Articles from the July 6, 2017 edition


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  • Shooters Go Out With a Bang

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    CAMP PERRY, OHIO – Squadded next to Texas Hill Country, the number one precision shooting team in the nation, the Hellgate Civilian Junior Shooters stepped up to the line on day one of their two day National competition. The first of their two teams took second to Texas Hill Country at the Western Regional Air Rifle 3 Position Championships last April. Hellgate's first team shooters Ibby Lorentz, Justin Thomas, Sam Weisenburger and Jonna Warnken finished their 60 shots (20 prone, 20 standing a...

  • Tester Secures Funding for Sewer District

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Seven Montana communities, Seeley Lake among them, will receive funding to update water infrastructure. On June 28, Montana Senator Jon Tester announced he had secured more than $2 million for rural water projects, including water supply infrastructure, wastewater treatment facilities, environmental restoration and surface water resource protection. The Seeley Lake Sewer District is set to receive $600,000 of the funds. The funds come from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Water Resources Development Act Section 595...

  • Sunset School Holds Centennial Celebration

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    GREENOUGH- A blown up black and white photograph depicting the Sunset School class in 1956 hung from the railing outside the schoolhouse. An elderly couple approached the picture, the man pushed his wife Mary in a wheelchair. "Mary, that's you," said her husband Dennis Sheron, pointing to the upper right corner. Her younger vision stood in the back row of the photograph, next to the teacher, Mrs. Mary Ann Beard Derrickson. Fifteen students made up the school in 1954. Her younger sister, Eloise...

  • Much Ado about the Red, White and Blue in Seeley Lake

    Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Everyone cleaned up their cars, trucks and donned their red, white and blue for the annual parade in Seeley Lake. The event started with a fly over by a C-130 from the 120th AirWing with the Montana National Guard. Seeley-Swan High School junior Chloe Robbins sang the national anthem from the announcer's stand and everyone cheered. The celebration continued with nearly 50 entries in the parade. Everyone enjoyed getting candy and goodies from the parade participants. “Old F...

  • Much Ado about the Red, White & Blue in Seeley Lake

    Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Everyone cleaned up their cars, trucks and donned their red, white and blue for the annual parade in Seeley Lake. The event started with a fly over by a C-130 from the 120th AirWing with the Montana National Guard. Seeley-Swan High School junior Chloe Robbins sang the national anthem from the announcer's stand and everyone cheered. The celebration continued with nearly 50 entries in the parade. Everyone enjoyed getting candy and goodies from the parade participants. "Old Fashioned...

  • Welcome and Celebrate Seeley's Sewer Project

    Judy Boman, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - How often have you had someone offer to pay most of the cost for an improvement to your property that will increase property value and help avoid costly upgrades in the future? I’ve never had that experience, but the USDA’s Rural Development fund is offering to pay about two-thirds of the cost of building a sewer system in Seeley Lake. That’s an incredible opportunity for our community. We should take advantage of this large grant and help ensure we remain an extremely desirable place to live and play. Let’s welcome and celebra...

  • Protect Seeley Lake - Seeley Sewer Step in the Right Direction

    Jerry O Connell, Greenough, Mont.|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake is named that for a reason. The lake is a jewel and is the iconic symbol of the town, one of the most important driving forces of the local economy. This wonderful lake is now endangered by pollution from groundwater tainted by the town’s septic systems. There are two options to deal with this: 1. Ignore the problem or 2. Put in a sewer system. The first option is what’s been done so far and the results speak for themselves – expanding oxygen-free “dead zones” in the lake, decreased lake water clarity and restricte...

  • Proposed Sewer – Outrageous Outlay with Little Gain

    E. L. Taylor, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - This business of the sewer system in Seeley Lake has gotten out of hand. Voters declined to finance it with a bond issue which pretty much indicated our wishes about the system as it stands. The people who are behind this are somehow attempting a financial end run which would accomplish the same thing for their purposes. It would no doubt still saddle property owners with the same financial burden. I own the carwash in Seeley and subsidize it for a significant part of the year. There is the question of how the gray water the...

