Articles from the June 25, 2020 edition

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 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Business counsel resigns, board votes to withdraw lawsuit

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District held a special meeting June 22 to take action on issues stemming from their attorney resigning from his position as the Board’s business counsel. They also discussed and voted to withdraw a lawsuit...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Ovando takes hit from loss of cyclists

OVANDO - A cycling T-shirt hung for the first time on the side of Kathy Schoendoerfer's store, the Blackfoot Angler. On a normal year, hundreds of bike-packers, racers and cycling tours would have...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Blackfoot, schools work to keep valley connected

As businesses and schools closed because of the coronavirus, Blackfoot Communications had to keep up with the new booming demand of people working from home, while Seeley-Swan High School also addressed a lack of computers for their students. Not... Full story


Campfire safety is everyone's responsibility

Wildfire prevention personnel and first responders have been encountering a high number of unattended campfires this spring across public lands within Missoula County. Even though mild spring...

 By Claire Muller    News    June 25, 2020

Last week to donate to the Change Your Pace Challenge

SEELEY LAKE - The Change Your Pace (CYP) Challenge runs through 5 p.m. June 30, leaving under a week to increase the power of a donation to your favorite local cause(s), with the help of the CYP Match...

 By Lynn Carey    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Listen to your own advice and chill out

I noticed in last week’s Pathfinder in letters to the editor that several people felt that Mr. Ashmore was trying to infringe on Roxie’s first amendment rights. I think one of them even offered the advice, if you did not like her letter, don’t...


AAI receives Humanities Montana CARES Act relief funds

SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans has received $5,000 through Humanities Montana’s CARES grant program. This rapid-response funding provides general operating support to cultural organizations in the state that have been affected by the COVID-19...

 By Susan Stone    News    June 25, 2020

Resuming services at the Seeley Lake Library

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Library will resume limited curbside lending services on Tuesday, June 23. In order to protect community members and Library staff from COVID-19 transmission, and in consultation with Missoula City-County Health... Full story

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Bozeman pilot fined for landing helicopter in Bob Marshall Wilderness

A Bozeman man who landed a helicopter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in May has paid the maximum $500 fine, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said June 16. Samuel L. Schwerin, 48, of Bozeman, received the notice for the violation, a federal misdemeanor, after...


Hope for better days ahead

Many unforeseen changes have unfolded in our local communities since the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced the state's first cases of COVID-19 on March 13. Schools,...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Seeley Lake Market continues, set to expand

SEELEY LAKE - Rain fell onto the blue and white umbrellas keeping the Johnson's Homegrown stand dry for the Sunday, June 21 Farmers Market. The stand was the only vendor at the market, a rare sight wh...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Board approves chief and district administrator raises

SEELEY LAKE – At their June 16 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire District Board of Trustees approved pay increases for Fire Chief Dave Lane and District Administrator Lynn Richards. Captain Michael Richards also shared details about the Fire...


Newly-minted words: doomsurfing and infodemic

SEELEY LAKE – COVID-19 has infected not only our bodies but also our language. Three interesting new words arising from the pandemic are doomsurfing (and its companion doomscrolling) and infodemic. Whether or not Kevin Roose originated the phrase d...

 By Brendan Heidner    News    June 25, 2020

On-the-farm training

Last week's Graying Pains story explored the challenges of family farm succession as Montana's agricultural demographic ages, and a program designed to connect up-and-coming farmers in western...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Mission Bible Fellowship reimagines Vacation Bible School

SEELEY LAKE - Erika Wilson knew in the back of her mind there was no way Mission Bible Fellowship's Vacation Bible School summer camp would be able to happen this year. Instead, she opted to create a...

 By Stephen Moon    Opinion    June 25, 2020

The journey continues

Everyone’s life journey fulfills prophecy (Scripture) in one place or another, in or out. The great concern should be in what location? John/Yohanan 17:21 “So that they all might be one, as You, Father, are in me, and I in You…” What an in:...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Board hires several positions, questions others

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School board discussed hiring and hired some of the proposed summer and kitchen staff positions at their June 15 meeting. They also approved several contracts and agreed to add preschool/transitional...

 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 25, 2020

Market value assessment method chosen for Sewer District

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held a meeting June 15 where it seated its newly elected Board members, elected new officers, selected the market value approach to spreading assessments to pay for the administrative budget and...


C.P. "Turk" Rowlands 1931-2020

SWAN VALLEY - Turk Rowlands (C.P. Rowlands, Col., USMC (Ret)), summer resident in Condon for 25 years, passed away at his home in Riverside, Calif. May 31, 2020. He was born as Cledwyn Pearce... Full story


Marilyn Shope Peterson 1935 - 2020

On June 3rd, surrounded by family, Marilyn Shope Peterson passed away peacefully at her home in Anacortes, Wash. She was a kind, loving mother, pioneer in business and science, world traveler,... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Bad Bob stays the course for five years

SEELEY LAKE - Runners stretched, filled up their water bottles, and did practice laps to prepare for three different length versions of the Bad Bob race, put on by the Mountain Trail Series June 20....


Rotator cuff injuries

Your rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles and tendons that help keep your shoulder in its socket and allow you to move it in a circular motion. Some two million people a year seek medical attention...


Community Briefs

Weekly COVID-19 update As of June 22, there are 734 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There are 163 active cases, 89 hospitalizations with 13 active, 550 recoveries and 21 deaths in Montana due to COVID-19 complications. Missoula County has had 49 cases...


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