Articles from the December 3, 2015 edition


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  • Skating on Clearwater Lake

    Dec 3, 2015

  • Repeated Antler Thefts Cause for Concern

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - During the past couple months there were five reported antler thefts in Seeley Lake. Missoula County Sergeant Bob Parcell believes there have been more thefts that have gone unreported. Sgt. Parcell said no one has been apprehended. Reported thefts have occurred on Airport Road, in the Double Arrow Ranch and on Highway 83. Sgt. Parcell said it appears that the perpetrator(s) are scoping out areas during the day and removing antlers from the outside of buildings during the night. All antlers stolen so far have been visible from a...

  • Montana Trout Unlimited Doubles Reward for Illegal Fish Stocking

    Dec 3, 2015

    WHITEFISH - Montana Trout Unlimited and its Flathead Valley Chapter are doubling their previous reward offer for apprehension and conviction of the persons responsible for illegally planting walleyes in Swan Lake and Noxon Reservoir, as well as smallmouth bass in Seeley Lake. The reward is now $20,000. This is in addition to reward money that might be available from elsewhere, including the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) offer of $1,000 through its TIPMONT program, and another estimated $4,000 offered by a collection of...

  • Numbers Slightly Up at End of Deer, Elk Season

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 3, 2015

    MISSOULA - The big game general hunting season closed on Sunday evening with higher numbers than last season of hunter trips, harvested animals and percentages of hunters with game in west-central Montana. Elk and mule deer harvests were higher than last year but white-tailed deer harvest tapered off in the last weekend to dip slightly below last year's tally through the three hunter check stations in west-central Montana. Season totals at Bonner were slightly higher than last year's final...

  • Swan Valley Enjoys Food, Neighbors and Thankfulness

    Dec 3, 2015

  • Anticipation (Series)

    Kaelin Reiley, Senior Seeley-Swan High School|Dec 3, 2015

    I. Last Day No assignments, nothing to do, but sit and watch the hours tick by. The energy is almost tangible. Every nerve firing off simultaneously. Everybody day-dreaming about long summer nights. Thoughts of school Far from consciousness. II. The Reality of Summer School gets out and you dream of parties and relaxation. Then, two weeks go by and reality hits; chores, work, and sunlight until 9:30. No time for more than two or three parties and no time to relax. That's when you wish it was...

  • Cowgirl

    Heather Layman|Dec 3, 2015

    I was recently asked if I'm a real cowgirl on a social media site I partake in. The exact question posed to me was "If you don't have cows, how can you be a cowgirl?" I pondered that thought, let my hurt feelings stroll over the words and then I questioned myself. Maybe I'm really not a tried and true cowgirl? But I had the boots, the hat, the horse, spurs, a saddle and even a pick-up truck! Accordin' to good ol' Webster, the true definition of the word is: noun. a woman who herds and tends...

  • Woodstoves and Air Quality Update in Seeley Lake

    Benjamin Schmidt, Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist|Dec 3, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - With completion of the woodstove change out program, most areas in Seeley Lake appear to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for small particulate matter in the air (PM2.5). However, more steps are needed to reduce woodstove smoke in the neighborhood near the elementary school. The graph, "Seeley Lake Days Over the PM2.5 Standard by Winter Season," shows that progress has leveled off over the last couple of winters and the area continues to exceed the daily PM2.5...

  • Quick Response Contains House Fire

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    CONDON - Swan Valley Emergency Services responded to a house fire on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Condon Thursday, Nov. 19 just after 12 p.m. Volunteer firefighters were able to contain the fire to the utility room. No one was home when the fire started. Swan Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Williams said the call came at 12:14 p.m. after a neighbor stopped by the home to let the dog out. According to Williams the neighbor noticed smoke and called 9-1-1. The volunteers responded with two engines and two water tenders carrying 2,500 and 3,000...

  • Conserving Vital Ground for Grizzlies

    Submitted by Vital Ground|Dec 3, 2015

    Last month's shooting of a male grizzly bear along Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake is just one example of how catastrophic a season it's been for bears in the Northwest. The drought-stricken region from British Columbia, Canada and throughout the last-remaining grizzly bear strongholds in the northern Rockies brought a plethora of grizzlies and black bears into harm's way as they searched for alternative foods after berries and vegetation dried up earlier than normal. As a result, bears...

  • Art Students Create Monsters

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) art teacher Danni Parcell found an innovative way to teach her students the difference between shape and form, between 2-D and 3-D art. The project required participation by the lower elementary school students. Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) teacher Maggie Burwick told her first graders to, "Draw a monster – a scary monster, a happy monster – any kind of monster you want." Swan Valley Elementary (SVE) kindergarten, first and second grade stude...

