Articles from the October 25, 2018 edition

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  • Board contemplates countersuit

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed counter suing Don Larson and the people who joined Larson’s lawsuit against the District at their Oct. 18 meeting. The board also received a manager’s report, discussed the inter-local agreement with the county, sewer service contracts and interviewed candidates for the open board position. Director Davy Good said he felt the District should consider a countersuit against Larson and approximately 50 other plaintiffs who sued the District. The countersuit would be to recover the money...

  • I Ride Seeley Lake working to expand services

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – "I Ride has been really good not only for him but for the family," said RC Frazier's sister and caregiver Linda Graham of Seeley Lake. Frazier has been taking the I Ride van to Missoula for dialysis once a week for almost a year. He is one of the many local residents that have taken more than 370 rides given since the I Ride Seeley Lake Van Service started in the spring of 2017. The intent of I Ride Seeley Lake is to provide affordable, reliable transportation to medical appointmen...

  • Maughan state champion - Ladies place fourth

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    MISSOULA – Freshman Sariah Maughan took the Montana High School Association Class C State Cross Country Championship by storm Saturday, Oct. 20 beating two past state champions. Not only did she win the meet with her best time of 19:52.89, she set a new Class C State record. The Girls Varsity team finished fourth, missing the podium by just four points. After losing sophomore Caleb Maughan to a football injury, the Boys Varsity team continued to struggle with physical challenges. They f...

  • Addy Boo Trevino Celebration of Life

    Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to a Celebration of Life for Addy Trevino, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. If Addy touched your life in any way, you are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers the Trevino family requests that donations go to DIPG research to help find a cure. One organization where 100 percent of the funds go directly to research is Run of Hope Seattle One, If you would like to give to the family, donate i...

  • The dangers of the internet

    Ashly Alexander, Homeschool Senior|Oct 25, 2018

    Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter... These, among countless others, are brands of social media millennials are very familiar with. They use them to post their lives and memories online, or to communicate with their friends in a quick, easy fashion. But among these fun and communal sites lurks predators and stalkers alike, waiting to prey upon the perfect victim of their choosing. Their victim could be your sibling, child or best friend. This is my experience and why you should be aware of...

  • McDonald for Lake County Commissioner

    Kari Gunderson, Swan Valley, Mont.|Oct 25, 2018

    SWAN VALLEY - I live in the far northeastern corner of Lake County where we are often forgotten about except when we receive our property tax bill to mainly pay for services benefiting Lake County residents in the Mission Valley. Oh that’s right, we have a dumpsite at Porcupine Creek on Highway 83 in the Swan Valley. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of all the fighting that takes place among Lake County residents. It’s bad enough the national political scene is so contentious, but locally there have been years of acrimony with the water c...

  • Initiative Quandary

    Bruce Bourne, Part-time Seeley Lake resident|Oct 25, 2018

    I’m really struggling to make a decision on how to vote on Initiatives 185 and 186. I’ve seen the mailers on I-185 that claim it is unconstitutional. If so, why are groups spending so much money to defeat it? Also, considering we think of our form of government as a democracy, telling people that their vote will not count seems a bit insulting. The other problem I have with I-185 is the additional tax on tobacco products. This tax is aimed at a small portion of Montanans (I don’t use tobacco). It seems like it would be too small of a tax base....

  • Scammer targets local organization

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – “Are you available to complete a task?” was a simple question emailed to a local organization’s office manager this past week. The email appeared to be from the organization’s leader. Without thinking twice about the email, the manager responded to the first hook of a scammer’s request. Scam artists defraud millions of people each year by using the internet to trick victims into sending money or giving out personal information. In this case the organization was asked to provide information for Google Play gift cards that they p...

  • Lolo National Forest to update mailing list

    Lolo National Forest|Oct 25, 2018

    MISSOULA – The Lolo National Forest is asking the public to help update its mailing list for those who wish to receive forest information about project planning and other activities. Those who are currently on LNF’s mailing list will be notified with instructions on how to remain on the list or update their mailing information. Data maintained by the Forest includes: name, address, telephone, email and interests. Those who wish to receive information will be able to select a geographic area (entire Forest or by Ranger District) and type(s) of...

