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  • TF kids have fun, learn technique in Mack Days

    Sep 28, 2023

    Some Thompson Falls kids are getting in on the Mack Days action on Flathead Lake. Paisley Helvey of Thompson Falls and her brother Blaine are leading the 12 and under category of the event, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a tool to reduce the number of non-native lake trout in the lake. Paisley has 13 lake trout entries and Blaine turned in 12. Paisley, age 8, also turned in a $100 tagged fish. Kendra Helvey said her kids fished all three days last weekend with their...

  • CHEERING ON THE TEAM

    Skye Hill|Sep 28, 2023

    The Plains junior high cross country team cheers on Marina Tulloch as she nears the finish line during the Thompson Falls Invitational last week. Tulloch finished third overall. For more on the week in local sports, see page 9....

  • School districts adapt to transportation changes

    Shannon Brown|Sep 28, 2023

    A decades-old transportation agreement between the Thompson Falls, Noxon and Trout Creek school districts allowing buses to cross district boundaries to pick up students has been changed. The agreement that had been in place for the last 34 years allowed buses to cross district lines to pick up and drop off students. The districts included were the elementary district and high school districts in Thompson Falls and Noxon and the elementary district in Trout Creek. Prior to the new school year a meeting was held to discuss the current and past a...

  • Plains man paints in Israel

    Ed Moreth|Sep 28, 2023

    A Plains man traveled to Israel to take in the sights of an ancient country, but he took time out to give a group of special needs kids a painting lesson. Artist Dave Williams spent almost eight hours in the village of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran in the Negev Desert of Israel teaching children to paint. Rather than painting in a formal class setting, Williams had his session on a sidewalk in the shade. "I believe there was a misunderstanding because I prepared for a class setting and they thought I...

  • Supporting kids and local soccer programs

    Annie Wooden|Sep 28, 2023

    There was a lot of soccer in my life last week. On Monday I went to Plains to watch the Clark Fork girls play Columbia Falls. The Clark Fork teams consist of young men and women from throughout the region and is considered a club sport because it hasn’t been approved by any Sanders County school boards. Then on Saturday I watched kids from age 3 to 12 play various games in Thompson Falls for a full day of fun. There were teams from throughout the county. Plains, Thompson Falls, Hot Springs and Trout Creek competed, as well as Superior. There w...

  • Montana Viewpoint

    Jim Elliott|Sep 28, 2023

    Last Sunday, September 17, was the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. I want to think of those giants of history, the founders of America, brave, wise, not perfect, but good, who compromised, not their principles, but their desires, in order to bring together a nation that has served as a shining example to the world of what can be accomplished for the benefit of humankind. I want to think of them, but what keeps intruding on my thoughts are sev...

  • Finding reliable news sources

    Sep 28, 2023

    It’s hard to figure out a reputable media source to gather accurate information with countless avenues to obtain news in our country. It is vital to distinguish between opinion and fact to avoid having different bases of information. Facts can’t be argued against as they are provable. Unfortunately, people often disagree on what is factual and what isn’t. Opinion is someone’s perspective and can be argued against. It is vital to know the difference to avoid pointless arguments. Criteria for a reliable news source would require no fabrication, d...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Sep 28, 2023

    13 YEARS AGO • OCTOBER 1, 1947 BIG PAY Thompson Falls Lumber Co. that operates east of town, better known as Brown’s Mill, is a good place to work. Talk to any of the boys who work out there and they will tell you the pay is good, average around $300 a month, plenty of overtime at time and a half, and Arden Davis, the Superintendent, is fair and square.. The Brown mill pays tops over all the mills around, by 7 or 10 cents an hour. Some of the top men, such as the sawyers, etc., get almost $1.90 an hour. The sawyer is the key man in any mil...

  • Question of the week: What is your favorite breed/color of horse?

    Shannon Brown|Sep 28, 2023

    LAINEY ERWIN, Trout Creek - “The American Quarter Horse and dun color.” GIADA VIVIANO, Trout Creek - “Palominos and friesians are my favorite breeds. Paints are my favorite color, and palomino colors.” SIERRA SYMINGTON, Ronan - “I like them all as long as they don’t buck. My favorite colors are bay and sorrel.” MADISYN MAILMAN, Kalispell - “Percherons and haflingers and roan colors.” LETTIE HUBLER, Marion - “Ponies, and red roans.” BROOKLYNN CRAIN, Plains - “My favorite breed is quarter horse and favorite color is strawberry roan....

