Articles from the October 22, 2015 edition


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  • Geared for the Challenge – Glen's Automotive Celebrates 30 Years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Glen and Mary Ann Morin opened Glen's Automotive Service (Glen's) Oct. 15, 1985 on Highway 83 in Seeley Lake. While Glen's goal has always been to offer first class bumper-to-bumper service, the last 30 years have brought about significant changes in the automotive industry, challenging the Morins to hire qualified service personnel and keep up with new technology. Glen grew up on a ranch in Arlee, Mont. His family tested machinery, making recommendations to the company to help it...

  • Running for Life

    Oct 22, 2015

  • Seeley Lake Girls Win Country Cottage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE – Three-year-old Mason Welch and her two-year-old sister Hayden are the proud owners of their first house. The country cottage playhouse, built by Doug Richards and raffled off by Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE), found its home on Riverview Drive in Seeley Lake after Mason's ticket was drawn by SLE seventh-grader Emily Howard at the Tamarack Festival. Mason's grandmother Renita Ruth is the manager at Cory's Valley Market. She bought five tickets when tickets went on sale and t...

  • Outdoor Burning by Permit "OPEN"

    Oct 22, 2015

    MISSOULA - Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) announced a return to MODERATE fire danger after a very arduous wildland fire season. Recent rains and cool seasonal temperatures have lowered the fire danger to levels that allow for issuance of outdoor burning permits in Missoula County. Missoula County permits for agricultural or prescribed wildland burning are the only type of permits available in Missoula County this time of year. They are available online or at some local fire departments for $5. General permits (yard debris,... Full story

  • Commissioners Respond to Moore's Letter

    Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Thank you for your inquiry regarding the County’s efforts to resolve the road issue in the Dogtown neighborhood in Seeley Lake. We share your concern for our constituents and the services they receive and have engaged in numerous conversations with the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) and the community regarding the decision to suspend road maintenance in that area. We’d like to outline the efforts we’ve made to date so that you have a complete picture of the County’s approach to meeting the needs o...

  • Please Pause For Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Oct 22, 2015

    I am happy to say The Ed Jackson fund has helped many people lately to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Paws Up Animal Shelter of Potomac has been taking in and adopting out dogs. No dogs or cats are allowed in until the rabies quarantine expires around Nov. 14. People the shelters are full of dogs and cats that have not had their rabies shots. If your dog is picked up and does not have current rabies shots, it will be held for sixty days and you will be charged with dog at loose and the charges of the sixty days held in order to get your dog...

  • Hwy 83 Proposal Completed, MCPS Bond and Dogtown Snowplowing Discussed

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) finalized their proposal for safety improvements on Highway 83 and voted to submit it to the Missoula County Commissioners (MCC) for approval at their Oct. 12 meeting. The snow plowing on Grizzly Drive and the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) bond were also discussed. The traffic safety proposal includes reducing speeds to as low as 25 mph downtown and expanding speed zones south to mile marker 11 (Poverty Flats) and north to the Base Camp Bar. Passing zones near Big Larch Campground,...

  • Funding Update and Hookup Surveys Completed

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) received an update on funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD). Managers also updated the board on the hookup surveys. District Managers met with RD and were told that the district did not receive funding from the 2014-2015 allocation. The district is in the next round of funding for the 2015-2016 federal fiscal year’s allocation to Montana through RD. “We knew that [not receiving funding from the 2014-15 allocation] was a possibility,” said Manag...

  • Celebrate Montana Forest Products Week

    Oct 22, 2015

    HELENA - Montana Forest Products Week, designed to showcase the forest industry and its vital role in sustainable forest management and in Montana’s economy, is this week with events planned around the state. The Montana Legislature first designated Montana Forest Products Week in 2011 to recognize the forest products industry, calling on communities, businesses and other organizations to observe the week. The week also coincides with National Forest Products Week. Tuesday, Oct. 20, Montana Governor Steve Bullock presented the “Governor’s Award...

  • Trunk-or-Treat Returns for Second Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Trunk-or-Treat is back for its second year at the corner of School Lane and Pine Drive. The community is encouraged to decorate trunks and bring the whole family for contests, games, prizes, tricks and treats from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. There are several contests to participate in this year. Bring a decorated or carved pumpkin by 6 p.m. for judging. Trunks will be judged in five categories: Best Story; Best Disguise; Silliest/Cutest; Vintage and Time Travel. There will also be a costume parade for children and adults...

  • Learning, Conserving and Restoring – The Blackfoot Clearwater Project

    Erin Hendel, Development Writer, The Nature Conservancy|Oct 22, 2015

    When The Nature Conservancy acquired the 117,152-acre Clearwater Blackfoot Project in January, we knew that it would take some time on the ground to truly assess the condition of the property. We also knew that restoration and determining a long-term strategy for these lands would take a lot of help from everyone who cares about them. What we didn’t anticipate was the tremendous outpouring of support from community members and organizations. As we near the end of our first year on this project, we want to extend our sincerest thanks to the m...

  • Ducks Unlimited Hosts Second Annual Banquet

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) hosted their second annual fundraising banquet, Oct. 17. People from around the area and as far away as Helena attended the banquet to show their support for conservation programs sponsored by the National Ducks Unlimited organization. Although attendance was down a little bit from last year, one of the organizers Duane Anderson said that he thought the turnout was great for the second annual event. "I've never killed a duck in my lif...

