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    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    What is the secret to a long life? "Being born and raised in Montana, especially Paradise," according to Betty Meyer, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday. Five generations of family members joined the community in celebrating Meyer turning 100 on June 12. The event Saturday at the Paradise Center was filled with surprises and honors for Meyer. Family members came from as far as Colorado, Louisiana, California, Washington and British Columbia. After guests greeted Meyer and the party...

  • Fly-in connects community to the sky

    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    The Sanders County Pilots Association (SCPA) hosted their annual fly-in Saturday at the Thompson Falls Airport. More than 100 community members turned out to observe the planes, enjoy a pancake breakfast and even take a ride in an airplane. While the weather wasn't the best for flying on Saturday, nearly a dozen pilots braved the late spring storms to attend the Thompson Falls event. Another dozen volunteers helped run activities and cook breakfast. "I thought it went very well," said SCPA...

  • Jet boat activity concerns residents

    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    Residents are concerned over jet boat activity on Bull River west of Noxon. Though the activity is legal, one resident said allowing jet boats on the river is bad for the shoreline. On June 2, Paul Overman of Noxon witnessed five small two-seat jet boats go by his property on the Bull River. “We own a mile of shoreline and we’re in the process right now of trying to get permits for bank restoration,” Overman stated. “We’re losing our bank to natural causes, but the jet boats really wreak havoc on our shoreline. The Bull River isn’t a rocky, cl...

  • Residents provide forest feedback

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    As the process to revise the plan for the Lolo National Forest (LNF) continues, Forest Service employees have conducted information gathering meetings throughout the region. Last week, LNF held a public meeting regarding the plan in Thompson Falls. Prior to the meeting in the elementary school cafeteria last Wednesday, LNF had received 1,400 comments regarding land use. A new interactive web map was provided to allow exploration of the plan revision proposed action, including a fact sheet. This information gave participants the chance to...

  • Our Viewpoint: Focusing on those everyday milestones

    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    When does a day matter? When does an hour matter? Over the weekend I got to participate in a couple milestone birthdays. I attended Betty Meyer’s 100th birthday party at the Paradise Center. That same evening, I celebrated a close friend’s 50th birthday. Both milestones were worthy of joyous celebrations. As I drove home Saturday evening, however, it got me thinking about other milestones. We celebrate “big” birthdays such as your 21st, 40th of 100th, and anniversaries such as your first, 25th and 50th. For many people, each day is a milesto...

  • Montana Viewpoint: You go to your church, I'll go to mine

    Jim Elliott|Jun 20, 2024

    A few years ago I was talking with a man who raised an interesting question: “There’s only one God, why do we need so many different churches?” I let that one slide right by because I like to limit my controversial discussions to politics, for better or worse. But I was curious as to why he belonged to the church he did and not another one of the some 200 Christian denominations in America. I didn’t raise that point, either. Religion is a serious topic in America and has been ever since the Pil...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Jun 20, 2024

    11 YEARS AGO • JUNE 9, 1960 TF SWIMMING POOL TO OPEN WEDNESDAY Thompson Falls’ heated community swimming pool will open for the summer Wednesday. Miss Nancy Friday has been employed as lifeguard and John Duffield will be an assistant. The pool will be open for three two-hour shifts daily Tuesday through Sunday of each week. It will be closed Mondays for cleaning. Children up to 10 years old who are able to take care of themselves will swim daily from 1 to 3 p.m. Boys and girls 10 years and older will swim from 3 to 5 p.m. and adults and familie...

  • Gratitude for support

    Jun 20, 2024

    I am writing to express my appreciation for the support from our community of the Thompson Falls Class of 2024. As a parent of a graduating senior as well as one of the senior class advisors, I am astounded by the generosity of the local businesses and residents. As a teacher, I have respect and admiration for the residents and organizations who go out of their way to provide scholarship opportunities for students to continue their education beyond high school. Furthermore, many local businesses and residents donated to the Class of 2024 so...

  • Question of the week: Do you recreate in Sanders County waters?

