Articles from the November 16, 2023 edition


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  • Seeley Lake salutes its service members

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    Dozens of residents circled the Seeley Lake Veterans Memorial on Nov. 11 to honor and remember all who had served. Now 105 since the first celebration of Armistice Day, leaders from the veterans community reminded those that freedom is not free, even today. "Many of (our veterans) didn't ask to leave their homes to fight on a distant battlefield. Many didn't even volunteer," Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake leader Barbara Knopp said. "They didn't go to war because they loved fighting, they...

  • County closes Boy Scout Bridge indefinitely

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    Missoula County announced Nov. 15 that the Boy Scout Road bridge will be closed indefinitely because of structural concerns. The Montana Department of Transportation had already limited traffic on the bridge to three tons in August after a complaint by a nearby resident. After state-contracted engineers looked at the bridge in September, the state made the final decision that the bridge is not safe for traffic. The announcement came more than two weeks after the original timeline for the...

  • Valor Ride brings up veterans' issues

    Jean Pocha, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    "The Valor Ride was a heck of a trip that I'll never forget," Curtis Friede of Kurt's Polaris said. "I learned that many veterans deal with complications from war every day. Not everyone's world is a fun, happy or safe place." Friede and other veterans completed the 5,337 mile Valor Side-By-Side Ride 2023 on schedule Oct. 10, taking 22 days to ride from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to El Paso on the Texas-Mexican border. The 22-day trip was designed to increase awareness of veterans and their needs. The...

  • Man gets eight years for child pornography

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    A Seeley Lake man will be behind bars for the next eight and a half years after he pleaded guilty in July to receiving child pornography. Charles Lief Isaacson, 62, was first arrested by Missoula County after he allegedly thought he was messaging a 14-year-old girl on social media. He planned to have sex with the fake minor in 2022, charging documents said. Isaacson still has two charges against him for sexual abuse of children active in Missoula District Court. U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich...

  • Boy Scout bridge study almost complete

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    The future of the bridge on Boy Scout Road should be known sometime next week as the Montana Department of Transportation wraps up the analysis of its structural study. The results of the study, which was originally estimated to be published by Nov. 1, should decide whether to keep the bridge in operation, limit weight on the bridge or shut it down altogether. The bridge was built in 1937. The Pathfinder previously reported that the bridge has been a known concern by MDT and Missoula County for the last several years. “This bridge has been o...

  • Elbow Lake gravel pit lawsuit goes to Supreme Court

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    After a Missoula District Court Judge blocked the state and a construction company from operating a gravel pit near Elbow Lake, lawyers for the two groups appealed the decision to the Montana Supreme Court, which accepted the appeal at the beginning of November. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and LHC construction are hoping to reverse an earlier decision made by Missoula District Court Judge John Larson, which halted a 17-acre gravel pit and asphalt plant just south of Salmon Lake. Larson first granted a temporary restraining...

  • Strengthening the integrity of Montana's elections

    J. Ellsworth - C. Glimm - M. Cuffe - S. Vance, Montana Senators|Nov 16, 2023

    We’re now less than a year out from one of the biggest elections in Montana history. Next November, our ballots will be stacked with candidates for president, U.S. Senate, two congressional seats, governor, attorney general, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, state auditor, and two supreme court seats (including chief justice), to say nothing of regional and local offices and any potential ballot initiatives. Ahead of such a jam-packed election cycle that is sure to produce high voter turnout and its share of c...

  • Low Levels of Flathead Lake in 2023 Were and Are Avoidable

    National Organization to Save Flathead Lake|Nov 16, 2023

    Flathead Lake is one of the most beautiful places on earth; however, this summer’s low lake levels severely impacted residents, irrigators, fishermen, recreators, marinas, land and dock owners and many other businesses directly or indirectly. The economic impact is huge. So, what happened, and how can it be avoided in the future? One thing we can all agree on is that there was a very low snowpack last winter that resulted in record-low inflows into Flathead Lake. Despite low snowpack and other early strong indications of a drought year, the SKQ...

