Articles from the September 10, 2020 edition

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  • Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act and Economic Report draws criticism

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – This past August the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project released an economic report highlighting how public lands and water sustain the economy of the Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys and nearby communities. There has also been a recent ad campaign launched by the Montana Wilderness Association and Mountain Mamas calling on Senator Steve Daines, R – Montana, to give the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While Daines is being pressured to support the...

  • What does online community look like today?

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    Beginning note: In the age of online information and fast paced technology, understanding how today's people communicate seems daunting. The Pathfinder talked to professors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and community members to better understand what being a part of social media means and how one can be a better consumer of this media. This four part series is divided into the origins and basics of social media, crime and misinformation online, identity and connections through...

  • Alpine Artisans enduring amid COVID-19

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Like so many other groups in 2020, Alpine Artisans (AAI) has found ways to function in the "new normal." AAI Program Manager Jenny Rohrer confirmed that the annual Tour of the Arts will take place as usual on the second weekend of October. AAI's 2 Valleys Stage (2VS) Director Samantha Arroyo said though the concert season will be an abbreviated one, the Stage will bring outstanding performers in December and again in April. Rohrer said, "We're excited because in spite of the c... Full story

  • Helmville Rodeo returns for 56th Annual Labor Day

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    Helmville Rodeo Club welcomed local and professional Northern Rodeo Association cowboys and cowgirls to their 56th annual Helmville Labor Day Rodeo. The event ran Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 and was the final Northern Rodeo Association rodeo of the year....

  • Can't afford another Democrat in the Senate

    Jim Quinn, Condon, Montana|Sep 10, 2020

    The crime and rioting in the Democratic controlled cities is wide spread. In many cases the publicly elected officials are supporting this destruction. Many business owners are seeing their life’s work destroyed in one night. The mayors in these cities are trying to defund the police protection. If the police are removed, who will protect the law-abiding citizens from the criminals? Self defense is a fundamental human right. Montanans have a heritage of being strong supporters of the Second Amendment. A large majority of the households, in o...

  • Consolidation an answer to high cost government

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Sep 10, 2020

    It is time to fully examine the idea of combining Missoula with the county to streamline our governments. Communities such as Butte - Silverbow have done this successfully and dramatically reduced government costs by increasing efficiency. There is only one incorporated town in Missoula County, the City of Missoula. How hard would it be to re-constitute our local governments? Conduct a poll and ask the residents and I’ll bet they will agree - combined fire, water, sewer, road, police and school systems would eliminate a ton of expensive duplica...

  • Gracious folks

    Dale Terrillion|Sep 10, 2020

    Many moons have passed since I took a group on a fishing trip to Lena Lake in the Bob. It consisted of myself, daughter Tracey and two gals from back east, who came recommended by a man I once guided on an elk hunt. Pastor Hodges too, and his cousin, a dentist from Portland, Oregon. That was back before the criminals took over the city. We hired Virgil Burns to pack everything and was furnished horses for the group. Me and Tracey had our own mounts. Arriving at Virg's outfit early there was...

  • Bringing the community together for the Mike Haley Memorial Golf Tournament

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – What better way to practice social distancing while supporting a great cause than to spend Sept. 19 on the Double Arrow Golf Course for the Mike Haley Memorial Golf Tournament. Mike’s son Jacob organized the tournament to honor his father and all proceeds will support Seeley-Swan Blackhawks Athletics. The deadline to register is Sept. 14. Jacob was an athlete throughout his career at Seeley-Swan High School. He played football, basketball, track and golf. He was part of the SSHS Golf Team that won the State C Golf Cha...

  • New SLE superintendent and skate park proposal at next council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The next meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be on Monday, Sept. 14 via Zoom. Instructions for sign-on are at the end of this release. The first speaker will be Jennie Dixon, planner with the Missoula County Community and Planning Services. She will talk about a zoning code update that applies to the “urban fringe,” but not to Seeley Lake. She will be followed by Walker McDonald, a senior at the High School who is spearheading a project to build a skate park in Seeley Lake, similar to the one in Lincoln. For det...

  • Meet the Blackfoot's Range Riders

    Sara Schmidt, Blackfoot Challenge Communications Director|Sep 10, 2020

    It's summertime in the Blackfoot, and that means the Blackfoot Challenge's team of range riders are back in the saddle. Every summer when cows are put out to graze their summer pastures farther away from the ranch headquarters, our range riders go with them. By actively monitoring wolf and grizzly bear activity in proximity to grazing livestock, range riders hope to decrease the potential for conflict and livestock loss. While the increase in human presence near livestock deters wolves and...

  • Adventure Club sets a new course for students starting Sept. 16

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Starting Wednesday, Sept. 16 the Seeley Lake Baptist Church will be hosting a weekly Adventure Club from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for students ages three through sixth grade. Pastor Jim Johnson looks forward to starting this Biblically-oriented, high-energy program providing not only a fun program to help children and their families grow together in their faith but also assist parents with child care Wednesdays after school. There was no children’s ministry at the Baptist Church when Pastor Jim arrived last October. “It was just somethi...