  • Know the Rules for Hunting on State Trust Lands

    Oct 22, 2015

    HELENA – With the 2015 hunting season now under way, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) asks hunters and other recreationists get acquainted with the regulations for accessing trust lands before they take to the field. • Hunters and anglers 12 years of age and older must possess a valid Montana Conservation License to hunt or fish on trust lands. For other types of non-commercial or non-concentrated uses, a separate State Lands General Recreational Use License is required. • Know where boundaries lie. • Do not t...

  • Culture: A Way of Life

    Sharon Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Oct 22, 2015

    SWAN VALLEY - Local kindergarten through eighth grade students recently visited the Swan Valley Museum to meet members of the Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC), and learn about the traditional way of life of tribal people. Shirley Trahan, SPCC senior advisor and translator, and Thompson Smith, SPCC historian, emphasized the importance of keeping the Salish language alive. Trahan, who speaks fluent Salish, encouraged the students to recite the Salish words for various animal puppets...

  • Harvest Dinner in Potomac Brings 'Em In

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    POTOMAC - Potomac and Greenough communities held their traditional harvest potluck dinner the evening of Oct. 17. The event took place at the Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC). The Blackfoot Home and Community Club (BHCC), Potomac Bible Church and the Blackfoot Church of Potomac hosted the event. Attendees brought side dishes or salads according to last name and the BHCC provided desserts, breads and ham. Pastor Carrie Benton of the Blackfoot Church of Potomac led the community in...

  • Gene W. Boucher 1942-2015

    Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Gene Weldon Boucher, 73, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday, Oct. 14 of Pulmonary Cystic Fibrosis. Gene was born Oct. 13, 1942 in Long Beach, Calif., to Jack and Roseva Boucher. He grew up in Live Oak Acres, Oak View, Calif. with his two sisters, Joyce (Jody) and JoAnn and brother, Jack. He went to Santa Ana School, which has been under Lake Casitas for many decades. After high school, Gene was drafted into the Army in 1960 serving in infantry and as a heavy... Full story

  • Gerald A. Estes Sr. 1925-2015

    Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Gerald A. Estes Sr., 90 of Green Street, Au Sable Forks, N.Y. passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7 at AMC-Uihlein, Lake Placid, N.Y. Gerald was born in Au Sable Forks April 22, 1925, the son of the late Sidney and Theresa (Carpenter) Estes. He served in the U.S. Army from Sept.15, 1944 to July 31, 1946. Gerald served in Central Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. Gerald married Theresa E. Warner on Feb. 18, 1950 in St. John the Baptist Church in Keeseville, N.Y. Theresa... Full story

  • Glenn Francis Schaff

    Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Glenn Francis Schaff, 76, of Seeley Lake, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. A celebration of life and mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Living Water Catholic Church in Seeley Lake. A luncheon will follow.... Full story

  • Perfection for the Christian

    William Campbell, Elder - Mission Bible Fellowship|Oct 22, 2015

    It would be a mistake for us, as Christians, to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do. The only perfect person was Jesus Christ. And while it is true that we will one day become perfect, that will not be true this side of heaven. God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. Yet most of us spend more time asking God for things than we do actually seeking God. The more time we spend thinking about ourselves, the greater we hinder God’s work in, and through us. The Apostle Paul touched on this when he wrote to the...

  • For the Birds - Home Sweet Homes Built

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Elden Barbieri and Jody Butler have been busy this summer filling Butler's backyard with summer homes for bluebirds, wrens and chickadees. With more than 20 hand-painted bird houses to choose from, they hope returning birds this spring will feel right at home. After replacing Butler's fence, she decided it needed something more. "She thought it would be a good idea if we put up some bird houses, like two or three," said Barbieri. "Twenty some later we are still building bird...

  • Senior Lady Blackhawks Recognized

    Oct 22, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Lady Blackhawks recognized five seniors at their final home game, Oct. 15....

  • SSHS Provides Updates on School Year Changes

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    The Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Trustees met at Seeley-Swan High School for their October board meeting, Oct. 13. Several staff and students spoke about the changes in the school week and Superintendent Mark Thane addressed the MCPS Bond. SSHS math teacher Mary Stone provided the board with an update on the 4+ school week. She said an average of 35 students are required to attend every Friday to make up work or retake tests. Of those, five to six are no-shows. An average of seven students per week are coming in because they...

  • Services and Density Discussions Heat Up

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee discussed the Public Facilities and Services element at their meeting, Oct. 14. Discussion about services needed and wanted by the residents was followed by vocal opinions regarding land density in the plan. In the introduction to the Facilities and Services element, planner Robert Horne said he tried to convey the attitude he heard in the neighborhood meetings: The Swan Valley is not getting the tax money they pay into Missoula County back in the way of services. In regards to law e...

  • Nordique Log Homes

    Oct 22, 2015

    Goal: The goal of Nordique Log Homes is to provide a quality, hand hewn log home package at a reasonable price. Their patented system allows for the construction of a log home that will not "settle", saving time and money. History: Nordique System Log Homes was started by Bruce Janssen and Dan Baker in 1996 in the Swan Valley. In 1998, Ken Donovan purchased a third interest in the company and upon the passing of Bruce, the business has been owned by Baker and Donovan. On April 2, 2002, Nordique...

  • Young Team Shines with 7-2 Record

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 22, 2015

    Seeley Lake Elementary flag football team wrapped up the season with a 7-2 record. Both losses came from Superior. Head Coach Andy Sieges was proud of all the young team learned. The two graduating eighth-graders, Dakota Wood and Caleb Maughan, were happy with the season. Sieges said the first game the team played they lost to Superior 2-28. "It should have been a lot uglier with an ending score of 2-42." When they took to the field against Superior later in the season, they held the lead until...

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