Articles from the December 9, 2021 edition


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  • Make the choice, be a lifeline

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – "In the superhero books and movies you have your villain and your hero. Both of their lives started out in tragedy. The villain takes his tragedy and he is angry and he is mad and he wants other people to feel pain so he causes more tragedy. But that superhero, he takes that pain and says I don't want people to go through this so he goes out and saves people and he is a hero," said Joe Danzer, Search Coordinator with The Lifeguard Group. Danzer lost both his parents by the age o...

  • Montana petitions USFWS to delist NCDE grizzlies

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Dec 9, 2021

    HELENA - Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office announced Monday, Dec. 6 that the state is petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, citing robust population counts and touting the state’s ability to independently manage Montana’s grizzly bears, which have been federally protected since 1975. “We worked on grizzly bear recovery for decades. We were successful and switched to a focus on conflict management years ago,” FWP Director Hank Worsech... Full story

  • Adding character to birdhouses brings them to life

    Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – You can't help but notice all the characters hanging out around Ted Lockwood's yard behind the Chicken Coop. From donkeys and bears to old men and even a peeping Tom, there are wooden characters in every corner. While some feed and house the birds, others hold the hose and still others are just for looks, they all are unique and handmade by Lockwood in his little "Man Shop." He hopes each piece brings as much joy to others as it has to him. Lockwood's father Marvin was a finish car...

  • AAI Giving Tree for art supplies returns in Seeley and Swan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – For the past three years, students at area schools have the opportunity to be creative in their classrooms thanks to community support through the Alpine Artisans, Inc (AAI) Giving Tree for art supplies. The AAI Giving Tree is continuing again this year raising money for supplies that support art in the classrooms. In the past three years, the AAI Giving Tree has raised more than $2,600 for both SLE and Swan Valley Elementary Schools. This year organizer Kris Gullikson hopes to b...

  • Red Sleighs Over Montana returns to the area week of Dec. 20

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    Red Sleighs Over Montana is returning to the area for a second year the week of Dec. 20. The exact date has not been set. The Museum of Mountain Flying initiated the inaugural Red Sleighs Over Montana last Christmas in response to the wide-ranging issues facing rural Montana communities. Santa flew into 20 rural communities in Western Montana. The goal is to make this year's endeavor more expansive than ever, adding several more Montana communities and Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Last...

  • Public priorities sought for county Pathways and Trails Plan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    MISSOULA - Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands is in the second phase of the Pathways and Trails Plan. They are seeking feedback from Missoula County residents via an interactive map and a survey to prioritize the trail projects that are important to them. The deadline for public input on the interactive map and tradition survey for prioritizing projects is Dec. 15. The overarching goal of the Pathways and Trails Plan is to understand the extent of pathway and trail needs, from development through maintenance, and the resources require...

  • The Gothard Sisters to perform Holiday Music Concert Dec. 12

    Jenny Rohrer, AAI Program Director|Dec 9, 2021

    "People have realized that live music is so special after this long COVID pandemic. Music brings people together and Celtic music in particular is so joyful and uplifting!" stated Greta Gothard, the oldest of the three sisters that comprise The Gothard Sisters trio. Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage is bringing The Gothard Sisters to our valleys, beginning with a Holiday Concert at Seeley-Swan High School on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. The Gothard Sisters – G...

  • Personal Tech Support Dec. 16 - Win a free camera

    Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Dec 9, 2021

    Want to know how to stay connected to your family through technology this holiday season? Have technology questions or issues you want to be resolved? Come by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation Building West Wing Thursday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and visit with volunteers. The volunteers assisting are knowledgeable in several areas and can help on various devices. Our volunteers are fantastic community members who will try their best to solve your issues. We will be giving away four digital cameras, just in time to capture memories...

  • New protections for wetland habitat near Condon

    Matt Hart, Vital Ground Foundation|Dec 9, 2021

    Grizzly bears in the Mission and Swan mountains have likely entered their dens for the winter, but an important habitat linkage for the species will remain conserved as open space next spring-and for generations to come. The Vital Ground Foundation expanded its conservation protections in the Condon area last month, purchasing 20 acres to help maintain the Upper Swan Valley's rural character and connect existing open lands. The newly-conserved acreage lies in the Simmons Meadow wetland complex,...

