Articles from the November 14, 2019 edition


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  • Judge tosses parts of lawsuit and releases Missoula County

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

    MISSOULA – District Court Judge Leslie Halligan ruled on a pair of motions from Missoula County and the Seeley Lake Sewer District seeking to dismiss the lawsuit originally filed by Don Larson. The Court Orders granted the County’s request to be dismissed and granted parts of the District’s motion but denied dismissing the entire case against the District. Larson filed the original complaint in June of 2018 and was joined by more than 50 landowners and residents as Plaintiffs in an amended complaint filed on Aug. 31, 2018. The lawsuit makes...

  • Chasing a cure

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – "Well it is not cancer but it is diabetes," the doctor told Bekah and David Cahoon after their six-year-old son Chase was rushed to the emergency room June 18, 2018. "This is something he will have for the rest of his life. There is no cure. They are working on one and they might have one in his lifetime." Chase's blood sugar was 618 (normal is 100) and he was in diabetic keto acidosis (DKA). He spent three days in the Pediatric ICU getting out of DKA while he and his parents l...

  • Jungers finds sisters in WAC

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – A random incident propelled Seeley Lake resident Lynne Jungers into the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She was still in high school in Eastern Kentucky when she happened to see a WAC walk by. Jungers stopped her to tell her how much she admired seeing her in uniform. Jungers said, "I didn't even know her name. I just knew she was from my hometown." And the woman said, "You know, you could do the same thing." Jungers decided that was exactly what she was going to do as soon as she got o...

  • Swan Valley celebrates veterans

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

  • Newsrooms statewide join forces to explore aging in Montana

    Nov 14, 2019

    HELENA, MONTANA — Growing old may not be for the faint of heart but, as anyone over 40 will tell you, it sure beats the alternative. Montana is in the process of putting that truism to the test. The state’s median age, according to U.S. Census data, is 39.8 years, making Montana the 10th oldest state in the nation and the oldest in the western U.S. The state’s population of residents in their 50s, 60s, and 70s outpaces the national average and its population of 20- and 30-somethings lags behind. The economic, cultural and personal impac...

  • First quarter wrap-up

    Kellen Palmer, SSHS Principal|Nov 14, 2019

    Hello from Seeley-Swan High School. We just finished up our first Quarter of the school year. We held a community assembly in which we were able to recognize students and staff for their accomplishments. With the Quarter ending that means Parent Teacher Conferences are here. Staff will be available to meet with parents on Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. and Nov 15 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary so please come in and talk with your student's teachers. Seeley-Swan High School is always...

  • Forest Service releases Decision for Liberty II Fire Salvage Project

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Nov 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Forest Service released the Decision Memo for the Liberty II Fire Salvage project, located on the Seeley Lake Ranger District approximately 10 miles southwest of Seeley Lake within the 2017 Liberty Fire burned area. The objectives of the Liberty II Fire Salvage project are to improve the recovery, health and resiliency of forest vegetation and support the economic vitality of local communities. In 2017, the Liberty Fire burned 28,686 acres across multiple jurisdictions including 9,440 acres of National Forest System Lands....

  • Clearwater Resource Council welcomes new executive director

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Clearwater Resource Council hired Caryn Miske as their new executive director this past October. Miske is looking forward to working with the CRC board to support the mission of CRC to engage the community and facilitate efforts that will enhance, conserve, sustain and protect the natural resources and rural lifestyle of the Clearwater Watershed for present and future generations while leading the organization to the next level. Miske has a wide range of education. She received a...

  • Home sales in the valley are in a boom

    Kevin Wetherell, Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.|Nov 14, 2019

    12 SALES WILL FINISH WITH THE HIGHEST SALES RECORDS SINCE 2005 The finish of the summer and fall selling season is now upon us. Since June, home sales have taken a dramatic upturn in sales numbers. The local market in the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys have become stronger than ever, resulting in inventories becoming very limited as home sales continue to roll at a record pace. In our June article, we noted that the local market was maintaining a great balance and generally is not tipped in favor of either buyers or sellers being at a...

  • Chinook Winds blowing our way

    Samathan Arroyo, 2VS Program Director|Nov 14, 2019

    A chinook wind is defined in the dictionary as "a warm dry wind which blows down the east side of the Rocky Mountains at the end of winter." While, in our case, winter is just beginning, and the winds are anything but dry and warm, a change is indeed coming. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Swan Valley School, Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage is bringing the incredible talent of the Chinook Winds Quintet to our very doorstep. Their programs include classic wind quintet literature, works...

  • Leon Morris Copenhaver 1930 - 2019

    Nov 14, 2019

    MISSOULA - Leon Morris Copenhaver, 89, of Missoula, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Nov. 6. Leon was born April 9, 1930 in Missoula and was the seventh child born to Moody and Elizabeth Copenhaver. Leon's early years were spent at the family ranch near Ovando, Mont. where the family's main occupation was outfitting in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He and his sister were homeschooled by their neighbor until seventh grade, when he then went to school in Great...

  • "Do whatever HE tells you," John 2:5

    Diana Taylor, Defendress of the Faith|Nov 14, 2019

    It was August, 1993 in Chesapeake, Va., when we heard the tornado warning. My husband immediately yelled, “Get into the closets!” Soon I heard the deafening roar of the proverbial ‘freight-train.’ Terrified, I thought, ‘This can’t be happening!’ “Something” made me, I mean made me, cry out loudly, “HAIL, MARY, FULL OF GRACE!” Then all was calm. We looked outside to behold a bizarre sight. There were six huge pine trees twisted off about 20 feet up but just a few shingles sheared off the ridge of our two-story home. Sadly, other families suffer...

  • Powell County Commission discusses ambulance contract

    Michael Stafford, Editor, Silver State Post|Nov 14, 2019

    DEER LODGE - The Powell County Commissioners and representative of the Deer Lodge Medical Center have taken another step toward finalizing a contract for the Powell County Ambulance Service, which will now be known as Powell Emergency Medical Services, LLC. Although the discussion was not listed on the commissioners’ agenda and took place during one of the items entitled “usual and regular business,” the group reviewed a draft contract between the government and the privately owned hospital which would provide the latter with appro...

  • Bear Aware Art Show highlights how to reduce conflicts with bears

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary Junior High Art Elective is hosting its first Bear Aware school-wide art show through November. The intent of the art show is to provide a prevention and safety lesson for the community and make everyone more aware of how to secure attractants from bears. The public is invited to view the display in the breezeway by the junior high and in front of the kindergarten classroom. Several of the pieces were chosen for display at local businesses and area w...

  • Home of the free, because of the brave

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Hand shakes, hugs and thank yous were abundant at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Seeley Lake Nov. 11. Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake President Barbara Knopp thanked all the service men and women, past and present, and honored them for the sacrifices they made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty and country for others to live in freedom. "We are here today to honor our heroes. To remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication and to say thank you f...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 14, 2019

    Free Developmental and Preschool Screening, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 SEELEY LAKE – A free development screening for children ages 0 to 5 for Seeley Lake and Swan Valley School Districts will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. The same screening will be held for those in the Potomac School District Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This free screening will include gross motor, fine motor, language concepts, communication concepts, communication skills, hearing and vision screening. For the SLE screening...

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