Articles from the December 29, 2022 edition

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  • Good samaritan killed while helping free vehicle

    Staff Report|Dec 29, 2022

    A 60-year-old woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Wednesday night, Dec. 21, while stopping to assist in a vehicle slide-off on Hwy. 200 near Potomac. Montana State Trooper Wes Whitlatch said that the initial call of a non-injury slide-off near mile marker 18 came in at about 6:30 p.m. Whitlatch said a family in a pick-up truck and a woman driving an SUV stopped to help. The man was underneath the snow-trapped vehicle hooking up a tow strap and the woman was standing near the shoulder when a 68-year-old male driving an SUV...

  • Difficult conditions for black bears following food failure

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Dec 29, 2022

    “It was the craziest year on record with black bears in many places in Region 2,” said Jamie Jonkel, Wildlife Management Specialist, Region 2 Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). Due to environmental conditions, there was a food failure for black bears in most of Western Montana. “It was one of those food failure summers that we see every 7-12 years,” Jonkel said. “Sometimes it’s a hard winter for the deer population. This year it was a hard summer for black bears.” Ten or more bears were still known to be wandering around East Missoula and...

  • Spreading Holiday cheer, humor

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 29, 2022

    GREENOUGH - Santa (Adam Wilson) slumped in his chair announcing "I have lost my ho, ho, ho." Mrs. Claus and Head Elf Gumball (Sera Benton) called in all the elves and reindeer to see if they could cheer him up to no avail. While Santa did not even crack a smile during Sunset School's production of "When Santa Lost His Ho, Ho, Ho" Dec. 19, those in attendance filled the Paws Up Bull Barn with laughter at the antics. The elves and reindeer offered Christmas jokes, sweet treats, reindeer games,...

  • The fly tyer in winter, vol. 1

    Chuck Stranahan|Dec 29, 2022

    A few days ago the morning sky was shrouded in dark gray. The traffic on the East Side Highway, usually clear and visible from my perch above it, moved slowly, like wraiths passing slowly through the barely-visible edge of the mist. You wouldn't even know the mountains were there if you hadn't seen them beforehand. The valley could be a mostly flat plain in eastern Montana or Nebraska for all that we could see. By mid-afternoon the day heated up just enough to evaporate some of that dense moist...

  • Ho, Ho, Ho-liday spirit fills Swan Valley

    Pathfinder Staff|Dec 29, 2022

    SWAN VALLEY - "Thank you Santa" said one little boy as hugged the new stuffed animal Santa gave him. His eyes lit up when Santa took him over to the tree decorated with toy cars and trucks and helped him pick out another gift. "Merry Christmas," Santa said. Santa's Village was hustling and bustling again this year as people came from as far as South Carolina to have breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 17. The Falls Creek Ranch in the Swan Valley hosted the annual event Thursday, Friday and...

  • Loving Invitation

    Rev. Carrie H. Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Dec 29, 2022

    7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. (1 John 4:7-9) God's very nature, God's essence and being, is love. A God who is love will always choose loving relationship with us and all of creation. It is out of love that God sent Jesus into the world-fo...

  • Ice Safety Tips

    Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake Rural Fire District|Dec 29, 2022

    Before you fire up the snowmobile or get out the ice fishing gear, please follow some simple tips and use caution before heading out onto the ice. For new clear ice only UNDER 4” THICKNESS - STAY OFF 4” - Ice fishing or other activities on foot 5” - 7” - Snowmobile or ATV 8” - 12” - Car or small pickup 12” - 15” - Medium truck Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe. White ice or “snow ice” is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice. It’s a good idea to...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Dec 29, 2022

    24 Easterm Montanans Back Seeley 200 Race Thanks to generous donations from Eastern Montana businesses, the Wilderness Sportsman's Club is now only $,1500 away from its $6,000 purse goal for the Seeley Lake 200 Sled Dog Race set for January 29 through February 1. Ray Corcoran Trucking and Ed Corcoran Trucking, Billings, donated a combined total of $750 toward the race purse last week, according to race committee member, Elinor Williamson. "We really appreciate the support from these... Full story

  • 'First Day Hike' planned at Travelers' Rest

    Montana State Parks|Dec 29, 2022

    Join in a special “First Day Hike” at Travelers’ Rest State Park on Jan. 1, 2023, and walk in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on the first day of the new year. The one-hour, approximately one-mile hike begins at 2 p.m. at the flag plaza near the parking lot and is free and open to all ages. Participants will get exclusive access to the Travelers’ Rest visitor center after the hike and can enjoy hot chocolate and ask additional questions. The terrain is mostly flat, but be sure to dress warmly with footwear that has good traction...

  • More than 6,500 acres along Blackfoot River purchased by BLM

    Bureau of Land Management|Dec 29, 2022

    The public now has access to more high-quality hunting and hiking in western Montana, as the Bureau of Land Management has just acquired more than 6,500 acres along the Blackfoot River. These 6,576 acres mark the second and final phase in the Ninemile-Woodchuck parcel acquisition that began earlier this year. The BLM’s Missoula Field Office has now added a total of 37,000 acres of former private timber land in the Blackfoot Watershed in a years-long project working with The Nature Conservancy and using $9,863,000 of funding from the Land and W...

  • Mrs. Claus stars in Ovando School Christmas play

    Jean Pocha, Pathfinder Staff|Dec 29, 2022

    OVANDO - "Dear Mrs. Claus" was the name of the play performed Dec. 19 at the Ovando Gym. "How do reindeers fly? Why does Santa wear red?" and other pressing questions were flooding Mrs. Claus' mailbox just before Christmas. Mrs. Claus turned to the elves expert advice to send answers with help from Buddy, her Personal Elf Assistant. A musical showcase began the evening with students performing music accompanied by Matthew Nord, of Tangled Tones Music Studio, Missoula. Nord has been teaching the...

  • Sharon Moody, 1943-2022

    Dec 29, 2022

    Sharon Moody, 79, of Ephrata, WA went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. She was born March 3, 1943, in Tucson, AZ to Stephen Joseph Evans and Irene Darko Evans. Sharon graduated from Catalina High School in May 1961. She attended the University of Arizona the next two years where she pursued her love of library science. Sharon enjoyed working in the libraries of the University of Arizona, Arizona Western College, and Tempe McClintock High School. Sharon met her... Full story