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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 December 5, 2013 issue:
- FWP Recommends Use Change
Selections from this week's issue, available on newsstands December 5.
- Gift Scavenger Hunt!
Why should you care where your products are made? One answer is trade deficit.
Reader assignment! Send us an email, call or post to our Facebook page gifts that you come across in your shopping that are made in the USA. Your name will be entered in a drawing to win a really cool USA-made present. If your entry is found in a local store in Seeley Lake, Condon, Ovando or Potomac, your name will be entered in an extra drawing for a cash prize of $50. Limit of one entry, per person, per day. Entries must be received by Dec. 20. Drawing will be held Dec. 21. Start reading labels and have fun!
- FWP Recommends Use Change
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) submitted their recommendations for regulation changes on Harpers Lake, Lake Marshall and Lake Alva to the Montana Fish and Wildlife (FW) Commission.
FWP recommended that Harpers Lake and Lake Marshall would be “limited to manually operated watercraft or electric motors only.” Regarding Lake Alva, FWP recommended that all watercraft on Lake Alva be “limited to a controlled no wake speed.”
- Road-Kill Permits Available
Montana wildlife officials said permits to salvage deer, elk, antelope or moose killed in vehicular collisions became available online Nov. 26. The new law allowing the salvage of road-killed wildlife for food became effective in October.
- ‘Get Ready to Get Covered’ at the Seeley Lake Library
Federally certified Navigators will be available to answer questions about the new health-care law and assist those persons interested in applying for coverage. Navigators are trained to provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new health insurance marketplaces, qualified health plans and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), also known as Healthy Montana Kids.
Lions Provide Holiday Food Baskets
It’s getting to be that time of year again as the holidays fast approach. Each year Seeley Lake Lions Club distributes holiday food baskets to area families in need of help providing a holiday meal for Christmas.
The Lions supported the Community Thanksgiving Dinner this year instead of doubling up efforts by providing Thanksgiving baskets as well.
- So What’s the Deal with Bull Trout, or an Original Montanan, or ???
First of all, let’s set the record straight. Technically speaking, bull trout are not really trout. Neither are the brook trout or lake trout. And if we’re really precise in scientific terms, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout are actually salmon. And brown trout are surprise! trout.
- Cowgirl Ramblings - If I Had a Million Dollars
- Business of the Week -
- Swan Ecosystem Center Changes Leadership
Director Anne Dahl has been in the leading role for Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC) since its inception in 1996. She is stepping aside Dec. 2 and welcoming Maria Mantas as the new director. Dahl will remain as Mantas’ assistant until June 2014 to ensure continuity and offer support.
- Sewer District Requests Easements
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has received three easement applications from Missoula County Public Works on behalf of the Seeley Lake Sewer District.
- Meet the Teacher - Kinesthetic Style of Learning Enhances Education with Mr. Exstrom
Bear and bunny breaths are just two things that Joesy Exstrom brings to the preschool classroom at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE). Hired as a preschool teacher’s assistant, Exstrom helps prepare materials for activities, observes students and facilitates appropriate behaviors.
- Moonshine Goes Mainstream
“When you can’t get something you want, you learn to make it,” said Carl Bock as he checked the proof of his next batch of Uncle Carl’s Prohibition Style Whiskey, at the Steel Toe Distillery in Potomac, Mont.
Steel Toe Distillery opened Nov. 8 at Bock’s home above Union Creek and Hwy. 200 in the Blackfoot Valley. The former Wolfkeep Wildlife Sanctuary gift shop is now the production, aging and bottling area for the distillery.
- Pioneers Compete in Science Olympiad 2013
Potomac School Science Olympiad team competed alongside 41 other Montana junior high schools at the state level in Bozeman, Mont. the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Potomac placed 26 out of 41.
- Opinion - Letters to the Editor
Coverage of Local Sewer Project Unfair and Unbalanced; Made in Montana Bills; Tax-exempt Environmental Organizations are the Problem, Not the USFS
- Ovando Old West Christmas ~ Something for Everyone!
From wagon riders, to ax throwing, gingerbread house making and face painting there was something for everyone at the Old West Christmas. Cowboy Claus made his annual appearance along with the Ovando Outlaws causing a ruckus!
- Swan Valley Emergency Services Gets New Ambulance
The Swan Valley Emergency Services received its new ambulance Saturday, Nov. 23. The next day, that ambulance went on its first call.
“This new ambulance is more reliable, more comfortable for the EMTs [emergency medical technicians] and the patients and is heavier duty,” said Vern Sharp, member of the Fire Fee Service Board.
- Community Briefs
- Christmas Time
As we draw nearer to Christmas, a long-asked question resurfaces for some, “Was He truly born on Dec. 25th?” The Bible itself does not give a specific date and various circumstantial evidences may indicate otherwise.
- Hunting Season Ends Big Game Harvest on Par with Last Year
The 2013 general hunting season for big game closed quietly in west-central Montana on Sunday evening, with deer harvests through the Anaconda, Bonner and Darby Check Stations nearly equaling those checked in 2011 and 2012 and elk harvests up slightly from last year.
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