Articles from the December 14, 2023 edition


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  • SSHS to host pop-up market

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 14, 2023

    Koozies, earrings, candles and more will take center stage in Seeley-Swan High School this Saturday, Dec. 16 as the high school business class opens up a market to sell their handmade products. The business class, led by teacher Michele Holmes, has been spending the semester researching and creating products that the students could grow into their own businesses, and in turn make some money from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 16. One of the biggest values Holmes looked at is passion. She said she...

  • Warm temps delay winter season

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 14, 2023

    Seeley Lake and much of western Montana have seen a decent amount of moisture, but temperatures have stayed well above average to limit snowpack and delay some winter activities. Winter road closures in the Seeley Lake Ranger District have been pushed back a week, the Lolo National Forest announced on Dec. 5. The transition to winterized roads will start on Dec. 11 and is expected to be finished by Dec. 15 - one week later than planned. "Winter has arrived on the Seeley Lake Ranger District,"...

  • Seeley Stockings set for Sunday

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 14, 2023

    Amid plenty of activity this weekend, the Seeley Lake Stocking party is hoping to give back to the community by providing free toys and time with Santa at the Seeley Lake Foundation building on Dec. 17. Seeley Lake stockings, now in its fifth year, was started to be a place for families to bring their children for good fun and a toy. Sheila Czifro, one of the founders, noticed there were plenty of events in Seeley during the winter, but not enough for children, especially those in need. “We don’t want to carry anything home at the end of thi...

  • High drama at the Frostbite Festival

    Alan Muskett, of the Pathfinder|Dec 14, 2023

    A holiday bazaar, whether church or community, is deeply nostalgic for me. Memories of the green-tiled basement of the Methodist Church in Missoula in the 1960s evoke taste memories of butterscotch bars, riots of color in quilted art and remarkable expressions of creativity from souls that otherwise appeared so conventional. When the opportunity to have a stall at the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society "Frostbite Bazaar" presented itself, I saw an opportunity to sell some of my books, and to...

  • Boy Scout Bridge 2027 Repairs

    June Swarvoski, Seeley Lake|Dec 14, 2023

    What a bunch of B.S. How many and who are getting the kickbacks at $5.7 million? Has the Montana Department of Transportation thought about all the traffic coming off Boy Scout Road? How many accidents will happen at that intersection, someone trying to make a left turn or getting rear ended? Speed and not paying attention always contribute to accidents. Highway 83 out of Condon and beyond drivers think they’re on the Autobahn. Are new speed limit signs or flashing lights to slow down going to help? And are the citizens of Seeley Lake going t...

  • Wolf trapping and grizzly bears

    Bob Sheppard, Ovando|Dec 14, 2023

    Judge Malloy cut the wolf trapping season to protect grizzly bears. Yeah, right!! The last issue with wolf traps and grizzlies was in 2013. Why so much concern over an incident a decade ago? Last year there were two grizzly bears killed by cars in district 2. There were several more killed in other areas by vehicles, also in the last year. Last year there were two grizzly bears killed from fly fishermen. There were two grizzly bears killed by bow hunters. One bear problem with upland game bird hunters. Why then are they focusing on a problem th...

  • Dear fellow Montanans and friends who love Montana

    Deborah Carstensen, Condon|Dec 14, 2023

    In the early 1900s, my great-grandfather came west from Missouri and settled with his family in a wooded area near Alberton. He was drawn to western Montana, he said, by the “power and beauty of the Rocky Mountain front.” It was the tradition of my great-grandfather and those of us who came after him to support political candidates who best represent our state, regardless of party. While my father voted twice for Dwight Eisenhower, he became a Kennedy Democrat in 1960, partly because of Kennedy’s strong advocacy for the conservation of publi...

  • The innovation of Montana's engineering firms is at risk

    Melissa Matassa-Stone, CEO of WGM Group in Missoula|Dec 14, 2023

    From the breathtaking expanse of Glacier National Park to the community fabric of Bozeman and Billings, Montana’s engineering firms play a vital role in building and maintaining our roads, ensuring our air and water are clean, and developing new technologies and products that make our lives safer and more efficient. As CEO of WGM Group Inc., a Montana-based planning and engineering firm, I understand this firsthand. We’ve been enhancing Montana communities for over 50 years thanks to our passion for solving complex engineering, planning, and...

  • Drive safe this holiday

    Colonel Steve Lavin, Montana Highway Patrol|Dec 14, 2023

    December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. It opportunely coincides with the holidays when folks are going to parties, reconnecting with old friends, and maybe indulging more than they do the rest of the year. Wherever you’re going this Christmas season, please never get behind the wheel impaired. While I’m encouraged that this year our alcohol-related traffic fatalities are down from the last two years, just one death on our highways because drugs or alcohol is too many. This year, there have been 53 alcohol-related traffic fat...

