Articles from the November 3, 2022 edition

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  • A drag queen and a bug

    Nov 3, 2022 Only at the Seeley Lake Senior Center could one meet a drag queen and a bumble bee sharing the same soup cauldron. Actually, these two were a few of many who took on an alter ego for the senior center's Halloween Costume contest Oct. 28. On the left, Boyd Gosserd was dressed as Judge Judy while caterer Hope Lewis was a bee with her co-host, Sally Johnson, in the background as a smiling flower. For more photos from the costume contest, see Page 7 of the print...

  • A few thoughts from the new old guy

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Nov 3, 2022

    Five weeks ago, I was semi-retired. On Monday, I put out my fourth issue of the Pathfinder with lots of help (the Bournes’) and lots of mistakes (mine). How did this happen...? Anyways, I have used Lovato at Large to talk directly to readers over the decades and I hope to put it to good use here. After about a month in this Shangi La (which is much like the rest of Western Montana), it’s time for me to reflect on a few things. and clarify others. • I am not the new owner. The paper is now owned by Ponderosa Publishing. I am just the edito...

  • Lady 'Hawks place second in District

    Nov 3, 2022

    MISSOULA -- The Seeley Swan High School volleyball players played a grueling six games in two days, winning their way through the loser’s bracket to place second in the District C13 tournament in Missoula Oct. 27 and 28. The girls won their opener on Thursday but were bumped from the top bracket by Valley Christian in a grinding 5-game shootout. After building a two-game lead, the Lady ‘Hawks lost in five, 14-25, 25-22, 15-25, 23-25 and 10-15. That set up a heroic but tense run through the bottom bracket on Friday. The Blackhawks opend by swe...

  • Mini-jack-o-lantern

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Nov 3, 2022

    Kole, 3, uses a black marker to paint a tangerine to look like a mini-jack-o-lantern during Seeley Lake Baptist Church's weekly Adventure Day for kids Oct. 26. For more pictures, see Page 4 of the print edition or click the link:

  • A pirate family

    Vince Lovato, Editor|Nov 3, 2022

    Seeley Lake Elementary School hosted its annual Trunk or Treat fundraiser Oct. 30 in the parking lot. The family above came dressed as a crew of pirates with one very old friend. From left to right, Rebecca, Jaden, Naya, Bob Bones and Yvonne handed out treats and tried to keep Bob upright. For more photos, see Page 5 of the print edition or click the link:

  • School concert

    Nov 3, 2022

    The Seeley Lake Elementary and Seeley Swan High choirs and bands took the stage for the first time this school year on Oct. 24 at the high school. For more pictures, See Page 6 of the print edition or click the link:


    Nov 3, 2022

    Support for Bill Burt If you feel everything is going along just fine in the Justice of the Peace field in Missoula County, then you should vote for the status quo in the upcoming election. But, if you feel common-sense, compassion, integrity, and fairness should be applied to a much greater extent than it is now, you should consider voting for Bill Burt for Justice of the Peace in Department #1. He has all the traits and background that would enable him to utilize the current jail diversion program without endangering our communities by...


    Nov 3, 2022

    The Trinity project that will provide 130 much-needed affordable housing units off Mullan Road in Missoula is the direct result of partnership and collaboration between Missoula County, the City of Missoula, Missoula Housing Authority, BlueLine Development and Homeword. We are writing to share information with readers about Trinity Apartments and provide facts in response to former County Commissioner Jean Curtiss’ recent letter to the editor published Oct. 20. Curtiss claimed Homeword, BlueLine and the City made promises regarding the c...

  • Fighting judicial overreach

    Nov 3, 2022

    Montana is currently experiencing a crisis in judicial overreach accountability. Last year, Montana state legislators passed multiple laws to protect Montana students, both those in grade school and in college. The laws were designed to ensure students can speak freely on campus, participate in the exchange of ideas, and experience the full benefits of Title IX’s equal protection for female students. However, instead of enforcing these new laws and protecting our students’ constitutional rights, the Montana Federation of Public Employees (MF...


    Nov 3, 2022

    Missoula Sheriff’s call log Oct. 25 to Oct. 31 • Oct. 30, 7:22 p.m., Disturbance, 14XX SNOWMASS DR Responding Unit(s): 429, SLE • Oct. 27, 4:48 p.m. Disturbance, 1XX HICKORY Responding Unit(s): 468, SLE • Oct. 26, 1:44 p.m., Fraud, 15XX DOUBLE ARROW RD Responding Unit(s): 468, SLE Oct. 29, 2:16 p.m., Trespassing, BLANCHARD CREEK RD, Responding Unit(s): SLE Seeley Lake Rural Fire District calls Oct. 23 to Oct. 29 • 10/25/22 Fire HWY 83 • 10/25/22 Medical Medical • 10/27/22 Medical Scapegoat Dr • 10/28/22 Medical HWY 83 • 10/29/22 Locust L...

  • Helmville district expansion approved

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Correspondent|Nov 3, 2022

    By Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Correspondent DEER LODGE -- Helmville district boundary line changes met with approval at the County Commissioners meeting Monday Oct. 24 in Deer Lodge. The increase in the town district by one-half mile to the North and South and one-eighth mile to the east had no resistance or further public comment, according to Amanda Cooley, Powell County Planner. In addition, zoning updates were discussed that hadn’t been revised since 2011. An amendment was added specific to cell phone towers that want to expand the cell t...


    From Jenny Kauffman Condon Librarion The November Condon Library Book Chat is about “Down from the Mountain, the life and death of a grizzly bear” by Bryce Andrews We meet at the library at 1pm. Nov. 9. This is the description on the back of the book: An “ode to wildness and wilderness” (Outside), Down from the Mountain tells the story of one grizzly in the changing Montana landscape. Millie was cunning and a fiercely protective mother to her cubs. But raising those cubs in the mountains became harder each year as the climate warmed and peo...


    Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 3, 2022

    Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship Each article I have been walking through the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord’s Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the example of Jesus Christ. In this phrase, Jesus teaches two important realities: 1. satan and evil exists, and 2. It is the Lord who triumphs over and delivers us from evil. Through the Lord’s prayer we learn to look to the Lord and trust in His deliverance over...