Articles from the October 1, 2020 edition

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  • Emotions flare over mask mandate

    Andi Bourne|Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Filling Station sign on Highway 83 "The days of zombie apocalypse" has been a source of entertainment for nearly 200 days of the coronavirus pandemic. While they updated the sign daily before they reopened May 26, the owners and staff are struggling to maintain their sense of humor. "Even the nicest people have their limits," read the sign on day 176. With all the state and county COVID-19 requirements, The Filling Station is doing their best to follow the rules and serve t...

  • Lake View Trail completed, ground broken for all-access trail

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - As part of their Hill 16 trail system project, Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports' (ROCKS) recently completed the Lake View Trail and began a yet to be named all-access trail. Both are located near Placid Lake State Park. The Lake View Trail is a "family friendly" trail designed for all types of non-motorized uses including hiking, bike riding and riding horses. The trailhead, for the roughly two mile trail, opens at the intersection of North and South Placid La...

  • Local Christians gather in unity

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – More than 50 people gathered on the lawn north of the Seeley Lake 1-Stop Saturday, Sept. 26 to join in prayer for the community, state and nation. Led by local pastors, area Christians came together and asked for peace, hope, unity and revival in these times of uncertainty, division and fear that has gripped the lives of so many. The community prayer time was an idea from Faith Chapel's Pastor Gary Wayne. He presented the idea to the other local pastors that meet weekly. "This p...

  • Fire foundation embezzlement case dismissed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – District Court Judge John Larson dismissed the embezzlement case against Kody Kelley of Seeley Lake without prejudice Sept. 3. In April 2020, Kelley was charged with felony theft of property exceeding $1,500 by embezzlement from the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Foundation. The case was dismissed following the request to Judge Larson from Deputy County Attorney Leta Womack after the parties entered into an agreement for pretrial diversion. According to the charging documents, Kelley was charged with embezzling $4,264.23 from the F...

  • Let's keep it civil

    Beate von Stutterheim, Seeley Lake, Montana|Oct 1, 2020

    I am not in the habit of writing to the paper. However, this week’s letter by Tim Adams upset me to no end. This vile and vicious attack on our current House Representative and the Chair of the Missoula Republican Party was not only full of lies and untruths, it was an ugly stain on our community where we pride ourselves on being civil, neighborly and caring, no matter what our political views are. It is bad enough that the climate on social media is unpleasant, aggressive and full of false information, let’s keep hate and viciousness out of...

  • I like Tom Browder

    Ron Cox, Seeley Lake, Montana|Oct 1, 2020

    I like Tom. He has roots in our neighborhood, worked in our woods in his younger days and had a successful business career. Not only is he a full time resident of our community, he is a full time participant in our community. As a lifelong Montanan from Missoula County, his business ventures in other parts of the country benefits us with fresh ideas. His opponent seems like a wannabe politician who only campaigns in this district because he failed to get elected in the district where he lives. I want to be represented in Helena by someone who...

  • Re-Elect Mike Hopkins for House District 92

    Rose Dumont, Missoula, Montana|Oct 1, 2020

    As a resident of House District 92, I am pleased to be able to endorse our Representative Mike Hopkins for re-election. As our Representative, Mike has authored and passed legislation that has created jobs in our community and throughout the State, he fought to defeat more than $800 million in tax increases, to allow property owners to fight fires on their own property and to ensure freedom of speech on Montana college campuses. Mike’s colleagues call him a thoughtful and dedicated legislator who always puts his constituents first, and he is k...

  • Black for MT Supreme Court, Marks for District Court, Bennett for Secretary of State

    Klaus von Stutterheim, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    One of the most important votes you will cast this year is for Montana Supreme Court. Most people ignore judicial contests, so your vote will carry extra weight. Mike Black is by far the superior candidate. Black, a fourth generation Montanan, was raised at Havre in a railroad family. He enjoys the support of all seven of the retired Supreme Court Judges. The incumbent whom he is running to replace was backed in her election by a dark-money group, the Montana Growth Network, and is essentially a puppet for the Koch organization. Consequently,...

