Articles from the December 22, 2016 edition


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  • Board Moves to Protest Election

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016
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    SEELEY LAKE - Calling the bond election “flawed,” the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board took action to protest. At their Dec. 15 meeting, the board also discussed other issues they felt contributed to the failure of the bond including Rural Development’s timetable, the inability of the board to legally distribute information and the Pathfinder’s coverage of the board’s meetings. Preliminary numbers reported by the Missoula County Elections Office show the $4.4 million bond failed by 49 votes. 137 voted “yes”, 186 voted “no” while 170 of the...

  • Ovando Man Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Misdemeanors

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    OVANDO – Danny Lapka of Ovando pled guilty to three misdemeanors for shooting a bull elk with a rifle during archery season this fall. He was fined $2,205 and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years. Federal Officer Tyler Robinson noticed a vehicle parked at a gate in the North Fork of the Blackfoot Road in Powell County. He ran the plates and the owner did not have a bear tag or archery stamp. Since the vehicle was parked in an archery only area, Robinson decided to hike in to do a routine camp inspection and called M...

  • Schaffs Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake residents Don and Eileen Schaff celebrate 60 years of marriage Dec. 26. While they agree it may have been the times of separation and reunions during Don's more than 27 years in the Navy that kept them together, they also credit their faith in God, ability to communicate and willingness to give and take in the relationship. While travelling on the Northern Pacific train in 1954, Don heard Eileen's voice for the first time. Don was in the Navy and had been home on l...

  • Holiday Lights

    Dec 22, 2016

  • The Branding of Seeley Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Members of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) and several business owners in Seeley Lake formed a committee to reinvigorate the effort to brand Seeley Lake that started six years ago. This past April they unveiled two logos for Seeley Lake, one with the Change Your Pace slogan. They are available for anyone to use to help promote Seeley Lake. The idea to brand Seeley Lake started in the early 1980s. Seeley Lake resident Kris Gullikson was a recent graduate of art school w...

  • Empty

    Cora Grube, Seeley-Swan High School, Grade 12|Dec 22, 2016

    Today, Somewhere between black and white The sky cries And the willows weep Yet, streams still flow, The world turns I miss you so much more than yesterday Today, Is not black, And Today, Is not white. Today is the lead of a pencil Starting sharp Ending dull Strong and sturdy Yet Still breakable...

  • Editor's Note

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    by Nathan Bourne Pathfinder I enjoy my job covering public meetings for the most part. However, I didn’t walk into last week’s sewer board meeting expecting to enjoy it. And I didn’t enjoy it. Though I won’t speak for everyone else in attendance, I’m sure no one else there enjoyed it either. I do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions. I talk to and listen to a lot of people. I read a lot of meeting minutes and listen to a lot of meeting recordings. It doesn’t matter what kind of meeting I am going to, generally I am well prepared to...

  • Seeley Lake Sewer – Back to the Drawing Board

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Mont.|Dec 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Now that the dust has settled and the voters have spoken, it is time to Monday morning quarterback and ask, “Where do we go from here?” First, a brief assessment of our situation. We are a rural community. Always have been, always will be and I suspect that is how most of the voters want to keep it. We are a mixed economy...a solid lumber mill town with a good bit of recreation/retirement thrown in. That, too, is how most of us would like to keep it. Second, preservation of our fabulous natural surroundings should continue to be a...

  • Decision Notice Released for Beaver Creek Project

    Dec 22, 2016

    BIGFORK – The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest has released the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Beaver Creek Landscape Restoration Project. The Beaver Creek Project is located approximately nine miles south of Condon and is bordered by Lindbergh Lake and the Mission Mountains Wilderness area to the west, the Swan River to the north, State Highway 83 to the east and the Lolo National Forest to the south. Flathead National Forest specialists worked collaboratively with members of t...

  • New Land Added to Blackfoot River Corridor

    The Nature Conservancy|Dec 22, 2016

    Recreational public access and wildlife habitat have been protected on nearly 5,500 acres of former industrial timberland in the Blackfoot Valley. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) transferred the land to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) using an award from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This was the first transfer in TNC's Clearwater-Blackfoot Project in which the organization acquired more than 117,000 acres of large forest land tracts. The aim of the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project is...

