Articles from the November 19, 2020 edition

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  • Chamber leadership steps down, seeks applicants

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – After serving as the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce executive director and on the board since the summer of 2017, Lisa Hayhurst and her husband Eric feel it is time to pass the torch. They are hoping to fill the executive director and board chair position before their last day, May 1, 2021. “It takes a lot of time and it is a lot of hours,” Lisa said. “I’m very thankful to everybody for the opportunity to serve as the executive director and volunteering for the past four years. It allowed me to meet people in the community a...

  • Honoring those who served

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY – At 11:11 a.m., Nov. 11, the sound of a bell cut through the cold air as more than 30 veterans, their families and the Condon community gathered outside the Swan Valley Community Hall to honor veterans. "All have given something, some have given all," said American Legion Post 63 Commander Edward Klassen. The bell ringing ceremony is a national tradition that is practiced in the Swan Valley on Veterans Day. In Europe they rang the bell at the end of WWI in 1918. The Legion gives a...

  • Businesses address the inside effects of COVID-19

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    MISSOULA COUNTY - Local businesses have been affected on a spectral level since restrictions were implemented in March to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Some saw an initial hit and began to recover throughout the summer tourist season while many others continue to struggle with coronavirus' ongoing financial impact. In an effort to capture the perceptions of tourism-related business owners and managers through the pandemic, the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation... Full story

  • SSHS student signs with CSU for track

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School senior Klaire Kovatch signed a national letter of intent to throw discus, javelin and potentially weight and hammer for the Colorado State University Division 1 track and field team on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Kovatch said part of the reason she decided to sign with CSU was that it was relatively close to home with a major airport nearby and that they offered the degree she is looking to pursue which is food science and human nutrition. "I liked the idea that...

  • Community invited to Cahoon Strong/ Paint a Heart Day

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The community is invited to paint a heart for the Cahoon family at the Cahoon Strong "Paint a Heart" Day fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 28 from 12-5 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Organizer Kris Gullikson is confident it will be a fun event and stressed that anyone can do it. Gullikson was good friends with Charlie Wolff and also knew Wayne Cahoon. Her husband Erik is a pilot and aircraft accidents hit really close to home. "I just wanted to ease the family burden, in any w...

  • Insurance paid $321,000 legal defense bills, releases District

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board and one of its former insurance providers have signed an Assignment of Rights and Claims that will keep the District from having to pay legal fees for defending the District against a 2018 lawsuit. There has been a longstanding question over whether or not the District’s insurance would cover the cost of the defense because the District changed insurance companies just days after the lawsuit was filed. The District did not know of the lawsuit when it made the change. The District’s policy wit...

  • Newly elected district leaders make initial statements

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Respective House and Senate winners Mike Hopkins and Shannon O’Brien talked about the upcoming legislative session, their priorities during their time in office and what committees they would like to be a part of during the monthly Seeley Lake Community Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. Hopkins is the Republican District 92 State Representative. He said his primary concern going into office was the state’s economy and budget which were hit hard after the lockdown due to a stall in income taxes. The last four years, leg...

  • Grants available for projects helping Seeley Lake

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Nov 19, 2020

    Non-profit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals to the Seeley Lake Community Foundation for 2021 projects. The Foundation awards grants of up to $2,500 for projects to benefit the area of Seeley Lake. Applications are due Jan. 31 each year. Grant awards are announced by early March. The Foundation helps local groups fund important community projects in the areas of: art and culture; community and economic development; basic human needs; education; and natural resources and conservation. In this capacity, the Foundation strives...

  • Letters from a Swan Valley homesteader

    Steve and Sharon Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Nov 19, 2020

    Beginning with a trip out west to Polson in 1913 to later homesteading in the Upper Swan Valley, early-day settler Henry Thomason wrote a series of hand-written letters to his family in the Midwest documenting life as a homesteader in the early part of the 20th century. He also provided detailed accounts of his experiences as a fire lookout high in the Swan Range. In 1919 Thomason filed to homestead 160 acres between Rumble and Buck Creeks. He built a two-room log house, a log barn, a log...

  • Board makes minor changes to Strategic Plan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    POTOMAC – The Potomac School Board worked through their strategic planning at their Nov. 9 meeting. They all agreed that the seven focus areas would be retained with just a shift in the implementation of priorities. The board also received an update from Principal John Rouse regarding upcoming extracurricular activities and from the eighth grade class regarding their class trip. At the beginning of the strategic planning discussion, Chair Cliff Vann explained this is an annual discussion that provides an opportunity to reshape the direction o...

