Articles from the June 8, 2017 edition

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  • Local Author Releases Third Novel, To Hold Book Signing

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake author Tanya Fyfe will be hosting a book signing at the Double Arrow Lodge from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, June 9. Fyfe will be promoting her latest book, "Secrets Abound in Missing Lake," which was released on April 27. This is the third book in her Missing Lake series, which follows the fictional teen Luke Houser as he navigates the challenges of living in a tiny Montana mountain community. "Secrets Abound in Missing Lake," picks up where the last one left off. Luke b...

  • Electric Fence Incentive Program Promotes Human-Bear Coexistence

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    Got grizzlies? Defenders of Wildlife can help. The Defenders have an electric fencing incentive program to help landowners protect their yards, garden and animals-without endangering bears. The Defenders are offering to reimburse landowners for 50 percent of the cost of bear-resistant electric fencing, up to $500. The incentive is both a technical and financial assistance program. "Humans by and large generate things on the landscape that bears love, like bear snacks basically," said Russ Talmo,...

  • A Few Questions Regarding the Proposed Sewer

    Colleen Krause, Seeley Lake Cabin Owner|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - As most of you may know, the Seeley Lake Sewer Project was legally voted down in December. Why and who said this vote did not stand? However, at the present time, the Seeley Sewer District is still trying to shove this project down our throats. I also want to make it clear that no one in the December election voted more than once on the sewer project, as stated sometime this year in the Pathfinder. I personally talked to the election board in Missoula and they said they went through every ballot to make sure no one voted twice....

  • Washington, D.C. Dreams Come True

    Trista Wendel, Seeley Lake Elementary, 7th Grade|Jun 8, 2017

    Here in the small town of Seeley Lake in June of 2018, seventh and eighth graders will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Students will explore every nook and cranny of our nation's capital such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Washington Monument and all the Smithsonians. The main goals are to teach students to engage in civics and to learn the power of their individual voice. These small town kids will experience the wonders a big city has to...

  • Help Shape the Swan Valley's Economic Future

    Swan Valley Community Foundation|Jun 8, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Foundation announces a Swan Valley First convening of the community June 21 from 3 – 8:30 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. The event will focus on a “sustainable local economy.” This is a hands-on workshop for Swan Valley residents and business owners interested in creating and implementing a sustainable local economy. Participants can expect a highly interactive, facilitated process resulting in an intentional economic strategy for the Swan Valley. It will culminate with an action plan specific fo...

  • "The Gathering Place" Encapsulates Gordon Ranch History

    Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Jun 8, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society's recently published book, The Gathering Place: Swan Valley's Gordon Ranch, encapsulates the rich history of the upper Swan Valley. To document the impact of the area's first homestead and ranch, the USVHS publication committee researched numerous records and interviewed key people including the owners, managers, ranch hands and other employees of the ranch. Long before it became known as the Gordon Ranch, this natural prairie in the Swan Ri...

  • Desler Lawrence O'Brien

    Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Desler Lawrence O'Brien was born May 18 to parents Nicole Maloughney and Kiel O'Brien of Seeley Lake. He was 8 pounds and 19.5 inches long. His brother Liam O'Brien and proud grandparents Bill and Kathie O'Brien and Dan and Sherry Maloughney also welcomed Desler into the world....

  • Busy Holiday Weekend for Local Law Enforcement

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    Missoula County officers arrested a 44-year-old homicide suspect after she stopped for gas at Clearwater Junction. Officers found Pamela Jean Courtnage, and the vehicle she had stolen, over Memorial Day weekend. “Ultimately we got her without a struggle,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Sunderland, one of the officers that found the truck sitting at the gas pump. Courtnage was charged with deliberate homicide and theft and has been returned to Great Falls for trial. An incident at the group campsite west of the Clearwater River off of Highway 200 l...

  • The Nature Fix

    Seeley Lake ROCKS|Jun 8, 2017

    Have you ever wondered why you feel so great after a swim in Rainey Lake, a walk to Morrell Falls or a bike ride around Seeley Lake? Is it the refreshing exercise? Is it the awe-inspiring scenery? Could it be the wonderful smells? Florence Williams, in her book “The Nature Fix” argues it is all of these and more. We are incredibly blessed in Seeley Lake. Two wilderness areas, abundant lakes and rivers, verdant forests and amazing trails surround us. There is no better place to experience “The Nature Fix.” Have you “lost track of time” whi...

  • Camas Culture

    Randi de Santa Anna|Jun 8, 2017

    As you drive along Highway 200 through Potomac you can see several purple-tinged fields off to the north. The purple color is camas flowers. Camas, Camassia quamash, is in the Lily Family. The root of purple camas was a main food source for Native people on the western side of the Rockies up into British Columbia. It was a highly prized trading commodity. The bulbs could be eaten raw but were usually roasted in a pit from one to three days, which turned their starches into fructose making the...

  • The Blackfoot Valley Cannibalistic and Aposematic Salamander

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    POTOMAC - This time of year small amphibians can be found around Potomac waterways, yards and in the woods. The Ambystoma macrodactylum krausei, commonly known as the northern long-toed salamander, lives in the Blackfoot Valley. They are plentiful in this area but are not seen except during breeding season, according to Sandy Perrin at Missoula County Extension. The characteristic that is the namesake for this species is the extra long third toe on their hind feet. Males are longer limbed and...

