Articles from the January 31, 2019 edition


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  • Addy's cells continue to advance DIPG research

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    SEATTLE, WASH. – After their daughter Addy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in June 2017, Addy's parents Jen and Treay Trevino of Seeley Lake agreed to donate cells from Addy's initial tumor biopsy. Addy's cells were the first treatment naïve, cells that have not been altered by radiation or chemotherapy, to grow in the lab at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center in Seattle, Wash. Now Addy's cells are being used to study immunotherapy tr...

  • No matter the change, always a challenge

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – After winner of the OSCR 50K Orion Berryman crossed the finish line and caught his breath Saturday, Jan. 26, a conversation with race organizer Lynn Carey ensued about the difficulty of the two 25K loop course. Both agreed that the elevation change of 5,000 feet in the two-loop courses versus the 3,400 foot change in the one-loop course and the technical skiing required met the challenge racers have come to expect over the last 37 years of the OSCR. "The only thing constant a...

  • Local photographer places second in MWA photo contest

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    HELENA – Among the winners of the Montana Wilderness Association 2018 Picture Wild Montana photo contest was second place winner Seeley Lake photographer Carol Fowler. Photography is an artistic outlet for Fowler. She has routinely entered photo contests since getting her first DSLR camera less than 12 years ago. "I love to enter contests because for me, contests set artistic goals and deadlines," wrote Fowler in an email. "They also help to expand my expertise in that I study winning entries t...

  • Fun in the sun at the Lions' Club annual skating party

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – With temperatures in the sun reaching close to 50 degrees, children and adults quickly shed the extra layers as they took to the ice on skates or enjoyed sledding around the Lions Club Pond at the annual Lions Club ice skating party Sunday, Jan. 27. With nearly 70 in attendance, there was never a dull moment with impromptu skate races and sledding fun. When attendees needed to refuel, hot dogs, chili and cookies hit the spot. To add to the fun, Lion and park manager Bobby Maddox t...

  • Fact checking the Seeley Lake sewer

    Former Sewer Board Vice President Troy Spence, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – As you all know, I resigned from the Seeley Lake Sewer Board for multiple reasons. I couldn’t sit on a corrupt board that told lies to the people of Seeley Lake for years. The time I did serve I was bullied by the former president and was threatened to be sued for not pushing a plan through that the town neither needed or wanted. The three newly elected board members after two meetings were accused of not moving forward. After research, it was the previous board members who had no idea of what needed to be done or what they were e...

  • If you got'em, light'em

    Ron Cox, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - That’s what our sergeant always said announcing break time in Army basic training. It’s not 2017 but there is still some concern about smoke in our area. I live about a mile downwind of the air quality monitor. The photo above shows how my HEPA filter looked after about a month of breathing air while sleeping before Christmas. Half the filter was vacuumed to show the difference in the filter before and after cleaning. Our PM 2.5 air still routinely registers in the “Moderate,” regularly in the “Unhealthy for sensitive group” an...

  • Excitement along the way

    Dale Terrillion|Jan 31, 2019

    Can’t remember if I told this here story many moons ago or not, so here goes. Me and Butch was cut’n timber near Haines, Alaska. When we quit the job we decided to drive down the Alaska Highway. Haines Junction was the first stop in the Yukon Territory. The place, in them there days, looked like a frontier town. I inquired where the bank was and was pointed to a Chevy van across the way. Not wanting to ask too many questions, over we went. Yup, there both side doors open and set’n behind a card table with money in little stacks was the bank...

  • Celebration of Life for Cameron Gamache, Feb. 2

    Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – There will be a Celebration of Life for Cameron Gamache Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. Everyone is invited to gather and pay their respects to Cameron and share all the amazing adventures that they shared with him. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck-style gathering. There will be time for anyone who wants to speak and tell a story at the Celebration. Please let organizers know on the “Cameron Gamache’s Montana Celebration of Life” event page on Facebook so they can make time for every o... Full story

  • Seeley Lake Biathlon returns

    Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Saturday, Feb. 2 the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club in partnership with the Wilderness Sportsman’s Club will be hosting the Seeley Lake Biathlon at the Seeley Creek Ski Trails. This is the only “Citizens Biathlon” in Montana – no prior biathlon experience is required. Race Director Dave Batchelder said the Nordic Club acquired the shooting targets from the past organizers last summer and the club is excited to host the event. Next year the club will have more targets and “hopes to establish Seeley Lake as a destination biathlon ev...

  • Trail closure update for salvage logging areas

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Trail closures continue on the Seeley Lake Ranger District to assist with the salvage logging operations on the Rice Ridge and Liberty Fires. Travelers on all of these routes should be mindful of truck traffic and use caution. Questions or for the most up-to-date information please contact the District, 677-2233. • East side of Rice/Richmond Ridge Loop (FS road 4353): Closure from 12 a.m. Monday to Friday at 12 p.m. for snowmobiles. The road is plowed to the junction with the Pyramid Pass Road from the Cottonwood Lakes Road. Thi...