  • Fyfe Releases Sequel to "Lost and Found in Missing Lake"

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake resident Tanya Fyfe recently released her second book, "The Dragons of Missing Lake," the sequel to her 2014 adolescent fiction book "Lost and Found in Missing Lake." Fyfe is excited about the development of the story line. She said the second book is "more of a page turner." In the first book, the main character Luke Houser is an animal-loving, fifteen-year-old who has moved to rural Montana with his father and stepmother Jackie. Luke and his father commit to training...

  • Tra le Gael Performs Celtic Music

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    Quartet Tra le Gael performed Celtic music Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Swan Valley School. The event was sponsored by 2 Valleys Stage (2VS) part of Alpine Artisans, Inc., an organization that is dedicated to preserving the arts in the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys. 2VS brings music, drama and dance to the area. Many in the audience were tapping toes and fingers to the beat of the lively jigs and reels. The quartet sang traditional and contemporary arrangements accompanied by their instruments in...

  • Working to Expand the Veterans History Project in Montana

    U.S. Senator Steve Daines|Dec 3, 2015

    One out of every 10 Montanans is a veteran, which makes Montana home to more veterans per capita than almost any other state in the nation. It is one of my greatest honors to serve Montana’s veterans in Congress. Every one of these men and women have an incredible story to tell from their service – stories that are also part of our nation’s history and our heritage. That’s why the Veterans History Project is so important. My team in Montana is helping to spread awareness of the American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project across th...

  • Opportunity for Montana Veterans to Speed up Veterans Claims

    Dec 3, 2015

    HELENA - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected Montana to conduct a pilot program that is intended to speed the processing of veterans’ claims for benefits. The program, known as Digits to Digits or D2D, will allow selected Veteran’s Services Organizations to submit electronic claims directly to the VA. An agreement between the VA and the Montana Veterans Affairs Division (MVAD) will allow MVAD to submit veteran benefit claim products directly into the VA’s claims processing system. This will result in more rapidly proce...

  • Blackfoot Watershed Wildlife

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    This animal activity was captured by game camera in the Blackfoot Watershed during the summers of 2014 and 2015....

  • Direct Sales Consultants Capitalize at Home Party Extravaganza

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    SEELEY LAKE - The Holiday Home Party Extravaganza featured 13 direct sales consultants from the Seeley Lake area, Kalispell, Missoula and Helena offering everything from jewelry to everyday home items and essential oils. For the past three years, the extravaganza has been held on Small Business Saturday. Organizer Kelly Hoag said this is a great opportunity for consultants to feature their wares and interact with the community since "direct sales people are small business owners." This year the...

  • 2015 Hunting Success - Reader Submitted Photos Part I

    Submitted|Dec 3, 2015

  • 2015 Hunting Success - Reader Submitted Photos Part 2

    Submitted|Dec 3, 2015

  • Flying Colors and True Colors

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    A student who confidently filled in all the correct answers on a test might justifiably proclaim, “I passed with flying colors.” The phrase carries a bit of boasting but more a sense of pride. On the other hand, if that student had cheated on the test and the teacher suspected but could not prove it, the teacher might say, “his true colors will be revealed before long.” What do colors, flying or true, have to do with anything? The colors in these two idiomatic references refer to the colors of a flag or pendant. When Shakespeare has King He...

  • Clearwater Music Studio

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    Goals: Owner and musician Scott Milner's goal is to help his students reach their own musical goals. He listens to what they want to accomplish, helps them improve at their own pace and have fun with their music. History: Music has been an important part of Milner's life since the fourth grade. He could never imagine life without music being a part of it. He received a bachelor's degree in flute performance from the University of Montana. He continued his musical studies at Boston University...

  • Lions Provide Holiday Food Baskets

    Pathfinder|Dec 3, 2015

    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...

  • Advent

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Holy Cross Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Churches|Dec 3, 2015

    “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3 For a number of Christians, the period between this last Sunday and Christmas Day is celebrated and known as Advent. Named from the Latin verb “to come,” it is a time of special observation and preparation for the incarnation of Our Lord into human flesh at Christmas. Not only do we celebrate His coming to us that night as a newborn child in a manger but we also celebrate His coming to us in its entire...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 3, 2015

    Senior Center Bazaar – Something for Everyone SEELEY LAKE – Join the Seeley Lake Senior Center for their annual bazaar Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. There also will be a Kids Corner with games, contests and prizes. Forty vendors are signed up to attend, 11 of which have never attended before. Look for a variety of gift ideas including jewelry, quilts, quilt products, homemade baked and canned goods, soaps, walking sticks, hand-made puppets, stained glass, bath and body essentials and photography. Atten...

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