Articles from the November 29, 2018 edition

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  • Building relationships over pastries

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – Parents, children and teachers at Seeley Lake Elementary gathered before school Nov. 20 for the second Pastries for Parents. The intent of the program is to engage parents and build relationships between parents, the school and the teachers. Pastries for Parents is an established event held across the country as an effort to engage family members with the children and the school. Other variations include Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads and Goodies for Grandparents. Following t...

  • Fun for everyone at Old West Christmas

    Nov 29, 2018

    OVANDO - Ovando's Old West Christmas Fest returned to the Friday after Thanksgiving drawing many families from all over the western part of the state. Signs leading up to and throughout town exclaimed "Fun." The smiles and laughter were contagious as everyone participated in all the different activities offered. There were three entries this year in the Breakfast Casserole Cook Off. Despite voters saying how hard it was to choose, Margaret Bauer's Breakfast Casserole, labeled #1 for taste...

  • Big game hunting season ends across Montana

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    Montana's general big game hunting season closed Sunday, Nov. 25. Montana Fish, Wildfire & Parks reported deer and elk harvest totals were down in northwest Montana while hunter check stations in west-central Montana remained similar to recent years. The five regional check stations in northwest Montana, tallied a combined total of 950 white-tailed deer, including 676 bucks, this season. That is down from 1,275 total white-tailed deer and 925 bucks harvested in 2017. There were 100 mule deer...

  • Big game hunting season ends across Montana

    Nov 29, 2018

    "You may hunt the world over for trophies, far and wide you may go; but you'll always come back to follow the track of the whitetail deer in the snow." A favorite quote of Dale Terrillion from a hunter he guided....

  • Start behaving yourselves

    Pat Caffrey, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - The community voted two-to-one to replace three of five Sewer Board members. Two of the new members quit out of frustration, leaving the other neutralized. The will of the community wanted an attitude change. That will has been overturned by the old guard. I encouraged consensus. I even volunteered for the board. I contacted all players for input. I have been increasingly shunned and ignored, many phone calls not returned and my candidacy bypassed without discussion or vote. I wish the Larson suit hadn’t been filed and that r...

  • Thank you House District 92

    Representative Mike Hopkins House District 92, Missoula, Mont.|Nov 29, 2018

    Thank you to the people of House District 92 for giving me the opportunity to continue serving you in the State Legislature. I really love working for the people of this district and I look forward to going to back to Helena in January and building on the work that we accomplished last session. I sincerely appreciate all the people who knocked on doors, hosted our campaign signs, made phone calls and donated to our campaign. I also want to thank Lee Bridges. Lee and her team ran a great race and I think it’s a large part of the reason why we h...

  • Historical Society hosts Frostbite Festival this weekend

    Nov 29, 2018

    SWAN VALLEY - The 2018 Frostbite Festival Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Swan Valley School in Condon. The event is hosted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society. Artisans and crafters from the Swan Valley and northwest Montana will display and sell their handiwork. This is a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to find unique locally made holiday gifts. It's a great time to get together with friends and family, meet new people and support our...

  • Energy Share offers assistance

    Energy Share of Montana|Nov 29, 2018

    Ever Been There? No job. Severe injury. Hospitalization. Worried about where your kids’ next meal is going to come from. Mid-life career change gone bad. Major vehicle breakdown. Laid off suddenly after 25 years with the same company. Elderly couple and one dies. These situations, any combination thereof and almost anything you can imagine, are what participants in the Energy Share program have gone or are going through. Energy Share of Montana is a statewide private nonprofit that helps your neighbors who are facing loss of heat or lights in t...

  • Christmas tree permits available

    Lolo and Flathead National Forests|Nov 29, 2018

    Christmas tree permits are now available on the Lolo and Flathead National Forests. Permits are $5 per tree with a three tree limit per household. Permits on the Lolo are available at all District offices. Permits may also be purchased at Murdoch’s in Missoula, Bronc’s Grocery in Frenchtown, the Clinton Market east of Missoula, Conoco Feed and Fuel in Thompson Falls and the Bureau of Land Management Missoula Field Office, located at 3255 Fort Missoula Road. The Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office and Missoula Ranger District, located at 24...

  • Lions continue holiday basket drive

    Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - It’s getting to be that time of year again as Christmas fast approaches. Each year Seeley Lake Lions Club distributes Holiday Food Baskets to area families in need of help, providing a holiday meal for Christmas. The Lions perform various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to purchase turkey dinners, with all the trimmings for those in need. Besides fundraisers by the Club, personal donations have been made in the past from community residents. All groceries are purchased locally at Cory’s Valley Market. Cory’s employe...