  • Why I voted for Lee Bridges

    Maria Ibarbia, Piltzville, Mont.|Oct 25, 2018

    As a child immigrant from an archipelago ruled by an oligarchic despot, I’m acutely aware of how precious my vote is. As a U.S. citizen and Independent, I vote. No matter how disgusted or jaded I’ve become with decisions from both parties, I vote. Without fail, in every election, I vote--and for HD 92, I’ve voted for Lee Bridges. Unlike the current and previous incumbents, Lee has lived, worked, recreated and volunteered for over 30 years in the district she would represent, forging productive relationships that would serve her well in represen...

  • Open letter to Mike Hopkins

    Lee Bridges, East Missoula, Mont.|Oct 25, 2018

    Dear Mike: In your last letter to the editor you accused me and my staff of sending out attack ads against you. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, none of my campaign literature or ads have ever even mentioned you. As you said, like you I am proud that our campaign against each other has been conducted by the highest standards of ethics and civility. Over the last few months we have had many conversations and, although we are opponents, they have never been acrimonious. Your last couple of letters have surprised and shocked me,...

  • My plans if re-elected

    Representative Mike Hopkins House District 92, Missoula, Mont.|Oct 25, 2018

    In my previous letter, I talked about what we did in the last legislative session. For the next two letters, I wanted to talk about what I plan to do if re-elected to continue serving you in the Legislature. First and foremost, we need to repair the damage to the State Budget from the Special Session. We need to repair the Health and Human services budget, that’s case management, that’s early intervention, disability services and Medicaid Reimbursement rates. We also need to repair the Higher Education budget. The good news is that the Gov...

  • Marshall response - Hopkins keep up the good work

    Keith Virga, Potomac, Mont.|Oct 25, 2018

    I just read Mike Marshall’s editorial from Oct. 18. I was appalled at his armchair political attack on Mike Hopkins. Hey, Mr. Marshall, how about I send 40 people to where your mother volunteers to bust in, climb up on the roof, put up posters, shout obstinacies from a bull horn, shove cameras in her face and protest about something unrelated to her? The Kavanaugh issue the protesters were upset with had nothing to do with the GOP office. The GOP volunteers are there to support Republican candidates locally and statewide. It was suggested t...

  • Thank you HD92

    Lee Bridges Candidate for HD92, East Missoula, Mont.|Oct 25, 2018

    Thank you, residents of House District 92! You have graciously welcomed me at your homes and at all the many events I have attended this past year. I am a hardworking, blue collar worker and public servant. I live in House District 92 and have for 35 years, while my opponent does not. I understand our issues and I am proud to run on my own merits, listening to all sides of the issues with everyone in my District, regardless of party affiliation. By listening to everyone, without passing judgment, I find we have much more in common than we have...

  • Teamwork promises to help improve mental health care

    John Blodget, The Western News|Oct 25, 2018

    Last week: Part 1 discussed the closure of Western Montana Mental Health Center in Libby, how the behavior health network was built and how mental health crises were averted. Assessing the early results Overall, Lincoln County's behavioral health network Manager Amy Fantozzi said there have been fewer roadblocks and obstacles than expected in responding to Western Montana Mental Health Center's closure. "Things are going well for the most part," she said. From the start of March to the end of...

  • Comments reviewed, redevelopment sites requested

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council reviewed public comments on the final draft of the Swan Valley Regional Plan at their regular monthly meeting Oct.16. Missoula County Community and Planning Services presented the opportunity for the valley to help identify sites containing potentially hazardous materials. The Council also discussed a possible shooting range and were informed that free smoke alarms are available through Swan Valley Emergency Services. Council members agreed to make no changes after reviewing public comments...

