Articles from the August 2, 2018 edition

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  • Goals met at 28th annual American Legion Championships

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Hellgate Civilian Shooters Ibby Lorentz from Seeley Lake and Jonna Warnken from Superior, Mont. both returned to the American Legion Championships for a second time July 26-27 in Colorado Springs, Colo. They were among 15 shooters in the Nation invited to shoot in the precision class. The American Legion Championship is a three-position air rifle competition for junior competitors in the sporter or precision classes. Competitors fire a total of four matches. Each m...

  • Liquid Louie's celebrates 71 years of cocktails and community

    Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    SWAN VALLEY - Liquid Louie's, Condon's oldest bar, celebrated 71 years full of rich history, warm memories and shenanigans with a party on Saturday, July 28. The bar had humble beginnings. It was started by Louis and Marian "Mame" Krause in 1947, in a small shack built onto the side of the Krause's log home, according to the Upper Swan Valley Historical society and archived interviews with Mary Lou Krause Wilhelm, one of the Krause's daughters. In the small "beer parlor," benches lined the... Full story

  • Lawsuit filed against Sewer District

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - Sewer district landowner and resident Don Larson filed a complaint and request for an injunction with the Montana Fourth Judicial District Court against the Seeley Lake Sewer District and Missoula County. The requested injunction would prevent the district from moving forward with the proposed sewer project. In the documents filed with the court, Larson makes several allegations including mishandling the protest process and protest letters, failing to provide reliable financial information about the project including estimates...

  • Proposal to make flying drones over active wildfires a felony

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    On Aug. 2, 2017, aerial operations on the Rice Ridge fire near Seeley Lake were shut down due to a drone incursion. Several scooper planes, a couple of helicopters, retardant planes, air attack and lead planes for the retardant were all grounded until the drone was secured. This was one of three drone incursions on the more than 160,000-acre wildfire that threatened Seeley Lake last summer. "It was significant," said U.S. Forest Service Federal Law Enforcement Officer Tyler Robinson who...

  • Thank you to the nice and honest people in small town Seeley Lake

    Lois James, Ovando, Mont.|Aug 2, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - It is so nice to live in a small community where people are honest. Ten days ago my son brought me grocery shopping in his pickup. I’m quite short legged and quite elderly so he always carries a step stool for me to step in and out of his pickup. Somehow we left the little stool behind and we forgot about it. This weekend he stopped in at Cory’s Valley Market and there on the ice machine was my little stool. Ten days later, my little stool is sitting there waiting for me. I appreciate that the people of Seeley Lake are so nic...

  • Sackett is the real deal

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    After reading the article on Seeley Lake veteran James Sackett in the July 26 issue of the Pathfinder, some readers found it hard to believe he had earned seven Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and one Bronze Star along with several other badges and medals during his 27-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Furthering the skepticism, it was printed his days as a Marine ended in 1984 yet he served in the Gulf War. The Pathfinder printed 1984 in error. Sackett retired in 1994 and did serve in the Gulf War. Regarding the medals, a 27-year Army...

  • You, me and them: Differences

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Aug 2, 2018

    Since there are so many different people in the world, is it a surprise to realize variety is the norm? Unfortunately, the differences can create tensions, problems and provoke harm. This is evident from news reports to personal emotional flare-ups. There are many ways to understand differences but I want to focus on some of the psychological features described in many past articles. These features include: the ego (personal identity), consciousness (awareness), personal unconscious (hidden...

  • Wildfire activity picking up in the area - Public asked to be diligent

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – With the smoke haze growing from large fires outside of the area, fire managers asks the community and visitors to continue to be diligent with fire. Fire danger remains Very High and outdoor burning is closed for the season. There are currently no restrictions in place. Several fires have been reported this past week. • The Elbow Lake Fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. The fire burned 0.7 of an acre in heavy dead and down fuels before being caught. The fire was caused by an abandoned and improperly ext...

  • Sign up for Smart911

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Aug 2, 2018

    Hi all, I am so thankful for this beautiful July and August weather! We have certainly had our fair share of weather challenges to deal with this past year-fires, floods, wind storms and record snowfall. For all of us it is vital that we do what we can to prepare for unexpected emergencies of any type: a missing child, a house fire, you need to know about an evacuation, you experience a medical emergency, you are in a motor accident... anytime you need immediate help. Smart911 is a free service...

