Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition

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 By Annie Wooden    News    January 18, 2024

WINTER FREEZE

by Annie Wooden and Shannon Brown It's so cold people look forward to getting a fever. It's so cold I saw a Greyhound bus and the dog was riding on the inside. It's so cold the sheep want their wool...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    January 18, 2024

Schools receive email threats

Some Sanders County school districts received email threats late Tuesday, but law enforcement says the threats are not credible. Administrators at Thompson Falls and Hot Springs schools received bomb threat emails around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Thompson...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    January 18, 2024

Health board addresses septic issue

The failed sewer system in Paradise is creating frustrations for at least one resident. At the Sanders County Board of Health meeting last Wednesday at the courthouse, Seth Beech expressed concerns...

 
 By Ed Moreth    News    January 18, 2024

Manager finds new carnival for fair

The new Sanders County Fair manager gave a surprise during her first board meeting last week. Manager Kristy Sheehan was able to find a new carnival company for the Sanders County Fair, something the...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 18, 2024

TFHS ready for wrestling

This weekend is the 28th annual Ted Kato Memorial wrestling tournament held in Thompson Falls with 16 teams coming together, Arlee, Fort Benton, Polson JV, Darby, Mission, Plains, Superior, Priest River Idaho, Sandpoint ID, Cascade, Fairfield, Deer...

 

Our Viewpoint

I'm not sure you can put enough "r"s in the word "Brrr" to fully capture last weekend in northwest Montana. It was fascinating to watch the temperature go lower and lower. Saturday morning, as the thermometer was hovering at -21, I was one of the onl...

 

What an introduction

I finally subscribed to a local paper again after quite a lapse due to the lack of engaging content and the slant of my former small town's paper. Upon receiving my first copy of the Ledger, the first article I read is "On being worried and enraged...

 

More positive, less disruption

Due to medical reasons, I was unable to attend the Thompson Falls City Council meeting on 8 January, but I certainly heard about it, and for all the wrong reasons. Members of the council were elected by voters to do the business of the city on...

 

Montana Viewpoint

As I write this, it is Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We have holidays to celebrate great people and great accomplishments. As time passes the great people seem to become even greater, but the...

 

Remember When?

80 YEARS AGO • JANUARY 12, 1944 THE DAYS OF GOLD Golden Days Recounted There was a large attendance of the regular meeting of the Lions Club held at the Bentley ranch dining room last Thursday (Birdland Bay). The entertainment for the evening was s...

 

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...

 

TF man pleads not guilty to assault

Ronnie Maxwell Goodrum made his initial appearance before Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to a felony count of assault with a weapon. A jury trial was set for June 3, 2024. According to the filed affidavit, on Dece...

 

Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Tuesday Yocum, 31, failure to carry/exhibit proof of insurance in vehicle, 1st offense, $85. James Petersen, 67, seatbelt violation, $20; speeding in a restricted zone, $65. Louis Vanicek, 19, speeding in a restriction zone, $8...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 12; T. Falls, 7; Hot Springs, 4; Dixon, 2; Trout Creek, 1; Camas Prairie, 1; Noxon, 1; Heron, 1. Monday, January 8 Nuisance complaints, Hot Springs. Disturbance, Plains. Fire, Plains. Inmate transport. Inmate transport, Plains. Dis...

 
 By Ed Moreth    News    January 18, 2024

Plains council hears form candidates

Mayor Joel Banham has spent the last week going through files and familiarizing himself with his newly appointed duties. He's no stranger to the workings of council, since he'd been a council member...

 

Dorothy Jean (Heise) Yandell

On November 16, 2023, Dorothy Jean (Heise) Yandell peacefully passed away at the age of 70 in her home in Lebanon, TN. A perfect combination of her mom and dad, the dark-haired beauty was born on... Full story

 

Plains School thanks law enforcement

Plains School showed its gratitude to local law enforcement last week by inviting them to the school teacher's lounge for treats and to thank them for what they do for the community As part of Law Enf...

 
 By Ed Moreth    Sports    January 18, 2024

Hawks storm Plains in winter battle

The Hawks were flying high at Plains Thursday night as they trounced the Horsemen and Trotters in their own home corral. The Horsemen junior varsity boys claimed a 30-27 victory in overtime, but that...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 18, 2024

P-HS hits the road for competition

by Skye Hill Though their travel plans changed a bit, the Savage-Horsemen wrestling team found some good competition over the weekend. Plains-Hot Springs was originally scheduled to travel to Choteau for a tournament last weekend, but changed plans...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    January 18, 2024

Trotters win, Horsemen lose against Superior

by Skye Hill SUPERIOR 50, PLAINS 44 The Horsemen took on the Superior Bobcats, losing at home 44-50. Swiftly the Bobcats were able to win the tip-off. It would be the Horsemen who would earn the first points on the board. Putting full-court pressure...

 

Bowling Scores

OVER THE HILL GANG W L Com’bak Kids 38.5 33.5 Leftovers 38 34 Jokers Wild 37.5 34.5 Roll’n Along 35.5 36.5 Mixed Nuts 33.5 38.5 Fun Team 33 39 Team Scr. Game: Fun Team, 768; Scr. Series: Fun Team, 2194; Hcp. Game: Com’bak Kids, 906; Hcp....

 

Crossword Solution

SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. MCG 4. TEE 7. ALL 8. MIAMI 10. DAUB 12. MEGAN 13. MITO 14. UHF 16. LIN 17. ARENA 19. EGO 20. EELS 21. NEIGHBORHOODS 25. OAR 26. SAG 27. MONK 29. FIFE 30. ARA 31. ARE 32. SPRING BREAKER 39. ANAS 41. RNA 42. SCALE 43. BEL 44. MEW... Full story

 

Mortgage Minute

by Michael Scharfe Mortgage Minute – Escrow Accounts Escrow accounts are very common with mortgage loans, although not all mortgage loans require an escrow account. Escrow accounts are, essentially, a bank-controlled savings account that is used...

 

Mayor's Corner

by Rusti Leivestad, Thompson Falls Mayor What is community? Definitions…a social unit with a shared socially significant characteristic. It’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter – caring about each other. Strong...

 

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