Articles from the August 15, 2019 edition


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  • Lolo National Forest considers recreation fee increase

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - While Tim Love worked with the Forest Service as the Seeley Lake District Ranger, the Region was encouraged to consider concessionaire management to maintain recreation sites. While the District decided against the use of concessionaire management, the Regional Office recently proposed a fee increase to several campgrounds, cabin rentals and day-use sites across the Lolo National Forest. The public has until Sept. 30 to comment on the proposal. Love said when Region 1 was considering concessionaires, two Forest Service employees...

  • Continuing success at SSHS

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE –Seeley-Swan High School's new principal Kellen Palmer is excited for the first day of school when the halls will be filled with students and he can start getting to know everyone. He looks forward to helping SSHS continue the good work already being done and celebrating new successes as the students and faculty strive to become even better. He is also excited to meet the community and invites everyone to meet him at the concession stand before the first home football game, Aug. 3...

  • 4-Hers shine in and out of the ring

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    MISSOULA – Potomac Valley 4-H Club and the Seeley Lake Trailblazers stood out at this year's Western Montana Country Fair Aug. 7-11. Despite the 90 plus degree days at the start of the fair, many project were chosen at the top of their class while a few placed in the top overall. Again this year the sheep were a stand-out. Four of the top 10 market lambs were from the local clubs: Trailblazers Laciey Auchenbach, Chris Auchenbach and Amanda Thomas and Kyla Nelson with Potomac Valley. This was L...

  • Seeley Lake Trailblazers Results - 2019 Western Montana Country Fair

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    Seeley Lake Trailblazers 4-H uses the Danish system in the judging process. Top ribbons include grand and reserve champion, followed by a purple group (P – top in their class), blue group (B), red group (R) and white group (W – participation ribbon) according to the placing received. Chris Auchenbach: Market Lamb Interview, B; 9th place overall Market Lamb; Novice Showmanship, P Laciey Auchenbach: Market Lamb Interview, B; 4th place overall Market Lamb; 5th place overall Junior Showmanship Dan...

  • Thank you for kindness to Seeley Lake Elementary students in need

    Daniel Schrock, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - I wanted to personally write and thank the community for your kindness in donating much needed school supplies for our students at Seeley Lake Elementary. Your act of kindness will undoubtedly benefit our students and their education. When you gave selflessly to our students, you exemplified the character of the community and the heart it has for kids and education. Needless to say, I am grateful and appreciative of your gesture on behalf of our young students and their success in our school district. In my experience as an...

  • Old Ray never eats alone

    Dale Terrillion|Aug 15, 2019

    Over in central Oregon near the little town of Monument is Cupper Canyon Ranch, there once lived Ol' Ray Ackerman. My cutt'n partner got me hooked up with Old Ray, thought I might get to hunt muleys on his diggings. "You bet," sezs Ray. Pullin' into the yard I got mobbed by the usual stock dogs and they got attacked by a suspicious look'n part lab. Anyway, Ray yelled me in, he sez just make'n coffee, pull up a chair. I thought I better shake his hand and thank him for hav'n me over. My...

  • Community invited to Search and Rescue Open House Aug. 17

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – After officially moving into their new building in the fall of 2015 at 130 Shop Road near the Seeley Lake Airport, Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue is inviting the community to an Open House Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The community is invited to tour the facility, meet the volunteers and enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs. There will be an official "Grand Opening" presentation at 1 p.m. SSSAR was a part of Missoula County Search and Rescue until 2010 when they formed their own uni...

  • New 2VS Director eager to contribute to community

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Sam Arroyo has been chosen as the new 2 Valleys Stage (2VS) Director after Kirsten McGlynn accepted a position with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Arroyo looks forward to continuing the 2VS tradition of bringing quality performers to the area communities and schools. The daughter of Cheryl and Gary Lewis, Arroyo grew up in Seeley Lake. She learned community commitment from her parents who have been actively involved in Lion's Club and other Seeley Lake o...

  • "Dream Big" through collective giving

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Foundation presented 14 organizations with more than $74,000 raised from this year's Change Your Pace Challenge at their annual banquet Aug. 11. Foundation Executive Director Claire Muller recognized that many people give time and energy to local organizations that provide important services to the area, "it's wonderful to help be a part of encouraging essential financial support for these causes." The Foundation is a locally driven and locally supported 5...

  • Seeley Lake welcomes new sporting goods store

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019
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    SEELEY LAKE - After making one-too-many trips into Missoula for outdoor gear, Ryan Dunster decided it was time for a change. "There wasn't anything here, so we saw the need for it," said Ryan. "Sometimes where you might need something and there's nothing here so you have to make a plan or do without it." Now, locals and visitors will have a one-stop-shop to fill their outdoor needs. The shelves at Heritage Outdoors are packed with odds and ends for backpacking and camping, such as cookware,...

