Articles from the June 30, 2022 edition

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  • Vocal group wants Container Site investigation to stop

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – Members of the public at a June 21 Swan Valley Community Council meeting asked the council to vote to stop further investigation of a Condon Container Site. The Council and Missoula County Commissioners Dave Strohmaier and Juanita Vero offered that although the group of approximately 30 Swan Valley residents present were adamantly in opposition to the proposal, that was not a large enough group to be considered representative of the 704 residents effected by any decision. The current proposal estimates a cost of a container s...

  • Celebrating 63-year career with Pyramid Mountain Lumber

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "There is true grit Roger and Rhea [Johnson]," said Pyramid Mountain Lumber Vice President Charlie Parke pointing to the Johnsons at Roger's career celebration. "They survived because they care about the people." President and owner Todd Johnson said Roger Johnson's leadership, perseverance, willingness to take risks and ability to surround himself with good people that cared as much about the company as he did, built and made Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. what it is today. A...

  • Blind paralympic cyclist tackles Tour Divide

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    OVANDO - After cycling around 550 miles in eight days for the Tour Divide, Shawn Cheshire and her team took a much-needed rest. While torrents of rain fell outside, they sat on the leather couches and chairs in the lobby of the Blackfoot Commercial Company and Ovando Inn. Cheshire sat on the floor with her back to the wall and her probing cane by her side. She said she was craving a nap. "I didn't expect the weather to be as extreme as it has been," Cheshire said. "I just remember when I could... Full story

  • Commissioners approve land use fee increase  

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    MISSOULA- The Missoula Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on June 23 to approve the Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) resolution to increase land use fees effective July 1. Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) assesses fees to applicants to cover the review of new construction and development applications related to subdivision, floodplain, zoning and more. The County adopted the proposal in response to the inflationary increases to the current cost of County project review, along with zoning...

  • Theological debate? A response to Mountain Lakes Leadership

    Brett Feese, Condon, Montana|Jun 30, 2022

    I am writing in response to the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Leaderships’ letter to the editor from the June 23 issue of the Pathfinder which purports to be a theological response to Pastor Jim Johnson’s “Biblical perspective.” The leadership claims it “dutifully” albeit “reluctantly” was stepping into the Biblical debate. It appears to this reader, however, that the leadership actually jumped at the opportunity to attack Pastor Johnson’s Biblical position without citing any Biblical precedent in support of their position. Rather,...

  • Common sense tax revisions for Montana's forest lands

    Representative HD80 Becky Beard, Elliston, Montana|Jun 30, 2022

    A number of people -- private citizens, elected legislators and state staff -- achieved a quiet accomplishment recently. During the 2021 Legislative Session, two bills (SB 262 and SB 263) were passed to revise the duties of the Forest Lands Taxation Advisory Committee (FLTAC) and charge that advisory committee to examine and modernize the tax rate on Forest Land (Class 10) properties. Members of FLTAC have been meeting since July 9, 2021. Members include four forestry experts appointed by both parties of Montana’s Senate and House, along w...

  • Live within God's will as outlined in the Scriptures

    Dave Rowell, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jun 30, 2022

    When discussing the topic of the sins of others we need to take a very humble stance. None of us are without sin and we all require the mercy of the sacrifice for sin that Jesus became. Fortunately, God inspired many scriptures to describe what sin is. So, we are without excuse. We’re all in the same boat, dependent totally on His salvation through the Christ event. We most certainly have, will or do find ourselves somewhere in the following “short list” of sin. “Sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, idolatry, witchcraft, hostili...

  • Recognize and respect God's truth

    Diana Taylor, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jun 30, 2022

    If we expect respect then we should respect others, especially God, who is due our utmost praise and thanksgiving for His amazing commands that are not burdensome but awesome, since they are good for our souls. First commandment, we are to love God above everyone and everything else. This means we are to obey all of His commandments, not just the ones we choose. Second, we are to love all people by being merciful to their needs of body and soul such as providing food, clothing and shelter and charitably admonishing their sins, instructing them...

  • Who you gonna call?

    Sydney Young, FWP Game Warden|Jun 30, 2022

    Springtime brings new life to the world. Deer, elk and other wildlife species start having their young and are more actively feeding in urban areas. While it's easy to enjoy seeing newborn fawns and bear cubs, there is a level of care that should be taken when observing and living around these animals. If you come across a fawn or elk calf by itself, leave the area and keep pets and children away to maximize the chance that the parent will return. This will also minimize the stress to the...

  • Rumor has it

    Rev. Carrie A. H. Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Jun 30, 2022

    “Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor; they shall keep seeking a vision from the prophet; instruction shall perish from the priest and counsel from the elders.” (Ezekiel 7:26) During a recent Bible study, someone shared a rumor about me that was going around among church people in the community. As one can imagine, all sorts of feelings came forth: hurt, anger, sadness, desire for vindication and truth, as this sort of rumor could be damaging to one’s credibility. Ultimately, the m...

  • Fire Danger raised to Moderate in Missoula County

    Kristin Mortenson, Community Preparedness & Fire Prevention Specialist, DNRC|Jun 30, 2022

    MISSOULA - Due to increasing temperatures, reduced precipitation and drying vegetation, wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have raised the fire danger within Missoula County to MODERATE, effective immediately. When fire danger is moderate, fires readily start in open, dry grassland and will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Residents and visitors are asked to use caution, especially as they enjoy the outdoors this upcoming holiday weekend....

