Articles from the November 12, 2015 edition

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  • Humor is the Balance

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - After more than a year and a half of being gently asked, Seeley Lake resident George Frasca reluctantly agreed to an interview about his 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Frasca worked as a controller, target pilot, fighter pilot and trainer. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1979 after flying 246 combat missions in Vietnam, serving in Iceland for two different remote tours and being awarded 19 air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for a group of...

  • MCPS High School Bond Passes

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2015

    MISSOULA - The Missoula County Public Schools' (MCPS) $70 million high school facilities bond passed in the Nov. 3 election by a margin of 0.84 percent based on the unofficial results as of Nov. 9. Results were expected to be finalized after the Pathfinder's press deadline at the MCPS board meeting Nov. 10. Of the 51,258 ballots mailed to active registered voters in the high school district, 27,989 votes were cast with 14,113 voting for and 13,876 voting against the bond. Election officials...

  • Commissioners Praise Council's Traffic Study

    Submitted by the Seeley Lake Community Council|Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula County Commissioners strongly endorsed the Seeley Lake Community Council’s (SLCC) traffic study last week. The 119-page document, which the SLCC submitted to the Commissioners in October, was the result of a two-year effort that culminated in a community-wide survey conducted this summer. As a result of the study the SLCC is asking for slower speed limits in Seeley Lake and for more and better-marked pedestrian crossings. In a letter to Project Chair Duane Schlabach the Commissioners applauded the SLCC’s effort, stati...

  • Final Touches on the SSHS Trail

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) sent 11 members of their crew leading staff to Seeley Lake to work on the trail behind Seeley-Swan High School, Nov. 2. Students from English teacher Lori Messenger's classes worked under the guidance of MCC to knock down berms of sod along the trail to make it more aesthetically pleasing, seed the disturbed areas with a native grass mix, grade the back slope coming off the trail and block existing trails to encourage use on the new trail. MCC...

  • ABC/Fox Sports and Griz Football Congratulated

    Douglas Waldron, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 12, 2015

    MISSOULA - I am writing to congratulate ABC/Fox Sports Missoula for giving us a special treat for the Griz game played Saturday, Nov. 7. Not only did they give us a great game but what a special treat to have such knowledgeable people calling the game. Former Griz Coach Mick Delaney and Chris Byers in the booth and Shaun Rainey on the field. Not only were we given an easy listening to and understanding commentary to the game itself but also information about certain players and game strategy. Most importantly, they were always calm, cool and...

  • Family Thankful for Response to House Fire

    The Gonzalez Family, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - We would like to thank the Seeley Lake Fire Department for the wonderful job they did. The love they showed for our pets. We could not begin to show our appreciation. We also would like to thank out neighbors for making sure that no one was in the house. And last, to the community for the love and support they have shown us. We can’t wait to be back in a couple of months. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts....

  • Thank You Voters

    SSHS Principal Dr. Kathleen Pecora, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the voters of the Seeley Lake area for supporting the recent MCPS high school bond. We all recognize that voting to approve bonds and levies is not an automatic action. We sincerely thank all those who helped us create a plan that would address the most pressing needs of our school. We recognize that the bond is an investment in the future of our students and our community. The work that we do on our building will result in well planned and carefully built spaces that will serve SSHS...

  • Wind and Solar Power – Follow the Money

    Retired Mechanical Engineer Robin Sterrett, Colstrip, Mont.|Nov 12, 2015

    Not sure about you but I hear things on the news about climate change. Also there seems to be a big push to get us into the green energy arena. Lots of one-sided comments have been made about the actual costs of production of electricity. Several folks have made comments in the area newspapers and suggest that wind and solar are the way to go and the sooner we can shut down the coal fired generation plants the better off we will be. When reading this remember – follow the money. Point one – Solar is only available during the time the sun can hi...

  • RFA Compare and Contrast Control Versus Treatment at Auggie Fuels

    Sam Weisenburger, Seeley Lake Elementary Eighth Grader|Nov 12, 2015

    In 2014 the Auggie Forest, situated near the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Trails in Seeley Lake, Mont., was logged in multiple areas. The areas, acres long, had trees felled and the beautiful forests were reduced to vacant fields resembling more meadows than a wooded location. The forest was logged in order to reduce the possibility of fire spreading to, or starting near, the Seeley Lake surrounding woods, making the area safer for human habitation. However, the resulted logging of the forest...

