Articles from the November 5, 2020 edition

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  • Lake County Commissioners reconsider dump site closure

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    SWAN LAKE - Lake County Commissioners said they would engage in further discussions to avoid closing the Porcupine Creek Solid Waste Site following public comments at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Swan Lake Community Center. Several residents came to argue against the closure after the county's Solid Waste Board recommended closure of the site due to illegal dumping, gate damage and vandalism from contractor use. A member of the public presented a petition with over 100 signatures from...

  • COVID case at Potomac School shows communication shortfalls

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    POTOMAC – When Potomac School Principal John Rouse got the call from the Missoula City-County Health Department in mid-September that one of the students had tested positive for COVID-19, months of planning and policies were put to the test. Following the quarantine period, none of the 10 students or one teacher identified as close contacts exhibited symptoms or tested positive. “We dodged a bullet,” said Rouse. “While I think we have a good plan, I don’t know it was our plan that did it. I think it was because we are small and remote.... Full story

  • Restrictions tighten in Missoula County

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    MISSOULA - During their virtual press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 27, the COVID-19 Joint Information Center announced new Missoula County restrictions that will go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Missoula City-County Health Officer Ellen Leahy said beginning this week, business capacity will be limited to 50%, event gathering sizes will be reduced to 25 people and alcohol service will stop at 10 p.m. Any group event over 25 is expected to check in with the health department before planning the gathering. Organizers must have a written... Full story

  • Tricks and Treats sweeten Tamaracks

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – "I've got so much candy," yelled one of the smiling trick-or-treaters to their parent as they left the Tamaracks Resort Tricks and Treats event Oct. 31. Candy wasn't the only thing children of all ages enjoyed – there was a selfie station, corn hole game, music and campfires. CLB Landworks won the "Best Cabin Award" selected by the attendees. The Tamaracks Resort welcomed the community businesses and individuals to sponsor a cabin for the evening, decorate it and hand out pre...

  • Bringing the joy of Halloween back to Riverview Drive

    Steve and Cheri Thompson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Nov 5, 2020

    Isn’t it great that Halloween 2020 was last week and not one week ago? Imagine all of those little fairies, goblins and pirates dragging their soggy costumes through 14 inches (I know there are reports of upwards of 20 inches but let’s just settle on 14 inches - that’s enough for October) of October snow. Those adorable “Halloweeners” would be wallowing through Seeley Lake’s “entry into winter” and slowly dragging their costumed selves through the slop and making their way to the next “trick or treat” location. We would like to thank all t...

  • Medicare's Open Enrollment in full swing

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Nov 5, 2020

    We are now in Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. It is time to think about your Medicare coverage for 2021. Open enrollment is when Medicare beneficiaries should review either their Part D, prescription drug plan (PDP) coverage or Medicare Advantage plan (MA) coverage and make any changes for 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2021. This year there are 28 Part D, prescription drug plans (PDP) to choose from with premiums ranging from $7.30/month up to $104.70/month and d...

  • Re-Imagine Rural, Legislative session and fuels project at next Council meeting

    Seeley Lake Community Council|Nov 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The next meeting of the Seeley Lake Community Council will be this Monday, Nov. 9, via Zoom. Instructions for sign-on are at the end of this release. The first speaker will be Claire Muller, Executive Director of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation. She will give a summary and update on a recent three-day seminar “Re-Imagine Rural.” The seminar brought together neighbors to think about small steps Seeley Lake might take to improve our community. Participants described it as a “very exciting three days.” She will be followe...

  • Comment period open for Westside Bypass Wildfire Resiliency Project

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Nov 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Forest Service invites the public to provide feedback on the Westside Bypass Wildfire Resiliency Project on the Seeley Lake Ranger District located northwest of Highway 83 and Seeley Lake. The project focuses on addressing hazardous forest fuel and vegetation conditions that contribute to an increased risk of a severe wildfire on national forest lands. Forest Service managers and partners from the Montana Department of Natural Resources met with the public two weeks ago for a virtual engagement session focused on the project...

  • Self-preservation: Taking better care of ourselves

    Kelly Moore, Missoula County & MSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent|Nov 5, 2020

    While sitting on the back porch, soaking up the warm fall sunshine, contemplating the benefits of a good growing season, little did we know that we would be lead, a few short days later, to grapple with a cruel twist of frigid cold and falling snow. Have you noticed that the seasons change rapidly these days? No surprise! We’ve been consumed during the last few seasons with the obstacles Covid has placed before us, and rightly so! It has reminded us once again about life’s uncertainties and how important it is to value our lives, our fam...

