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 By Bill Burt    Opinion    August 11, 2022 

Vote to fight rising crime rates this November

Right now, as I am writing this piece, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is engaged in a standoff just north of the Wye with at least two people that were discovered committing a residential burglary. These two men are well...

 
 By Lena Beck    Opinion    August 11, 2022 

Grizzly DNA monitoring in the Sapphire Mountain Range

The one-track roads leading from Stevensville, Montana, into the Sapphire Mountains are lined with wildflowers like beargrass and lupines by early July. As the truck climbed, the view of the...

 

Community input sought from Seeley-Swan residents

Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is hosting listening sessions throughout Missoula County this summer to better understand and meet client needs. The listening sessions provide an opportunity for...

 

Motor vehicle accident tips to help maintain safety

Summer has arrived and the seasonal population influx around Seeley Lake has also arrived. The campgrounds and outdoor activities are much more active as the community grows. The increased movement increases our highway traffic. Visitors unfamiliar...

 

Vacation rovings ... and the search for real life

It’s mid-summer and peak vacation time in the scenic and majestic Seeley-Swan Valley. Every summer there’s a mass migration of visitors and adventurers on the highway, on the trails and in the local shops. Even when gas prices are high and...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Opinion    August 4, 2022

Fall gardening options

Zucchinis may start showing up in people's mailboxes as Western Montana gardens are getting into the harvest season. Even though this is the pay-off time of year for gardeners, there's an option to...

 

Testing history, Part 2

In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of...

 

The I Ching or The Book of Changes

In this column, I decided to introduce an ancient Chinese text to emphasize a couple of psychological points -- that the human psyche (our psychology) is present in most of what we do and express and...

 

Give thanks

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Psalm 107:8 NRSV "Don't forget to say thank you." "Did you say thank you?" "Say thank you." How often did we hear...

 
 By Bryce Smith    Opinion    July 28, 2022

The ebb and flood of lumber

The last several years have certainly seen no lack of breaking news topics. Thankfully, the Seeley-Swan Valley of Montana continues to offer a mostly quiet refuge from much of the excitement faced in other areas of the country. Topics of discussion...

 

Thank you for the support

Thank you to some community members, Kind hearts are the gardeners Kind thoughts are the roots Kind words are the blossoms Kind deeds are the fruits Kirpal Singh A belated Thank You to all who gave me support through your words and unexpected gift...

 

Keeping cool in the heat

Summer is here and many of us have animal companions who are more excited to get outside than we are! While there is nothing better than taking your dog for a hike or riding your horse in our...

 

Achieve better health, one step at a time

With so many trends and diets out there it can be hard to figure out what to honestly believe. The external pressure to look and feel specific ways, the households we grew up in as children, our geological location and the cultures we immerse...

 

Living the law of love - I'm a Pioneer

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepares to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Pioneer Day July 24 this year. We need to recognize that in addition to the sacrifices of the early...

 
 By Jim Ybarrondo    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Defining the Constitution, not politics

I must respond to the letter from Don Larson re: two recent Supreme Court decisions printed in the July 7 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. Both decisions were exactly the same, they merely defined what was in the Constitution, therefore in the...

 

Tips to clean indoor air, stay healthy this wildfire season

It's Wildfire Smoke Ready Week in Missoula County! I know - after such a cool start to the season, it's challenging to shift gears and start thinking about wildfires. But this week of warm, sunny...

 

We shall see Him

As I set to compose this article, I am also considering the devastating news from a dear beloved friend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most difficult questions any pastor can be asked is, “Why do bad things happen to...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Reproductive rights and gun control at the local level?

The primarily male U.S. Supreme Court has recently determined American women cannot decide for themselves what to do with their bodies. It trashed their reproductive rights while fiercely defending (primarily male) rights to carry an AR 15. Let’s...

 
 By Jesse Chadwick    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Celebrate freedom without fireworks - support a veteran

Dear Seeley Lake,  I know you all like to celebrate the freedom you have with fireworks. Have you gone around your neighborhood and asked if anyone is a combat veteran and checked to see if fireworks negatively affect them?  If you truly do value...

 

Partnering with UM pharmacy program, offering medication reviews

Missoula Aging Services announced that it will be hosting weekly Medication Review appointments in partnership with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The hour-long appointments will...

 

Seeley-Swan Valley real estate stabilizing

THE SUMMER SLOWDOWN Following four years of a dramatic real estate market that saw rapid price appreciation, very limited inventory and multiple offers on many properties, the market has begun to stabilize. This year has seen the Federal Reserve...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    July 7, 2022

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

The Source and Summit of the Catholic Faith is the Holy Eucharist from Scripture on the Lord's Supper when Jesus blessed and broke the bread and said, "...eat. This is my body." Taking the chalice...

 
 By Brett Feese    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Theological debate? A response to Mountain Lakes Leadership

I am writing in response to the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Leaderships’ letter to the editor from the June 23 issue of the Pathfinder which purports to be a theological response to Pastor Jim Johnson’s “Biblical perspective.” The...

 

Common sense tax revisions for Montana's forest lands

A number of people -- private citizens, elected legislators and state staff -- achieved a quiet accomplishment recently. During the 2021 Legislative Session, two bills (SB 262 and SB 263) were passed to revise the duties of the Forest Lands Taxation...

 
 By Dave Rowell    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Live within God's will as outlined in the Scriptures

When discussing the topic of the sins of others we need to take a very humble stance. None of us are without sin and we all require the mercy of the sacrifice for sin that Jesus became.  Fortunately, God inspired many scriptures to describe what...

 

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