  • Martha Kay McManus 1947 - 2019

    Aug 15, 2019

    MISSOULA - Martha Kay McManus of Missoula, passed away Tuesday, July 30. She was born Nov. 18, 1947 and was the daughter of Norman F. McManus and Alta Harden McManus of Greensboro, N.C. Martha was a longtime resident of Seeley Lake and is survived by longtime companion Gary Ikerd and her two children. She will be remembered for her compassion towards her loving dogs and her willingness to always help someone in need.... Full story

  • Dental tips for summertime fun

    Alyssa Harris DMD, Seeley-Swan Medical Center, Partnership Health Center|Aug 15, 2019

    It's summertime! The time for fun in the sun, swimming in the lake, hiking those beautiful Montana Mountains. It's time for barbecues and picnics. It is also the time for iced lattes and ice cream, fair food and cotton candy. It's time for soda and.........WAIT!!!!! With all this summer fun, which we should all enjoy, let's remember one important thing: Leave the sugar behind! National Public Radio recently published a great article titled "Study: Sugar Rules the World and Ruins Teeth too." The...

  • The authority of the Bible

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Aug 15, 2019

    Concerts are a major industry and there are countless stories of music artists that list out lavish demands that concert promoters are required to take care of before the rock star will agree to come. One of the most notorious requirements came from the rock band Van Halen. Each of Van Halen’s contracts insisted that a bowl of M&M’s be provided backstage. However, every single brown M&M needed to be removed from the bowl. If the band arrived and saw that the bowl had any brown M&M’s in it, then they were free to cancel the concert and recei...

  • Swan Valley School Board prepares for upcoming school year

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board approved budgets for the upcoming year, as well as contracts for educators and facility maintenance projects at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The board approved the school’s adopted General Fund budget for the 2020 fiscal year at nearly $375,000. According to District Clerk Heather Mincey the budget last year was approximately $388,000. The budget reserves are currently at $35,000, however this is lower than it should be. “We have quite a bit of taxes that haven’t been paid yet,” said Mincey. ...

  • Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Leonard Moore

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – Ninety-three-year-old Leonard Moore was the first speaker at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program entitled Outfitting and Guiding in the Swan Valley and Surrounding Areas. Moore said, according to his mother's notes, his first packing trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness was in September of 1926 - the year he was born. According to the USVHS website, Moore "rode in the saddle with his mother or in a pannier on the pack string's lead horse." When he w...

  • 4H, not just about the show

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    MISSOULA - The 4H year is a journey for all members, especially when something happens to the project animal. Owning livestock provides opportunity for responsibility but sometimes things happen that are out of the owner's control. For some Potomac 4H members this year brought some sadness along with triumphs. Potomac horse member Emma Richardson is in her eighth year in the horse project. Her horse Calypso was diagnosed with Equine Osteoarthritis in 2013 which has gotten progressively worse....

  • Berries galore at Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SWAN LAKE - The 38th Annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival featured an assortment of huckleberry products, nearly 50 vendors selling hand-made items including jewelry, furniture and art work, game area hosted by Swan Lake Chapel and music by the Ashley Creek Ramblers. Proceeds from the Festival will be used for the Swan Lake community and the upkeep of the Swan Lake Community Center....

  • Maughan siblings take to USATF competitions

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Aug 15, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Maughan siblings are no strangers to athletic excellence, but this past summer Seeley-Swan High School senior Caleb, sophomore Sariah and freshman Emily sunk their teeth into competing in track and field competitions outside of Montana. The three siblings moved to Spokane in May to live temporarily with family members to train with the Spokane Speed Academy. They competed in a variety of large track meets in the Pacific Northwest to prepare them for the USATF Region 13 Junior...

  • Community Briefs

    Aug 15, 2019

    Road work to begin on Cottonwood Lake Road #477 SEELEY LAKE – According to Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver, the contractor is planning to start the Cottonwood Road 477 Aquatic Organism Passage at Swamp Creek as soon as this Thursday, Aug. 15. Their contract allows for the road to be closed for up to three weeks and two weekends. While the exact closure period has not been set as of press time, the District asks people to plan accordingly since the road could be closed as early as this weekend. For the most up-to-date information c...

  • CONSERVATION CON JOB - Why Won't Steve Daines fully fund the LWCF?

    Jack Ballard, Billings, Mont.|Aug 15, 2019

    they say or how they vote during the re-election cycle. Focus on the voting record from earlier in their term. That’s an important thing for Montanans to remember about Senator Steve Daines in relation to public lands, wildlife habitat and public access. His re-election rhetoric doesn’t match his record. He’s crowing about his support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a critical funding mechanism for conservation efforts on public lands. In Montana, the fund has spent more than $600 million. In 2015, newly-elected Senator Daine...

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