  • Invasive mustards: Hoary alyssum, perennial pepperweed and whitetop

    Karen Laitala, Powell County Weed Coordinator|Aug 2, 2018

    While the unusually wet spring was beneficial to native and desirable grasses and wildflowers, many weed species took advantage of the excellent growing conditions as well. Annual mustards with yellow blossoms were abundant this spring and early summer. While "weedy" and too many "obnoxious", these plants are not regulated by the Montana Department of Agriculture, or "noxious". Three weed species that are regulated and required by law to control are perennial pepperweed, whitetop and hoary...

  • Mint

    Molly Hackett|Aug 2, 2018

    Q: Clover has invaded my bed of mint and is choking out the mint. Is there any way to eliminate the clover and save the mint? A: You could dig out the clover, but that strikes me as solving the problem in the hardest way possible. If it were my mint, I would simply start a new bed in a clover-free spot. If you transplant a few young stems of mint, a plentiful supply will have grown by next summer. Because mint has a shallow root system, the digging will not be hard work. If the soil is damp, it...

  • Evans passes 2VS torch to Kirsten McGlynn

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – "It's been a blast and I love working with all the artists, but it's time to pass the torch to someone else," said 2 Valleys Stage Director Carol Evans. Citing travel plans and other responsibilities that would interfere with her 2VS obligations, Evans notified the Alpine Artisans' Board of Directors of her decision to step down at the end of the 2017-18 season. Accordingly, the board advertised the position opening. The following qualifications were desired of applicants: 1) i...

  • Mixed harvests for local crops

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    POTOMAC – Low spring temperatures combined with above average moisture had both positive and negative impacts on local crop growth. Missoula County crops were slow to start growing from lack of sunshine and it's warmth for germination and growth. However, area livestock producers saw native grasses flourish in summer pastures with the June moisture which is good for grazing. In June, Potomac received more than four inches of rainfall. The moisture was above normal according to unofficial data f...

  • Infinite love

    Walter Hill, Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Aug 2, 2018

    Recently I was sitting in the yard in the evening as the stars came out and even with my imperfect vision I was able to see literally millions of stars. Having seen pictures from the Hubble telescope, I was able to envision billions more yet unseen as I sat there. Then I sort of wandered off in my thoughts, thinking about the massive array of our universe and pondered on the limited understanding we have of how it all came about. I realized that there was a fantastic system and order present, with laws governing the whole. I contemplated this i...

  • Counties lacking mental health providers turn to technology

    Zachariah Bryan, Solutions Journalism Network|Aug 2, 2018

    When Mary Hutton first moved from Kansas to Eastern Montana over 10 years ago, she was at a loss. Living in Baker, a town of 2,000 about 12 miles from the North Dakota border, she had almost no access to mental health resources, not for her own post-traumatic stress disorder and not for her son's autism. "I moved up here and there's nothing," she said. "We had everything in Kansas." The closest services were in Miles City, an 80-mile trip that takes over an hour to drive. She said she made the...

  • Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention

    Karen Peterson, Valley Journal|Aug 2, 2018

    ARLEE – Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily dropped the ball through the hoop. His skill developed after hours of practice and years of playing the game, and in that time, he never thought he would become a role model, but he welcomed the title. Johnson is a member of the Arlee Warrior basketball team who won the Montana Class C State Championship this year. As the top athletes in the state, the team r...

  • Shooters leave it all on the range at the National Championships

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 2, 2018

    CAMP PERRY, OHIO – The Hellgate Civilian Shooters competed in National 3P Air Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio June 25-26. While they were not able to top their third place from last year, Head Coach Trace Weisenburger was pleased with the individual shooters’ performance. Hellgate Gold was the only team from Montana to compete at the National Championships this year. The four-person team included Seeley Lake’s Ibby Lorentz and Sam Weisenburger, Jonna Warnken from Superior, Mont., and Missoula’s Libby Diller and alternate Jack Seibly...

  • Community Briefs

    Aug 2, 2018

    Self-guided tour celebrates 100 years of Swan Valley schools, Aug. 4 SWAN VALLEY – Join the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society for a 100-year celebration of Swan Valley Schools. Attendees can enjoy a self-guided tour of Swan Valley Schools Aug. 4 from 12-3 p.m. followed by Open MIC storytelling from 3-5 p.m. at Swan Valley Museum, Highway 83, mile marker 42. For tickets, call 406-754-2745, 754-2538. There will be a lunch special for purchase at Hungry Bear Steak House mile marker 38. “Blackfoot Challenge: Trumpeter swans great return to the...