Articles from the December 17, 2020 edition

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  • Busbys celebrate 50 years with their best friend

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – While serving on a Naval ship in Vietnam, Larry Busby received a letter from a Californian woman he had never met. "It was something to receive that kind of a letter from Gwen," said Larry who was from Oklahoma. "All the guys were envious. I was walking in tall cotton." Larry followed the instructions in the letter that said, "Remember where you were when you open the letter so when you return, you can tell me." Upon his return to the states a few months later, he met Gwen. They we...

  • Tamaracks treats residents for holidays

    Henry Netherland|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Residents stopped by Tamaracks Resort's Seeley Lake cabin on Saturday Dec. 12 to take pictures with Santa as well as pick up a toy and stocking from Tamaracks' Giving Tree. The event also featured a bonfire, hot beverages and a raffle for prizes courtesy of Energy Partners. Winners were announced on the Resort's Facebook page. On one of the Christmas trees organizers hung envelopes containing free gift cards to Rovero's and Cory's Valley Market. Tamaracks Events Coordinator Tera...

  • SLE students sing in the season

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary students spread Christmas cheer at their Winter Program on Friday, Dec. 11 inside the school's gym. K-12 Music Teacher Janet Morgenstern led the entire program including directing the band that incorporated Seeley-Swan High School students. Morgenstern said she was working under several limitations while leading the school's performances for the first time since joining the school in September. Under normal circumstances she would prefer to make larger...

  • Lighting up Seeley Lake - Tour of Lights

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – After receiving grant funds totaling $1,500 to "Light up Seeley Lake," the Seeley Lake Community Foundation has distributed more than a half mile of lights to 28 participants along Highway 83, including two honorable mentions, from the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors Center north to Energy Partners. Not only is Highway 83 through Seeley Lake offering more of a light display this holiday season, the community as a whole appears to have joined the effort. As part of Reimag...

  • AAI Art Supplies Giving Tree up at Grizzly Claw Trading Co.

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – For the past two years, students at Seeley Lake Elementary School 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. Seeley Lake artist Kris Gullikson started the Giving Tree for art supplies in 2018. “The idea came from my heart being an artist. I knew that the supplies they had were limited,” said Gullikson. “I saw th...

  • Applications open for small business job retention grants

    Missoula County|Dec 17, 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. Applications opened Dec. 10 and grant funding will be awarded and distributed in January. Application packages will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants will be supported through the Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund, which is comprised of Department of Housing... Full story

  • Join the Christmas Caravan of Lights through Seeley Dec. 19

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – This Saturday community members and businesses are invited to build a float, decorate their vehicles, trailers, UTVs and ATVs and meet at the Seeley Lake Chicken Coop at 5 p.m. for the Christmas Caravan of Lights. Organizer Mike Weigel said the caravan, with their lights and Christmas music playing, will drive around Seeley Lake, through the Double Arrow Ranch and possibly around the lake. There will also be hayrides, a bonfire and music playing at the Chicken Coop parking lot for those that just want to come and have fun. “Just c...

  • Luminaries available to light up Seeley Lake Christmas Eve

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - As part of the movement to "Light up Seeley Lake" coupled with Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church's mission to bring joy to the community during the COVID pandemic, Mountain Lakes' Worship Ministry Team is offering free luminary packets for community members to take home and display Christmas Eve. Starting Dec. 20, the luminary packets will be available in a basket on the front porch of the Church, 3292 Highway 83 North. Each packet includes five luminary bags, tea lights and...

  • COVID update and legal fee allowance approved

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – At the Seeley-Swan Hospital District board meeting Dec. 8, Partnership Health Center (PHC) Executive Director Laurie Francis updated the board on PHC’s COVID response and operations. The board also voted to authorize an additional $1,250 in legal fees in response to the proposed RV Park on land adjacent to the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. Francis said as of Tuesday, six out of the 16 staff at the Medical Center were currently home due to COVID-19 quarantine requirements. This is a similar percentage at the other PHC clinics. PHC...

  • The open and sustained circuit of life

    Carleen Gonder|Dec 17, 2020

    "Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals. ... The circuit is not closed; ... but it is a sustained circuit, like a slowly augmented revolving fund of life." – Aldo Leopold, from "The Land Pyramid" in "A Sand County Almanac" And I add humans to that circuit... Folks who know me know I hike every day with my dog Arrow. We have to. And trailing behind her makes every foray an immersion – in that open and sustained cir...

  • Toys and trinkets galore at Christmas Toy Sale

    Henry Netherland|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Around 45 people passed through Mission Bible Fellowship on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to pick up some gifts at a heavy discount during Loving Hearts' annual Christmas Toy and Gift Sale. Loving Hearts Manager Mary Newpower said the event had to go forward despite COVID-19 because members of the community were depending on it to give their children toys for Christmas. Most of the products available cost anywhere from $0.50 - $4. "Our community is structured with so many people in service jobs...

  • Christmas carols that keep coming back

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    Since Thanksgiving, radio and streaming platforms have begun overflowing with the gauntlet of holiday songs Americans have come to expect every year. Over the course of multiple holiday seasons, certain songs return again and again until they are integrated into the wider American population’s consciousness even outside the holiday season. Christmas carols have ventured beyond their exclusively religious contexts and have entered into more secular environments as technology, marketing and distribution have evolved to keep up with the s...

  • When it gets dark, share light

    Rev. Carrie Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Dec 17, 2020

    "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn't extinguish the light." John 1:5 Common English Bible I grew up in a violent, alcoholic home. I remember dreading the holidays. More drinking. More fighting. My hand-made ornaments lying broken in the street as the tree was thrown out of the house. The literal darkening of the days was compounded by this other darkness. I think this was one of the reasons I needed the Advent season--the focus was on light. As an adult looking back, I...

  • Improving their skills, working together as a team

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 17, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – While an after-school basketball game at Seeley Lake Elementary typically has the stands packed, this season only four spectators per player were allowed due to COVID restrictions. However, that did not deter the SLE Eagles from improving their game and having fun this season. Despite the Copper League postponing the start of boys basketball until after the New Year, the Eagles have played several games since starting their season the end of October. Head Coach Brett Haines has lin...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 17, 2020

    Free meals for students over Winter Break SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary is offering free meals to anyone under the age of 18 during the Winter Break (Dec. 21 – Jan. 1). A box containing five days worth of breakfasts and lunches can be picked up at SLE from 12 – 2 p.m. on Mondays, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. To sign up for a food box, please fill out the form To guarantee a box for Monday, please complete the form by 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Please contact SLE with any questions, 406-677-2265. Loving Hearts fre...