Articles from the July 7, 2016 edition

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  • Missoula Man Rescued, Could Face Charges

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - A 19-year-old Missoula man was rescued from the Marshall Lake area Sunday, June 3. Two Bear Air rescue helicopter got him out after he was found by Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue (SSSAR) volunteers. The man was uninjured but may face criminal charges and be responsible for restitution costs from fires that were lit in his proximity. The 19-year-old was camping with friends at Lake Elsina over the Fourth of July weekend. According to SSSAR Chief Gerry Connell, he decided to hike...

  • Grizzly Sow and Three Cubs Visit Local Residence

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - After returning from a family reunion and placing the garbage in their open shed, Kathy and Bruce Graham never expected to wake up to a grizzly sow and three cubs in their trash. Living on Highway 83 south of Seeley Lake, the Grahams are typically very careful about not attracting bears to their property. However, this time Kathy wants this to be a lesson to others in the community to not be complacent. The Grahams hauled the garbage home from their family reunion at Lindberg Lake...

  • Fourth of July in Seeley Lake

    Jul 7, 2016

  • Wollans Enjoy 60 Years of Marriage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Ron and Joan Wollan celebrated 60 years of marriage May 20. Having met as freshman in high school, they attribute their marriage success to their faith and belief that divorce was never an option. Ron and Joan met as freshman at Lincoln County High School in Eureka, Mont. There were 62 in their freshman class. Due to the Korean War, only 13 from the class graduated including Ron and Joan. They started dating at the end of their junior year. Ron said his best friend Ray was d...

  • Engagement Announcement

    Jul 7, 2016

    Aron Anders and Emilie Valusek are happy to announce their engagement. A Sept. 24 wedding is being planned in Steamboat, Colo. Aron is the son of John and Shana Anders of Seeley Lake. Emilie is the daughter of Bob and Charla Valusek of Steamboat and Diane Stein of San Diego, Calif....

  • Please respect the Stars and Stripes

    Stephen L. Thompson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 7, 2016

    On Tuesday, June 28 there was an article in the Missoulian newspaper about the memorial service for David Thatcher. Mr. Thatcher was one of the famed Doolittle Raiders and was a hero in every sense of the word, helping to save four of his fellow crew members after their plane crashed. Gov. Steve Bullock attended the June 27 service and ordered flags in Montana be flown at half-staff. That’s pretty straightforward. Tuesday I had occasion to run some errands downtown and was saddened to see no less than seven different flags at full staff. T...

  • Be Very Afraid

    Ron Cox, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 7, 2016

    I’ve never been concerned about the chatter for transferring federal lands to the state because I always presumed those people don’t know what they are asking for. Other than being frustrated about the modern quagmire of legal challenges and budget constraints preventing everything everyone wants to do or wants done on federal public lands, I’ve never seen a specific example of what the state could do better. But recently during a road trip through the Midwest, I woke up one morning very afraid the proponents for transferring federal land...

  • Lemmings or Not!

    Ken Kronsperger, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 7, 2016

    I often wonder how many times are people asked, prior to an election, "Are you a Republican or a Democrat?" We as a Nation have become so indifferent to the future of our great country that we need only to identify with an animal foreign to our shores or a jackass. This Great Nation and those that sacrificed so much to create and maintain it deserve better. If you vote for someone solely because they are a woman, a minority, an incumbent, a Republican or a Democrat, you do a great disservice to...

  • Largest Crowd in Four Years At the Seeley Parade

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - For the fourth year running, the Seeley Swan Pathfinder counted the Seeley Lake parade attendance by placing a camera on top of a Seeley Lake Rural Fire District truck in the parade. We counted 4,118 people lining the streets from the Filling Station parking lot on B Street to the end of the parade on Redwood Lane. That's the largest crowd we have counted in the last four years, beating out the 2014's count of 3,933. The lowest year's attendance was 2013 with a count of 3439. We...

  • New Deputy Starts in Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Recently appointed Missoula County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Sunderland Jr. started at his post in Seeley Lake Sunday, June 26. Sunderland said he looks forward to working with the youth, improving the overall safety in the area and bringing a different perspective to the community. Sunderland grew up in Missoula, Mont. When he was 10 years old, he started riding in a patrol car with his father Mike Sunderland Sr., now a retired lieutenant with the Missoula County Police D...

