Articles from the June 15, 2017 edition


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  • Cell Tower Erected in Seeley Lake

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017
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    SEELEY LAKE – Verizon Wireless customers can expect better service in and around the Seeley Lake region. Andesite Properties LLC installed a new cellular tower on Redwood Lane approximately one block from Highway 83. The tower is 150 feet tall. The tower currently has only one tenant, Verizon, but J.R. Reger, a member of Andesite Properties, said that it can hold up to five. Reger has contacted Sprint, AT&T and T Mobile about utilizing the tower as well. Reger said that Seeley Lake needed a towe...

  • Seeley Lake Charters Fourth Montana Leo Club

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Lions Club chartered the Seeley-Swan High School Leo Club Wednesday, June 7. Seventeen high school students were inducted into the club with applications for six more members for next fall. This is the fourth Leo Club in the state of Montana. The objective of the Leo Club is to provide youth with the opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community. The Leo motto i...

  • Bikepackers Bypass Seeley

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE-Mountain bikers have begun to trickle past Seeley Lake. The frontrunners of the 2017 Tour Divide bike race passed the Seeley Lake airport enroute to Ovando Sunday, June 11. The Tour Divide, billed as the hardest bike race in the world, is a single-stage, self supported mountain bike race along the Continental Divide. Riders left en masse from Banff, Canada June 9 and the winners hope to reach Antelope Wells, New Mexico in just more than two weeks. Seeley Lake is approximately 523.5...

  • Seeley Farmers' Market Begins Ninth Summer at Littlebird's Lawn

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE- Warm weather means it's time to head outside and shop local vendors every Sunday. The Seeley Lake Farmers' and Crafters' Market opened for its ninth season on a sunny morning June 11. Located at Littlebird's Lawn on Larch Lane from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the market features about 25 vendors each week. "Happy first market of season number nine everybody," exclaimed an excited Vicky Voegelin who has organized the market since its conception almost a decade ago. "It's a great opening...

  • The Winds of Change

    Ken Kronsperger, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 15, 2017

    The Environmental Protection Agency was created to improve the way our nation dealt with by-products of an advancing culture. To produce the goods and services that we now believe to be necessities, certain waste products are also produced. The proper disposal of these wastes required the establishment of the EPA to level the playing field for all producers, as the added cost was and is significant. Change created the EPA and change is required to maintain its proper role. The Paris Accord was signed for the same reason but precautions to...

  • Seeley Lake Sewer Board Revelations and Facts to Consider

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - A review of the Sewer Board meeting minutes is revealing. District residents should take the time to Google and read them. Just Google “Seeley Lake Sewer District” and look in the left hand column. Among the revelations are board members, Missoula County Public Works Director Greg Robertson, Citizens Alliance Bank President Gary Miller and retired chemistry professor Walt Hill from Placid Lake all agree “selling” the sewer project to the district residents is their mission and getting the facts right is of paramount importa...

  • CURSED MEMORIES

    Lauren Bemrose, Seeley-Swan High School, Grade 12|Jun 15, 2017

    They run through veins, through distant organs I didn't know I had. Distant hospital that holds the sick in prison beds. Ice cold memories of broken trust run through my shivering body. Memories too harsh to even live through. They haunt me every day, tears at night, Throwing me out of my comfort zone. He's laying there, cancer. Cutting off his air support. Untrustworthy cells. These memories run through towns I want to run from, but there's no open door to go through. They're locked, like trust...

  • Swan Valley Plans for Sustainable Economy

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Foundation will be hosting Swan Valley First! June 21 from 3–8:30 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. The event will be an interactive, facilitated hands-on workshop for Swan Valley residents and business owners and will focus on promoting a “sustainable local economy.” “This is a project the Swan Valley Community Foundation has been interested in for a very a long time,” said John Mercer, the president of SVCF. “The economy in the Swan Valley is something that hasn’t received very much attention in...

