Articles from the June 25, 2020 edition

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  • Business counsel resigns, board votes to withdraw lawsuit

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 initiated by the District and filed on June 12 against newly elected Directors Tom Morris and Jason Gilpin. The meeting started out with a discussion on what was on the agenda and what was not. On the District’s website, information for the meeting listed several actions the Board may take, however, the a...

  • Ovando takes hit from loss of cyclists

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 already passed through Ovando. However, this year they are only a trickle. "It is not like they all spend a lot of money, especially in my shop, but they can pick up a T-shirt. It's just little things," said Schoendoerfer who manages the Ovando Improvement Fund. "They will visit the museum and make a...

  • Blackfoot, schools work to keep valley connected

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 only did Blackfoot increase broadband for people in the Seeley-Swan Valleys but they also connected students who did not have online access or a laptop at home. “We are still trying to dig out of loads of work. We only have so many technicians and we are doing our best,” said director of ope... Full story

  • Campfire safety is everyone's responsibility

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Jun 25, 2020

    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 conditions have ushered in wet, cool conditions, campfire safety should always be followed to prevent wildfire. Campfires should be kept smaller than 3 feet in diameter, and optimally be contained within an existing metal ring at a designated campground or other established site. If campers are enjoying a...

  • Last week to donate to the Change Your Pace Challenge

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jun 25, 2020

    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 Fund. The Seeley Lake Community Foundation's fifth-annual CYP Challenge is a campaign for community-wide giving, celebrating the people and organizations that make our community great. Fifteen local organizations are participating this year, raising money for local projects during this month-long f...

  • Listen to your own advice and chill out

    Lynn Carey, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jun 25, 2020

    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 read it. Seems he was not willing to take his own advice. Mr. Ashmore was just stating his opinion, which is his right. Remember the first amendment!! I would offer this advice to all, “Just Chill Out.” Hopefully, this nightmare will be over in November....

  • AAI receives Humanities Montana CARES Act relief funds

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Jun 25, 2020

    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 health crisis. “AAI is thrilled that Humanities Montana’s has recognized the important role that rural organizations play in building and maintaining the cultural and literary life of small town Montana. AAI’s In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival and Open Book Club literary events will benefit...

  • Resuming services at the Seeley Lake Library

    Susan Stone, Seeley Lake Librarian|Jun 25, 2020

    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 Department, the following practices will remain in place for the foreseeable future: REQUESTING MATERIALS: Library users may call 677-8995 to request materials. Calls will be taken Tuesdays – Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please allow 24 hours for processing of requests. As in the past, you will be not... Full story

  • Bozeman pilot fined for landing helicopter in Bob Marshall Wilderness

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 landing a helicopter on the South Fork of the Flathead River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on May 16. The U.S. Forest Service investigated the incident after receiving a report on May 19 by a person traveling on horseback and who saw a helicopter parked on a gravel bar on the South Fork of the...

  • Hope for better days ahead

    Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Jun 25, 2020

    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, businesses and churches were closed. Working from home, social distancing, teleconferencing and distance learning became a way of life. In today's world, preventative measures to protect the masses from the coronavirus are practiced regularly including hand sanitizing, diagnostic testing and contact...

  • Seeley Lake Market continues, set to expand

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 when last year the entire lot of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation would be filled by merchants and customers. "[The Missoula County's] regulations for farmers' markets were for produce only, so that is what we started with," said Carla Schade, Seeley Lake Community Foundation board member and...

  • Board approves chief and district administrator raises

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 Foundation Pancake breakfast that is scheduled on the Fourth of July in compliance with the Missoula City-County Health Department regulations. Lane proposed a seven percent raise for Lynn Richards. This is twice the increase recommended by Missoula County and would be nearly a $2,500 increase for the year. R...

  • Newly-minted words: doomsurfing and infodemic

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 doomsurfing, he certainly offers a vivid definition of it in his New York Times April 20, 2020 article: “I’ve been doing a lot of this kind of doomsurfing recently — falling into deep, morbid rabbit holes filled with coronavirus content, agitating myself to the point of physical discomfort, erasing any...

  • On-the-farm training

    Brendan Heidner, Glendive Ranger-Review|Jun 25, 2020

    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 Montana. This week's installment explores the same issue - and a community college proposal to address it - near the state's eastern border. * * * * * GLENDIVE - Not everyone who is interested in agriculture grows up on a farm, and without the skills and experience, finding your way into a family farm...

  • Mission Bible Fellowship reimagines Vacation Bible School

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 smaller, more personal camp in her own backyard. "Kids have a hard enough time keeping their hands to themselves, period," Wilson said. "I felt we have to do something different." Normally the church holds a vacation bible school in its normal building, which brings about 100 campers and...

  • The journey continues

    Stephen Moon, On a journey without END|Jun 25, 2020

    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: Father, you in me and me in you. OH how good we have it. FATHER, can we make it that way for all of them that you gave me, they that keep your word? V: 6. I in them and you in me – that would be perfectly yoked. V:23 “I in them, and you in me, so that they might be perfected into one, so that the world k...

  • Board hires several positions, questions others

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 kindergarten funding and recreation equipment to the agenda for the July meeting after they were brought up during public comment. At the start of the meeting, Chair Kyle Marx addressed the nine letters submitted to the board regarding the recent teacher reassignments to different grades. A special board m...

  • Market value assessment method chosen for Sewer District

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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 set a new time for regular meetings. The Board also discussed hiring a new attorney for its regular business. Directors Tom Morris and Jason Gilpin who were elected in May were seated at the meeting. They were not sworn in during the meeting because Morris and Gilpin had already completed their Oath o...

  • C.P. "Turk" Rowlands 1931-2020

    Jun 25, 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 Rowlands Oct. 7, 1931 in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., the only child of parents who emigrated from Wales. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Suzanne, his son Stewart, son David (wife Carol) and grandchildren Jenna and Matthew. He attended and graduated from Wilkes College and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the... Full story

  • Marilyn Shope Peterson 1935 - 2020

    Jun 25, 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, accomplished author and mentor. Born Sept. 17, 1935 in Hamilton, Mont., first child of Edward and Ethel Shope, she was raised in Missoula where she graduated from Missoula County High School and spent happy summers at Seeley Lake. She earned a degree in Home Economics from the University of Montana, the... Full story

  • Bad Bob stays the course for five years

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Jun 25, 2020

    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. The 10, 25, and 50K launched from the Seeley Creek trailhead and sent trail runners from Morrell Creek over the top of Rice Ridge. "Today has gone by and everything seems smoother than normal," said race organizer Chris Stout. "The route is a little different but to be honest the race is pretty much...

  • Rotator cuff injuries

    Kim Grover - PT and MPT, Physical Therapist and Owner Rejuvenate LLC|Jun 25, 2020

    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 for rotator cuff problems according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. Most rotator cuff problems are due to either tears or impingement. While full thickness tears often require surgical intervention, partial tears and impingements can respond to less invasive treatment like physical...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 25, 2020

    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 and one reported death. For the most up-to-date and accurate information and best ways of protecting yourself and others, please refer to the Missoula County-City Health Department website or call 406-258-INFO (4636) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Other resources inc...