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  • Sales galore for county

    Annie Wooden|Jun 27, 2024

    The county will be buzzing this weekend as visitors and residents hit the highways for the annual Sanders Saleing county-wide yard sale event. The two-day yard sale event, hosted by the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce, will run Friday and Saturday, featuring more than 80 sales throughout the county. Participants signed up to have sales in Heron, Noxon, Trout Creek, Thompson Falls, Plains, Paradise, Hot Springs and Lonepine. Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Spurlock of Alera Group in Plains said he’s excited to see what types of t...

  • County to take over Hot Springs dump

    Annie Wooden|Jun 27, 2024

    Sanders County will take over the Hot Springs refuse site next month. The decision comes after the Hot Springs Refuse District voted in May to have the county take over the site and the county commissioners unanimously voted last week to take over the site. “I thinks it’s very positive for the community of Hot Springs,” Commissioner John Holland said. “It takes the pressure off of Hot Springs with having to make do with what they could afford and the county can offer more flexibility financially if something comes up.” Holland also said that...

  • TALENT SHOW

    Annie Wooden|Jun 27, 2024

    There were acrobatics, a lion, fire, unicycles and smiles and cheers from circus fans of all ages Saturday in Thompson Falls. The Culpepper & Merriweather great combined circus returned to Thompson Falls on Saturday with two shows for community members. The circus comes to town every two years and is sponsored by the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of residents gathered near the football field at Thompson Falls High School for the event. The circus tent was raised at 9:30 a.m. and...

  • Hoopsters gather for Plains 3-on-3

    Ed Moreth|Jun 27, 2024

    More than 300 adults and kids gathered on the tarmac of the old Plains airport on Saturday for the 8th Annual Wildhorse ShootOut 3-on-3 basketball tournament. It was near nonstop action as the crowd cheered for players of the 73 teams that registered for the tournament at the Amundson Sports Complex, including a dozen teams from Sanders County, said Erika Lawyer, who coordinated the tournament put on by the Wildhorse Sports Association. WSA is the nonprofit organization that runs the sports...

  • Our Viewpoint: You don't need it, but then you do

    Annie Wooden|Jun 27, 2024

    You don't need a plumber, until you do. You don't need a cup of sugar, until you do. You don't need an ambulance, until you do. We had a scare in our family last week which required my dad to take a trip to the hospital. My parents live between Thompson Falls and Trout Creek. Like many areas of Sanders County, you're at least 15 minutes from anywhere. The Thompson Falls Ambulance arrived quickly and got my dad to the hospital where he received excellent care. He is on the mend and everything will be fine. Every day when I drive out to my...

  • A Few Thoughts

    Sandy Compton|Jun 27, 2024

    I’ve not been writing a lot of late — mostly, just this column. The best of writing days are dark and wet, when I’m glad to be inside and gladder still to have something to do that I love to do. But now, the long light of the season demands to be used. Lingering day calls, “Don’t just sit there. Do something!” Not that writing is not doing something. It surely is, but a window in my writing room frames a green hodgepodge of trees, a wild bit of lawn that needs taming, wilder roses, blooming dewberry vines, the beginning of a trail to the river...

  • Refrain from backyard fireworks

    Jun 27, 2024

    Editor: On July 5, people all around this country will be posting "Lost Dog" notices because their dogs or other pets ran away, scared crazy by neighborhood firecrackers and fireworks. Unfortunately, it will probably continue all weekend. By Monday, July 8, the shelters will be full of the lucky dogs who got found and rescued before they got hit by vehicles or attacked by predators. I used to think firecrackers were fun too, when I was about 10 years old. Six decades later I now think they're kind of stupid. Big public fireworks displays are co...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Jun 27, 2024

    6 YEARS AGO • JUNE 11, 1964 RAGING STREAMS CAUSE MAJOR DAMAGE TO ROADS, BRIDGES With smaller streams slowly receding, efforts in Sanders County Wednesday were being turned towards repairing damages to roads, bridges and culverts while attention was being maintained on the main Clark Fork River. The flow of the river over the Montana Power Co. dam Wednesday morning had reached 117,500 cubic feet per second and was still rising. Only the 1950 and 1948 high water flows surpassed Wednesday’s flow here and the report is, “more is coming.” 1948 wa...

