Week of June 13, 2024

  • Adventure of a Lifetime

    Annie Wooden

    Many people look forward to retirement. There are plans to travel south for the winter months, relax, complete projects at home or just slow down in general. For John Gubel of Trout Creek, plans included walking more than 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Gubel, who has lived in Trout Creek for almost 30 years, retired in 2020 after nearly 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service. His last post was as the District Ranger for the Cabinet District in western Sanders...

  • TF moves forward with zoning changes

    Annie Wooden

    After nearly a year of discussing changes and tabling the matter, the Thompson Falls City Council approved a first reading of the new zoning ordinance at Monday’s meeting. The changes to the city’s zoning ordinance included adding definitions of items such as daycares, apartments and other business and dwelling types, as well as clarifying acceptable uses. For example, the new ordinance bans adult-oriented businesses in the central business district. Also prohibited in the central business district will be manufacturing or cultivation of...

  • Justice Court

    Montana Highway Patrol Christopher Blangeres, 46, seatbelt violation, $20; day speeding, $20. Tyler Paseman, 20, seatbelt violation, $20. Eric Carter, 44, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Tyrel Tennison, 42, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Ronald Hooten, 77, seatbelt violation, $20. Allix Swalling, 26, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. David Ward, 61, speeding in a restricted zone, $65. Joshua Cooper, 48, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Joshua Arestad, 34, operating without liability insurance in effect, 1st offense, $285. Jerry...

  • Plains fire hall grant denied

    Ed Moreth

    The Town of Plains was denied a request for an $87,000 grant that would have enlarged the volunteer fire department building and given the firefighters more space. Town officials were recently notified that the application did not follow the grant requirements, but that they could try again. "We got word about two weeks ago that our project was rejected because the grant was only for maintenance and repair of existing buildings, so the plans to add on with new construction was outside the scope...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Ambulance: Plains, 13; Hot Springs, 10; T. Falls, 5; Trout Creek, 4; Paradise, 1; Noxon, 1; Dixon, 1. Monday, June 3 Business contact, T. Falls. Intimidation/harassment, Plains. Property damage/criminal mischief, Plains. Suicide attempts/threats, T. Falls. Theft, Heron. Security check, T. Falls. Animal bite, Plains. Animal stray/lost, Dixon. Motor vehicle crash, T. Falls. Motor vehicle crash, Plains. Automated alarm call, T. Falls. Other accident, Paradise. Other law violations, Trout Creek. Suspicious activity, Trout Creek. Theft, Noxon....

  • ALL-STAR HAWKS

    The Annual Class B All-Star Football Game was played last weekend in Red Lodge. Newly graduated Blue Hawks Max Hannum and Braxton Dorscher represented the North in a close, entertaining game. The North scored first on a touchdown by Talen Reynolds from Loyola. The South controlled most of the rest of the game until the 4th quarter when the North made a comeback. Hannum made one of his two beautiful catches over the middle during the comeback, but the North fell short to the South 21-14. Hannum...

  • Edward Jones best on Wednesday

    Skye Hill

    The Edward Jones Financial team including Ryan Craven, Will Mitchell, Dan Kier, and Jesse Mack showed they aren’t just good at finance but also golf at the River’s Bend Golf Course by earning the low team gross score with a 173, while the Whitefish Credit Union team of Chuck Manry, Al Luckow, Randy Hojem, and Shawn Morgan took the low team net score with a 144. Mike Baxter earned the low individual gross score with a 38, while Jesse Mack earned the low individual net score with a 32. Scott Pardee earned the closest to pin on No. 2, Chadd...

  • Yellow ball fun for the Gang

    Skye Hill

    The Over the Hill Gang had another beautiful day of golf at the River’s Bend golf course with Charlie Hooten earning the long putt on No. 2, while Larry Eddy earned the long putt on No. 3. Rick Kendall got the long putt on hole No. 4, with Dave Petteys earning closest to pin on hole No. 5. Wally Gibe got the long drive on hole No. 6, Jesse Mack came in with the long putt on hole No.6. Charlie Hooten earned the long putt on No. 6, while Dennis Gripp earned the long putt on hole No. 8, and Randy Hojem earned the long putt on hole No. 9. Ron...

  • Builders keep top spot

    Skye Hill

    Montana’s Best Builders, including Nathan Snead, Doug Czerwinski, Paul Flemmer, and Mike Thilmony, proved once again that they have what it takes to get the low gross team score at the River’s Bend Golf Course with a 179, while the Sharks Auto Detail team of Jens Jantzen, Rich Hooten, Charlie Hooten, and Rusty Haggard earned the team low net score with a 155. Steve Clark earned the low individual gross score with a 42, while Mike Thilmony earned the low individual net score with a 33. Rusty Haggard earned the long putt on No. 6, while...

  • Hot Springs celebrates with rodeo, parade, fun

    Skye Hill

    by Shannon Brown and Skye Hill Saturday's 75th annual Homesteader Days in Hot Springs had plenty to offer locals and travelers. The Farmer's Market set up on the street by the park at 9 a.m.. Other early events included the Skunk Alley Run with 3k and 13k runners, the car show on Main Street, as well as live music, food and craft vendors. Smokey Bear led the Kiddie Parade beginning at noon. The short parade had plenty of colorful costumes and a wagon with a baby dressed as a chicken. The Skunk...

