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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition

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 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Market value assessment chosen, bond election discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board voted to stick with a market value excluding improvements method for spreading the cost of the annual District operating budget at a Special Board meeting Aug. 3. Then they set the assessments at...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

New welcome sign greets visitors

SEELEY LAKE – For those traveling south on Highway 83, their arrival into Seeley Lake is now announced with a new "Welcome to Seeley Lake" sign. It was installed last week by Clearwater Mini...

 
 By Kathy Beeks    News    August 13, 2020

Changing attitudes key to addressing ageism

Who's getting older? We all are. Yet denial, misinformation and fear often characterize this universal experience. One hundred years ago life expectancy was about 47 years. According to a report from...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

A historic "Farm to Fair" in the books

MISSOULA – While it was still dark Thursday morning, Aug. 6, Seeley Lake Trailblazer Dani Sexton was giving her steer Pickles a bath. It was the big day for him to show in the Western Montana Fair,...

 
 By Lori Micken    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Say it like it is, the lions were killed

Andi Bourne’s headline on the front page of the July 30 Pathfinder should have read “Four young mountain lions killed at Seeley Lake” or maybe “shot” or “slaughtered?” The euphemism “dispatched” was used once in the article. I do...

 

The mutts

Some of us who have been fortunate enough to have some great dogs: seeing eye dogs, military dogs, comfort companions for folks who live alone, guard dogs and hunting dogs. Stock dogs and kids who...

 

Facing the challenges ahead for school

When I first took office in January 2011, like most elected officials I had little idea what my position would entail. County Superintendent of Schools is an unusual position. While my duties are...

 

Firefighters keep fires small

SEELEY LAKE - The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Southwestern Land Office ended last week with 17 fires--12 lightning and five human caused. All are controlled or out except for the Elevation Mountain fire, which started...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Warm weather increases risk of Harmful Algal Blooms

Summer is in full bloom. Before you take a dip in the lake this summer, state agencies are urging Montanans to know the health risks of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Clearwater Resource Council received reports of possible blue-green algae in Seeley...

 
 By Griffen Smith    News    August 13, 2020

Bullock: Counties given option for all mail-in ballot

Governor Steve Bullock announced Aug. 6 that like the June primary, counties will be able to opt in to an all-mail voting system. He also directed early voting to be expanded based on recommendations... Full story

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Health Department outlines process for close contacts and testing requirements

MISSOULA – That last phone call someone wants to receive is from the health department identifying them as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. However, a phone call... Full story

 

Stories of stewardship

Stewardship: The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. What does it mean to be a good steward? This is something we think about a fair bit at the Blackfoot...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Increased visitation presents challenges for land managers

Despite the pandemic, the Seeley Lake and Swan Lake Ranger Districts are seeing very high visitor use on roads, trails, dispersed camping sites and in the developed campgrounds. Both Districts are...

 

Pulling your hair out

The phrase "that just makes me want to pull my hair out" has origins that go back to Egypt and Greece and the Christian Bible, but probably has most connection to an obsessive/compulsive syndrome...

 

One certainty in an uncertain world

When I was in graduate school at Gonzaga University a few years ago, I was asked to read a book by sociologist Zugmunt Bauman called "Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty." He wrote a series...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Teams sought for invasive lily removal competition

SEELEY LAKE – Everyone is invited to join the Clearwater Resource Council for its first annual lily removal competition Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Placid and Salmon Lakes. Please register at crcmt.org by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 to ensure...

 

MDT begins implementing new load posting signs on state's bridges

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has begun implementation of new load posting procedures on public bridges across the state as mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As...

 

Grants available for Powell County non-profits

The Powell County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from non-profits throughout Powell County. The PCF awards grants, usually ranging from $500 to $2,000, for charitable purposes in the following focus areas: basic human needs,...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

406 Connect bike tour comes through area

SEELEY LAKE – Monica Tranel, a two-time Olympic rower, a mother of three, and a candidate for Public Service Commission District 4, rode into Seeley Lake to meet with members of the community Aug....

 

Pinchot and the beginnings of the United States Forest Service

If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 13, 2020

Remembering Hiroshima

Sunday, Aug. 6, marked the 75th anniversary of the United States dropping an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Seeley Lake resident Cheri Thompson shared her father Ivan Odom's account of...

 

Community Briefs

Produce boxes available at Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank SEELEY LAKE – Thursday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. there will be produce boxes available at the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank, next to the multi-purpose room at Seeley Lake Elementary. There is a...

 

A Republican vote is a vote for jobs

Montana governor candidate Greg Gianforte has brought high paying private sector jobs into Montana. Greg’s opponent Mike Cooney and his mentor Steve Bullock are lifelong politicians. Neither knows how to create private sector jobs. They never...

 

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