  • Seeley Lake Needs Reliable Sewer System

    Fran Wylder, Great Falls, Mont. & Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Our family and friends have enjoyed living on Seeley Lake for more than 50 years. It is a beautiful location with so many opportunities for year-round recreation and relaxation. The townspeople, shops, churches, restaurants, celebrations and more have endeared us to the community. Eight of our family members have graduated from the University of Montana so living in Seeley Lake was perfect for Griz games and events. Seeley Lake definitely needs a reliable sewer system not only to save our lovely lake from contamination but to a...

  • I Just Wish

    Bethany Hoag, Seeley-Swan High School - 9th Grade|Jul 6, 2017

    by Bethany Hoag Seeley-Swan High School, 9th grade One day you will look at someone, You will look at them in a way you never looked at someone before. With a gleam in your eye, A fire in your soul, And an ache in your heart. It could be a boyfriend, Or a girlfriend. Or a best friend, Heck, it could be your dog. Just anyone you love and hold close. Anyone you look up to, And who supports you through everything. But be careful who you choose. Because that person, the very person who makes up...

  • Man Survives Nearly 50-Foot Fall

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – A 31-year-old man from Three Forks, Mont. fell between 40-50 feet while attempting to climb Morrell Falls July 2. He was taken by air to Missoula and considered in serious condition. The call came into 911 Dispatch just before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Witnesses told Missoula County Sheriff's Sergeant Bob Parcell that the man was climbing barefoot on the slippery wet rocks of Morrell Falls. He lost his footing and tumbled down head first, hitting his head and feet multiple times b...

  • Parade Count Down Compared to Last Year's High

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Since 2013 the Pathfinder has been counting the crowd at the parade in Seeley Lake. This year we counted 3,580 lining the streets from the Filling Station parking lot on B Street to the end of the parade on Redwood Lane. That's down more than 500 from the largest crowd we counted in 2016 but still larger than 2013's count of 3,439. We asked our Facebook fans for their best guess. As of press time, Megan Shelmerdine was the closest with a guess of 3,595....

  • Two Teachers Hired - Open Secretarial Position Addressed

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Elementary School board accepted principal Chris Stout and his committee’s recommendation for new hires to fill the open third-fifth grade and junior high teaching positions for the 2017-2018 school year. They also voted to hire a secretary to replace Karen Anderson who retires in August and contract with Seeley Lake Elementary for the district clerk and business manager positions for one year at their meeting June 29. Stout read three letters he received in reference to the hiring committee’s recommendation to...

  • Public Input is Important to USFS Land Management

    Mark Ruby, Swan Lake Ranger District|Jul 6, 2017

    The US Forest Service is an agency that uses teams of resource specialists to plan and implement management actions on the nation’s national forest lands. This planning and implementation relies heavily on public involvement at all stages. Without knowing the agency’s administrative process, public involvement or comment on agency actions can likely be frustrating or confusing. Overall, the Forest Service uses a framework to conduct all its official actions that is to say that the process for agency projects and gathering public inf...

  • Ovando Hosts Grand Prix Pinewood Derby

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    OVANDO - While Ovando's fire trucks showed off on the parade route, their fire hall was converted into the site of the first annual Ovando Pinewood Derby. Employing the services of Keith Kallstrom of Great Falls, owner of Keith's Racing, the six-track race course sported an electronically timed finish line and big screen viewing. One look at the assembled cars made it evident that while some contestants fashioned their cars for speed, others were in it for fun. Among the trim aerodynamic models...

  • Potomac Garden Club Features Local Gardeners

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    POTOMAC - A colorful outing the evening of June 28 brought more than 23 sightseers and gardeners to four local gardens. The event was promoted by the Potomac Garden Club. The featured Potomac gardeners have mixtures of vegetable, fruit, berry and flower gardens organized into sunny and hot or shady and cool beds, plots and containers connected by pathways, arbors, bridges and stairs. After the tour, attendees enjoyed refreshments and discussed gardening....

  • Tamaracks Resort: An Oldie but a Goodie

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The ad in the Spokesman-Review was small, just two lines of print. "Resort For Sale," it said. "Seeley Lake, Montana. 13 cabins." Sue Heagy read the ad, picked up the phone to find out more and then went to Montana to see the place for herself. "I really don't remember anything about the resort itself or the cabins," she said about that first visit. What she does remember is the view. "I saw this, and I go 'This is it!'" With that one look at Seeley Lake with the southern edge of...

