Articles from the December 10, 2020 edition

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  • Welcome sign refurbished on north end of Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – After being prompted into action by the repainting of the carved bears and Clearwater Mini Storage's new Welcome sign on the west side of Highway 83, local artist and graphic designer Kris Gullikson replaced the old "Welcome to Seeley Lake" sign. She has been part of the effort to install gateway signs on the north and south end of Seeley Lake for 35 years. "I wanted to be proud of coming home - and have others here feel the same," wrote Gullikson in an email. The idea to brand S...

  • Williams led charmed life during Vietnam

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    CONDON – When Mike Williams was two years old, his family moved to Condon and his father went to work at the sawmill at Gordon Ranch. Mike attended grade school in Seeley Lake, high school in Missoula and two years of college at Bozeman. When he dropped out of Montana State University, things started moving fast. Williams said, "We had an early Thanksgiving dinner and somebody went out to get the mail. While I was eating Thanksgiving dinner, I opened my draft notice!" It was 1967, a time of m...

  • Pushing the limits, progressing to greater heights

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    GREENOUGH - "I didn't know snowmobiles could fly," said four-year-old Olivia Bourne in awe as she watched professional riders Seeley Lake native Caleb Kesterke and Kyle Saxton of Big Fork, Montana doing freestyle snowmobile tricks more than 30 feet in the air. While "flying" is a huge rush, both Kesterke and Saxton agree that training at Kesterke's freestyle campus at Clearwater Junction in the off-season is helping them learn tricks that they can incorporate into their backcountry riding this... Full story

  • Swan Valley Giving Tree up at Mission Mountains Mercantile

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Giving Tree was put up this week at the Mission Mountains Mercantile and is ready to accept gifts. Also added to the Community Giving Tree are tags with varying amounts to support the Alpine Artisans Art Supplies Giving Tree for Swan Valley Elementary. Anyone is encouraged to leave a wrapped gift under the tree to be handed out to those who are less fortunate or alone this season. Please mark the gift for man, woman, boy or girl. The Merc will ensure it...

  • Bad karma

    Dale Terrillion|Dec 10, 2020

    That there word sounds kinda like it is used by some foreign guru sitt'n there in front of his little shrine call'n bad karma down on his enemy. But I liked the way my dear Mother used to put it "What goes around comes around," or she'd say "Careful how you treat others. It will come back to you." Anyway, it put me in mind of a timber cutter I worked with at Cape Pole Alaska. That is on Prince of Wales Island of course. Most of the time you suffered through no lunch or maybe a bite off a...

  • Temporary winter road and snowmobile trail closures begin

    Lolo National Forest|Dec 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE –While National Forest Service roads generally close to wheeled vehicles Dec. 1, due to the lack of snow this year on the Seeley Lake Ranger District, the roads remain open until grooming begins. There will also be temporary road and snowmobile trail closures in place throughout the winter to provide for public safety during logging and fuel treatment activities. Dec. 1 marks the annual date that Forest Service roads typically transition to over-snow-trails restricting access to motorized, wheeled vehicles. However, District R...

  • County reminds residents of health care enrollment deadline

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    MISSOULA COUNTY - Missoula County updated attendees about 2021 open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace during a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The deadline to enroll is Dec. 15. Olivia Riutta is the outreach manager for Montana Primary Care Association as well as an author for Cover Montana, a project under said association. The project website provides information and “enrollment assisters” to help those interested choose what coverage works best for their situation. Riutta said Cover Montana and health care pro...

  • Brightening the holidays for local families

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Families were able to pick up some extra holiday cheer at the third annual Reverse Giving Tree on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. At the event, children were able to pick up a stocking and toy, write a letter to Santa, and even meet the big man himself. Toys, including stuffed animals, puzzles and books, were provided for free by Organizer and Montana Girl owner Sheila Czifro as well as donated by community members. Capacity was limited to 25 people at one time...

  • The National Toy Hall of Fame highlights staying power

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    COVID-19 has cast its increasingly large shadow over Christmas. In many homes one or both parents are out of work and finances are crushingly tight. Yet children are still hoping for a mound of presents under the Christmas tree. Perhaps struggling parents can gain some insight from the National Toy Hall of Fame. Originally housed in Salem, Oregon and later moved to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York (now simply called The Strong), the Toy Hall of Fame began honoring toys...

  • Health care workers to receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 10, 2020

    Governor Steve Bullock announced Monday, Dec. 7 that the first round of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine expected to be delivered to Montana in mid-December will target health care workers at Montana’s major hospitals. “For nearly nine months, Montana’s health care workers have worked tirelessly to care for the people of this state, putting their own health at risk,” said Governor Bullock. “By prioritizing the vaccination of those on the frontlines, we can help ensure our hospitals can continue serving patients while we continue to manage the sprea... Full story

  • The incorruptible seed

    Stephen Moon, On a journey without end|Dec 10, 2020

    1 Peter 1:23 “Having been born again - not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever.” Two seed/word lines, one incorruptible, one provided way: a word – birth from the beginning. The Word/Torah of Elihim, an eternal truth, the same yesterday, today and forever. 1 Peter 1:25 “but the Word of Elohim remains forever.” And this is the Word, announced as the Good News to you.” The other seed line, corrupted by the evil one, is ever changing by the desires and self-life of man. Sold as...

