Articles from the September 22, 2016 edition


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  • Grizzly Killed – Public Reminded to Secure Attractants

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016
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    SWAN VALLEY - Labor Day weekend a 550-pound, black colored, male grizzly bear was hit and killed near mile marker 40 on Highway 83 N. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Game Warden Bill Koppen warns the community that bears are hungry and looking for an easy meal. Securing attractants is essential to keep people safe and bears alive. The grizzly has been in the Seeley-Swan area for the past 12 years. It had been captured on several occasions and wore a radio collar for many years. Koppen...

  • Fatal Crash Claims Life of Congressional Libertarian Candidate

    Sep 22, 2016

    POTOMAC - At approximately 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, Michael C. Fellows, age 59 of Missoula, Mont., was involved in a head on collision at mile marker 16.5 on Highway 200. Fellows died at the scene. The person in the other involved vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The initial investigation suggests that Fellows was traveling west on Highway 200, returning from a campaign function held in Seeley Lake when the crash occurred. The Montana Highway Patrol is conducting the crash investigation while the sheriff’s office c...

  • Drivers Asked to Respect Private Property on South Canyon

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016
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    SEELEY LAKE – When Blaze Vandine purchased land on upper South Canyon Drive 16 years ago he thought he was going to be living on a private road. However since lower South Canyon Drive is not maintained, the upper road is being used as a thru road to access Double Arrow. While not all his neighbors agree that the road should be considered a private road, Vandine asks the public to respect his property and use the lower road. Vandine's deed of sale reads, "The purchaser and/or owner of the lot o...

  • The Mystery of the Flamingos

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Bob Deal's lawn in Poverty Flats south of Seeley Lake on Montana Highway 83 has become the hot spot for flamingos in the past couple of years. What started out as a gift of two plastic flamingos has grown to a flock of 19 various colored flamingos and two that flew the coop. Deal's sole purpose for maintaining his flock is for fun. When Deal was young, he enjoyed the lawn jockeys that used to adorn people's yards. Following the lawn jockeys, garden gnomes grew in popularity. D...

  • Please Pause for Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Sep 22, 2016

    So all you wonderful people out there who help us so much by bringing baked goods, here we go again on Oct. 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Cory’s Valley Market. The Ed Jackson Fund is running low as we have helped many people with their dogs and cats. And Paws Up of Potomac can always use funds because there is two feedings a day. Oct. 22 is opening day of hunting and Halloween is coming so a few little packages would work for a few. Brenda, you have your assignment as does Lynn F. We hope for some new people to help us. For the men, if you d...

  • Voters Deserve a Good Debate

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    With the election season kicking into high gear I am sure everyone is waiting to see which candidates the Pathfinder's editors will endorse and what sides we will take on ballot issues. If that's you, I am sorry to inform you, it won't happen. We feel it's important for the Pathfinder to remain neutral and as unbiased as we can in our reporting. That would be impossible if we start taking sides. If you feel that we ever are, certainly call us out on it. I am sure in the coming weeks we will be p...

  • Rural Montana Deserves a Winner – Vote Marx

    Jenny Rohrer, Swan Valley, Mont.|Sep 22, 2016

    I am writing on behalf of rural Montana voters in the sparsely populated, rural House District 92 which runs from East Missoula to Condon. We are eager to have to have a strong voice in Montana’s state house. We deserve the best candidate with the experience, knowledge and heart that can take our concerns to Helena. That candidate, hands down, is Addrien Marx. Addrien Marx knows what rural Montana deserves. She recognizes the importance of jobs with good pay in our small communities. As a small business owner in Seeley Lake for three d...

  • Get Something Done - Get Addrien Marx  

    John N. Maclean, Author, journalist and fisherman Washington, D.C.|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Our small community of Seeley Lake brings together many big interests: the timber industry, recreationists and cabin owners, the Forest Service, real estate and other businesses. I’ve known Addrien Marx as a friend and owner of the landmark Rovero’s gas, hardware and sundry store for many years. We’ve worked together on projects—mostly her work—to support the community, the local economy, the fire department, our forests and trails and our historical heritage. I’m a third-generation cabin owner on Seeley Lake but I live most o...