  • Bear Resources Hosts Annual Bear Fair

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - Condon held its annual bear fair, put on by Swan Valley Bear Resources Saturday, May 4. The afternoon event featured representatives from various Montana outdoor groups and aimed to educate the public on the state of bears in the area and how to safely co-exist with bears. It was standing room only in the Swan Valley Community Hall for the presentation part of the day. Lori Roberts, a bear researcher with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks talked about the ongoing Grizzly Trend...

  • Rev. Bonnie Wayne 1933 ~ 2017

    Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Rev. Bonnie Wayne, age 83, of Seeley Lake passed away May 11 at the home she shared with family including Gary and Heatherann Wayne. Memorial service will be held at Faith Chapel, Pentecostal Church of God June 15 at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at Morrow Town Cemetery in Craigmont, Idaho at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 17. Bonnie was born in Oklahoma to Claude and Rose Morris May 27, 1933. She graduated high school in Whitaker, Calif. She went on to graduate from the Pentecostal Chu... Full story

  • Swan Valley Remembers the Fallen

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

  • The God of Multiple Chances

    Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 8, 2017

    I have been talking through the attributes of God, the descriptions of Who God is and how God relates to humanity. I want to share about the attribute of God’s mercy. To show mercy is to not give what would normally be deserved. Occasionally those in prison are pardoned and allowed to be released without having served their entire sentence. They are shown mercy, to receive something other than what was originally deserved. Not only does God act with mercy towards humanity, His mercy is part o...

  • Staying Fit and Raising Funds for Children's Cancer Research

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – While being the first one to cross the finish line in a bicycle race is not a goal of Seeley Lake's Jaycee McGraves, helping others and staying active are. She, along with Shelley McGraves and Diane Jones, started Team Seeley in the Great Cycle Challenge USA. They will ride through the month of June while raising money to fund childhood cancer research. Jaycee learned about the Great Cycle Challenge last year. The Great Cycle Challenge started in 2015 and has grown to become one of...

  • SLE Graduates Recognized for Success

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - During the Seeley Lake Elementary eighth grade graduation ceremony June 1, staff recognized exceptional students with a variety of awards. 2017 Presidential Academic Achievement Award went to students receiving at least an A- grade point average in seventh and eighth grade and achieved at or above the benchmark for science, math and English in MAP testing. Recipients this year were Bethany Hoag and Klaire Kovatch. Emily Howard received the 2017 Technology Award. Howard received...

  • SLE Kindergartners Complete Year

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary held their kindergarten completion ceremony June 1. Twenty-two students are ready to start as first-graders next year....

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 8, 2017

    Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank Seeks Volunteers SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank is looking for volunteers for two hours per month. Duties include stocking shelves, helping clients and staffing the food bank Tuesdays from 12-4 p.m. For more information or to volunteer call Sheree Hill at 402-206-1720. Cottonwood Lakes Road Work Underway SEELEY LAKE – The Cottonwood Lakes Road (#477) on the Seeley Lake Ranger District will be closed between the junction with the Kozy Corner Road (#9976) and Monture Road (#89) beginning Jun...

  • Swan Valley Elementary Graduates Five

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - Friends and family of Swan Valley Elementary students gathered to celebrate the graduation of three kindergarten and five eighth graders. The ceremony, which took place at the SVE gym on May 31, honored Camden Gleason, Ethan Kennedy and Elijah Nelson who successfully completed kindergarten. "I am 100 percent confident they are ready for first grade," said teacher Susan Bracha. After they were presented with diplomas, the focus shifted to five students who finished their tenure at...

  • Students Host Musical Slumber Party

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

  • Blackhawks Point Guard to Play in College

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - On May 30th, Bradley Miller spent his afternoon working out. The recent Seeley-Swan High School graduate did a dynamic warmup, ab exercises and a lot of sprints. It took longer than he expected. Two days earlier the athletic director at Rocky Mountain College had sent him his workout schedule for the summer. Technically, it was the first day of Miller's career playing collegiate basketball. Miller signed his National Letter of Intent, committing to play basketball for the Billings...

  • Faster, Higher, Stronger: SLE Unveils New Record Board

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - There is a new monument to history in the entryway of Seeley Lake Elementary. On Tuesday, May 30, Bethany Hoag hung the new track and field record board next to the entrance of the gymnasium. "The final product is the most fun to see," said 14-year-old Hoag. "It's always been a vision of mine and seeing it come true is really cool." Hoag had the idea for a record board since she was in sixth grade. One of her friends had recently broken a school record in the triple jump but there...

  • Seeley-Swan Area Urgently Needs Caregivers

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jun 8, 2017

    The Seeley-Swan area has a critical shortage of caregivers, according to Missoula Aging Services Resource Specialist Linda Howard. She wants to do something about it. “In keeping with our mission to promote the independence, dignity and health of older adults and those who care for them, MAS helps people remain in their homes as independent individuals as long as possible,” Howard says. “This is a challenging endeavor, because aging people need in-home caregiver support to successfully facilitate this life choice.” Howard staffs the MAS See...

  • SSHS Salutes Outgoing Seniors

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 8, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Friends and family members cheered on the Seeley-Swan High School seniors as they crossed the stage during commencement Sunday, June 4. Twenty-one seniors-clad in the traditional black caps and gowns- received diplomas, ending their high school careers on a weekend when 814 other Missoula County Public Schools seniors graduated. The students chose Seeley Lake Elementary teacher Duane Schlabach to give the commencement speech. Schlabach said his personal quest for knowledge led him...