Articles from the October 21, 2021 edition


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  • Council to ask FWP to reopen Clearwater Junction RV Dump

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – At their Monday, Oct. 11 meeting, the Seeley Lake Community Council voted to send a letter to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks asking them to fix the RV Dump Station at Clearwater Junction by next spring. They also discussed the speed limit radar signs. Council member Bruce Friede started the conversation regarding the RV Dump at the Clearwater Junction. He said there are 15 campgrounds in the area from Ovando on Highway 200 north on Highway 83 to Holland Lake. This does not include all the RV dispersed camping that happens in the...

  • "Tell us your story" fosters community

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Conversation was lively following the "Tell Us Your Story" event Oct. 14. New connections had been made simply by listening to each share about their life and experiences - "I didn't know we both rode the bus to Missoula for high school," "Now I know who you are when I see you at the gym," "You're the one who works with that organization...I need to talk to you." The storytelling event featured residents who shared their stories about why they moved to the area and why they love it...

  • 2021 Seeley-Swan High School Homecoming

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School celebrated homecoming last weekend. The students worked Friday morning creating their class floats for the parade Saturday. Fans enjoyed a barbecue put on by the SSHS Booster Club while the Blackhawks took on Flint Creek Friday night, Oct. 15. Saturday morning the classes took to Highway 83 for their annual Homecoming Parade. The junior class won the class competition with their pirate ship float. The Lady Blackhawks took on Hot Springs Savage Heat Saturday...

  • Clarification on SOS Road land ownership

    Lauraine Lowe, Seeley Lake, Montana|Oct 21, 2021

    Regarding article Alpine Trails Phases 3 and 4 in the Sept. 16, 2021 Pathfinder, clarification is needed. The statement made by Kevin Wetherell to the Missoula County Commissioners was false. Prior to the Lowes purchasing property on SOS Road, the owners were the Spaffords. Kevin Wetherell never had ownership of the property. Records have been checked at the County Recorder....

  • Speak up about new wolf laws

    Elinor Williamson, Saint Petersburg, Florida|Oct 21, 2021

    After reading how the wolves are going to be maintained now, I was sick at heart. Gray wolves are already in danger due to humans. Hopefully they will be listed before they are all killed off. Now we hear from the governor and legislature, who I doubt have ever seen a live wolf, and give free rein to those who will allow the slaughter of these wolves by traps. It is such a cruel and unsporting way for wolves and a terrible danger for our dogs, cats and other animals. Then they say baiting can be used. Such a sportsman to stand and shoot an...

  • Hoof bundles

    Mike Stevenson|Oct 21, 2021

    Editor’s Note: This is continued from last week’s Part 1... I found myself at the center tree now, in Nolan Yellow Kidney’s Sun Dance lodge. I was there wondering why they’d asked me, the newcomer white guy, to help tie up the prayer cloths and leave the tobacco offerings at the base of the tree. With all the people watching I was nervous as I carefully wrapped the many-colored cloths around the aspen trunk. Then, while trying not to cover the photo of a woman’s face that someone had put up, a voice behind me quietly said, “It’s okay, you can c...

  • Public invited to comment on Housing Action Plan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    MISSOULA - Missoula County is seeking public input on the new Housing Action Plan: Breaking Ground. The County developed the draft plan in response to the rapidly evolving housing market in the County and the growing population that has created an undersupply of housing at all price points. Seeley Lake is specifically mentioned with Lolo to increase housing supply by accelerating planning for and investment in infrastructure (sewer, water, roads, broadband and transit). Missoula County has a shortage of about 2,400 housing units, with home...

  • Prescribed pile burning scheduled

    Montana DNRC|Oct 21, 2021

    The Clearwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation plans to conduct prescribed pile burning this fall. The area covered will be on School Trust Lands within the rough area of Greenough, Seeley Lake and Lincoln, Montana. These burns will be approved by Montana Idaho Airshed Group (a cooperative group including federal, state, and county groups and the forest industry) to determine quality days to burn. The piles we will be burning are from timber harvest and pre-commercial thinnings. Like many situations, nature...