  • Seeley Fire EMT recognized as Volunteer of the Year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – At the annual Seeley Lake Fire Department awards dinner Dec. 6, Rita Rossi was recognized by her peers as the Volunteer of the Year for the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Rossi has been with the Department for approximately 19 years. This is her second time being named Volunteer of the Year. She received the recognition in 2008 as well. According to Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Rossi responded to 111 calls (39.1%) this past year. In addition to responding to calls, R...

  • Tips to practice safe ice recreation

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 10, 2020

    It’s that time of year when ice anglers and other recreationists head out to Montana’s “hard” waters for the winter season. Whether ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmobiling or just taking a walk, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff remind recreationists that safety should be the number one concern during a day out on (or near) the ice. When on the ice, remember: • Anglers and other recreationists should be familiar with the water body. Pay close attention to the changing conditions of the ice. • If you doubt the safety of the ice - s...

  • Evalynn Jo Brueggeman November 14, 2020

    Dec 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Evalynn Jo Brueggeman was born Nov. 14 at 7:54 a.m. to Elora Peterson and Kyle Brueggeman of Seeley Lake. She was 19.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Evalynn was also welcomed by her big brother Holden Todd, Grandma Shawnee Pringle of Seeley Lake, Grandpa Thomas Petersen of Helena, Grandpa Mike Brueggeman of Arizona and Great Grandma Pearl Hawkins of Seeley Lake.... Full story

  • Lucille Mary "Cec" Peterman Dec. 5, 1939 - Nov. 25, 2020

    Dec 10, 2020

    CONRAD - Lucille Mary "Cec" (Brophy) Peterman was born Dec. 5, 1939 in Conrad, Montana to William and Beatrice Brophy of Valier, Montana. She passed peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 25 at the Pondera Medical Center Extended Care after a long battle with dementia. She was 80 years old. Cec was the seventh of 10 children. She was raised in Valier and graduated from Valier High School in 1957. That same summer she met Donald "Bronc" Peterman. They married on July 1, 1958 in Granite Falls,... Full story

  • Jack Otis Patton

    Dec 10, 2020

    BILLINGS - Jack O. Patton, age 97, was born in Silver City, New Mexico. He was the youngest of four children born to Thomas Leonard (TL) and Jesse H. Patton. Jack died in Billings, Montana on Nov. 24, 2020. Jack grew up on a ranch homesteaded by his parents near Silver City, New Mexico. In about 1944 he was drafted into the US. Army and served as an infantryman in the European theatre. Shortly after he arrived in Europe, his unit was captured by the Germans and he spent the remainder of the war... Full story

  • Michael Alden Holmes Jan. 17, 1944 - Dec. 1, 2020

    Dec 10, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - 'Mike' Alden Holmes, 76, of Swan Valley, passed away Dec. 1 in his home at the Gordon Ranch surrounded by his loved ones. Mike was born in Missoula on Jan. 17, 1944 to Henry and Florence Holmes. Mike grew up in Polson. While in high school Mike was a standout athlete in basketball, football and track. He spent his summers in the Swan Valley. Mike married his high school sweetheart Susan Paul in 1964. Mike received his Associate Degree in Forestry from the University of Montana. He... Full story

  • Wayne David Cahoon Jan. 20, 1961 - Sept. 12, 2020

    Dec 10, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - On Sept. 12, Wayne David Cahoon, beloved husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle, friend and Follower of Christ, closed his eyes on earth and opened them in heaven. He is rejoicing now with Jesus and so many others that have gone before. Wayne, born on Jan. 20, 1961 to Theresa and Levi Ralph Cahoon is the seventh (perfect number he would always say) of eight children. He was raised on his family ranch at Placid Lake, attended Seeley Lake Elementary, Seeley-Swan High School and Pillsb... Full story

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 10, 2020

    Food Bank needs volunteers SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank is in need of volunteers. They would be asked to work one Tuesday a month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, customers are not coming into the Food Bank. They call ahead and place an order or fill out a form requesting the food they need. Food is bagged and placed on a table outside for them to load in their vehicle. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please call Karen Montgomery at 210-1004. Tamaracks Giving Tree, Dec. 12...

  • Missoula County to award COVID-19 small business job retention grants

    Missoula County|Dec 10, 2020

    Missoula County will distribute up to $625,000 in grant funding to help local businesses impacted by the pandemic retain jobs for low- and moderate-income employees through the COVID-19 Small Business Job Retention Fund. Qualifying businesses will be able to submit applications this week, and grant funding will be awarded and distributed in January. The application portal for the grants will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, and complete application packages will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants will be supported... Full story

  • Missoula City-County Health Department now accepting public comment regarding possible adoption of COVID-19 directives issued by Governor Bullock

    Missoula County|Dec 10, 2020

    The Missoula City-County Board of Health, at its Dec. 17 meeting, will consider adopting by rule several or all of the COVID-19 directives issued by Governor Steve Bullock this year. The Board of Health will accept public comment ahead of taking any action. The Board of Health will consider adopting these directives as a rule because they are set to expire when the Governor leaves office next month. Adopting these directives as a BOH rule will not add additional restrictions. Rather, it will allow for continuity of current COVID-19 mitigation...