Articles from the February 11, 2016 edition


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  • Yates Transforms Rough Stones Into Gems

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley resident Ray Yates said he applies patience and time to transform rough gemstones into polished, multi-sided or faceted, light-catching creations worthy to be set in jewelry. He cuts and polishes semi-precious and precious gemstones including garnets, amethysts and sapphires with the aid of a faceting machine. Since he was a young boy, Yates said has been interested in geology, the study of the earth, and how gemstones are formed underground. Yates has found sapphires...

  • Honoring C.B. Rich's Story

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The late Clarence Barron "C.B." Rich of Seeley Lake was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center Feb. 6 in at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Mont. Rich was one of 39 inductees from the 12 districts in Montana. Seeley Lake resident Ron Cox nominated C.B. for the award. He, with the help of Rich's son Jack, wrote the biography that was read at the ceremony and will be available in the Hall of Fame. "I want to give credit to Ron to have t...

  • Rapunzel Reinforces Anti-Bullying Lesson

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    POTOMAC - A version of the Rapunzel story brought unicorns, gremlins, mushrooms, princes, trolls and the Billy Goats Gruff to Potomac along with corn and potato spies, ogres, pixies, long braids and wood elves on Feb. 6. The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) shared their expertise with 34 Potomac children for the production of Rapunzel which was conceived and written by Michael McGill. The actors and actresses provided entertainment during two show times as well as conveying a message about...

  • Local Horses Need Access to Shelter

    Larry Dillree, Ovando, Mont.|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - As I watch the TV commercial where the tiny little horse has a pony door, I think of the two little horses that live on the Woodworth Road. They don’t have a pony door. They have nothing – they have no shade against the hot summer sun. They have no shelter against the cold winter wind. And they are locked in a corral to make damn sure they don’t find the shelter they deserve....

  • The Impact of the Resettlement of Muslim Refuges

    Rick Ferguson, Condon, Mont.|Feb 11, 2016

    The Governor, Missoula County Commissioners, Missoula City Council and the Mayor owe it to every man, woman and child in the state of Montana to conduct a fact finding trip to the UK and the European continent to determine the impact that the resettlement of Muslim refugees has made on the local population of these countries. They should be prepared to interview local victims of rape, the families of those murdered, local law enforcement officials, and of course, politicians. This is the least they can do before proceeding with any thoughts of...

  • Alternative Power Sources Can't Replace Coal, Yet

    Larry Dunham, Candidate for Montana House District 92 Condon, Mont.|Feb 11, 2016

    “Voices of Montana” had an interview with Bob Rowe, the CEO of Northwestern Energy, a couple of days ago. “Voices of Montana” is a statewide radio talk show broadcast on KJJR, Kalispell, and also available by streaming on computer. Mr. Rowe noted that Northwestern Energy uses hydroelectric, solar, wind energy as well as coal power. Missoula Electric Cooperative also uses all these sources for power. He stated that last Thanksgiving, while it was so cold and stormy in the Northwest, all these sources of energy were being used to capacity, includ...

  • Please Pause for Pets and People

    Elinor Williamson|Feb 11, 2016

    There is a little brindle pit bull running all over the Seeley Lake area. The owner must be found and notified as such. I think I know who the dog belongs to. He is thin and has caused many people concern. There is no excuse for this dog to be running and hungry, causing such concern. I tried to get him to come to me when he was in my yard but he is too skittish. I don’t think animal control could get him. So please help! The number of cats and dogs getting trapped in leg holds set by trappers are terrible. The problem is not only cats and d...

  • Race to the Sky Takes to the Trails This Weekend

    Race to the Sky|Feb 11, 2016

    Twenty-one dog mushers will be converging on the Montana trails to run Race to the Sky starting this weekend. The 300-mile vet check will be hosted by the YMCA in Helena starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Come and watch these athletes (the dogs) receive their physicals from the International Sled Dog Veterinarians. School groups, the public and others will be able to see what the veterinarians check for before releasing the dogs to run Race to the Sky. The Camp Rimini Commemorative Run will ta...

