Articles from the November 11, 2021 edition

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  • Navy widened Rockey's worldview

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Two weeks after graduation from high school-that's when Rockey Kennedy said his real education began. Kennedy grew up in Lone Pine, California, a little town tucked away in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1958 he celebrated his 18th birthday in San Diego, in Navy boot camp. His dad, a World War II veteran who served under General Douglas MacArthur, had to sign a waiver so his son could join the U. S. Navy even though he hadn't quite turned 18. Kennedy said, "Being raised in a s...

  • Tourism Stewardship Plan discussed

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Glacier Country Tourism (GCT) held a Town Hall session in Seeley Lake Nov. 1 to gather community input on their Destination Stewardship Plan. The session was the first of two meetings in Missoula County. A Virtual Town Hall is scheduled for the County Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. To participate visit Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission President CEO Racene Friede explained that originally, when Montana’s lodging tax was created in 1987, the money was mos...

  • County tax passed on non-medical marijuana

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY – Missoula County was among three counties statewide where voters passed an additional county-wide tax on recreational marijuana. The initiative to impose a three percent tax passed with a sweeping 78%. However, nearly 52% of voters rejected the tax proposed for medical marijuana. These numbers were the final election night report and are unofficial until canvass. In the 2020 general election, the majority of Montana voters approved Initiative 190 legalizing the sale and tax of marijuana. In the 2021 Montana legislative s...

  • Forest Products Week celebrated with local students

    Brad French, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Students from the Seeley Lake Elementary eighth grade class accompanied Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Service Forester Brad French Oct. 12 on their first field trip in over a year. The intent of the field trip was to expose the students to forestry and the economic value of Seeley Lake's timber industry. The day consisted of three forestry-based stops. The first stop gave the students an opportunity to view an active logging site on the Montana Fish,...

  • Lowdown bulletin

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Nov 11, 2021

    HOW DOES YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM WORK? The septic tank holds the wastewater from homes or businesses until solid debris settles at the bottom of the tank (the sludge layer) and lighter waste, such as oil, rises to the top (the scum layer). Between the two layers lies the effluent liquid, which flows into an outlet pipe and is gradually dissipated through a drain field. Bacteria in the septic tank naturally break down organic waste matter and slows the accumulation of the sludge layer. WHAT IF THERE...

  • Descriptions of depression

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Nov 11, 2021

    Depression is a common affliction. The percentage of people suffering from depression is staggering. Of course, the pandemic contributed to these numbers, but even before the pandemic the numbers were staggering. There are many ways to define depression. I want to use descriptions, not definitions. Depression is experienced as feeling low -- not having much energy for daily events or situations. Sleep tends to be affected, as well as thinking and focus. Depression affects appetite, and a person'...

  • Have you had your "white" funeral?

    William Campbell, A servant of Christ|Nov 11, 2021

    Perhaps you've heard the expression, "Born once, die twice" or "Born twice, die once." These are both references to the verse in the book of John where Jesus explains to Nicodemus what it means to be "Born again. Jesus explains the first birth is a physical birth, and the second is a spiritual birth, or awakening. Paul explains in Romans 6:4, "We were therefore buried with him through baptism unto death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too...

  • Seeley Lake nominated for groundwater study

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    BUTTE – An informational public meeting was held Nov. 4 to discuss projects nominated for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology’s Ground Water Investigation Program (MBMG/GWIP). The Ground Water Assessment Steering Committee is in the process of ranking the nine nominated projects including a project in Seeley Lake. The Missoula County-City Heath Department nominated Seeley Lake for a groundwater study. In their nomination letter, the Heath Department explained that elevated nitrates were found in a 1998 study and continuous monitoring of...

  • Richard Manning featured at Open Book Club, Nov. 13

    Michael Cropper, AAI OBC Reviewer|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Richard Manning's new book, "If It Sounds Good, It Is Good: Seeking Subversion, Transcendence and Solace in American Music" brings another side of his life to our attention, showing us here his passion and love of music and how he taught himself to play. He shows us that we all have music, it is fundamental, a need in our lives. His whole discussion of those whom he met and played with, the greats he learned from and the friends he makes. His love of music and his path to playing...

  • Personal Tech Support event, Nov. 16

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Want to know how to protect yourself from scams online? Have a cell phone/computer and do not know how to complete all the tasks you would like to from it? Want to know how to use Facebook and other social media apps more efficiently? Stop by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation West Wing, 3150 Highway 83, Tuesday, Nov. 16 between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and visit with volunteers to answer your technology questions, concerns and issues. The volunteers assisting are knowledgeable in several areas and can assist with different devices -...