  • Browder will represent all of us

    Bruce Rieman, Seeley Lake, Montana|Oct 1, 2020

    It’s no secret that there is a diversity of opinion in our community. Politics has become something of a contentious, even nasty business nationally. Sometimes tensions can be high even within the State, counties and local communities. Some politicians seek to divide us or exploit any existing division for political gain. Some will adhere to party line even when it makes little sense with the issue at hand. And some will listen, seek common ground and work to build consensus. In my view the role of our elected representatives is to understand w...

  • Proven results for House District 92

    Representative Mike Hopkins, Missoula, Montana|Oct 1, 2020

    As an elected official, you just have to get used to the fact that people will lie about you. Like it or not, its just a part of the way campaign seasons work currently. But I feel like lying about people’s families for political gain is a line in campaigning that we should not be crossing. It has got to be one of the lowest forms of campaigning ever. It’s also not going to work. Folks in House District 92 know me. They know that we have one of the most successful and independent records of any legislator in Helena. That we have secured bet...

  • Browder has the right stuff to represent us effectively

    Kathy Koors, Condon, Montana|Oct 1, 2020

    I’ve lived in the Swan Valley for 40 years. I’ve worked locally, for Rustics, the Forest Service, DNRC and Swan Ecosystem Center. Currently I work with Living With Wildlife Foundation, helping to educate visitors to our public lands about camping and recreating and living responsibly in bear country. I’m also a small business owner and member of the Swan Valley Community Council. Sustaining a vibrant and healthy community is a top priority for me. This is why I will be voting for Tom Browder to represent HD 92. Tom and I share important value...

  • Pea seeds, ripening tomatoes and nitrogen

    Molly Hackett, Master Gardener|Oct 1, 2020

    Can I save some of my peas to plant next year, or do I have to buy seeds? There are only complicated answers to your question, not a simple yes or no. Here is a list of things to factor in: Although peas are among the easier seeds to save because the flowers can pollinate themselves, be sure that your peas are open-pollinated. The seed packet will tell you, or it will describe them as an heirloom variety. That means the same thing. If your peas-or any vegetables in your garden-are hybrids, do no...

  • Open Enrollment season starts this month

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Oct 1, 2020

    What season is it? It is Medicare's Annual "Open Enrollment" Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. It is coming up quickly! What can you do during "Open Enrollment"? • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan. • Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare. • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan. • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage. • Switch from...

  • Summer fire season wrap-up, fall fire prevention reminders

    Heather Martens, Fire Prevention Technician, Seeley Lake Ranger District|Oct 1, 2020

    Members of the Missoula County Fire Protection Agency (MCFPA) would like to thank you for your continued support as we move into our fall season. Fire suppression activities kept crews busy both locally and nationally throughout the summer. Fire Danger remained at Very High levels throughout the summer to the end of August. Fire Danger was High throughout the month of September. Some of our local area received beneficial rainfall during the month, other areas received less moisture therefore...

  • Census deadline extended

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    Thursday, Sept. 24 the U.S. District Court extended the deadline for completing the 2020 Census until Oct. 31, 2020. Even though the Trump Administration has appealed the decision, local residents can continue to use the services offered at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation and through the Seeley Lake Leos Club at Seeley-Swan High School to complete the survey through the deadline. Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney applauded the decision saying it will allow more time for a complete count of Montana’s residents. They also a... Full story

  • Fire danger dropped to Moderate, open burning remains closed

    Kristin Mortenson, Montana DNRC Fire Prevention|Oct 1, 2020

    In response to recent moisture received, Missoula County Fire Protection agencies are lowering the Missoula area fire danger rating to Moderate, effective immediately. In moderate fire danger, fires can start from most accidental causes, but the average fire is of moderate intensity. Fires will still spread rapidly in open grasslands on windy days and timber fires will spread slowly to moderately fast, but in heavy concentrations of fuel they can still burn very hot. It is important to note that the danger of fire is still present and with a...

  • Hope in times of trial

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith Lutheran in Condon and Holy Cross Lutheran in Seeley Lake|Oct 1, 2020

    “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” Romans 5: 3-4 Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a Lutheran pastor from Romania. Prior to that, however, he was raised as a staunch atheist, orphaned at an early age. As an adolescent, he was noticed early on for his academic prowess by the local Communist officials, and sent to study Marxism in Moscow, to eventually become a paid Comintern agent back in his home country of Romania. After his marriage in...

