Articles from the October 31, 2019 edition


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  • Historical Society celebrates Maloney Cabin restoration

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Around 30 Seeley Lake Historical Society members gathered for a 1920s-themed celebration and ribbon cutting for the Maloney Cabin. The Seeley Lake Historical Society looks forward to using the cabin to foster knowledge and a better understanding of the history in the Seeley Lake. The 100-year old Maloney Cabin was donated to the Seeley Lake Historical Society in 2016 by Lee Dick. The cabin was originally located along Seeley Creek, east of Highway 83 in the Maloney complex. S...

  • DEQ issues caution for algae bloom

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Based on photos received Oct. 18, the Department of Environmental Quality confirmed blue-green algae was present along the east shore on the north end of Seeley Lake. While not all blue-green algae blooms are harmful, the public is asked to use caution when recreating in Seeley Lake because conditions can change rapidly and are unpredictable. Algae are a group of photosynthetic organisms which have a number of beneficial uses. However, algae may cause a great deal of damage if p...

  • Lady Blackhawks win Class C State Championship

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    With temperatures hovering just below the 30 degree mark and snow on the course, the Seeley-Swan High School Lady Blackhawks flew to victory at the Class C State Cross Country meet in Great Falls, Oct. 26. They beat the two-time Class C State Champion West Yellowstone by six points after taking four of the top 10 places. This is the fifth State Championship title for SSHS in Cross Country after it became a sanctioned sport in 1971. The Lady Blackhawks took the championship in 1973 and 1978. The...

  • Missoula policies do not fit healthy rural economy

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Oct 31, 2019

    Commissioner Josh Slotniks’ suggestion that Seeley Lake create a Business Improvement District suggests a certain naivete, or to use a football metaphor, a rookie mistake. Seeley’s business community seems fine. That we have to commute to Missoula for better prices and cheaper gas is another subject. Mr. Slotnik does not appear to understand the underpinnings of a healthy a rural community. First, most rural residents reside where they live by choice. They do not want the hustle and bustle of a Missoula. Second, any community to prosper needs a...

  • DNRC & FWP need to engage Elbow Lake landowners towards a solution

    Jane Grochowski, Greenough, Mont.|Oct 31, 2019

    ELBOW LAKE - I am a leaseholder at Elbow Lake, responding to the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding the proposed removal of the Elbow Lake “dam” (more accurately “weir”). My lot is situated below the weir, so I may be personally less affected than some of my fellow Elbow Lake cabin owners. Nevertheless, while I support the goal of upstream bull trout passage, I am opposed to removal of the weir for the following reasons. 1. Elbow Lake has existed as a lake at least since the mid-1950s, when some of the first state leases were is...

  • What makes a complete rifle battery?

    Philip Gregory|Oct 31, 2019

    I have been exchanging emails with my nephew on what makes up a complete rifle battery. Lets define what we are attempting to assemble. That is "The rifle chamberings needed to hunt all the species of big game and varmints in North America". Varmints will be prairie dogs, coyotes and anything legally hunted weighing less than 50 lbs. One might consider this is a big challenge. Actually it is not. If one wants to do it with as few rifles as possible, it can easily be done with as few as three...

  • Problem bears? Problem situation

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – As one of the high school teachers drove to school the morning of Oct. 24, a large black bear strolled down Locust Lane. Throughout town, garbage cans were tipped over and trash littered the streets. The past couple of weeks it has been nearly impossible to get on social media sites without seeing photos of bears in Seeley Lake, reports of bear sightings, or hearing about garbage littering the community because a bear got into uncontained trash cans. The bears are back in town tryi...

  • Dunham Creek Road closed to motorized use

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The northern one mile section of Dunham Creek Road #4388 on the Seeley Lake Ranger District will be closed beginning Oct. 29 for repairs following a summer debris flow. In late July, the Spruce Creek drainage which typically flows under the Dunham Creek Road by way of a culvert, experienced a large, natural debris flow event that temporarily closed the road. Although emergency repairs were quickly made after the debris flow in July, follow-up assessments by engineers and h...