  • James Darin Waller 1968 ~ 2017

    Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – James Darin Waller was born March 16, 1968 in Fort Brag, Calif. He passed away in his home in Seeley Lake June 21, 2017. Darin was born to Edna Helen Wyatt and Julian James Waller. He was the 10th child. Darin moved to Seeley Lake in 2007. He enjoyed his family, friends and the outdoors. Friends and family are invited to a service for Darin at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 8 at Faith Chapel, Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake. A potluck will follow....

  • Lupine Lessons

    Randi de Santa Anna|Jul 6, 2017

    The robust flower spikes that paint our forest floor purple are lupines. Though lupine seedpods look a lot like domestic peas and specific species were cultivated for thousands of years in the Andes and the Mediterranean, most species are poisonous and should not be eaten. The alkaloids in lupines have killed many sheep, horses, cows and goats. Lupine (Lupinus) belongs to the Legume Family and we have ten species in Montana. In our rural environment where deer abound, lupines can be a rewarding...

  • In-Dependence Day

    Erik Iverson, Pastor - Holy Cross Lutheran Seeley Lake & Faith Lutheran Condon|Jul 6, 2017

    As of this reading, the Fourth of July will by now have passed. Many others have written far better than I can hope to about the meaning and relevance of this and other holidays in modern day America but still I couldn’t help but think of how surprisingly similar some aspects were even in the years not too far passed in our country’s birth, especially with respect to those who were part of it. Two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Benjamin Rush and John Adams, who had a deep friendship. In just over three decades after that...

  • Seeley Fire Company's Annual Pancake Breakfast

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Fire Company served more than 600 people at this year's pancake breakfast. Organizer Shelly Johnson said that they had a lot more donations from local businesses than last year for the raffles. "Thank you to all our volunteers that help make our annual pancake breakfast a success," she said. "We could not do it without the generosity of our community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."...

  • Seeley Lake's Annual Duck Race a Splash

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The rubber ducks were off to the races again this year down the Clearwater River! The first duck crossed the finish line within 15 minutes of being dropped at the start. 2017 Annual Duck Race Winners 1. Bonnie “Isis” $100 2. Doris Skyles “Doris” $75 3. Foucar Family “Barbra” $50 4. Tom Sanders $25 2 Chicken Dinners from the Coop Gayle & Les Gordon “Men” Clint Rice “B” Kelly Wold “KeKe” Terri Holka “Lexi” Tripp Mincey “Joker” Bill Baier “Elvis” Last Place: Mary “Infidel...

  • Mission Bible Fellowship's Annual Pig Roast

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Mission Bible Fellowship smoked 26 pork roasts for the barbecue this year. An early estimate was more than 350 served but people kept coming up until the parade. "We tell people, bring as much as you can and we stop serving when it runs out," said Coordinator Jason Hood. While the event used to be a fundraiser, now everything is provided by MBF as an outreach to the community....

  • Busy Weekend for the Seeley Lake Volunteer Emergency Personnel

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to 13 medical calls and one wildland fire over the long Fourth of July weekend. The string of calls started Friday, June 30 and kept the 16 volunteers responding at all hours. Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel said he was expecting the call volume to increase just because of the number of people in town. The volunteers were on high alert and ready to respond. The department faced three calls within a half an hour Sunday afternoon. While the majority of the resources w...

  • Peak Bagging: Pyramid, Leota and Marshall Peaks

    Micah Drew, Pathfinder|Jul 6, 2017

    At A Glance Pyramid Pass, Lake and Peak Length: 5.2 miles from the parking lot to Pyramid Pass and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Boundary. 0.75 miles further to Pyramid lake, 1.5 miles up to Pyramid Peak **The sign in the parking lot is wrong- it shows 4 miles to the pass** Elevation: Trailhead: 5,200 feet; Pass: 6,695 feet; Lake: 6,946 feet, Peak: 8,309 feet Directions: Turn east off Highway 83 onto Morrell Creek Road north of Seeley Lake. Drive just over a mile before taking a left, following...

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