Articles from the November 12, 2020 edition

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  • Anderson remembers end of WWII

    Betty Vanderwielen|Nov 12, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Seaman Leon (Bud) Anderson was off duty and on liberty in San Francisco when World War II ended. "I was on Market Street when the news broke," he said. "Everybody was talking about it and Market Street in San Francisco was wild!" Born on a ranch near Havre in 1926, Anderson later moved with his family to Seeley Lake. When his eighteenth birthday approached, he knew he would be drafted. He chose to enlist in the Navy instead. Boot Camp was in Farragut, Idaho, at the south end of L...

  • Two young men die in head-on collision

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    BONNER, MONTANA – Two Seeley Lake residents were killed in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8 on Highway 200 just east of Bonner. Seventeen-year-old Isaac Morse and 18-year-old Damien Miner died at the scene. According to Highway Patrol Trooper Alex Hiday another 18-year-old male from Seeley Lake and the driver of the second vehicle, a 40-year-old female from Clinton, Montana, were transported to the hospital. Around 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, a Honda Civic was traveling in the eastbound lane on Highway 200. According to Hiday, while t...

  • COVID strikes Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - "I think the hardest part of this whole thing was I just felt horribly guilty," said Seeley Lake resident Emily Rindal who tested positive for coronavirus in early September. "I know it wasn't my fault and I didn't know I had it. But ruining people's plans for Labor Day and having the fear of what if they die, what if they are hospitalized, that guilt just killed me." Rindal was not alone in her mental struggle with the virus that has changed how everyone interacts. Even though it... Full story

  • Traffic experiences delays for project near Lake Alva

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    LAKE ALVA - Motorists should expect traffic disruptions on Highway 83 along Lake Alva due to a Montana Department of Transportation project. The project is intended to re-establish roadway slope stability as well as evaluate a nearby culvert which may need to be repaired or replaced. Between mile markers 24.9 to 25 on Highway 83, work began the week of Oct. 12 with traffic diverted into a single lane. Travelers should expect 15 minute delays, 12 foot width restrictions and reduced speeds to 35...

  • Keeping it local for the holidays

    Andi and Nathan Bourne|Nov 12, 2020

    As the Holiday Season approaches, many of the annual events that our communities know and love are being cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic including Old West Christmas in Ovando, the Rich Ranch Community Appreciation Day, Christmas Comes Home in Potomac, the Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells concert and the Frostbite Festival in Condon. Even though crafters and artisans may have had ample time to produce their wares, the opportunities to sell them is also greatly diminished with the cancellation of most of the craft shows and holiday bazaars that...

  • Thank you for your vote!

    Shannon OBrien, Missoula, Montana|Nov 12, 2020

    Dear friends, thank you for electing me to represent you as the next Montana State Senator for District 46. I am grateful beyond words for your support. My opponent Niki Sardot, ran a fair and civilized race. Niki graciously reached out to me in congratulations, it was a class act. I’m relieved, grateful, honored and ready to get to work. Mostly however, I recognize that we are a nation divided. Let’s look for the good in others, help out when we can, smile and give a wave to our neighbors. It’s so simple, but so urgently needed right now....

  • The message from Republican sweep

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Nov 12, 2020

    The Seeley-Swan, and Montana generally, stayed red this past election cycle. What are the messages in this continued move to the right? Voters are apparently demanding less government, less in-your-face regulation and permitting, lower taxes and, presumably, fewer government “services.” That might even go as far as reduced funding for public education, welfare assistance and environmental protection programs. So, now that we have a Republican governor, a republican legislature and we have re-elected Republican Mike Hopkins to represent us up...

  • Hang'n 'er up

    Dale Terrillion|Nov 12, 2020

    Along the back trails of my memories this time of the year was all the hunts and the desire to gather winter's meat. Didn't seem to matter the weather in them there days, hunched up near some cover wait' n to surprise ol' mossyhorns. It all started when I was twelve. Traded an otter hide for an ancient single barrel 12 gauge Stevens. The only way you could open the barrel was drive the pin out, so I left it loaded unless I shot a grouse. Mom was scared to death I'd shoot myself. Told brother...

  • Making progress in spite of COVID

    Wendy Dalrymple, Pyramid Mountain Lumber CPA and Controller|Nov 12, 2020

    When COVID-19 first popped up in the news, we weren't too worried it would affect us here in Seeley Lake. Then it became a pandemic and things changed. We urged our employees to follow all recommended precautions, but were still left with many questions about whether the virus would reach Seeley Lake, and if it did, what would that look like for our workforce. We identified that our primary exposure to outside personnel is in shipping. We took extra precautions in our shipping office by...

  • County sees political divide in urban and rural areas

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    MISSOULA COUNTY - The political divide between the rural and urban areas of Missoula County were seen in the results of the District 1 County Commissioner race and the vote over referendum 130 this year. Ballot issues that saw more unity among the County were CI-190 and 118. The County has a total of 52 precincts. There are 33 urban precincts within Missoula's city limits and the remaining 19 are outside the city. There was a 79.55% voter turnout in Missoula County, just slightly below the 80.55...

  • Attorney educates residents on self-defense legalities

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - Missoula Attorney Quentin Rhoades showed Condon residents how they can legally defend themselves and their property during the second Neighborhood Watch meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Swan Valley Community Hall. In addition, organizer Steve Card was elected as the Neighborhood Watch's new chairman while Mikki Gleason was nominated as the group's secretary. Rhoades is a civil attorney for the United States Concealed Carry Association Inc. (USCCA) who litigates lawsuits...

  • Ross continues complaints about scaling

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 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...

  • God is not on our side

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 12, 2020

    Our country has gone through a very troubling year to say the least. The anticipation of the recent election defined as much of 2020 as has the coronavirus. Everything that has taken place this year has caused many sleepless nights and anxiety. A large part of the uncertainty hinged on the outcome of the recent election. The results of elections are also described in terms of who won or lost, or what issue won or lost. The elections end up being about sides, and what side ends up winning in the...

  • Veterans Memorial replacement begins

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) began the initial construction for the new veterans' memorial kiosk in the Memorial Garden on Monday, Nov. 2. VFSL member Darryl Wolery said the replacement structure will be more weather resistant and will better maintain the names of those honored. Currently the 142 memorial plaques are made of wood and need to be redone every three years. Not only will the structure's new metal plates last longer without required maintenance, but...

  • Bighorns end Lady Blackhawks' season

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 12, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks hosted the Lone Peak Bighorns in their opening match of the Western C Divisional Tournament Nov. 3. The Lady Blackhawks were able to build enough of a lead in the middle of the first game to hold off a late rally by the Bighorns for the 25-22 win. The teams traded shots early in game two but the Lady Blackhawks soon found themselves trailing by a half dozen points. They fought hard, closing to within a couple of points late in the game, but the B...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 12, 2020

    Notice to Food Bank users SEELEY LAKE - Because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank clients are required to wear masks outside when coming to the Food Bank. Also a reminder to Food Bank users, there is no smoking allowed on school property. The Food Bank is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is located next to the door of the Multi-Purpose Room at Seeley Lake Elementary School. For more information call 406-677-5025. Learn more about the Salmon Lake Highway 83 Reconstruction Project SALMON LAKE — The Mon...