Articles from the August 6, 2020 edition

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  • When Seeley Lake calls 9-1-1

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – As of Tuesday, July 21, Missoula Emergency Services Incorporated (MESI) and Life Flight Network will no longer automatically respond when an Advanced Life Support (ALS) call is dispatched in the Seeley Lake Fire District. Instead, MESI will respond as mutual aid resource when requested and Life Flight will be on standby. Seeley Lake Fire Chief and Paramedic Dave Lane requested the change to automatic dispatch that has been in place for more than 30 years. “In my mind, these are changes that are going to reduce public safety iss...

  • Seeley Lake native mauled by grizzly

    Melody Martinson, Choteau Acantha Editor|Aug 6, 2020

    CHOTEAU - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Monday still had five grizzly bear traps east of Choteau where a grizzly mauled rural Teton County resident Shanun Rammell on July 27, but a ground and air search has failed so far to find the bear. Rammell, who was hospitalized at Benefis Health System in Great Falls, was bitten on both hands, his forearms, his shoulders and his back and sustained scratches, gouges and puncture wounds. He underwent surgery to repair the damage to his right hand. He...

  • A home of their own

    David Erickson, Missoulian|Aug 6, 2020

    Could senior cooperative housing, a model gaining popularity in states with aging populations, be the solution to alleviating social isolation and population loss in Montana's rural small towns? In Montana's rural counties, where demographic trends show large numbers of young people leaving for the state's fast-growing urban areas, the need for elderly housing solutions is going to become increasingly important. These communities are losing population and growing older. But many seniors in...

  • Plan to resume fall sports despite pandemic

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    The Montana High School Association (MHSA) released a plan for returning to sports in light of the coronavirus. The 20-page document details restrictions for fans and athletes during games, but emphasized youth sports will return for the fall school year. “MHSA Executive Board believes the resumption of sports and other activities is crucial to the growth, development, and mental and emotional wellness of our Montana youth,” the release stated. “These requirements, both general and activity specific, attempt to reduce the possibility of trans... Full story

  • YFC Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon runs through River Point

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Racers clad in wetsuits waited patiently under the starting arch of the Youth For Christ Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon on Aug 1. The race, located on the River Point Campground and parts of Boy Scout Road, featured triathletes from all across Montana. "I'm just glad we were able to give people an opportunity to choose to race if they wanted," Race Organizer Cheri Thompson said. "A lot of people trained for races and they have not had any outlet." Thompson said the event was not g...

  • Let's get back to the drawing board for the sewer

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Aug 6, 2020

    Missoula County Health Department Specialist Jim Erven doesn’t seem to get it. The residents in the Seeley Lake Sewer District fully understand the Health Department is a bully, it does its work poorly and the $40-million sewer project it is pushing will further impoverish us. Let me explain further. The Board has never fully tested the area aquifer to accurately determine the “need” for a sewer. Lake water quality remains virtually unchanged over the past 40 years I have resided in this community, despite considerable growth. The Board has nev...

  • Restart with one plan to cover area

    David Whitesitt, Covallis, Montana|Aug 6, 2020

    Reading about the proposed sewer makes me want to tell the residents of the Sewer District the truth. Even thought I no longer have any financial interest in the district, I have friends being affected. The proposed sewer will not have any affect on our water quality in the lake or river. Potential for water pollution is from state lots and other properties close to the river and lake where there is a high water table. These lands are not in the Sewer District. County officials pushing the sewer plan want to add the problem lands to the Sewer...

  • Saving seeds, tilling and morning glories

    Molly Hackett, Master Gardener|Aug 6, 2020

    I want to save seeds from my poppies and hollyhocks. How do I do that? The most important thing is not to cut off the seedpods too soon. When seedpods turn from green to beige, the seeds in the pods will be ripe, but not before. The seeds must ripen on the plant. If cut off too soon, the seeds will never ripen. Some plants drop their seeds near the plant, and hollyhocks are included in this category. The disc-shaped seedpods can be picked off the stem when they are beige colored. The pods will...