  • Winter Weather Months Prompt Heating and Carbon Monoxide Safety Warnings

    Feb 11, 2016

    With the winter months upon us, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding homeowners about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment. Improper use of such equipment like portable or stationary space heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces can be incredibly dangerous and their misuse is a leading cause of U.S. home fire deaths. According to NFPA, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. More than half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires...

  • Local Graduates Make University Honor Rolls

    Feb 11, 2016

    Montana State University, Billings Fall 2015 Undergraduate Honor Roll BILLINGS – Sierra Parcell from Condon was named to the Montana State University Billings 2015 fall Honor Roll. Parcell took 12 or more credits, which are not of a Pass/No Pass nature, and earned a grade point average of 3.50 or better. A comprehensive list of all honorees can be found at www.msubillings.edu/deanslist. Montana State University, Bozeman Fall 2015 Undergraduate Honor Roll BOZEMAN - Montana State University announced its undergraduate honor rolls for fall s...

  • SLE Outside's Winter Programming

    Bridget Laird, SLE Outdoor Education Coordinator|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Since I became the Outdoor Education Coordinator for Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) four years ago, I have enjoyed the unique opportunity to develop relevant and meaningful, place-based learning programs for our school. Although the activities and programs have grown and changed with each passing semester, the objectives and mission remain constant: to provide our students with hands-on educational experiences that expand learning opportunities beyond the school's core curriculum...

  • Hunting Violations Wrap-Up

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Game Warden Bill Koppen has been enforcing the fish and wildlife laws in Seeley Lake for the past 21 years. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons he wrote 54 citations, 15 of which were to hunters who took illegal shots at a decoy, gave 32 verbal warnings and eight written warnings. While he feels the decoy program is an effective deterrent, he is working towards harsher penalties, including weapon forfeiture, for hunters who are caught violating t...

  • Vernon Guyer 1928-2016

    Feb 11, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Vernon Guyer, 87, a current resident of rural Dent, Minn. died Wednesday, Feb. 3. Previously, Vernon and his wife Joanne lived in the Swan Valley for 20 years and for many years before that they made frequent visits to the Valley. Vernon was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Fargo, ND, the son of Charles and Nellie (Saul) Guyer. He attended school in Fargo, graduating in 1946. During his teens, Vernon worked summers in western Montana for the US Forest Service, alone for weeks on a 40-foot... Full story

  • Rollie R. Bigley 1938-2015

    Feb 11, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Rollie R. Bigley age 76 passed away Nov. 29, 2015 in San Diego, Calif. He was born Dec. 15, 1938 in Hardin, Mont. His family then moved to Kalispell and later to San Diego where he would eventually serve in the Military Reserves as a Marine. He lived in San Diego most of his life until he moved back to Montana and bought Liquid Louie’s Bar in Condon in 1987. He is survived by his two sons Brett and Brian and two grandchildren all in San Diego. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Liquid Lou... Full story

  • Kevin Lynn Frye 1962-2016

    Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Kevin Lynn Frye, 54, of Bremerton, Wash. passed away Jan. 24, 2016. Kevin was born Jan. 17, 1962 in Renton, Wash. to Danny Carl and Barbara Jean (Liston) Frye. A graduate of Seeley-Swan High School in Seeley Lake, Kevin went on to enlist in the US Navy. He received certifications as an Aviation Electrician and in Aviation Management and Maintenance Material Management. At the time of his death, Kevin achieved the rank of Master Chief and served in Desert Storm II operations as... Full story

  • Free Yourself Through Forgiveness

    Todd Fife, Seeley Lake Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|Feb 11, 2016

    In October of 2006, a milkman by the name of Charles Carl Roberts lost all reason and control. Blaming God for the death of his first child, he stormed into an Amish school without any provocation, released the boys and adults, and tied up 10 girls. He shot the girls, killing five and wounding five. Then he took his own life. Should this have happened to me, I would have been angry, bitter and unforgiving, but the Amish response was quite different. While there was great anguish, there was no anger; while there was hurt, there was no...

  • Heggen Inducted into MSU Athletic Hall of Fame

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Wayne Heggen was inducted to the Montana State University (MSU) Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 29 for being a part of the Bobcat's 1964 wrestling team. He, along with 20 other wrestlers, was recognized for taking individual titles and winning the Big Sky Championship Tournament in 1964, 1965 and 1966. Heggen started wrestling in high school in Kalispell. That was the first time wrestling was available to Heggen and he took the opportunity. "A friend and I just d...