  • The cost of caregiving

    Kelly Moore, Family and Consumer Sciences, MSU-Missoula County Extension|Jan 31, 2019

    Your chances of stepping into the role as "caregiver" for a family member, are greater than you might think. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, it is estimated that over 44 million caregivers have provided informal or unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. These family caregivers averaging 49.2 years old, have often provided care for family members for three or more years, an average of 13 days each month and helped with personal care, food preparation,...

  • Seeley-Swan High School students chosen for UM All-Star Honor Choir

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – For the second year in a row, three Seeley-Swan High School choir students were chosen for the University of Montana All-Star Honor Choir. Seniors Lane Mackie-Wendel and Olivia Reinitz along with junior Jordan Johnson agreed that they learned a lot, had a lot of fun and the experience helped them grow musically. SSHS Choir Director Shauna Anders said she nominated the three students because "they sing so well and they are pretty much leaders in the choir." They were chosen to p...

  • Gold star for Potomac teacher

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    POTOMAC - Terri Klein, the first grade teacher at Potomac School, was awarded the Gold Star Award for December 2018. KECI has sponsored the award for 27 years. It recognizes excellence in education. Klein said she has never wanted to be anything but a first grade teacher. She grew up and went to school in Drummond. Her first grade teacher was Julie Enman. Klein stayed in touch with her through the years. "It was so fun to be able to visit her and talk education." Klein's high school teacher...

  • Men of Worth return to Seeley Lake

    Kirsten McGlynn, 2VS Program Director|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage is bringing Men of Worth back to the Seeley Lake community for the first time since 2013. They will perform a community concert on Feb. 10 at the Seeley-Swan High School auditorium. The folk-music duo, Men of Worth, was formed in 1986 by Irishman James Keigher and Scotsman Donnie Macdonald. It was through the Celtic music scene in Southern California that James and Donnie first met and formed a musical partnership. Geographical changes now find J...

  • No need to idle

    Rich White, Executive Director Car Care Council|Jan 31, 2019

    It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling. Unless trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of the car, idling longer than 30 seconds is unnecessary, even on the coldest days. The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems and thinner synthetic oils, drive...

  • Significant change coming for infrastructure bills

    Representative Mike Hopkins - R, House District 92|Jan 31, 2019

    Things are off and running now at the legislature as an avalanche of policy bills are hitting committees and receiving hearings. In the infrastructure committee, we have just finished hearing all the projects in the Long-Range Building Program (HB5) and in the coming week we will be hearing water, wastewater and bridge projects from all over the state. I have scheduled the committee to vote on all the rest of the infrastructure bills on Feb. 7 in order to move them through the process as quickly as possible, so we are close to finishing our com...

  • Sharing her love of pottery

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seven years ago when Carrie Darrah took a pottery class, "I fell in love with it. One class and I was hooked." She opened Obsession Pottery five years ago and opened her studio in Seeley Lake this past November. Through offering classes and selling her work, Darrah hopes to share her love of pottery and help others enjoy it as much as she does. When Darrah's daughter started college she needed to find something to do. She talked to a local potter in Helena and asked if he taught c...

  • Sandra Lee Dellwo 1937-2019

    Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Sandra Lee Dellwo, 81, of Seeley Lake passed away Saturday, Jan. 19 at her home in Seeley Lake. Sandy was born on June 4, 1937 in Ronan to Leonard and Helen Swanson. She commuted to Missoula by bus to attend Hellgate High School. On July 7th, 1956 she married Thomas H. Dellwo in Superior. The couple lived in Seeley Lake. Sandy enjoyed camping, riding horses, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, gardening, quilting and cooking. She loved the outdoors and spending time with her family,... Full story

  • Seeley-Swan tames the Mountain Cats, falls to Plains

    Jan 31, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks took on the Clark Fork Coop Mountain Cats in Alberton Jan. 25 and then hosted the Horsemen and Trotters from Plains Jan. 26. The Blackhawks took a sizable lead over the Mountain Cats in the first half but blew the game out in the third quarter, more than doubling their score. The Blackhawks finished the Cats off 55-27. Cordell Turner led the Boys with 15 points with Chance Johnson just behind at 14. Johnson had 2 of the team's 5...

  • Community Briefs

    Jan 31, 2019

    Swan Valley AARP Meeting, Feb. 5 SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley AARP will meet Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. A potluck lunch hosted by Nathalie Caulliez and John Addis will begin at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a brief business meeting after which Nathalie will talk about their trip hiking in Bavaria and biking along the Danube. The public is invited. Fire History presentation at Community Potluck, Feb. 6 SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections’ February Community Potluck Dinner will be held Wednesday, Feb...

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