Articles from the August 29, 2019 edition


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  • Making educational experience better through relationships

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley School's new principal Ralph King loves the educational process and the opportunities it provides to students. He looks forward to bringing his experience and love of education to the Swan Valley School and building relationships – the foundational point of building a good school, a good team with the staff and good partnerships with families and the community. King grew up on a farm/ranch outside of Valier, Mont. Since junior high he has known he wanted to become a tea...

  • Goudzwaard's Army career short but meaningful

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019
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    SEELEY LAKE – Jim Goudzwaard was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. Though he only served a year-and-a-half, and things never went quite the way he expected, he packed a lot of sights and experiences into that short time. Prior to being drafted, Goudzwaard worked in a hospital, first as an orderly, then in the emergency room. It seemed logical then that after basic training he was sent to Ft. Sam Houston for medical training. He was assigned to the 32nd Surgical unit, one of the last Medical A...

  • Holland Lake fee discussion continues, maintenance update

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling gave updates on maintenance work completed on the District and led a discussion about the day use fee at Holland Lake at the Swan Valley Community Council meeting Aug. 19. Dowling said that maintenance on Holland Lake Road and Kraft Creek Road was completed July 25. The District shared costs and resources with Missoula County for the project. Council member Lacey McNutt asked how often this maintenance will take place or is it “one and done”? Dowling said there are lots of variables as to...

  • Take a hike: Glacier Lake - Mission Mountains Wilderness

    Skylar Rispens, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    At A Glance Length: Approximately 1.6 miles one way, 3.2 miles round trip Elevation gain: 425 feet Usage: The trail is primarily used by day hikers and backpackers. Note: There is no overnight camping at Glacier Lake. Services: The trailhead has a relatively large parking lot with a pit toilet. No drinking water is available at the trailhead. Hikers are able to bring their dogs on the trail. Directions: Travel along Montana Highway 83. Turn west onto Kraft Creek Road at mile marker 37 (just...

  • Sewer Board moving in the right direction

    Ross Miller, Missoula City-County Health Board - Missoula, Mont.|Aug 29, 2019

    Dear Mr. Goodover and Board Members - The Missoula City-County Health Board supports the resolution to require connection of all properties within the Seeley Lake Sewer District to the public sewer system as it becomes available. The Health Board is concerned about the nitrate levels in Seeley Lake’s groundwater and public sewer is a proven way to reduce the impact of septic system pollution in a community. However, in order to reap the benefit of public sewer, it is important that the number of connections be maximized. Recent water quality da...

  • Fantasy, reality and psychology

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Aug 29, 2019

    In previous articles, the difference between fantasy and reality was introduced but always from the perspective of specific psychological concerns. This article introduces the deeper psychological level that influences fantasies and reality. Clearly, we all live with a unique sense of reality. These realities originate in everyone's personal psychologies, their families of origin and early conditionings, their cultures, their peers, from social collective groups and media, and from archetypes....

  • Prescribed burns planned on Seeley Lake Ranger District

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burning and pile burning this fall to help restore habitat and better protect nearby communities from future wildfires by reducing hazardous fuels. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential to restore National Forest lands for the communities who depend on them. Prescribed fires improve habitat conditions for wildlife by promoting nutrient recycling of fire-adapted vegetation and growth of new forage for wildlife bro...

  • Lindy Ridge prescribed burn scheduled for Swan

    US Forest Service - Flathead National Forest|Aug 29, 2019

    SWAN LAKE - The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct a prescribed fire in and adjacent to the Mission Mountains Wilderness west of Lindbergh Lake along Lindy Ridge when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible in the Swan Valley along the Highway 83 corridor as far south as Seeley Lake and as far north as Swan Lake. The objective of the prescribed fire is to treat 1,104 acres in and adjacent to the Mission Mountains Wilderness to reduce crown fire potential,...

  • Board Budget and new hires approved

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School board approved the budget and made several new hires at their Aug. 19 and Aug. 23 meetings. Superintendent Daniel Schrock continues to look for opportunities to streamline processes and set SLE up for a great year. The school board unanimously adopted the 2019-2020 general budget of just over $1,431,181.06. District Clerk Heather Mincey said the mills went down this year lowering taxes for property owners. She also informed the board that there is about $23,000 uncollected District tax levy r...

  • Beaver colonies: A wonderful home for wildlife

    Torrey Ritter, Nongame Fish and Wildlife Biologist - MT FWP|Aug 29, 2019

    Immersing yourself in a beaver colony is something all outdoorsy people should experience. There are few habitats in Montana that more resemble a jungle than a good beaver colony. Explore one and you will find yourself in a maze of side channels and backwaters choked with thick vegetation and interspersed with open meadows, broad ponds and a seemingly endless variety of wildlife species. The abundance and diversity of wildlife is no coincidence; it results from the work of a "keystone species"...

