Articles from the June 14, 2018 edition


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  • Swan Chapel Celebrates 50 Years of Community

    Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    WAN LAKE- Swan Chapel of Swan Lake will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend in an event that focused on the past, present and future of the church. The first pastor of the church, Ron Pierce and the church's current pastor, Chuck Cushman discussed the history of the church and all that God has provided for their congregation since the church's founding. The church had humble beginnings, Pierce said. The first events he and his wife Carol put on were an after school bible study and a Sund...

  • USFS Releases Florence Fire Tree Strike Fatality Analysis

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The U.S. Forest Service released the Facilitated Learning Analysis for 19-year-old firefighter Trenton Johnson who lost his life when hit by a falling snag on the Florence Fire near Seeley Lake July 19, 2017. Johnson was a first-year firefighter with the 10-person module from the Missoula-based Grayback Forestry, Inc.'s 20-person Type 2 Initial Attack crew. The report spells out in detail the events leading up to and following the accident. Based on training records provided f...

  • First-timers Top Mr. Pike Leaderboard

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – Fishermen and women took to Seeley Lake and Salmon Lake to land the biggest and most pike for this year's Mr. Pike Tournament June 9 and 10. This year's entrants drew 40 fishermen from around western Montana. Rookie fishermen Robert Hopp and Tristan Persico from Missoula, Mont. swept the tournament by more than 11 pounds with their six fish over the two-day tournament weighing in at nearly 45 pounds. Many fishermen reported that it was tough fishing on the first day. The only f...

  • Looking Back on 100 Years

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake summer resident Elizabeth Moody's birthday was a pretty big deal this year – on May 21st she turned 100 years old. Elizabeth is far from the stereotypical grey-haired, feeble, little old lady in a wheelchair struggling through a fog of dementia to grasp what's going on around her. The use of a walker and a daily afternoon nap are concessions to her body's ageing, but her mind is still sharp and so is her memory -- and her hair has retained its natural che...

  • Patricia Ann Heald - June 26, 1952 ~ June 1, 2018

    Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - Patricia Ann Heald (“Nana Montana”), 65, of Seeley Lake passed away Friday, June 1. Pat was born June 26, 1952 in Boston, Mass. to Charles and Ann Carpenger. From a very early stroller walk as infants, Pat knew the man to marry. Pat let him know shortly after high school and they were happily together and married for nearly 50 years. Pat married Joseph Robert Heald April 26, 1975. Friends and family meant everything to Pat. Pat’s smile came from seeing those around her happy and thriving. If anyone needed a hand, Pat would be th...

  • Thank You House District 92

    Lee Bridges, Missoula, Mont.|Jun 14, 2018

    Hi, friends and neighbors! I’d like to thank everyone in Seeley Lake and surrounding areas for your support and votes in the Democratic Primary, June 5th! I look forward to continuing what I’ve been doing, which is attending meetings, events, meeting one-on-one with folks and listening to your concerns for our rural District. I knocked on more than 2,000 doors in the primary and enjoyed the conversations we had, including with Republicans and Independents. Your thoughts and ideas are important to me. Regardless of your party, whether you...

  • Grateful for Support in HD 92 Race

    Duane Cecil Schlabach, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 14, 2018

    The gratitude and admiration I have for this community’s support in the recent primary election is difficult to convey in language. Despite the fact that I was not the nominee for the general election, I’m overwhelmed by your turnout at the polls. The resilience of this community has clearly been evident in the unprecedented wildfire season last summer, a long winter and subsequent spring floods. Your determination to face all of these challenges with dignity, humility and a spirit of unrelenting optimism is a wellspring of inspiration for man...

  • Abuse

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Jun 14, 2018

    There are many types of abuse, covering many of psychological issues. For example, the types include: physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, bullying, passive-aggressive, employer, social media and neglect. Aside from describing each one of these abuses, it is possible to describe some commonalities. First, it is necessary to mention that there are basically two categories of people involved: the abuser or perpetrator and the abused or victim. Clearly, the abuser inflicts abuse on the abused....

