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  • Sports complex aims for new building

    Ed Moreth|Apr 20, 2023

    The Wildhorse Sports Association hopes to erect its first new permanent structure at the Amundson Sports Complex with a combination concession stand, restrooms and changing rooms. Erika Lawyer, president of WSA, and her husband, Nick, put up a large sign at the sports complex Saturday, thanking its supporters for their help. The nonprofit organization has been collecting money for the last year and has raised around $100,000, starting with $5,000 from an anonymous donor, said Lawyer, who's been...


    Apr 20, 2023

    Spring comes with birds chirping, flowers blooming and daylight saving time. Perhaps one of the most notable reminders of a change in seasons in Sanders County is the official opening of Thompson Pass. The pass, which divides Idaho and Montana, is closed during the winter, when it is used by snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts. As spring rolls around, residents in both states anxiously await the official opening of the pass. Highway crews in both states worked to clear tons of snow...

  • Bill sets guidelines for grizzly delisting

    Apr 20, 2023

    by Caven Wade UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism A bill that sets up rules and guidelines that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks must follow to establish the state's viability of managing grizzly bears following removal from the endangered species list is on its way to the governor's desk. Sen. Bruce Gillespie, R-Ethridge, is sponsoring Senate Bill 295, which sets up several guidelines and rules for FWP, from monitoring mortality rates of grizzly bears to allowing livestock owners or authorized personnel to...

  • The art of archery

    Ed Moreth|Apr 20, 2023

    Eleven more people will be eligible to hit the woods dressed like bushes this coming autumn. Two men and five boys from 11-14 years old received their Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks certificate after completing a week-long course in Plains Friday. "It was an excellent class," said Kim Earhart, lead instructor for the Bowhunter Education Course. Earhart and four other instructors held a two-hour field day class on a site at the Pilgeram Ranch about five miles north of Plains, where the group was...

  • Our Viewpoint: Controlling information

    Annie Wooden|Apr 20, 2023

    Montana legislators voted this month to ban TikTok. The legislation states that "TikTok's stealing of information and data from users and its ability to share that data with the Chinese Communist Party unacceptably infringes on Montana's right to privacy." The bill also accuses TikTok of failing to remove "dangerous content that directs minors to engage in dangerous activities," then goes on to describe those activities, such as attempting to climb stacks of milkcrates, pouring hot wax on a user's face and cooking chicken in NyQuil. Now, kids...

  • Slice of Life

    Chelle Mitchell|Apr 20, 2023

    Mark Twain was famous for quipping, “What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist only takes your skin.” As I sit to write this there are two more days to complete your tax return and make the timely filing deadline. While it might have been easy for Mr. Twain to make a joke, many people struggle to complete their returns and get them in on time. And a growing number of disgruntled Americans debate the legality of even being required to file a return. Bar...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Apr 20, 2023

    4 YEARS AGO • APRIL 7, 1983 FALLS BANK MOVING This is moving weekend for officers and employees of the First State Bank of Montana and Monday the Thompson Falls financial institution will open for business in its new home across from the City Hall and south of the Towne House Hotel (restaurant in the Black Bear Hotel building). While preparations for the move have been underway for several weeks, the actual moving of equipment, machines and furniture will start Friday afternoon. The bank will continue to maintain its regular lobby hours w...

  • Question of the week

    Jennifer Curran|Apr 20, 2023

    Willenn Hall, Thompson Falls - “A good compost pile.” Nadine Webster, Thompson Falls - “My husband does it.” Jan Henry, Thompson Falls - “To plant a variety and I help my friends with their green thumb.” Ivy Lulack, Plains - “Using epsom salts for tomatoes.” Mary Lapp, Thompson Falls - “Spray Neam oil on my tomatoes and right after a rain I put diatomaceous earth on my green beans to kill bugs.” Julie Burford, Plains - “Use the best quality dirt you can....

