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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 September 18, 2014 issue
- Too Good to be True? Probably Is
Those who sell on Craigslist have recently been the target of another wave of scams.
Citizens Alliance Bank (CAB) had two fraudulent checks written to local Craigslist sellers in the past month totaling nearly $5,000. Although both checks were caught before there was a transfer of money, CAB Branch Manager Gary Miller offered advice on how not to get caught in a scam.
- Children and Swans Share Milestone
Seven area schools came together at Jones Lake near Ovando Sept. 12 for the release of five Trumpeter Swans. It was the 10th swan release hosted by the Blackfoot Challenge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
- Never Forget - 9/11 Tribute
Members of the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Company stood for 111 minutes Thursday, Sept. 11 in remembrance for all those who lost their lives when the World Trade Centers were attacked. It took 111 minutes for the first tower to fall. Pictured (L-R): District Administrator Lynn Richards, Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel, Chaplain Bill Bogardus, Cadet Alaina Bogardus, Cadet John Bogardus and Lieutenant Michael Reagan.
- CMP Gives Back Locally
- SSHS Recognized as One of America’s Top High Schools
Newsweek magazine recognized Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) as one of America’s Top High Schools. The ranking aims to identify public high schools nation-wide that do the best job preparing students for college and overcoming obstacles posed by socioeconomic inequality. SSHS was one of four high schools from Montana to be recognized.
- County Hears Questions and Concerns about Subdivision Rewritee
Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) Senior Planner Tim Worley and consulting team Bill Collins and Anne Cossitt addressed questions and comments regarding two sections of the Missoula County subdivision rewrite in Seeley Lake Sept. 10. The sections on infrastructure and subdivision review procedures and variances were discussed.
- Geology Is All Around Us:
The mountain ranges that border the Seeley-Swan valley are the Mission Range on the west and the Swan Range on the east.
- Decision on the Cilly Cliffs Project
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Swan Unit Manager Daniel Robertson released his decision on the Cilly Cliffs Multiple Timber Sale Project Sept. 8. Robertson chose to implement Action Alternative C (AA-C) without modification. As compared to Action Alternative A, no action and Action Alternative B (AA-B), this alternative will treat more old-growth stands, use less old-growth maintenance/restoration treatments, requires less new road construction and uses more even-aged management treatments.
- Tying Montana Communities Together
More than 60 aircraft flew in to Seeley Lake Airport for its 50th anniversary and the Montana Pilots’ Association (MPA) 75th anniversary celebration. This is twice the number of aircraft that attended the very first fly-in in 1964.
- How Has Wilderness Impacted You?
Wilderness Football; Wilderness Limitations
- Psychological Perspectives, Different Types of Dreams - by Ken Silvestro
- Community Surrounds Kimmel Family with Support
Nearly 100 community members turned out Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13, in support of past Seeley Lake resident Angie Kimmel. Kimmel was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and is undergoing treatment in Seattle, Wash. Kimmel’s family hosted the event at Tamaracks Resort owned by Kimmel’s parents Jeff and Sue Heagy.
- Meet the Teacher
Despite being a new teacher at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Andrew Wyatt feels right at home. He completed his student teaching at SLE last year in Chantel Thornsberry’s 4th grade classroom. Teaching 5th grade this year means he’s primarily working with the same students.
- Opinion - Letters to the Editor
Burglary Investigations Continue; Hidden Jewel in Potomac; Connect the Dots Between Sale of Community, Taxpayer Burden, Fort Missoula; Power of the Jury
- Seeley-Swan Hospital District
The Seeley-Swan Hospital District Board discussed continued construction at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center, financial obligations and funding sources at their monthly meeting Sept. 8. The projected end date of construction is within six months.
- Pond Hockey’s Take on Golf
From the worst ball, marshmallow drives and Happy Gilmore t-offs, Seeley Lake Pond Hockey hosted their second annual golf tournament Sept. 13 at Double Arrow Golf Course. The tournament featured 18 holes of golf with alternate rules making it possible for even the worst golfers to compete with the best.
- Community Briefs
The Life and Times of the Beaver with Bob Shepard; Seeley Lake Library News; Seeley Lake Ranger District Requests Comments; Hunters Reminded to Have Horses Inspected;Grant to Aide Conservation Efforts in the Flathead; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 9/8/14 9/14/14
- Coop Celebrates 25 Years
The Chicken Coop celebrated 25 years in business, Wednesday, Sept. 10, with their anniversary chicken dinner. The traditional half a deep-fried chicken was available for $4.50. The chicken was fresh, cooked to order and still uses the original recipe that was perfected by founder Gene Herndon.
- Camp Paxson Promotes Community and Outdoor Education
Camp Paxson is a 15-acre group camp on the shores of Seeley Lake. The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) had managed it since 1995. This April, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) special use permit was issued to the Camp Paxson Preservation Project (CPPP). The CPPP looks forward to making more direct links between the camp and the community and opening it up for outdoor education.
- New Playground Symbol of Hope
Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church dedicated their new playground Sunday, Sept. 14. Pastor Carrie Benton is excited for the kids to have a safe place to play where they feel welcome and have a sense of belonging.
- The Priest and the Pilot
I came across this joke a couple of days ago. You may have heard it, and it has more than one variety, but it got me to chuckle, so I thought I would share it here.
- In Sports:
Done and Haines Run Personal Records; Warriors Keep Blackhawks Tethered; Lady Blackhawks Win Back to Back at Home; Flag Football Off and Running