Articles from the October 10, 2019 edition


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  • Residents left with more questions than answers

    Michael Stafford, Editor, Silver State Post|Oct 10, 2019

    HELMVILLE - There were more questions than answers at the second meeting held regarding the Powell County Ambulance Service levy and northern Powell County on Sept. 30 in Helmville. Many of the questions regarding the legality of the levy still have yet to be determined and it is possible that residents of the northern portion of the county may seek an injunction against the collection of the levy money or the allocation of the funds until the matter is resolved. The levy which was voted into...

  • Ovando thefts still under investigation

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    OVANDO – Since Labor Day there has been an uptick of thefts and vandalism in the Ovando area. Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles reminds residents to be vigilant, watch out for their neighbors and report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office. Roselles said there was a vehicle that went missing from a ranch in the Ovando area over Labor Day weekend. It was reported stolen Sept. 12. The vehicle was recovered Sept. 23 on the Cottonwood Lakes Road on the Powell/Missoula county line. It was shot multiple times with a gun and destroyed. The i...

  • Seeley Lake Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Because his wife Terry could no longer drive, Jim Johnson begrudgingly drove his wife and three sons to Clearview Baptist Church each Sunday. Every Sunday he would wait in the car. However when the weather got too warm, he was forced to join them. "I heard a message that I had heard before in a way that I hadn't heard before," said Jim. "The Lord really worked on my heart. It took me eight months of really reading the Bible to make sure. Then one Sunday I just went I'm yours and I...

  • Tour of the Arts features over 25 artists this weekend

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Oct 10, 2019

    Alpine Artisans’ popular Tour of the Arts returns for its 16th year with one new studio joining the dazzling mix of over 20 artists at work in their studios, galleries and museums scattered throughout the Seeley Swan and Blackfoot Valleys. Held Oct. 12-13 to capture the height of the colorful golden Western Larch, the Tour also offers a free screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. This free, self-guided tour leads you either east of Highway 200 to sites in Ovando a...

  • Setting the story straight - The Water District and Sewer District are separate

    Vincent Chappell, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Oct 10, 2019

    I just want to set the story straight once and for all. The Water District’s name and my name in particular keeps being brought up at the Sewer District’s meetings as well as in the newspaper in regards to the proposed sewer project. A couple months ago I was falsely quoted at a Sewer District meeting as telling an individual that the Water District is expanding due to the Sewer District project, and consequently would be raising rates. TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT I DID NOT SAY THIS, NOR IS IT TRUE. In the notices section of the Pathfinder dat...

  • Pathfinder policy change

    Nathan and Andi Bourne, Pathfinder Editors|Oct 10, 2019

    In light of the issue raised by the Seeley Lake Water District the Pathfinder is changing its policy. Going forward, classifieds must contain contact information or the name of the submitting party to be run. This prevents opinion from being run without attribution and ensures that questions and concerns can be directed towards the responsible party. Nathan and Andi Bourne Pathfinder Editors...

  • The Health Department is damaging Seeley Lake's economic health

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - President Trump’s trade war with China is expected to cost Montana families an extra $1,000 next year. Missoula County Commissioners have just announced an 11 percent increase in property taxes for 2020. Medical costs are out the roof. Electrical utility leaders are asking for rate hikes. Also, they say because of the trade war with China, monthly water bills here exceed $50 and are among the highest in western Montana. Gasoline is consistently 10-15 cents a gallon higher here than in Missoula. With these costs in mind, how can S...

  • Stageline Pizza partners with Seeley Lake Fire Department to promote Fire Prevention Week

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Stageline Pizza is partnering with the Seeley Lake Fire Department Saturday, Oct. 12 as part of Fire Preparedness Week. Fire Chief Dave Lane and Department volunteers will be delivering pizzas from 12-5 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Fire Foundation*. They will have free smoke detectors and batteries to hand out and will be available to answer questions and provide information about volunteering. Stageline Pizza owner Pat Sheridan approached Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane with t...

