Articles from the July 11, 2019 edition


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  • Increased fire activity due to recent storms - Please remain vigilant

    Jul 11, 2019

    Recent storms have caused an uptick in initial attack and suppression operations on the Lolo National Forest and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation protection areas. Since July 1, firefighters have responded to several lightning wildfires and at least one human-caused wildfire within the Lolo National Forest and DNRC protection areas. While activity has increased, fuels are still fairly ‘green’ and holding moisture enabling firefighters to quickly catch, contain and control these small incidents. The majority of these wil...

  • Warriors from Potomac set inspirational pace

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    MISSOULA – Six "Potomac Warriors" walked and ran strong during the Missoula Half Marathon June 29. The 13.1-mile race began at The Peak off Highway 93 and finished on Higgins Street in Missoula in front of the Wilma Theater. Potomac residents Katy France, Launa Henry, Jessie Salter, Jen Nordberg, Allyson Nelson and Tammie Dry and her mother Mary Watson of California trained together for the event. They affectionately refer to themselves as the Potomac Warriors. "I guess you could say the m...

  • Something for everyone at Seeley's Independence Day celebration

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – A lone trumpet playing the Star Spangled Banner echoed across Seeley Lake just moments before the main fireworks display lit up the sky. This was the grand finale to a full day of Fourth of July festivities in Seeley Lake celebrating our country's independence and freedom. For the early risers, a hot pancake breakfast was waiting for them at the Seeley Lake Fire Hall starting at 7 a.m. The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation served around 600 people and raised about $4,000 for th...

  • Something for everyone at Seeley's Independence Day celebration

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – A lone trumpet playing the Star Spangled Banner echoed across Seeley Lake just moments before the main fireworks display lit up the sky. This was the grand finale to a full day of Fourth of July festivities in Seeley Lake celebrating our country's independence and freedom. For the early risers, a hot pancake breakfast was waiting for them at the Seeley Lake Fire Hall starting at 7 a.m. The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation served around 600 people and raised about $4,000 for th...

  • Wade the Duck sweeps 22nd annual Duck Race

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – This year's 22nd Annual Duck Race was no contest! Marcus Wehr's duck "Wade" took an early lead and never looked back. While the rest of the 399 ducks were close behind, many got hung up around logs upstream or stuck in slow moving eddies at the end. While the ducks sold out, Organizer Cristine Matheny was short on duck wranglers ahead of the race. Several family and friends agreed to enjoy the cool water of the Clearwater River with net in hand to ensure no duck went unaccounted f...

  • Bike decorating returns to Seeley Fourth festivities

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Bicycles, wagons and scooters decorated in red, white and blue were seen and heard around Seeley Lake this Fourth of July. Faith Chapel sponsored the decorating event before the parade in the Seeley Lake Community Foundation parking lot. Organizer Margot Wilcox loved giving the children an opportunity to participate in the Fourth of July Celebration by decorating their ride. For Wilcox, the Fourth of July was one of her fondest memories as a child. She remembers corn on the cob and...

  • Pancakes and BBQ - No one goes hungry!

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Members of the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation served a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast to around 600 people the morning of the Fourth. Starting at 11 a.m., Mission Bible Fellowship hosted their ninth annual free community barbecue....

  • Why I love the .44 Magnum

    Philip Gregory|Jul 11, 2019

    Describing why I love a particular gun or cartridge isn't easy. Where do I begin? First, the pistol and cartridge were built in a joint venture between Smith & Wesson and Remington, made available to the public in 1955. It was built to be a hunting handgun. Period! It will take deer, black bears, elk, and wild hogs, antelope, sheep and mountain goats, if I can get close enough. Distance is this cartridge's only limiting factor, but that is true of all hand guns regardless of caliber. Distance at...

  • Climate change is a coming

    Dale Terrillion, Chrisitan Logger|Jul 11, 2019

    Yup the climate has changed all right. Think of what it was like back when Eastern Montana was a swamp. The proof is in the dinosaur bones found there. All that goes back to the great flood of Noah’s day. Course we can deny that too. Twerent no cars or planes back then….hmmm. We now have a 29-year-old expert telling us we have 12 years to save the planet. We’re doomed. Personally, I think it’s laughable. If we did away with trucks, store shelves would look like a third world country in no time. Or like Venezuela eating our pets. All these s...

  • Lithuanian and Indonesian choirs host free concert in Seeley Lake

    International Choir Festival|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake community will have an opportunity to hear the accomplished Boys' Choir Dagilėlis (pronounced Dah-ghi-ley-lis) from Lithuania and the Batavia Madrigal Singers from Indonesia Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium. These choirs are traveling to the United States to participate in the International Choral Festival in Missoula July 17-20 (held once every three years). The choir's performance in Seeley Lake is being sponsored by...

