Articles from the December 26, 2019 edition

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  • Public comments fill light agenda

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board pushed their final by-laws amendment out another month and spent a significant amount of their Dec. 19 meeting hearing and responding to public comment on a variety of issues. Last month the Board approved the bulk of the updates to their by-laws but excluded an updated section on Duties of the Board. The Board agreed to send that section back to the committee to rework it. District Manager Jean Curtiss provided the board with another draft Duties section for consideration. The committee h...

  • Bob Marshall Music Festival returns to Seeley for fifth year

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – After taking over The Bob Marshall Music Festival in the middle of 2019, The Bob Music, LLC Managing Partner Max Pigman is looking forward to bringing more organization and structure to the Festival while continuing the family-friendly atmosphere concert goers have grown to love over the past four years. They are looking forward to offering a diverse line-up that people will enjoy kicking their shoes off and dancing and will be organizing more family-fun activities for people to p...

  • Snowmobiler air lifted from Marshall Lake

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Department and Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue responded to a snowmobile accident Saturday afternoon, Dec. 21. The 27-year-old woman from Great Falls, Mont. was airlifted from the Marshall Lake area after breaking her lower leg above the boot. The Great Falls woman was riding with her husband and 12 others on Saturday. Her husband called 9-1-1 at 2:20 p.m. to report his wife had hit a tree while riding and had broken her lower leg. While they had plenty of people, they had no way to get her out. Seeley Lake F...

  • Sunset School produces Elfin Magic

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    GREENOUGH - The Reception Barn at Paws Up Resort was the site of Sunset School's Dec. 19 holiday play, "A Little Elfin Magic." Dressed in Christmassy reds and greens, all 13 students, from kindergarten to seventh grade, played elfin parts. The central dilemma of the play is that the toy-making elves have not awoken in time to make all the toys needed for Santa's delivery. Though blaming and complaining initially, eventually the elves all decide to give up the toys they hoped to get for...

  • Fire Department spreads holiday cheer

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Department lit up the night Dec. 21 with their lights and Christmas music as they delivered gifts to 16 families in Seeley Lake. This was part of the second annual Angel Tree sponsored by the Seeley Lake Volunteer Firefighter Foundation and the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District. This was Fire District volunteer Caitlyn Long's first year organizing the event. She said on Dec. 10 they still had 15 angels on the tree. They put out a post on social media and c...

  • Anger reactions

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Dec 26, 2019

    Anger is one of the four basic emotions: anger, fear, happiness and sadness. Emotions are a natural part of human nature; therefore, we don't want to deny our emotions. At the same time, we don't want our emotions to rule us. Like all human qualities, too much or too little of any emotion becomes a problem. Anger reactions are quite common. We've all experienced anger both instantaneous and long-term. For example, a person cuts you off while you're driving or your partner does something that...

  • Daines and Gianforte nominate SSHS senior for Military Academies

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School senior Samuel Weisenburger added to his U.S. military academy nominations after being among the 15 Montana students nominated by U.S. Senator Steve Daines and the 20 Montana students nominated by Congressman Greg Gianforte. A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of the nation's four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs (USAFA), the U.S. Military Academy at West Point...

  • FWP seeks comment on hunting season proposals

    Montana FIsh Wildlife and Parks|Dec 26, 2019

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking public input on hunting season proposals for the 2020-21 seasons through Jan. 22, 2020. Proposals are available for review and comment online. FWP will also hold public meetings throughout the state to provide information and take public input. In west-central Montana’s Region 2, FWP will host nine public meetings: Jan. 7 – Missoula, Doubletree Hotel (100 Madison St.), 7 p.m. Jan. 8 – Lincoln, Lambkins Café (460 Main St.), 6 p.m. Jan. 9 – Hamilton, Bitterroot River Inn (139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr...

  • Medicare scams affecting Montanans

    Dec 26, 2019

    Multiple accounts of scam calls have been reported to Montana’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). Just this month seven Montanans, believing that they were talking to Medicare, gave out their Medicare numbers. Those calls included “your Medicare number is invalid” and “Medicare is replacing cards with one that has a chip reader,” and in all cases they asked to confirm the current numbers. A direct result of people’s Medicare numbers falling into the wrong hands is the more than $21,000 in documented fraud cases sent on to the Office of Inspector G...

  • Christmas present rooted in Christmas past

    Sharon Lamar, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society|Dec 26, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - Many of us will gather with extended family or friends over the Christmas holiday to share gifts and good will. It seems the way we celebrate Christmas is rooted in Christmas past. A review of the yuletide traditions and events of yesteryear reveal a simple lifestyle of the residents of the region. Over 100 years ago in 1907 Joseph J. Waldbillig and Ethel Lynn were about to exchange wedding vows on Christmas Eve at the Lynn home near Ovando when an unexpected turn of events caused...

  • Driftriders expand annual Snowball

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Driftriders’ Snowball event is expanding this year in hopes to increase membership and raise more funds to support the Club’s grooming program as well as raise funds for their new groomer shed. The event will be held at the Paws Up Outpost Building Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature special guest Levi LaVallee, Winter X Games gold medalist and Red Bull Rider. While the event has traditionally been held at the Seeley Lake Community Hall, last year the Snowball filled the Hall to capacity. “We could not find a pla...