  • A Historical Journey through Bob Marshall Country

    Steve Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Oct 21, 2021

    It had been a long day on the trail in 1996 as I slowly worked my way toward the top of the ridge clearing downfall from the trail. When I reached the top of the ridge, the land opened up and the views were especially beautiful as the late evening sunshine cast a golden hue across the landscape. Overhead, a few reddish, wispy clouds contrasted the deep, cobalt blue sky. A nearby hermit thrush began its melodic song. I was less than a hundred yards from a trail intersection that would lead me to my camp. I came around a slight bend in the trail...

  • Girl Scout Troop formation meeting Oct. 28

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – After several inquiries regarding a Girl Scout troop in the area, Ben Stone, member experience manager out of the Girl Scouts of America Missoula Office, is excited to pursue the opportunity to start a troop in Seeley Lake. There will be a troop formation meeting 4-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation West Wing for girls kindergarten through sixth grade and their parents. Everyone is invited to come learn more about Girl Scouts and starting a troop. There will be activities for the girls. Stone said...

  • Quotes to help live by and come closer to Jesus Christ

    President Sherman Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Oct 21, 2021

    "Pure Truth, Pure Doctrine, and Pure Revelation" - President Russell M. Nelson. The pure doctrine of Christ is powerful. It changes the life of everyone who understands it and seeks to implement it in his or her life. The doctrine of Christ helps us find and stay on the covenant path. Staying on that narrow but well-defined path will ultimately qualify us to receive all that God has. Nothing could be worth more than all our Father has! Finally, pure revelation for the questions in your heart wil...

  • Keep your eyes peeled

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    On a hike in Montana's forests, only a fool would dispute the advice to keep your eyes peeled for bears. But peeling one's eyes sounds painful. Where did that expression come from? One proffered origin links the phrase to Robert Peel. As Chief Secretary for Ireland, Peel established the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1814. Constables, i.e., those Peel appointed to keep the King's peace, picked up the nickname "peelers." Presumably the name referred to Peel's directive that they were to keep their...

  • Paving project discussed, eighth grade trip approved

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    POTOMAC – At their Oct. 11 meeting, the Potomac School Board continued discussion on paving handicap parking spaces and ADA playground equipment in response to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaint. They also approved the eighth grade capstone trip plans with World Strides in Tampa, Florida and continued discussions on the Strategic Plan and Goals, Curriculum Management Policy and Plan and the professional responsibilities and goals for the principal. During public comment, a representative from the Blackfoot Church expressed several c...

  • MCPS extends face covering mandate

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    MISSOULA – At their Oct. 12 meeting, the Missoula County Public School Board extended the mask mandate for MCPS schools with a vote of 8-2. The board will reevaluate the decision at their November meeting where they also hope to also consider parameters created by the MCPS COVID Task Force that would give them metrics and measurable targets to lift the mask mandate. Superintendent Rob Watson presented various COVID statistics for MCPS. As of Friday, Oct .8, there have been 283 total cases since the start of school including 240 students, four o...

  • Board reviews return to school plan, reorganizes

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – At their Oct. 12 meeting, the Swan Valley School board accepted trustee Randy Williams’ resignation, reorganized and discussed the threshold that they would implement a face covering requirement. The board will consider the Montana School Board Association’s policies regarding face coverings at their Nov. 9 meeting. After several years of serving on the Board, Williams sent a note of resignation effective immediately. He said it was an honor and privilege to serve on the board but his life has changed and he is no longer available...