  • Promoting the Seeley Lake experience through collaboration

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – After a year of owning the Tamaracks Resort on Seeley Lake, Jessica and Jeff Kimmel have expanded their business model by not only opening up their property to the public but also intentionally collaborating with other local businesses to offer more services on site. When the Kimmels purchased the resort in May of 2018, one of their goals was to offer more services. Along with hosting various events on the property they opened up the resort to the public offering various options t...

  • A new game in town

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – When students start school at Seeley Lake Elementary this year, there will be a new game in their classrooms. Thanks to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and Providence Hospital, SLE is one of more than 30 schools to receive a grant to implement the PAX Good Behavior Game. SLE kindergarten teacher Sheila Devins sees the program as an opportunity to provide continuity in the way SLE’s approaches teaching healthy emotional regulation and social skills and gives students the ability to navigate various soc...

  • Writing the West: The Way Forward

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Aug 29, 2019

    The third "In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival" will be held Sept. 13-15 in Seeley Lake and Missoula. The festival is presented by Alpine Artisans and Clearwater Montana Properties, and will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts and the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, plus tours of Maclean's Seeley Lake life and favorite fishing holes on the Blackfoot River. "This is Clearwater Montana Properties first festival as a presenting sponsor and we're so...

  • Brown announces run for Public Service Commission

    Webb Brown for Montana|Aug 29, 2019

    Webb Brown of Trout Creek announced his campaign for the District 4 seat of the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC). The seat is currently held by Bob Lake, who can not run again do to term limits. "I entered the race for Public Service Commission to give back to this great state," said Brown. "A fifth generation Montanan, I love Big Sky Country and the people here. I will be an advocate for consumers like myself to ensure that basic services like electric, gas, phone, water and garbage are...

  • George Alvah Chritton, III 1933-2019

    Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Born in Chicago, George was the only child of George A. and Dorothea (Goergens) Chritton. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College, having spent a year at Robert College in Istanbul and time at the University of Grenoble and then completed two years of graduate school at Princeton. George married Martha T. Gilman and they raised six children, living alternately around Washington and overseas. They divorced after almost 20 years. George served his country for almost 50...

  • Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Rich Nelson & Sharon Lopau

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – At the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program "Outfitters and Guides" in the Swan Valley, Pat Tabor told about his outfitting days. He almost got side-tracked on cook stories. Tabor said, "I could write a book just on cooks alone, because cooks are a very special breed of individuals." Rich Nelson, another of the program's speakers, told the cook's side of the story. The 88-year-old Nelson said he used to cook for General Warren Aken. As Nelson tells it, "...

  • Mormon Sam

    Dale Terrillion, Chrisitan Logger|Aug 29, 2019

    I heard recently, by way of the backwoods telegraph, that some LDS Church members wanted to get away from the name Mormon. Possibly they thought it left some stigma on the church out of their past. Name me one person besides Christ that wouldn’t like to forget something out of their past? Or perhaps they see some need for revival. The body of Christ, regardless of denomination, is in great need of revival. Jesus said to the church in Lacodicea who scholars say is the end times church, “you are lukewarm,” be earnest and repent! Anyway, enter...

  • Sharing an attitude of gratitude

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – An attitude of gratitude permeated this year's annual Loving Hearts Fashion Show Saturday, Aug. 24. Gratitude for the constant abundance of donations. Gratitude for the ability of Loving Hearts to fill needs for students at the schools, locals needing a hand up and visitors passing through the area. Thankfulness for the time and resources that volunteers provide to keep the store organized and running smoothly. And an appreciation to everyone for supporting Loving Hearts' m...

  • Community Briefs

    Aug 29, 2019

    Join in the fun at the Huckleberry Festival in Seeley Lake SEELEY LAKE – Michelle Brumfield and Dawn Butler are looking forward to hosting the first Huckleberry Festival in Seeley Lake Sept. 21 starting at 10:30 a.m. in The BBQ Pit and Fat Hippie parking lot on Highway 83. The event will include contests, games and music as an end of the summer celebration with the community. Everyone is invited to get involved with the free event. There will be a cooking contest for both men and women. Chefs are encouraged to make up their best recipe to e...

  • Choose priorities and vote for the best candidate in the primaries

    Janet Walters, Lakeside, Mont.|Aug 29, 2019

    Primary election season is upon us. It’s our responsibility to thoughtfully select candidates for our respective parties. Republican candidates for the governor’s seat present unique qualifications, temperaments and records. All have served in government positions. Each have held private sector roles. Two of the candidates Al Olszewski and Tim Fox are lifelong Montanans. Only Olszewski is a military veteran. In April 2019, Fox joined with David Yost, Ohio AG in filing an Amicus Brief supporting the preservation of Obamacare. While Fox’s motiv...

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