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 By Lauraine Lowe    Opinion    October 21, 2021 

Clarification on SOS Road land ownership

Regarding article Alpine Trails Phases 3 and 4 in the Sept. 16, 2021 Pathfinder, clarification is needed. The statement made by Kevin Wetherell to the Missoula County Commissioners was false. Prior to the Lowes purchasing property on SOS Road, the...

 

Speak up about new wolf laws

After reading how the wolves are going to be maintained now, I was sick at heart. Gray wolves are already in danger due to humans. Hopefully they will be listed before they are all killed off. Now we hear from the governor and legislature, who I...

 

Hoof bundles

Editor’s Note: This is continued from last week’s Part 1... I found myself at the center tree now, in Nolan Yellow Kidney’s Sun Dance lodge. I was there wondering why they’d asked me, the newcomer white guy, to help tie up the prayer cloths a...

 
 By Steve Lamar    Opinion    October 21, 2021 

A Historical Journey through Bob Marshall Country

It had been a long day on the trail in 1996 as I slowly worked my way toward the top of the ridge clearing downfall from the trail. When I reached the top of the ridge, the land opened up and the views were especially beautiful as the late evening... Full story

 

Quotes to help live by and come closer to Jesus Christ

"Pure Truth, Pure Doctrine, and Pure Revelation" - President Russell M. Nelson. The pure doctrine of Christ is powerful. It changes the life of everyone who understands it and seeks to implement it...

 

Solving problems together

What a glorious September we had: sunshine, minimal smoke and still a busy economy. I recently had a lovely visit with Grace at Mission Mountain Mercantile and Nathan, wearing his hat as chair of the...

 

Hoof bundles

Lime green lichen grew between the hooves, shreds of faded hair and rawhide still clung to them and gnaw marks from mice and grizzlies had long ago turned gray against the white bone. I was surprised that the elk hoof bundle was still there. Time had...

 

AmeriCrops volunteers - Serving our communities

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state and national service programs. Over the last few years, Montana has proven that national service is something that is very important for our residents. In...

 

Colors of fall

We are in the middle of autumn here in the Swan Valley. The leaf trees are just getting past their peak color and the larch needles are just starting to turn yellow. Thinking about the process of leaves (and needles) changing colors, it is a bit iron...

 

COVID Vaccine - A matter of life or death

Sanford Health, a large hospital in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, shared a chart Sept. 28, 2021 regarding hospitalizations and vaccination status. Out of 158 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 12 were vaccinated and 146 were unvaccinate...

 

Wolf management not necessary - trapping only for sport

Thank you for publishing “Local trappers weigh in on wolf regulations” in the Sept. 30, 2021 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. As a veterinarian I have the honor of attending to illnesses and injuries of animals. Among the worst and most...

 

Professional and ethical wildlife management undermined

As former members of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, we generally refrain from criticizing decisions made by our successors. However, the current Commission’s recent actions regarding the new wolf trapping and hunting regulations are so egr...

 

Annual "Open Enrollment" season starts Oct. 15

What season is it? It is Medicare's Annual "Open Enrollment" which happens, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7 and is coming up quickly! What can Medicare beneficiaries do during "Open Enrollment"? • Change...

 
 By Bryce Smith    Opinion    October 7, 2021

What's behind your label?

It has been said that the only constant thing is change itself. After 72 years of operations, Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake, Montana has seen its fair share of change. Like most small...

 

"Pray the Rosary every day..." Our Lady of Fatima, 1917

(Catholics worship God only and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.) What is the Rosary? In cooperation with the Holy Spirit, the Rosary is a recited prayerful meditation on Christ's life through His...

 

Respect people's choice, provide other options

It is long past time to stop shaming/bullying people who have chosen not to get vaccinated. Everyone knows COVID-19 is serious but people have valid reasons why they won’t or CAN’T get vaccinated. People have had bad reactions, been hospitalized...

 

Children, mimicking and adults

When young children play together, they often begin to assume the behaviors and dress styles of their peers. They tell their parents how they want to dress and are adamant about what is acceptable as...

 

Jesus is Lord

36 “Therefore, let all Israel know beyond question that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 When the crowd heard this, they were deeply troubled. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what sh...

 

Food safety during a disaster

September is disaster preparedness month (Ready.gov). "Promoting Preparedness Through Public Involvement", is the goal of this year's national public service campaign. Natural disasters continue to...

 

Keep your pet well

Many veterinary clinics are implementing routine Wellness Exams. These are examinations of pets who appear healthy. These physical exams also include questions about your pet's lifestyle with a focus...

 

Anthropomorphism - The good and bad

Anthropomorphism (pronounced: ann-throw-poe-MORF-ism) is the term used to define when we give animals (or inanimate objects such as rocks & trees) human characteristics. Here are a few examples:...

 

Seeley-Swan High School in the Wilderness

Editor’s note: Wetzel was a writer and died in 2018 at the age of 102. Her husband was Winston Wetzel, the superintendent of the Missoula County High School system who accompanied the development and realization of the Seeley-Swan High School....

 

Lowdown bulletin

During its reorganization period, the Sewer Board has developed an "Action Plan." The purpose was to create a working document that would guide the actions of the board over the foreseeable future....

 

Make plans for winter...now

As the seasons change, the town is slowing down. Now is the time to start thinking about preparing for the winter weather. Make sure that your skirting is intact and pipes are well insulated. Also, having your furnace serviced and chimney/stove pipe...

 

Take a harder look, the public is watching

After reading the recent article in the Aug. 26 edition about the Forest Service withdrawing their project in the Scapegoat Wilderness, I couldn’t restrain myself any longer. The Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks appear to be...

 

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