  • Information Sought on Vandalism at Placid Lake State Park

    Nov 12, 2015

    GREENOUGH - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is looking for tips on a vandalism and theft that occurred at Placid Lake State Park. A change machine was stolen from the firewood vending machine sometime Saturday. Oct. 31 or Sunday, Nov. 1. State Park Manager Ryan Sokoloski said that normally the change machine is removed by Oct. 30. However, this year they decided to leave it open through the weekend as a convenience for campers. They had planned to remove it Monday, Nov. 2. “I’m really disappointed this has happened,” said Sokoloski. “There...

  • Missoula City Passes New Pet Shelter Ordinance - Guides County

    Nov 12, 2015

    MISSOULA – The city of Missoula, Mont. has a new pet shelter ordinance in place. The new ordinance allows Missoula County Animal Control to legally address the issue of pet housing. Animal Control officers said that while the ordinance only legally applies within the city limits, it is used throughout Missoula County as a guide for the correct shelter. In Missoula City Ordinance Article III Keeping, Using or Caring for Animals, Section 6.07.460, the Cruelty to Animals Subsection D states that dogs kept outside must be provided a shelter/dog h...

  • Myths and Psychology

    Ken Silvestro PhD|Nov 12, 2015

    Often myths are considered nonsense, fictional and useless, and simply lacking in value and truth. As a result, most people can't understand why myths are worth reading. Myths tell us stories that are filled with images. The stories might be descriptions of the beginning of the world, the beginning of the universe or maybe the beginning of human nature. These stories are called creation myths. Different cultures throughout the millennia all created myths – creation, as well as other types of m...

  • Sewer in the Streets?

    Kevin Wetherell, Founding Broker of Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.|Nov 12, 2015

    A common conversation point recently amongst residents, landowners and business owners is what will the effect of the installation of Phase 1 of the Seeley Lake Sewer District system have on the economy and values of the benefitted properties. Phase 1 generally consists of the downtown area lying east of Highway 83 and most of the town lots lying between the highway and Tamarack Drive. One obvious benefit to the community of Seeley Lake is that by moving forward with the installation of a sewer...

  • District Ranger Feigley Shares Highlights from Past Seven Months

    Rachel Feigley, Seeley Lake District Ranger, Lolo National Forest|Nov 12, 2015

    It has been just over seven months since I came to Seeley Lake to serve as the Forest Service District Ranger for the Seeley Lake Ranger District. I wanted to share my expectations, experiences and lessons learned thus far with you. With recent retirements and transfers, there have been many changes within the Forest Service and the local district office personnel. Several district employees remain part of our permanent staff and we have added two new members to our team. We are almost fully...

  • Members Needed for the Flathead Resource Advisory Committee

    Nov 12, 2015

    KALISPELL – The Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) authorized by the United States Secretary of Agriculture has openings for replacement and new members within each of the different member categories. Applications are available on the Flathead National Forest web page, or from the Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Kalispell. Mail completed applications to Deb Mucklow, Flathead National Forest (RAC), P.O. Box 190340, Hungry Horse, MT 59919. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 27. The Res...

  • Jerry Hoover Remembers the Old Days

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE – At 87, Gerald Hoover has a lot of stories to tell. Though he was born in Minnesota, many of his favorite stories center around his life in the Seeley and Swan Valleys. Before coming to Montana, Hoover served in two military branches. A year after his discharge from the U.S. Navy he joined the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force sent him to Wyoming to become an electrician. Hoover said he appreciated the opportunity and worked hard to learn the trade. He was less enthusiastic about b...

  • Elk, White-tailed Deer Harvest up in West-Central Montana

    Nov 12, 2015

    MISSOULA - Elk and white-tailed deer harvest is up and mule deer harvest is lower than last year after the first two weeks of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana. The harvest of 218 elk through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby check stations compares to 155 at this point last year. The harvest of 211 white-tailed deer is the highest week two tally since 2008, while the mule deer harvest is lower than in any season since before 1997. At the Bonner Check Station, hunter trips reached 3,310 which is higher than any season sin...

