Articles from the November 30, 2017 edition


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  • Seniors Targeted in Exploitation Scams and Schemes

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    Scams are big business across the nation and all too often hit home in the small communities of Montana. Seniors, age 60 and older, are frequently the target. Many seniors have lost their life savings to strangers, caregivers or family. Project Coordinator Richard Heitstuman with Montana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Legal Services of Helena shared information about some of the common scams, ways to avoid them and services available at little or no cost to seniors to help if they have fallen victim to a scammer. Montana AAA Legal Services is a s...

  • Ayers Chosen for Youth Leadership Council

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    HELENA – Seeley Lake Elementary eighth-grader Hannah Ayers never dreamed she would have the opportunity to discuss childhood hunger around the table where the Montana Constitution was signed and have lunch with the governor, lieutenant governor and the first lady. This became a reality when she was one of 20 students chosen for the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council that met Nov. 17 in Helena. The intent of the council is to empower students from seventh grade through senior y...

  • Hunting Season Ends with Harvest Up

    Montana FWP|Nov 30, 2017

    Montana's general big game hunting season closed on Sunday with west-central Montana check stations reporting the highest harvest in four years and the highest hunter success rate since 2007. The 607 white-tailed deer inspected through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby hunter check stations is three percent higher than last year's total, and the highest since 2008. With 507 whitetails checked, the Bonner Check Station accounted for 84 percent of the harvest, which was the highest at Bonner since...

  • Hunting Season Ends with Harvest Up

    Nov 30, 2017

    Thank you readers for sharing your 2017 hunting success stories!...

  • Hunting Season Ends with Harvest Up

    Nov 30, 2017

    Thank you readers for sharing your 2017 hunting success stories!...

  • Hunting Season Ends with Harvest Up

    Nov 30, 2017

    Thank you to our readers for sharing their 2017 hunting success!...

  • Neither Sleet Nor Snow Stopped Army Vet Truett

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    GREENOUGH – Glenn Truett chose the U.S. Army over cotton farming. Looking back at age 86, he said he couldn't have made a better choice. Truett was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and said he was very happy there. He was no longer happy, however, when his dad moved the family to South Carolina and started raising cotton. Truett said, "That was no life for me. So when I turned 17, I joined the Army – to get away from there, to be honest with you." After Infantry Basic Training, Truett e...

  • Seeley-Swan High School Takes Precautions Against Intruders

    Ashley Miller, Seeley-Swan High School, Grade 11|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - With high increases in school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, many schools, including Seeley-Swan High School, are taking higher safety precautions to protect their students. According to Everytown, a website that reports statistics of shootings in grade school, high school and college, between 2013-2015 there were 160 school shootings in the United States. In 95 of these cases an individual intentionally used a gu...

  • Questions Over Sewer Protest Procedures

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017
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    SEELEY LAKE - Since the start of the Seeley Lake Sewer District’s protest period I’ve received a handful of questions from landowners regarding the process. Generally speaking if we receive enough questions from people we look into it for an article because most likely there more people out there with the same questions. Normally that works great, we get peoples’ questions answered and move on. I put out an email with these questions to District Manager Greg Robertson but he has refused to answer any of them saying that if people want their que...

  • Pumps - Raising Us All Up

    Gene Schade, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Some have criticized our planned sewer system for having pumps. Pumps are part of everyone’s lives, for example: How does your vehicle get its fuel? How do you get your water to your home? How is the Propane transferred from the supply truck to your propane tank? How does an airplane get its fuel to the engine? How does your refrigerator or freezer keep your food cold? Does your electrical generation require pumps? Generators, cooling systems, HV AC? How does your vehicle get its cooling and oil distribution? Do those pointing f...

  • Last Time for the Sewer

    E. L. Taylor, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - This is my third and last missive on the sewer project. At his point the entire cost to us has not been clearly set out. And something was just told to me that makes it even worse. Apparently the third phase of the project has no water piped in from our system. That means when the sewer goes in there will also be the substantial added cost of a water system that has not even been discussed. Why hasn’t this been brought up? The whole project has been full of half-truths and smoke and mirrors as to the cost. We voted against the s...

  • Whether or Not to Protest – Food for Thought

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - For you sewer residents still deciding whether or not to protest the proposal, here’s some more food for thought. The Board has no current engineering estimates for sub-districts 2, 3 and 4. They will undoubtedly run into the millions of dollars to build the collections systems. The Board is counting on getting the financing for these sub-district projects from the State legislature. But that is a very “iffy” assumption. Here are a couple reasons why: • The State government uses mostly coal tax trust fund dollars for infrast...

  • When the Shadow Appears

    Ken Silvestro PhD.|Nov 30, 2017

    Previous articles described the dark side of the personality or the shadow. Since each person possesses a personal and collective psychology, the shadow has two forms: the personal and the collective. Remember that the collective psychology refers to social and group membership. Earlier articles also presented the idea of meeting the shadow and building a relationship with it to diminish its power, which means that the shadow would be less likely to be expressed unconsciously (from a person's...

