Articles from the December 5, 2019 edition

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  • Powell County and Deer Lodge Medical Center reach agreement

    Michael Stafford, Editor, Silver State Post|Dec 5, 2019

    DEER LODGE, MONT – Powell County and the Deer Lodge Medical Center (DLMC) have come to an agreement regarding Powell Emergency Medical Services, LLC (Powell EMS), previously the Powell County Ambulance Service. That agreement includes language that Powell EMS will respond to calls throughout the county, will provide the Quick Response Units (QRUs) in the county with assistance for training and supplies, will provide budget and accounting activities to the county, will support call response of the Lincoln and Seeley Lake ambulance services and w...

  • Average harvest in west-central Montana, up in the northwest

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 5, 2019

    The general big game hunting season that opened Oct. 26 concluded Sunday, Dec. 1 across Montana. Despite fewer hunters than in years past in northwest Montana, the overall number of harvested deer was up over last year. In west-central Montana, the season started off with unusually early winter conditions, contributing to stronger than normal deer and elk harvests in the first few weeks but wrapped up with average to below-average totals in some spots. Check stations only sample a small portion...

  • Reader Hunting Photos

    Dec 5, 2019

    Thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us this year! Congratulations on your success!...

  • Leos Club breaks $1,000 mark in annual Turkey Drive

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Leos Club hosted their third annual Turkey Drive Nov. 22. The Club raised more than $1,300 for the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank this year. While no turkeys were donated, this is the first year the community donated more than $1,000 towards the effort. The Turkey Drive started in 2017. For the past two years, the Club has raised around $750 and collected 10 turkeys the first year and six the second year. This year, nine Seeley-Swan High School Leos Club members c...

  • Old West Christmas Fest draws people from all over

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 5, 2019

    OVANDO - Good family, rural community fun drew people from as far away as Florida to the 18th annual Old West Christmas Fest. The town of Ovando came a live with sweets and treats, wagon rides, gingerbread house creations, coloring contests and the constant echo of a mule's Hee, Haw. Despite the constant snow and temperatures that dropped nearly 20 degrees throughout the day, many hardy souls came out for the fun and of course to visit Cowboy Claus. Bite of Ovando Meatball Cook off Winning...

  • Actual cost estimates needed for worst case scenario

    Carleen Gonder, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The so-called “worst case scenario” monthly estimate for the sewer project? Yes, that is the worst case scenario for me, a resident in Phase 1. The following is part of a letter I sent to the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board Sept. 22, 2019. My comments for the Phase 1 sewer proposal: 1. I am not opposed to a sewer system for the business areas. I am opposed to making it mandatory for residences in Phase 1. 2. There must be an equitable way to address residences in Phase 1. 3. I am a single, 73-year-old woman living in a 500 squ...

  • The fear of man

    Dale Terrillion|Dec 5, 2019

    We've noticed this year of a bear problem like never before. Grizzly bears seem to be everywhere. Trains plow'n em off the tracks. Hunters be'n attacked, bears kill'n calves, kill'n sheep, raiding chicken coops wandering around neighborhoods look'n for handouts. It's nice to live around wildlife but there should be a limit. Then over east, near the Rocky Mountain Front, I think near the town of Pendroy west of Conrad, the ranchers couldn't get all their grain in because of the early snowstorm. S...

  • Variable winter conditions, adhere to travel regulations

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Variable snow conditions exist throughout the Seeley Lake Ranger District with limited snow at low elevations and larger snow accumulations at high elevations making Forest travel hard to plan and predict. The District is preparing to transition to Winter Motor Vehicle Use (MVUM) with some exceptions. These exceptions are to provide the public some wheeled vehicle motorized access until snow conditions change and are favorable for over the snow use and associated trail grooming. The following roads will be open to wheeled...

  • What is Adult Protective Services (APS)?

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Dec 5, 2019

    During the holiday season of joyous celebrations with family and friends it is important for us to continue to be mindful of the older adults and those with disabilities in our community. We should ask ourselves the question - "How are they really doing?" If we are concerned with their welfare, each of us has the obligation to alert Adult Protective Services about the situation. APS are provided to person's age 60 years or older or to physically or mentally disabled adults and adults with...

  • Public comment sought on 2020-2021 Montana State Park fee schedule

    Montana State Parks|Dec 5, 2019

    HELENA – Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on the draft Montana State Parks 2020/2021 Fee Schedule. If adopted, the fee schedule would be in effect from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021. Comments will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Gov. Bullock’s Parks In Focus commission issued its final report in 2018 making several recommendations about funding and management of state parks. A legislative audit was completed with several recommendations for oversight and funding. “We made a commitment to the public in 2017 that...

