Articles from the October 13, 2022 edition


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  • Area dog becomes another victim of torture

    Oct 13, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Editor (Editor’s note: The language in this story could be disturbing to some readers.) SEELEY LAKE -- Many locals here believe a animal torturer is in their midst. For the second time in as many months, a dog was captured and tortured in a heartless and maniacal manner. Unlike Lucky, the previous victim of animal cruelty, Bam Bam did not survive. As of Oct. 1, Bam Bam, a 3-year-old, 120-pound playful Rottweiler, was living a rewarding life with human family and friends, owner Jean Loesch said. On that day, Bam Bam d...

  • Lynx and tourists and bears!

    Oct 13, 2022

    By Vince Lovato, Editor Time after time, area residents hammered home the lengthy list of reasons they hate the proposed expansion of the nearby Holland Lake Lodge. Their concerns include, but are not limited to: • Negative impacts on wildlife and habitat; • Safety for an increased number of visitors who will come in contact with grizzly bears and other predators; • Increased vehicle traffic through Condon and nearby towns like Seeley Lake; • The attraction of newcomers who would move here pe...

  • Around town

    Vince Lovato|Oct 13, 2022

    A group of boys played a rousing game of football at the south end of the Seeley-Swan varsity football game recently....

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 13, 2022

    Open letter from Save Holland Lake to Kurt Steele, Supervisor Flathead National Forest Dear Mr. Steele, Save Holland Lake, an ad-hoc coalition of concerned citizens advocating for the pristine lake, surrounding ecosystem and our public land, respectfully requests that you extend the public comment period for the proposed Holland Lake expansion project beyond October 7, 2022. In your initial scoping document you state, “all activities would occur within the existing 15 acre permitted area.” The language surrounding the “15-acre” Special Use Per...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Wednesday, Oct 12 • Swan Valley Library Book Chat “Caramelo” by Sandra Cisneros, 1 p.m., Swan Valley Community Library Thursday, Oct. 13 • Sparrow’s Vine Annual Banquet, 6 p.m., Mission Bible Fellowship Friday, Oct. 14 • SWCC Holland Lake Field Tour, 10:30am, Holland Lake Picnic Area. For more information call 406-677-0069 • Photography class, 1p.m., Swan Valley Community Library, 6811 Highway 83 Condon, Montana 59826, 406-754-2521 Saturday, Oct. 15 Open Book Club presents Kevin McCafferty, 7 p.m., Seeley Lake Community Foundation, 3...

  • ELECTION GUIDE

    Oct 13, 2022

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: As a service to our readers, The Pathfinder invited candidates running for area offices to submit a picture of themselves and answer the questions below. We encourage all Americans to be as educated as possible about candidates and issues. The comments here are not necessarily those of any Pathfnder employees and were posted in random order.) Election Guide questions: 1) Short bio (age, education, career, family, etc.) 2) Why you are running for this position, or if incumbent,...

  • SLE Eagles post home victories

    Oct 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE -- With the high school teams on the road last week, the Seeley Lake Elementary School football and volleyball teams took center stage. The SLE A and B squads both defeated Clinton Oct. 5. The B Squad swept Clinton, 15-8, 15-5 and 20-18 in an exciting overtime, said coach Sandee Cahoon The Bs split three games against St. Joseph's Oct. 6. Fifth grader Savannah Smart and sixth grader Audrey Stevenson each served well for the Eagles, Cahoon said. Right, Brittany Kelly, No. 29, Kieu...

  • Flying Eagles

    Oct 13, 2022

    The Seeley Lake Elementary School flag football team scored a thrilling 14-12 victory Oct. 5. This week at SLE: Thursday, Oct. 13 - DSIT Meeting @ 3:45 Saturday, Oct. 15 - Volleyball Copper League Tournament Tuesday, Oct. 18 - SLE Picture Day Thursday, Oct. 20 - No School Friday, Oct. 21 - No School Monday, Oct. 24 - Board Meeting - Note Date Change Monday, Oct. 24 - PTC Club Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Band/Choir Concert Quick Updates: 1. SLE picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th....

  • PASSAGES

    Oct 13, 2022

    Leon Kauffman, Condon Community Church We live in a world that seems increasingly contentious. In today’s world, it would seem that enemies are everywhere to be had. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount makes it clear that for believer there is a high bar in the attitude toward those who might be enemies. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44) Jesus goes on to give a reason for this command saying in verse 45...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Chamber trying to regroup Chamber members and interested parties, it’s time to have the discussion as to what is next for the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber needs to reorganize to regain its 501c6 status that was lost years ago. There has been a handful of people who have expressed interest in rekindling it. A lot has changed in the last few years. For instance the Chamber no longer runs the Visitors Center, doesn’t not have an executive director and has not done any events other than the Fourth of July parade and fir...

  • A PLACE FOR ALL

    Oct 13, 2022

    From Alta Martin DNRC Clearwater Firefighter & Fire Prevention Assistant,DNRC-Southwestern Land Office, Missoula County Fire Protection Association When summer changes to fall and the smoky air starts to clear, we try to leave the anxiety of fire season behind and embrace cooler weather and shorter days. While we begin to leave fire season behind us, it is important to know who spends their summers on the ground protecting our resources, properties, and lives. The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District (RFD) is one of the first lines of defense in an...

  • Sandy's moose

    Oct 13, 2022

    Sandy Pisauro shows off a moose she took on Sept. 29 in the Scapegoat Wilderness area 10 miles north of Lincoln. The Pathfinder welcomes submitted photos. To submit a photo with you and your animal or the perfect picture of animals in the wild, end a high-resolution photo, your name, hometown and description to: pathfinder@seeleylake.com.l be printed in the Dec. 8 issue....

  • Planned burns send up smoke

    Oct 13, 2022

    From the U.S. Forest Service SEELEY LAKE -- If locals saw plumes of smoke rising from south of town last week, they needn’t worry. Firefighters across the Lolo National Forest were scheduled to perform fall prescribed burning to reduce hazardous fuels, restore wildlife habitat, and better protect communities from future wildfires. The burns were schedules to begin Oct. 3, as long as wind conditions were favorable. Favorable conditions include correct parameters for temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation for smoke. When p...

  • Horse sweat and cards...

    Oct 13, 2022

    By Jean Pocha Pathfinder Correspondent HELMVILLE "Thanks for riding with us," were the parting words to the 170 riders after they drew their last card in the Third Annual Helmville Poker Ride Oct. 8 marked the day for the Helmville Community Fundraiser. The ride was held on the Mannix-Wineglass Ranch a couple miles southeast of Helmville. Both a five and ten mile loop in the foothills of Hoodoo Mountain were available to riders. Cards were drawn and recorded at five separate stations along the...

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Oct 13, 2022

    Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Call Log OCT . 3 to Oct. 9 • 10/5 11:44 p.m. Disturbance, 3XX CUB LN, Responding Unit(s): 468 SLE • 10/7 Intimidation, 32XX HIGHWAY 83, Responding Unit(s): SLE • 10/7 Suspicious Activity, 12:02 p.m., 2X MM HWY 83 Responding Unit(s): HP248, SLE • 10/7 Stolen Vehicle, 12:05 p.m., 400XX PAWS UP RD, Responding Unit(s): 468, SLE • 10/8 4:29 p.m. Suspicious Activity, 13XX KAUFFMAN RD Responding Unit(s): 468, SLE • 10/8 9:06 p.m. Disturbance. 32XX HIGHWAY 83, Responding Unit(s): 461, 468, SLE • 7:41 p.m. Recovered...

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