  • Strong Start to SLE Boys Basketball Season

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2015

    Seeley Lake Elementary boys basketball tipped off their season Nov. 7 playing three games against the Granite Prospectors. The Prospectors gave the Eagles a good run in the first two games with the C and B teams, made up of fifth, sixth and seventh-graders, taking both games. However, once the Eagles A squad of seventh and eighth-graders took the court, the Eagles gained control and beat the Prospectors by more than 20 points. The Eagles are a young team this year, made up of 12 fifth-graders....

  • 2VS Presents Tra le Gael Nov. 22

    Submitted by Alpine Artisans, Inc.|Nov 12, 2015

    The Celtic Ensemble "Tra le Gael" will be performing in the Seeley-Swan schools on Nov. 18 and 19 and performing a community concert at Swan Valley School Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Tra le Gael was founded in 1999 in the Flathead and currently consists of four performers. The ensemble includes: Barbara Calm who plays hammered dulcimer, octave mandolin, penny whistle and vocals; Katy Meyers performing on Celtic folk harp, tenor recorder and vocals; Ed Boggs on guitar, fiddle and vocals and Jason...

  • Kinder-Gardeners Grow Carrots

    Sheila Devins, Seeley Lake Elementary Kindergarten Teacher|Nov 12, 2015

    The word kindergarten is a German word that literally means "children's garden" with the original idea that kindergarten would be an engaging, fun, social time, where children would sing songs, learn rhymes, play and learn together in a euphoric children's sort of garden. Kindergarten has evolved over the years to include a greater emphasis on learning but one thing that hopefully hasn't changed at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) is that kindergarten is engaging, fun and children are definitely...

  • American Flags Flying High This Veterans Day

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2015

    POTOMAC - American flags are flown all over the country on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all United States military veterans. For one Potomac resident and veteran John Garberson, the flag represents the good of the United States and the freedom it provides. Garberson grew up in a military family and spent 26 years in the military. On Veterans Day he somberly remembers servicemen and women and the support they receive from family. "The single day recognizes the ser...

  • Mark Teague 1999-2015

    Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Tuesday, Nov. 3 Mark went to heaven to be with God, his grandparents, friends and pets that have gone before and together they are turning heaven on its ear. Mark came into this world kicking and screaming March 31, 1999. Our lives would never be the same. His early years were spent leaving his mark on the Seeley Lake Elementary teachers and the athletic program there. He will be remembered for his talent on the basketball court and in track and field where he holds the school... Full story

  • Robert Loyd "Bob" Martin 1916 ~ 2015

    Nov 12, 2015

    SWAN VALLEY - Bob Martin, 98, longtime resident of Swan Lake and Condon passed away Sunday, Oct. 25 at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson, Mont. of natural causes. He was born Dec. 18, 1916 in Odessa, Ore. to Robert Homer and Maude Martin. As a young boy he lived with his family on a farm and was educated in Glendale, Ore. public schools. While in Glendale schools he played football, worked on the farm, hunted to feed his family and studied the violin. During his junior year (1933), he left home... Full story

  • Patricia Louise Ogden 1939 ~ 2015

    Nov 12, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Patricia Louise Ogden, 76, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded with loving family by her side Nov. 4. Patricia was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Philipsburg, Mont., to Willard and Willma Bruns. She attended Philipsburg schools and graduated in 1957. While in high school, she was a member of the Rainbow Girls, Order of Eastern Star Pearl Chapter 14 and Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] for many years. She was a member of the Episcopal Church... Full story

  • God Sees the Hurting

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 12, 2015

    There is an ancient story in the Bible that speaks of hurt and hopelessness. This story is timeless as there are many around us who are hurting, suffering, and without hope…yet those around are unaware. The Old Testament tells about a woman named Hannah in 1 Samuel. Hannah was unable to bear a child. This is a still a heartache for many women today. Especially in Hannah’s day not being able to bear children was a source of shame to not be able to have heirs to pass on property and wealth. Hannah had a loving husband Elkanah who saw that somethi...

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