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 By Annie Wooden    News    February 22, 2024

Fire destroys Noxon businesses

by Annie Wooden 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...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 29, 2024 

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...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 29, 2024 

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...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Opinion    February 29, 2024 

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 property...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    February 29, 2024 

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 b...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    February 29, 2024 

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, scoring...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    February 29, 2024 

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 r...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    February 29, 2024 

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...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    February 29, 2024 

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...

 

Winter Views

Snow-covered peaks meet a brilliant blue sky above a layers of clouds in the Mission Valley....

 

Our Viewpoint: Living in the wild

One day last week, I got home to let my dog outside in the afternoon and in the field behind our house, a massive golden eagle was demolishing a turkey. I was taken aback because I didn’t understand what was happening at first and couldn’t tell...

 

Plains, TF on to divisional

It was a successful District 7B tournament in St. Ignatius last weekend as all four Sanders County teams earned a trip to the divisional tournament Feb. 22-24 in Pablo. Thompson Falls boys and girls...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 15, 2024

Trout Creek man dead after falling through ice

A Trout Creek man died over the weekend after falling through the ice in the Trout Creek area. On Thursday, February 8, the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a missing person after Jim Chambers did not return home from...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 15, 2024

TF council hears zoning concerns

More than 50 people showed up to the Thompson Falls City Council meeting on Monday, which was preceded by the much anticipated zoning committee meeting. The council has told community members since last fall that the city’s zoning ordinance would...

 

Our Viewpoint: All on the same team

In between the Mr. Swift show and the Usher concert on Sunday, I had the chance to review some fifth-grade Social Studies. My young friend was studying the Declaration of Independence, and she was surprised at how much I remembered and knew about it...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 15, 2024

TFHS chosen by MSU to host geospatial skills camp

“We’re making some noise in science for the state of Montana,” Thompson Falls High School science teacher Doree Thilmony told the Thompson Falls School Board meeting Monday night. Thilmony announced that TFHS was one of five rural schools...

 

Final bouts for senior wrestlers

by Annie Wooden and Skye Hill Blue Hawk Max Hannum returned to the state championship round for the second year in a row, taking on rival McCoy Banner of Fairfield at 182 pounds for the final match of...

 

Practicing old skills

I've been making an effort lately to practice some skills that I haven't used very often in the last few years, and I think are becoming lost arts. The first is writing hand-written cards. I have a friend who, after every holiday or birthday, has her...

 

Savage-Horsemen third at divisional

Shelby sits at the crossroads of Interstate 15 and Highway 2 on Montana's hi-line. Western Montana wrestlers came to a different crossroads last weekend as they competed in the divisional tournament...

 

Hawks triumphant over Plains

Plains and Thompson Falls put on a great show on the court last Thursday in Thompson Falls as the rivals met for the final time in the regular season. The Blue Hawk girls bested the Trotters 51-25...

 

Savage Heat go back to back with Two Eagle River

It was a busy week for the Hot Springs basketball teams last week. The Savage Heat went back-to-back with Two Eagle River Wednesday and Thursday, with the girls getting two wins and the boys two losses. The Lady Savage Heat beat Two Eagle River...

 

Lady Hawks get OT win over Eureka

Saturday night at the Thompson Falls High School gymnasium was a little like Groundhog Day. The Hawks welcomed the Eureka Lions basketball teams, and the night was nearly a repeat of when the Hawks...

 

Red Devils fall to Two Eagle River

The Red Devils hosted Two Eagle River on Friday in Noxon, sending the team home with two wins. The Red Devil boys lost 49-62 and the girls 41-50. The Red Devils kept it close in the first quarter,...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 1, 2024

TF bridge slated for update

Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is inviting the public to comment on a proposed rehabilitation project near Thompson Falls. The Highway 200 bridge over the Clark Fork River just west of Thompson Falls is on MDT’s proposed schedule of...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 1, 2024

County spelling bee set for Friday

Sanders County students will gather at the Sanders County Courthouse later this week to put their spelling skills to the test for the annual Sanders County Spelling Bee. The county bee is sponsored by The Sanders County Ledger and First Security...

 

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