Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Electric hooked up to nordic trailhead

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    Seeley Lake skiers will notice a new blanket of light this winter, as the Seeley Lake Nordic Club successfully routed electricity up Morrell Creek Road to power three overhead lights at the trailhead and warming yurt. Laurie Shammel, who wrote a grant application for the project, said the project is the farthest electricity has reached in that area of Seeley Lake. She said the process was not easy, as grant money, Forest Service approval and installation all took months to complete. "It's been d...

  • Sunset School play promotes uniqueness

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    Saving Christmas from the Wicked Wazzu took center stage of the Paws Up Bull Barn last Wednesday, Dec. 20, as the Sunset School put on a play to emphasize uniqueness and holiday laughs. The 11-student cast put on Santa and Wicked Wazzu by Tim Kelley. Toni Hatten, Sunset School supervising teacher, said the students have been working on the play since the start of October. "We begin reading it out loud as a class, multiple times, trying to figure out which role would be the best student's...

  • DEQ: Holland Lake sewer hasn't damaged surrounding groundwater

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    New monitoring wells drilled around the Holland Lake Wastewater System showed the two sewage lagoons have not contaminated groundwater, according to both the Forest Service and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Testing at the site started after DEQ engineers reported the wastewater system was leaking at more than 140 times the legal limit, or roughly 50,000 gallons of wastewater in one week. The state then issued a violation letter to Flathead National Forest, requiring monitoring wells, a new design and a rebuild of the...

  • Ferndale man charged with murder, shooting two others

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    A Ferndale man is facing one count of deliberate homicide after he allegedly shot and killed one person and injured two more earlier in December. Police took Matthew T. Vitek, 49, into custody on Dec. 10 after multiple callers reported gunshots near Cayuse Lane. When officers arrived, they found a person on the ground with a gunshot to the head. Tammi Jordan, 56, later died from the gunshot wounds, according to charging documents. Officers then heard gunshots from a nearby outbuilding. Officers entered the shop, followed by another gunshot by V...

  • Trapping and hunting are different

    Constance J. Poten, Missoula|Dec 28, 2023

    Bob Sheppard’s letter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, claims that trappers are being unjustly persecuted by a federal judge’s injunction restricting wolf trapping and snaring to the original season, Jan. 1-Feb. 15, to protect the federally listed endangered grizzly bears. Bob Sheppard is a mainstay of the Montana Trappers Association. He lives in Ovando. One wonders if, and if so, how many grizzlies he has caught in his traps over the years. Mr. Sheppard goes on to infer that restricting trapping is the first step in a stealth agenda to ban hun...

  • Protecting our nation and honoring those who've already done so

    Dec 28, 2023

    For years, Montana has had one of the highest rates of military participation and veterans per capita in the nation. The 2023 Legislature took many steps to both help our men and women in uniform protect our state and country going forward, as well as recognize and honor their service. First, we passed a new law that prohibits foreign adversaries from owning critical infrastructure and agricultural land in Montana. This is crucial to national defense, making it illegal for hostile competitors like China to buy land near our nuclear missiles at...

  • People from our past - Jasper Seely & his times

    Tom Browder, of the Seeley Lake Historical Society|Dec 28, 2023

    There have been many interesting and influential Seeley Lakers since our community began. Jasper Seely, from whom our town got its name, is among the more fascinating, and a look at his life is also a look at America during a period of robust growth and change. Born in Niles, Michigan, in 1857, Jasper Seely would be 166 years old today. The town of Niles was settled in the early 19th century, although nearby Fort St. Joseph dates back to 1691. Niles has been called the City of Four Flags since it was governed at various times by the Spanish,...

  • Missoula County Sheriff's log for Dec. 28

    3/15 10:02 a.m. Disturbance 1XX Larch Lane, Seeley Lake 12/15 10:07 a.m. Suspicious Activity 1XX Grizzly Drive, Seeley Lake 12/15 4:58 p.m. Accident-Injury Gold Creek Road 12/16 12:51 p.m. Accident-No Injury 32XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake 12/17 4:56 a.m. Suspicious Activity 6XX Tamarack Drive, Seeley Lake 12/19 2:59 p.m. Harassment 2XX School Lane, Seeley Lake 12/19 3:25 p.m. Harassment 10XX S. Canyon Drive, Seeley Lake...