  • Fairgrounds join Plains Day activities

    Ed Moreth

    Plains Day was extended beyond the town limits this year and went on for a second day with the Sanders County Fairgrounds "First Annual Plains Day Events" of team roping and barrel racing. Chip VonHeeder, formerly of Plains, and Jolene Burke, a Plains resident, held rodeo events on Saturday's Plains Day and Sunday, and the Kelly Hughes Band provided musical entertainment on Saturday night. It was the first time for Burke and VonHeeder to utilize the fairgrounds arena for their competitions....

  • Plains market begins

    Ed Moreth

    Seventeen vendors participated in the first Plains Farmers Market at the Fred Young Park Friday, drawing a constant flow of people throughout the evening. "It was a pretty good turnout for the first one," said Linda Wilson, one of the coordinators for the seasonal event, which had a variety of goods - clothing, jewelry, eggs, fruit, vegetables, lavender, herbs, bath products, and jams and jellies. Wilson said they had six first-timers, including Amish bakers Reuben and Martha Yoder of Plains,...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton

    60 YEARS AGO • MAY 14, 1964 MAIN STREET FILLED WITH BUSINESS SHIFTS Spring is time for a change and nowhere is change more evident this spring than in the business community of Thompson Falls. This week announcements were made of two major shifts - sale of the Big Pine Tourist Court (most recently known as Little Bear) and the scheduled move of the Stobie Shopping Center (from the building now housing True Value) to the former’s Vet Club Hall this weekend. These changes are but two among more than in the past 12-month period involving 20...

  • Plains students tour local bison ranch

    Shannon Brown

    Rhonda Leaper's and Judi Warner's Plains third grade classes were treated to a tour at the Harlow Bison Ranch in Thompson Falls as the school year came to a close. The tour was conducted by ranch owner Melinda Onakalea. She and husband Adam moved back to Montana to run Melinda's family ranch. The ranch was originally used for raising sheep. "Later it was leased out to cattle ranchers. I came home in 2019 after being gone for 22 years to turn it into a bison ranch," Melinda said. The tours...

  • Question of the week: Do you read local newspapers?

    Shannon Brown

    JOY ART, Hot Springs, - “I try not to pay attention to the news. I stay in my gate, so to speak.” AURORA PAGE, Plains - “I don’t read the paper. I get the news from my friends.” SIERRA LILLY, Thompson Falls - “I don’t read the newspapers or watch TV. I get noteworthy news from my husband.” HOLLIS KEY, Hot Springs - “I don’t keep up with the news in the summertime. During the school year I watch current events news provided by an online source, 'World from A to Z.'” KATHIE FRONAPEL, Hot Springs/Helena - “I love the...

  • Crossword Solution

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  • Sunday's Snapshots: The last best tourist place

    Sunday Dutro

    Recently I had the good fortune to travel to Maine, a state I’d never been to and wanted to visit since I was a teenager and became obsessed with Stephen King and later Elizabeth Strout. When our local librarian, Jennifer Z., moved there, I hounded her for updates until she admitted, (and I paraphrase) “it’s a lot like Montana but with more people and an ocean.” I still wanted to go see it for myself, but it reinforced a belief I hold that Montana truly is the last best place because of the lack of population (there are other reasons...

  • Our Viewpoint: Appreciating those who don't ask for it

    Annie Wooden

    The primary election is over. While we didn't have many local races on the ballots in the primary, statewide and federal elections are heating up. Turning on a local television or radio station, you'll see even more aggressive ads for congressional candidates. Campaign signs will become more prominent on the Sanders County landscape as the general election nears. There's so much attention on the people running for office and political issues that sometimes we lose focus on the hard work that is happening right here in our communities. Every...

  • Mayor's Corner

    by Rusti Leivestad, Thompson Falls Mayor Thompson Falls city water system is part of the original water system built for the railroad in the late 1800’s. The City’s water supply system consists of a spring supply source (Ashley Creek watershed), two operating water wells, two concrete storage reservoirs, transmission mains and the distribution system. A Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) in 2005 showed the existing water supply had adequate capacity to serve the community through 2025. (This projection was based on the service at that...

  • Brent Goodroad

    Brent was born on November 21, 1966, in Medford, Oregon to Penny and Irvin Goodroad. Irvin was serving in Viet Nam when Brent was born. Brent passed away in his sleep on June 22, 2022, at his home in Burbank, California. Brent will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Whitepine Cemetery at 11 a.m. Brent is survived by his parents, Penny and Irvin Goodroad of Trout Creek, Montana; brother Scott (Jan) Goodroad of Rathdrum, Idaho; sister Tanya (Steve) Bucel of Pennsylvania; sister Debbie... Full story

  • Bruce Allen Piscitello

    Bruce Allen Piscitello passed away on the evening of June 7, 2024 at the age of 54. He was born in Garden Grove, California, but raised and graduated in Fall River Mills, California. Bruce received a football scholarship and attended Butte college in Chico, California. He loved camping with his daughters, fishing, attending concerts and anything to do with football. He worked at Premier Doors in Thompson Falls. He is preceded in death by father Rick Piscitello. Survived by mother Linda... Full story

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