  • The boundless love and goodness of God

    Pastor Jim Johnson, Pastor, Seeley Lake Baptist Church|Sep 10, 2020

    Have you ever found yourself wide awake in the middle of the night with thoughts that just seem to tumble around in your head? I found myself in that situation about 3 a.m. one morning a few weeks ago. My mind seemed to be taking inventory of the events of the past year. The past year's challenges occupied most of my thoughts. The transition from a full-time student in Los Angeles California to a full-time pastor in Seeley Lake, Montana. The change in location was a blessing to me but becoming...

  • SSHS recognizes seniors at start of the season

    Pathfinder Staff|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior Lady Blackhawk athletes and manager along with their families and friends at their home game Saturday, Sept. 5. Senior football athletes were recognized Friday, Sept. 4 and will appear next week....

  • PHC clinical staff member tests positive for COVID-19

    Partnership Health Center|Sep 10, 2020

    MISSOULA – Partnership Health Center learned Sept. 3 that a member of their clinical staff tested positive for COVID-19. PHC Communication Director Eric Halverson confirmed that this does not affect the staff at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. PHC is working closely with the Missoula City-County Health Department to identify close contacts as they rigorously adhere to all required quarantine and isolation protocols. The Health Department will individually and privately notify any patient determined to be a close contact; patients should not c... Full story

  • Returning to the classroom with a new perspective

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Ever since learning about heredity in her sixth-grade science class with Sharon Teague at Seeley Lake Elementary, Shelby Holmes loved science. As she continued onto junior high with teacher Patti Bartlett and the "super engaging curriculum" including monitoring water quality in Morrell Creek "I was hooked. Tonya [Smith] just continued that love for it." Holmes, a 2014 Seeley-Swan High School graduate, returned this year as the new SSHS science teacher. Holmes said being a f...

  • Blackhawks defend home field from Pirates

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Blackhawks kicked off to the Victor Pirates Sept. 4 for their opening game of the season. The Pirates' opening drive came to an abrupt end after just a couple plays with a fumble that was recovered by the Blackhawks' Hunter Carpenter. The Blackhawks' offense took over on the 20-yard line. After two unsuccessful runs up the middle, Blackhawks Quarterback Sawyer Shelmerdine went to the air. He sent a lateral pass to Owen Hoag who, with help from Ben Haley blocking, was able to ta...

  • Lady Blackhawks take down Eagles and Lynx

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks improved their record to 2-1 with a pair of wins last week against the Valley Christian Eagles and the Lincoln Lynx. The Lady Blackhawks traveled to Missoula to take on the Eagles Sept. 3 and defeated them in four sets: 25-23, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-23. The match was a first for the Lady Blackhawks playing without their fans attending due to COVID-19 restrictions. At their home games the number of fans has been limited but not eliminated. Senior A...

  • Norton saves the larch

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the Big Blackfoot Timber Sale of 1907-1910. Historian and member of the Camp Paxson Preservation Board Gary Williams has been researching that sale. The Seeley Swan Pathfinder will be bringing some of the interesting bits of information he has discovered about logging in the Seeley Lake area and also...

  • FNF plans for fall prescribed burn projects

    Flathead National Forest|Sep 10, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct fall prescribed fire projects on the Swan Lake, Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger, Tally Lake and Spotted Bear Ranger Districts when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead Valley depending on the location of the burn units and weather conditions. Each project follows a Prescribed Fire Burn Plan. The prescribed fire projects are located and designed to be controlled to reduce the potential for adverse...

  • BLM completes Upper Belmont acquisition adding 1,120 acres

    Missoula Field Office - Bureau of Land Management|Sep 10, 2020

    MISSOULA – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) acquisition of 1,120 acres in the Lower Blackfoot River drainage secures permanent public access to the land. Using $868,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the transaction finalizes a series of recent acquisitions which help stitch together what had been a patchwork of interspersed public and private land. “Expanding access to our public lands is an upmost priority of the Trump Administration and the Bureau of Land Management,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William...

  • Community Briefs

    Sep 10, 2020

    MBF Kids Club resumes Mondays starting Sept. 21 SEELEY LAKE - MBF Kids Club will be starting on Monday, Sept. 21. The group meets every Monday from 3-5 p.m. at Mission Bible Fellowship. Activities include games, snacks, crafts, Bible lessons and music. The group is free to attend. MBF Kids Club is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade at Seeley Lake Elementary school, homeschoolers and to students who are doing online learning. To sign up, get a permission slip from Suzie in the SLE office or contact Erika at 406-499-2903....

  • Addressing homeless issue in Missoula would benefit taxpayers

    Alan Ault, Missoula County Commissioner Candidate - Missoula, Montana|Sep 10, 2020

    Having kept a close eye on the homeless issue in Missoula County, especially the illegal encampment West of the Reserve Street bridge, I am astounded at the recent halt to the removal of the individuals destroying this area. Most astonishing is the threat by the County Health Department to fine those in control of the property and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) for the trash being spread by the transients illegally squatting on the land. The reason I find the threat of suing the MDT so absolutely absurd, is that the County is...

  • Two perish in airplane crash near Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue and local law enforcement assisted Powell County Saturday, Sept. 12 after a 1966 Cessna 172 was reported downed north of the Seeley Lake Airport. Pilot Charles Wolff, 67 of Green Valley, Arizona and part-time Seeley Lake resident, and Seeley Lake resident Wayne Cahoon, 59, died in the crash. The Seeley Lake Fire Department transported the other passenger to Missoula via ambulance with severe injuries since Life Flight was unable to fly. The patient w... Full story