  • Experience the Real Montana

    Sheila Scobba Banning, Open Book Club|Jul 7, 2016

    It may seem impossible to convey the majesty of Montana in words, alone, but in "Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey," Russell Rowland captures the heart and soul of the state with a fistful of stories and a map. Rowland will share his book at the Open Book Club event Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at Holland Lake Lodge. Everyone is invited. Equal parts cautionary tale and love letter, this book weaves Rowland's exploration of every county seat (and many towns between) into one big tapestry as...

  • Seeley Lake Ranger District Update and News! 

    Rachel Feigley, Seeley Lake Ranger District District Ranger|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District (SLRD) is bustling with activity this summer! With the arrival of summer visitors and residents and more activity on your National Forest (NF) lands that surround the communities of Seeley Lake and extend to the upper Blackfoot, it seemed timely to provide another update on the happenings at the SLRD. It is an exciting time for us because our short field season is when all the planning for logistics and budget finally pays off in work on the ground! We are actively conducting programs and projects,...

  • Honoring Those Who Served

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Jim Cearley served four years in the United States Navy, three years and three months of it at sea. He engaged in no military conflict because, as he categorizes his service time, "it was between the Korean War and the Vietnam war." But serve he did, and that was reason enough to qualify him for an Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C. Cearley said all he had to do was fill out some paper work, find a guardian to accompany him – his son filled that role – and get to the Helen...

  • Seeley Lake to Host Bob Marshall Music Festival

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake hosts the Bob Marshall Music Festival July 14-16. The music festival, a first for the community, features 22 bands with genres including southern rock, pop, jazz and country. The idea for the music festival started with a mountain bike race and now includes four stages for bands along with many races and other activities available during the three-day festival. If it is successful, organizer Chris Stout hopes to make the festival an annual event the first weekend in...

  • Count Your Many Blessings

    Michelle Fife Relief Society President, Seeley Lake Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|Jul 7, 2016

    Bilbo Baggins was a simple hobbit who wanted nothing more than to sit in front of his fire and eat his soup but life had other plans for Bilbo! It took him on a wonderful journey filled with wizards and dwarfs. His adventures weren’t always fun (or safe!) but they shaped and molded his character in ways that would never have been possible otherwise. I believe life is like this, a series of journeys that we might not always want to take but never-the-less do. Along the way, the Lord shapes and molds us into the people He needs us to be. I...

  • The Kramers Bring Gospel Music and Good News Message to the Seeley-Swan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Kramers gospel music group returned for the fourth year in a row to the Seeley-Swan. Of their 200 venues each year they said Montana is always their favorite location. They call Montana “a slice of heaven.” The Kramers played at Mission Bible Fellowship (MBF) in Seeley Lake and Condon Community Church July 3 and at the Condon Fourth of July Parade and Swan Valley Community Hall on the Fourth of July. The Kramers are a national and international gospel music family group fro...

  • Remembering 45 Years of Progress

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 7, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Medical Center opened its doors to the community and hosted a 45th anniversary birthday celebration June 30. Attendees had the opportunity to meet the current staff, members of the Seeley-Swan Hospital District (SSHD) and Seeley-Swan Medical Center Foundation (SSMCF) boards and staff from Partnership Health Center (PHC), the current provider at the clinic. Founding nurse and director of the S.O.S. Center Wilma Nicholson was remembered along with many other s...

  • Fun Filled Fourth in Ovando

    Jul 7, 2016

  • Community Briefs

    Jul 7, 2016

    Road Construction on Dunham Road SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Ranger District will be doing road construction on the Dunham Road (#4388) from the end of June through July 15. The contractor will be putting in culverts, creating delays of up to four hours during mid-day. People needing access to the Lodgepole trailhead should try to come up before 8 a.m., around noon time or after 5 p.m. These are recommended times when the road is generally open although construction times will vary. For more information contact the Seeley Lake Ranger D...

  • Fun Filled Fourth in Condon

    Jul 7, 2016

  • Fun Filled Fourth, Condon Omoksee

    Jul 7, 2016

  • Fun Filled Fourth in Seeley Lake - Part I

    Jul 7, 2016

  • Fun Filled Fourth in Seeley Lake - Part II

    Jul 7, 2016