  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Call Log for Dec. 28

    3/15/2023 Medical Rainbow Court 12/17/2023 Medical SOS Road 12/17/2023 Medical CPR Tamarack Drive 12/20/2023 Fire Public Assist Rainbow Court 12/21/2023 Fire Alarm Airport Road...

  • Looking to the birth of Christ

    Kapp Johnson, Retired Pastor in Seeley Lake|Dec 28, 2023

    Luke 2:17 And when they (the Shepherds) saw it (Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger), they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child (from the heavenly host). 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Mary and Joseph now have a three-day old baby boy. He came into the world in quite a fuss. The Birth announcements was not cute cards with the picture of the newborn and the new family with length and weight duly...

  • A million reasons for gratitude-and motivation

    Matt Hart, Vital Ground Foundation|Dec 28, 2023

    As bears rest in their dens and families gather for the holidays, there is much to celebrate in the world of wildlife conservation-and much more work ahead. For grizzly bears, the slow march toward durable recovery in the lower 48 states continues, with populations making gradual gains in 2023 and bears reclaiming historic range, including the first documented grizzly sighting in the Missouri River Breaks region of North Central Montana in more than a century. As the grizzlies' numbers and...

  • Boys basketball take win from Charlo, loss to Drummond

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    The Seeley Swan High School Boys Basketball Team cemented another win against Charlo and lost to Drummond, leaving the team with a 4-2 record going into Christmas break. Both Drummond and Charlo were bigger in size, with each team featuring multiple players at six-foot four-inches or taller. Head Coach Mike Haines said he is happy how the team has adjusted to take on more physical opponents, especially when Blackhawks' tallest player is six-foot two-inches. At least two players on Charlo stand...

  • Lady Blackhawks drop to Drummond, Charlo

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    The Seeley Swan High School Girls Basketball Team didn't come up with a win this week, dropping games to Drummond on Dec. 19 and Charlo on Dec. 21. The team is sitting at 2-4 on the year, but Co-Head Coach David Cahoon said the team is getting better each week with the experience. With Christmas break, he said the team will continue to build the fundamentals. "This team, although very young, is also very receptive," Cahoon said. "Their attitude is more than we need to get better, they are...

  • Seeley Lake Community Foundation awards two year-end grants

    Claire Muller, Executive Director of The Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Dec 28, 2023

    The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is excited to announce two special, year-end grants. “As we move into the winter season, we are excited to be able to support two important projects that get people outside enjoying this special place we live, as well as bring people together to build community and celebrate Seeley Lake,” said SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller. The organizations receiving grants are: Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club: $5,000 for maintenance of cross country skiing that is free to all. These funds will help with the exp...

  • Archives for Dec. 28

    Dec 28, 2023

    Thirty-five years ago... Thursday, Dec. 29, 1988 Young inventor inspired by accident Kia Jette is probably the only 12 year-old in Seeley Lake that will be applying for a patent. She was selected as the 1988 state award winner for the "Invent America" competition with a design of an arrowhead protector. Kia's inspiration for her invention came when her brother, Jeff, had a serious accident with an arrow tip as he was assembling a razor-sharp tip into the shaft of an arrow. His accident required...

  • Swan Valley Library gifts students books

    Griffen Smith, of the Pathfinder|Dec 28, 2023

    Students across the Swan Valley got an extra Christmas present this year, as the Swan Valley Library and Swan Valley School worked together to gift a book to each student. Swan Valley Librarian Jenny Kauffman said this is the second year the books were given out, but this year Kauffman and others handpicked each book from stores across western Montana. Each book was matched to a student by the teachers. Volunteers then wrapped each book and delivered the goods just in time for...

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