  • Hawk & Sons Services Keeps Mechanic Tradition Alive

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – For Seeley Lake resident Jeremy Hawkinson, opening his own mechanic shop in Seeley Lake is something he has always wanted to do. Being able to fix something that is not working and at an affordable price for his customers is what Hawkinson enjoys the most. Hawkinson grew up learning about mechanics from his father, Gerald. Gerald worked on the oil rigs in Alaska prior to moving to Seeley Lake 28 years ago. "I'm following in his footsteps [as a mechanic]," said Hawkinson. "I like b...

  • Sitting District Court Judge Karen Townsend Files for Re-Election

    Submitted by the campaign for Karen Townsend|Feb 11, 2016

    MISSOULA - On the first eligible day to file as a candidate for this year's elections, current District Court Judge Karen Townsend has paid her filing fee and submitted her paperwork to the Secretary of State's office for re-election to the 4th District Court, which serves Missoula and Mineral Counties. Townsend, who is finishing up her first six-year term on the bench, has handled some of the biggest trials in recent memory. A good judge with a tireless work ethic, Townsend is ready to serve...

  • Diane's Buses

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    Goal: Sole owner Diane Bourne's goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable ride for Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) students to and from school and school activities. History: With no prior experience, Bourne and her ex-husband Bill Yiengst purchased the elementary bus business and three buses from Harold Solomon in December 1995, renaming it Diane's Buses. "I didn't want to drive bus," said Bourne. "But my ex-husband was interested so I went along with it." She took over the contract for the rest of...

  • Eagles Soar on Home Court

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) hosted their annual double-elimination tournament Feb. 6. The SLE Eagles welcomed teams from Lincoln, Clinton, Drummond, Philipsburg and Charlo to participate in the B (fifth and sixth-graders) and A (seventh and eighth-graders) tournament. Charlo defended their title from last year winning the A tournament, while SLE took home the trophy this year in the B tournament. While the tournament typically wraps up the season for the Eagles, this year they...

  • Warhawks Tie One, Lose One

    Ken Donovan, SVES Assistant Coach|Feb 11, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - It could be said that the Swan Valley Warhawks “B” squad and the Helmville “B” squad are pretty close when it comes to winning basketball. For the second time this year the teams tied 14 to 14 and by league rules there is no overtime to end the game. A late 6-point fourth quarter brought the Warhawks within one point of a win. “We started slow, only scoring 2 points in the first quarter but picked up 6 more in the second ” said Coach Katie Gleason. “It was an exciting game right to the end as both teams struggled to get the go ah...

  • Lady Blackhawks Deny Prospectors and Dominate Lynx

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks added a pair of wins to their season by defeating Granite and Lincoln last week. The wins give them an overall record of 15-1. Versus Granite The Lady Blackhawks took on the Granite Prospectors in Phillipsburg Feb. 5. The Lady Blackhawks took an early lead in the first quarter before blowing out the game in the second and third quarters. They coasted through the fourth to a 61-31 victory. Paige Holmes led the Ladies with 17 points including a pair of...

  • Blackhawks Fall to Granite and Defeat Lynx

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Feb 11, 2016

    The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks lost a close game to Granite before defeating Lincoln last week giving the Blackhawks a 6-10 overall record. They are 4-7 in conference record with just two games of the regular season remaining before District Tournaments. Versus Granite The Blackhawks traveled to Philipsburg to take on the Granite Prospectors Feb. 5. The last time the teams met, Granite held an early lead most of the game and fended off a late game comeback staged by the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks to...

  • Community Briefs

    Feb 11, 2016

    CORRECTION: Tax Incentive Conservation Easement Article SEELEY LAKE - In the Feb. 4 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder it was printed, “Agricultural landowners now have the opportunity to purchase a conservation easement on their land.” Conservation Easements are not purchased, they are donated for tax deductions in trade for a perpetual conservation easement on the land. Kennecott Exploration Hosts Public Update Meeting Feb. 22 POTOMAC - Representatives from Kennecott Exploration will present an update regarding their mineral exploration wor...

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