  • Council To Hold Second Candidates Forum Next Thursday

    Submitted by the Seeley Lake Community Council|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Another array of candidates for the November election will present themselves at the second Candidates Forum, hosted by the Seeley Lake Community Council Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Community Hall. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the first half hour will be devoted to pizza, soda and milling-about; the formal part will begin at 6 p.m. The forum will include the following candidates: • State Auditor: Jesse Laslovich (D) and Matt Rosendale (R) • Superintendent of Public Education: Elsie Arntzen (R) • Public Service Commissioner: Gail Gutsc...

  • Golf Tournament to Benefit Wild Skies Raptor Center

    Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - A 9-hole scramble golf tournament will take place at the Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley Lake Friday, Sept. 30. Registration for this tournament will take place at 3:30 p.m. with a 4 p.m. shotgun start. Jessica Monaghan, a Big Sky High School senior and daughter of Seeley Lake business owner Tom Monaghan, is organizing this tournament. The tournament will benefit the Wild Skies Raptor Center located in Potomac, Mont. It will also serve as her Senior Project. “I’ve been volunteering at Wild Skies Raptor Center this past couple o...

  • Decision Notice Released for Cold Jim Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project

    Sep 22, 2016

    BIGFORK – The Swan Lake Ranger District, Flathead National Forest (FNF), has released the Decision Notice and finding of no significant impact for the Cold Jim Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project. The Cold Jim Project is located approximately three miles northwest of the community of Condon. The project area is in the Cold and Jim Creek watersheds within the Flathead National Forest in Lake and Missoula Counties. The Decision Notice identifies Alternative C as the selected alternative. Under the selected alternative, approximately 740 a...

  • Hwy 200 Storage Units Broken Into

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    GREENOUGH – The storage units located beside Montana Highway 200 east of the Clear Water Alliance Church were broken into within the last week. Other storage units in Seeley Lake and Condon have been broken into within the past couple of months. Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Sunderland said that multiple units were broken into between Sunday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 15. No information has been released about what was stolen. “If anyone saw any vehicles there or anything strange in the last week give us a call,” said Sunderl...

  • A 1905 Horseback Ride to the Top of the Kootenai Mountains

    Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Sep 22, 2016

    Margaret MacDonald visited her Aunt Isabelle and Uncle Dr. Robert Gordon in August 1905 at the Gordon Ranch. In a letter to her mother, Margaret eloquently described a horseback ride to a mountain pass Margaret refers to as Gordon Pass in the Kootenai Mountains, present-day Holland Pass in the Swan Mountains. The current trail, USFS trail # 42, ascends the face of the Swan Range above Holland Lake; the approximate route Margaret and her companions followed in 1905 leading to Sapphire Lakes, just over the pass. The current trail is a steep...

  • Board Accepts LOR Foundation's Help

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board voted to accept assistance putting out an informational packet at its Sept. 15 regular meeting. A county health department representative also presented on the Seeley Lake Special Management Area and how the county currently handles septic permits in town. The LOR Foundation offered assistance in putting out an informational packet. LOR would pay for a public relations company to collect and assemble the information presenting the facts on the proposed...

  • PIECES Framework – Thinking Beyond the Limits

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Many who drove by Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) early this summer read "The PIECES Framework is taking over the world" on the reader board. While the framework has yet to take over the education world, the influence that it has had in the past year has set the waves in motion for tangible impacts locally and for other rural schools across the country. In October 2015, Special Education Director Julie Haines and Behavior Support Coordinator Angela Harris were challenged by Superinten...

  • Draft Plan Economic Development Revised

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee (SVRPC) began discussion of the economic climate in the Swan Valley at their Sept. 14 meeting. Editing of the second element of the draft plan, Economic Development, was begun. Topics addressed during the meeting were 2.1 Economic Activity in the Swan Valley and 2.2 Barriers to Economic Development. Resident Marcia Tapp said, “We [the valley] need some stimulation to our economy. The tax base is shrinking and those who live here can’t afford the taxes. We need some viable businesses and...

