Articles from the November 2, 2017 edition

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  • Lady Blackhawks on Fire

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks season may have gotten off to a smoky start but they are on fire now. They burned up the court at the District 13-C Tournament Oct. 27-28. They took down the Lincoln Lynx before upsetting the top seeded Clark Fork Mountain Cats in the undefeated match. The Lady Blackhawks faced the Mountain Cats for a second time in the championship match and proved they were the top team in the district. Versus Lincoln The Lady Blackhawks faced the Lynx Oct. 27 in t...

  • County Grants $100,000 for Subsidies and Amends Inter-local Agreement

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    MISSOULA - The Missoula County Commissioners approved a grant to help lower the initial operating and maintenance (O&M) of the proposed Seeley Lake sewer at their Oct. 25 administrative meeting. The commissioners also approved an edited version of the inter-local agreement between the county and Seeley Lake Sewer District. District Manager Greg Robertson explained the need for subsidies. The District has been split into four phases for constructing the collection system and only Phase 1 will be connected to start with. With no subsidies, the...

  • Loving People for More Than 30 Years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - "Love the people," was the message Pastors Gary and Heatherann Wayne received when accepting the call to serve Faith Chapel in Seeley Lake in 1987. While the implementation of that vision has shifted with the needs of the community, everything they have done in the past 30 years has been built on that foundation. Gary grew up visiting his great-aunt in Seeley Lake. He also attended youth rallies at Faith Chapel, a Pentecostal Church of God, where Ralph Cahoon was the first pastor...

  • West-Central Montana Hunter Check Stations Numbers Still Up

    Montana FWP|Nov 2, 2017

    Hunter traffic and harvest slowed during the second weekend of big game hunting in west-central Montana but cumulative harvest totals at the region’s three hunter check stations are still up from the past three seasons. White-tailed deer harvest totals are the highest since 2008. The Bonner hunter check station sees most of the region’s white-tailed deer harvest and was last operated daily in 2008, accounting for the higher historic (pre 2008) harvests of white-tailed deer checked. Elk harvest reported so far this season is the highest sin...

  • Volunteers Save Trailer, Contents Total Loss

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    GREENOUGH – Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 Greenough Potomac Volunteer Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire just west of Clearwater Junction. While volunteer firefighters saved the trailer located near the entrance of Camp Utmost, everything in it was lost either to smoke, heat or water damage. Culligan Water employees traveling Highway 200 called in the fire. "Luckily they realized that this wasn't just wood chimney smoke, that it was smoke coming out of the eves," said G...

  • How Do We Live With Fire?

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    by Andi Bourne Pathfinder MISSOULA - A panel of eight experts discussed the challenges and lessons of the 2017 fire season to help address the question How Do We Live with Fire? The forum, moderated by former environmental editor of the Wall Street Journal Frank Allen, was presented at the University of Montana Tuesday, Oct. 17. Farmers Insurance Agent Emily Rindal spoke on the effects of the 160,000-acre Rice Ridge Fire and 29,000-acre Liberty Fire. She highlighted the stress and fear felt by...

  • Variations in Consciousness

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|Nov 2, 2017

    In past articles, I presented conscious and unconscious parts of our psychologies in many different ways. Believe it or not, there are still many other ways to describe and discuss these critical parts of human nature. In this article, I thought that I would present some additional details about consciousness in response to a commonly asked question: Why are there such huge differences and tensions, or divided interests, in our country? Of course, the answer is complex but I want to present one major reason – variations in consciousness. R...

  • A Message from the Volunteers of the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department

    Cory Calnan and Shawn Ellinghouse, Captains, Seeley Lake Fire Department|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - For the volunteer members of the Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department there is nothing more important than the community we serve. Undoubtedly, the resignation of Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel left a significant amount of uncertainty in the future management of the Department. We wish to thank Chief Bob for his dedication and unselfish support of the Seeley Lake and surrounding communities over the past few years. Members of the Department met Tuesday night, Oct. 24 to discuss operations moving forward. As fellow members of the community,...

