Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition

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 By Annie Wooden    News    January 11, 2024

Ainsworth Park upgrades planned

Ainsworth Park in Thompson Falls is getting an upgrade thanks to a donation by a local company. At Monday's meeting of the city council, held in the junior high gym and attended by more than 30 people...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    January 11, 2024

Winter is here

After a relatively mild holiday season weather-wise, winter came to Sanders County this week, with more than 6 inches of snow reported in some areas. Road crews were busy clearing streets for...

 

WINTER WANDERER

Still a bit on edge from hunting season, a whitetail buck takes his time going between houses west of Plains....

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    January 11, 2024

Grants awarded for electric buses

Sanders County businesses have been awarded funding to purchase electric buses. A press release on Monday announced that Thompson Falls, Trout Creek and Dixon schools will benefit from the Clean School Bus Program grants. Funding for the buses is...

 
 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...

 

Kids get crafty at TF library

The first Friday of January brought a handful of children to the Thompson Falls Public Library for an hour of creativity. The first Friday craft hour has been happening at the library for about a...

 

Our Viewpoint: Find reasons to celebrate

We're journalists, so we're curious. When we heard about the National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day event at Plains School, my reporter asked if I knew the history of the day. I didn't, so I started doing some research. It's a fantastic idea to...

 

Council meetings to be set at city hall

The job of the City Council is to conduct the City’s business. We are responsible for facilitating the democratic process. To do this, we need to all be civil by respecting the rules. Recent attempts to hold meetings in venues other than City Hall...

 

A Few Thoughts ... on being worried and enraged in 2024

It’s time to write something clever about the new year. Or at least something. We get an extra day in 2024, and we get to go through an election season. Oh, boy! Mudslinging, prevaricating, science-denying, character-assassinating, and...

 

Remember When?

40 YEARS AGO • DECEMBER 29, 1983 LEDGER LINES by K.A.E. The arrival of the New Year is traditionally a time for resolutions and a reflection on the past 12 months. Here at The Ledger, we’ve enjoyed a good year despite the complications that...

 

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...

 

Butte man pleads not guilty to drug charges

Anthony T. Worth appeared before Judge Molly Owen on Tuesday, pleading guilty to one felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, as well as three misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended/r...

 

Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Samuel Deal, Jr., 66, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Anton Lobanovskiy, 28, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Devon Lunsford, 50, day speeding, $20. Kyran Neer, 22, stop sign violation, $85. Sanders County Sheriff’s...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 11; Hot Springs, 4; T. Falls, 4; Trout Creek, 2; Heron, 1. Monday, January 1 Disturbance, Plains. Fire, Noxon. Child welfare/abuse, Heron. Suspicious activity, Plains. Suspicious activity, Plains. Tuesday, January 2 Suspicious...

 

Pinochle marathon reaches halfway point

The eight-month-long Pinochle Marathon event which began in September and supports the GFWC Thompson Falls Woman’s Club Blanche Hurlburt Scholarship has reached its halfway mark. Notwithstanding the challenge of scheduling their monthly matches...

 

FSPW plans variety of winter hikes

Bust out those snowshoes and trekking poles and fill your thermos with hot cocoa for free guided hikes this winter with Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Whether you’re new to snow hiking or a seasoned alpinist, the Friends have an adventure...

 

Named to UM honor roll

The University of Montana has announced the list of students who made the fall semester Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. Double asterisks after a name indicate the student earned a 4.0 GPA. A single asterisk indicates a GPA greater than 3.5...

 

Forum to discuss election integrity

“Elections: Integrity and Involvement” will be the theme of a bi-partisan forum Sunday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Paradise Center. The forum will feature three presenters from a broad spectrum of political backgrounds. Jesse Mullen,...

 

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...

 

FS seeks feedback on local project

The Forest Service invites the public to provide feedback on the Wilkes Cherry Project on the Plains/Thompson Ranger District, located south of Thompson Falls in Sanders County. This project includes a variety of management activities supporting...

 

Mavericks show their roaring 20s style

It was the first square dance of the year for the Montana Mavericks at the Plains Paradise Senior Center Saturday and the floor was filled with colorful twirls, precise moves and graceful swaying....

 
 By Ed Moreth    Sports    January 11, 2024

Horsemen, Trotters get home wins

The Plains boys and girls basketball teams had a clean sweep in games against Noxon Friday evening at Plains. The Horsemen junior varsity boys first dispatched the Red Devils 44-24, followed by the...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 11, 2024

Hawks battle on the court

MISSION 54, THOMPSON FALLS 38 For the first home game after the holiday season the Lady Hawks faced the Lady Bulldogs of Mission falling 54-38. Mission was quick to win the jump off gaining the first...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 11, 2024

Wrestlers take the podium at Cut Bank

The Savage-Horsemen and the Blue Hawk wrestling teams traveled to the Cut Bank Invitational last weekend. Thompson Falls had two wrestlers get to the podium, including senior Max Hannum in second and Weston Block in fifth. The Savage-Horsemen had...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 11, 2024

Hot Springs splits games with Superior

HOT SPRINGS 46, SUPERIOR 35 The Savage Heat hosted the Superior Bobcats in the first home game after holiday break, taking the win 46-35. Nick McAllister led with a stunning 22 points, Quincy...

 

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