  • Psychological Perspectives: Changing climate

    Ken Silvestro|Nov 16, 2023

    The title of this column can be understood from several different points of view. For example, most often environmental changes that engulf the planet come to mind. There also is the environment that engulfs our inner world, that is our psychology or psyche, and then there are the political, family, scientific and other environments that engulf our lives. Changes or needed changes can be related to any or all of these environments or climates. Understanding that the word climate is not clearly...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's log for Nov. 16

    2/3 1:28 p.m. Suspicious Activity 30XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 11/5 5:12 p.m. Theft 63XX Highway 83, Condon 11/5 6:24 p.m. Accident, No Injury Double Arrow Road, Seeley Lake 11/6 12:21 p.m. Suspicious Activity 30XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 11/7 4:25 a.m. Accident, No Injury 3X MM Highway 200, Clearwater Junction 11/7 11:59 a.m. Suspicious Activity 31XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 11/7 3:57 p.m. Accident, No Injury 33XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 11/8 3:09 p.m. ` Harassment 195XX Highway 200 E, Bonner 11/9 7:15 a.m. Disorderly Conduct 6XX Tamarack...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Nov. 16

    2/5/2023 Medical Chipmonk Court 11/7/2023 Medical Morrell Creek Road 11/8/2023 Medical Highway 83...

  • Strength in weakness

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith-Holy Cross Lutheran Churches Condon-Seeley Lake|Nov 16, 2023

    Admiral Horatio Nelson is one of England’s greatest heroes, yet his fame was gained not only due to his strengths, but arguably even more so from his weaknesses. Having lost his mother at the age of nine, he began his military career at the age of 13 as an ordinary seaman. From his first day at sea through the rest of his life, he would suffer from constant seasickness. His frailness also left him susceptible to other illnesses, contracting yellow fever, recurring bouts with malaria, and an unidentified debilitating sickness in the West I...

  • (Some of) the joys of fly tying

    Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal|Nov 16, 2023

    When I was a kid I was fascinated by trout flies. It seemed almost inborn. It started when I was about eight when my godfather showed me a box of flies that he tied. There was a sporting goods store in my small home town that sold .22 rifles and ammo, among other things, and I took to shooting at an early age. My dad and my godfather instructed me carefully and well. My dad had the stock of my first .22 sawed off so it would fit a boy. There was a small assortment of flies in the store where...

  • Archives for Nov. 16

    Nov 16, 2023

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday, November 17, 1988 Blackhawks are District Champs Saturday, Nov. 12, the Seeley-Swan girls basketball team played the Philipsburg Prospectors for the 12-C District Championship. The Hawks won the game by one point in regulation time (56-55). As Saturday night drew close to 8:30 p.m., the crowd began to cram into Big Sky High School's gym to watch the championship clash between the Hawks and the Prospectors. The two teams met twice during the regular season;...

  • Clearwater Resource Council meeting scheduled

    Dave Torrell, Clearwater Resource Council|Nov 16, 2023

    The Clearwater Resource council is scheduling a community meeting on Jan. 9 at the Barn in Seeley Lake to present the finding of multiple years of aquatic monitoring of streams and lakes in the Clearwater Valley. Ongoing human activities in the Clearwater watershed are resulting in impacts to our lakes, streams, wildlife habitat, forest, and rural lifestyle. It is estimated that over two thousand landowners and thirty thousand plus people come to the valley to recreate and enjoy the rural splendor of the valley annually. Consequently, citizens...

  • Deer Lodge School District unification passes

    Jean Pocha, of the Pathfinder|Nov 16, 2023

    The Deer Lodge School District unification passed 876-520 on Nov. 7. Rural areas in Avon, Elliston, Gold Creek, Precinct 2 (from Garrison to the Deer Lodge Fairgrounds), Helmville and Ovando voted against the proposition 156-290. “I hope it’s a good change and beneficial to all involved,” Kelley Knight, Powell County Deputy Clerk and Recorder said. “The cards will play themselves out eventually.” About 35% of registered voters participated in the election. According to Rick Duncan, Superintendent of both Powell County High School and Deer Lodg...

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