  • Business Improvement District and air quality at next council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The next meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council may be a bit shorter than usual. It will start with Ben Schmidt, Air Quality Specialist from the Missoula Health Department talking about new proposed rules for wood stoves. He will be followed by County Commissioner Josh Slotnick, who will outline the possibility for a Business Improvement District in Seeley Lake, assuming the businesses in town are interested in pursuing the idea. The size of such a District would be decided by the property owners in the proposed district,...

  • Now is the time to get into the Seeley Lake Lions Club 2020-2021 Phone Book

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Lions Club is producing their 2020-2021 local telephone directory. They are looking for photographers to submit a photo for the front page, encouraging businesses to submit their ads for the yellow pages and asking for those who want their cell phone number listed to submit by Nov. 15. This project allows the Lions Club to raise funds for community projects. The Seeley Lake Lions Club Phone Book is published every two years and is a highly used phone book throughout the community and surrounding areas. This y...

  • Shotgun ammo ineffective for deterring bear

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Oct 10, 2019

    On July 15, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a report of an injured black bear dragging its lower body in the foothills of Kila. The following morning, the bear was euthanized because of its injuries. Veterinarians at Central Valley Animal Hospital X-rayed the animal and discovered it was shot with birdshot and likely a pistol. The trash contents in the bear's stomach indicated that it had visited a residential garbage can. The birdshot pellets broke several vertebrae in front of the...

  • Ninety-mile migrations and a new road

    Ryen Neudecker, Restoration Coordinator Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited|Oct 10, 2019

    Native westslope cutthroat and bull trout come to the Copper Creek tributary of the Blackfoot River for the cold, clean water. Copper Creek is especially attractive to spawning trout because groundwater wells up into the stream through gravel beds in many places. This groundwater permeates trout spawning nests (redds) and keeps their incubating eggs well oxygenated and free of silt. The great trout habitat in Copper Creek is probably why a westslope cutthroat wearing a Montana Fish, Wildlife...

  • Reconnecting and Remembering

    Dale Terrillion|Oct 10, 2019

    Every summer we try and reconnect with a few folks in the Swan. We stay at Evie Andersons on Charles Road. Son-in-law Lane and sister Wendy now own it. Usually try and visit with Butch Harmon. We have lots in common be'n both old timber cutters. Butch had a rough summer to say the least. Spent too many days in St. Pat's like I did some time ago. They had to tinker with our tickers. Modern medicine is a wonderful thing. But the good book sezs "to number our days that we may gain a heart of...

  • Public surveys on the Flathead National Forest, National Visitor Use Monitoring survey

    US Forest Service - Flathead National Forest|Oct 10, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – This fall the public will encounter Forest Service employees conducting interviews in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. They will be out in all types of weather conditions, wearing bright orange vests and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead.” The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey is being conducted on the Flathead National Forest from October 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. The information gathered is useful for forest planning as well as local community tourism plann...

  • Holocaust survivor to speak in Seeley Lake, Oct. 24

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to “The Promise, A Hidden Child story from the Holocaust,” Oct. 24 at Seeley-Swan High School at 10:45 a.m. Holocaust survivor Leon Malmed presents his story from the Holocaust as documented in a film produced by a group of advanced animation students at College of the Canyons. The students spent the entire Spring 2017 semester bringing to life the memories of Malmed, resulting in the animated documentary, “The Promise.” The Nazis occupied Northern France between the years of 1940 and 1945. Malmed’s...

  • Jerry West Shane 1939-2019

    Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Jerry West Shane was born Dec. 31, 1939 in Ontario, Ore. to Cornelius Allen and Helen Gipson Shane. Jerry graduated from St. Theresa Catholic High School in 1958. Jerry briefly attended Boise State College before his military career in the Idaho National Guard. He graduated from the U.S. Army Recruiting and Career Counseling School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. in 1959. Jerry was a resident of Twin Falls, Idaho, Park City, Utah, Scottsdale, Ariz., Seeley Lake and Garden City, Idaho.... Full story

  • Holy curiosity

    Rev. Carrie Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Oct 10, 2019

    When the snow starts falling, a reverent quiet seems to settle on my spirit, inviting me to hold my heart open to possibility. Being quickly propelled into this blustery season, it seems a good time to let my faith wonder. Come along, if you like. Here in my house in the forest, I like to collect myself in front of the wood stove with a hot beverage - licorice tea this time - close my eyes and imagine what's in store for the season. What sorts of daily Divine occurrences will emerge, drawing me...

