Articles from the September 30, 2021 edition

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  • Local trappers weigh in on new wolf regulations

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    Sitting around the shop table, local trappers Bob Sheppard and Rob Henrekin discussed the expanded wolf hunting and trapping regulations approved by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission this past August. Changes implemented include raising the statewide quota to 450 wolves before review, increasing and removing regional quotas and doubling the total wolves allowed per hunter/trapper from five to 10. The Commission also extending the wolf trapping season and legalized neck snares, baiting...

  • Fire Department shares improvements with community

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Department opened up the Fire Hall and offered a barbecue to the community Saturday, Sept. 25. Community members had the chance to check out and learn about all the new equipment the department has acquired over the past few years and the children enjoyed checking out the ambulance and fire engines. "It was a success," said EMS Lieutenant Rita Rossi. "People enjoyed the food, the community and learning what we have." "It was a great opportunity to have the p...

  • Celebrating the first decade of Seeley-Swan High School grads

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Hall was filled with laughter, hugs and smiles as around 50 graduates from Seeley-Swan High School classes 1965-1975 shared memories, stories and reconnected. While there were plenty of games and other activities, conversation in small groups of friends dominated the afternoon. There was also a memorial where graduates could honor other graduates that have passed. A handful of the graduates still live in the Seeley-Swan while others traveled from around t...

  • Respect people's choice, provide other options

    Teresa Friede, Seeley Lake, Montana|Sep 30, 2021

    It is long past time to stop shaming/bullying people who have chosen not to get vaccinated. Everyone knows COVID-19 is serious but people have valid reasons why they won’t or CAN’T get vaccinated. People have had bad reactions, been hospitalized and even died after receiving the vaccine. Yes the vaccine has saved lives but it is not for everyone and is not safe for everyone. We need to respect people’s choices even if we don’t agree with them. One size doesn’t fit all where COVID-19 is concerned, but the vaccine seems to be the only thing the...

  • Children, mimicking and adults

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Sep 30, 2021

    When young children play together, they often begin to assume the behaviors and dress styles of their peers. They tell their parents how they want to dress and are adamant about what is acceptable as "in" and what is considered "out." In school, being a member of an "in" clique is critical. Being an outcast is devastating for anyone outside the clique. Being inside, usually means members talk, think, dress, behave and assume attitudes that are similar to each other. They mimic each other....

  • Jesus is Lord

    Rev. Carrie Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Sep 30, 2021

    9 “Therefore, let all Israel know beyond question that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 When the crowd heard this, they were deeply troubled. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” (Acts 2:36-37) While the global pandemic of COVID-19 has revealed the brokenness of so much of our society, one very ugly bit has emerged in my world: blatant Christian nationalism. I saw it in stars-and-stripes banners claiming Jesus as Lord, held by angry violent people storming the Capital...

  • "Why do we live here, what's your story?" inaugural event Oct. 13

    Tom Beers, Event Organizer|Sep 30, 2021

    A small group of folks in the valley, not connected with any particular group or organization, are starting an effort to enable each of us to better understand and appreciate an inclusive sense of our community of Seeley Lake and the Clearwater Valley. We care deeply about our community, both the people and this place we call home. A community, we believe, is made up of two distinct but connected features: • First, it is made up of various groups of people, often being distinct from each other. Human nature makes us most comfortable living and...

  • Fall prescribed fires planned

    Department of Natural Resources and Conservation|Sep 30, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is planning to complete prescribed fire operations this fall. A prescribed fire burn plan is created for each project to establish control measures to meet project objectives. Careful monitoring of fuel moisture, temperatures, relative humidity, wind and forecasted weather systems ensures parameters identified in the burn plan are met and determines if conditions are favorable to safely and will meet project objectives. Prescribed fire is used by forest managers to...

