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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...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    February 29, 2024 

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...

 

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...

 

Climate, energy discussed at forum

A discussion on energy changes and challenges was conducted at the Paradise Center last Sunday. The three guest speakers gave presentations, and answered questions, to a packed house. Several topics...

 

Coffee, gifts available in Hot Springs

The Hot Springs coffee shop previously known as Coffee Hound has been reopened as Bru Coffee by owner Lori Tapani. Tapani recently moved back to Montana from Washington. Bru Coffee opened its door on...

 

Question of the week

SARAH BACON, Post Falls, ID - “Gotta have my coffee in the morning.” ANDREW SPYCHALLA, Post Falls, ID - ”I need at least one cup of coffee in the morning.” PETE OAKS, Plains - “Give me my coffee!” TODD HAYES, Plains - “It’s coffee...

 

Senior Spotlight: Lillian Laws of Thompson Falls

Lillian Laws was born December 17, 1924, in Bigfork, Minnesota. "My dad was Harry Henry Gravelle. My mom was a LaBlanc. Both of their families were from France, then migrated to Quebec. My mom never l...

 

Stylist designs T. Falls salon

The Blue Slide Parlor hair salon opened recently by owner Ai Moore. Ai and her husband Brian built the salon on their property, where Brian grew up. "Ai designed the building herself," Brian said....

 

Question of the week

DANALEE DAVIS, Plains - “One year I received flowers from a supposed secret admirer. I learned later they were from my brother and my mother. I never told them that I knew it was them.” KAYLA LILJA, Plains - “This year’s gift to my husband....

 

Dollar General opens in T. Falls

After several months of delays due to construction, the Dollar General opened its doors at 1902 East Main Street in Thompson Falls on February 2, according to the headquarters main office in Goodletts...

 

Ridge Riders host 160 for fun run

The Cabinet Ridge Riders held their 33rd annual poker run Saturday and though there was a lack of snow down low, there was enough for riders at the higher elevations. Shellie Anderson with CRR said...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    February 8, 2024

SCCFF begins annual candle campaign

The Sanders County Coalition for Families is doing their annual February Candle in the Window Campaign in Sanders County. The campaign is conducted by placing a candle in businesses throughout...

 

H.S. Fire works to cover large area

The Hot Springs fire department has a big job to fill with 800 square miles of area to cover. Fire Chief Randy Woods said their area is 45 miles from one end to the other. The area includes timber...

 

Question of the week: Do you want more winter or an early spring?

JR RATLIFF, Thompson Falls - “I want it to be spring because snow always gets in my boots.” GAUGE LOYA, Thompson Falls - “I want it to stay winter because I hardly have had time to sled and have snowball fights.” CODY BROWN, Thompson Falls -...

 

Winter festival goes on in rain

It didn't feel like winter for the kids that attended the fifth annual Wild Coyote Winter Festival last Saturday. Rain and warm temperatures melted most of the snow. The ice sculpture volcano had...

 

Senior Spotlight - Dave Helterline of Plains

On August 28, 1930, David Lee Helterline was born the middle child of 10 children in his family. Dave's father was born in Pennsylvania in 1898, and moved to Montana to be a farmer. He and Dave's...

 

Question of the week: With what song do you connect most?

JANESSA SWARTZENTRUBER, Thompson Falls - “Gratitude by Brandon Lake.” TRINITY RIFFLE, Thompson Falls - “Forever and Ever, Amen, by Randy Travis. It was my parents' wedding song.” ERIC ELLIOTT, Plains - “Garth Brooks’ The River. It...

 

Blue Hawk science students recognized

Thompson Falls High School students participated in the 2023 fall session of the PlantingScience Program. Doree Thilmony’s class submitted their science experiments to the project along with more than 1,200 other students and more than 290 plant sc...

 

Local bowlers get tips from pro

Professional bowler Rhino Page from Bigfork was in Thompson Falls last week to give individualized bowling lessons. Ginger Ward, the bowling association manager, said she set up the lessons to be held...

 

Question of the week

LYNETTE NIELSEN, Hot Springs - “I like making lots of pasta dishes. They are comfort food.” PAULA STOBIE, Hot Springs - “Fresh soups and chowders, especially Texas Chicken Tortilla Chowder.” GEORGE HEINSELMAN, Hot Springs - “What I do the...

 

Senior Spotlight: George Heinselman of Hot Springs

Lloyd George Heinselman was born in 1947 in Lakeport, California, north of San Francisco. He grew up in Trinity Alps west of Mount Shasta. "We lived in a house that used to be a stage stop between...

 

Question of the Week

LINDA ZIRELLI, Plains - “The Boys in the Boat, very historical. I highly recommend it.” AMANDA MILLER, Plains - “The bible. I recommend taking it off the shelf, dusting it off and reading it.” GLENN MILLER, Plains - “An autobiography by...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    January 11, 2024

Sanitarian ready to take on role

The new Sanders County Sanitarian, Jeremy Leavitt, is learning the ropes with training in Helena and continuing classes as he takes on the responsibilities of his new position. Leavitt moved to...

 

Question of the week

ADAM HUTCHINGS, Thompson Falls - “I like to stay inside and play games unless there is snow for sledding.” MARY HUTCHINGS, Thompson Falls - “Reading a book with a cup of coffee, relaxing. Or taking kids sledding.” MICKI KEMPER, Thompson...

 

Throw blanket business under new ownership

A local business is under new ownership. Mickey Manning recently purchased Cindy's Throws. Cindy Bronner, originally from Ventura, California, moved to Thompson Falls about 30 years ago, according to...

 

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