  • Be the handrails in the storm

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – More than 50 people rose to their feet singing, "I Love You Lord." The sing-along continued as nationally acclaimed Christian music artist Jason Gray left the stage. The evening highlighted the struggle, anxiety and grief everyone experiences in their life and how God can use the circumstances and weaknesses in each of us for His glory. Gray's concert and meet and greet Oct. 3 was part of Sparrow's Vine Pregnancy Resource Center's annual fundraiser. The money raised will support t...

  • Student enrollment up statewide, dwindling numbers threaten to squeeze rural schools

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Oct 10, 2019

    HELENA - Like rural school administrators across Montana, Terry Public Schools Superintendent Joe Krause keeps a close eye on his enrollment numbers. The Terry District, which serves Prairie County, population 1,100, has 134 students this school year, said Krause, who's new to the superintendent job this year. Only 31 are high schoolers. Last year, Terry's high school was forced to team up with neighboring Glendive to field a football team through a co-op arrangement. Excluding foreign exchange...

  • Identify strengths, ignite passion, cultivate community

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY – Along with the traditional reading, writing and math, Swan Valley kindergarten, first and second grade students can expect to start their creative juices during the Imagination Station every morning, have a daily dance party and enjoy laughter as part of their learning. Their new teacher Chris Mauldin, who will also be working with students in special education, looks forward to connecting with each of his students so they feel valued, respected and safe and can excel inside and o...

  • "FREE SOLO" screening Oct. 12

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Climbing Yosemite's formidable El Capitan, 3,000 vertical feet of granite (without a rope), is one of the greatest athletic achievements of all time. This is the story told in the Oscar winning documentary "FREE SOLO." Alpine Artisans is presenting "FREE SOLO" on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. The event is free and everyone is welcome. In fulfilling his life-long dream, climber Alex Honnold set an impossible standard – perfection or death. Filmed b...

  • News media are the first and most effective means for exercising our five First Amendment freedoms

    David Chavern, President & CEO, News Media Alliance|Oct 10, 2019

    For centuries, citizens have turned to their local news publication for local breaking and investigative news, as well as to learn about hot-button issues in their communities. In the last 15 years, with the rise of digital communications, many readers have changed their preferences to digital formats and social media over print for their news. But long before social media came onto the scene, news media have enabled us to exercise all five freedoms. As we celebrate National Newspaper Week, we are raising awareness about our five First...

  • Lady Blackhawks take down Eagles and Tigers

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks had a pair of victories last week hosting the Valley Christian Eagles Oct. 4 before heading to St. Regis to take on the Tigers Oct. 5. The Lady Blackhawks took the match from the Eagles in four sets, 27-25, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-15. Klaire Kovatch led the Ladies with 9 kills against the Eagles while Emma Stevenson had the highest hit percentage getting 6 kills in 19 attempts with just 2 errors. Trista Wendel scored 6 of the team’s 15 aces. Defensively, four Ladies dug into the double digits in digs with Aspen C...

  • Blackhawks dominate Pirates

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 10, 2019

    VICTOR – The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks walked all over the Victor Pirates Oct. 12 bringing their season record to 4-2 and leaving the Pirates winless. The Blackhawks found success on the ground and in the air. They rushed for 229 yards with an average of 10 yards per carry and completed 9 of 15 attempted passes for 156 yards. The game was a blowout with the Blackhawks scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter. A touchdown in the second quarter put the Blackhawks up 40-0 going into the second hal...

  • Eagles learn to "Be the One"

    Chelsea Cahoon and Sandee Cahoon, SLE Eagles Coaches|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The 2019 Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles Volleyball team is part of the Copper League which consists of several A (eighth grade) and B (seventh grade) home and away matches and an eighth grade tournament at the season's end. This season, the Eagles started with 12 players: one eighth grader, three seventh graders, four sixth graders and four fifth graders. We have since grown to 21 players: three eighth graders, three seventh, nine sixth and six fifth graders. Since we are a young...

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