  • Tour Divide Riders Start Arriving

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    OVANDO - Blackfoot Angler Fly Shop owner Kathy Schoendoerfer visits with Tour Divide leader Richard Dunnett at 10:40 p.m. June 10 in this screenshot of the Blackfoot Angler's webcam. Dunnett took about two and a half days to ride the 542 miles from Banff, Canada to Ovando. More than 160 riders headed out June 8 on the 2,735 mile Tour Divide Race from Banff to Antelope Wells, N.M. on the Mexican border. Riders carry Spot Trackers during the race and their progress can be tracked at:...

  • Ovando Hosts Celebration Concert

    Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    OVANDO - This Friday, June 15, Ovando will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Great Divide Trail as well as its 2018 award for Montana Community of the Year for Tourism and Recreation with a concert and party. Ben Weaver, a songwriter, performer and bicycle advocate will be riding in to town with his guitar and banjo to “highlight, celebrate and give back to all the people and communities that have supported riders on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route,” according to the Ovando newsletter about the event. After Weaver’s performance, Adin...

  • Poor Trail and Road Conditions in Swan

    Jun 14, 2018

    SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest crews are getting out and about to check trails and start clearing. Heavy blowdown and washed out segments of trails and roads are the main obstacles, putting crews about three weeks behind their normal schedule. Heavy snowfall remains on roadbeds at higher elevations. SPOTTED BEAR RANGER DISTRICT REPORT: • Trail #80, East Side Trail – The trail leading down to the ford at Mid Creek was washed out due to high water. Temporary patch is in place, use caution when travelling with stock. This segment of...

  • Unofficial Results for June 5 Primary Election, Possible HD 92 Recount

    Jun 14, 2018

    Due to the closeness of the House District 92 Republican primary with Mike Hopkins just six votes ahead of Derek Smith there may be a recount. In an email to the Pathfinder, Missoula County Elections Administrator Dayna Causby wrote, "We are waiting on guidance from the Secretary of State's Office and/or the Missoula County Attorney regarding recounts."...

  • Preserving the Real Montana Experience at Tamaracks Resort

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018
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    SEELEY LAKE – "This is our Home Place, our sweet spot," said 15-year-old Kayden Kimmel whose parents Jessica and Jeff now own Tamaracks Resort, two miles north of Seeley Lake. After managing the Tamaracks for the past four years, the Kimmels purchased it May 30 from Jeff's parents Sue and Jeff Heagy, owners for the past 27 years. They look forward to preserving the history, experience and relationships the Heagys have maintained for nearly three decades. They also look forward to adding to t...

  • Farmers' Market Opens for 10th Anniversary Year

    Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - This upcoming Sunday, the Seeley Lake Farmers' Market will have its first market of the summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 110 Larch Lane, across from Seeley Lake Elementary. It will continue every Sunday through the rest of the summer. The market is in its 10th year of business. Organizers Vicki Voegelin and Karen Pratt said this year will include a food truck, the same great stands Seeley Lake residents are used to as well as new vendors and vendors who are returning after several...

  • Over 600 Miles of Instream Habitat Reconnected in the Blackfoot Watershed for Native Trout

    Ryen Neudecker, Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited|Jun 14, 2018

    In the spring of the year when rivers are running high and muddy, it might surprise you to learn that's also the time when westslope cutthroat trout start to move upstream-some migrating over 90 miles to get where they need to spawn! In the Blackfoot Watershed, we have two different species of native trout, westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. Making sure these fish can navigate through those many miles is one focus of Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited. What are some of the...

  • Are Pussytoes Really Flowers?

    Randi de Santa Anna|Jun 14, 2018

    Rosy Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea) are one of my favorite wildflowers. You might ask why, since they're pretty small in every aspect. I love them because they are tough little buggers and can grow in extreme habitats. I can't tell you how many times I have been hiking in rocky, mountainous terrain and been delighted by their sweet, pink nodding flowers. They also grow throughout our valley in the forest and grasslands. Rosy pussytoes are in the Composite Family (Asteraceae). Flowers in this...

