniors, this year I feel like you and I have one major thing in common, it's a universal truth that all good things must eventually come to an end," said Pecora who will retire at the end of this school year. While packing...

  • Freedom isn't free

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – Nearly 50 veterans, families and community members gathered on the Cold Creek Bridge with the Swan Valley American Legion Post 63 May 30 to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms enjoyed in the United States. This Memorial Day tradition included the hand-made flower wreath dropped from the bridge to remember the fallen Condon Community Church Pastor Bruce Rippy read from John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for o...

  • Miss Montana honors father of Seeley Lake resident

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    MISSOULA - The rebuilt C-47 plane known as "Miss Montana" is headed to Normandy, France to honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6. Seeley Lake resident Cheri Thompson purchased a seat in the plane to honor her father's memory. According to the Miss Montana to Normandy website, the reconstruction efforts were made to honor the Montanans who served in the military during World War II by making the trip to Normandy with over 40 other C-47 planes from the United States. Miss Montana began the...

  • Heads up Sewer District Phase 1 property owners

    Colleen Krause - Summer resident, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The “information” packet mailed to you by the sewer board was not particularly vetted. While the cover letter did have the term “Draft User Agreement” in it a number of times, the text did not make it clear that you should not sign the draft and send it back. They also failed to put the word “DRAFT” in large letters diagonally across the draft. This is just a draft and you SHOULD NOT sign it and send it back in. BEFORE any final User’s Agreement can go out to you, the Phase 1 people, you have a RIGHT to have input in the formation...

  • Don't miss the meeting - engage and understand

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board has drawn up a draft “user agreement” for we sewer district residents. That’s the agreement between the board and we “customers” which must be in place before we receive sewer service. It is complicated, technical and full of legal jargon. We must understand it completely before we sign up. The board has called a meeting for 5:15 p.m., Thursday, June 6 at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. Sewer District residents should consider this important meeting a “must attend” event. We can ask questions and...

  • Individualism versus individuation

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Jun 6, 2019

    The word individuation is not heard very often. On the other hand, individualism is commonly expressed in our culture. Many people consider the two words to have the same meaning but the two words are very different. Often people praise, envy or acknowledge individualism. Most people consider individualism to be associated with an accomplishment, an ability to meet life with confidence or achieving a personal level of satisfaction. These descriptions can apply but often individualism actually is...

  • Apply for the Medicare Savings Program

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Jun 6, 2019

    The beautiful weather is finally here and we can get outside and enjoy! It's also a great time to save money on Medicare by applying for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)! If you have or qualify for Medicare, you can apply to save money any time during the year. The MSP has three levels of savings: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Beneficiary (SLMB) and Qualifying Individual (QI). If you qualify for the QMB Program "Cadillac Program", your Part A and Part B premiums,...

  • Hardening, aphids & quackgrass

    Molly Hackett, Master Gardener|Jun 6, 2019

    Q: What on earth does it mean to "harden" a plant? A: It is gardeners' slang for helping an indoor plant to adapt itself to outdoor weather. The same techniques are used for plants grown in a greenhouse or bought at a nursery. The leaf surfaces of plants are delicate if they have always been warm, have never felt wind, have never seen bright sun. Amazingly, plants can toughen their leaves to adjust to weather, but they cannot do so instantly. It is as if the plant grows itself a jacket, and the...

  • Building permits and Good Neighbor Authority at next Council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Like every month, the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting will feature a number of interesting topics Monday, June 10. It will kick off with our State Rep, Mike Hopkins giving an overview of this year’s legislative session. Next will be an update on the county’s efforts to rationalize the building permit process. The Community Council held a forum in January on that topic, with builders, an inspector and several county representatives attending. The main conclusion from the forum was that the permit process included bot...

  • OBC presents Richard Fifield, June 8

    AAI Open Book Club|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club presents Richard Fifield reading from his novel, "The Flood Girls," Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Fifield's novel is a hilarious, fast read, set in the fictitious town of Quinn, Mont. population 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame-the only bar in town-refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the ne...

  • The local real estate summer selling season beginning strong

    Kevin Wetherell, Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.|Jun 6, 2019

    12 SALES START ON PACE WITH 2018 RECORD YEAR The market continues to be strong and very consistent in sales and upward value trends in Seeley Lake and Condon. The local market is maintaining a great balance and generally is not tipped in favor of either buyers or sellers being at a negotiating advantage. Summer is generally the "selling season" and now through September is when a majority of the sales in the valley close. New home construction continues throughout the valley, a drive through t...

  • Carver - Turning the page as the new District Ranger

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE –Acting District Ranger Quinn Carver will officially be Seeley Lake's new District Ranger June 9. Carver is excited to watch the projects he has started the past six months be completed as well as looks forward to continuing to build strong relationships with the community and surrounding agencies. Carver started working permanently for the Forest Service as a wildlife biologist on the Helena National Forest, Townsend Ranger District in 1994. From there he worked as an I...

  • Proposal to open access to acres in Belmont Creek to the lower Blackfoot River

    Bureau of Land Management - Missoula Office|Jun 6, 2019

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the next steps in a collaborative effort with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) aimed at acquiring 13,000 acres of private lands within the Lower Blackfoot River watershed, in the Belmont Creek area. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which has been working with TNC and other public and private partners to maintain and improve public access to the area for a wide variety of outdoor recreationists, released an Environmental Assessment of...