  • Sheriff's Log

    Sep 28, 2023

    Ambulance: Plains, 8; T. Falls, 8; Hot Springs, 5; Trout Creek, 2; Paradise, 1; Noxon, 1. Monday, September 18 Business contact, T. Falls. Fire, T. Falls. Fire, Plains. General animal call/complaint, Paradise. General animal call/complaint, T. Falls. Assist Gov agency or citizen, Heron. Automated alarm call, Hot Springs. Abandoned vehicle, Dixon. General animal call/complaint, Plains. Privacy in communications, T. Falls. Intoxicated subject, Plains. Fire, Plains. Pedestrian/hitchhiker stop, Dixon. Civil standby, T. Falls. Lost & found item,...

  • Justice Court

    Sep 28, 2023

    Montana Highway Patrol James Arnold, 35, careless driving, $85. Jennay Ovitt, 31, seatbelt violation, $20. Eleanor Coggins, 43, day speeding, $120. Luke Hojnacki, 67, day speeding, $70. Sanders County Sheriff’s Office Bernt Allestad, 39, operate non-commercial vehicle with alcohol concentration of 0.08% BAC or greater, 1st offense, $1,135 with $400 suspended. Emily Moore, 43, speeding in a restricted zone, $55. Ryan Hawley, 28, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Edward Leshinski, 37, passing in a no-passing zone, $85. Motor Carrier Services T...

  • Hot Springs royalty crowned

    Ed Moreth|Sep 28, 2023

    Hot Springs Superintendent Gerald Chouinard said it's possible a new English monarch might go to volleyball games, but he was skeptical that the queen actually gets out on the floor to play after her coronation. The newly crowned Hot Springs king, Nick McAllister, 16, joined the over 100 fans in the bleachers and his queen, Brooke Jackson, 16, took to the floor with the rest of her Hot Springs Lady Savage Heat team Saturday evening. The newly crowned king and queen, both juniors, were among...

  • Blue Hawk Homecoming

    Skye Hill|Sep 28, 2023

    Blue Hawk seniors Max Hannum and Faith Palmer were crowned king and queen at halftime of the football game on Friday....

  • Noxon Homecoming

    Skye Hill|Sep 28, 2023

    Shamus Wheeldon and Maygan Swanson were crowned king and queen during the Noxon homecoming football game earlier this month....

  • Realtors donate to nonprofits

    Shannon Brown|Sep 28, 2023

    Eighteen Sanders County organizations received a check from Clearwater Properties during a recent gathering in Trout Creek. Businesses and club representatives attended the event at the Lakeside Motel and Resort. Realtors donate a percentage of their commissions to predesignated nonprofits. "When we sell a house, we ask the buyer if they have an organization that they want to donate to," Broker Jeanette Carr-Smith said. The money is taken off the top and put into a bank account for the end of...

  • 4-H members challenged in class

    Shannon Brown|Sep 28, 2023

    The Whiskey Trail Ranch out of Hot Springs hosted a working ranch class for 4-H students last weekend. Ranch managers Scott and Tammy McAllister judged the four girls from Plains and Trout Creek on Sunday. "We had six signed up but two canceled," said Wendy Carr with MSU Extension. Carr is co-superintendent with Shannon Chojnacky for 4-H horse projects. Everyone helped with gathering cows and moving them from pen to pen for the events. "It was good for the girls to help sort cows a bit before...

