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Do You Need a Will?

I wrote my will while the fetal heart monitors beeped as I lay in the hospital bed in Missoula. I was drinking my fourth milkshake of the day in a feeble attempt to add body weight to my soon to be bo...

 

Keeping Montana Safe

Missoula County’s law enforcement officers work hard every day to keep our families and communities safe. But protecting Montanans and cracking down on crime is a round-the-clock challenge that requires our constant support. That’s why as...

 
 By Cory Swanson    Opinion    March 15, 2018

The Conservative Case for the CSKT Water Compact

In 2015, the Montana Legislature ratified the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) –Water Compact with Montana, which settled all water rights claimed by the CSKT under the 1855 Hellgate Treaty. This was the culmination of a multi-year...

 

Next Legislature Must Stand Up for Montana

Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state legislature. Over the next year, 28 property assessment offices will be closing their doors in addition...

 

Fire Department Growing and Changing

SEELEY LAKE - A lot has happened here at the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District in the last couple of months! We are growing and changing and improving every day! Our call volume continues to grow which means we have been able to help more people than...

 

Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project Thanks Tester, Calls on Daines to Support Blackfoot Bill

SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act will receive a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Feb. 7. Members of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP) reiterated their thanks...

 

Continuing the Fight for Montana

At the start of the New Year many Montanans make New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s to spend time with family, put more money into savings, or enjoy our world-class public lands a little more. As your Senator, my resolution is to continue to...

 

Build Montana's Workforce, Build Montana's Future

As communities across the nation work to recover from recent natural disasters, many are discovering that while they have plenty of rebuilding to do, they lack the manpower to do it. This circumstance comes as no surprise to the Montana Contractors...

 

National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and while it often means more to hygienists than it does to everyone else, it also gives us dental professionals an opportunity to share our enthusiasm about...

 

Shedding Light on Missoula County Government

MISSOULA - It’s been a whirlwind five months. I’ve learned plenty since I took office in January, so I thought it was time to let Pathfinder readers know what I’ve been up to and try to shed a little light on county government, which I believe...

 

Help the Sun Shine Locally This Year

Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of government transparency, kicked off on Sunday. This year, opinion journalists might be tempted to turn critical eyes toward Washington, D.C. The recently...

 

Senator Malek Reflections

Hello Seeley-Swan! It’s been a cold, snowy winter in Helena but I think you all have us beat for winter weather! I am very busy this session, sponsoring 10 bills as well as an amendment to sewer and water district voting rights, on behalf of...

 

Hopkins' Legislature Update

HELENA - Things are starting to move on the budget side here at the Legislature and I wanted to share some information with you as we move forward. First, explaining a bit about the process and then...

 

Celebrating Community Foundations

Across our beloved Montana, scores of dedicated folks are working to improve the quality of life for everyone in their communities now and far into the future. We are your friends and neighbors who are the strength behind the 75 local community...

 
 By Ron Cox    Opinion    November 3, 2016

Trail History of Seeley Lake - First Generation Trails

SEELEY LAKE - This spot in God’s Country has always been a cross roads of trails. The Ancient Indian trail up the Blackfoot River (known as Cokahlarishkit, as Lewis rendered it, or “the River of the Road to Buffaloe,” better transcribed as Qoq...

 

Air Ambulance Flights Add Insult to Injury

  Last September, John Andrews suffered a brain aneurysm and was airlifted via helicopter by Life Flight Network from Anaconda, Mont. to Missoula, Mont. He was charged $34,200, his health insurer paid almost half, and Life Flight Network billed him...

 

Vaccinations

Let's talk vaccinations, shall we? I have been hesitant to tackle this subject as there are many with strong opinions. So before you roll your eyes and quit reading, let me assure you that I have no i...

 
 By Ray Moseby    Opinion    October 6, 2016

Power of the Press: Why Newspapers Matter

The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week, Oct 2-8, is "Power of the Press." That power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing. Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York...

 

We Count on the Mail

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow....

 

Identifying Problems and Finding Solutions

Loren Rose is the Chief Operating Officer for Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. in Seeley Lake. Todd Myers is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Cloud Peak Energy. 2016 is proving to be one of the more challenging years to...

 

Montana Private Land Conservation: It All Starts With People Around a Kitchen Table

It all started at a kitchen table in the Blackfoot Valley. Back around 1970. Local folks like us, including our good friend and neighbor Bill Potter. Worried about increasing recreational pressure on...

 

The Benefits of Vitamin D

One of the best things about living in Seeley Lake is the abundance of outside activities available. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking and kayaking. While we are outside getting active, our...

 

The Importance of Dental Health

Dental health is a seeming small aspect of our lives but one of the most important areas to which we should give our attention. As an open portal to the rest of our bodies, great care should be given...

 
 By Dr. Todd Fife    Opinion    June 2, 2016

Tired of Being Tired

We've all been tired at one time or another-it's seems to be one of those unfortunate side effects of life. Most often we can look to our busy schedules or our lack of exercise to find something to...

 
 By Jim Buell    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Federal Agency Finds No Fault in Anti-Trapping Group

After K C York, Ravalli Early Head Start (REHS) employee and former Executive Director of Footloose Montana had numerous charges of violations of Montana’s political campaign practices dismissed by Jonathan Motl, former attorney for Footloose...

 

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