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  • Excitement for eclipse

    Annie Wooden|Apr 11, 2024

    "It's like somebody took a bite out of the moon." That's how Thompson Falls fourth-grade student Makoy Schoenfeldt described Monday's solar eclipse. Elementary students waited on the playground for short glimpses of the sun Monday afternoon. Each time an opening would appear in the clouds and the eclipse came into view, the dozens of students would erupt with cheers and shouts of "I see it!" School nurse Becky Beckman had ordered extra glasses online and they also came with a camera filter. She...

  • Speed change approved

    Annie Wooden|Apr 11, 2024

    The Thompson Falls City Council on Monday voted to move speed limit signs further out on each end of town. Mayor Rusti Leivestad, after meeting with the Department of Transportation, proposed moving the 25 mile per hour speed limit signs out 500 feet. The 35 mile per hour signs would be extended proportionately as well. In addition, the council voted to apply for an encroachment permit so that speed reader signs can be installed on the mileage posts. At the March council meeting, Catherine DeWit...

  • Pinwheels bring awareness to abuse

    Ed Moreth|Apr 11, 2024

    More than 300 colorful pinwheels fluttering in the wind on the lawn at Clark Fork Valley Hospital might not halt violence against children, but hospital staff hopes they will attract enough attention to make people aware that there is a problem. Dwy Simpson, the hospital's Community Health Outreach Coordinator, and volunteer Jasmine Trull "planted" 300 blue pinwheels in the hospital's "Pinwheel Garden" in front of nursing home Friday in an effort to bring to light the evils of child abuse and...


    Ed Moreth|Apr 11, 2024

    Elk stop grazing to take a look at a possible predator in a wooded area about six miles west of Plains. The herd of about 80 elk soon dashed away. As spring progresses, the bulls will soon be sporting antlers and pregnant cows will be calving....


    Shannon Brown|Apr 11, 2024

    A new coffee roasting company is open for business in Thompson Falls. Koo Koo Sint Coffee owners Sylvia and Luke Miller named their business after David Thompson "because we live up Thompson River Road," Sylvia said. The Native Americans referred to Thompson as Koo Koo Sint, she added. The couple started their business in February but Luke said he has been roasting coffee for eight years. "I began roasting beans for friends and family until one of them said I should start a business," he said....

  • Our Viewpoint: Remember the good

    Annie Wooden|Apr 11, 2024

    Monday afternoon, I went to the Thompson Falls elementary school to watch the solar eclipse with the students. There was a lot of activity on the playground as students waited for a glimpse of the event. Some waited patiently and some ran around expelling energy until one of the adults advised of an upcoming break in the clouds. Each time the clouds parted for a matter of seconds to allow a view of the eclipse, the playground would rumble with screams and shouts. It was an amazing experience. The kids were so excited. I was probably more...

  • Impressive performances

    Apr 11, 2024

    Musicians from the Piatigorsky Foundation will once again be offering a world class performance here in Thompson Falls. Violinist Linda Rosenthal and pianist Maxim Pakhomov will perform at the Thompson Falls Christian Church on Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. This concert is open to the public and free, having been paid for by the Clark Fork Enrichment Corp. I have been very fortunate to be able to attend the last three concerts held here. Famous cellist Evan Drachman, grandson of Gregor Piatigorsky, has come here twice along with an accomplished...

  • Freedom in truth

    Apr 11, 2024

    I love it when people feel the need to share their opinions on how your opinion is wrong; with statements like, “I think you will find that America is not the dark and dangerous place you think it is.” (Therefore, what I think must be true because I think it). Such [flawed] circular logic always leads to the same inevitable disastrous conclusions- “dark” beliefs absent of Light. The darkened soul of man comes to these false assumptions; not because they can’t think for themselves; or listen to the “mainstream” news; but because they refuse;...

  • Montana Viewpoint: 'Welcome to the end of democracy'

    Jim Elliott|Apr 11, 2024

    “Welcome to the end of democracy. We are here to overthrow it completely,” said conservative activist Jack Posobiec at the February 2024 meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). To which Steve Bannon, former Trump advisor said, “Amen.” (The New Republic, Feb. 23, 2024) Well, maybe they were just kidding, but let’s pretend they weren’t. After all, America is the birthplace of modern democracy, and we’ve got a lot invested in it. There was the Revolutionary War in which a bu...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Apr 11, 2024

    4 YEARS AGO • MARCH 29, 1984 EDNA HILL LEADS A RUGGED REWARDING LIFE by Linda Shaffer Continued from last week… During her childhood in Trout Creek mainly - a few years in Polson - Edna recalls all eight grades being housed in one room. “There were three of us in the eighth grade. I still have my report cards.” It was a frame building sawed out by her granddad, she says. High school for Edna was in Thompson Falls, boarding at the dorm during the week and riding the train home on Fridays. “We liked catching the #3 train back to Trout Creek on F...