  • The value of animal tracks and sign skills

    Luke Lamar, Conservation Director, Swan Valley Connections|Nov 29, 2018

    There is an incredible array of animal tracks and sign to be discovered in nature. Some are obvious and some are very subtle. Footprints, droppings, scrapes on trees and foraging sign are just a few things that can provide clues about an animal species' presence and how it uses a given area. Learning and honing animal tracks and sign skills is an art that challenges the human sensory system and requires no technology. Tracks can be found any time of the year on many substrates (snow, dust,...

  • Beetles with a view

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    Ladybugs are not 'bugs' but actually beetles in the order Coleoptera and swarm on or around mountain peaks. Common species in the Blackfoot Watershed include the convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens. This lady beetle gathering can be a regular occurrence. For many years this phenomenon has been seen worldwide as well as in Montana. Called 'summit ladybugs', the different lady beetle species can be found in different alpine locations by the hundreds, thousands or even ten thousands....

  • How did the Friday after Thanksgiving become black?

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – Thanksgiving was once a full, laid-back day of families gathering to visit and feast at a giant potluck. Today, Thanksgiving has to share time with football games and pre-mature Black Friday shopping. But how did the day after Thanksgiving get such a black name? It is not called black because it encroaches on the Thursday holiday. Nor is it true the name refers to windfall merchandise sales which supposedly marked when stores stopped operating at a loss ("in the red") and f...

  • Department receives significant donation, continues improvements

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board discussed continued improvements for the department at their regular board meeting Nov. 20. Fire Chief Dave Lane also told the board about a large donation of surplus equipment that they received from the Bozeman Fire Department. Lane reported that the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) upgrade for the department is 98 percent complete. The project to date has cost around $7,500 and is estimated that it will be completed with an additional $2,300. The original project was budgeted for $30,000, “Th...

  • SLE to consider hosting Farmers Market, continues policy update

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board was given a proposal to assume ownership of the Seeley Lake Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market at its Nov. 20 board meeting. The board is also working on policy changes and was informed that the school’s Park Committee was successful in obtaining a maintenance grant. Vicki Voegelin presented a proposal for the school to assume ownership of the Farmers Market as a way to raise funds. She said that running the Market is not as convenient for her as it used to be and it is time for her to give it...

  • SSHS Leos hope to pay it forward

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School Leo's Club has been busy serving the community this holiday season and hope to pay forward the kindness Seeley Lake received during the Rice Ridge fire. The Leos held a turkey drive to support the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank again this year on Nov. 16. They collected donations and turkeys at Cory's Valley Market and Rovero's. Their efforts raised $743.56 and six turkeys to support families in need in the area. "These kids are doing their part," s...

  • Joan Haueter 1932 - 2018

    Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – On Nov. 13 Joan Haueter passed away in her Seeley Lake home. She was born in Tennessee on July 7, 1932. Joan is survived by husband Jim, daughter Libby, son-in-law Perry and grandsons Nate and Sam. Jim and Joan were married in Minnesota and lived there 35 years before moving to Seeley Lake in 1997. Joan devoted her life to her family and helping others through child care, leadership in youth groups and political organizing. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and playing word games. Her lively, fun-loving spirit and keen sense of humor w... Full story

  • Donald K. Ditty

    Nov 29, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - Donald K. Ditty of Seeley Lake, formerly of Missoula, passed away Nov. 15, 2018 at home with his family. Graveside services will be held in June at Sunset Memorial. For more information please call Donald's son Daniel J. Ditty at 808-895-2072.... Full story

  • First four songs of Christmas

    Pastor Craig Wilson, Pastor - Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 29, 2018

    This December I look forward to speaking for four Sundays about the original songs of Christmas. These four songs, contained in the first two chapters of Luke, poetically proclaim the Good News of Jesus. These first four songs of Christmas come from Mary, Zechariah (father of John the Baptist), the angels speaking to the shepherds and a man named Simeon. Together, these songs show us the expectation and wonder of the announcement and arrivals of Jesus Christ. In December, we traditionally observe the four weeks leading up to Christmas as the...

  • Grade school friends make MVA 16 National Team

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 29, 2018

    MISSOULA – When sophomores Klaire Kovatch and Kaylee Rammell tried out for the Montana Volleyball Academy U16 teams, they both had hopes of making it on the 16 National Team. When they both made the cut for the team, not only were the grade-school friends the first in the area to make a MVA 16 National Team but this would be the first time they would be on the same side of the net. Director of Montana Volleyball Academy Nate Michael said MVA has been going since early 2000. It started as a v...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 29, 2018

    CORRECTION SEELEY LAKE – Last week in the story “SSHS recognizes fall athletes” it was omitted that freshman Walker McDonald earned Academic All-State in addition to his letter and pin for football. Congratulations Walker in your success not only on the field but in academics as well! FWP listening session on replacing Automated License System, Nov. 29 MISSOULA - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is hosting a series of public meetings to gather input on replacing its current Automated License System (ALS) that administers hunting and fishi...