  • A year of change and new blessings

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – While the community may not have noticed any change with the annual Giving Tree that has been sponsored by the women of Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church for decades, this year was a year of transition. Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Pastor Reverend Carrie Benton said God made a way. Thanks to the community's generosity, the annual Giving Tree provided 123 gifts to 64 children from 26 families in Seeley Lake. Since its inception, the Giving Tree has always been a Mountain Lake...

  • Community ice skating rink open for the winter

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake ROCKS was busy the past couple of weeks putting up the Community Ice Rink at Seeley Lake Elementary. The rink is open for skating over the winter break. This year ROCKS expanded the rink, added a light to allow for evening skating and they hope to bring in a portable shed to house the skates. ROCKS expanded the rink adding 50 feet to the length making it 150 feet by 60 feet. "It will be better for lots of different activities and just for pure skating," said ROCKS i...

  • Readers holiday memories of candles and lights

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    Each holiday season the Pathfinder reports on a different holiday tradition. In conjunction with that, reporters ask a specific question of people who happen to be out engaging in holiday activities. This year's Holiday Traditions question is: Do you use special candles and/or decorate with lights at your house for the holidays? If so, why? The Posthumuses who live near Clearwater Junction have candles in the house windows all year round. The windowpanes facing Highway 83 form a large pyramid...

  • Ronald James Bohlman Nov. 3, 1942 – Dec. 19, 2019

    Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Ronald James Bohlman, 77, of Seeley Lake, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19 at St. Patrick Hospital of cancer. He was born on Nov. 3, 1942, in Portland, Ore. to Chet and Marge Bohlman. As a young boy he lived with his family in Portland, big brother to Barbara and Betty, spending many years swimming and canoeing in Lake Oswego and was educated in the Lake Oswego schools. While in high school he was a member of the boys’ swim team (captain his senior year) who were state champions. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1960. H... Full story

  • Hear the angels sing

    Dale Terrillion|Dec 26, 2019

    I'm gett'n long in the tooth now. But look'n back so many decades when I was a lad and Shep was a pup, there was those Christmas that always seemed like 20-30 below. The new cabin wasn't too far from the little Catholic Church. "Don't be late sez mom as she hurried me out the door, it'll be warm at the Church." I remember the crunch of the snow under foot as I walked to practice the Christmas hymns. Mrs. Ver Schnider would be there to play the organ. Mom didn't always practice 'cause she knew th...

  • Sewer District addresses public questions

    Seeley Lake Sewer District|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - This article is to address the common questions the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board has heard regarding the recent mailing. 1. Why did I receive this letter requesting I sign a temporary right of entry for construction? The project is almost ready to go to bid and the Board wanted to get construction easements in place before the contract is awarded. They will bid to connect all existing properties that generate wastewater but will not be able to do the work on personal property without notarized permission. 2. I have more than...

  • Let it be Christmas in the Swan

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley School hosted a night of holiday song and dance Dec. 18 featuring the students from preschool through the junior high. Each class sang a couple of Christmas songs accompanied by Ellie Wood and then third through eighth graders joined with the staff to close the program with "Let It Be Christmas" by Alan Jackson....

  • Regional candle festivals

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    Part I, "Candles and Festivals of Light," recounted Christian, Jewish, Hindu and African-American winter festivals formulated around the theme of light conquering darkness. Those celebrations transcend national boundaries. Part II will look at celebrations involving light and candles but carried out on a smaller, more national or regional scale. One candle ceremony performed in churches, but also by many Christians in their homes, is the lighting of the Advent Wreath. Though the symbolism of Chr...

  • SLE Winter Concert welcomes in the Holidays

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary School welcomed in the holiday season with their Winter Concert Tuesday, Dec. 17. The program opened with the Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells quintet. The program continued with each class offering a couple of musical selections under the direction of SLE Music Director Sandra Abbott and accompanied by Joann Wallenburn. The program concluded with an all school performance of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas....

  • Eagles fall to Blackhawks on home court

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks' first home game of the season was against Valley Christian Eagles Dec. 19. Friday they headed to Hot Springs to face the Savage Heat. The Boys came out strong against the Eagles but couldn't get much more than a couple basket lead until the third quarter. They outscored the Eagles 14-4 in the third and were able to hold on for a 62-49 victory. Owen Mercado pounded in a dozen baskets and a pair of free throws to lead the Blackhawks w...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 26, 2019

    FWP looking for information on deer poached in Upper Rock Creek Area Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking information on a white-tailed deer that was poached earlier this week in the upper Rock Creek area east of Missoula. The whitetail buck was likely shot sometime early on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and found between Rock Creek Road and US Forest Service Grizzly Campground in the Ranch Creek area. Only the antlers were taken and the rest left to waste. FWP game wardens say that wildlife crimes like this one are often solved because of...

  • Raiden James Motschenbacher

    Dec 26, 2019

    SILVERTON, ORE - Raiden James Motschenbacher, son of Wes and Catalina (Parcell) Motschenbacher, was born Dec. 17 at 7:59 p.m. in Silverton, Ore. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21.25 inches long. Raiden was also welcomed by grandparents Danni and Bob Parcell of Condon.... Full story