Articles from the September 9, 2021 edition

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  • Preserving the lookout experience for years to come

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Standing on top of a mountain in a lookout 20 feet in the air can be an experience of a lifetime. However, those that have stayed in one overnight had the opportunity to relive what it was like to be a lookout, watch the sun set around them and make memories they can hold onto forever. This unique opportunity to rent the Double Arrow Lookout west of Seeley Lake nearly became another point in history after it was determined that the lookout had deteriorated to the point where it e...

  • John Maclean draws record crowd

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The rows of chairs set up in the Double Arrow Homestead Pavilion quickly filled with people. An overflow crowd clustered around the sides of the pavilion in chairs they brought from home. Another group set their home-brought chairs in the shade of a line of trees. They had no real hope of seeing the guest author but trusted the large loudspeakers would at least carry his words to them. Who was the man able to draw this crowd of more than 180 people? On Sept. 5, under the a...

  • Helmville Rodeo Sept. 5 - Sept. 6

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    The Helmville Rodeo Club hosted their annual Labor Day Rodeo Sunday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 6 at the Helmville Rodeo Grounds....

  • National worker shortage hits home

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY - Signs that read "Please be patient - We are short staffed," "Now hiring" and "Closed due to short staff" have become common for customers to see when entering local businesses this summer. The fluctuating spread of COVID-19 has upended countless aspects of daily life, especially in the business world. Over the season, employers around the U.S. experienced a widespread workforce shortage resulting in delayed material shipments, restricted operating hours and longer wait times....

  • Take a harder look, the public is watching

    Steve Wallace, Missoula, Montana|Sep 9, 2021

    After reading the recent article in the Aug. 26 edition about the Forest Service withdrawing their project in the Scapegoat Wilderness, I couldn’t restrain myself any longer. The Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks appear to be laboring under the perception that somehow, nobody is paying any attention. It appears that a number of well-heeled environmental groups are watching. There’s a surprise. All you have to say is we are going to land helicopters, run motorboats around and use generators to poison three lakes and 67 miles of...

  • Realtor commissions raise housing costs and promote government growth

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Sep 9, 2021

    Realtor Kevin Wetherell has noted home prices in the Seeley area have jumped by an average price of $399,000. So much for affordable housing in Seeley Lake. What he does not mention, discuss or analyze is the impact realtors’ sales commissions have on housing prices. I would submit realtors’ commissions have a direct effect on the increased cost of housing AND the growth of local government. Here’s how: The realtors commission becomes part of the sales price of a home. That 4-6% increase in cost translates as a direct increase on an...

  • We, the people

    Senator Shannon O'Brien - D|Sep 9, 2021

    I often think of September, and not January, as the new year in our calendar. Kids are with new teachers, summer vacations are over and we're all settling back into a routine of sorts. It's a time to reflect on the last year and look ahead to the upcoming year. I've been thinking about the concept of "We the people..." and the opportunities we have to work together to solve problems. I always want to under-promise and over-deliver, but I will say, as your senator, representing our district in...

  • The pursuit of joy

    Ryan Dailey, Assistant Director at Camp Utmost|Sep 9, 2021

    The world around us is obsessed with the pursuit of happiness. But what if I told you I had no interest in the pursuit of happiness but am instead more interested in the pursuit of joy? Let me explain. Happiness is a fleeting momentary circumstantial emotion whereas joy is a more permanent state of being. When we receive good news we may be happy, but this happiness can be quickly dashed by bad news. Because joy is a permanent state of being, I and many others choose to find joy in Christ. This...

  • Restaurant receives new bear resistant fence

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - A new bear-resistant structure was recently erected near The Filling Station in order to prevent bears from scavenging through their dumpster. The materials were funded as part of a $15,000 grant from the Missoula Resource Advisory Committee. Other portions of the funding went towards an electric fence at The Ice Cream Place. It was completed earlier in the summer. Blackfoot Challenge Volunteer Vance Russell was contracted to do the labor. He began Tuesday, Aug. 24. First, he insta...

  • Seeley Lake Council resumes virtually Sept. 13

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council is resuming its monthly meetings the second Monday of the month. The September meeting will be held via Zoom starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13. The agenda includes presentations regarding affordable housing with Homeword Inc., an update on the plans from the Seeley Lake Sewer District, and information on the activities and plans for the fall on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting. Feel free to bring to the Council any other matters that are important to...

  • 2021 big game hunting forecast for Region 2

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Sep 9, 2021

    HELENA – Montana has some of the longest hunting seasons in the West, healthy herds of game and access to millions of acres of public land. However, hunters must be mindful of fire danger and of private landowners who are facing grass shortages, poor crop production and fatigue from monitoring for fire. Hunter harvest helps to reduce wildlife densities on a stressed landscape and perhaps to help lessen winter depredation on haystacks or winter range. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting a...