  • Missoula Aging Services warns against medicare scams

    Alison Strekal, Missoula Aging Services|Dec 14, 2023

    MISSOULA, MT - Missoula Aging Services (MAS) received information about an active scam targeting older adults in Missoula. In the report, several individuals received multiple calls last week from someone claiming to be from Medicare with what looked like a local number. This could be a trend in other areas and the agency would like to remind Medicare recipients to be aware: Medicare does not need to verify your information to get you more benefits. Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is a particularly busy time with Medicare Open Enrollment, and the...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's log for Dec. 14

    3/1 9:30 a.m. Offense Against Family/Children 2XX Larch Lane, Seeley Lake 12/1 2:12 p.m. Suspicious Activity 5XX Seclusion Point, Seeley Lake 12/3 4:06 p.m. Accident-No Injury Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake 12/5 9:24 a.m. Probation 2XX Morrell Creek Drive, Seeley Lake 12/5 10:02 a.m. Probation 5XX Wagon Wheel Way, Seeley Lake...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Dec. 14

    3/1/2023 Fire Structure Highway 83 12/1/2023 Medical Highway 83 12/3/2023 Medical Seeley Lane 12/4/2023 Medical School Lane 12/5/2023 Medical Highway 83 12/7/2023 Accident Injury Highway 83...

  • Death Notices

    Dec 14, 2023

    Elden Leroy Rammell, 87, passed away on December 6, 2023, at Logan Health Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana. Services will be held at a later date. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home caring for the family. John U. Homen, 53, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 7, 2023. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home. www.gardencityfh.com...

  • Share the light around the world

    Sherman Smith, President of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints|Dec 14, 2023

    In a world where darkness is ever increasing, light will always continue to shine. That light, which brings our hope and happiness, comes because of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. “Jesus Christ is the light of the world because he is the source of the light which ‘proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space.’ His light is ‘the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.’ “… His example and his teachings illuminate the path we should walk....

  • Boys basketball working on its own tradition

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 14, 2023

    At the start of practice on Dec. 7, head coach Mike Haines shouted four things at his players. Each one responded in unison. "I am thankful for the opportunity to compete. I am aggressive and relentless. I have no fear of losing or making mistakes. I never give up," the team shouts before warming up. That formula is key to Haines's team success this year, as the Blackhawks hope to make a run at district and divisional playoffs with a large team. Haines said he is looking forward to establishing...

  • Lady Blackhawks look to continue successful dynasty

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 14, 2023

    The Seeley-Swan Lady Blackhawks basketball team hopes to continue its area dominance and win its sixth district title in a row, it just has to do it with the youngest team ever to sport the black and yellow. The Lady Blackhawks are returning a roster featuring five juniors, six sophomores and four freshmen. The team sports no seniors, but co-head coach David Cahoon said the team will get to focus on the fundamentals more. "It's been really fun, we get to go back to some fundamentals and we have...

  • Archives for Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2023

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday Dec. 15, 1988 Residents contribute over $11,000 for this 'home' for books, response to new library is "overwhelming" Local residents are not shy about using the new public library in Seeley Lake, according to Loretta Cooper, librarian. The public support for the new facility has been overwhelming. "That's what kept me going," Cooper said enthusiastically. "People are coming in, they are using the library, and they are glad to have it." Cooper has been recording...

  • Winter midges, the serendipity, the $3 dip and Ross Merigold

    Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal|Dec 14, 2023

    For a long time I didn't bother with fishing the winter midges that typically occur in December. They were too small – and I didn't know much about them. That changed on those winter days when it was comfortable to be out fishing and I'd see a pod of trout rising incessantly in a foam eddy, and I couldn't catch them. I learned that there are over fifty species of midges active in trout streams. That was intimidating. Because they're so little they're difficult to see clearly, much less c...

  • Introverts ~ Immersions ~ Wild public lands Is there a place for introverts?

    Carleen Gonder|Dec 14, 2023

    My earliest memories I liked being alone in the barn. Well, not alone but the only human, an introvert even as a child. I remember the tall Ponderosa Pine near the barn's west end. I felt a presence in that tree. I played alone, preferred to be alone, playing near that Ponderosa Pine next to the barn. For most of my young childhood I lived with an aunt and uncle on a ranch. It was difficult not being with my parents. My solace was my personal space ~ in the barn or next to the Ponderosa Pine. I...

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