  • Valerie Hemingway Offers Insights into Famed Author Ernest Hemingway

    Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – "Life is completely filled with coincidences," Valerie Hemingway, author of "Running with the Bulls: My Life with the Hemingways," told the crowd packed into the Grizzly Claw Trading Company for the June 9 Open Book Club event. Coincidences certainly filled her own life. She met Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, became his personal secretary, was hired by his wife after his suicide to sort through and organize all his papers and correspondence and ended up marrying an...

  • Dr. Jack Cohen presents Can YOUR Home Survive a Wildfire?

    Clearwater Resource Council|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - "Your home can survive a wildfire," is the message from Dr. Jack Cohen, retired research physical scientist from the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. Cohen will share in full detail the results of his years of research at Clearwater Resource Council's Clearwater Partners Workshop Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Cohen demonstrates through video segments and years of fire lab research that it's not the wall of...

  • Potomac Community Rallies to Save Friday Explorers Program

    Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    POTOMAC - Parents and teachers at Potomac Elementary School are holding a fundraising event, the Blackfoot Rendezvous Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Potomac Greenough Community Center, 29827 Potomac Road. Funds raised will help fund the school’s Friday Explorers program after the grant that funded the program was not renewed for the 2018-2019 school year. The Friday Explorers is a supplemental program that students can attend on Fridays because the Potomac School has a four-day school week. It was previously funded by a 21st Cen...

  • Summer Adventure Club Sets Out for Another Year

    Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Summer Adventure Club will be returning this summer for a third year of outdoor activities and adventure for kids. Bridget Laird, the program's coordinator, began an informal version of the program years ago when she and several other parents began taking their kids on hikes and to other outdoor activities together. Now Laird is using the official, sponsored program to expose as many kids from the community as possible to different forms of outdoor recreation and...

  • Swan Mountains a Gateway to Montana Adventure

    Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana Department of Geography|Jun 14, 2018

    South of Swan Peak, Lion Creek Pass offers another important route into the Bob Marshall Wilderness by way of Palisades and Little Salmon creeks. The route up the Swan-face side travels through beautiful stands of giant cedars. Farther down range, Smith Creek Pass is another course to the Swan summits and eventually into the South Fork country. The two trails join up with one coming over Lions Creek Pass to Little Salmon Creek. Just east of Condon, the second highest pinnacle in the Bob...

  • Potomac Milestones Celebrated at Graduation

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    POTOMAC - Graduating kindergarten and eighth grade students were "champions of the night" according to Potomac Principal John Rouse June 6 where more than 90 people attended the annual event to celebrate the milestones. Teacher Karry Betson taught the Kindergarten class. The students sang the 'Addams Family' song after receiving their diplomas, then made their way off the stage through the doorway of streamers. The eighth graders walked calmly into the crowd and then shifted gears into...

  • More than Just a Number

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 14, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – Twenty eighth grade students graduated from Seeley Lake Elementary June 5. Amid all of the thanks and gratitude to teachers, family and friends that have supported the students a long the way, eighth grade Crystal Lopez highlighted some of the things that makes SLE so special, that many take for granted. Speakers Sariah Maughan, Sara Stevenson and Tara Cahoon thanked their teachers for their patience, for dealing with them and for teaching throughout their elementary school c...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 14, 2018

    Grizzly Bear Killed in the Swan Valley SWAN VALLEY - A black bear hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear in the Swan Valley. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel responded to the incident that occurred May 20 in the Piper Creek drainage in the Swan Valley on U.S. Forest Service land. The hunter, an adult male from Pennsylvania, reported the incident to FWP. The adult male grizzly bear weighed 500 pounds and was approximately 18 years old. The hunter told FWP game wardens that he mistakenly identified the animal as a black bear. The incident...

  • God is Holy

    Craig Wilson, Pastor, Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 14, 2018

    In my articles I have been looking at the attributes of God. These are the characteristics of Who God is and how the Lord relates to us. The holiness of God is mentioned abundantly throughout the entire Bible. At the same time, the attribute of God’s holiness is difficult for us to wrap our minds around. The challenge to grasp God’s holiness is actually because this attribute shows us the extent that God is beyond you and me. That God is holy means He is perfect and pure but more than this God...

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