  • Scholarship recipients announced

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 SLCF Scholarship. Hunter Shelmerdine, Lily Mercer and Chance Johnson each will receive $500 towards university expenses. These students had to learn how to navigate their freshman year of college during a very unusual time due to COVID-19. Shelmerdine graduated as valedictorian of the Seeley-Swan High School Class of 2019. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Mo...

  • Personal care attendant program available locally

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Aug 6, 2020

    Dear Seeley-Swan Residents, I want to let you know about our current client availability for Missoula Aging Services, In-Home Support Services, Personal Care Attendant Program. Missoula Aging Services offers In-Home Support Services in order to provide affordable homemaking, respite and personal care assistance for caregivers. These services and other supports are also available for individuals for their own benefit. A dedicated Personal Care Attendant will come into your home on a regular...

  • Political signs defaced in Potomac Valley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    POTOMAC – Two political signs promoting Trump for President were defaced with spray paint last week in Potomac. Both signs are visible from Highway 200 and were on private ground. One was lit and the lighting was also vandalized. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reminds the public that political signs are private property. If a sign is stolen, it can be reported as theft. If a sign is defaced or vandalized, it is considered criminal mischief. If the land is posted with "No Trespassing" s...

  • Seeley Lake designated "Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Community"

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Friday, July 31, the National Park Service recognized the Seeley Lake community as a participant in its Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Sustainable Community Partnership Program. The Program celebrates Seeley Lake historic connection to Lewis and Clark’s 1803 expedition, known popularly as the Corps of Discovery expedition. In order to qualify for this designation, the National Park Service requires that a community demonstrates its connection to the Corps of Discovery and that the connection is showcased and celebrated i...

  • Fire season heating up on Lolo

    Lolo National Forest|Aug 6, 2020

    MISSOULA – The Lolo National Forest protection area received over 300 lightning strikes from storms on the night of July 30. Firefighters responded to and rapidly contained four small fires across the Forest since the storm. Although firefighters were able to effectively contain and control these fires, fire officials would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and cautious with the persistent hot and dry weather. The Lolo National Forest remains in HIGH fire danger. As of July 30, there have been 44 small wildfires on the Forest; 38 h...

  • Trail work continues near Placid Lake

    Seeley Lake ROCKS|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - On Friday, July 24th, a ROCKS work party spent 50+ hours on the new “Lakeview” trail just north of Placid Lake State Park. This work-party improved drainage on the trails that ROCKS constructed last August-September and pulled weeds. This is the second time this summer that the “Youth In Restoration” group associated with the Missoula County Weed District has helped ROCKS with the Lakeview trail. In June 25 volunteers from this same group pulled weeds along the trail. Last fall ROCKS scheduled three different weed-sp...

  • Local candidates get creative in campaigning during coronavirus

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    In a normal year politicians running for office are often speaking to potential voters, canvassing neighborhoods and holding fundraisers. But with COVID-19, local candidates have to try to connect with voters without seeing them in person or at least in large crowds. "You don't have the audience, you don't have the ability to meet one-on-one with a lot of people or address groups, and you cannot attend meetings," said Missoula County Commissioner candidate Alan Ault. Without face-to-face...

  • Western Montana Fair goes online

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    MISSOULA - 4-H Club members across the area are having a busy week for the 2020 Western Montana Fair. This year's Fair situation presented unexpected challenges and will hold a unique place in history. The theme, "Farm to Fair," is a timely tribute to the importance of agriculture during moments of crisis. When one door closes, a window opens. For safety reasons, the general public will not be allowed to attend the Fair this year or access the Fairgrounds. Instead, the Fair will be available onl...

  • Montana Historical Society to host virtual conference

    Montana Historical Society|Aug 6, 2020

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic has precluded travel and large-scale gatherings, the Montana Historical Society’s 47th state history conference entitled “20/20 Vision: Looking Clearly at the Past” will be held online during a two-month period. The programs range from a presentation on the 1779-1784 smallpox pandemic to a behind-the-scenes tour of our collection. This free conference is supported by funding from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. Much of the program will be posted online for later viewing and Zoom links to all sessi...