  • Robert William Kennedy Sept. 8, 1951 - Sept. 25, 2020

    Oct 1, 2020

    Robert William Kennedy, 69, of Charleston, South Carolina, peacefully passed from this life into eternal life with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 25. A celebration and memorial of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Beresford Hall "Ruins" at 454 Royal Assembly Drive, Charleston, South Carolina. His inurnment and military honors will be held at a later date. Robert was born Sept. 8, 1951 in Munich, Germany, son of the late George Kennedy and Anneliese Ebelt Kennedy. Also known as Pack R... Full story

  • Nadine Thelma Stipp July 20, 1935 - Sept. 18, 2020

    Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Nadine was a special lady, loved by everyone in the community of Seeley Lake. She passed away peacefully, Friday afternoon at Riverside Home in Missoula. Nadine had a quick wit and was always ready to make her friends laugh. She was a wonderful companion to those who were blessed enough to be in her small circle of friends. Staying at home and reading books was one of her favorite pastimes, especially Louis L'amour books. In her younger years she loved camping, nature and animals,... Full story

  • Handbooks approved, strategic plan discussed

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board of Education unanimously approved their student and employee handbooks during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 21. Superintendent Josh Gibbs also discussed the progress on SLE’s strategic plan. The handbooks contain several policies and procedures for students and staff including dress code, harassment consequences and appropriate behavior in various circumstances. Regarding masks, Gibbs said if a student refuses to wear one, then following additional conversations they would go to remote...

  • Tips and tricks for becoming a better social media consumer

    Griffen Smith, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    University of Montana professor of Journalism Lee Banville said the engagement of malicious or false information is just a part of how social media works. Much like how a sensational newspaper would write a controversial headline to entice more readers, the grabbing of reactions is built in to get people to click on links or engage with a post. "Everything is easy to share on social media apps. It's built around you easily sharing information that may provoke some kind of reaction, whether it's...

  • Stageline Pizza changes ownership

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Stageline Pizza's Seeley Lake location will transfer ownership to Kyle Zumwalt beginning Oct. 1. Zumwalt purchased the pizza restaurant from previous franchisees Patrick and Cheryl Sheridan. Since 2018, Zumwalt has owned It's Ah Wrap before deciding to consolidate both restaurants' menus into the Stageline location. Because It's Ah Wrap was located on leased property, it will close permanently. Currently Stageline offers pizza, breadsticks, wings and calzones. Once Zumwalt takes...

  • Tour of the Arts returns to the valley Oct. 10 and Oct. 11

    Jenny Rohrer, Alpine Artisans Inc. Program Director|Oct 1, 2020

    Alpine Artisans' popular Tour of the Arts returns for its 17th year with one new studio, three new galleries and the Blackfoot Pathways International Sculpture Park joining the dazzling mix of over 25 artists at work in their studios, galleries and museums scattered throughout the Seeley Lake and the Blackfoot Valleys. Held Oct. 10-11 to capture the height of the colorful yellow and golden Western Larch, the Tour will also kickoff Friday afternoon with two watercolor workshops at the Tamaracks...

  • Blackhawks step up the pace in Thompson Falls

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA – The Seeley-Swan Cross Country runners each ran their season's best at the Thompson Falls Cross Country Meet Sept. 24. "The results were outstanding," said Head Coach Shawn Holmes. Freshman Conner Chadwick took off one minute, 17 seconds setting a new personal record for himself. He finished in 23:48. Emily Maughan led the ladies placing third overall in the meet with a time of 21:06. This was one minute, one second faster than at the meet in Hamilton two weeks ago. S...

  • Lady Blackhawks handle Savage Heat in Hot Springs

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 1, 2020

    HOT SPRINGS – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks faced the Savage Heat on the road Sept. 24. The Lady Blackhawks felt the heat in the first set falling 22-25. They fought their way back taking the next three sets 25-15, 25-20 and 25-17 to win the match. Klaire Kovatch and Bethany Hoag led the Lady Blackhawks at the net with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Setters Aspen Conley and Jordan Johnson had 12 and 11 assists each while Ava Thornsberry had 3 aces. Kovatch led the team on the defense with 4 blocks and 6 digs. The Lady Blackhawks have three m...

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