  • Beware of Sewer Equality

    Colleen Krause, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - At the Seeley Lake Sewer Board meeting Oct. 19, Greg Robertson announced that he was changing the assessment methodology to using equal assessments for residences and businesses. The Pathfinder article also said that this would level the playing field for the notice and protest and ALL lots in each phase would have EQUAL WEIGHT to their protest instead of commercial lots having a greater say. Besides that, the board and general manager completely missed the point of what the complaining about their original plan for charges was....

  • Sewer District Pushed to Decision-Making with Incomplete and Inadequate Information

    Beth Hutchinson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - I’ve been trying to work up a sheet of information, that anyone might understand, regarding the actual costs for constructing the proposed sewer. I obtained the only currently available project budget. That document consists of 2.5 pages and has two headings, “Collection System Phase 1” and “SBR (that’s the treatment mechanism that has a designed life of 20 years), Groundwater Discharge Phase 1”. There seems to be a problem stemming from the organization, or rather disorganization, of the materials that is keeping me from being...

  • Elevated Lead Concentrations in Some Faucets at SSHS

    Missoula County Public Schools|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - In the wake of the news surrounding the water situations reported in Flint, Michigan and Portland, Ore. Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane requested that the MCPS Operations Department arrange for water testing in each of our schools. The first set of results completed during the 2016-2017 school year was reported to the board in the spring of 2016 and all schools tested were found to fall within normal ranges. “The second and final round of schools have been tested in the current school year and we l...

  • Amendment Proposed to Cottonwood Gravel Pit Haul Route

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Double Arrow Land Owners’ Association (DARLOA) Board of Directors requested an amendment to the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) approved by Powell County for the Cottonwood Gravel Pit proposed by Deer Creek Excavating, LLC. The amendment asks the restrictions be amended to allow Evergreen Drive to be utilized as a haul route for gravel projects within the Double Arrow Ranch. In the original CUP approved for Deer Creek Excavating, LCC by Powell County in August, 2017, one of the conditions restricted use of Evergreen Drive. It...

  • Don't Leave Money on the Table

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Nov 2, 2017

    Hello and Happy Fall! My note this month explains the 2016 Montana Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit Form 2EC. There is one money-saving offer anyone in Montana who was age 62 or older as of Dec. 31, 2016, should not ignore. It comes from the Montana Department of Revenue and is known as the Montana Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit, or 2EC. The 2EC is essentially a refund on the property taxes you’ve paid and it is also available to qualifying renters, including those who rent lots. How much of a refund you receive is calculated based on your i...

  • Our New Economic Champion

    A. Lee Boman, Seeley Lake ROCKS|Nov 2, 2017

    The first Europeans that arrived in Montana were not interested in mountain biking or sight seeing. They came to make money, fast. The determination to make money as quickly as possible without considering long-term consequences triggered a series of boom and bust cycles. Except for agriculture, boom and bust cycles characterized the Montana economy from about 1850 to 1950. We had a gold boom and bust, a silver boom and bust and the one we are reminded of most frequently today, the copper boom...

  • Thinking Outside the Classroom

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY – "There is so much more to education than what is in a lesson plan," said first-year teacher Jamie Matthew. Matthew joined the Swan Valley School teaching staff this year after working as a paraprofessional at SVS since 2013. She hopes that her third, fourth and fifth-grade students will get a well-rounded education that helps them become better people and contributing members of the community. Matthew grew up in Seeley Lake. She married her husband Jonathan in 2004 and moved to t...

  • Great Support Shown for Costa Rica-bound Students

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Lions Club was filled with food, fire and fun Thursday, Oct. 19 for the Seeley-Swan High School Destination for Education's Fall Fest. Attendees enjoyed a variety of soups and pies around the bonfire while listening to live music by local musicians Trace Stone and Mark Williams. The students made scarecrows and fall wreaths that were available through silent auction. Trip leader Tonya Smith was thankful to everyone who came out to support the students who will be t...

