Articles from the July 28, 2016 edition


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  • Subsidy Could Reduce Monthly Cost to $50

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board (SLSB) was presented with a proposal to reduce projected costs for Phase I residential lots from $165 to $50 per month and commercial lots to $75 per month. With the new proposal, there may not be a vote on the proposed treatment plant and collection system but landowners would have a protest provision. At the July 21 board meeting, District Manager Greg Robertson explained how subsidies and changes in how the construction debt is spread across the district would accomplish this. The district currently...

  • Blue Stick Figure Removed from Right of Way

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Due to infringement on the Highway 83 right of way, the blue stick figure at the intersection of Boy Scout Road and Highway 83 in Seeley Lake was removed The red stick figure in front of Lindey’s Prime Steak House and the yellow figure just north of Seeley Lake Motor Lodge will have guy wires adjusted to ensure they are not infringing on the right of way. Sections of rubber hose will also be added to the guy wires as a safety improvement. This past winter Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA) worked with Seeley Lake community stakeholder...

  • Swan Valley Honors Those Who Serve

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley community showed up in force to honor, recognize and thank their Quick Response Unit (QRU) and firefighter volunteers with the Swan Valley Emergency Services (SVES). Those currently on the department were recognized for their years of service with either a certificate for less than five years or wooden plaque for more than five years. The volunteers were humbled and thankful to see all the community support. Grace Siloti organized the event with the help of H...

  • Lutheran Churches Celebrate 50 Years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Seeley Lake joins its sister parish Faith Lutheran from Condon to celebrate their 50 year anniversary July 31 starting at 10 a.m. The whole community is invited to the dual service on 1655 Airport Road followed by a luncheon, program and the opportunity to visit with old friends and share memories. In 1965 Reverend Al Pullmann canvassed the Seeley Lake and Condon areas and found out that there was a desire to establish a Lutheran Church, Missouri...

  • Local Paper No Place for Fearmongering

    Mark Melvin, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 28, 2016
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    SEELEY LAKE - I’m writing about the July 14th issue of the Pathfinder. I was rather disturbed to see the prominent black box of divisive fearmongering on the second page. And the text next to it was equally inflammatory. There is a huge difference between an opinion and panicked, xenophobic ranting (including a rather glaring strawman fallacy, among other things). I understand it’s a letters-to-the-editor section but as a media institution I believe you have a responsibility to distribute information, not fear. Placing that message in blo...

  • Get Behind It, Work Out the Bugs

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - First, good on Chris Stout for taking the initiative and organizing the Bob Marshall Wilderness Music Festival. Work the bugs out and get the business community on board and you will have a nice annual event which will advertise and promote Seeley Lake as the wonderful recreation area it is. Second, good on Curt Friede for raising many valid concerns about the event and identifying some of the bugs. Brick and mortar businesses always take a hit of sorts when outside food and beer vendors come to town for the big weekends but the...

  • Bob Marshall in Downtown Seeley

    Ron Cox, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - When I first heard about the Bob Marshall Music Festival, I wondered how the champion of wilderness and solitude would feel about using his name for that event. The long distant races would be appropriate for his legendary 50-miles hikes with a knapsack and tennis shoes. He probably wouldn’t mind a little music. Beer?? The conflict about the festival location is a reminder that the community should pay attention and be involved in the County proposal to sell off the Drew Creek County Park located at the southeastern edge of the Do...

  • Alcohol Not Acceptable On School Grounds, EVER!

    LaRee Morris, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Why would anyone think it’s acceptable to sell alcohol at our elementary school grounds??? There are laws to prevent it!!! Yet, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF), which normally does wonderful things for our community, was able to obtain a permit to do so for the Bob Marshall Music Festival. SLCF can you explain to me how that this lines up with your mission statement, because I can’t see it? Seeley Lake Elementary Administration/Board... REALLY??? You think this is acceptable for our grade school??? SLE Adm...

  • Please Pause for Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Jul 28, 2016

    ALERT! THERE IS A SICK PERSON TARGETING RIVER WATCH, WHO IS POISONING PETS AND THE DEER. PLEASE WATCH FOR THEM IN THE LATE EVENING, PROBABLY AFTER DARK. THE SHERIFFS AND GAME WARDEN HAVE BEEN ALERTED!! Well, the Pathfinder party was great and it was nice to see the former owners, who were great to work with also. Donna Love gave me a signed copy of her new book "Bandit" so very good and educational. Donna also donated some books to our Paws Up Shelter to sell, which was so thoughtful. It was...

  • More Than Just a Peanut Carnival

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The campers at the Missoula County Law Enforcement Youth Camp at Camp Paxson were playing games for more than peanuts this week. Boys ages 10 and 11 had the opportunity to build relationships with local law enforcement officers (LEO), increase their self confidence and learn a new respect for themselves, each other and the flag. Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott was one of the 20-40 LEOs that helped at the camp at any given time. He attended the annual barbeque and Peanut C...

  • Parcell Graduates Basic Training

    Jul 28, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Specialist E-4 Rincon R. Parcell, a resident of Condon and a 2006 graduate of the Seeley-Swan High School, graduated from U. S. Army Basic Training with the 4th Platoon, Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 39 Infantry Regiment, FT Jackson, S.C. July 7. He immediately reported to FT Sill, Okla. for training as a Cannon (Artillery) Crew Member. After successfully completing this course, he will report to FT Benning, Ga. for Airborne (parachute) training....

