Articles from the August 18, 2016 edition


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  • Teague's Steer Earns More Than $25,000 for Memorial Scholarship

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    MISSOULA - The late Seeley Lake Trailblazer 4-H Club member Mark Teague’s steer raised more than $25,000 Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Western Montana Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale. All of the proceeds raised from the sale of the animal will go into the Mark Teague Memorial Scholarship Fund to help future 4-Hers get started on a market beef project. Teague passed away last fall at age 16. He had already purchased his 4-H steer for this year’s fair with his earnings from last year. Mark Wilson of West Feed and the Radtke family from Hall, Mont. don...

  • Second Ambulance Increases Coverage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District (District) received their new Type 1 ambulance in mid-July. The ambulance was put into service July 30 and will be the first unit to respond. The District is retaining the old ambulance as the secondary ambulance. It will be used during "call collisions," when another call comes in when the first ambulance is already on a call, and be available when the first ambulance is being used. Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel has voiced the need f...

  • Fun at the 4-H Country Fair

    Aug 18, 2016

    MISSOULA - The Seeley Lake Trailblazers and Potomac Valley 4-H Clubs participated in the 2016 Western Montana Country Fair this past week. Whether it was for their animal project, non-animal project or shooting sports, the students were recognized for all their hard work and had a lot of fun....

  • Seeley Lakers Win Local Triathlon Team Event

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The annual Youth for Christ (YFC) Seeley Lake Challenge Duathlon/Triathlon attracted 111 solo racers, six teams and a record number of children to the shores of Seeley Lake, Aug. 13. Two Seeley Lake teams swept the male and female divisions for the long swim team event. The triathlon is made up of either a short (300 yards) or long (600 yards) open swim in Seeley Lake, a 10 mile bike down Boy Scout Road and a 3.3 mile run to finish off the race. The duathlon starts and ends with a...

  • Who Will Pay for the Sewer?

    Dennis Rathbun, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Aug 18, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - I’ve read the public notice regarding the proposed levy for the Seeley Lake Sewer District. It is as incomprehensible as most public notices but since it affects me directly – and quite harshly – I tried to puzzle my way through it. It appears to me to be unfair and misdirected taxation. In particular, it talks about an assessment but I don’t think it says who will pay it: just Phase One? Seeley Lake? Does it include the Double Arrow??? It is safe to assume that many that live outside of the district will benefit from the distric...

  • Marx Best Choice for HD92

    Monte Dolack, Missoula, Mont.|Aug 18, 2016

    MISSOULA - Giving support to a political candidate is one made with considerable thought and yes, purpose. I do this as a strong endorsement of Addrien Marx for House District (HD) 92. She has always reflected and acted with purpose in protecting those Montana values that makes this state so unique. Her perseverance has always been directed toward making our rural communities stronger – in economics, resources and education. These are the values we hold closely in this state and Addrien can carry them forward in Helena – for us. Public lan...

  • Identifying Problems and Finding Solutions

    Loren Rose and Todd Myers|Aug 18, 2016

    Loren Rose is the Chief Operating Officer for Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. in Seeley Lake. Todd Myers is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Cloud Peak Energy. 2016 is proving to be one of the more challenging years to natural resource industries in Montana. Whether you talk about challenges facing our timber companies, how the situation in Colstrip and coal country will affect families and state coffers or how mining, quarrying and cement production will continue to be an important contributor to our economy, our...

  • Changes

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|Aug 18, 2016

    All things change, so we are told. In other words, nature and human nature eventually change. We only need to look at photos of ourselves from years ago, compared to the present, to see evidence of our physical changes. If we look at our car, comparing the original performance and appearance to the present condition, the changes are obvious. So we must ask: Can we see changes in a person's psychology? Most people don't want to change or want any changes in their lives. Other people invite...

  • Progress Made but No Solution to Snow Plowing in Dogtown

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) was updated on the progress made in the last year toward resolving the issue that ended county road maintenance for Dogtown residents. The council also heard from the transportation commissioner who represents the area and discussed the council’s candidate forum at its Aug. 8 meeting. Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Clearwater Unit Manager Kristen Baker-Dickinson gave the update on the snowplowing issue. The issue was b...

