Articles from the January 13, 2022 edition


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  • Blackhawk BIZ offers life lessons and business experience

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – "It's hard! It takes a lot of effort if you want to run a business," said Seeley-Swan High School student Aaron Jungers during the recap of the Blackhawk BIZ Market Day. "At the beginning of this, I just thought it was going to design a business and then sell [the product]. There is a lot more to it." The students in the SSHS Entrepreneur Class discussed what they learned and the challenges they overcame starting their own business on Jan. 5. While everyone determined their b...

  • Masking guidelines updated as COVID cases surge

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    MISSOULA - Recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate the Omicron COVID-19 variant is three times more contagious than the Delta variant and masks with better filtration will provide better protection. Infectious disease experts recommend citizens should use a N95 or KN95 if they have the option to with Omicron on the rise. Missoula County Health Officer D’Shane Barnett concurs adding the public should use all the tools to stop the spread including masking, social distancing, avoiding large groups a... Full story

  • Winter Fun Days - Not just for the dogs

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – While most people call it the "Dog Days of Summer," the dogs of winter were out enjoying the new snow this past weekend. Montana Mountain Mushers hosted their annual Winter Fun Days Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 at the Morrell Creek snowmobile/musher parking lot. Experienced Seeley Lake mushers Roy Etnire and Rob Loveman answered questions and shared their expertise with members of the public and other mushers. Yuri, a two-year-old Russian Siberian Husky owned by Bob and Lerma Stine of S...

  • Thanks for lending a helping hand

    Jan and Bill Lombardi, Seeley Lake, Montana|Jan 13, 2022

    We were looking forward to welcoming 2022 with the last grouse hunt of the season. Instead, we got stuck in the snow and found the heartbeat of Seeley Lake. Here’s to a Happy New Year ahead, thanks to the kind family of snowmobilers that helped us get the car back on the road. Thank you, Seeley Lakers!...

  • 1-2-3 maintenance tips for septic tanks

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Jan 13, 2022

    1) Have your septic tank system inspected and pumped regularly Sludge in large quantities can only be eliminated by a professional pumper. You should have a pumper inspect your septic system to determine if the accumulation of solid waste is too high and needs to be removed. It is recommend the average septic system should be inspected every 3-5 years. Five key factors that influence the frequency with which you'll need to have your septic system pumped: household size, total wastewater...

  • A new perspective on nature that just might save us all

    Bruce Rieman, AAI OBC Reviewer|Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Doug Chadwick will be presenting his new book at the Open Book Club at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Masks are required. Please note the earlier start time so people attending can drive in the daylight. The event will also be live streamed on Alpine Artisans' Facebook page. Chadwick is a writer well known to many in this corner of the Rocky Mountains or as we like to say, the South West Crown of the Continent. His notable books and many essays...

  • Climate change, invasive species drive native trout declines

    University of Montana News Service|Jan 13, 2022

    MISSOULA – In a new study published in Science Advances, University of Montana researchers found that climate change drives native trout declines by reducing stream habitat and facilitating the expansion of invasive trout species. “This study had three main questions: How have the distributions of native and invasive trout shifted in Montana over the last 30 years, how will they change in the future, and what factors are causing those changes?” said Donovan Bell, the study’s lead author and a doctoral candidate in UM’s Wildlife Biology P...

  • Foundation sponsors Personal Tech Support event Jan. 27

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Did you receive a new technology device for the holidays and are unsure how to use it? Have technology questions or issues you want to be resolved? Come by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation Building West Wing Thursday, Jan. 27, between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and visit with volunteers. The volunteers assisting are knowledgeable and can help on various devices: Apple to Android, Windows to IOS, and more. Our volunteers are fantastic community members who will try their best to solve your issues. No appointment is necessary. If...

  • UM announces fall semester Dean's List

    University of Montana News Service|Jan 13, 2022

    MISSOULA – At the University of Montana, nearly 2,600 undergraduate students made the fall semester 2021 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. Several students from Condon, Ovando, Potomac and Seeley Lake are listed below. To qualify, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits. Students who receive any grade of C+ or below or no credit (NC/NCR) in a course are not eligible. Double asterisks after a name indicate the student earned a 4.0 GPA. A single asterisk indic...

