Articles from the October 7, 2021 edition

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  • Logging with horses returns to Double Arrow Ranch

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – While several decades have passed since horses were used to log on the Double Arrow Ranch, last Monday a pair of horses and mules owned by Rob Henrekin and his daughter Jess Lehl helped clean up the Whitetail Aspen Commons. The Double Arrow Land Owner Association (DARLOA) Parks & Resources Committee Chair Tom Browder said the method was a perfect fit for the area. "What old is new again," Browder said. "Now we have this example ...and maybe some other folks in the area that have m...

  • Volunteers step up to spruce up downtown

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Ginger Williams was often seen this summer picking up trash or watering flowers along Highway 83. "I love Seeley Lake," Williams wrote in an email. "I have lived here over 40 years. With all the tourism that has come into our community [this summer], I wanted to spruce 'downtown' up a bit especially in front of the businesses that could use a little help since everyone was so busy." Williams wasn't the only one who volunteered her time to help improve the Highway 83 corridor. O...

  • Minor injuries reported in head-on collision

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    SALMON LAKE – On Oct. 3 at approximately 6:59 p.m. a call was received for a three vehicle head-on crash. Following the investigation, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Mary Strumpfer determined it was two separate accidents. No life-threatening injuries were reported. The cause of the head-on collision is still under investigation. The two crashes occurred north of Salmon Lake around mile marker nine on Highway 83. When officers arrived, Strumpfer said Highway 83 was completely blocked. While t...

  • COVID Vaccine - A matter of life or death

    Ruth Stebleton, Seeley Lake, Montana|Oct 7, 2021

    Sanford Health, a large hospital in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, shared a chart Sept. 28, 2021 regarding hospitalizations and vaccination status. Out of 158 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 12 were vaccinated and 146 were unvaccinated. Out of 47 patients in the Intensive Care Unit, two were vaccinated and 45 were not. Of the 28 patients on ventilators, no one was vaccinated. I was a nurse for over 40 years. Nurses are caring people but we do have our limits. I would be very upset taking care of a patient on a ventilator who had...

  • Wolf management not necessary - trapping only for sport

    Chris Albert, Lebanon Junction, Kentucky|Oct 7, 2021

    Thank you for publishing “Local trappers weigh in on wolf regulations” in the Sept. 30, 2021 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. As a veterinarian I have the honor of attending to illnesses and injuries of animals. Among the worst and most painful are trapping injuries. Rotting, foul smelling, gangrenous limbs. Broken toes and pain. We know that the pain of diminished circulation is profound, in animals as well as humans, and traps do that most of all simply by the intensity of how they “hold.” Most of the injuries I tend to are uninten...

  • Professional and ethical wildlife management undermined

    Former Montana Fish and Wildlife Commissioners|Oct 7, 2021

    As former members of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, we generally refrain from criticizing decisions made by our successors. However, the current Commission’s recent actions regarding the new wolf trapping and hunting regulations are so egregious that we must speak out. The anti-wolf legislation passed during the 2021 Montana legislative session and signed by the Governor, put Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the Commission in a difficult position—they had to develop regulations to implement biologically unjustified and unethica...

  • Tour of the Arts comes to Valleys this weekend

    Jenny Rohrer, AAI Program Director|Oct 7, 2021

    Alpine Artisans' popular Tour of the Arts returns for its 18th year with over 15 artists at work in their studios, galleries and museums scattered throughout the Seeley-Swan and the Blackfoot Valleys. Held Oct. 9-10 to capture the height of the colorful yellow and golden western larch, the Tour features local artists showing a wide variety of their work. In addition, wood carvers and wood workers will offer live demonstrations. Please note that two studios featured in the Tour brochure will be...

  • Council to discuss new bylaws, speed sign and RV dump

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council will hold its October meeting on Monday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom All members of the community are encouraged to join, and a full agenda will be posted on the Seeley Lake Community Council Facebook page prior to the meeting. There will be an update from the Sewer District by board member Cheri Thompson, and an update on Forest Service activities by District Ranger Quinn Carver. In addition, the Council will consider new bylaws recommended by the county...

  • Annual "Open Enrollment" season starts Oct. 15

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Oct 7, 2021

    What season is it? It is Medicare's Annual "Open Enrollment" which happens, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7 and is coming up quickly! What can Medicare beneficiaries 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 offe...

  • What's behind your label?

    Bryce Smith, Office Admin and SFI Coordinator, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc.|Oct 7, 2021

    It has been said that the only constant thing is change itself. After 72 years of operations, Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake, Montana has seen its fair share of change. Like most small businesses, this little mill has had to adapt, strive and grit through many seasons fraught with challenge. The lumber business as a whole has had to overcome continuous scrutiny which left many on-lookers from the sidelines. While any business would be foolish to mismanage its raw material resources into...

  • Glass recycling funds outdoor recess equipment

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary received a $1,000 donation from Recycling Works following two glass recycling events in Seeley Lake. The donation will be used to purchase outdoor equipment for students to use during recess. Recycling Works received a $1,575 grant through the Seeley Lake Community Foundation to offer glass recycling to local residents. Participants were asked to donate $1 per gallon with 100% of the donations benefiting the local schools. Recycling Works approached SLE S...

  • Personal Tech Support event Oct. 14

    Della Cole, SLCF Americorps VISTA|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Want to know how to protect yourself from scams online? Have a cell phone/computer and do not know how to complete all the tasks you would like to from it? Want to know how to use Facebook and other social medias more efficiently? Stop by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation West Wing Thursday, Oct. 14 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and visit with volunteers to answer your technology questions, concerns and issues. The volunteers assisting are knowledgeable in several areas and can assist you with help on all different devices; from...

