Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition

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Town of Plains mayor sworn in

The Town of Plains has a new mayor as of Friday - Joel Banham - and he's anxious to get to work. One of Chris Allen's final acts as mayor was to swear in Banham at City Hall on Friday morning....

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    January 4, 2024

Legislators fail to get votes for special session

Montana legislators voted last week to not have a special session. A majority of at least 76 legislators was needed to approve the call for the special session. Only 55 legislators (54 Republicans and one Democrat) approved the call, including 37 in...

 

BRIGHT BEGINNING TO 2024

Quinn's Hot Springs Resort once again rang in the New Year at midnight Sunday with a brilliant show of light and color. Rocketman Pyros of Spokane, Washington, fired off an estimated 1,300 rockets...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    January 4, 2024

Unique offerings available at Plains boutique

Maralee Schall had an experience that forced her to take the leap and open the store that she had been wanting to for years. For eight years Scholl worked from home in her basement. She sold Lularoe...

 

Our Viewpoint: Step out of your comfort zone

There are certain things in life that you just have to figure out. We learn to problem solve, especially in a rural area. If you can't get leeks or curry at the grocery store, you learn to improvise. We also have a lot of people here who are experts...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    January 4, 2024

Montana Viewpoint: Happy face history

Laws in several states have criminalized criticizing American history, even when that history contains criminal acts. It is sort of like putting a happy face on American history. Look, I love my count...

 

Remember When?

90 YEARS AGO DECEMBER 27, 1918 DISASTROUS FLOODS OCCUR Highways Are Impassable in Many Sections The heavy rains of November and December have resulted in unprecedented damage to railroads, bridges, telephone lines, power lines and roads. The heavy...

 

Question of the week: What are your intentions for the new year?

COOPER SPURR, Plains - “I will intend for better health, being a better person to my peers and think more about what I can do to make a change for the good. It’s a new year and I intend for each day as they come to be good.” ZOEY HALDEN,...

 

T. Falls man enters not guilty plea

Nicholas Ray Needles pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of incest before Judge Deborah Kim Christopher on Tuesday during his arraignment. As Judge John Larson has assumed jurisdiction over this matter after a motion for substitution of judge, Ju...

 

Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Robert Johnson-Holiman, 23, reckless driving, 1st offense, $285; operating with expired registration, $75. Ashley Sanford, 27, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Brian Kester, 43, owner permitting operation of vehicle without...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 8; Trout Creek, 6; T. Falls, 6; Hot Springs, 5; Dixon, 4; Camas Prairie, 2; Heron, 1. Monday, December 25 Fire, Hot Springs. Motor vehicle crash, Trout Creek. Welfare check, Plains. Suspicious activity, Plains. Child...

 

Richard W. (Dick) Browne

Richard (Dick) Browne, 88, passed away at his home in Thompson Falls, Montana, on December 28, 2023, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his wife, his five daughters and his dog, Shadow. Dick... Full story

 

Dale Schmoyer

Dale Schmoyer, 77 of Plains, died December 16, 2023 at the MT Veterans Home in Columbia Falls. Services will be scheduled at a later date. Dale is survived by his sister Sharon Warner. Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls is caring for Dale’s... Full story

 

Birth: Jaxon Lee Lulack

Clayton and Ivy Lulack welcomed a son, Jaxon Lee Lulack, on December 11, 2023, at Clark Fork Valley Hopsital. Jaxon weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21 inches long. He joins a sister, Avia.... Full story

 

Sawyer John Starika

Stefanie Rock and Braden Starika of Plains announce the birth of a son, Sawyer John Starika, born December 24, 2023, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains. Sawyer weighed 7 pounds, 15.7 ounces and... Full story

 

Annual Brain Bash challenges Plains students

by Ed Moreth The Christmas spirit usually comes from the heart and doesn't involve a lot of thinking, reasoning or competitive activity, even with participants with names like "Rudolf," "Grinch,"...

 

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

Children at Thompson Falls Community Church performed "A Charlie Brown Christmas" during the holiday season....

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 4, 2024

Snow or no snow, Keg Bowl lives on

There was no snow this year at the 42nd annual Keg Bowl, but that didn't stop 22 players of different generations of Blue Hawks from hitting the field. The men were split into two teams, the Blue...

 

Community members get running start to 2024

A group of runners started their 2024 fitness goals early with the annual New Year's Day fun run in Thompson Falls. Twenty-two runners braved the damp chill and icy roads to bring in the new year with...

 

FWP to require hunter ed field day

Starting Jan. 1, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will require Hunter and Bowhunter Education students aged 12 to 17 who take the online course to pass an in-person field day. Students in that age group must pass both the online exam and the field day...

 

Shelter raises funds with raffle

Thompson River Animal Care Shelter (TRACS) held the Jingle Paws for a Cause Holiday Raffle to raise money for the shelter. Tickets were sold at businesses in Plains and Thompson Falls through December...

 

Bowling Scores

OVER THE HILL GANG W L Jokers Wild 35.5 28.5 Com’bak Kids 32.5 31.5 Roll’n Along 32.5 31.5 Leftovers 32 32 Fun Team 30 34 Mixed Nuts 29.5 34.5 Team Scr. Game: Fun Team, 685; Scr. Series: Fun Team, 1986; Hcp. Game: Mixed Nuts, 881; Hcp. Series: Co...

 

Whatcha Readin'?

My husband and I recently debated the definition of “reading,” and whether or not audio books count. I say they absolutely do. The audio book is exactly the same as the written book and requires roughly the same investment of time, the listener...

 

Legislative Update

by Rep. Denley Loge My husband and I recently debated the definition of “reading,” and whether or not audio books count. I say they absolutely do. The audio book is exactly the same as the written book and requires roughly the same investment of...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    January 4, 2024

NRCS reviews resource plan

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) located in Plains has a long-range plan that was compiled and updated at their October 2022 meeting. “We will be having another meeting sometime in 2024,” Dillon Martini at the Plains office said....

 

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