  • Potomac Copper Drilling in Hibernation

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    POTOMAC - The seasonal search for copper above Potomac has ended for the year leaving the ground resting and reclaimed. According to Kennecott Exploration Company (KEC) Principal Geoscientist Clinton Roberts, the drill holes were completed east of Copper Cliff in the main exploration area. The drill sites were on private land and BLM land where Kennecott has exploration rights. TonaTec, the drilling company, drilled two pilot holes and two wedges at the Copper Cliff site. Pilot holes are smaller holes drilled initially before the larger drill...

  • Potomac Bike-a-Thon Results Are In

    Nov 2, 2017

    A total of 1451.3 miles were ridden in the Potomac Bike-a-Thon Oct. 12. Five students rode more than 33 miles with two students riding 36.6 miles. This year was a new fundraising record. Students raised $7,317.83. The funds will support the Poet in Residence program, Missoula Children's Theater and other educational opportunities....

  • Public Facilities and Services Addressed – Implementation Element Tabled

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee edited the Public Facilities and Services, the sixth element, and reviewed the final Implementation element of the draft growth plan at their Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 meetings. At the Oct. 25 meeting, the committee accepted edits to the remaining sections of the sixth elements except for the section entitled Parks and Recreation, pending edits from appropriate sources in Missoula County. They also addressed the goals, policies and actions of the sixth element. The Public Facilities and Servic...

  • SPARK! Offers More Fine Arts at SSHS

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School started incorporating the SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning program this year in Dr. Kathleen Pecora's senior English Class. The two-hour photography lesson was incorporated with a personal essay and artifact that the students brought in that pertained to the story that was shared. While the students wished they'd had more time to practice the photography concepts they were taught, they each learned something new. In 2013, Missoula was chosen as one of 14 c...

  • Verizon Antenna Added to Cell Tower

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – A Verizon antenna was installed on the 150-foot cell tower on Redwood Lane in Seeley Lake this past week. J.R. Reger, a member of the tower owner Andesite Properties LLC, said it should be operational very soon. Even though the Federal Aviation Administration did not require Andesite Properties to have a light on the top, Reger decided to add a solid red light for safety. The light is only on at night because of the proximity to the helipad located at the Seeley-Swan Medical C...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 2, 2017

    Loving Hearts Not Accepting Donations in November SEELEY LAKE – Loving Hearts is out of room! They are unable to accept donations in November. Thank you. Veterans and Spouses Invited to Christmas Dinner, Dec. 7 SEELEY LAKE – The Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake will be hosting a Christmas dinner for all Veterans and their spouses Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Pop’s Restaurant will be the caterer. The event is free for veterans and the...

  • Patricia Louise Bewick

    Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE -Patricia Louise Bewick, 88, was born in Tulsa, Okla. She joined her husband John Bewick Oct. 22, 2017. They were married for 63 years at the time of his passing in 2011. Patricia and John traveled the world while in the military and in leisure after retirement. They settled in Seeley Lake and became active in the community. Patricia was a Past High Priestess, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine. Patricia was a fun loving risk taker, with a flair for a good story. She was also a very... Full story

  • Dorothy Lavoie Crosby 1933 ~ 2017

    Nov 2, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Dorothy Lavoie Crosby, 83 of Seeley Lake, passed away Monday, Oct. 16 at St. Patrick Hospital. She was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Missoula, the daughter of Mildred and George Lavoie. Dorothy was first and foremost an avid fisherwoman. Although she enjoying fishing on Seeley Lake, her true passion was the 21 summers she spent fishing with her youngest son Rick in Alaska. She was adventurous in her love of boating, even when it meant overnighting on the floor of a boat out on the ocean... Full story

  • For As He Thinketh

    Vikie Russell, Member - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Nov 2, 2017

    In Proverbs 23:7 we read, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” In these past few months we’ve had a lot to think or be concerned about. It seems the world has been in commotion with all manner of natural and man made disasters, even in our corner of beautiful Montana. The news has brought us daily accounts of tragedy including: earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, wildfires, mass shootings, terrorist acts and even the threat of nuclear war. And yet, with all these events raging about us, the Lord comforts us. In John 14:27 He says,...

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