  • Piper Fire Still Smoldering

    Aug 18, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - The Piper Fire burning on the Swan Lake Ranger District within the Flathead National Forest continues to burn. The fire area received significant precipitation on Aug. 9 and 10 with amounts reaching approximately three quarters of an inch. Although significant precipitation occurred in the fire area, the fire has grown approximately three acres bringing the total area burned to approximately 15 acres. Fire spread is up drainage away from values at risk and fire activity is characterized as creeping and smoldering. The Piper Fire...

  • SLE Outdoor Education Spring and Summer Update

    Bridget Laird, SLE Outdoor Education Coordinator|Aug 18, 2016

    Seeley Lake Elementary's (SLE) Outdoor Program immerses students in our local heritage, culture, landscape and outdoor adventure, using these as a foundation to study language arts, social studies, science, math and other subjects across the curriculum. Fortunately, we have the support of community members and local experts who willingly contribute to the program and enable us to offer diverse, well-rounded educational and recreational experiences. Hopefully, this spring and summer Outdoor...

  • Fostering Connection with the Landscape

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley Connections (SVC) will release a new Swan Valley Trails Interpretive Map mid-September. Their goal for the interpretive map is to help educate visitors and residents about the human and natural history of the area while providing a resource that helps people think about the various recreation available in the Swan, where they can do it and what kind of an experience they can expect. The idea for the map started in 2014 when Northwest Connections (NwC) recognized the need to produce a map to foster the connections betwe...

  • Rental Crisis in Seeley Lake? Through Property Managers' Eyes

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    Editor’s Note: One of the first complaints we hear from people moving to Seeley Lake is they cannot find a place to rent. Potential renters are faced with limited options, budget constraints and lack of availability. Several renters, property managers and landlords were asked the question: Does this constitute a rental crisis in Seeley Lake? While not all agreed, they identified problems, challenges and potential solutions from their perspective. This three-part series will bring some of the issues raised to light and perhaps begin a c...

  • "Hoot Owl" Fishing Restrictions Lifted

    Aug 18, 2016

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks lifted “hoot owl” fishing restrictions on the Bitterroot and Blackfoot River and its tributaries Aug. 10. The entire Blackfoot and its North Fork, Copper, Monture and Morrell tributaries, as well as the Bitterroot River from Tucker Crossing downstream, have been under restrictions since July 29 to reduce the impact on drought-stressed fish. Now these “hoot owl” restrictions that prohibit fishing during the hottest hours of the day (2 p.m. until midnight) remain only on the following rivers and creeks in west-ce...

  • Missoula County Subdivision Regulations Public Hearing

    Aug 18, 2016

    MISSOULA - The Missoula Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to Missoula County Subdivision Regulations Chapter 8, entitled “Divisions of Land Exempt From Review Under MSPA (Montana Subdivision and Platting Act).” The Board of County Commissioners public hearing on revisions to Chapter 8 (Subdivision Exemptions) is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 in Room B-14 of the County Administration Building, 199 W. Pine Street, Missoula. The proposed changes may be obtained via the fol...

  • 4-H Archers and Shooters Take First Place

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    MISSOULA - Between the Seeley Lake Trailblazer and Potomac Valley 4-H Clubs 18 members took various shooting projects for the fair and came away with seven first-place awards. The shooters competed in the 2016 Western Montana Fair Exhibition Shoot before fair week. Their scores and placings were presented during the fair. Shooting included shotgun and air rifle with leader Dave Clark for Potomac hosting Tuesday practices in Missoula at the Trap and Skeet Club. The Seeley Lake club practiced at...

