Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition

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 By Ed Moreth    News    February 1, 2024

Plains council selects members

It took less than 20 minutes last Monday for the Plains Town Council to fill two vacancies in a special council meeting. Each of the five candidates had the opportunity to introduce themselves and...

 
 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...

 

THE BIG THAW

The Thompson Falls reservoir above the dam began to thaw late last week. After a string of subzero temperatures in January, the month of February comes this week with temperatures in the 40s. See...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    February 1, 2024

Employees honored

Sanders County honored employees for years of service on Tuesday. Honorees in attendances (from left) included Willy Ovitt (5 years), Lisa Richmond (5 years), Denise Taylor (10 years), Allison Smith...

 

Our Viewpoint: Celebrating a Ledger milestone

I love going back and looking at past Ledgers, but this week was a special adventure. This edition you're reading begins the 120th volume (or year) of our weekly publication. That first edition was published February 24, 1905. The Ledger back in...

 

Montana Viewpoint: A rube arrives in Trout Creek

I had been eyeballing a piece of property in Trout Creek for about a year. It was cheap enough, I had the money, why not? So, I bought it. It was what around here people generously call a stump...

 

Remember When?

40 YEARS AGO • JANUARY 12, 1994 HERON POST OFFICE MARKS 100th ANNIVERSARY January 7 marked the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Post Office in Heron. Eight postmasters and postmistresses have served behind the counter in the Heron post office. The...

 

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...

 

Groups work to improve healthcare access

An effort is under way in Western Montana to remove common barriers preventing older adults, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations from getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and influenza, as well as respiratory syncytial virus,...

 

Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Ryan Davis, 46, reckless driving, 1st offense, $285. Matthew Shuttle, 57, operating without liability insurance in effect, 3rd offense, $185; seatbelt violation, $20. Rodney Burns, 57, night speeding, $20. Spencer Simonson,...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 9; T. Falls, 6; Hot Springs, 3; Trout Creek, 3; Paradise, 2; Camas Prairie, 1. Monday, January 22 Motor vehicle crash, Noxon. Motor vehicle crash, Trout Creek. Assist other agency, Plains. Assist other agency, Plains. Welfare...

 

Bowling Scores

OVER THE HILL GANG W L Leftovers 42 38 Jokers Wild 41.5 38.5 Com’bak Kids 40.5 39.5 Roll’n Along 39.5 40.5 Mixed Nuts 39.5 40.5 Fun Team 37 43 Team Scr. Game: North Star Drilling, 837; Scr. Series: North Star Drilling, 2308; Hcp. Game: North...

 

Spotlight on the Arts

Sam Feliksa, Plains High School Interviewed by Karen Thorson As a 17-year-old senior at Plains High School, Sam Feliksa is an impressive young man – polite, attentive, well spoken, talented, and...

 

Libraries picked for financial education program

The Thompson Falls and Plains libraries have been selected to receive resources to provide financial education to local kids. The American Library Association and FINRA Investor Education Foundation announced this week that 300 public libraries,...

 

Ken Melnrick

Ken Melnrick peacefully passed away on January 18, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his son Ken Melnrick and his wife Evelyn, his daughter Karen... Full story

 

Birth: Mary Lyn Bulger

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bulger of Trout Creek announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Lyn Bulger, born at 10:49 a.m. January 16, 2024, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby. She weighed 7 pounds, 2...

 

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...

 

Quilting guild celebrates milestone

The symbolic color for a 35th anniversary is coral, whose symbolic meaning is "longevity and successfulness." That has been characteristic of the Flatiron Quilting Guild of Sanders County. It's been...

 

Named to dean's list

Ryan Battles of Thompson Falls was named to the Montana State University-Northern’s Fall semester Dean’s List. Battles was one of 334 students to be included in the list....

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    February 1, 2024

LeCoure puts up 36 in Hawk win

THOMPSON FALLS 73, MISSION 42 The Blue Hawk basketball team had a massive 73-42 win in Mission last Thursday, putting up impressive numbers. Junior Bryson LeCoure had an incredible game, getting 36 points for Thompson Falls. “Everyone knew he could...

 

Blue Hawks host triangular

If you have to face off on the wrestling mat against your best pal, you might as well make it the best match of the evening. Last Thursday as the Blue Hawk wrestling team hosted Plains-Hot Springs...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    February 1, 2024

Savage Heat girls win, boys fall

HOT SPRINGS 49, ST. REGIS 20 The Lady Savage Heat hosted the St. Regis Lady Tigers, taking the home win. Hot Springs came out on fire, getting the first points on the board. They would put full court...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    February 1, 2024

Red Devils edge out Charlo, Alberton at home

NOXON 61, CHARLO 55 The Noxon Red Devils hosted the Charlo Vikings, securing the win on their home court. The Vikings would be the first to put points on the board, but the quick-footed Red Devils...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    February 1, 2024

P-HS wrestling takes three championships at Mission Valley

The Savage-Horsemen wrestlers took to the Mission Valley Championships, with three wrestlers taking first place, two taking second place, and four wrestlers finishing in third. Beau Crabb was the first Savage-Horsemen to take the podium in the...

 

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