Articles from the June 23, 2016 edition

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  • Seeley Lake Fire Chief Receives Raise, Declines Job Offer

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees raised Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel’s salary from $35,000 to $50,000 plus benefits following a special meeting June 15. Even though Vanden Heuvel had another job offer pending, he agreed to continue working as the Seeley Lake Fire Chief. Trustee Scott Kennedy told the board that Vanden Heuvel was considering a job offer. “I’ve always felt he has been underpaid as a fire chief,” said Kennedy. “Whether he is here or not here, there is not a fire chief I know that make...

  • Cherished Potomac Teacher Retires

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    POTOMAC - Nancy Linnell always wanted to be a teacher. Throughout her childhood whenever she was asked about what she wanted to be when she grew up her answer remained the same, to be a teacher. She did so for 24 years including 21 years at Potomac School before retiring. Nancy was born on a farm in North Dakota, seventh out of 13 children. During the 1950s her family moved to Missoula because her father was looking for different work opportunities. When Nancy was in eighth grade she was...

  • Thompsons Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Steve and Cheri Thompson celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 25. After knowing each other for only a few days, Steve proposed. The couple said the rest is history. Steve was a senior at the University of Montana in September, 1965. Steve was in charge of freshman orientation that was held three days prior to the first day of classes at Camp Paxson. He was leading a staff meeting in the lobby of Turner Hall when he heard a pitter-patter in the room next door. Cheri, a...

  • Montana Pioneer and Classic Auto Club Spring Tour

    Jun 23, 2016

  • Thank You Voters

    Jun 23, 2016

    MISSOULA - I want to thank the more than 10,000 Missoula County voters who supported me in the Democratic primary for Missoula County Commissioner. With that victory, I’m now ready to take on the Republican candidate in the general election this fall. It’s been a pleasure meeting residents across this great county over the past few months, from Condon to Lolo to the Ninemile—hearing your concerns and visions for the county, and looking for creative solutions that balance competing interests. I also want to thank my opponent in the race Stacy...

  • The Path to Now

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    Part I and II traced the beginnings of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder from its creation by the Potters and the Vernons through its ownership by Gary Noland and Millie Jette. SEELEY LAKE - Caroline and Dwight Jenkins assumed ownership of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder March 4, 2004. As had owners Gary Noland and Millie Jette before them, the Jenkinses said their move to the Seeley Lake area originated from a desire to trade the stress of city living for a more community-oriented lifestyle and the chance...

  • Board Excludes Restoration

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) board passed a resolution clarifying the responsibilities of the district and landowners if the proposed system is built. The board also discussed the funding package and next fiscal year’s budget at its June 16 meeting. The resolution states that the district will continue to include the cost of hooking up customers who connect as the collection system is initially constructed. However, restoration of improvements will be the responsibility of the landowner. The sewer district will bear t...

  • Swans, Range Riding and Water: An Update from the Blackfoot Challenge

    Blackfoot Challenge|Jun 23, 2016

    Summer has now officially arrived and that means that field season is in full swing at the Blackfoot Challenge. Read on for updates from our swan restoration, wildlife and drought response programs. Trumpeter swans return to the Blackfoot in record numbers It has been a thrilling spring in the Blackfoot for swan watchers. There are more trumpeters around than ever, with lots of folks reporting swans in both known sites and new places. And even more exciting is the fact that we have 13 pairs of swans on territories and at least eight of those...

  • Farmer's Market Kicks off Eighth Season

    Jun 23, 2016

  • Area Author Love Releases New Book

    Donna Love|Jun 23, 2016

    Bandit is the true story of a dog that walked 96 miles across the Bob Marshall Wilderness in two days through the 2007 Ahorn Fire near Augusta, Mont. Bandit's family, Tucker and Amy Mills and their sons, Bryar and Turk of Mills Wilderness Adventures ( were on a wilderness trip with guests when the fire blew up behind them blocking their way home. After crossing the wilderness to end their trip at the Holland Lake Trailhead near Condon, Mont., Bandit went...

  • Trails and Traffic Discussed and Stewardship Project Endorsed

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) hosted discussion on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) trails maintenance and provided an update on its traffic study at its June 13 meeting. The council also endorsed the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP). Seeley Lake District Ranger Rachel Feigley gave an overview of the trails on the district. There are 126 miles of trail in the Scapegoat Wilderness, 263 miles of hiking and horse trails outside the wilderness and 312 miles of snowmobile trails. Feigley explained that there are a...

