Fire destroys Noxon businesses

The town of Noxon suffered a devastating loss on Tuesday when a fire destroyed several businesses. Fire crews responded to an early-morning fire Tuesday in the 700 block of Noxon Avenue that...

Justice Court

Sanders County Attorney Seth Keller-Keith, 32, criminal mischief, $135; disorderly conduct, 1st offense, $75; Criminal trespass, $75, 6 months jail. Sanders County Sheriff’s Office Andrew Vargas, 65, operating without liability insurance, 1st...

Split verdict in Sanders County trial

After a three-day jury trial last week, a panel of jurors found Joshua Michael Dodson not guilty of two felony counts of assault with a weapon and strangulation of a partner or family member, but found Dodson guilty of a felony count of criminal...

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 12; T. Falls, 8; Hot Springs, 1; Trout Creek, 1; Noxon, 1; Monday, February 19 Parking problem, T. Falls. Suspicious activity, report of being drugged by friend, Perma. Inmate transport, T. Falls. Civil attempts, Unknown. Inmate...

LOST LOAD

A semi truck hauling potting soil wrecked last Thursday morning near mile marker 9 on Highway 28. Hot Springs Fire and Ambulance responded. The Sanders County Sheriff's Office said there were no...

H.S. man pleads not guilty to assault

Coming before the court for his initial appearance, Jesse James Motes pled not guilty to a felony count of aggravated assault on Tuesday. Judge Molly Owen set this case for a jury trial on August 28, 2024. As alleged in the charging documents, on...

Filing deadline nears for local candidates

With just under two weeks left in the filing period for 2024 county elections, there are no contested races in Sanders County. This year, voters will cast ballots for five county elected officials, including Commissioner District 1, Clerk of...

FSPW to show wolverine film

Embark on a captivating journey into the untamed wilderness with PBS Special, “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom.” Join Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Wild Montana for a free film showing that delves into the elusive world of the...

Trotters fight tough battles

The Trotters opened the divisional tournament against Loyola, falling 67-26. Loyola was quick to score and Plains worked out some early jitters. The Breakers put full-court pressure on Plains,...

Lady Hawks get another shot at Mission

The Thompson Falls girls' basketball team also finished their season at the divisional tournament in Pablo. Like the boys, the Lady Hawks made it to Saturday's consolation semifinal where they had a...

Hawks endure energetic tourney

At tournament time, emotions run high. For seniors, there's the possibility of it being the last time you'll play for your team. For others, the thirst for more competition drives you. The Blue Hawk...

Horsemen struggle at divisional level

The Plains Horsemen finished what can be characterized as a rebuilding year at the divisional tournament, losing both of their matchups at Pablo. The Horsemen opened the divisional tournament against...

Savage Heat end year at divisional

The Savage Heat girls went 0-2 at the Western C Divisional tournament in Frenchtown last weekend, ending an exciting season in the postseason. After finishing second in District 14C play, on...

Bowling scores

OVER THE HILL GANG W L Jokers Wild 50.5 45.5 Mixed Nuts 50.5 45.5 Leftovers 49 47 Com’bak Kids 47.5 48.5 Roll’n Along 45.5 50.5 Fun Team 45 51 Team Scr. Game: Fun Team, 721; Scr. Series: Fun Team, 2075; Hcp. Game: Mixed Nuts, 867; Hcp. Series:...

Spotlight on the Arts

Catherine Shear, Thompson Falls Junior High by Karen Thorson "Spotlight on the Arts" by The Paradise Center honors and encourages students in the arts by highlighting their talent and acknowledging...

Named to dean's list

Flathead Valley Community College officials have announced the names of students who made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2023 semester. The following students completed at least 12 credits last semester and earned a minimum grade point average...

Remember When?

WHERE IS SWORD RIVER? There were established trails across this continent before the Europeans explored here. One of the greatest of these being the trail from Montreal to the mouth of the Columbia River. This trail ran through what is now Sanders...

CROSSWORD SOLUTION

SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. AMES 5. SCI 8. UGLI 12. LUCID 14. IAN 15. NOON 16. UNCLES 18. TNT 19. DOLT 20. MIMOSA 21. ATE 22. OSLO 23. ABORIGINES 26. COUPLER 30. NENES 31. ARMOIRE 32. ART 33. TRAIN 34. ERRED 39. AUM 42. CARIBOU 44. MATTE 46. PUFFING 47....

Carnival offers winter fun

The seventh annual Project ASCENT Winter Carnival was held Saturday at Thompson Falls High School. ASCENT stands for: Adventure. Science, Community, Education, Nature, Teamwork. Several families came...

New role for TF alum

Scott Odlin, a 1994 graduate of Thompson Falls High School, has been appointed Assistant Superintendent of Educaitonal Services and Innovative Programs at the Kern High School District in...

Sanders County Honor Roll

Plains Elementary Neviah Black, Shelley Bourque, Ellasyn Bright, Jack Buell, Stanley Burnaroos, Mikaela Carbis, Jada Colwell, Bailey Ewing, Remington Farthing, Kameron Felstet, Bransen Fryxell, Gavin Gamboa, Jeremiah Goodwin, Mateo Hart, Kasen...

Question of the week

BYRON WOODS, Hot Springs - “I would prefer riding my mountain bike in the woods over shopping any day.” GERALD CHOUINARD, Hot Springs - “I would much rather go for a walk in the woods, for sure. I can’t stand big store shopping.” ERICA...

Letter to the Editor: Five years since death

The 15th of March is fast approaching. It’s been five years since Mark Legard was taken from us. What are the reasons? No one has come forward with any information on what happened to Mark and the investigation into his death has become a cold...

Our Viewpoint: There in times of need

Tuesday morning, the community of Noxon suffered an absolutely devastating loss. Several buildings and businesses were destroyed by fire. It is heartbreaking for the whole community, especially the business owners and employees. The loss of...

Montana Viewpoint: Laws, compassion and common sense

Remember the Biblical story of the Judgment of Solomon (I Kings 3:16-28)? That’s the one where two prostitutes, living together, have babies three days apart. On waking one morning one of the women...

Letter to the Editor: Difficult choices ahead for Hot Springs school

Thank you for your patience during this time as you await communication regarding budget cuts and potential staff reductions. I know there is anxiety and concern, which is understandable. Please be aware that the difficult discussion of budget...

Mayor's Corner

2024 Local Government Review A resolution was passed at our February 12 City Council meeting to put this on the June ballot as described below. This information can be reviewed in greater detail on the Montana Secretary of State website; search for...

Virginia Irene 'Ginny' (Medvetz) Dyer

Our community lost a beloved mother, friend, confidant and champion of children on February 7, 2024. Ginny Dyer was the kind of friend that everyone needs and every child should have. She was a...

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