  • Beware of Cheatgrass

    Lindsey Bona-Eggeman, Missoula County Weed District, Weed Management Area Coordinator|Jul 28, 2016

    Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is an invasive grass that is widespread in Missoula County. This grass is a winter annual, meaning the seeds germinate in the fall and the plant overwinters, taking advantage of late fall and early spring moisture at a time when most of our native plants are dormant. This growth characteristic of cheatgrass gives it a competitive advantage over many of our native species and can be particularly problematic when trying to reseed disturbed areas. Cheatgrass also is an...

  • Tupper's Lake Revived

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – More than 50 volunteers gathered at Tupper's Lake Sunday, July 24 for the second annual Revive and Thrive event hosted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Following their work putting in a trail around the lake, installing a beaver deceiver and helping with general clean up, they were treated to a catered lunch and celebration with the rest of the community. The Tupper's Lake restoration project was a small part of the restoration work being done as a part of the C...

  • New Biological Herbicide for Cheatgrass

    Chris Carlson, Missoula Parks and Recreation, Research and Monitoring Program|Jul 28, 2016

    Cheatgrass (downy brome, Bromus tectorum) is known throughout the Western U.S. as one of our most widespread and difficult to control weeds. Grain farmers, ranchers, dog walkers and conservationists all curse its early growth habit and ability to spread and persist into disturbed and undisturbed settings. Currently, few strategies exist which provide adequate control of cheatgrass. But there may be hope yet! Ann Kennedy, a researcher with the Agricultural Research Service at Washington State University, has isolated a strain of naturally...

  • Forest Service Revision Draft Plan Information, Biker Safety Concern

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY- Amy Robinson with the Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) related information about the proposed Flathead National Forest (FNF) draft plan to nearly 30 people at the Swan Valley Community Council (SVCC) on Tuesday, July 19. There was also a discussion about biker and traffic safety on the Swan Highway. Robinson said she wanted to speak to the council about how to participate in the Forest Service (FS) public land process. The FNF draft plan is a framework on how the lands will be managed for the next 20 years. Robinson said that...

  • New Ambulance Arrives

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board of Trustees had the opportunity to view the new ambulance at their meeting July 19. Also at the meeting trustee Bruce Bourne resigned his position. Discussions about the assistant chief position, a stipend for officers and the mill levy were tabled until the board gets further information from Missoula County. The new ambulance arrived Monday, July 18. Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel said it needs to have the radios installed, the graphics and decals put on the outside and the p...

  • Basketry Elevated to Art

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - A basket weaver uses natural or man-made fibers to create a container that can be used for some practical purpose. A fiber artist might make a basket but the item's practical purpose is secondary to its value as a work of art. With fiber art, the focus is on the beauty of the materials, admiration for the skill of the weaver and appreciation for the amount of time and patience required to bring the piece to completion. Seeley Lake resident Patti Chamberlin is a fiber artist....

  • Chasing a Dream

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – A hometown connection brought singer/songwriter Morgan Lee to Seeley Lake for the first time to play at Moose River Bar & Grill. Moose River's owner Lisa Gilbertson invited Lee to play Wednesday, July 20 as an added stop on his 406 Tour. Lee grew up in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. While Lee had played the piano since he was five years old and played the trumpet, it wasn't until his senior year that he picked up the guitar and started writing songs. While in a serious r...

  • Donald John Hoehn 1924 ~ 2016

    Jul 28, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Don was born in St. Paul, Minn. to George and Selma (Nyberg) Hoehn, joining his older siblings George and Helen. Several years later, his mother was remarried to Oscar Mood and in the coming years, Don gained three more brothers, Lawrence, Alfred and Doug. Don spent his adolescent years in Grand Rapids, Minn. playing in the Mississippi River with the occasional swimming trip to Gooseberry Falls. As a young teenager, Don heading off to see the country by riding the rails across the... Full story

  • Plans & Instructions

    Shane Kesterke, Elder Mission Bible Fellowship|Jul 28, 2016

    As a builder, I have the opportunity to look at a lot of plans for all kinds of various projects. For the most part, I enjoy it - there is such a variety of building styles and types out there with every project being unique in some way or another that I enjoy looking at the plans. And of course, it is an indispensible part of my job. Those plans are my guide for what to build and how to build it, and without them, I generally could not do the project or even give a price for doing the project. Over the years I have noticed that I have yet to...

  • Cowboy Presents Horseback Ministry

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2016

    POTOMAC - Jeff Deckard and his horse LilMan, a 12-year-old AQHA Palomino stallion brought the Word of God through his Cowboy Up for Christ presentation in Potomac July 12. Deckard set up a round pen and spoke to the crowd of more than 15 in the meadows beyond Potomac School. Cowboy Up for Christ is family run, with wife Paula, 18 year-old daughter Casey and nine year old son Payton. Home for the Deckards is in Clinton, Ark., where they have seven horses and three ponies. They breed horses as a...

  • Community Briefs

    Jul 28, 2016

    SSHS Fall Sports Meeting, Aug. 2 SEELEY LAKE - The Fall activities pre-season meeting will be Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Seeley-Swan High School cafeteria. Fire Danger Moved to “High” MISSOULA – Fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have moved the fire danger back up to “High” starting July 25. Despite the moisture received earlier this month, the fine fuels (grasses and small shrubs) are quickly drying and curing along with the heavier fuels as hot and dry conditions continue. The weather forecast calls for...

  • Reader Photo - Cruising Through

    Jul 28, 2016

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