  • Being in nature is far more than simply immersing…

    Carleen Gonder|Nov 11, 2021

    An October day several years ago next to a lake where I was working for the government on a grizzly project… The first lavender light of day is a time when the softness of shapes can barely be seen through the mist rising from the lake… The early morning fog slowly begins to clear, revealing pastel-hued forms that seem to float on the autumn air… I’m sitting on a dock at the edge of the lake. The day promises to be clear, sunny and calm. There is no breeze so the lake’s surface is a mauve mirror. Scattered throughout the fir and pine forest ar...

  • Cathrine "Cathy" Rose (Wise) Miller Sept. 25, 1937 - Oct. 8, 2021

    Nov 11, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY - Cathrine Rose (Wise) Miller, 'Cathy,' passed away on Oct. 8 due to health complications. Cathy was born Sept. 25, 1937 in Ronan, Montana to Victor and Myrtle Wise. She was raised in Swan Valley, Montana and attended the one room grade school Smith Flats in the valley. Cathy attended Hellgate High School, Missoula, Montana until her sophomore year. She completed high school attending night classes at Fulton High in Southern California in 1965. After returning to Montana with her... Full story

  • Eileen Elizabeth Patterson Sept. 24, 1928 - Oct. 30, 2021

    Nov 11, 2021

    Eileen Elizabeth Patterson, age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Eileen was born on Sept. 24, 1928 in Zion, Illinois, the daughter of C. Theodore and Bertha (Potter) Tollefsen. She graduated from Zion High School in 1946. A year later she went off to Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she met and subsequently married James (Jim) Patterson. They were married in Zion on July 29, 1949. They both graduated with diplomas in Bible... Full story

  • Active membership, Blanchard Creek agreement discussed

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    POTOMAC - The Greenough-Potomac Fire Board discussed the Active Member Training and Attendance Standards Policy and received an update on the Blanchard Creek Property at their Nov. 2 meeting. Chair Scott Gordon presented the board with proposed minimum standards for volunteers to remain active members of the department. This was the second reading of the policy that the Board is scheduled to approve at the December meeting. In the proposed policy, active membership includes attending and participating in approximately 40 hours of annual active...

  • Clearwater Junction intersection recommendations made

    Montana Department of Transportation|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Residents and travelers will have two opportunities to learn more about the findings and recommendations from the Clearwater Junction Intersection study. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will host an in-person and virtual open house on Nov. 18. “Clearwater Junction serves as a connection for much of western Montana,” Bob Vosen, Missoula District Administrator, said. “The project team has been evaluating this intersection to find an option that will best meet residents’ and travelers’ needs all year long.” Bo...

  • Supporting veterans, community for more than 30 years

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Veterans Day has been a celebrated holiday in Seeley Lake for more than 30 years thanks local veterans and their families. While the Seeley Lake Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 7992 surrendered their charter in May 2012, the mission and service to the community continued with the unaffiliated, non-profit Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL). VFSL continues to support the local and oversees veterans, their families and other local charities that benefit the wider community...

  • COVID-19 vaccinations available for ages 5-11

    Missoula City- County Health Department|Nov 11, 2021

    MISSOULA - With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signing off on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 to 11 earlier this week, local healthcare providers and public health officials are encouraging parents to make an appointment to get their child vaccinated. Several healthcare providers in Missoula are offering vaccine clinics for children ages 5 to 11, including the Missoula City-County Health Department and Community Medical Center, starting this week. Missoula County Public Schools is also offering a clinic in partnership... Full story

  • Lady Blackhawks wrap up season

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 11, 2021

    MANHATTAN CRISTIAN - The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks’ season came to an end at the Western C Divisional Tournament Nov. 4-6. The Lady Blackhawks faced White Sulphur Springs in their opening match and fell in three sets 14-25, 22-25 and 18-25. White Sulphur Springs went on to work their way to the championship match where they fell to Manhattan Christian for second place. The Lady Blackhawks then took on Ennis in a loser out match. The girls put up a good fight but again fell in three, 28-30, 11-25 and 22-25. With the pair of losses the Lady B...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 11, 2021

    Seeley Lake Library News SEELEY LAKE – During the month of November, the Seeley Lake Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Thursday, Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Starting Monday, Nov. 15 the Library will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information please call 406-677-8995. Energy Share helps with heating bills Are you or someone you know worried about how to pay heating bills? Energy Share of Montana is a private, 5...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Nov 11, 2021

    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 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: Nov. 13, 1986 issue The dogcatcher is coming The increasing number of off-leash, unsupervised dogs in the Seeley Lake... Full story

  • Denis Patrick Malone April 13, 1940 – Oct. 23, 2021

    Nov 11, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Denis Patrick Malone, 81, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 23 surrounded by his beloved family. Denis was born April 13, 1940, in Missoula, Montana, the second son of Michael and Florence Malone. Denis, or "Deny" as he was known to family and friends, grew up in Missoula and was educated there, attending St. Anthony's Grade School and graduating from Loyola High School in 1959. Denis served in the Montana Army National Guard from 1962 until 1968. He was... Full story