  • Superintendent Arntzen attends SLE's first day of class

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen visited Seeley Lake Elementary school to encourage students and staff on their first day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 1. Although Superintendent Arntzen has driven though Seeley Lake many times, she has never stopped at SLE. She visited the fifth grade classroom and stopped in the lunchroom where the cooks were preparing lunch. "Superintendent Gibbs was very welcoming as well as fifth grade teacher Jona Bartlett. As a t...

  • Dual principal and music position offers unique opportunity

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – After building the music program at Huntley Project Schools from a handful of students to three choirs and two bands in junior high through high school, Aaron Morgenstern left teaching and went into business management. As the new Swan Valley School principal and music teacher, he looks forward to combining his love of working with children and experience teaching music with his ability to manage people through building relationships and working towards a common goal. He looks f...

  • Memories of 9/11 at the World Trade Center - 20 years later

    Tom Browder, Seeley Lake resident|Sep 9, 2021

    This Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 will be the 20th anniversary of an event that has totally changed our lives and how we look at the world. On that morning back in 2001, I walked through the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City as I went to my office in Lower Manhattan. Memories from that day are as clear to me today as the skies were on that fine fall day. As I walked past the bottom of the North Tower just before 9 a.m., I heard a dull boom directly overhead. My immediate thought was how odd... Full story

  • Miller recalls bridges linking old roads

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    The fourth in the series covering the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). CONDON – For his part in the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society's Roads and Trails program, Gene Miller talked about the earliest bridges in the area. Miller moved with his family to the Upper Swan Valley region in the late 1930s. According to Miller, "When you came from Swan Lake there were only two bridges - one across Cold Creek and one across Lion Creek. T...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Sep 9, 2021

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Sept. 11, 1986 issue Quick Response Unit If you were in Seeley Lake very much this past week, you are aware of some of... Full story

  • Building teamwork, promoting positivity, striving for success

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – With her focus on team cohesion, communication and her competitive spirit, the Lady Blackhawks new head volleyball coach Pattie Crum looks forward to a great season. She feels the 17 girls out for the team this year have the athletic ability and motivation to make it to the State tournament, something that hasn't been done in nearly 25 years. Crum was a middle hitter on her high school volleyball team. While she has never coached volleyball, when approached by SSHS Athletic Directo...

  • Blackhawks dominate Horsemen

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Blackhawks hosted the Plains Horsemen Sept. 3 for their first home game of the season. The Horsemen kicked off the game with an onside kick. Their attempt to recover the ball failed and the Blackhawks' offense took over at midfield. A play later, Owen Hoag was in for the touchdown putting the Blackhawks up six. The Blackhawks' defenders had the ball back after a deep kickoff and a bobbled snap by the Horsemen led to a safety, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The o...

  • Lady Blackhawks defeat Eagles and Lynx

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks took down two district opponents last week extending their record to 3-0. The Lady Blackhawks hosted the Valley Christian Eagles Sept. 2 and made quick work of them, winning in three sets, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-16. Sariah Maughan led the Lady Blackhawks with 15 kills while Ava Thornsberry had 17 assists and 11 digs. Trista Wendel served up 4 aces and Cora Stone and Maughan each had a block. The Lady Blackhawks had a solid win over the Lincoln Lynx on...

  • Blackhawks shave time, set new PRs

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    MISSOULA – The Blackhawks Cross Country team took to the course in Missoula at the Coach’s Invite at the Westside Little League Fields Sept. 2. The Blackhawks did well with two of the three setting new personal records. The heats were organized by grade. Senior Hunter Coyle posted the fast time for the Blackhawks finishing in 22:54.34 placing 34 for the seniors. He shaved off nearly two and half minutes from his first race of the season in Deer Lodge. Sophomore Conner Chadwick placed 25th in the sophomore heat running a 23:18.21. This was nea...

  • Community Briefs

    Sep 9, 2021

    Set a new course with Adventure Club, starting Sept. 15 SEELEY LAKE - Starting Wednesday, Sept. 15 the Seeley Lake Baptist Church will be hosting a weekly Adventure Club from 3:15 – 5 p.m. for students ages three through sixth grade. Pastor Jim Johnson looks forward to starting this Biblically-oriented, high-energy, fun program to help children and their families grow together in their faith. Adventure Club offers lessons and games that are age-appropriate for three different age groups: Trackers Ages Three – Five; Scouts Grades First – Third...

  • Fire Danger Raised to HIGH in Missoula Area - Outdoor Burning Closed

    Missoula County Fire Protection Association|Sep 9, 2021

    Due to a rebound in higher temperatures and drying vegetation, Missoula County fire protection agencies are raising the Missoula area fire danger rating to High effective immediately. In high fire danger, dry grasses and needles ignite easily and fires can spread rapidly and may be difficult to control. Due to this elevated fire risk in conjunction with air quality concerns, fall outdoor burning has also been closed. “While the rain last month helped slow our local fire behavior, wildfires are still actively burning in other states and s... Full story