  • Heads Up Boys

    Heather Layman|Jun 15, 2017

    The following story is dedicated to the men in my life: my grandpa, dad, uncle, brothers and friends that continue to answer the call the mountains ring out. The same ones that share a passion for a well-matched mule string, a fine lead horse, tidy packs, a campsite next to a stream brimming with cutthroat trout, campfire coffee and the sight of a high, wide and handsome mountain pass stretched out for miles ahead... It's late spring hedging into early summer here. It's that time of year at the...

  • Collaboration – A Key Ingredient for Success!!

    Debra Silk, Double Arrow Ranch Land Owners Association|Jun 15, 2017

    The Double Arrow Ranch Land Owners Association (DARLOA) and the residents of Double Arrow Ranch (DAR) are committed to ensuring that the community of Seeley Lake—by any measure, a breathtaking piece of paradise where we live, recreate, create memories of the past and dreams of the future--remains as vibrant and beautiful as it is today for future generations to enjoy. Many of the residents of the DAR support local conservation, arts, philanthropy and recreational projects, initiative and activities. By way of example, we have DAR residents l...

  • Yes, Bears Eat Beargrass

    Randi de Santa Anna|Jun 15, 2017

    It's a good beargrass year. The slopes on either side of Highway 83 are filled with their tall, crazy looking flowers. It's worth taking a drive or hiking up a trail to witness how beautifully their white blooms decorate our forest-covered mountains. Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is in the Lily Family. Each stalk has hundreds of flower buds, which start blooming from the bottom of the stalk and bloom upwards to the top. Blooming patches of beargrass light the forest up as if they were torches....

  • Seeley Lake Vanpool Looks to Expand, Name Vehicles

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is looking to add a little character to its vanpool fleet. The SLCF is holding a naming contest through the end of the month. The fleet currently has two six-passenger vans—one is wheelchair accessible—and on June 30, each will have its own identity. The van names will be painted on the sides of the vehicles and they will be driven in the Fourth of July Parade. The contest is open to anyone. The winning name for each van will win a free ticket to the Bob Marshall Music Festival. A little more t...

  • Senior Companion Program Now Offered in Seeley-Swan Area

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Seeley-Swan Resource Center now offers a volunteer program for adults age 55 and older who would like to give a helping hand to other area residents and earn a small tax free stipend to help with expenses. “Senior Companions add such a wonderful dimension in terms of respite, friendship, fun outings, fishing trips, mail retrieval, help getting to appointments and more,” said Linda Howard, Seeley-Swan Resource Specialist. “They provide a vital link in helping people remain in their homes as indepen...

  • Workshops to Explore Estate Planning and More

    MIssoula Aging Services|Jun 15, 2017

    MISSOULA - Who will receive your property if you pass away without an estate plan? Do you know when wills or trusts have control over property and when they don’t? What financial and legal steps should be taken before a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, related dementias or cognitive impairment? To find out the answers to these questions and much more, plan to attend one of two free educational programs given by Dr. Marsha Goetting Monday, June 26 at the Missoula Public Library. Dr. Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics specialist, enhances her pre...

  • Adventure is Out There

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - For three days a week all summer, local kids will be able to explore the surrounding trails, mountains and waterways on foot, bike and paddleboard. SLE Outside is once again hosting the 21st Century Adventure Club this summer. The program, which began last year, is a three-day a week outdoor camp for youth ages 8-14. "It's this amazing program for very little cost," said Bridget Laird, the programs organizer. Laird said that the goal is to keep kids active and engaged during the...

  • Members Sought for Recreation Committees

    Jun 15, 2017

    HELENA – Montana State Parks is seeking diversified trail users to serve on two different citizens advisory committees. The Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee advises the agency on the distribution of approximately $110,000 in annual Off-Highway Vehicle Program funds and other education programs. The committee is made up of five members. They are seeking one new member to begin Sept. 1. The State Trails Advisory Committee advises the agency on the expenditure of about $1.5 million of federal Recreational Trails Program funds annually, a...