  • Justice Court

    Apr 20, 2023

    Montana Highway Patrol Charles Depue, 59, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Landon Anderson, 41, day speeding, $70. Brian Morton, 39, day speeding, $70. Daniel Kirichenko, 19, operating without liability insurance, 1st offense, $285. Joe Adams, 77, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Gary Adolph, 71, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Sabrina Castor, 46, speeding in a restricted zone, $105. Holly Lewing, 37, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Thomas Maack, Jr., 48, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Jude Snyder, 18, seatbelt violation,...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Apr 20, 2023

    Ambulance: T. Falls, 8; Plains, 7; Hot Springs, 7; Noxon, 2; Trout Creek, 1; Heron, 1; Lonepine, 1. Monday, April 10 Motor vehicle crash, T. Falls. Theft, Plains. Request for welfare check, Hot Springs. Civil attempts, Hot Springs. Welfare check, Plains. Fire, Plains. Animal bite, Plains. Fire, T. Falls. Civil attempts. Property damage/criminal mischief, Noxon. General animal call/complaint, Dixon. Suspicious activity, Plains. Tuesday, April 11 Trespass, Plains. Animal other, T. Falls. General animal call/complaint, Hot Springs. Threats,...

  • Initial appearance in assault case

    Stephanie Molzhon|Apr 20, 2023

    by Stephanie Molzhon James Lee Herring made his initial appearance before Judge Deborah Kim Christopher on Tuesday, entering a not guilty plea to a felony count of assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident in March. A jury trial was set for September 18. According to the affidavit filed, Deputy Devin Wegener responded to a call regarding an incident that occurred with Herring in Paradise. Deputy Wegener drove down to speak with the alleged victim, who shared that Herring came to his apartment and appeared to be intoxicated. The two...


    Apr 20, 2023

    Maygan Swanson and Aiden Currie (left) were recently crowned king and queen at Noxon High School's prom....

  • Asbestos related disease screening set

    Apr 20, 2023

    Libby, Montana, was home to a vermiculite mine for over seventy years. The mine closed in 1990, but the damage was already done. The vermiculite ore, processed in various plants around the country and sold as insulation, was contaminated with a distinct form of asbestos now known as Libby Amphibole. The Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) in Libby was established to screen those potentially exposed within Lincoln County, Montana, and to provide ongoing care to those who have been diagnosed with asbestos related disease due to Libby...

  • Laila Solvår Overberg (Toftner)

    Apr 20, 2023

    Laila Solvår Overberg (Toftner), age 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Plains with her loving husband and daughter at her side on Thursday, March 23, 2023. Laila (pronounced, Lila) was born and raised in Norway. She and her twin brother (Helge) were born in eastern Norway in Elverum. Her parents, Gunnar (Father) and Gønner (Mother), sister (Anne-Marie) and brother lived in a small cottage by the lake, Vermundsjoen before moving to their home in the woods, referred to by the family as H... Full story

  • John Montgomery

    Apr 20, 2023

    John Montgomery went home to be with his Lord and to meet up again with his loving wife Maxine on April 12, 2023. Born on December 6, 1932, he saw and lived more than most people would or have ever experienced. Lovingly known as grandpa by all his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a great believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoyed bringing the Gospel to anyone who would listen. His strength and passion for his children and family will be missed. John worked for Southern California Edison for 30 years as a heavy... Full story

  • SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Trout Creek School District

    Apr 20, 2023

    Name: Zachary Hannum Education: Noxon Public Schools, Class of 1990. United States Navy operator school, Gulfport, Mississippi. Attended Montana Western. Occupation: Currently own and operate Montana Trees Inc. a wholesale Nursery stock business based at our home in Trout Creek. Own and operate Montana Nursery, a retail and landscaping business based in Helena, Montana. What qualities would make you an effective school board member? Growing up in Trout Creek I attended school there myself and my son now attends school there. Not much has...

  • SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Plains School District

    Apr 20, 2023

    Name: Lana Dicken Education: Master’s in Social Work Occupation: Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Mental Health Therapist What qualities would make you an effective school board member? As a therapist I am a skilled communicator, being able to engage in active listening and de-escalating highly emotional situations. I work well with others, including those I may have opposing views. I tend to make decisions based on logic and reason without being persuaded by strong emotions. In my profession I have been trained to see things from multiple per...

  • SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Hot Springs School District

    Apr 20, 2023

    Name: Colton Stephens Education: High school graduate, 2 years of college Occupation: Farmer, Rancher, Small Business Owner What qualities would make you an effective school board member? I believe I would be an effective school board candidate because I have the ability to approach the situation with a fresh set of eyes. I also have a great attention to detail What do you see as the opportunities and challenges in your district? Opportunities: I see an opportunity for student growth in academics. Challenges: Teacher quality, retention, and mor...

  • SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Thompson Falls School District

    Apr 20, 2023

    Name: Matthew Toyias Education: Some college Occupation: Grocery Stocker, Retired USN. What qualities would make you an effective school board member? Thoughtfulness to the needs of others and the ability to be decisive while working to meet those needs. I have prior experience in education from K-12, as well as career and professional development in the service for junior and senior members. What do you see as the opportunities and challenges in your district? The people in this community really care and making sure that we can meet their...

  • SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Dixon School District

    Apr 20, 2023

    Name: Jennifer Hammond What qualities would make you an effective school board member? I, Jennifer Hammond, have many good qualities. I believe in the importance of having integrity and demonstrating this through community. I am a self-confident individual and have great leadership skills. I am excellent at problem-solving, and believe that in a group setting, a solution can always be found. Drive and determination are qualities needed while maintaining a positive attitude. I value discretion and confidentiality. Having empathy and compassion...


    Ed Moreth|Apr 20, 2023

    Volunteers and board members of the Paradise Center hold their ceremonial tools for a mini roundhouse groundbreaking ceremony. From left is Benita Jo Hanson, Dave Colyer, Kathleen Hubka, Shanna Miller, Jackie Colyer, Karen Thorson, Susan Lepore, Carol Brooker, Mac Hall, John Thorson and Gin Weber. The ceremony was held on Monday at the site of the future mini roundhouse at the Paradise Center. Details on the building will be published in next week's Ledger....

  • Tracksters qualify for state at Libby

    Jennifer Curran|Apr 20, 2023

    The sun was shining in Libby on Saturday as Thompson Falls, Noxon and Plains track and field teams competed at the Libby Invitational. It was an optional Spring Break meet. Joining Alexis Deming as a state qualifier were Ellie Baxter and Emily Brown. "This was a successful meet for our team," said Blue Hawk Coach Trenna Ferris. Both the Blue Hawk men's and women's teams placed second out of six teams. All eight women placed in events and ten out of the 14 men who competed placed. Ferris said...

  • MAC ends Blue Hawk win streak

    Jennifer Curran|Apr 20, 2023

    by Jennifer Curran If was a busy week on the road for the Thompson Falls softball team last week. On Tuesday the Blue Hawks beat the Troy Trojans 14-4 in five innings. It was 2-1 after the first inning and then in the second inning the Hawks put it in high gear gaining seven runs and keeping Troy to zero. Senior Liv McCormick struck-out six players and walked zero in three innings. Pitcher Olivia Fitchett executed five strike-outs and walked one in her two innings as pitcher. The team had a total of 11 hits for the game. The JV team had a...

  • Trotter bats on fire at home

    Jennifer Curran|Apr 20, 2023

    Coach Kati Mitchell said that the week went really well for the Trotters softball varsity and JV teams. On Thursday the varsity team traveled to Missoula to take on the Loyola Breakers. The Trotters were defeated 1-0 in seven innings. "At Loyola our defense was impeccable, we only had one error," said Mitchell. Plains had four total hits and multiple runners left in every inning. Carlie Wagoner pitched all seven innings and with eight strike-outs, Mitchell said that her pitching was phenomenal....

  • Clark Fork gets first home win

    Ed Moreth|Apr 20, 2023

    The Clark Fork Soccer Alliance got their first victory of the season in front of hometown folks Saturday, but they also received their first stomping on the same day. They were the first and only home games for Nick Lawyer's U17 girls, which now have one win, one loss and one tie. In Saturday's first game, the Clark Fork Soccer Alliance faced the Polson FC girls, which went into the game at Plains with one loss and one tie. Keeper Ava Lawyer chalked up eight saves in the first half and the first...

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