  • Grand opening June 15 for new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation would like to invite the community to the grand opening of our new community space on Saturday, June 15th. There will be an open house from 12 - 3 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. The new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building is located in the former Deer Country Quilts building, at 3150 Highway 83. SLCF mailed out a Save the Date for the grand opening to all Seeley Lake property owners last week. View the announcement, and...

  • Clearwater Resource Council TV spots to air on statewide TV

    Clearwater Resource Council|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - With funding from Montana Department of Natural Resources, Seeley Lake's Clearwater Resource Council recently partnered with the DNRC, the Missoula County Weed District and MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks to create a series of six 30-second Public Service Announcements to bring awareness statewide to the threat of Aquatic Invasive Mussels for our waters. These PSAs are currently being broadcast on numerous TV stations, websites and social media. Look for these spots during the...

  • Sunset School beams with another year of student success

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    GREENOUGH - Sunset School highlighted another year full of growth, adventure and kindness at its end-of-the-year celebration on Tuesday, May 28. This year, students at Sunset School participated in a number of hands-on field trip experiences such as touring the spectrUM Discovery Area, attending the International Wildlife Film Festival, and learning about forest fire ecology. According to supervising teacher Toni Hatten, enrollment at Sunset School regularly fluctuates throughout the school...

  • The Journey without end

    Stephen Moon, I am HIS to command|Jun 6, 2019

    Matthew 7: 13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Where will your journey without end take you? A journey by the Spirit of Truth will lead a few to one day hear “Well done. Come inherit the Kingdom that was prepared for you.” Very unfortunately “the many” are led by the spirit of deception, (A blend of truth and false-hood) “Depart from me.” John 5:28-29 “Do not...

  • Seniors recognized for excellence

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School seniors and their parents gathered for the annual senior awards ceremony May 31. While many awards and scholarships had already been awarded, some students continued to add to their list of recognitions with class awards and local scholarships. Of the 28 SSHS graduates, 17 maintained a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher throughout their high school career. Brian Atwell, Lily Mercer, Hunter Shelmerdine and Jory Towe scored higher than a 27 o...

  • SSHS government students see their coursework in action

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seniors in the U.S. Government class at Seeley-Swan High School recently traveled to Helena to see the legislature and to Missoula to watch the judicial processes in action. While touring the Capitol, students observed floor action in the Montana Senate, and met with Representative Mike Hopkins, R-House District 92 and Senator Sue Malek, D- Senate District 46 to better understand the legislative process. Students also met with Gov. Steve Bullock. A week later, students traveled t...

  • Mark Allen Jones 1956 - 2019

    Jun 6, 2019

    HELENA - Mark Allen Jones, 62, passed away in his sleep in Helena, Montana early on Tuesday, May 7. Mark was born into a large family in Ventura, Calif. on Nov. 29, 1956. He thoroughly enjoyed telling the stories of his life to any that might listen. From growing up with eleven siblings in small town California, his athletic achievements in high school track and football, and the excitement of racing stock and sprint cars, he always had a story to tell. A California transplant that became a true... Full story

  • Yvonne Lassise Mackie 1949 - 2019

    Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Yvonne Lassise Mackie passed away suddenly and peacefully on Feb. 7. Born Sept 30, 1949, Yvonne was the second child of nine siblings born to Joyce and Richard Lassise. A lifelong resident of northwest Montana, Yvonne met and married Jack Mackie and they lived in Seeley Lake with their daughter Sharon, son-in-law Shawn Wendel and two grandchildren Lane and Trista. Yvonne embraced the role of big sister, mother and devoted the latter years of her life to her grandchildren. She w... Full story

  • Rule of Thumb

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 6, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – John, reading a financial magazine, might say to his wife Mary, "Honey, it says here as a rule of thumb, we should have an emergency fund set aside equal to six months' worth of household expenses. We don't even have an emergency fund, but we probably should be putting some money aside." If that was perceived by Mary as a prelude to an unwelcome conversation targeting those expensive new shoes she just bought, she might deflect by saying, "Well, a rule of thumb certainly isn't a...

  • UM geologist describes where the gold comes from

    Rick and Susie Graetz, Unniverity of Montana Department of Geography|Jun 6, 2019

    David Alt, author and a retired professor of geology at the University of Montana, explains why gold was found in Grasshopper Creek and the surrounding gulches. "At Bannack, as in many gold mining districts, much of the production came fast and early from bonanza deposits in stream placers. Early miners working the gravels in the streambed skimmed the cream off the district, leaving the hardest work and leanest pickings for those who came later. That happens because streams concentrate gold as...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 6, 2019

    Registration open through June 15 for Kid’s Fishing Tournament SEELEY LAKE – Children ages seven – 13 are invited to participate in this year’s Kid’s Fishing Tournament June 22 on Seeley Lake. Tournament organizer Bobby Maddox hopes it is a fun day on the water that gets kids hooked on fishing. Deadline to register is June 15. This year’s tournament starts at 7 a.m. at Big Larch Boat Ramp. Community members have volunteered their boats and time to take youth out. Weigh-in will be around 11 a.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at t...

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