  • Smokejumper reunion time of reflection for local sergeant

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    MISSOULA - The 1971 Smokejumper New Man Class had a 50th reunion in Missoula on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. The reunion included a flight in Miss Montana, the restored C-47 aircraft. Among the 18 in attendance from the 1971 New Man Class was Missoula County Sergeant Robert Parcell. Parcell was among the 39 graduates of the 50 that started rookie training. He jumped from 1971 – 1974 and again from 1980-1983 after serving with the Marine Corps. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Parcell was the o...

  • Info sought on grizzly bear shot near Woodworth

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information on a female grizzly bear that was shot and killed in the Woodworth area south of Seeley Lake. The bear was discovered by a local landowner on Sept. 8, south of Woodworth Road on the boundary of the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area. Wildlife officials investigated the scene and determined that the bear had two gunshot wounds and was likely killed sometime during the first weekend of September. The adult female grizzly had b...

  • High call volume, grants and staffing top updates

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – At the Seeley Lake Fire Board Sept. 21 meeting, the Fire Chief Dave Lane provided updates regarding calls, grants and staffing. As of August 2021, the Department has responded to 267 calls this year, up 66 calls from August 2020. This is a 24% increase. Lane said he believes this is the highest call volume the District has had to-date based on historic call records he has found. The District recently received a $3,000 Missoula County Fire Protection Association grant. This grant must used for wildland firefighting gear and/or p...

  • Inspiring readers for the past 27 years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – "To walk into a library and be called by name by a librarian who knows your reading interests and even remembers your dog's name – [Sue Stone] is a treasure," wrote long-time Seeley Lake Community Library patron Cathy Harrits in an email. "We'll miss Sue!" Susan Stone has been the Missoula Public Library Seeley Lake Branch librarian since October, 1994. She is taking an early retirement starting Nov. 3. In her 27 years, Stone has watched the transition from print to digital, con...

  • Food safety during a disaster

    Kelly Moore, MSU Extension FCS and Missoula County Weed District Extension Office|Sep 30, 2021

    September is disaster preparedness month ( "Promoting Preparedness Through Public Involvement", is the goal of this year's national public service campaign. Natural disasters continue to make headlines accross the globe altering economies, health outcomes and food security. Locally, we continue to confront the effects of an extremely dry summer and fall with record high temperatures. The impact of climate change on extreme weather events is impossible to overlook! More than ever...

  • Booster doses now available

    Missoula City- County Health Department|Sep 30, 2021

    MISSOULA - On Monday, the Missoula City County Health Department started offering booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible county residents. Missoula City County Health Department COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr said the boosters will be available at the department’s vaccine site at Southgate Mall. “We’re looking forward to helping county residents, but it’s important to remember there are some limitations to the boosters,” Farr said. • Boosters are for patients aged 65 and older and residents of long-term care facili... Full story

  • Roads and Trails Tailings II

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    Interaction between the speakers and the audience at the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society generated additional tales worth sharing. These short stories wrap up the eight-week series. Dances Someone from the audience asked Leita Andersen, to "tell that story about the time you were going to a dance and the car broke down on the road and the weather was like forty degrees below and you had on silk stockings..." Leita obliged. "At that time,"...

  • Summer reader recognized

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Daniel Bernt, 10, of Condon won the book "Big Bear Feet" from the Swan Valley Library after he participated in the library's summer reading program. He read 50 books to win the prize....

  • Rudolph William McQuatters III  Aug. 10, 1965 – Sept. 23, 2021

    Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Rudolph (Buster) William McQuatters III, 56, of Seeley Lake passed away Sept. 23. Rudolph was born in Midland, Texas on Aug. 10, 1965 to Norma and Rudolph William McQuatters II. He was blessed with his first son Seth William Wade McQuatters on July 29, 1992. Rudolph then met the love of his life shortly after. On May 13, 2000 he married Alicia Dawn Strumpfer and added five wonderful children to his family. Andrew, Jonathan, David, Mary and Cera. Rudolph was an avid outdoorsman and... Full story

  • AAI 2 Valleys Stage resumes concert series

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Quarteto Nuevo concert Sept. 26 was a concert of firsts. This was the first 2 Valleys Stage (2VS) concert in 18 months, the first 2VS concert hosted by a local business and the first performance in the concert series held outside. The founders of 2VS were also present and it was the first for many of the more than 75 in attendance hearing a world chamber jazz ensemble. Rolly Meinholtz and his wife Peggy of Missoula started 2VS in May 2002. The original goal was to bring live p...