  • William "Bill" Logue

    Aug 6, 2020

    MISSOULA - William Logue, age 93 of Missoula, Montana passed away early Saturday morning July 25, 2020 at his home. Bill lived in Condon for a large part of his life, about 44 years. Bill moved to Stevensville, Montana in 2006. As his health declined he moved to Missoula. Most who knew Bill will think of him as the junkyard guy. He loved old things - cars being first on the list. His love for old could make one wonder why he ended up married to one younger instead of one older than himself. I... Full story

  • That ye may learn wisdom

    President Sherman Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Aug 6, 2020

    What Is Wisdom Literature? In the Bible, there is a set of writings called “Wisdom Literature.” These books include Proverbs, Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. The purpose of wisdom literature is to preserve wise sayings of a righteous parent or leader to a young and growing child. The righteous and wise parent delivers instructions to the child on how to live a happy, prosperous life by putting God first and keeping the commandments. We see this in Proverbs 7:1-3, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee....

  • SLE superintendent expands on reopening guidelines for fall

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary Superintendent Josh Gibbs shared SLE’s proposed reopening guidelines Friday, July 31 via video. He emphasized this plan is fluid and will change based on the state and local restrictions and case counts in Missoula County. These guidelines will be included in the reopening plan that will be presented and approved by the SLE School Board at their meeting at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 17. Gibbs said the guidelines utilized the best information and guidelines currently available from the Center for Disease Control, Mis... Full story

  • Jackie's Espresso expands to Seeley Lake

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - When she started her first coffee shop in 2005, Jackie Callison did not think her business would be where it is today. Now, she has three coffee kiosks in small towns in western Montana, the most recent addition located in the parking lot of the Bison and Bear Center. Her goal is to consistently be there for her customers, always offering great coffee and a place for employment to locals in the community. "It just happened to come up a couple of months ago and I jumped on it and I...

  • Reminiscence of hiring a camp cook

    Dwayne Forder|Aug 6, 2020

    Editor's Note: This story was reprinted with permission from the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society and the Forder family SWAN VALLEY - I had brought the pack string out of the Little Salmon just before the start of hunting season in about 1971 or so and had stopped at what was called at that time the Swan River Tavern or Liquid Louie’s for a cold beer and a couple bottles of Packer Gas and Cowboy Pop. Mame Haasch was tending bar and asked me if I had a cook hired for the hunting camp. I said “no.” She informed me that Blanche Huston was l...

  • Hiking Holland Peak

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Aug 6, 2020

    Directions: Drive north on Highway 83 approximately 28 miles from Seeley Lake, or two miles south of Condon (mile marker 39). Turn east onto Rumble Creek Road. Follow the road four miles to the parking area, just past the Cooney Lookout. Elevation: 5,633 foot gain (9,356 total) Distance: Five miles to the peak Difficulty: Advanced Disclaimer: This trail is not a US Forest Service trail and some sections of the trail can change or become hazardous. The hike Holland Peak is truly a must hike for... Full story

  • Gets first vision of street cars

    First run in the 1910 Missoulian - June 29 issue, Reprinted with permission from the Missoulian|Aug 6, 2020

    Editor’s note: Hugh Archibald was introduced last week in the Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910 series. Hugh Archibald of Clearwater dropped into the land office yesterday to see about advertising some lands. “First time I’ve been to a post office for nine months,” he remarked. “Yes, I’m pretty old; they used to tell me a long time ago that I’d be dead before now, but I ain’t – I ain’t dead a bit.” The pleasant countenance and friendly smile of Chief Clerk Adams seemed to invite the old man’s confidence and he rambled on. “I haven’t been dow...

  • Community Briefs

    Aug 6, 2020

    Seeking volunteer to help monitor AIS on Brown’s Lake For the past few years, Blackfoot Challenge has partnered with the Clearwater Resource Council and Swan Valley Connections to monitor lakes for the presence of aquatic invasive species. CRC is taking the lead on monitoring this year, and they are looking for an individual with a boat who would be willing to take CRC’s Big Sky Watershed Corps member out to collect plankton tow net samples during the month of August. If you plan on boating Brown’s Lake next month and are interested in helpi...

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