  • Some Seeley Snowmobile Routes to be Temporarily Closed

    Lolo National Forest|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District will close two snowmobile routes near the Rice Ridge Fire burned area beginning Dec. 1 so that trucks can safely haul logs that were removed during fireline construction on the Rice Ridge Fire. The log decks were staged on roadsides during fireline construction, which was built to protect the local community from the 160,187 acre Rice Ridge Fire. The closures will start Dec. 1 and include: SNO-63.01 (Cottonwood Lakes) from junction with SNO-63.13 (Kozy Korner) to junction with SNO-63.37 (Dunham Cree...

  • Decisions Put on Hold

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    SWAN VALLEY - After lengthy discussion at its Nov. 21 meeting, the Swan Valley Community Council voted to table any decisions and the logistics concerning the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee’s draft plan. Due to the holidays, council members and planning committee members’ absences and unanswered questions, the SVCC will wait until their next meeting Dec. 19 for further discussion. The timeline and the order for getting the draft plan to the community were addressed. Council member Henry Westra suggested that the SVRPC work on the cle...

  • Fire Income Distributed, Wayne Appointed to Board

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary School Board discussed the income SLE received from the Rice Ridge Fire. SLE received $120,770 for the facility rental and food income for the school’s use during the Rice Ridge Fire. After expenses, $48,685 was profit. SLE spent $2,856 on HEPA filters for the classrooms, $14,375 on the $500 employee stipend and $4,200 on a new walk-in cooler. The remaining $27,254 is available. The board verbally agreed to reserve these funds for preschool if needed. Superintendent Chris Stout said the Ortenberg Fou...

  • Interim Chief Hired – Business as Usual

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District listened to public comments and provided updates at their meeting Nov. 21. Interim Chief Michael Greer started Nov. 20. The District earned $44,952 on the Rice Ridge Fire. The District has received half of the payments. The Seeley Lake Fire Company applied for the Montana Community Foundation grant for $15,000 during the first grant cycle. If they get the grant, the funds will be used for radios. A special meeting to go through the budget and job descriptions will be held. The date will be d...

  • News and Updates from the Challenge

    Sara Schmidt, Blackfoot Challenge Outreach Coordinator|Nov 30, 2017

    After ten years at the helm of the Blackfoot Challenge, Executive Director Gary Burnett takes position with Heart of the Rockies Initiative Dear partners and friends, It has been my honor to serve for the past ten years as the executive director of the Blackfoot Challenge. I have learned so much from the landowners, board members, staff and partners with whom it has been my privilege to work alongside. It is with tremendous gratitude that I start a new chapter guided by lessons learned in the Blackfoot. I have accepted the executive director...

  • Unlock Your Creativity at Aravensvoice

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – Art has always been a stress reliever and creative place for Constance Zollo. She looks forward to offering a quiet place of escape in Seeley Lake at Aravensvoice Art Studio, in the Filling Station mall. By offering a place and the materials, Zollo hopes to leave a legacy in the community by training others artistically. Zollo fell in love with art when she was nine years old. "I was able to use my imagination. It is a great escape and you get something physical out of it too," s...

  • Perception and Impacts of the Rice Ridge Fire

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Swan Pathfinder ran an online survey during the month of October asking readers about the impacts of the Rice Ridge Fire. The goal was to quantify some of those impacts and gauge public perception of the fire. The Pathfinder received 168 responses to the survey. Full-time residents made up 60% of the responders, 30% were part-time residents or visitors and 10% were resident business owners. Survey highlights: • More than 50% of respondents were ordered to evacuate w...

  • Perspective

    Shane Kesterke, Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship|Nov 30, 2017

    One definition of perspective is “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.” We all have a perspective and that perspective can greatly influence our outlook on life. A good perspective, a good attitude, results in a positive outlook on life, whereas a poor perspective, a bad attitude, results in a negative outlook on life. We all have ups and downs throughout the course of a year, but I think that this season of holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, can be a great time to stop and reflect on wha...

  • Young Eagles Focus on Fundamentals

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles boys basketball season is in full swing as they took on the Potomac Pioneers at home Nov. 20. Coaches Brett Haines and Tylen Dial said they have been spending a lot of time on the fundamentals and working with the young teams. There are 25 players out this year. Assistant Coach Dial said the focus has been on the fundamentals –dribbling, shooting and passing. They have started working on some situational stuff and running plays. The A Squad is you...

  • SSHS Fall Athletes Reconigzed

    Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) fall sports awards banquet was held Nov. 14 at Seeley-Swan High School. The banquet was held to present varsity letters, pins, chevrons, All-Conference and Academic All-State awards to members of the SSHS varsity fall sports team members. All-Conference awards are selected by District 8C (Football) and District 10C (Volleyball) coaches. Academic All-State awards are presented to student athletes who maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average and earn a varsity letter in athletics during the...

  • Community Briefs

    Nov 30, 2017

    Leo’s Break $1,000 for Food Bank SEELEY LAKE –The Seeley-Swan High School Leo’s Club’s recent Turkey Drive raised a grand total of $1,033 and 11 turkeys for the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank. The club presented Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Sheree Hill with a check and the turkeys Tuesday, Nov. 21. This is up from the initial report of 10 turkeys and $753 following the two-hour drive Friday, Nov. 17. First Friday, Dec. 1 Features Blue River Station and Barn Storm SEELEY LAKE - Dec. 1 is the First Friday event in Seeley Lake. Stop in at the...

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