Articles from the July 27, 2023 edition

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 By Ed Moreth    Sports    July 27, 2023

3-on-3 draws record numbers

Near 100-degree temperatures didn't seem to deter boys and girls and men and women from stepping out onto the hot pavement of the old Plains airport runway Saturday for a day of basketball. Eighty...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    July 27, 2023

Sanders County moving to Stage II fire restrictions

The entire northwest region of the state will move to stage II fire restrictions on Saturday. This includes Sanders County. Bill Naegeli with the Officer of Emergency Management said the restrictions...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    July 27, 2023

MDT addressing quality issues with TF paving project

UPDATE: On Tuesday, crews began profile grinding on the Thompson Falls Main Street project. Grinding the newly paved surface is in order to address the quality issues identified by MDT. According to...

 

Communication put to the test

Friends, family and couples got to test their communication skills Saturday as the Clark Fork Valley Elks hosted the second annual Blindfolded Side by Side competition at the Lodge in Thompson Falls....

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    July 27, 2023

Public transportation looks to expand services

Sanders County Transportation (SCT), based in Hot Springs, currently services the county with limited drivers and buses. Director Kelly Dossett from The Council On Aging in Hot Springs says she plans to expand those services in Noxon and the rest of...

 
 By Annie Wooden    News    July 27, 2023

County imposing fire restrictions

The Kootenai National Forest is imposing Stage I fire restrictions, which will go into effect 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 29. Sanders County will also move to Stage I restrictions on Saturday. KNF stated in a press release that fire danger has been...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    July 27, 2023

TRAFFIC DISRUPTION

The road between Hot Springs and Plains was blocked briefly last week following an accident with a semi trailer and another truck. The accident occurred just before 8 a.m. on July 17, near mile...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Opinion    July 27, 2023

Our Viewpoint: Progress comes with compromise

Conflict is everywhere – within our families, among our friends, in places of business, on the internet – and while conflict is unavoidable and uncomfortable, it’s necessary for growth and change. But it can also halt progress where we need there...

 

Restrictions not black and white

Editor, In response to the editorial, Access to Information Should Not Be Denied, in the July 14 issue, I would first like to share that the widespread "book ban" you address, is nothing of the sort. The Oxford dictionary defines ban as "officially...

 
 By Sandy Compton    Opinion    July 27, 2023

A Few Thoughts ... About the real west

They’re making hay in southwestern Montana, cutting record harvests in the Big Hole, Horse Prairie and the Beaverhead and Madison valleys. These water-rich bottoms are sandwiched between spectacular Montana ranges: the Pioneers, Anaconda-Pintler a...

 

Remember When?

6 YEARS AGO • JULY 25, 1918 BELKNAP CROPS RUINED BY HAIL Many Ranchers Lost Everything in Severe Storm Roofs Broken Down and Young Chickens and Turkeys Killed A hail storm that for violence and damage inflicted was the worst in the history of t...

 

Question of the week: How do you keep bread fresh in summer heat?

SHELLI FRAZIER, Plains - “I keep all the air out of the bag. Air dries it out and causes mold.” ROCHELLE OTTO, Plains - “We keep our homemade bread in the freezer, then on the counter where it gets used up quickly.” ORVALL KUESTER, Plains - “I keep...

 

Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Dan Sheteron, 63, seatbelt violation, $20. Sean Averill, 47, day speeding, $70. Morgan Portlock, 26, day speeding, $70. Rachel Grant, 39, speeding in a restricted zone, $105. Frederick Grider, 75, speeding in a restricted...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    July 27, 2023

Guilty verdict in high-speed chase

Homer Sam Coleman changed his plea and was sentenced by Judge James Manley in 20th District Judicial Court on Tuesday. Coleman pled guilty to negligent endangerment while the court dismissed a count of criminal intent. Coleman was arrested April 6,...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 8; T. Falls, 5; Hot Springs, 3; Trout Creek, 2; Heron, 1; Paradise, 1; Noxon, 1. Monday, July 17 Welfare check, T. Falls. Assist other agency, Dixon. Motor vehicle crash, Hot Springs. Request for welfare check. Civil attempts,...

 

Evelyn Charlene Haun

March 25, 1937 - October 20, 2022 Our beautiful mother, Evelyn Charlene Haun passed at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, MT. on Thursday, October 20, 2022, in the early afternoon, due to... Full story

 

Dedication Saturday for gazebo park

by Shannon Brown The gazebo at 501 Main Street in Thompson Falls has become known as Sherry’s Gazebo Pocket Park. “Since Sherry owned and operated the Barber Pole business in the adjoining building for years, we decided to dedicate the Gazebo Poc...

 

Chicken, music, fun at annual jamboree

This year's Chicken Jamboree was held Saturday, July 15, at the Power Park in Thompson Falls. The near 100-degree temperature did not stop people from showing up for the annual event put on by the...

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    July 27, 2023

Plains hardware store expands

The Gambles store in Plains now has room to spread out after acquiring the lot across the street where the gasket company used to be. GOR had growing pains of its own and moved to a bigger location....

 
 By Shannon Brown    News    July 27, 2023

Mother-daughter duo offers coffee in Plains

The new bright pink coffee trailer, located on Highway 200 at 704 West Railroad Avenue next to Baldy Mountain Tire shop in Plains, belongs to MariJo Josephson and daughter Hailey Jo Kovarik. They...

 
 By Ed Moreth    Communities    July 27, 2023

LDS celebrates its historic trip

A gathering at Fred Young Park Saturday was all about community, camaraderie and history. Saturday was "Pioneer Day" for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the country...

 

Design program to benefit TF project

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council, is pleased to announce the 2023 communities taking part in this year’s Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. Thompson Falls is one of eight communities sel...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    July 27, 2023

Petteys the chip-in king

Dave Petteys proved to be the king of chip-ins last week at River's Bend, putting one in off the green in each round of league play. On Tuesday, Petteys started the chip-in train on No. 7. Russ Wood also had a chip-in last Tuesday, on No. 2, and he...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    July 27, 2023

Last Wednesday team finishes first

They may be sitting in last place for the first half of the season, but the Clark Fork Seamless Gutters team knows how to come together and scramble for a win. The Wednesday night crew had some fun last week at River's Bend as they enjoyed a...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Sports    July 27, 2023

Jan, Lana lead Monday ladies

The Over the Hill Gang braved the summer heat Monday for a round of swings at River's Bend Gofl Course in Thompson Falls. Jan Thompson led the ladies with a long drive on No. 9 and a low net of 37, while Lana Nolen shot the low gross of 45. For the...

 

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