  • Question of the week: What is a superstition you have?

    Skye Hill|Apr 11, 2024

    Bret Lombard, Thompson Falls - “I have to check the light switch twice.” Mitchel Hagger, Thompson Falls - “When you buy a knife you have to buy a penny, too, or it causes bad luck.” Sydney Cisney, Thompson Falls - “I have to get dressed first thing before school.” Matt Serdy, Denver - “Finding a penny face up is good luck.” Beth Morkert, Thompson Falls - “Not saying good things you want to happen.” Addy Sanders, Thompson Falls - “Finding a penny is good luck....

  • Governor seeks comment on judge applicant

    Apr 11, 2024

    Governor Greg Gianforte is seeking public comment on applicants to fill the vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial District, which serves Lake and Sanders counties. Judge Deborah "Kim" Christopher announced her resignation last month. Members of the public can provide letters of support or other comments regarding the applicants through Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 5 p.m. The governor has received an application from tattorney John A. Mercer, whose application may be found at Members of the public should submit letters or other...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Apr 11, 2024

    Ambulance: T. Falls, 5; Plains, 4; Hot Springs, 3; Dixon, 3; Noxon, 1; Paradise, 1; Trout Creek, 1. Monday, April 1 Disturbance, T. Falls. Abandoned vehicle, Plains. Suspicious activity, Plains. Protection order violation, T. Falls. Fire, Plains. Road hazard/debris on road, Hot Springs. Suspicious activity, Plains. Assault, Heron. Automated alarm call, T. Falls. Road hazard/blockage, Plains. Body found/coroner, Hot Springs. Livestock, Paradise. Other law violations, Trout Creek. Property damage/criminal mischief, Plains. Tuesday, April 2 Assist...

  • Justice Court

    Apr 11, 2024

    Montana Highway Patrol Christine Cobb, 31, day speeding, $20. Henry Castillo, Jr., 21, speeding in a restricted zone, $65. Sandra Ray-Wilcox, 59, seatbelt violation, $20. Trace Ward, 23, failure to keep vehicle under control on mountain highway, $85. Daniel Patrick, 54, speeding in a restricted zone, $55. Liam Nelson, 22, day speeding, $70. Melissa Rowland, 37, night speeding, $20. Brenda Peterson, 39, speeding in a restricted zone, $65, deferred imposition of sentence. Susan Wright, 63, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Nolan McDaniels, 23,...

  • Students earn hardware at state SkillsUSA

    Shannon Brown|Apr 11, 2024

    Sanders County students put their skills on display last month at the state SkillsUSA competition in Helena. Plains had 10 students compete in the state event, and Thompson Falls took four. First-place winners from the state event qualify for the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta in June. Plains advisor Kyle Mitchell said most students competed in at least two competitions at state. The 10 students competed in 12 different competitions, and seven team members came home with medals....

  • Jerome Victor Imbiorski

    Apr 11, 2024

    Jerome Victor Imbiorski, 82, of Poulsbo, Washington, passed away on March 30, 2024. Born on June 16, 1941, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to Victor Winslow and Martha Theresa (Dziuk) Imbiorski, Jerome went on to graduate from Foley High School in Foley, Minnesota. He served with honor in the U.S. Navy, having worked sonar on the USS Watts early in the Vietnam era. After leaving the U.S. Navy, Jerome worked in the Olympic College Maintenance Department. He later retired from this work, but also worked... Full story

  • Joyce Anna Kilgore

    Apr 11, 2024

    21 - 2024 In loving memory of Joyce Anna Kilgore, whose life was a testament to love, dedication, strength and joy. She enjoyed laughing, giggling, and spending quality time with those who visited her. Joyce was born on a warm summer day in 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, to Frederick Reinke and Rhea Anna Bellair where she began her journey that would impact the lives of many. Throughout her life, Joyce's passion for numbers and meticulous nature shone brightly in her career as a business owner of... Full story

  • Raymond Leo Middleton

    Apr 11, 2024

    May 18, 1947 - March 27, 2024 Raymond "Ray" Leo Middleton, age 76, of Plains, Montana (formerly of Vallejo and Sacramento, California), passed away peacefully in his sleep after a short illness. He was born on May 18, 1947, in Vallejo, California, to the late Ronald W. and Alice A. (Cavanagh) Middleton. Ray was a beloved and awesome brother! He graduated from St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Vallejo, California, and he graduated from California State University, Sacramento with Bachelors and...