  • Richard III Coming to Seeley Lake

    Carol Evans, Director 2 Valleys Stage|Aug 18, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) will be in Seeley Lake Aug. 26. The 10-player company will present "Richard III" at 6 p.m. on the Double Arrow Grounds. "Richard III" is a particularly challenging play to stage but the MSIP players are seasoned professionals who do an amazing job of bringing the Bard's words to life. Executive artistic director Kevin Asselin said, "This is the first time in MSIP's 44-year history that we'll bring 'Richard III' to our stage." Even 400 years...

  • Julie Ann Hacker (Case) 1934 ~ 2016

    Aug 18, 2016

    POTOMAC - Julie Hacker died at home Friday, Aug. 12 after five years of suffering from a blood cancer, multiple myeloma. She was born April 24, 1934 at the Thornton Hospital in Missoula, Mont. to Arnold H. Case and Annabelle (Rehder) Case of Potomac, Mont. She was raised at her parents' cattle ranch 25 miles east of Missoula near Potomac. She attended grade school at what was then a one-room schoolhouse in Potomac through the seventh grade, attending Bonner school for the eighth grade. She gradu... Full story

  • Visitors Numbers Tallied for Seeley Lake

    Ron Cox|Aug 18, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The numbers have been tallied by Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center staff for people coming through the barn door in June and July. June Visitation We counted 317 (252 last year) visitors, accounting for about 1875 (2142) visitor-days. The overall average length of stay was about six days. About 40 percent of the travelers were just passing through or staying overnight. About 40 percent of the people were from Montana, the majority of which were locals or from Missoula. Washington and Minnesota each were about 10...

  • Too Many Minds

    Roger Andruss, Member Condon Community Church|Aug 18, 2016

    Recently I was watching the movie “The Last Samurai” starring Tom Cruise. In the movie, Cruise’s character finds himself among the Samurai, training in their ancient warfare practices. At one point he states, “I have never seen such discipline.” In the scene that follows, Cruise is shown training but is struggling to learn the ancient art. A young man runs out to him after he is knocked to the ground by his opponent, telling Cruise, “Too many minds!” Cruise is puzzled by this statement so the young man explains that he is thinking of t...

  • A Family Tradition Celebrated For 35 Years

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2016

    SWAN LAKE - The Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival, held Aug. 13, celebrated 35 years. The Swan Lake Chamber of Commerce and Community Club (SLCC&CC) sponsored the event, emphasizing family tradition. Nearly 50 canopies belonging to vendors and organizations dotted the day use area on the shores of Swan Lake. An array of items were for sale including furniture, works of art in various mediums, food, ice cream cones, face painting, jewelry, basketry and many others. Organizations such as the Swan...

  • Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

    Aug 18, 2016

    Seeley Lake Elementary announces the 2016-17 policy for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals for students whose schools participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture [National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program]. The complete policy is on file in the central office and may be reviewed by any interested party. Households who receive assistance from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR); or Temporary Assistance...

  • Placid Lake Regatta Results

    Aug 18, 2016

    On Saturday Aug. 6 the Annual Placid Lake Regatta & Canoe Race was held. Here are the results: Sailboat Race Small boats 1. Merna Terry small boat 1:16.37 2. Dan Masar windsurf 1:32.57 3. Roger Terry windsurf no time Big boats 1. Gordon Watson big boat 2:41.31 2. Greg Dalton big boat 2:42.53 3. Ben Brower 2:43.16 4. Jim Fulton 2:43.50 Catamaran 1. Sterling & Looney no time Human powered race 1. Kelsey Dalton & Patrick 24.35 2. Jon & Cora Dalton 24.42 3. Barb Jiggs & Mangus Coldiron 29.43 4....

  • Montana Community Foundation receives $1,000 from Thrivent Financial to help build stronger communities

    Aug 18, 2016

    MISSOULA – Montana Community Foundation (MCF) recently received $1,000 as part of a gift from Thrivent Financial. The funds will be used to support MCF's mission to create a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish. Western Montana Thrivent Financial representatives voted to gift $1,000, which was provided by the Northwest Thrivent Member Network. Thrivent Financial provides financial support and other resources for its members to come together to help their communities and c...

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