  • Potomac amends Return to School plan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    POTOMAC – At their special meeting Sept. 20 Potomac School board tabled the decision to amend their Return to School Policy and 1900 Series. They picked up the discussion and unanimously approved the amendments as well as approved COVID pay for certified and classified staff at their Sept. 27 special meeting. Board Trustee Wes Mitchell proposed the idea to review the entire Return to School policy and 1900 series following the school’s shift to remote learning Sept. 20. “Seeing the effect and knowing how this is affecting everyone and how t...

  • Timothy Sean Hinchey April 2, 1961 - Sept. 26, 2021

    Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Timothy Sean Hinchey (Poppers) passed away on Sept. 26. Tim was born on April 2, 1961 to Louis Hinchey and Mae Nelson in Maricopa County, Arizona. He was 60 years old. After high school, Tim joined the Army in 1980 and proudly served for four years. Tim married Rebecca Trump in 1980 and had three sons. After Rebecca's death in 1989, Tim married Pat Garcia in 1994. Tim and Pat lived in Arizona and New Mexico. Tim moved to Montana in 1998 where he remained until his passing. Tim... Full story

  • Anthony (Stoney) Owens Sept. 16, 1942 - Sept. 24, 2021

    Oct 7, 2021

    LINCOLN – Stoney Owens, 79, of Lincoln, Montana passed away Sept. 24. Stoney was born in Seymour, Indiana. He later relocated with family to Sandpoint, Idaho where he was raised. Stoney graduated from Sandpoint High in 1961 and shortly after enlisted with the US Army. He was stationed in Germany from 1961-1964. Stoney was preceded in death by his father Oliver Owens; mother Leona Green; step-father McGinty Green; sisters Sharon and Elizabeth Jo (Jay); step-sister Cheryl; brothers Jack, Gene a... Full story

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

    Oct 7, 2021

    GREENOUGH ~ Glenn Harrison Truett, 90 of Greenough, Montana, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23 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 the 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

  • "Pray the Rosary every day..." Our Lady of Fatima, 1917

    Diana Taylor, Defendress of the Catholic Faith|Oct 7, 2021

    (Catholics worship God only and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.) What is the Rosary? In cooperation with the Holy Spirit, the Rosary is a recited prayerful meditation on Christ's life through His joyful, sorrowful, glorious and expanded luminous mysteries (meaning things hidden in God until He reveals them). We were commanded to pray the Rosary for peace in the world and for the conversion of souls by Church-approved Marian apparitions (supernatural appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary). *Read...

  • Blending art and industrial art skills

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Thomas Boelman will bring his years of carpentry experience to Seeley-Swan High School's art and industrial arts classes this year. Boelman graduated from ITT Technical Institute in Indiana with an architectural engineering degree in 1979. He then graduated in 1984 with a B.A. in liberal arts with an emphasis on theater from Hope College in Michigan. He got his master's degree in scenic and lighting design in 1997 from the University of Montana. He taught scenic and lighting...

  • Trunks, tricks and treats this Halloween

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    Calling all trunks for the annual Trunk-or Treat events in Seeley Lake and Condon Sunday, Oct. 31. Cabins are also available to decorate and welcome tricker treaters at the Tamaracks Resort. The Trunk-or-Treat will return for its eighth year at Seeley Lake Elementary from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and its third year at the Hungry Bear Bar and Grill from 4:30 – 7 p.m. in Condon. Starting at 6:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend the Tricks and Treats events at Tamaracks Resort. Members of the community are invited to decorate a trunk and line the SLE...

  • Community Briefs

    Oct 7, 2021

    Seeley Lake Senior Center closed for congregate meals SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Senior Center is closed for congregate meals until further notice. It continues to offer carry out and delivered meals. Please call 406-677-2008 the night before or by 8 a.m. the day of and leave a message with the number of meals. Carry out meals can be picked up between 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Fall Larch Walk, Oct. 9 SEELEY LAKE – Everyone is invited to join Clearwater Resources Council for a fall Larch Walk through Girard Grove Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Due...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Oct 7, 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. 9, 1986 issue Bomb drops on junior high plan Seeley Elementary trustees may have to rethink their game plan for th... Full story

  • Lady Blackhawks soar over Tigers

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    DARBY - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks swooped into Darby and defeated the Tigers Oct. 2 in three sets 25-19, 25-18 and 25-12. Cora Stone and Sariah Maughan each had 8 kills and two blocks to lead the Lady Blackhawks at the net. Just behind the pair was Trista Wendel with 7 kills and 1 block followed by Trista Alexander with 5 kills, Ava Thornsberry with 3 and Madi DeBernardi with 2. Thornsberry had 18 assists followed by Alexander with 14 and Maughan with 9. Dani Sexton led in digs with 12 followed by Maughan with 10, Alexander with 9 and...

  • Blackhawks fall to Bulldogs

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Blackhawks hosted the Mission Bulldogs Oct. 1 and suffered their second loss of the season. Their record is now 3-2. The Blackhawks were down 0-12 early after allowing a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter but put up a good fight the second quarter. Owen Hoag pushed his way in for a 1-yard touchdown to put up the Blackhawks' first points early in the second quarter. Walker McDonald made the extra points good to bring the score up to 8-12. The teams battled back and f...

  • Runners step up the pace

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 7, 2021

    The Blackhawks Cross Country team took to the course twice this week setting new personal bests. Sophomore Conner Chadwick and Senior Hunter Coyle participated in both meets, the first in Arlee and the second in Polson. The Blackhawks set new records in the rain at the Arlee Hatchery run Tuesday, Sept. 28. Chadwick led the Blackhawks and set a new personal record (PR). He finished in 24th place with a time of 21:48. Coyle had a strong meet as well, setting a season best with a time of 22:37 and...