  • Bare naked legs

    Ryan Sokoloski, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Jan 13, 2022

    Just the other day while working at Placid Lake State Park, I observed a group of ducks gathered around a large space of open, ice-free water. Some were swimming and foraging in the shallow bottom gravel and mud, while others were situated near the edge of the ice mere inches from the cold open water. Of those birds on the ice, some were standing squarely on both feet while others were laying down; but there were three ducks who stood defiantly in the cold on one leg. One of those three even...

  • Grooming for success on the Seeley Creek Nordic Trails

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Seasoned skiers of the area are calling the skiing in Seeley Lake "the best starts in recent memory." Since early December, the trails have received regular, moderate amounts of snow that the dedicated group of volunteers has been able to keep packed and groomed. The Nordic Club has also added a PistenBully 100 to the trail grooming management thanks to owner/operator Doug Edgerton who has more than four decades of grooming experience. The Nordic Club currently has three ginzus, tw...

  • Robert R. Harnisch Oct. 29, 1949 – Jan. 6, 2022

    Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - Robert R. Harnisch was born to Dorothy L. (Beyrer) and Raymond R. Harnisch near Glenwood City, Wisconsin on Oct. 29, 1949. In 1955 the Harnisch family moved to Bloomer, Wisconsin where he lived and worked on the family farm as a young child up through his college years. He graduated high school in Bloomer, Wisconsin and attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire Wisconsin where he earned an associates degree in drafting. He worked as an architect in Chicago for about... Full story

  • Peering through the mist

    Roger Andruss, Elder, Condon Community Church|Jan 13, 2022

    “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) The Message paraphrases that verse this way – “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” My wife and I recently watched a documentary on the life of Fanny...

  • Dailies digitize as print declines

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    MONTANA - Nationwide data from the Pew Research Center shows newspapers’ print circulation decreased over 45% in the last decade. With a sample set of Montana daily newspapers showing an average decline of nearly 40% over the past 10 years, publications from around the state have had to alter and expand their business model to maintain their markets. In this article two Montana newspaper publishers will share their experiences with adapting to a new market. According to Sworn Statement of Circulation reports, daily publication, The M...

  • Creating metal works of art

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – When Cole Henrekin graduated from Seeley-Swan High School in 2014, he went to Montana Technological University for mechanical engineering. After three semesters he realized he did not want to be an engineer. He switched from a bachelors degree to an associates degree in metal fabrication and welding, something he had always wanted to learn, and graduated in 2018. "It was probably the best decision I made in school," Henrekin said. He opened Peak Fabrication LLC in Seeley Lake in J...

  • Seeley-Swan faces Trojans and Eagles

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    The Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks had a pair of games last week taking on the Drummond Trojans on the road Jan. 7 and then hosting the Eagles of Valley Christian Jan. 8. The Lady Blackhawks were victorious over both teams extending their winning streak to eight games. The Boys fought hard but fell to both. Drummond gave the Lady Blackhawks the stiffest competition so far this season. The Lady Blackhawks led by just 5 points at the half but then had a solid third quarter adding 11 points to...

  • Skiers glide to solid finish

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    WHITEFISH, MONTANA – Tree skiers from the Seeley Lake Nordic Team and their coach Darren Zellman took to the racecourse during the annual Glacier Glide Jan. 9 in Whitefish, Montana. "I was proud of the kids who competed in the Glacier Glide," said Head Coach Bridget Laird. "They haven't skied much yet this winter but they still competed well." Loryn Neudecker, 9, finished first in the 8-9 age group in the girl's 1K freestyle. She finished in 4:30.62 and placed fifth overall. In the 3.5K s...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 13, 2022

    Seeley Lake Library news SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Library has brand new fiction and nonfiction titles available. Everyone is invited to come in and check them out. The Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Seeley Lake Library is located in Seeley-Swan High School and can be reached at 406-677-8995. It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Masks required. Missoula City-County Air Quality Advisory Council seeks membe...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Jan 13, 2022

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Jan. 15, 1987 issue Firehouse has two new rooms Early last fall, volunteers in the Seeley Lake community added a new me...

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