  • Fourth book in Missing Lake series making a big impression

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - "I'm so happy I started it up again, I'm so happy I finished it and now I'm so happy that people are loving it," said award-winning author Tanya Fyfe about her new release "The Runaways of Missing Lake." "It just encourages me for that next one." "The Runaways of Missing Lake" is the fourth book in the Missing Lake series that follows 16-year-old Luke Houser on his journey into adulthood. In the first book, Luke moved to rural Montana with his father and stepmother Jackie. He runs...

  • Man who saves larch gets axed

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the Big Blackfoot Timber Sale of 1907-1910. Historian and member of the Camp Paxson Preservation Board Gary Williams has been researching that sale. The Seeley Swan Pathfinder will be bringing some of the interesting bits of information he has discovered about logging in the Seeley Lake area and also abou...

  • A call to live by faith

    Kapp L. Johnson, Retired pastor living in Seeley Lake|Nov 5, 2020

    We are having quite a week. Tuesday the election, last Saturday Halloween. In both cases COVID has again proven quite disruptive. But then disruption is becoming the norm. But Halloween wasn't the only event of October 31st. Another quite disruptive event took place. On that date in 1517, Martin Luther a mendicant Augustinian monk and university professor posted on the Wittenberg Castle Door 95 thesis for debate. The church door was where you posted public announcements so as those citizens who...

  • Ovando Scarecrow Contest open for voting

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    OVANDO - The scarecrows have been set up in Ovando as part of the first Ovando Scarecrow Contest in 20 years. "I thought maybe this was a good time [for the contest]," competition organizer Terry Sheppard said. "People are all stressed out. [I thought it would] give them a reason to get out." There are four scarecrows currently entered into the competition. Registration concluded Oct. 23 with submissions open Oct. 12. Entry conditions were left open to spark creativity so long as entrants were...

  • Trunk-or-Treat offers attendees spooks and sweets

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Over a dozen cars came together Halloween night to welcome trick-or-treaters at the seventh annual Trunk-or-Treat event hosted at Seeley Lake Elementary. In addition to the treats, the event also featured music, free pizza at Stageline Pizza and Dracula's Castle. Those with trunks were awarded gifts from local businesses as part of a Trunk-or-Treat contest judged by event organizers members. Crystal Lopez, Crystal Melendrez, Kuko Lopez, Rebecca Bowman and Naya Lopez came in first...

  • Trunk or Treat expands in Condon

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - Around 10 trunks participated in the second annual Trunk or Treat event at the Hungry Bear Steak House in Condon. There was also hot cider and music for attendees to enjoy. Organizer Edward Klassen said, "This was a great showing. Lots more kids and people [than last year]. People actually ran out of candy towards the end. We had a great time." Klassens look forward to continuing the annual event and appreciate all the participation from the community....

  • Weather slows hunting activity in west-central Montana

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Nov 5, 2020

    MISSOULA – Hunter numbers through the west-central Montana wildlife check stations were down through the first two weekends of the big game hunting season. Hunter success held above average at the Anaconda and Darby stations and fell below average through Bonner. Overall, Motana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) biologists checked 3,131 hunters with 118 elk, 24 mule deer, 87 white-tailed deer, two black bear, one sheep, one goat and one wolf in the first two weekends at the three longest running check stations in the region. Last season, 4,029 h...

  • Lady Blackhawks win District 13C Championship

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks were the top seed going into the District 13C Tournament but the championship was far from a sure bet. Both Granite and Drummond handed the Lady Blackhawks losses during the regular season. The Lady Blackhawks dominated the first game against the Granite Prospectors, 25-12 Thursday, Oct. 29 at home. The second game started out in similar fashion with the Lady Blackhawks taking a 12-5 lead but that would soon be erased. The Prospectors dug in, o...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 5, 2020

    Harvest your writing talent with fall writing classes MISSOULA - The Missoula Writing Collaborative announces online writing classes in prose, poetry and how to create a writing practice for adult learners. These classes will feature writers from the Missoula Writing Collaborative including Dana Fitz Gale, Mark Gibbons and Rebecca Carson. On Saturday, Nov. 7, five, two-hour classes will be featured, starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Nov. 11, two, four-week classes in fiction and building a writing practice will kick off. Prices begin at $26...

  • Halloween Extras

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    From Seeley Lake to Condon, the fun never stopped Saturday, Oct. 31. With temperatures hanging in the 40s, it was a great time to dress up, get out of the house and load up on treats....

  • Preliminary election results for select races and ballot issues

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 5, 2020

    As of Wednesday at 1 p.m., Montana has voted to give its three electoral votes towards Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. They received 320,650 votes (56%) versus Democrat opponent Joe Biden and his Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris who received 233,084 votes (41%). So far 468 precincts have fully tallied their votes while the remaining 185 are still in the process. The total recorded turnout was 574,822 out of 752,551 currently registered... Full story