Articles from the July 28, 2022 edition

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  • Swan Council closes lid on garbage container proposal

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    The Swan Valley Council Board members voted unanimously to “cease and desist” with any further discussion of a garbage container site in the Swan Valley at their July 19 meeting. In addition to the container discussion, the nearly 40 people in attendance heard remarks from House District 92 Democratic Candidate Gary Stein. Representatives from the DNRC at Goat Creek, the Swan Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Swan Valley Connections discussed their response to fire in the valley and what residents can do to aid in the efforts to respond to i...

  • Side by side for more than 70 years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – One night in November 1950, Ray Cebulski returned home to surprise his wife Barb and their newborn daughter. Instead he was surprised to find his newborn daughter alone in her crib. Rushing outside to find his wife Barb, he heard her hollering from the coal shed. Barb had gone out an hour before to get coal for the night and the wind had closed the heavy door behind her. With no handle on the inside to open it and no windows, Barb was trapped. "I couldn't get out," Barb said. "...

  • Commemorating a 30-year gift

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – "Don't have too much fun," Danni Parcell told her husband Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Robert "Bob" Parcell as he headed out the door to respond to an assault call in Lake County June 27, 1992. At 11:17 p.m. Bob was shot in the chest with a 41-magnum from 20 feet away after pulling over an alleged witness to the assault. Thirty years later he returned with Danni and their son Rincon to the exact spot where he remembers everything happened. "I went back and kind of hugged my t...

  • Testing history, Part 2

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Jul 28, 2022

    In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of Carrying Capacity" for the Missoula County Commissioners. The second site that was tested was within the Seeley Lake Water District, directly to the east of Highway 83. One complication they found was, although it was quite densely populated, there weren't many wells since it is in the water district....

  • The I Ching or The Book of Changes

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Jul 28, 2022

    In this column, I decided to introduce an ancient Chinese text to emphasize a couple of psychological points -- that the human psyche (our psychology) is present in most of what we do and express and to indicate how unconscious (unaware) we are of these processes. The latter point is important because it indicates the need for each of us to develop our consciousness (awareness) as much as possible. The I Ching is a book of 64 hexagrams, or descriptions, that comment on life. For millennia,...

  • Give thanks

    Kapp L. Johnson, Retired pastor living in Seeley Lake|Jul 28, 2022

    Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Psalm 107:8 NRSV "Don't forget to say thank you." "Did you say thank you?" "Say thank you." How often did we hear an adult, usually mom or dad, remind us about giving thanks? If we have children or grandchildren, how often did we do the same? I taught for 16 years in a School of Management. Who would have thought that those who say "thank you" gain a competitive advantage! Why? Because saying "thank you in...

  • Gas N Shop to host weekly Swap Meet

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Michelle Brumfield, the manager of Montana Gas N Shop, plans to host a swap meet at the grassy lawn between the convenience store and the Citizens Alliance Bank every weekend for the rest of the summer. Brumfield said the Swap Meet will likely start around 8:30 or 9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday and end around 4:30 p.m. She hopes it will attract the attention of both the community and people passing through on Highway 83. “I thought it’d be kind of a neat thing for people to pay a little bit of money and put all their stuff the...

  • Request to abandon rightaway on Cottonwood Lane denied

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    MISSOULA – The Missoula County Board of County Commissioners voted July 21 to deny the request to abandon Cottonwood Lane as a roadway. Prior to the vote, the petitioner’s representative Carrie Sokolski advised the Commissioners of the petitioner’s intent to withdraw the request due to learning of alternate solutions. In April 2022, business owner Richard “Ted” Steiner filed a petition along with all adjacent landowners requesting a portion of Cottonwood Lane in Seeley Lake be abandoned. The section proposed for abandonment is the easterly port...

  • Grants available for Powell County non-profits

    Powell County Community Foundation|Jul 28, 2022

    The Powell County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from non-profits throughout Powell County. The PCF awards grants, usually ranging from $500 to about $2,000, for charitable purposes in the following broad focus areas: basic human needs, arts and culture, recreation, and economic development. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 9. The short application form is available by writing to the PCF at P.O. Box 834, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, or by contacting board members Kirk Sandquist, Steve Owens, Mary Ann Fraley, Claudia Dipp...

  • The ebb and flood of lumber

    Bryce Smith, Office Admin and SFI Coordinator, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc.|Jul 28, 2022

    The last several years have certainly seen no lack of breaking news topics. Thankfully, the Seeley-Swan Valley of Montana continues to offer a mostly quiet refuge from much of the excitement faced in other areas of the country. Topics of discussion seem at times to change like seasons, which are rolling by more quickly with each change. It wasn’t all that long ago that the headlines discussed a record lumber market with homebuilders and home buyers catapulting the industry to levels of demand unseen before. A perfect storm of sudden demand m...