  • Technology

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Holy Cross, Seeley Lake & Faith, Condon Lutheran Churches|Sep 22, 2016

    Technology - 1. the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science and pure science. 2. the application of this knowledge for practical ends. 3. the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature. 4. a scientific or industrial process, invention, method or the like. 5. the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their...

  • Lynch Brings Variety of Experience to Second Grade

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Second grade teacher Erin Lynch is new to Seeley Lake, but not to Montana or to teaching. Lynch grew up in Havre, Mont., got her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Science Education at Montana State University in Bozeman. She has taught in Bozeman, Billings and most recently in Livingston. Her teaching career began in a two-room schoolhouse. She has also taught in a traditional one-grade classroom and math and science in a middle school setting. Addi...

  • Finding Purpose Through Affecting the Next Generation

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE & POTOMAC - Foster Grandparents and RSVP Tutors have the opportunity to share their gifts and talents and positively influence the education for local students. The Foster Grandparent Program has been in Missoula County for 30 years. Through the Senior Corps Program with Missoula Aging Services, foster grandparents have worked with students since 2003 at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE), since 2013 at Potomac School and since 2005 at Swan Valley School. The Foster Grandparent Program...

  • Eagles Soar Over Broncos

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles girls volleyball team hit the court running this fall with only three practices before their first game. In their first home game against Frenchtown Sept. 16, both the A and B teams swept the Broncos. "We've had to get it together very quickly," said Head Coach Angela Harris. "It's been okay because it's a new season." Volleyball joined the Copper League this year and are meeting new teams on the court that they have never played before. Also, s...

  • Lady Blackhawks Take Two of Three Matches

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks faced three opponents last week. They started on the road against the Lincoln Lynx before hosting the Victor Pirates and the Drummond Trojans. The Lady Blackhawks won the first two matches before falling to Drummond giving them a 3-1 in conference and 3-3 overall record. Versus Lincoln The Lady Blackhawks headed to Lincoln Sept. 15 for a quick three game victory over the Lynx. The Ladies won each of the three games with good margin, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-13. Andi Bo...

  • Blackhawks Take First for C Schools at Ronan, Sixth Overall

    Zelda Haines, SSHS Head Cross Country Coach|Sep 22, 2016

    RONAN - The Seeley-Swan High School boys Cross Country team did well at their meet in Ronan, Mont. Thursday, Sept. 15. This meet marked the first time that we have had six boy runners compete on the team. It takes five runners to be considered a team when competing against AA, A and B schools. The top five SSHS boy finishers ran in a group, separating out in the last mile. The boys beat Darby, Arlee, Charlo and Granite and placed sixth against the larger schools. The team is hopeful it will...

  • Pioneers Setting Up for Season

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Sep 22, 2016

    POTOMAC - Potomac School sports season opened with Pioneers Volleyball. The volleyball team is made up of 13 fifth through eighth grade girls with the fifth and sixth making the B team and the seventh and eighth making the A team. Their first home match was Sept. 14 against the DeSmet Padres. DeSmet defeated Potomac in the first match of the season for both teams. Coach Kristy Pohlman has set goals for the season that stem from teaching the girls the fundamentals of volleyball. "I believe even...

  • Community Briefs

    Sep 22, 2016

    Celebration of Life for Carol Joyce Boyd, Sept. 22 GREENOUGH - Carol Joyce Boyd, 83 passed away Monday, Sept. 19 in Missoula. Services to celebrate her life will be held at Clear Water Alliance Church Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the family cemetery with a reception to follow. The service address is 45226 Hwy 200, Greenough. Join Montana Mountain Mushers for Canine Fun Days Sept 24 & 25 SEELEY LAKE - All beginning or experienced mushers, runners, bike enthusiasts and scooter lovers are invited to Canine Fun Days Sept. 24...

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