Articles from the December 6, 2018 edition


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  • Creating a lasting connection

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – "It was a calling. I had to do it," said Seeley Lake part-time resident Barbara Jackson about the first time she saw the embroidered tapestry of The Last Supper. "I just fell in love instantly and there was no doubt in my mind it was meant for our church." Jackson completed the three by five foot Last Supper embroidered piece at the end of September after seeing it for the first time just four months earlier. It was dedicated at Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church on All Saints S...

  • Setting the record straight about Mowitza Lodge on Salmon Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE - After reading the article "A glimpse into the life of William A. Clark," Legendary Lodge's Caretaker Ron Burnett contacted the Pathfinder with more information regarding the Mowitza Lodge and William A. Clark Jr. Burnett taught science at Hellgate High School for nearly 30 years. He started as the caretaker for Legendary Lodge in 2008. Because of his interest in history and ample free time his first winter, Burnett started researching the history of the Mowitza Lodge. "There is so...

  • Big Larch boat launch installed, log haul begins

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The installation of the new boat ramp at Big Larch Campground is nearly complete. Despite the late start, Thompson Contracting, Inc. has been working diligently to complete the work before freeze-up. "They got started a little late but they are staying committed to working. They are out here rain or shine," said Will Shoutis who is detailed into Katie Knotek's position on the Seeley Lake Ranger District until Matthew Walter starts in January. The crew pumped three bladders full o...

  • ROOTS program available for those 60+

    Linda Howard, Resource Specialist, Seeley-Swan Resource Center|Dec 6, 2018

    Dear Seeley-Swan residents, The benefit program I'm highlighting this month is ROOTS. ROOTS is available for anyone 60 years and older who has limited income. It's a fantastic program offered by the Missoula Food Bank. Every month a 30 pound box of food is delivered to your home free of charge. If you are a household of one and your income is $1,315 per month or less you qualify. For a household of two, you qualify if your combined income is $1,760 or less. All you have to do is complete a very...

  • The elusive bigfoot

    Dale Terrillion|Dec 6, 2018

    A strange event once took place near the northern California town of Burney. It happened in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the town's claim to fame was Bigfoot and was sure to be found there. The helicopter logging outfit I worked for was logg'n near there and on the cutt'n crew was a wild, free spirit named Jack. Anyway, he somehow got a bigfoot suit and decided he'd scare one of the other cutters up on the side hill. Having stuffed the crazy suit into his knapsack when they flew him up to...

  • Notice to public regarding Forest Service roads and Motor Vehicle Use (MVUM ) Map

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Dec 6, 2018

    Due to existing weather conditions (limited low elevation snow) the Seeley Lake Ranger District is notifying the public of some exceptions to the 2015 Lolo National Forest Visitor Use Map. 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 motorized use until Dec. 15 unless snow conditions change: • Cottonwood Lakes Road (FSR 477) – Open to just past the gun range on the...

  • ROCKS thanks Feigley for outstanding work on outdoor recreation

    Seeley Lake ROCKS|Dec 6, 2018

    Seeley Lake ROCKS [Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports] recently honored Rachel Feigley, US Forest Service Seeley Lake District Ranger, for her outstanding contributions to outdoor recreation in the Clearwater and Blackfoot valleys. To commemorate the official recognition by ROCKS, Feigley was presented with a plaque during a recent gathering. ROCKS' mission is "To build healthy children, strong families, and vibrant communities through outdoor recreation." ROCKS has worked with Feigley...

  • SSHS principal and MCPS superintendent to retire

    Missoula County Public Schools|Dec 6, 2018

    MISSOULA - Seeley-Swan High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Pecora and Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane will both retire June 30, 2019. Pecora retires after a nine-year career as the SSHS principal. She joined the MCPS team after working as an Assistant Superintendent in Marysville, Mich. "I identify with our seniors who are now worrying about what they’re going to do next year," wrote Pecora in an email. "I guess I feel that I’m graduating, rather than retiring. It's an ending of one part of my life but it is also a new...

  • Trumpeter swans in the Blackfoot keep rising to the challenge!

    Elaine Caton, Education and Swan Program Coordinator, Blackfoot Challenge|Dec 6, 2018

    It may seem far away now, but we all remember the wet, chilly days of last spring and the water that seemed to be everywhere as streams overflowed when the snow melted. Those conditions made it challenging for the trumpeter swans that, with help from many concerned landowners and others, have been trying to make a comeback in the Blackfoot Watershed. At least one nest site was under water for weeks, making it impossible for the swans to nest. And eggs or young cygnets in other nests may have...