  • Lady Hawks cross state lines for another win

    Skye Hill|Apr 11, 2024

    The Lady Hawks added more wins under their cleats, taking down the Eureka Lions 17-0 last Monday then the Sandpoint Bulldogs 8-7 last Friday in Idaho. The Lady Hawks were on fire facing the Lions in the first inning with Olivia Fitchett pitching a three person strike out no hitter. While Eureka tried to keep the soaring Hawks from scoring but were unable and soon the Hawks had a massive lead. Back on mound Fitchett would pitch another three person no hitter strikeout for the Hawks. The Lions were unable to keep the flying Thompson team from sco...

  • Plains soccer hosts jamboree

    Ed Moreth|Apr 11, 2024

    More than 60 soccer players from five different U11 and U10 teams gathered at the Amundson Sports Arena for the Plains Jamboree and the first games of the spring season. The rains stayed away, but the wind took the temperatures to around 40 degrees, prompting portable shelters and blanket wraps for the near 200 fans that came and went throughout the day as coed teams from Plains, Thompson Falls, Libby, and Columbia Falls faced off, each team playing two games. When not on the field, most...

  • Golfers battle elements in Hamilton

    Skye Hill|Apr 11, 2024

    Thompson and Plains took to the road for the Florence-Darby Invitational hosted by the Hamilton Golf Club last week. With over 100 golfers and 10 teams between the boys and girls it proved to be tough competition. Plains did not have enough golfers to score as a team, but Coach Lisa Brown was happy with the efforts of golfers Brandt Snead, Drew Carey and Eleanor Bebb. "They all did a good job managing their games. We should have everyone ready to golf in our tournament on Friday" Brown said....

  • Forum to focus on education

    Apr 11, 2024

    Montana’s public education system has been in the headlines a lot these days: Why are budgets so tight? What unites Montana’s schools? What legislation passed, and what is being challenged, for alternative school systems? An upcoming informational forum will bring three acclaimed speakers to one location to talk about these issues. “Public Education: The Heart and Hub of our Communities” will be presented 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Paradise Center. This nonpartisan, informational forum will feature speakers to delve into the need to...

  • Young wrestlers honored

    Ed Moreth|Apr 11, 2024

    The Wild Horse Little Guy Wrestling Club in Plains had its annual after season awards ceremony at Plains School Thursday to recognize the feats of its team. The biggest award — the 2024 Wildhorse Little Guy Wrestling Kenny Lee Marjerrison Award — was shared by two team members, Owen Jermyn and Billyray Holotta. Marjerrison, who passed away in 2017, had been a longtime coach for the Plains High School wrestling team and the Little Guy Wrestling program. Jermyn and Holotta both went to the state championships last week. Jermyn, who competed in...

  • Trotters lose to MAC at home

    Skye Hill|Apr 11, 2024

    The Plains Trotters took on Mission-Arlee-Charlo (MAC) in their second game of the season falling 1-16. Quickly MAC was able to get on the board, scoring a colossal 11 runs in the first inning, while keeping the Trotters to only first base. At the top of the second MAC was able to sneak in one more run before Plains was able to strike them out. Headed into the third, MAC would be able to score four more runs, after a walk and an error helped them keep their lead. The Trotters only had one hitter senior Marissa Young who hit a massive single...


    Apr 11, 2024

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. CYPRUS 7. DAISES 13. OUTLINE 14. ANTIBES 16. SD 17. ATHLETICS 19. MP 20. AGATE 22. LEI 23. HABER 25. GELS 26. SEGNO 28. LOSE 29. ELI 30. FAR 31. GAS 33. UTA 34. PRAT 36. TABLED 38. TCHAD 40. LEERS 41. ROAMED 43. KIEV 44. APT 45. DAH 47. TIC 48. AAR 51. FLIC 53. MASAN 55. AREA 56. FACES 58. RIP 59. INDRI 60. IN 61. CAPARISON 64. ID 65. CARITAS 67. RENAMES 69. RELICS 70. SWAMIS SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. CUDGEL 2. YT 3. PLATS 4. RITE 5. UNH 6. SELLER 7. DATING 8. ANI 9. ITCH 10. SISAL 11. EB 12. SEMESTER 13. OSAGE 15. SPREADS 18. EEG... Full story

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