  • Girard innovates his way through Forest Service ranks

    Betty Vanderwielen|Nov 19, 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...

  • There is but one lawgiver and Judge

    William Campbell, A servant of Christ|Nov 19, 2020

    I'm guessing that often we can fall into the category of having just enough knowledge to be misleading, or even dangerous. As Christians, it is possible, though we may have memorized some verses, to still overlook others. In so doing, we miss the big picture painted by Scripture. Homosexuality is a very difficult subject in today's society. Often we hear someone say, "You are being judgmental," or "they were born that way." Actually, considering the whole of Scripture, they are right in both...

  • Seeley Lake celebrates veterans' legacies

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Over 20 residents came together to celebrate the lives and memories of those who served in the American military for Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden. Following a group prayer, Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake (VFSL) President Barbara Knopp made a speech honoring those who gave their time and lives during war. "We're here today to honor our service members past and present and to remember their sacrifices they have made and the courage it...

  • Winner of Ovando Scarecrow contest announced

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    OVANDO –Nancy Shannon won the Ovando Scarecrow contest with her "Thin Green Man with Owl." There were four scarecrow entries in the first annual contest of the 21st century. Sheppard collected more than 100 votes via email, Facebook and at the Ovando Post Office. Coming in second behind Shannon's creation was the "BCC Board Meeting" created by the Blackfoot Commercial Company staff. The Ovando Grade School students' "Ovando School Witch" took third followed by Terry Sheppard's "Little D...

  • Hunting activity and harvest success picks up

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Nov 19, 2020

    Hunter numbers and harvest rebounded in the fourth weekend of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana, bringing harvest totals in line with average for this point in the season. The biggest bump came from deer harvest. The rut picked up over the past week and accordingly the cumulative deer harvest reported at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) check stations near Bonner, Darby and Anaconda doubled from where it was in just one weekend. The whitetail harvest reported at the three check stations now sits at 242,...

  • Christmas tree permits available online for the Holiday season

    Lolo and Flathead National Forests|Nov 19, 2020

    Christmas tree permits from local National Forests are now available to purchase online through Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut may be found on or visit the National Forest webpage where the trees will be harvested. The Forest Service decided to move permit sales to as an added convenience for visitors, as well as to provide an alternative to in-person transactions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To purchase a Christmas tree permit, search for Lolo or...

  • Renae Lyn Anderson Jan. 6, 1952 - Oct. 19, 2020

    Nov 19, 2020

    CONDON - Renae Lyn Anderson, beloved and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and loyal friend, left to continue her journey with her father, brother, friends and most certainly Elvis Presley on Oct. 19, 2020. Renae was born in Missoula, Montana on Jan. 6, 1952 to Robert K. "Tuffy" and Leita Anderson. She was the first of three children, followed by her brother Bob and sister Melody. She was raised in Condon, attended Salmon Prairie Grade School and graduated from Seeley-Swan High... Full story

  • Damien Nichols Miner Aug. 21, 2002 - Nov. 8, 2020

    Nov 19, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - On Aug. 21, 2002, a baby boy was born to Specialist Christopher Miner and his then-wife Melinda Barraza Miner at Fort Hood, Texas. With chubby cheeks and deep brown eyes, Damien Nichols Miner was immediately beloved by everyone. Upon his father's honorable departure from the Army, Damien moved to the Pacific Northwest where they enjoyed living by the majority of their family in the Portland/Vancouver area and their extended family in Missoula, Montana. Damien's childhood was... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 19, 2020

    Al-Anon resumes weekly in-person meetings SEELEY LAKE – The local Al-Anon group has begun meeting in-person every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church. Attendees are asked to wear masks and chairs are placed six feet apart. All ages are welcome to this open meeting. For more information email or call 406-677-3575. Leo’s Club Turkey Drive, Nov. 19-21 SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School Leos Club will be sponsoring their fourth annual Turkey Drive to support the Seeley-Swan Community Food...

  • Governor Bullock reveals new statewide public health regulations to limit COVID-19 cases

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Nov 19, 2020

    MONTANA - Governor Steve Bullock announced on Tuesday that he would implement a new set of public health measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Montana beginning on Friday, Nov. 20. The measures would limit capacity in bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and casinos to 50%; limit public gatherings to 25 individuals when social distancing is not possible; and require face coverings in all counties statewide regardless of case count. These establishments must also close no later than 10 p.m. with no more than six people per... Full story