  • New recreation staff selected for Seeley Lake Ranger District

    Seeley Lake Ranger District|Dec 6, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE –District Ranger Rachel Feigley announced that Matthew Walter has been selected as the recreation staff on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. This position is responsible for developed and dispersed recreation, trails, Wilderness, recreation events, and outfitter/guides on the District. Walter will begin his new position Jan. 7, 2019 replacing Katie Knotek who took a position in Missoula this fall. Walter began working for the Forest Service in 2000 in Leadville, Colorado on the P...

  • Giving Tree to support local schools

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – "The art supplies they have were plenty but very well used," said Seeley Lake artist Kris Gullikson speaking about Seeley Lake Elementary. "They don't have the resources to get new things every year for these kids to try. I feel that if students aren't trying art every year, that is the first thing that is going to go by the wayside when they have to make a choice between electives." Out of her love of art and desire to instill that love in children, Gullikson set up a Giving T...

  • Piecing together the enigma of George Montour

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The last sentence of an article first run in the Oct. 15, 1877 in Deer Lodge's New Northwest News and reprinted in "Cabin Fever" aggravated Seeley Lake resident and author Douglas Waldron, "The death of [George] Monture is not a matter of regret. Much of the apprehension on the frontier was in consequence of his supplying the Indians with whiskey and ammunition and it is hoped he died like Brigham Young, without a successor." "Why did she write that? She probably never even knew hi...

  • To carol or to wassail?

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    'Tis the season to go a-caroling. The custom of going door-to-door singing to one's neighbors harkens back at least as far as the Medieval Period, though no doubt a medieval person transported to our era would have trouble recognizing the tradition. Leaving aside the detail that few people in our modern era actually go singing door-to-door and much prefer to have carolers come to them via TV, radio, CD or iTunes, a medieval person would have called our caroling activity "wassailing." The origina...

  • Frostbite fun for everyone

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    SWAN VALLEY – The annual Upper Swan Valley Historical Society Frostbite Festival Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale welcomed all ages and offered something for everyone at this year's event, Saturday, Dec. 1. With more than 20 vendors, a bake sale to satisfy every taste and hands-on projects for children and adults, everyone left with a smile and treasures to bring home. The Swan Valley School gymnasium was filled with crafters and artisans from the Swan Valley, Seeley Lake and Lincoln leaving w...

  • Learning mental health first aid could save many lives

    James S. Rosien, The Anaconda Leader|Dec 6, 2018

    For many Montanans who are experiencing feelings of self-harm, their friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, favorite baristas or even the stranger they just met on the street corner may be their first and only line of defense against suicide. Yet while the man or woman on the street may not have the formal education of a therapist, there are tools they can use to help prevent the next suicide – and organizations like Pintler Suicide Awareness and Prevention (PSAP) exist to help people l...

  • Advent begins

    Rev. Carrie Benton, Pastor - Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Dec 6, 2018

    What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out. John 1:4-5 “The Message” Per usual, the liturgical season of Advent begins just as our hours of darkness are getting longest. It’s such a fantastic reminder of God’s unexpected power. We are encouraged during Advent to expect hope. We are called upon to seek peace. We are roused to express love. We are gathered and sent to live out our faith with mercy and joy. This is God’s power at work among...

  • SSHS basketball season under way

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 6, 2018

    FRENCHTOWN - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks basketball season began at the Western Class C Tip-off Tournament where they joined dozens of teams to compete Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The Boys took on Hot Springs and St. Regis while the girls took on Sentinel JV and Hot Springs. The Blackhawks kept their cool against the Savage Heat of Hot Springs and came out with their first victory of the season. They outscored Hot Springs two to one in the first half and held them off to a final...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 6, 2018

    Free gun locks available at Medical Center SEELEY LAKE – Free gun locks are available at the nurses station at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. Partnership Health Center received 100 loop locks from the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and 60 trigger locks from the Missoula County City Health Department to distribute. PHC Director of Innovation Mary Jane Nealon said that because PHC screens 86 percent of their patients for depression, they are able to identify individuals or their family members that may be at risk. “It is one more way to work...

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