  • Question of the week

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    Jim Scott, Thompson Falls - “I like to go fishing.” Larry Hermance, Belgrade - “We like to go camping.” Kinley Hill, Thompson Falls - “I go to the Bison Range with my family.” Hazel White, Trout Creek - “Celebrating my July 5th birthday on July 4th.” Juan Rivera, Browning - “I like to go to the powwows.” Drayden Smith, Browning - “I do a boxing club every year....

  • Justice Court

    Jun 27, 2024

    Montana Highway Patrol Randy McReynolds, 35, unlawful possession of marijuana/products/paraphernalia in vehicle on highway, $75; failure to carry/exhibit proof of insurance in vehicle, 1st offense, $285. Timothy Dudley, 54, day speeding, $70. Oscar Perez, 42, failure to carry/exhibit proof of insurance in vehicle, 1st offense, $285; speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Sandra Berge, 70, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Alfred Gaitan, Jr., 51, speeding in a restricted zone, $65. Trever Harris, 23, day speeding, $20. Mark Rhinehart, 47,...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Jun 27, 2024

    Ambulance: Plains, 11; T. Falls, 7; Hot Springs, 7; Heron, 3; Dixon, 2; Trout Creek, 2. Monday, June 17 Animal other, Plains. Business contact, Hot Springs. Security check, T. Falls. Civil served, T. Falls. Theft, Hot Springs. Business contact. Protection order violation, Noxon. Disturbance, Hot Springs. USFS campground check, T. Falls. USFS campground check, T. Falls. Civil attempts. Business contact, Plains. Business contact, Hot Springs. Tuesday, June 18 Animal other, Plains. Civil served. Suspicious activity, Plains. Welfare check, Dixon....

  • Richie W. Graham

    Jun 27, 2024

    Richie was born on November 3, 1936, in Plains, Montana, to Julian and Ruth Graham. He sadly passed away on June 20, 2024, at the age of 87. Richie is survived by his wife Diane of 67 years; brother Robert; daughters Tana, Tracy and Tara; grandsons Brandon, Sean, Zachary, Graham and Ian; and great-grandchildren Senna, Alice, June and Audrey. Richie graduated from Thompson Falls High School in 1955 and University of Montana with a degree in education in 1961. He served a distinguished career in... Full story

  • Let's Talk Travel

    Crystal Molidor|Jun 27, 2024

    Two weeks ago, my husband and I embarked on a journey along the Danube River with AmaWaterways, traveling from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany. This experience not only brought us closer together as a couple but also introduced us to a whole new way of seeing the world. As a travel agent, I'm frequently immersed in researching options for clients, but experiencing this voyage firsthand illuminated just how special these vacations can be. From the moment we stepped onboard, the crew made everything seamless and easy. Our hardest...

  • TC resort under new ownership

    Shannon Brown|Jun 27, 2024

    A Trout Creek business is under new ownership, just in time for the busy summer season. Joyce Willis-Szeremi and Josiah Szeremi from Hood River, Oregon recently bought the Trout Creek Lakeside Motel and Resort. Less than a month ago the Szeremis began rebuilding the back deck and adding a convenience store to the lobby of the motel and gift shop. Besides new decking, the area is larger and has added wicker furniture and dining tables. "I could sit out here all day with this view of the lake," Jo...

  • Basketball camp brings summer fun

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    The Thompson Falls High School gym came alive last week with the sounds of basketballs as groups of kids from kindergarten to eighth grade came together for four fun-filled days of learning the fundamentals of basketball. In the morning sixth through eighth graders started the day, followed by fifth through third, and the last group was second through kindergarten. At the end of the four days, awards are given to the hot shot champs, free throw champs, and the 3-on-3 champs. "We really try to work on the fundamentals while still making it an...

  • Cornhole fundraiser a success

    Jun 27, 2024

    Project ASCENT hosted its 6th annual Cornhole Fundraiser on Saturday. Bags flew at 4 p.m., and the championship game concluded just after 9 p.m., with 17 teams participating. Local teams, as well as players from Kalispell, Frentchtown, Superior and Oregon attended the 2023 tournament. This year Project ASCENT upgraded five sets of their cornhole boards to tournament quality boards, and plan to upgrade the rest by next year. They also acquired new tournament quality bags for players this year, donated from a company based out of Naples, Florda...