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    AMY MCGRAW, Plains - “I fish, swim, and go boating, paddle boarding, and inner tube floating in the Little Thompson River, Rock Creek and Clark Fork River with my daughter.” JERREN BORGMANN, Plains - “I fish, swim, boat, or anything I can do in the Clark Fork River or Thompson River. Those are my main two water sources I use.” SOPHIA SEYMOUR, Paradise - “I live on the Clark Fork. I mostly swim and fish.” MARIA SEYMOUR, Paradise - “I swim and kayak in the Clark Fork but go fishing in the Flathead River. I also enjoy picnics by the water.” DEBBI...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Jun 20, 2024

    Ambulance: T. Falls, 10; Plains, 7; Hot Springs, 6; Trout Creek, 4; Paradise, 2; Camas Prairie, 1; Noxon, 1. Monday, June 10 Assist other agency, Camas Prairie. Threats, Hot Springs. Intoxicated driver report, T. Falls. Motor vehicle crash, Hot Springs. Motor vehicle crash, Plains. USFS campground check. USFS campground check, Noxon. USFS campground check, Trout Creek. Trespass, Trout Creek. USFS campground check, Trout Creek. USFS campground check, Trout Creek. General animal call/complaint, T. Falls. Assist other agency, Noxon. Protection...

  • Justice Court

    Jun 20, 2024

    Montana Highway Patrol Amanda Allen, 35, seatbelt violation, $20; failure to carry/exhibit proof of insurance in vehicle, 1st offense, $285; speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Wes Tikka, 18, day speeding, $20. Joseph Butterhof, 62, seatbelt violation, $20. Marion Kopp, 78, improper passing - crowding overtaken vehicle, $85. Leah McConnell, 29, speeding in a restricted zone, $75. James Sjoblom, 63, day speeding, $20. Jodi Smith, 54, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Marilyn McCormick, 60, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Joshua Stateham,...

  • Convicted sex offender back in District Court

    Stephanie Molzhon|Jun 20, 2024

    Appearing before Judge John Mercer on Tuesday, Benjamin Winkler entered his general denials to allegations brought forth by Probation and Parole regarding a revocation of his probation. Judge Mercer set this matter for a hearing on the merits on August 20, 2024. According to the affidavit filed in support of the petition to revoke, in violation of his conditions of probation, Winkler was allegedly in possession of child pornography, hasn’t completed the court ordered sex offender treatment, and attended an event where children were present a...

  • 4-H members present fashion show of creativity

    Ed Moreth|Jun 20, 2024

    A group of 4-H members demonstrated their custom creations in a runway of not so high fashion, but nonetheless unique at their 2024 Fashion Revue and Patchwork Parade. Four girls and two boys participated in the annual 4-H event, which involved an interviewing process, where judges Carla Kinzie and Lara Hagerman questioned the 4-H'ers about their entries. The event was held at the Plains Bible Chapel last Tuesday. The 4-H members were graded on presentation, construction, workmanship, materials,...

  • KLT launches accessibility project

    Jun 20, 2024

    by Kaniksu Land Trust "Nothing about us, without us" is a phrase in the disability rights movement referring to the importance of including people with disabilities in processes that will affect them. Launching a new focus on improved access for people with disabilities, Kaniksu Land Trust (KLT) aims to center this new initiative on that philosophy. KLT announced this week that it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Land Trust Alliance’s 2024 Partnerships for Disability Access, Inclusion, and Leadership Grant. The funding will allow K...

  • Library plans summer reading program

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    The Thompson Falls Summer Reading Program is up and running thanks to the Friends of the Library fundraising for prizes, and thanks to the Elks Club for their donation of Kindles. Kids who double their goals earn an extra ticket for the mystery box. Readers who triple their goals earn a bonus raffle ticket for regular prizes. In the seven and up age group, the child that reads the most minutes will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. In the age group six and below, whoever reads the most picture books, or has books read to them, will receive a spec...

  • Donald F. Cameron

    Jun 20, 2024

    May 31, 1929 – May 29, 2024 Donald F. Cameron 94 of Hayden Idaho, peacefully passed away on May 29, 2024. Don was born May 31, 1929 in Ramsey, Minnesota, to Clarence and Catherine Cameron. Don lived in Minnesota until 1946 when he relocated to Texas and took a job for the Lykes Brothers Steamship Company as a seaman. In 1948, Don enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served for the next 20 years. After completing basic training, Don was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in W... Full story

  • Sharon Young

    Jun 20, 2024

    In the early hours of Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Sharon Young passed away at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease and complications from COVID-19. She was surrounded by family in her final hours, and will be greatly missed by many. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula, with a reception to follow. Online condolences may be left at The Young family asks that any... Full story

  • Conservation districts provide pollinator seeds

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    Free seed mixes were handed out through the month of May by the Eastern Sanders County Conservation District and the Green Mountain Conservation District as part of the Sanders County Pollinator Initiative. Emily Baker and Morgan Owens were at the Trout Creek location on May 21 to give bags of flower seeds to interested residents. "This mix is specially selected for Western Montana and includes flowers of all shapes and sizes," Baker said. "Not only will this seed mix provide beautiful flowers...

