Articles from the October 12, 2017 edition

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  • Cahoon Named Logger of the Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Bull Creek Forestry's reputation of good forest stewardship, and respect for both the land and the people they work with is known in the area. Now Montana Wood Products Association recognized Owner Leelyn Cahoon as the "Logger of the Year." Leelyn was also named "Western Region Outstanding Logger" by the Forest Resources Association's Western Region and Stihl Incorporated. While Leelyn was surprised and honored by the recognition, he quickly pointed to his employees as the r...

  • Grant Cycle Opens for Montana Wildfire Relief Fund

    Oct 12, 2017

    MONTANA – The Montana Community Foundation, Inc. (MCF) announces the opening of the grant cycle for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund, a charitable fund dedicated to supporting wildfire relief efforts following the unprecedented wildfire season in Montana. The fund originated as a partnership between MCF and the Montana Television Network. Launched in early September 2017, the fund has grown to more than $400,000 through the extraordinary generosity of individuals, businesses, private foundations and many others across the country. Applicants m...

  • Magnets Aren't Just for the Fridge

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    POTOMAC – Magnets are used in telephones, compasses and speakers. They can also prevent internal injuries in cattle. Some Potomac cattle producers give magnets to their cattle to prevent bovine traumatic reticuloperitonitis, otherwise known as 'hardware disease.' Cattle are ruminants and grazers. They may pick up small bits of metal like staples, wire, nails or other small pieces in fields and pastures or from processed feed. How cattle are fed and where they are fed can make a difference, s...

  • First Friday Brings Locals Out

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The First Friday inaugural event got people out and about Friday, Oct. 6. Organizers were pleased with how the first event went and look forward to First Fridays through the winter. The first person to visit the Tamaracks Resort, the featured business of the month, received a free greeting card from the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. While no attendees took the Resort up on their 50 percent discount on kayak and canoe rentals many enjoyed snacks, drinks and browsed the g...

  • Claims of Nitrate/Chloride Pollution in Seeley Lake are Highly Exaggerated

    Colleen Krause, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Many of my friends and neighbors along Boy Scout Road and C Street are under the impression that the lake is severely polluted. They have all written letters regarding this theory. I took the time this summer to go to the Seeley Lake Water District and printed out all the information about all the water testing that has been done regarding the sewer. The tests for nitrates in the lake, which the Board paid for, are very low. The average being .06 mg/l. A full 10 represents the standard for issues with drinking water. The...

  • Thank You from the Seeley Lake Ranger District

    Rachel Feigley, Seeley Lake District Ranger|Oct 12, 2017

    The Seeley Lake Ranger District would like to thank everyone for your patience, dedication and hard work on the Rice Ridge and Liberty Fires. So many individuals contributed to the success of the firefighting efforts that it is impossible to comprehensively list all of those who participated in the daily briefings, cooperators meetings, worked out on the line, or supported the many functions that were in place. However, I do want to specifically mention the residents of Seeley Lake, Ovando and the associated communities; wildland and...

  • Sewer Board Veers from Mission When Setting Goals

    Beth Hutchinson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The self-created mission for the sewer district clearly establishes why the board’s current proposal is so out-of-line. The statement introduces itself appropriately: “to assist the community in determining the need and cost for a centralized sewer system.” But, from that point on, the goals and subsequent board actions headed in a different direction. Rather than establishing NEED by developing a plan for a comprehensive study and analysis of environmental factors, the board settled for doing some water testing on FEWER SITES...

  • Support Outside District Lines?

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Pathfinder has published 41 letters to the editor about the proposed sewer in the past four months...June through September. Twenty-one have been for the project and 20 have been against it. All the 20 against the project were by residents who live and vote in the Sewer District. Of the 21 in support, only seven live and vote in the District. Curious...

  • Denial

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|Oct 12, 2017

    Denial is word commonly used in the therapeutic world because many people deny their surrounding reality and their emotions. It is important to ask: Why is denial so common and what does that really mean? When a person has an illness and doesn't admit that she/he is ill, that is an example of denial. If a person hears that a loved one is dying and doesn't accept that fact, then denial is present. These descriptions are clear examples of denial. In both cases, the person is not willing to face...

  • National Fire Protection Week Provides Safety Awareness "Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out"

    Oct 12, 2017

    Knowing that today’s homes burn faster than ever, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” as the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Oct. 8-14. Experts say you may have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a typical home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. “Modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, all contribute to an increased...

  • Tour the Arts Features Valley Artists

    Oct 12, 2017

    The 2017 Alpine Artisans' annual Tour of the Arts invites you to take a tour of local artists at work on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This popular self-guided tour has expanded to feature the work of more than 25 artists in five artist studios, three galleries and two historical museums in Seeley Lake, Condon, Lincoln and Ovando. The tour is held annually in mid-October to feature the natural beauty of the western tamaracks as they turn a bright yellow and orange,...

  • Movie Night features "Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story"

    Jenny Rohrer, Alpine Artisans, Inc.|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Movie night during the Tour of the Arts weekend features two free showings of "Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story" (84 minutes, PG) Friday, Oct. 13 at the Lincoln Community Hall and Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall both at 7 p.m. "Charged" was created by the same Bozeman filmmakers that brought us last year's Tour of the Arts film, "Unbranded" director Phillip Baribeau and producer Dennis Aig. The film begins when Eduardo Garcia, a Bozeman outdoorsman and chef,...