  • Rational and Irrational

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|Jun 23, 2016

    The last article considered the relationship between psychosis, hallucinations and dreams. The commonality was the unconscious (hidden) psychology of each person. Dream symbols are related to psychotic symbols and the symbols associated with hallucinations because all symbols are expressions of the unconscious. Clearly, the symbols in dreams, psychosis and hallucinations are not logical, in other words rational. If not rational, then the symbols must be illogical or irrational. Since we dream...

  • The Importance of Dental Health

    Heather Myre RDH, Seeley-Swan Medical Center|Jun 23, 2016

    Dental health is a seeming small aspect of our lives but one of the most important areas to which we should give our attention. As an open portal to the rest of our bodies, great care should be given to our gum tissues, tongue and teeth in order to prevent diseases throughout our entire self. Many may not know the importance of proper oral hygiene but it is vital to our longevity and quality of life. You may not know that good oral hygiene has a tremendous effect on your overall health but it...

  • Seeley-Swan Medical Center 45 Year Anniversary Celebration

    Donna Love|Jun 23, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Medical Center Foundation and the Seeley-Swan Hospital District Boards would like to invite the community to an open house at the Medical Center on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the 45-Year Anniversary of the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. The celebration is a perfect time to get the word out that the people in the Seeley Lake area own the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. They pay taxes that helps maintain the clinic, elect the clinic's board and own the...

  • Rustics Memories Shared

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Nearly 65 people gathered on the lawn of the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) museum June 3 to hear stories about the former Rustics of Lindbergh Lake (Rustics) from people who were employed by the log home company. USVHS president Steve Lamar said log crafters started settling the Swan Valley one hundred years ago. He shared how Rustics got started when Jim Busch had an idea for a way to make a living and at the same time help valley residents gain employment. Jim...

  • Building Trust and Web of Support Through a Full-Spectrum Approach

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 23, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Students, teachers and community members from Lolo, Potomac, Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley gathered at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) school for Phlight Club June 15-17. Phlight Club used the seven colors of the rainbow to offer a full spectrum approach to help junior high youth and adults build webs of support by strengthening relationships, building trust and learning how to better communicate. SLE's Behavior Support Coordinator Angela Harris worked with SLE Superintendent Chris...

  • Robert D. Hall 1931~ 2016

    Jun 23, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Robert D. Hall died June 12 at his home in Sun Lakes, Ariz. surrounded by his family and loved ones. Bob was born April 13, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from East High School. Bob earned degrees from Iowa State University and Drake Law School and he was a veteran of the Korean War. Bob first practiced law in Des Moines and then in Ankeny, Iowa with his father, James W. Hall, and with Robert A. Nading, retiring from the general practice of law in 2006. Bob enjoyed the... Full story

  • Queveene Talley 1916~ 2016

    Jun 23, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Queveene Talley, our mother, aunt and friend, left us June 10. We celebrated her 100th birthday this March with family and friends. When asked what her secret to a long life was she said, "Work hard and laugh often." Queveene Twila Colby was born to Walter and Lelia Colby on March 16, 1916 in Kalispell, Mont. She was raised on the ranch on Truman Creek near Kila and attended Flathead County High School. She married Archie Clothier in 1933 at Polson, Mont. She had two children with... Full story

  • Confusion Reigns

    William Campbell, Elder - Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 23, 2016

    As I watch the news in these troubled times, I realize just how confused our nation has become. Many, for instance, mistake the right or left of political issues with the right or wrong of moral issues. Moral issues like abortion and homosexuality, which are individual moral choices, have become political issues. The result has been to further add to the divisions that exist in our country today. I doubt that our country has been this divided since the Civil War. I am by no means suggesting that we should ignore moral issues but rather that...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 23, 2016

    Seeley Lake Library News SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Library’s Story Time has moved to a new time and takes place on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome. A light snack is served. The library has life jackets in a variety of sizes available for checkout. For more information, call 406-677-8995. The Seeley Lake Library is a branch of Missoula Public Library located at Seeley-Swan High School. The library is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Missoula to...