  • Music in the Mountains to host Jason Gray, July 2

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Building 4 Wayne Cahoon Foundation presents Jason Gray, contemporary Christian singer/songwriter, at its first Music in the Mountains concert at 7 p.m. July 2 on the Cahoon Field 2930 Highway 83. General admission tickets will be available for $20 per person. Chelsea Cahoon, event organizer and daughter of Sandee and the late Wayne Cahoon, said the Music in the Mountains concert is a realization of a dream her parents had for many years. "My parents Wayne and Sandee have had this d...

  • Clean water: We can't take it for granted

    Caryn Miske, Executive Director, Clearwater Resource Council|Jun 30, 2022

    As we watch the loons and trumpeter swans rear their young, it is easy to believe that the waters in the Clearwater Valley remains relatively pristine. And yes, compared to many other areas of the country we continue to enjoy relatively clean waters. However, multiple indicators demonstrate our waters are at risk. Reports of septic contamination in groundwater testing wells are routine in Seeley Lake. Blue-green algae blooms are becoming an increasing common occurrence in the early fall....

  • Mannix Ranch receives Stewardship Award

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    HELMVILLE– The Mannix Brothers Ranch in Helmville received the 2022 Montana Stockgrowers Environmental Stewardship Award from the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Each year the ESAP award recognizes a Montana ranch that exemplifies environmental stewardship and demonstrates a commitment toward improved sustainability within the beef industry. "The Mannix family has continued the 140-year tradition of the Mannix Brothers Ranch by diversifying their enterprise and making decisions to benefit t...

  • Community Foundation awards scholarships

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 SLCF Scholarship. Bethany Hoag and Klaire Kovatch each will receive $2,000 towards university expenses! Hoag graduated from Seeley Swan High School in 2021 with a 4.0 GPA. Throughout her high school years, she received numerous awards both in academics and athletics. Some of her accomplishments include: the National President's Education Award for academic excellence freshman and sophomore years;...

  • SSHS student wins Loon and Fish logo contest

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE- Seeley-Swan High School student Cheyenne Gifford won the 2022 Loon and Fish Logo Contest. According to Kris Gullikson, the president of the Alpine Artisans Inc. (AAI), Gifford was one of two people who submitted their artwork and the first student to both enter and win the Loon and Fish logo contest. "Her art represented exactly what the Loon and Fish Festival is all about!" Gullikson wrote in an email. "Beautiful art! She's got talent for sure!" For winning, Gifford received $200 a...

  • Montana Arts Council grant keeps movement in motion

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisan, Inc. (AAI) continues to support Artists in the Schools for Seeley Lake and Swan Valley students by securing a second $2,500 grant from the Montana Arts Council's "Artists in the Schools" Experiences Program. AAI received their first grant last fall. This enabled them to help with Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) 21st Century program, to bring in an instructor from Movements-4-Movement into SLE, Swan Valley Elementary School and Seeley-Swan High School, said Jenny...

  • Chief raise approved, public comments, questions addressed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – At their June 21 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board approved a four percent raise for Chief Dave Lane with a vote of 3-1. Chair Scott Kennedy and Trustees Rita Rossi and Connie Clark voted for, Trustee Jon Kimble voted against and Vice-Chair Gary Lewis was absent. This was following a closed executive session to discuss Lane’s performance and pay scale. In other business, Lane provided several updates, the board reviewed new policies and Rossi and Kennedy addressed previous public questions and concerns during the public com...

  • Greenough to lead Swan Valley Fourth Parade as Grand Marshal

    Anne Dahl, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Jun 30, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - Longtime Swan Valley resident Ellie Greenough was selected as the July 4, 2022 Parade Grand Marshal by members of the American Legion Post 63 in honor of her many years of community involvement. "I've had every job that's legal to support myself in the Swan Valley," Ellie said. Ellie was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She was an early member of the Swan Valley QRU (Swan Valley Emergency Services). She remembers when Mount Saint Helens erupted...

  • Handmade crafts for dogs and people

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 30, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE- Victoria Crisamore offers Seeley Lake Market patrons and their dogs a variety of handmade crafts every Sunday at her stand "Letti By Design." Crisamore has been selling at the Seeley Lake Market for around six years. Her products include dreamcatchers, beaded and paracord bracelets, dog collars and leashes, and white chocolate-covered dog bones. She said some of her most popular products are dog-related. "I absolutely love dogs," Crisamore said. "Funny enough, when I started doing...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jun 30, 2022

    8 years ago: July 2, 1987 issue Bayburgers offers lakeside lunch Lindey's Bayburgers recently opened for lunch on the shores of Seeley Lake at Lindey's Landing West. Bayburgers, hot dogs, nachos, soda and bags of ice are available at the new facility operated by Mark Lindemer, who is assisted by employee Shauna Haines, and Mark's parents Margie and Lindey. The Bayburger Wagon is a one-of-a-kind restaurant on wheels that serves food, soft drinks and ice from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Visitors can... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 30, 2022

    Seeley Lake Baseball Club BBQ and fundraiser, July 3 SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to the Seeley Lake Baseball Club players and their families for a barbecue Sunday, July 3 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary baseball fields. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Everyone is welcome to bring a side dish. In addition to lunch, there will be family activities, face painting, sand lot games and a lot of fun. Donations are appreciated to help support the Baseball Club next year. For more information or to make a donation ema...