  • Free counseling available to help people heal from abuse

    Kelly McGuire, Missoula City-County Department of Relationship Violence Services|Dec 5, 2019

    To the members of the Seeley Lake community, Have you ever had a dating partner who: • Embarrassed you or put you down? • Controlled who you see, where you go or what you do? • Took your money or refused to give you money for expenses? • Prevented you from working or going to school? • Told you that you were a bad parent, or threatened to take away your kids? • Threatened suicide because of something you've done? • Threatened to hurt or kill you? • Pressured you to have sex when you didn't want...

  • Christmas Bazaar kicks off Small Business Saturday

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The community started their holiday shopping by supporting local artists and crafters gathered at Lindey's Prime Steak House on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. For the next three weekends there are bazaars and craft shows in Condon, Potomac and Seeley Lake. Visit the community calendar for all the details of upcoming events....

  • Michael Christy McCormick Aug. 11, 1937 – Nov. 19, 2019

    Dec 5, 2019

    HELMVILLE - Michael Christy McCormick passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from an extended illness. Mike was born Aug. 11, 1937 to William and Helen (Christy) McCormick at St Joseph Hospital in Deer Lodge. He and his three siblings were raised on the Brown Ranch, later known as the McCormick Sunset Guest Ranch in the Helmville area. Mike went to school at Helmville Elementary and attended high school at Butte Central as well as Gonzaga. Mike married Frankie Lawlor in 1967 and they had two children... Full story

  • Advent, a time of waiting and preparation

    Kapp L. Johnson, Retired pastor living in Seeley Lake|Dec 5, 2019

    Have you picked up your new 2020 calendar? Can you believe it? 2020! Our favorite venders have calendars waiting for us to pick up. In our home we have calendars all over the place - on the kitchen refrigerator, in the car, in the office. Calendars give us useful information. Mostly however, we really like the pictures. Nevertheless, one calendar on the refrigerator is the "Advent" calendar. Our family tradition is to read the passage of scripture which lies behind a little door for each of the...

  • Building a music program from the ground up

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Sandra Abbott became the music director at Seeley-Swan High School last January. She is now teaching general music to all ages at Seeley Lake Elementary School including band to all sixth, seventh and eighth graders. She enjoys watching students learn and looks forward to rebuilding the music programs at SLE and SSHS. Abbott started playing the piano when she was five years old. Her father played the trumpet and realized she was playing by ear. They started her...

  • Natalie Lynne Parcell

    Dec 5, 2019

    ROUND ROCK, TEXAS – Natalie Lynne Parcell was born March 27, 2019 to parents Earl and Janet Parcell of Round Rock, Texas. She weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. Natalie was welcomed by her siblings Skylar, Addison, Elliott and James. Earl is the son of Bob and Danni Parcell of Condon.... Full story

  • Rowan Lee & Kinley Gray Parcell

    Dec 5, 2019

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO – Rowan Lee and Kinley Gray Parcell were born June 17, 2019 to Canyon and Brooke Parcell of Colorado Springs, Colo. Rowan weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 19.25 inches long. Kinley weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 19.25 inches long. The twins were welcomed by they siblings Collin and Tegan. Canyon is the son of Bob and Danni Parcell of Condon....

  • Eagles strive for consistency

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary Eagles are set for take-off in the last couple weeks of the boys' basketball season. This year there are 16 boys on the fifth and sixth grade B team and nine boys on the seventh and eighth grade A Team. Head Coach Brett Haines and Assistant Coach Brad Miller are happy with the progress and look forward to continued improvement in the final weeks of the season. Eagles A Team Haines said the A Team is working hard on their basketball skills and seeing i...

  • Fall athletes receive awards

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 5, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) fall sports awards banquet was held Nov. 20 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. This year Blackhawk Awards were also presented to the football players. Each player receives a letter after participating in the required number of varsity games or meets. They receive a pin for every activity...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 5, 2019

    New iRide phone number SEELEY LAKE - The phone number for the I Ride van service has changed to 406-916-7860. MT Veterans Camp Ponderosa informational meeting, Dec. 7 SWAN VALLEY - Everyone is invited to attend an informational meeting about the NW MT Veterans Camp Ponderosa from 3 - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Swan Valley Community Hall. For more information contact Cinnamon 406-250-2394. Step into a Christmas card, Dec. 8 SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells handbell choir invites you to their annual Winter concert Sunday, Dec. 8...