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PHOTOGRAPHS: Johnson's Homegrown, Mission Mountains Wilderness "Rewilding"
The Pathfinder is the award-winning weekly newspaper serving the communities of Seeley Lake, Condon, Swan Valley and the Blackfoot Valley of Montana.
Highlights from the August 21, 2014 issue
- Bigge Crane Megaload Moving Through Area
Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) issued a permit to move one of three megaload modules destined for Calumet Refinery in Great Falls, Mont. The load was in Idaho and entered Montana on MT 200 the morning of Aug. 19.
- Johnson’s Homegrown - Roots that Run Deep
Every Sunday Johnson’s Homegrown owners Jesse and Chuad Johnson offer fresh vegetables, berries, bedding plants and flowers at the Seeley Lake Farmers and Crafters Market.
Federal, state, and county wildland fire agencies will rescind Stage I fire restrictions, effective Saturday morning, Aug. 23 at 12:01 a.m. At that time, restrictions on campfires and smoking outdoors will be rescinded. County bans on debris burning, including burn barrels, will remain in place.
- Stage I Fire Restrictions Rescinded in West-Central Montana
Missoula Fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have moved the fire danger to “High” Tuesday, Aug. 19.
- 19-year-old Killed Near Clearwater Junction
The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) responded to a single vehicle fatal accident, Aug. 17 at 3:45 a.m. at mile marker 25 on Montana Highway 200. James Christopher Clingan, a 19-year-old from South Carolina, was dead on arrival.
- Medical Center Expansion Begins
The expansion of the Seeley-Swan Medical Center officially began Monday, Aug. 18. The contractor for the project Quality Construction from Missoula, Mont. started breaking ground and removing the back walkway. The target completion for the project is expected within six to eight months.
- Seeley Lake Sewer District
The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board approved the annual assessment to fund the district at a special hearing Aug. 13. At the hearing, the district managers postponed mapping of properties until next spring.
- Death Notice - Joseph H. "Bud" Phelps
- Recreationists Unite to Maintain Common Ground
One of the great things about Seeley Lake is that it’s a Place for All. People from our community work very hard to make sure that everyone, locals and visitors alike, have the opportunity to get outside and enjoy our big beautiful backyard. Rather than fighting over trails, we work together to make sure the world is open to hikers, bikers, trail runners, horseback riders, snowshoers, dog walkers, hunters, ATV’ers, dog sledders and snowmobilers.
- Service Denies Wolverines Protection Under Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced Aug. 12 that it is withdrawing a proposal to list the North American wolverine in the contiguous United States as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
- Montana Invited to Celebrate Liz and Art Aug. 26
The community is invited to a celebration of Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg, Montana’s neighbors and friends, Aug. 26 at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) from 5 6:30 p.m. There will also be a “Common Ground” Conservation Tour starting at 2:30 p.m. leaving from SLE.
- Psychological Perspectives, Ken Silvestro - Dreams: Doorways to Your Unknown Psychology
- Comments Sought on State Park Grant Requests
Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on 2015 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant application funding requests. Comments are due by Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.
- Bicyclists Take to the Trails Saturday Mornings
One of the groups you will find meandering out on the Seeley Lake dirt roads and trails in the summer are mountain bike enthusiasts who like to see our country from a bike seat. Many riders are from other countries traveling the great divide trail. Some are racers and some are people who simply like to tour our country at a different pace than other forms of travel. All of them are getting out in nature and enjoying spectacular views.
- Shooting Range Improvements Near Completion
The Wilderness Sportsman’s Club (WSC) in Seeley Lake completed major improvements this summer at the shooting range at the north end of the Seeley Lake Airport off of Cottonwood Lakes Road.
- From Road Kill to Compost
Concerns about road killed wildlife and domestic carcass disposal prompted the Blackfoot Challenge and Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) to partner. In 2006 they built a gated and bear-proof compost facility at mile marker 31.1 on Montana Highway 200 near Clearwater Junction.
- Missoula Elections Office Offering Fall Election Judge Training
Missoula County Elections Office is still 30 percent short of reaching their election judge recruitment goal. The office has set the bar a little higher this year to provide additional support staff at the Elections Center at the Missoula County Fairgrounds and allow for more half day (8 hour) shifts on Election Day. Training for new election judges will be held the first week of September.
- Free and Reduced-Price School Meals
Seeley Lake Elementary School announces the 2014-15 policy for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals for students whose schools participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture [National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program]. The complete policy is on file in the central office and may be reviewed by any interested party.
- Community Briefs
Temporary Closure on South Lost Creek Road; Saturday Evening Holland Lake Program: Bat Walk with Matt Bell; Men’s Bible Fellowship Starting in Seeley Lake This Fall; Seeley Lake Library ; Montana Bird Dog Photo Contest - Enter to Win; Removing Pets from Traps - FWP Video; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 8/12/14 8/17/14
- Off the Beaten Path - Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness - Keeping the Wild in Wilderness
“To me wilderness ethics are simple. Leave things as they are,” said Flathead National Forest (FNF) Recreation Specialist Michael Downs.
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