  • Seeley Lake Ranger District update

    Rachel Feigley, Seeley Lake District Ranger, Lolo National Forest|Oct 25, 2018

    Autumn is here and the Seeley Lake Ranger District is finalizing summer seasonal fieldwork. The upcoming winter season presents a shift in focus but a steady pace of work continues. This update is meant to keep you informed of what is occurring on your National Forest. The summer operating season began with responding to spring flooding events affecting many roads across the Seeley Lake Ranger District. In addition, the treatments recommended in the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessments were completed. These treatments included...

  • Slow start to hunting season in western Montana

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Oct 25, 2018

    Montana's 2018 big game hunting season opened Oct. 20 with a light harvest under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures in western Montana. Hunters are encouraged to check the Montana hunting regulations for the district they plan to hunt before hitting the field. Hunters must stop at all check stations that they pass, even if they have not harvested any animals. The general rifle season for deer and elk runs through Sunday, Nov. 25. Hunters are reminded to "Be Bear Aware" and properly s...

  • Awea Duo produces unique music with flute and saxophone

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – From the first piece they played at the Oct. 21 concert sponsored by Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage, the Awea Duo made it known theirs was not going to be a typical classical music concert. Jennifer Brimson Cooper played the flute and Masahito Sugihara played the saxophone – not a typical duo combination to begin with. In addition, they played Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," one of the most famous works composed for – pipe organ! Think Bela Lugosi, Dracula, and the organ...

  • Brinley Dixie Bartlett

    Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - Brinley Dixie Bartlett was born Sept. 17 at 7:45 p.m. to Seeley Lake residents Leland and Jona Bartlett. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 17 inches long. Brinley was welcomed by grandparents William and Terryl Bartlett of Seeley Lake, Marty and Carol Peltier of Libby, Mont. and great grandparents Jay and Marlene Haveman of Seeley Lake.... Full story

  • I-185 would raise tobacco tax to expand Medicaid coverage

    Alina Sturgess, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Oct 25, 2018

    Montana smokers could be on the hook for an additional $2 per pack if ballot initiative Initiative 185 passes. The tobacco industry is shelling out big bucks in hopes it won’t happen. It’s a big reason your mailbox is stuffed this election season with flyers arguing its pros and cons. The initiative’s backers see its passage as a “win-win.” Higher taxes for tobacco products could discourage their use and perhaps reduce medical problems they cause. The extra money raised would help expand Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides...

  • I-185's critics doubt its constitutionality; backers point to similar initiative in 2004

    Marti Liechty, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Oct 25, 2018

    While debate swirls over the cost of an initiative to expand Medicaid by raising taxes on Montana tobacco products, questions over the measure’s constitutionality are drawing attention too. Initiative 185 has the support of the American Heart Association, the Montana Hospital Association and Gov. Steve Bullock, who hope raising the tax on tobacco would help fund an expansion of Medicaid. Opponents include major national tobacco producers and the Montana Republican Party. I-185 asks voters to increase the taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $2. A...

  • SSHS recognizes football seniors

    Oct 25, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior football athletes and managers along with their families at the last volleyball home game of the season Saturday, Oct. 20. Next week we will feature volleyball and cross country seniors....

  • Pioneers' volleyball season ends with smiles

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    POTOMAC - Coached by teachers Christi Taillefer and Ashley Olsen, 17 Potomac Pioneers turned out and played for the volleyball season. The coaches said the season went well and that the players demonstrated a drive to work together as a team. "The players invested the time and energy to develop a positive working dynamic," said coach Olsen. There were nine players on the A team and 10 players on the B team divvied up between fifth- eighth graders. Two players played both A and B. The B Team...

  • Taillefer continues passion for teaching in Potomac

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Oct 25, 2018

    POTOMAC - Christianna Taillefer co-teaches in the mornings in first through third grades for Math, Geometry and Algebra at Potomac School. During the afternoon she is a Paraprofessional. She also helped coach girl’s volleyball and helps teach Explorers. “Teaching is my passion,” she said. “I love sharing my knowledge with others.” Taillefer was born in Oregon but spent the majority of her life in Tennessee. She graduated from Montana State University Billings in 2014 and holds degrees in Kinder...

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