  • Blackhawk BIZ offers real-life business experience to students

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School Entrepreneur Class has launched the Blackhawk BIZ that will feature seven businesses in a Pop-up style Market Dec. 22 during the Blackhawks' home basketball game. This is an effort to provide hands-on, real-life business experience to students by giving them an introduction of what it takes to start a small business. When SSHS Business Teacher Michele Holmes started at SSHS in the fall of 2019, she wanted to diversify the offerings for students. M...

  • Noel Anne Gibson Dec. 13, 1980 – Oct. 19, 2021

    Dec 9, 2021

    PHILISPBURG, MONTANA - Noel Anne Gibson passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 19 at her home in Philipsburg, Mont. Noel was born Dec. 13, 1980 in Kalispell, Mont. She moved with her mother to several different places before they finally settled in Seeley Lake, Mont. where she met Earl Ogden and his four children. She has been with Earl for her last 16 years. They moved and made their home in Philipsburg in 2016. She graduated from Penn Foster High School homeschooling course and has also continued... Full story

  • Nonprofit aims to unify mechanized trail groups

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - A new nonprofit has formed in hopes of unifying trails groups for the purpose of increasing mechanized trails in the area. Curtis Friede, Ken Brochu, Bill Swain and Jeff Micklitz presented the new nonprofit named Scenic Montana Trails at an informational meeting Dec. 2. Scenic Montana Trails will consist of three user groups snowmobiles, off-highway motorized and mountain bikes. While the area boasts one of the state's largest groomed snowmobile trail system, there is very few...

  • From beginning to beginning

    Ryan Dailey, Assistant Director at Camp Utmost|Dec 9, 2021

    "In the beginning..." You might be thinking the next words in this quote are: "...God created the heavens and the earth." But today we will be finishing the quote in the gospel of John. Often, when we read the Christmas story, we turn to Matthew or Luke. But I'd like to look at the birth of Christ through John's perspective in his gospel. Instead of looking at the story narratively, as Matthew and Luke do, we will be looking at it theologically. The first verse of John's gospel starts with the...

  • Fun at Historical Society meeting

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Dec. 5 Seeley Lake Historical Society and Museum's annual meeting combined a little bit of business with a large portion of pleasure as the assembled members watched two brief films with relevance to the Seeley Lake area. The business part included recognition of the society's new Lifetime Members, those who have donated $1,000 to the museum: Addrien Marx, Jack & Belinda Rich, Dave Anderson, Wally Mills, Warren and Laura Thieme, the Burgess family and the McLeod & Mulroney f...

  • Swan Valley crafters display their wares

    Betty Vanderwielen|Dec 9, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – For the second year, COVID dictated the cancellation of the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society's Annual Frostbite Festival and for the second year a group of crafters opted to rent the Swan Valley Community Hall to display and sell their wares. Many of their items were targeted for Christmas, either as decorations or potential gifts. Browsers and buyers wandered amid a colorful and varied mix of crafts. Some of the artists were old timers. Dar Kearney has been setting out a w...

  • Celebrating Christmas at the OK Corral

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary transitional kindergartners through second graders welcomed the audience to the OK Corral Dec. 2 for a Christmas celebration. While they were excited to sing and dance, Bubble Gum Bette (Mela Bradley) tried to undermine the festivities but was unsuccessful thanks to Santa (Jaiden Glenn) and the Candy Cane Kid (Val Ewing)....

  • Blackhawks take to the court in season opener

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    Seeley Swan High School’s basketball season got underway last week with the Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks taking on St. Regis and Plains. The Lady Blackhawks defeated St. Regis with ease 59-15 on Dec. 3. Tegan Mauldin hit three three-pointers on her way to 11 points. Dani Sexton and Emily Maughan also had 11 points each followed by Sariah Maughan 9, Kyla Conley 7, Trista Alexander 4, Mia Saalfeld 2 and Ava Thornsberry 2. The next day the Lady Blackhawks blew out Plains 65-17. The Girls were on fire from the three-point line hitting nine. Mauld...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Dec 9, 2021

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Dec. 11, 1986 issue Goals and bylaws to be defined Missoula County Commissioners need to know whether the community of...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 9, 2021

    Swan Valley School Christmas Store accepting donations SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Parent Teacher Association will be hosting its annual Christmas shopping day for the students again this December. The school is accepting new and gently used items to support the program. Donations can be dropped off at the school by Dec. 15. For more information contact the school at 407-754-2320. Forest Service Road closure expected Dec. 12 SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District seasonal road closures for wheeled vehicles will take effect once the D...

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