  • Sienna Elise Richards

    Jul 11, 2019

    EVERETT, WASH. - Our little bundle of joy has arrived! Ryan and Lita Richards, formerly of Seeley Lake, and big sister Kimber Rose are ecstatic to welcome little Sienna Elise into the world! Sienna was born on July 2 in Everett, Wash. She weighed 10 lb. 6 oz. and measured 20.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Dave and Roxie Sterling and Michael and Lynn Richards of Seeley Lake and great-grandparents Ron Richards of Seeley Lake and Glenna Casper of Missoula.... Full story

  • New invasive grass invades Montana

    Karen Laitala, Powell County Weed District|Jul 11, 2019

    Noxious weeds have destructive impacts on Montana's landscape including displacing native plant species, increasing soil erosion and decreasing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Rangeland, pastureland, cropland, forests and wildlands comprise 92 million acres, or 98 percent of the total land area, in Montana. Both new and continued infestations of these non-native species not only reduce the productivity of cropland and rangeland, but infestations of noxious weeds also negatively...

  • The Cinnabar Foundation awards $401,500 in grants

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    MISSOULA – The Cinnabar Foundation is designed to give life and strength to Montana’s conservation traditions and the people who will carry them into the future. The Foundation continued this mission by awarding 68 organizations with grants ranging from $1,000-$15,000. Local organizations that received grants this year included the Blackfoot Challenge, Clearwater Resource Council and Swan Valley Connections. The Cinnabar Foundation, established in 1983, by philanthropists Len and Sandy Sargent annually awards grants to environmental and con...

  • Encouraging a healthier lifestyle through yoga

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - "I find that a Ginger's blend of Tibetan techniques, Indian postures and down home American values is always a tonic for what ails me!" said Matt George following Yoga on the Lake Saturday, June 29 led by Yoga Instructor Ginger Williams. Williams enjoys the opportunity to volunteer for the community event and share her love of yoga while in an outdoor setting. Williams first led a free outdoor yoga class following a hike to Lake Dinah in 2016 in conjunction with the Wild 50 Fest....

  • Helen Mitchell Swain 1921-2019

    Jul 11, 2019

    MISSOULA - Helen Mitchell Swain at the age of 97, passed away June 27 in Missoula, Mont. Helen was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Madisonville, Ky. to Frank and Bessie Simmons Mitchell. The family moved to Pierce, Fla. when she was six years old. She graduated from Mulberry High School. Helen was married to William E. Swain, Jr. and they had two children Linda and Billy. They lived a long and happy life together in Wellswood neighborhood in Tampa, Fla. She retired from the GTE Yellowpages Co. and enjoye... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jul 11, 2019

    North Fork Cottonwood Reroute Project Begins SEELEY LAKE - Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited contractors started the north Fork Cottonwood Reroute project Monday, July 8. This project is on the #477, Cottonwood Lakes Road, 0.25-0.5 miles east of the North Fork Cottonwood Creek. The project intends to move a segment of road off the banks of the North Fork Cottonwood Creek and replace an existing culvert/fish barrier into a location of the stream that is more stable. This will require less maintenance while enhancing aquatic habitat and ac...

  • Everyone participates - Locals and international guests

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    OVANDO – Parade participants rode and walked from Trixi's through downtown Ovando for the annual Fourth of July celebration. Main street was lined with bystanders for arguably the largest turnout in recent years. This year it was apparent that while the parade theme is "Everyone participates, no one watches" there were more spectators than parade participants. Candy and other goodies were passed out and any thoughts of getting too warm under the sun were drenched by the Ovando Volunteer Fire D...

  • Condon celebrates Fourth of July in style

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - Hundreds of people flocked to Condon, Mont. for the annual Fourth of July festivities. Locals raved about the annual parade, which many mentioned seemed longer than usual. The Swan Valley American Legion Post 63 hosted the parade. It hosted a variety of floats from local emergency vehicles, a string of classic and vintage cars, and horses. The Grand Marshal for the 2019 parade was Ronda Feucht. Throughout her lifetime she has lived and worked around California, Swan Valley and...

  • Fun on horseback at annual O-Mok-See

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Jul 11, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - In the afternoon on the Fourth of July, the Swan Valley Saddle Club hosted the Fourth of July O-Mok-See. Traditional events included pole bending, key hole and western jump. Organizer Kellie Auchenbach introduced the event "Let's Get Dressed" to the festivities, where participants raced down the arena, got off their horse, put on extra clothing, then raced back. O-Mok-See High Point Winners: 7 and Under: Ryder Lund 8-11: Lilly Boyd 12-15: Kyla Conley Adults: Jennie Webb Overall...

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