  • Living up to our name in the Swan Valley

    Rob Rich, Conservation & Education Associate - Swan Valley Connections|Oct 31, 2019

    A wetland in a valley with a swan swimming by would have looked pretty enticing for a westward settler on the heels of Lewis and Clark, and not just because it was beautiful scene. The habitat's maker could likely be guessed, and at the time, the real value seen in a wetland was in the beaver pelts it could offer, or, once the industrious rodents were removed, in the pasture it could promise. Although wetlands were buggy, fickle, and, well...wet, few homesteaders would have passed up a flat...

  • Montana Wood Products week celebrated

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Being a historic timber town with one of the few operational lumber mills in the state, Seeley Lake Elementary junior high students had the opportunity during Montana Forest Products Week to learn more about healthy forests and wood products. They saw how logs are locally sourced at an active timber sale and toured Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company, Inc., one of the largest economic drivers in the area. Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation Service Forester Brad F...

  • Average harvest for big game opener

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Oct 31, 2019

    During opening weekend of the general big game hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 2,325 hunters and 179 harvested animals at its three permanent check stations in west-central Montana, on par with average first weekend totals. Region-wide, hunter harvest and participation was comparable to last year's opening weekend, with a few hot spots. At the hunter check station near Darby, FWP saw 1,012 hunters, the highest total since 2015, and 73 elk--the highest...

  • The influence of individuals through the life of a Holocaust survivor

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - "What is freedom? Freedom is not to live in fear. Good has always prevailed over evil – this has always been the history...I think education is a liberation of any problems that you will have in your future. Be influential in what is right and what is correct. Be righteous, be someone who can influence. And if you think as an individual you cannot influence, then think again." These words from Leon Malmed, a hidden child in France and Holocaust survivor, closed the animated documen...

  • Creation Conference comes to Seeley Lake, Nov. 10

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019
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    SEELEY LAKE – Everyone is invited to the Seeley Swan Valley Creation Conference “Genesis Sunday,” Nov. 10 at Mission Bible Fellowship Church. This is a family opportunity to learn about the evidence and science that supports the truth of the Bible. Speakers at the conference include Dr. Kevin Horton, Institute for Biblical Authority, and Michael Oard, creation researcher and author of books including “Ice Age,” “Evidence of Noah’s Flood,” “Wholly Mammoths” and “Lake Missoula Flood.” They will share the latest information for Christ...

  • The unconditional invitation

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith Lutheran in Condon & Holy Cross Lutheran in Seeley Lake|Oct 31, 2019

    What is the difference between something being conditional versus unconditional? How much can such a difference actually affect our lives? One example from modern history is WWII Japan. While the ferocity of Japanese soldiers had been seen from the outset, this became markedly more so as American forces reached homeland soil; specifically Okinawa and Iwo Jima. The bloodiness of battles there were such that even today terms kamikaze, seppuku, and banzai are familiar. Yet it can be argued that it was this very same fantacism that, in part, shaped...

  • Community Briefs

    Oct 31, 2019

    Local Food Bag Drive started at Cory’s Valley Market SEELEY LAKE - The Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) started their annual food drive at Cory’s Valley Market to support the Seeley Swan Community Food Bank through the holiday season. Needed items are pre-packaged into bags that are available to purchase for $10. After purchase, the bag is dropped off in the box near the exit of the store. The bags are delivered to the Food Bank to help keep the shelves stocked. This program runs through Dec. 15. VFSL appreciates the com...

  • SSHS recognizes volleyball seniors

    Oct 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School recognized their senior volleyball athletes and managers along with their families at the last volleyball home game of the season Saturday, Oct. 26....

  • Lady Blackhawks #1 in conference

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks wrapped up their last week of the regular season with a victory over Clark Fork and loss to Plains. The Ladies are seeded number one heading into the District 13-C Tournament with a conference record of 8-2. Their overall record is 12-4. The Lady Blackhawks started off their week with a trip to Alberton to face the Clark Fork Mountain Cats. They defeated the Cats in the first set 26-24 and then traded wins back and forth. The Cats won sets two and four, 20-25 and...

  • Blackhawks fall to Blue Hawks

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 31, 2019

    THOMPSON FALLS – The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks football season came to an end with a loss to the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks Oct. 25. The game was a blowout in the first quarter with the Blackhawks down 0-27. By the half they were down 40 and at the final buzzer it was 0-55. The loss brings the Blackhawks’ season record to 4-4....

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