Articles from the July 26, 2018 edition

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 By John Hamilton    News    July 26, 2018

County fire season begins

Fire season is here; now it is a matter of getting through it with minimal impact. With no measurable precipitation recorded in this area in over three weeks now and fires beginning to break out...

 

Dam work progresses

Under the watchful eye of a resident swan, employees from NorthWestern Energy began reinstalling steel stanchions at the Thompson Falls dam this week. After the stanchions have been replaced,...

 
 By Shana Neesvig    News    July 26, 2018

Paradise secures sewer funding

Paradise, a place of extreme beauty, pleasure and delight. Without proper sewage disposal, Paradise just can’t be paradise. Fortunate for residents, the current sewage disposal practices are about to get a $3.27 million makeover. According to...

 
 By Ed Moreth    Communities    July 26, 2018

Local artists show off creations

A dozen artists from Sanders County gathered for the 5th Annual Artists in Paradise exhibition at the Paradise Center last week. "It was a great time for the artists and the people that came," said Ka... Full story

 

Our Viewpoint

This week, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was banned from competition for more than a year after an investagtion by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A photo on social media showed Lochte getting an injection of vitamins. The substance Lochte was taking...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Montana Viewpoint

As I think of America’s current political impasse(es) there are two quotes that come to mind. Charley Russell wrote a story about a teamster who harnessed up his mules, then picked up a two-by-four...

 

Follow procedures, avoid problems

Editor, I’m writing in response to an editorial in the July 12 paper authored by a U.S. Navy commander, Ret. From Noxon, “Sen. Tester works for veterans”. After reading this letter and hearing TV ads on how Jon Tester is for veterans, I...

 

County is red, blue and purple

Yes, Major Manning, you have caught Tom blue handed. He is an actual Democrat in Sanders County. Although not the vice-chair this year. I am quite sure Senator Jon Tester has not claimed to have “fixed” anything. I do know for a fact though, that...

 

Remember When

40 YEARS AGO • JUNE 20, 1978 SINCE I LAST WROTE FOR THE LEDGER continued By Harry L. Billings (AKA Peanuts, TFHS Class of ’29) Eber and Barbara (Britton) Hoyt were very small. Their uncle and aunt, A.S. and Mabel Ainsworth, were awfully good to...

 

Question of the week

GEORGE HOILAND, Thompson Falls – “Let’s clean it up America, it’s time for some tough love.” REGINA SKOCZYLAS, Trout Creek – “Give the taxpayers the government that they pay for.” VINNY CIRAOLO, Thompson Falls – “Strengthening...

 

Justice Court

Sanders County Sheriff’s Office Ashley Grounds, 31, exceeding special zone speed limit, $55. Rhienna Davis, 33, operating without liability insurance, 1st offense, $85; resident operating with foreign license, $35. Adam Tanner, 21, day speeding,...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance calls: Noxon, 5; T. Falls, 9; Plains, 7; Hot Springs, 3. Sunday, July 15 Officer requested for domestic disturbance, Heron. Vehicle all over road, St. Regis. Business alarm triggered, Dixon. Report of three little boys playing on highway,...

 

Harvest plentiful at local blueberry farm

Blueberry harvest season has begun in northwestern Montana and Eller's Blueberry Farm is ready to delight everyone with a plentiful harvest for 2018. The family farm began in 1984 when Jerry and...

 
 By Callie Jacobson    News    July 26, 2018

Local Town Pump honored for ID compliance

Employees of the Thompson Falls Town Pump C-Store fight against underage drinking by requiring ID with every purchase of alcohol. A "sting-operation" was conducted by the Montana Town Pump corporate...

 
 By Ed Moreth    Communities    July 26, 2018

Paradise Center open house draws visitors

Nearly 80 people showed up at the open house of the Paradise Center, formerly Paradise Elementary School, Saturday to see the finished Visitor's Center. The guest log displayed signatures from as far...

 

Fellowship in the power park

Live music, great food, and face-painting are just some of what was found at the annual Chicken Jamboree hosted by the Men's Prayer Breakfast Group at Power Park in Thompson Falls. The Jamboree is...

 

Bodie Charles Mickelson

Lisa and Jake Mickelson of Thompson Falls welcomed a son, Bodie Charles, Thursday, July 19 at 3:40 p.m. at Community Medical Center in Missoula. He weighed 8 pounds and measured 20.5 inches long.... Full story

 

An unwelcome visitor

SUMMER CREATURES - Hot summer days bring out flowers and crops, but also rattlesnakes in the area. This snake was about 4 feet long and found near the Butler residence along Blue Slide Road in...

 

Cool cars, hot days

Hot summer days and cool cars came together for the Cool Summer Nights car show in Trout Creek over the weekend. Lakeside Motel and Resort welcomed 54 entries at the event. Charlie Shelor of Trout...

 

Morrison leaves legacy on local music festival

The vibrant sounds of the 15th annual Baroque Music Festival filled the nearly packed convert pavilion and entertained the attendees at Quinn's Hot Springs Resort. The festival lasted three days and...

 

Wayside tourney benefits vets

Local veterans and members of the community took to the golf course Saturday to raise money for the Montana Wounded Warriors. The Wayside Scramble tournament was held at the River's Bend Golf Course...

 

Wild Coyotes break ahead of the pack

The Wild Coyotes broke loose from the pack and are now running scared but free, a little ways ahead of the rest of golf-hounds chasing them in Wednesday Night Men’s League play. Proving once and for all you can’t tame wild dogs, the feral Coyote...

 

Shanks a Lot takes over first place

Shanks a Lot golfers don’t always shank a lot of their shots. Sometimes they send their golf balls straight and true down the fairways, and roll them right into the cup when they reach the greens. Playing golf belying their self-deprecating team...

 
 By John Hamilton    Sports    July 26, 2018

Hill gang enjoys strokes of genius

Over the Hill players like to think stroke play produces strokes of genius from its very smart – okay at least very wise – players. Undeniably the most seasoned group of golfers going right now in this area, the Over the Hill gang took over...

 

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