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Our county courts deserve the best

Exciting Times My name is Marie Andersen. Missoula County voters elected me to be their Judge in 2014. I write to address my political opponent’s recently published attack on me, as well as the article concerning the report on the Missoula County...

 

Thank you Swan Valley

SWAN VALLEY – We would like to thank all the Condon community for all the great food and nice cards and the QRU response to my accident. This is such a caring community and very much appreciated. Thanks again, Neil and Dixie Mey...

 

Hazards of the profession

It was another one of those timber tramps over Idaho way for Columbia Helicopters. Just this side of the grade that goes up to Grangeville, there's a Forest Service road to the left. Up, up through a...

 
 By Bonnie Medlin    Opinion    August 16, 2018 

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - A great opportunity to learn

Hello! My name is Bonnie Medlin and I’m a nutrition educator with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Missoula County. EFNEP is a free program designed to reach limited resource families! We have had the privilege of working at See...

 
 By Alan Peura    Opinion    August 16, 2018 

Tester leads by example

It happens all too often, some elected or appointed official doing something corrupt or unethical. Some let lobbyists pay their rent, others outfit their public offices with luxury items costing tens of thousands of dollars. In every case it’s a...

 

Commissioner Curtiss proposes facilitator to get Seeley Lake Sewer back on track

Letter to the Community of Seeley Lake - I have worked with the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board for almost 18 years. The hard work of these dedicated volunteers has resulted in almost $16 M in grants and loans to fund this first phase of the...

 

Board of Health urges Sewer Board to keep project moving forward

Dear Mr. Boltz and Sewer Board Members: The Missoula City-County Board of Health strongly and wholeheartedly supports the Seeley Lake public sewer project and urges the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board to take the actions needed to keep the project...

 
 By Dave Lane    Opinion    August 9, 2018

A note from the Fire Chief's desk

I would like to take this opportunity to thank this community of Seeley Lake for the warm welcome that my wife and I have received since our arrival. We are enjoying our new home and the many welcoming smiles from literally everybody that we meet!...

 
 By Craig Wilson    Opinion    August 9, 2018

God is wise

I still enjoy visiting libraries. I appreciate the opportunity to borrow books without having to purchase them and being exposed to various titles that I was not aware of. But part of me (a small part) misses the nostalgia of the little card catalog...

 
 By Dawn Brennan    Opinion    August 9, 2018

Tester - Transparent and Accessible - He Gets My Vote

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Senator Jon Tester for remaining accessible to his constituents. Only about a million people live in Montana, but we’re an enormous state. In fact, from the border of Idaho to the border of North Dakota,...

 
 By Lois James    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Thank you to the nice and honest people in small town Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - It is so nice to live in a small community where people are honest. Ten days ago my son brought me grocery shopping in his pickup. I’m quite short legged and quite elderly so he always carries a step stool for me to step in and out...

 
 By Andi Bourne    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Sackett is the real deal

After reading the article on Seeley Lake veteran James Sackett in the July 26 issue of the Pathfinder, some readers found it hard to believe he had earned seven Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and one Bronze Star along with several other badges and...

 

You, me and them: Differences

Since there are so many different people in the world, is it a surprise to realize variety is the norm? Unfortunately, the differences can create tensions, problems and provoke harm. This is evident...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    August 2, 2018

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Hi all, I am so thankful for this beautiful July and August weather! We have certainly had our fair share of weather challenges to deal with this past year-fires, floods, wind storms and record...

 

Invasive mustards: Hoary alyssum, perennial pepperweed and whitetop

While the unusually wet spring was beneficial to native and desirable grasses and wildflowers, many weed species took advantage of the excellent growing conditions as well. Annual mustards with...

 

Mint

Q: Clover has invaded my bed of mint and is choking out the mint. Is there any way to eliminate the clover and save the mint? A: You could dig out the clover, but that strikes me as solving the...

 
 By Walter Hill    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Infinite love

Recently I was sitting in the yard in the evening as the stars came out and even with my imperfect vision I was able to see literally millions of stars. Having seen pictures from the Hubble telescope, I was able to envision billions more yet unseen a...

 

Whitefish Lake Subdivision - Relevant Information for Seeley Lake Sewer

A recent Missoulian article [July 15, 2018] about Whitefish Lake and a subdivision on its shore has information that seems relevant to Seeley’s sewer controversy. It was proposed that the Lion Mountain subdivision with 120 lots on the lake’s west...

 

Dump Commissioners

MISSOULA – Shame on Missoula County Commissioners for allowing the last open space proposal to be placed on the ballot. Where is the representation for those people living outside of the city? Some of us have been around long enough and are smart...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Council Sewer Endorsement - Reckless and Irresponsible

SEELEY LAKE - The misguided effort by Community Council member Lee Boman to secure an endorsement of the Seeley Lake Sewer proposal is reckless and irresponsible....for several reasons....here are  few:: • Mr. Boman is a relative newcomer to the...

 

Seeley Lake Sewer Board Requires a LEGAL President

SEELEY LAKE - A month has passed without the Seeley Lake Sewer Board (and District) having a legal president. Montana Code Annotated 7-13-2271 (a portion of state law regulating sewer districts) states under “Organization of board of directors”:...

 
 By Doug Hadnot    Opinion    July 26, 2018

A Few Things Learned from Last Week's Sewer Board Meeting

SEELEY LAKE - I attended the meeting of the Seeley Lake Sewer District last week and I learned a few things. 1. The water quality in Seeley Lake is excellent; among the best in Montana. The lake is not being polluted by individual septic systems in t...

 

Celebrating 100 Years of Swan Valley Schools: 1918-2018

SWAN VALLEY - In upper Swan Valley the first schools were built in 1918 when a group of residents petitioned the Missoula County Superintendent of Schools requesting that the district be split at the...

 

Ferns Forever

Ferns evolved 360 million years ago when the supercontinent Pangaea still existed. They are one of earth's most ancient plants and predated dinosaurs, mammals and flowering plants by over 120 million...

 
 By Bruce Rippy    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Going Home

More than 45 years ago when I served in the Air Force, there was nothing I looked forward to more than going home. The little house I grew up in, the small town near where I lived, the people I had known for all of my short life, were all very...

 

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