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Stage II Restrictions rescinded

MISSOULA – Widespread precipitation and cool temperatures have lessened the fire danger in the Missoula Area to the extent that fire managers are able to lift Stage II fire restrictions Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 12:01 a.m. Stage I restrictions were...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 30, 2018

New Resident Deputy Starts in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake's newest deputy Ryan Dunster took to the streets of Seeley Lake for the first time Sunday, Aug. 26. Dunster is looking forward to becoming a part of the community with his...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    August 30, 2018

Canyon Creek blaze leads to daring rescue by Lincoln-based packer

"I took off and rode up the main line trail and into the Lander's Fork trail. That's where I hit the [Canyon Creek] fire. It was roaring pretty good then," said Jerry Burns recalling Sept. 6, 1988....

 

Tragedy plays out at Double Arrow Lodge grounds

SEELEY LAKE – Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage introduced its 2018-19 performance season Aug. 23 with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' production of "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice."...

 

What is news in Seeley Lake ?

Last week’s article “Petition calls for change” brought up strong emotions for many in the community and created significant discussion. We appreciate all of the dialogue we have had with concerned and even angry members of the community ...

 

More charges needed

I read in the Aug. 16 Pathfinder about the 20-year-old man who was lost on Nine Mile Prairie Road. According to the article, he drove his motorcycle around the gate meant to keep him out and preceded up the road until he ran out of gas. Then he...

 

Pathfinder beholden to write the truth

To say that I am distressed to read the Pathfinder’s banner headline and article referring to the deceptive and inaccurate petition that is circulating in the community, would be an understatement. As a community resource the Pathfinder is...

 

Voices of input influence outcomes

When I arrived three and a half years ago to my dream job as the Seeley Lake District Ranger, I was privileged to step into a world of collaboration and partnership that has taken years to build. People interested in actively engaging in the work...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Enough taxes!

Your Missoula County property taxes just went up another 4.85 percent. The Commissioners quietly raised them last week with little debate or fanfare. That’s on the heels of a $138 million school bond issue two years ago and just before a new...

 

Rachel Feigley is terrific!

SEELEY LAKE - Most of you know that a petition has been circulated at a number of businesses that aims to have the Forest Service remove our current Ranger Rachel Feigley. Without mentioning her by name and in no specific terms, Rachel is being...

 

Open spaces = Montana

What draws more than 12 million guests to Montana each year? Why has Missoula County grown in population by almost 50 percent since 1990? Why has the outdoor recreation industry grown to be our state’s largest industry? Why is Missoula County so...

 
 By John Rice    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Real changes must be made at the top

Kudos to Curtis Friede and his petition to remove the current Ranger of the Seeley Lake Ranger District and hopefully any others in the National Forest Service responsible for recent decisions made by the United State Forest Service. However, anyone...

 

Doing the best the USFS can with limited resources

I feel it important to state that I support the US Forest Service (USFS) and specifically, the Seeley Lake Ranger District and its District Ranger. Briefly, my background: From 1975 to 1985 I was a wildland firefighter and conducted industrial fire...

 
 By Carol Evans    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Support the Ranger

This letter is in support of our District Ranger, Rachel Feigley. I understand that a petition has been circulated negating the works of Ms. Feigley. I would like to confirm her positive attitude and ongoing interaction in the community to promote th...

 

Open space for future generations

There is an open space bond issue for Missoula County voters on the November ballet. What does this mean? Voters have the opportunity to continue a fund that was established over a decade ago for the use of preserving open spaces for agricultural use...

 

Projections, Fears and Stories

You might remember from previous articles that psychological projection occurs when we experience another person, object or situation in a way that is influenced by our unconscious (hidden)...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 30, 2018

No sewage in the public drinking water in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - A recent statement that residents are drinking water contaminated with raw sewage made by the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board attorney Jon Beal has raised a few eyebrows in town. Seeley Lake Water District Manager Vince Chappell contes...

 

Pure Montana Tales presents "Walking Bear Comes Home"

SEELEY LAKE - Pure Montana Tales presents the film, “Walking Bear Comes Home: The Life and Work of Chuck Jonkel” Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. This film premiered at the 40th International Wildlife Film Festival...

 

Applicants sought to fill vacant Seeley Lake Community Council seat

SEELEY LAKE - Missoula County Commissioners are looking to fill Lee Boman’s position on the Seeley Lake Community Council. Boman resigned effective Sept. 30. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The SLCC is comprised of seven...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 30, 2018

Ice rink and staff changes dominate discussion

SEELEY LAKE – The discussion at the Seeley Lake Elementary School Board meeting focused on the proposed ice skating rink and staff changes at their Aug. 21 meeting. The Board will vote on whether to allow a temporary ice rink for this winter at...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 30, 2018

What's new at Ovando School?

OVANDO - Ovando School welcomed nine students this year for the start of school Aug. 27. While many things will remain the same as last year, there are a few changes that will shake things up. Supervising Teacher Leigh Ann Valiton will be teaching...

 

Missoula County Weed District landowner grant programs

Getting a start on managing the vegetation on your property can be challenging and expensive. Missoula County Weed District's Grant Programs were established to help guide landowners through the...

 
 By Bob Rich    News    August 30, 2018

A concerning new plant on our lakes

SWAN VALLEY - "This is where the water lily was last year," sighed Fish Biologist Beth Gardner, pointing to a small cove in Holland Lake's south shore. The water lily. Singular. Today, water lilies...

 

New Swan Lake District Ranger responds to attendees' questions

SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling was introduced at the Swan Valley Council monthly meeting Aug. 21. Dowling recently replaced newly retired Ranger Rich Kehr. He named ongoing projects in the Swan Valley...

 

Finding balance between liberty and security

There is a tension between liberty and security, between our freedom and our safety. Of course, we would all prefer, and choose if we could, to have both complete liberty and complete security. However, that is not the world we live in. For example,...

 

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