  • Board rehires K-2 teacher

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY – At a special meeting July 19, the Swan Valley School Board voted unanimously to rehire Chris Mauldin as the kindergarten – second grade teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Principal Aaron Morgenstern said this decision was based on the Office of Public Instruction’s (OPI) willingness to extend his provisional license for one more year. In an interview after the meeting, Morgenstern said Mauldin received an email from OPI that said, unlike in 2021, they were not going to extend any expiring provisional licenses for 2022-2023 due...

  • Carol Ann (Cleckner) White Oct. 21, 1947 – June 15, 2022

    Jul 28, 2022

    DEWEY, ARIZONA - Carol Ann (Cleckner) White peacefully went home to be with our Lord and Savior on June 15 in Dewey, Arizona with her family by her side as her partner and two children held her hands as she took her last breath. Carol was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, Oct. 21, 1947 to Robert and Helen Cleckner. Carol's family moved to Arizona in 1950. Carol attended Sierra Vista Elementary and South Mountain High School. While in school she excelled academically, honor student and quite the popular... Full story

  • Make the Cut sets new record

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – While it takes a semi-trained eye, the mat of waterlilies at the north end of Seeley Lake received a significant thinning Saturday, July 23 during the third annual "Make the Cut Invasive Waterlily Event" hosted by Clearwater Resource Council. Of the nearly 30 participants, a total of 877 pounds of invasive water lilies were removed, topping last year's record of 850 pounds. "I like how gratifying it is to see a native leaf all by itself in the water," said volunteer Heidi S...

  • Snacks and bandanas to keep the dogs happy

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Homemade, all natural products dog treats are available each week at the Seeley Lake Market this season. Ashlyn Schatz-Eason, of Oak and Coop Bowtique and Snackery in Missoula, will be here to sell her treats along with handmade reversal bandanas for dogs. Schatz-Eason has been making dog treats for several years. "My dog has severe food allergies and so I couldn't just go by any snack in the store," Schatz-Eason said. "I had to start making [dog treats] and now all of our dogs a...

  • Reducing forest fire damage to homes with Firewise planning

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    OVANDO - Preparing a home to be as resistant to wildfire as possible can be done with Firewise planning said Cindy Super, Forestry and Prescribed Fire Coordinator for the Blackfoot Challenge, at a meeting July 21 at the Ovando School. The Blackfoot Challenge sponsored the presentation about learning to live with fire, developing defensible space and home maintenance precautions. "That bazillion dollar home in the forest is nothing more than a giant slash pile when a forest fire rumbles...

  • SWCC tour explores forest restoration, wildlife management

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) and the US Forest Service joined the Southwestern Crown Collaborative (SWCC) for a Seeley Field Tour on July 20. The SWCC brings together citizens, businesses, government agencies and conservation organizations to consider creative solutions in the management of National Forests in the Blackfoot, Clearwater and Swan River valleys. SWCC began meeting regularly in July of 2009 in response to the creation of the Collaborative Forest Landscape...

  • Board approves trailer purchase, addresses open meeting questions

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jul 28, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – At their July 19 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board approved the purchase of a new enclosed trailer. They also approved Fire Chief Dave Lane to seek bids to mitigate and fix water issues at Station 2 north of Seeley Lake. In other business, Board Chair Scott Kennedy addressed correspondence regarding concern that Open Meeting Law was violated at the May meeting. As requested at the June meeting, Lane presented the board with additional quotes to replace the enclosed trailer that collapsed from snow damage. The insurance t...

  • What to know about smoke and health this summer

    Keely Larson, Montana Free Press|Jul 28, 2022

    When wildfire smoke billows from its source and lingers in the air, the haze brings coughs and questions for many Montana residents. Among them: How should I interpret air quality ratings? How does smoke affect my indoor air quality? Is it safe to walk my dog or head out for a hike today? Montana Free Press (MTFP) put those questions and others to public health officials and researchers. While the answers are sometimes tricky to navigate - and leave plenty of space for personal choice - the... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Jul 28, 2022

    Weekly COVID-19 update As of July 22 there have been 294,340 cases of COVID-19 in Montana. There have been 1,513,844 doses of vaccines administered and 569,772 Montanans fully immunized. There are 2,199 active cases, 12,680 total hospitalizations and 3,467 deaths in Montana due to COVID-19 complications. Missoula County has had 30,328 cases, 432 active cases, 29,685 recovered and 212 COVID-related deaths to date. For the most up-to-date and accurate information please refer to the Missoula County-City Health Department website...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jul 28, 2022

    In celebration of 36 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 36 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: July 30, 1987 issue Seventy pitchers attend NHPA tourney More than 70 horseshoe pitchers competed in the National... Full story

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