  • MaKayla KayJean Shields

    Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - MaKayla KayJean Shields was born Aug. 23 to Seeley Lake parents Benjamin and Kristina Shields. She weighted six pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long. MaKayla was welcomed by her three big brothers Walter, Ethan and Sean and proud grandparents Doris and Robert Skiles of Seeley Lake and Cindy Rogers of Missoula.... Full story

  • Fingers Fly - Feet Dance to French Creole

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Dennis Stroughmatt and L'Esprit Creole engaged the audience with their fast fingers, traditional stories and introduction to the Illinois French language and culture at their concert Sunday, Oct. 8 at Seeley-Swan High School. While many of the vocals were in Illinois French, they translated the storyline between songs. One of the common themes that guitarist Doug Hawe warned the audience was, "the pretty, beautiful, slow songs is most likely about death and destruction." S...

  • Ellis Relates the Experience of a Lifetime

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY – In the late 1950s, Swan Valley resident Steve Ellis developed an interest in missiles, especially in the Minuteman Missile program. That interest led him to a 24-year career in the United States Air Force (USAF). Throughout that time, Ellis worked at several bases. He filled a number of different roles but rockets and missiles were always at the center. Ellis entered the Air Force by way of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He said the USAF was just beginning its o...

  • From Light into Darkness

    William Campbell, Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship|Oct 12, 2017

    Francis Scott Key once said, “The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of almighty direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness, ‘A lamp unto his feet, and a lamp unto his paths.’” And Woodrow Wilson said in 1911, “We are born unto a Christian nation.” If you’re over 60, you may remember different times, lighter times, times when the most awful thing you could do in school was talk or chew gum in class. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that murde...

  • New Executive Director Joins Swan Valley Connections

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY – From an early fascination with John Wayne, Missouri native Rebecca Ramsey couldn't believe that people really lived that way. Now more than three decades later, Ramsey is quick to call the Swan Valley home after being hired as Swan Valley Connections new executive director. Ramsey is originally from St. Louis, Mo. She first came to Montana in 1984 with her grandparents when she declared "I'm moving to Montana!" Ramsey received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a...

  • Minimizing the Impact – Repairing the Damage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Even though the flames and smoke subsided, Diane Hutton's Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team spent the majority of their time repairing firelines and suppression sites. When they turned the fire management back to the Seeley Lake Range District Oct. 3, 122 miles of lines and 322 sites damaged from suppression activities had been repaired. Each of the five teams that managed the Rice Ridge Fire were briefed on the Lolo National Forest's suppression and repair p...

  • Despite Slow Start, Eagles Find Their Wings

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles are playing well and having fun despite a shortened season due to the smoke. They have won their last two games and are looking forward to a rematch against Hellgate Elementary on their home field. Hellgate Elementary is the only team that has taken the Eagles down. "We are salvaging our season. The other kids are ahead of us a little bit but we are happy to be playing," said Head Coach Brett Haines. "The kids are excited about it and they are d...

  • Tough Week for Lady Blackhawks

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks had a rough week as they came up short on the road and at home. They fell to Charlo, Darby and Clark Fork dragging their record down to 4-8 overall and 3-4 in conference. With just two weeks until the district tournament, Lady Blackhawks Head Coach Tammy Lewis remains optimistic. In the coming week the Lady Blackhawks only have one home match compared to the last couple weeks with three matches each. Lewis plans to make the best of the extra...

  • Blackhawks Double Up

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    The Blackhawks had their first run at the state course Oct. 5 at the City 7 of 7 Invitational in Helena. Then Oct. 7 they joined four more teams in Corvallis for a short race. Dual athlete Logan Robinson joined the team for the first time this season. He ran a fast 6:01 first mile and led the Blackhawks with a time of 20:35.43. Levi Reinitz continues to shave off time dropping a minute and a half. He set a new personal record of 25:18.94. His time beat teammate Lane Mackie-Wendel who finished...

  • Blackhawks Battle Goliath

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 12, 2017

    by Nathan Bourne Pathfinder PHILIPSBURG - The Blackhawks got in a couple good punches as they battled with Goliath, also known as the Flint Creek Titans, Oct. 6. Only unlike David in the Biblical battle, the Blackhawks suffered a different outcome. They were pummeled 16-68. The first good punch came early in the game. After the Titans scored the first touchdown, the Blackhawks held them out for the extra points. The Titans kicked an onside kick and gave up the ball midfield. The Blackhawks used it. On fourth-and-long, Logan Robinson pulled down...

  • Community Briefs

    Oct 12, 2017

    CORRECTION: Estate Planning Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 2 SEELEY LAKE - The Estate Planning for Everybody workshop at the Double Arrow Lodge is Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 728-7682 and ask to register for “Estate Planning for Everybody” in Seeley Lake. Or register online at The event is free, but registration is required. Death Notice - Linda Leigh Brown SEELEY LAKE - Linda Leigh Brown, 74, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully Oct...

  • LINDA LEIGH BROWN 1942-2017

    Oct 12, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Linda Leigh Brown, 74, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully Oct. 8 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Montana. She was born Nov. 14, 1942 in The Dalles, Ore. to Andrew Jackson Edmiston and Inez Helen Leigh. She married Mathew H. Brown Jr. in 1963. They lived in Missoula, then to Helena and back to Missoula finally landing in Seeley Lake at their cabin. Linda loved her time and had great memories with family and friends over many years up at Seeley Lake. She enjoyed the outdoors and was a fabulous cook which was enjoyed by many... Full story

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