  • Pike detected in Bull River

    Jun 20, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking anglers to report any northern pike caught or observed in the Bull River in Sanders County following the first confirmed detection of the predacious non-native fish. Anyone who catches or observes a pike on the Bull River should contact fisheries biologist Travis Rehm at 406-382-3032. FWP is trying to identify the extent of the potential pike abundance in the river. FWP recently received a report from an angler who observed a pike in the river south of Bull Lake near Noxon. Fisheries biologists...

  • Veterans retire U.S. flags

    Skye Hill|Jun 20, 2024

    The Clark Fork Valley Elks hosted a flag retirement service last Friday. The day itself was a significant one as it was Flag Day. While Flag Day is a national holiday that is often overshadowed by July 4, when the Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, it is still a significant day in American history. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes flag designed by Betsy Ross. The original design, while very similar to the flag we know today,...

  • County fair to bring back fireworks show

    Ed Moreth|Jun 20, 2024

    The Sanders County Fairgrounds manager plans to make this year's Independence Day a big bash and the evening a bit more bright. Manager Kristy Sheehan announced at last Wednesday's monthly fair board meeting that she has a lot of festivities planned for the fairgrounds first annual "Freedom Festival" starting at noon for the Fourth of July celebration, including fireworks at dusk. Sheehan and her new administrative assistant, Rachel Largent, have scheduled kids' games, pony rides, a bouncy...

  • TF students learn geospatial skills

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    Summer camp often makes one think of swimming and hiking at a location away from home. But this science camp took place on the Thompson Falls High School campus. Science teacher Doree Thilmony said her school applied for and received funding for the camp held last week in her classroom. "The camp covered geospatial skills such as interpreting maps, using data to make maps, using technology to record data for mapping and careers for Geological Information Systems, GIS," Thilmony said. Twelve...

  • Jeanne, Tina lead the ladies

    Skye Hill|Jun 20, 2024

    The Ladies League had another stunning day of golf at the River’s Bend Golf Course, with Tina Wheeler and Jeanne Holleran getting the low team gross score of 102. Danice Toyias and Kristy Beaty earned the low team net score with a 69, while Tina Wheeler earned the low individual gross score with 46. Chris Kelly earned the low individual net score with 32. Annie Wooden earned the closest to pin on No. 1, while Katie Miller earned the closest to pin on No. 2. Kelly Wheeler earned the closest to pin on No. 5, while Healy Ramey earned the c...

  • Hill Gnag braves weather

    Skye Hill|Jun 20, 2024

    The Over the Hill Gang had a cloudy Monday at the River’s Bend Golf Course. Tom Pride earned the men’s low gross score of 43, while Al Luckow earned the men’s low net score with a 36. Lana Nolen had the low gross women’s score with a 55, while Liz Morkert earned the low net women’s score with a 35. Dave Pettys earned closest to pin on No. 10, while Larry Eddy earned the closest to pin on No. 14, and Rusty Haggard earned the closest to pin on No. 17. Tom Pride earned the long putt on hole No. 11, while Dave Garr earned the long putt on No. 12...

  • Bear Muscle cards low score

    Skye Hill|Jun 20, 2024

    The Bear Muscle Fitness team who included Cody Mosher, Chadd Laws, Paul Flemmer, and Tyson Pedicrew earned the team low gross score for the men’s league at the River’s Bend Golf Course with their 173. Sharks Auto Detila (Dave Garr, Rich Hooten, Russ Wood, and Rusty Haggard) earned the low team net score with a 144. Flemmer shot the individual low gross score of 40, while Mike Lilly earned the individual net score with a 30. Trevor Harris was closest to the pin on No. 2, while Kade Pardee earned closest to pin on No. 5, and Flemmer's drive was...

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