  • Former Olympian Comes out of Retirement to Race in Seeley Lake

    Jim McLean, President, SL ROCKS|Dec 22, 2016

    Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports [ROCKS] is pleased to announce that John Morton, Hall of Fame Olympic Biathlete, will participate in the Peter Hale Memorial Race to be held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Seeley Lake, Mont. Morton is very familiar with Seeley's ski trails. He knows the existing Seeley Creek Nordic Trails system well and worked on the proposed Fawn Creek trail system that is bringing such excitement to the regional ski community. "We are looking forward to John's...

  • Giving Tree Brings Joy this Christmas

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - The annual "Giving Tree," sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church women, brought Christmas joy to many families in the Valley. This year 100 gifts were given to area children and youth under the age of 18. Parents or guardians indicated a clothing item and one toy that were needed and/or wanted by their children. For each child there was a card on the Giving Tree at Cory's Valley Market. The card listed age, gender and a gift to purchase. Community members selected a...

  • Swan Valley Student Santa Letters

    Dec 22, 2016

    Dear Santa, How are Your reindeer and your elves and you and Mrs. Clause? I want a computer, big stuffed animals and remote control truck. From Camden, Kindergarten Dear Santa, How are the presents coming the reindeer coming. Kan I plese hav a Bal. From, Ethan, Kindergarten Dear Santa, How are your reindeer doing. will you please bring me a Hatch-amal and a tramplen, please and an American Doll ples. From, Bryar, Grade 1 Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! Did you get a new elf? May I have Lego Batman...

  • Cooking for a Company

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Preparing dinner for a large family gathering such as Thanksgiving or Christmas can be stressful for the cook used to feeding only two to four people. Seeley Lake resident Anita Boddington takes it right in stride. She was a cook in the United States Army and regularly fed 100-200 soldiers. Boddington grew up in Nashville, Tenn. and lived what she called a very sheltered life. Among other things, her parents wouldn't allow her to learn to drive a car. She said by age 20 she felt h...

  • Bringing Love of Christ to Africa

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Thirteen-year-old Grace Wilson will go on her first mission trip this summer. While many youth who are interested in mission work start out by going on a trip close to home, Wilson is going to Malawi, Africa for three weeks with a team from Teen Missions International. Her goal is to share the Good News and love of Jesus Christ with everyone she meets. Wilson has been interested in mission work for many years. "A lot of people need to know about Jesus Christ and what He did for u...

  • Christmas

    Shane Kesterke, Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship|Dec 22, 2016

    It is a mere few days from one of the greatest celebrations of the year. This will be our 24th year celebrating the Christmas season in Seeley Lake. And though a few times we have spent Christmas with family elsewhere, we still have been in Seeley Lake during the Christmas season, and continue to enjoy many of the things our small town has to offer. From the friendly faces and voices at every business we go to, to the wonderful opportunity to hunt for a Christmas tree out in the forest, to the guaranteed white covering on the ground, to the...

  • Pioneers Sweep Tournament

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Dec 22, 2016

    POTOMAC - The Potomac School Pioneers boys basketball A and B teams ended their season by winning their division tournament. Coaches Brad Hall and his son Sam Hall were pleased with the season. This year the schools within the Copper League were divided into divisions. Potomac School was in the small school division. Fifth through eighth-graders made up the A and B teams and altogether played 14 games winning eight. The Pioneers had two tournament games against the Missoula International School...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 22, 2016

    Lakeshore Owners Opportunity to Get Involved in Protecting Local Lakes from Invasive Mussels SEELEY LAKE - The Clearwater Resource Council is hosting a group of local lakeshore owners to discuss the recent finding of invasive mussels in Montana, what it means for local lakes, what residents want to do and what they want the government to do to protect local lakes. An initial meeting is planned for early January after the holidays. If you are a lakeshore owner and would like to participate in this discussion, please contact Joann Wallenburn...

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