Articles from the July 29, 2021 edition

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 By John Hamilton    News    July 29, 2021

Fire forces evacuations

That fire on the mountain everyone has been watching is going to be with us for a while. The Thorne Creek fire, which was ignited by lightning July 7 and has been steadily growing and visible from... Full story

 By Annie Wooden    News    July 29, 2021

Thorne Creek Fire nears 16,000 acres

The Thorne Creek Fire continues to burn just north of Thompson Falls. As of Saturday morning the fire, which was sparked by lightning on July 8, had burned 15,860 acres and was 0% contained. More... Full story

 By John Dowd    News    July 29, 2021

State tests gun found in river

The serial number on a firearm found Sunday afternoon at the Flat Iron Fishing access site west of Thompson Falls matches that of a firearm purchased by former Thompson Falls Danielle Wood in 2018,...

 By Miriah Kardelis    News    July 29, 2021

Plains discusses future growth

Sanders County residents filled the senior center in Plains last Thursday night to sit in on a meeting addressing potential growth plans for the town. An outdated growth policy prompted Plains Mayor Dan Rowan to reach out to Sanders County Community...

 By Ed Moreth    Communities    July 29, 2021

Motocross returns to Plains ahead of fair

It looks like motocross is coming back to Plains. It’s been nearly 10 years since the rumble of cycles could be heard rounding the fairgrounds arena, but now an organization from Kalispell is looking to put on a motocross competition in August. On...

 By John Dowd    News    July 29, 2021

New energy for local group

For the first time in over 20 years, a grange meeting was held this month at the Whitepine Grange. This gathering was to initiate new members and to hold elections to establish officers for the...


Our Viewpoint

This wildfire season has no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We've heard of a lot of people wanting to help the firefighters who are here with the U.S. Forest Service working on the Thorne Creek fire, which is part of the West Lolo Complex. We lov...


Street Smart

I just returned from a three-day visit to hell (aka California) for a work reunion, and COVID was the biggest topic of discussion, just ahead of the rampant crime problem. I was in Los Angeles County...


Letters to the Editor

In the same month we celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence, this year we can also celebrate an amazing 50% reduction — at least temporarily — of childhood poverty. In Montana, 15% of our children live in poverty. On July 15, the...


Remember When?

5 YEARS AGO • AUGUST 4, 2016 OVER 400 CALLED TO FIGHT BIG BLAZE Copper King Fire balloons to over 700 acres in big run At a public meeting Monday, District Ranger Dave Hattis said that he and a crew from the Passport in Time program were on Big Hol...

 By John Dowd    Communities    July 29, 2021

Question of the Week

PATRICK ANDERSON, Thompson Falls - “Yes, it does because you can’t see the beautiful mountains and stuff.” JOHN KAUFMANN, Thompson Falls - “It’s not having a whole lot of effect on the people coming into the area. In the past I have seen...


Sheriff's Log

Ambulance calls: Hot Springs, 4; Thompson Falls, 10; Dixon, 2; Plains, 8. Sunday, July 18 General animal complaint, Hot Springs. Livestock, Paradise. Child welfare, abuse. Fire, Heron. Suspicious activity, T. Falls. Property found, T. Falls....


Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol John Bennett, 55, driving under the influence of alcohol, 2nd offense, $1,335, 7 days jail. Roxsanna Ryan, 64, seatbelt violation, $20. Thomas Jolley, 59, improper passing, $85. Dishant Khatri, 19,speeding in restricted zone,...

 By John Dowd    Communities    July 29, 2021

Volunteers busy preparing for Huckleberry Festival

The annual Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival is getting ready for a full weekend of fun Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15. More than 90 vendors have signed up to be at the festival, according to Carrie Greene. who is in charge of vendors this...

 By John Dowd    News    July 29, 2021

TFHS gym roof replaced after spring storm damage

The windstorm in January left many homes and businesses in need of repair, including the high school in Thompson Falls. The gymnasium roof saw some damage, and the school contracted Buckingham...

 By John Dowd    Communities    July 29, 2021

Woods Journal

Montana is well known for its vast flat prairies, great towering mountains and gurgling creeks and rivers. As beautiful as these are, part of experiencing nature is experiencing the seclusion from technology, the rush of life and other persons....


SCCDC to host housing summit

Sanders County Community Development Corporation (SCCDC) is hosting a Housing Summit Monday, August 2, at the Clark Fork Valley Elks Lodge in Thompson Falls from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Expert panelists will review various technical assistance programs...


Herbert Glenn (Bud) Lacy

Herbert Glenn (Bud) Lacy passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Kalispell, Montana. Bud was born November 16, 1935, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to Herb and Norma Lacy. He grew up on the family's small... Full story


Robert W. Kelley

1944 - 2021 Robert (Bob) passed away of natural causes July 18 at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains. He was born in Shelby, Montana, to P.W. (Pat) Kelley and Mary E. (Betty) Kelley. He was raised... Full story


Sarah Jane Lanning Carroll

Another Angel has gone home. Sarah Jane Lanning Carroll of Trout Creek, Montana, departed this earth on October 22, 2020. Sarah was born on June 5, 1945, in Flint, Michigan, to Loretta and Albert Lanning. She moved to Montana with her husband and... Full story


Katrina Marie Schopp

Katrina Marie Schopp passed away peacefully July 22, 2021, at home with Opportunity Resources in Missoula. She was born October, 26, 1963, to Roger and Betty Schopp of Trout Creek. Katrina struggled with disabilities and health issues all her life,... Full story


William (Bill) Franklin Schnelle

8 September 1936 – 19 December 2020 William (Bill) Franklin Schnelle died unexpectedly on December 19, 2020, following complications after surgery. Bill was born in Lemons, Missouri, on September... Full story

 By Miriah Kardelis    News    July 29, 2021

Freight company building local site

A North Idaho freight company is expanding services in Sanders County to keep up with increased demand. H&H Express is constructing an expansion building in Thompson Falls. Located across from...

 By Shana Neesvig    News    July 29, 2021

Program promotes forest health

"Often, the best resource is simply a neighbor and fellow landowner sharing their experience and knowledge!" emphasizes Montana Tree Farm System (MTFS). Last Thursday, over 65 people gathered at...

 By Miriah Kardelis    News    July 29, 2021

John's Fuel Farm expands services

Offering propane gas delivery and fuel oil services, John's Fuel Farm has opened a location in Thompson Falls. The new site will allow the company to offer services to the entire county, year-round....


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