  • Community Briefs

    Sep 30, 2021

    Seeley Lake Senior Center activities canceled, meals continue SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Senior Center has canceled activities including Mexican Train, bingo, bridge and pinochle until further notice. Meals will continue to be served in the congregate setting, carry out or delivery. Call before 8 a.m. to order. Open burning opens Oct. 1 MISSOULA - In response to predicted weather, stable current and predicted fire danger indices, air quality and historical data, fire managers decided to reopen prescribed wildland and essential agriculture b...

  • Pirates and Trojans no match for Lady Blackhawks

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks had no mercy on Victor or Drummond last week. They defeated both teams in three sets and did not allow either team to score more than 15 points in a set. The Lady Blackhawks hosted the Victor Pirates Sept. 23 taking the match 25-8, 25-13 and 25-8. Cora Stone and Sariah Maughan led the Lady Blackhawks at the net with 9 and 8 kills respectively. Mia Saalfeld served up 5 aces while Stone and Ava Thornsberry had 4 aces each. Thornsberry had 13 assists and Dani Sexton...

  • Blue Hawks down Blackhawks

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Blackhawks hosted the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks Sept. 24 and suffered their first loss of the season. The first minutes of the game were disastrous for the Blackhawks setting a grim tone for the rest of the game. Blackhawks' kickoff was returned nearly the entire length of the field and Thompson Falls scored a touchdown two plays later. Thompson Falls was back in the end zone three plays later after picking off a pass making it 0-14 with 10:38 on the clock. Thompson Falls t...

  • Blackhawks keep a steady pace

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 30, 2021

    THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA – The Seeley-Swan High School Cross Country team took to the course in Thompson Falls Thursday, Sept. 23. Head Coach Shawn Holmes said it was a beautiful day for the meet and the team ran well. Sophomore Conner Chadwick led the Blackhawks finishing in 67th with a time of 22:58.65. This was 50 seconds faster than his time last year on the Thompson Falls course. Hot on his heals was senior Hunter Coyle who finished in 22:59.74 placing 69th. In his first meet of the season, Blackhawk freshman Wesley Stevenson finished in 3...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Sep 30, 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: Oct. 2, 1986 issue No new Post Office 'til late 1987 Seeley Lake residents concerned about the location of the...

  • Glenn Harrison Truett Feb. 23, 1931 - Sept. 23, 2021

    Sep 30, 2021

    GREENOUGH ~ Glenn Harrison Truett, 90, of Greenough Montana, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 at his home of natural causes. Glenn was born on Feb. 23, 1931 in Bryson City, North Carolina to Elbert and Texie Truitt. As a boy he was raised in hill country of North Carolina on a small farm. During his teen years he worked in the timber logging with horses /mules and also worked in the cotton mills. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Army, he served from 1948 to 1953 and was in Korea... Full story

  • Prescribed burn this week north of Seeley Lake

    Sep 30, 2021

    With the favorable moisture recovery in the area, the Seeley Lake Ranger District is in prescription to take on some fall prescribed burning. Over the next two days, the District will be lighting East Colt Summit, a 550 acre unit on the east side of Highway 83 15 miles north of Seeley Lake across from Summit Lake. Smoke may be visible from Seeley Lake, Holland Lake, Rovero's Flats and the Highway 83 corridor. District Ranger Quinn Carver said the unit has been logged and prepped for the past...

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