  • Crossword Solution

    Jun 27, 2024

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. PTAs 5. ATM 8. EMIR 12. TAALS 14. BOA 15. YARE 16. SHRIEK 18. APR 19. ENOL 20. DREDGE 21. SPT 22. LUNY 23. REDELIVERY 26. MINUEND 30. ENATE 31. SPONGES 32. DIN 33. BOTHA 34. QIANA 39. TED 42. CAUSTIC 44. SPORE 46. ALIMENT 47. BARRACUDAS 49. BABA 50. SIP 51. CHICHI 56. ELLI 57. EMU 58. KEELED 59. AMES 60. RAP 61. DEERE 62. LYSE 63. SLA 64. EGOS SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. PTSD 2. TAHR 3. AARE 4. SLID 5. ABASE 6. TOPPLED 7. MARTINI 8. EYELET 9. MANURE 10. IRONY 11. RELY 13. SEGREGATOR 17. KEENE 24. DDS 25. VANQUISHED 26. MSB 27. IPO...

  • Plains council approves contract for third well

    Ed Moreth|Jun 27, 2024

    The Plains Town Council held a special meeting Friday to discuss the contract for the town's new well, which will be located at the corner of Kruger Road and Upper Lynch Creek Road. Cold Water Drilling and Pumps out of Arlee was awarded the contract for $79,030. The town approved the 180-page contract, which was looked over by Loren Fitzpatrick, the town attorney, and Shari Johnson, the town's contract engineer. Mayor Joel Banham said the contract doesn't state the exact starting date, but he...

  • TC school raises new flag

    Shannon Brown|Jun 27, 2024

    Trout Creek School received a special gift toward the end of the school year. The school was gifted a Montana state flag that used to hang at the capitol in Helena. Principal Carolyn Nesbitt had the idea to procure the flag to replace the school's faded and worn Montana flag. "This is a great opportunity to show our community involvement and commitment," Nesbitt said. Representative Paul Fielder visited the school to give a speech the day the flag was raised, and then the students said the...

  • Over the Hill Gang shines

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    It was a sunny Monday for the Over the Hill Gang with Jesse Mack earning the closest to pin on No. 1, while Rick Kendall got closest to pin on No. 5. Jens Jantzen's drive was closest to pin on No. 8. Mike Normandin came in swinging earning the long putt on No. 2, Dennis Gripp had the long putt on No. 3, and Tom Pride the same on No. 4. Jens Jantzen got the long drive on No. 6, while Brad Halveson earned the long putt on No. 6. David Pettyes got the long putt on No. 8, while Patrick Walt and Doug Deck earned the long putt on No. 9. Jerry Neal...

  • Kim, Doree combine for lead

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    Kim Pardee and Doree Thilmony were the top ladies at the River’s Bend Golf Course getting the low team gross score with 97, while Tina Wheeler and Jeanne Holleran earned the low team net score with 74. Tina Wheeler came in with the low individual gross score with a 45, with Doree Thilmony earning the low individual net score with 33. Tina Wheeler swung in closest to pin on No. 11, while Marshanna Drop earned the closest to pin on No. 14 and Katie Miller with closest to pin on No. 17. Jeanne Holleran shot the short drive on No. 13, while h...

  • Custom Solutions can't be beat

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    The Custom Solutions team of Doug Fisher, RT Brown, Bob Brown and John Owens combined for the low team gross score at the River’s Bend Golf Course with a 170 last Wednedsay. The First Security Bank team (Bill Nolen, Michael Scharfe, Ben Mummert and Mike Thilmony) came through to get the low team net score with a 146. RT Brown earned the low individual gross score with a 40, while John Owens was able to get the low individual net score with a 33. RT Brown was closest to pin on No. 2, while Steve Clark was closest to pin on No. 5, and Howard M...

  • Tuesday league scrambles

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    Montana’s Best Builders team of Mike Thilmony, Cael Thilmony, Doug Czerwinski, Gary Gibbs and Kevin Sparks won the fun night scramble with a score of 30. Kade Pardee earned the long putt on No. 3, while David Reedy was able to sink the long putt on No. 6. Rusty Haggard was closest to pin on hole No. 5, and James Duncan was closest to pin on No. 8. Ty Pardee held the long drive on hole No. 9, as did James Duncan. RT Brown got a chip-in on hole No. 7....

  • FAMILY OUTING

    Jun 27, 2024

    Photo by Linda Elliott A Common Merganser mother and ducklings go for a swim on the Clark Fork River near Thompson Falls....