  • Jim Cearley July 6, 1941 - Oct. 10, 2021

    Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Jim Cearley, a young 80, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 10. He was born to James and Hazel Cearley in Morton, Washington on July 6, 1941. After the passing of his father, Hazel married Pat McGillvray and they relocated to Avon, Montana. Jim and his sister Eleanor attended Powell County High School where he met his future wife Lois Gilbert. The two just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 14, 2021. Jim served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Snohomish County (LST). After... Full story

  • Steven L. Hurlburt Dec. 19, 1953 - Sept. 30, 2021

    Oct 21, 2021

    CONDON - Steven L. Hurlburt, 67, of Condon passed away at his residence on Sept. 30 following a brief illness. Steve is survived by: his brothers Robert Coverdell and his wife Janey of Nevada, Scott Coverdell and his wife Dawn of Colorado and Bart Hurlburt and his wife Paula of Idaho; his stepfather Don Coverdell of Colorado; and many nieces, nephew and dear friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents Clara Cork (Nee Harding) and William Hurlburt and brother William E. Coverdell. Steve... Full story

  • Betting on biochar in Bonner

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Oct 21, 2021

    On a 159-acre working forestland east of Bonner, Dave Atkins' personal and professional interests overlap. There, in a stand of dry conifer forest populated with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and the occasional western larch, Atkins tinkers with forest management techniques he's learned over the past half-century in an effort to better equip his property for the changing conditions of the next 100 years. Now retired, Atkins had a long career with the U.S. Forest Service that spanned several... Full story

  • Eagles soar in undefeated regular season

    Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary girls volleyball closed out an undefeated regular season Oct. 11 with a final home game against Valley Christian. They clawed their way up through the losers bracket at tournaments in Frenchtown Oct. 16 taking second to St. Joes in the final set of the third game. Eagles Head Coach Chelsea Cahoon and Assistant Coach Sandee Cahoon were really proud of the girls for all their hard work and flexibility throughout the season. There were 22 girls on the B (fif...

  • Cross Country team heads to State

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    MISSOULA – At the Runner's Edge Invite at Linda Visit Oct. 14, the Blackhawks set new personal records, season bests and freshman Wesley Stevenson qualified for the State Meet. Four Blackhawks and one Lady Blackhawk will compete at State in Missoula Oct. 23. At Linda Vista, Conner Chadwick led the Blackhawks shaving off 40 seconds for a new personal record of 21:19.84. He finished in 78th place among all the schools. Hunter Coyle followed Chadwick taking 90th place with a time of 21:57.10. T...

  • Blackhawks fall to Flint Creek

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - In the homecoming game Oct. 15, senior Walker McDonald was the only Blackhawk to put points on the board in the 6-42 loss to Flint Creek. No additional stats were available. The Blackhawks kick off Friday, Oct. 22 against Charlo at 7 p.m. for their last home game of the season....

  • Ladies extinguish Savage Heat

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - At their homecoming game, Oct. 16, the Lady Blackhawks finished the Hot Springs Savage Heat in three 25-17, 25-15 and 25-19. No stats were available at press time. The Lady Blackhawks take on Lincoln at home, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. for a varsity-only game. Saturday they travel to take on Valley Christian with JV starting at 4 p.m....

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Oct 21, 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 seeleylake.com 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. 23, 1986 issue Frosty morning ride Thirty-one kindergartners from Seeley Lake Elementary went on a brisk hayride... Full story

  • Ronald Lynn Burnett Jan. 11, 1947 - Oct. 8, 2021

    Oct 21, 2021

    Ronald Lynn Burnett passed to eternal life on Oct. 8, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ron died suddenly and unexpectedly while his wife and he were visiting their granddaughter at Chaminade University. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Richard and Marie (Kastl) Burnett on Jan. 11, 1947. He went to Immaculate Conception Church School until 8th grade, attended South High 3 years, and graduated from Westside High School in 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska. He entered the Navy after graduation. He served in the... Full story

  • Structure fire destroys trailer

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    Just after 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, a mobile home on Tamarack Drive was destroyed by fire. Neighbors worked to keep the flames from spreading to adjacent property until volunteer firefighters arrived. Full story will be available next week....

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