  • Harris and Walz Sweep Mr. Pike Tournament

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    The Mr. Pike Fishing Tournament returned to the chain of lakes June 10 and 11 on Seeley Lake. Fishermen and women from the area tried their luck on Salmon and Seeley Lakes. DJ Harris and LeeRoy Walz of Victor, Mont. swept the tournament taking the biggest fish both days and winning by more than 15 pounds for the two-day event. This year's tournament drew 24 entrants from Seeley Lake, Clinton, Victor, Darby, Stevensville, Corvallis and Hamilton. Most fished in pairs having a combined weight for...

  • Potomac Sends Graduates Off in Style

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    POTOMAC - Every few minutes a balloon popped and every few minutes the gym full of people flinched and then laughed. Kindergartners and eighth graders alike grabbed at the maroon and gold balloons that decorated the stage and stomped, poked and popped them in celebration. A few tried to suck out the helium to let out a special high-pitched "Hoorah," adding hilarity to the bittersweet vibe that filled the gym. Eighteen students graduated from Potomac Elementary School Wednesday, June 7. Nine...

  • Shedding Light on Missoula County Government

    Dave Strohmaier, Missoula County Commissioner|Jun 15, 2017

    MISSOULA - It’s been a whirlwind five months. I’ve learned plenty since I took office in January, so I thought it was time to let Pathfinder readers know what I’ve been up to and try to shed a little light on county government, which I believe is one of the least understood levels of government in Montana. With nearly 900 employees spread out across myriad departments, Missoula County government—an arm of state government—provides an array of services from district court clerk support to staffing a county-wide Office of Emergency Managemen...

  • Where in the World is the Holy Spirt

    Carrie Benton, Pastor - Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Jun 15, 2017

    “We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink.” (1 Corinthians 12:13 Common English Bible) When I was in grade school we’d play a game called, “Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?” It was a game designed to teach us world geography and increase our appreciation for the world’s many peoples and cultures. Carmen San Diego could travel anywhere and do anything and we had to use our knowledge of her and the...

  • Jeffrey L. Ledbetter 1959 ~ 2017

    Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Jeffrey L. Ledbetter, 57, passed away at his home in Seeley Lake May 21 with his loving wife Kathy by his side. Jeff was born in Arlington, Va. in August of 1959 to Celia and Millard Ledbetter. Jeff and Kathy celebrated their 25th year together May 8 of this year. Jeff was a fun loving husband who never met a stranger. He loved to shoot the breeze with anyone and everyone. Jeff and Kathy moved to Seeley Lake from Denver, Colo. in 2004. Jeff opened a map and randomly pointed to a lo...

  • Glen G. Knopp

    Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Glen G. Knopp, 74 of Seeley Lake, died of natural causes Friday, June 9. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula. Graveside service will follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake, PO Box 1418, Seeley Lake, MT 59868...

  • Cahoon Voted Coach of the Year

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE- Seeley-Swan High School Head Golf Coach Wayne Cahoon was named Boys' Class C Golf Coach of the Year. The Montana Coaches Association members voted for the nominees. "I feel honored and blessed," said Cahoon who was voted Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015 as well. Cahoon lead the SSHS golf team to their second state title in three years during their spring season. Cahoon is quick to shift the spotlight and credit away from him. "I've had wonderful kids to work with and wonderful...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 15, 2017

    Superhost “The Guest” Training June 19 SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake and Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting the Annual Super Host Training “The Guest” June 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors Center. Pam Gosink with Gosink Communications LLC will facilitate the program helping local businesses and community members learn the best way to offer great service. Through discussions and role-play scenarios, attendees with be able to: • Evaluate guest standards including how guests are welcomed, t...

  • Gary Johnson Tackles Tour Divide

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jun 15, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE, MONT. - Thursday evening, June 15 Gary Johnson slowly walked across Highway 83 in Seeley Lake, carrying his wrapped up leftovers from dinner at the Filling Station and shivering. He looked his 64 years of age. Johnson shuffled up to the window of the Ice Cream Place and ordered a large chocolate milk shake. "I'm doing the Tour Divide Ride," he told the girl at the window. "I need all the sugar." Typically Johnson doesn't eat sugar in his diet-he also hasn't had a drop of alcohol in...

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