  • Sonja Marie Kutch Fehrs Knerr

    Sep 28, 2023

    Sonja "Marie" Kutch Fehrs Knerr, 84, was born on February 20, 1939, to Arthur and Helen Johnson Kutch Weis in Tekoa, Washington. She left this world to be heavenly bound on September 20, 2023, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Montana. Her early childhood years were spent in and around the Sanders, Idaho area. She graduated from Plummer High School in Plummer, Idaho, in 1957. She enjoyed cooking, arts and crafts, decorating anything, and would give away almost anything to brighten... Full story

  • Community Helpers

    Sep 28, 2023

    First graders at Plains Elementary are spending time this fall getting to know community helpers. Teacher Beth Meaden said the students have had special visits from local community helpers, including Steve Spurr with Montana Highway Patrol, lineman Ben Miller with NorthWestern Energy and EMTs Calep Sapp and Deb Banner. Recently Lieutenant Sonya Black with the Plains/Paradise Rural Fire District talked to the students. Black talked about responding to the River Road East fire, and Meaden said...

  • LIVING ON THE EDGE

    Ed Moreth|Sep 28, 2023

    A skipper butterfly takes a break at the edge of a juniper shrub while moving from plant to plant looking for flower nectar. The small colorful skipper butterfly is common throughout Montana and seen from late June and into September, according to the Montana Field Guide, which lists nearly 70 different species of skipper butterflies throughout the state. Wendy Carr, the agriculture and horticulture MSU Sanders County Extension agent, believes it is a sachem skipper....

  • Savage Heat grounds Two Eagle

    Ed Moreth|Sep 28, 2023

    The Hot Springs varsity volleyball team lived up to its banner in the school gymnasium - "Cage the Eagles" - and swept the Eagles at the Hot Springs homecoming game Saturday night. The Hot Springs Lady Savage Heat picked up their fourth victory this season by winning all three games against the Two Eagle River School Eagles 25-7, 25-8 and 25-4. "They did a great job. Our starters held the intensity even with our subs in," said Taylor Salmi, head coach for the Savage Heat. "I'm pretty proud of...

  • Blue Hawks on a homecoming high

    Skye Hill|Sep 28, 2023

    THOMPSON FALLS 46, ANACONDA 0 The Thompson Falls Blue Hawks added a win to their helmets, taking down the Anaconda Copperheads 46-0 in the homecoming game Friday for the Hawks. Quickly in the first quarter Bryson LeCoure scored on a massive 30-yard interception for the Blue Hawks, setting the tone for the first half. In the second quarter Anaconda's defense held Thompson at bay to start but LeCoure showed his strong arm with a quick and easy five-yard pass to Max Hannum for another Blue Hawk...

  • Hawks host 16 schools for annual meet

    Skye Hill|Sep 28, 2023

    The Thompson Falls Blue Hawk runners had the home advantage last week, hosting 16 schools at River's Bend Golf Course for the Thompson Falls Invitational. River's Bend is known to be a favorite among the coaches and runners due to its soft and gentle racing surface, Thompson Falls coach Sarah Naegeli said. More than 500 runners competed, including both high school and junior high. Blue Hawk Blake Shusterman led the boys, crossing the finish line in 21 minutes, 32 seconds. Tuff Ryder was close...

  • SOCCER SATURDAY

    Annie Wooden|Sep 28, 2023

    Thompson Falls youth soccer hosted Plains, Hot Springs, Trout Creek and Superior on Saturday for a day of competition. U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 teams took the fields....

  • Crossword Solution

    Sep 28, 2023

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. SSC 4. SEND 8. LAHR 10. OLDIE 11. OLIO 12. AVIDLY 13. VATUS 15. SPECIES 16. AMINE 17. GLORIES 18. KINDERGARTENS 21. AAR 22. HAG 23. ATM 24. RET 25. GEL 26. RAG 27. MARILYN MONROE 34. DERANGE 35. TEALS 36. DONATED 37. CUBIC 38. JUDGES 39. SIVA 40. FREES 41. SEEP 42. RADS 43. SSE SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. SLOVAK 2. SALAMI 3. CHITIN 4. SLICING 5. EDDIES 6. NILES 7. DEYS 9. ROUND 10. OVEREAT 12. APOTHEGM 14. SEE 15. SLR 17. GAR 19. RATLINES 20. GAM 23. AERATES 24. RAN 25. GARAGES 26. RYE 27. MENDED 28. LGD 29. OTC 30. NEUSS 31. RABIES... Full story

  • Hawks finding their groove

    Skye Hill|Sep 28, 2023

    THOMPSON FALLS 3, ARLEE 0 For homecoming the Thompson Falls Lady Hawks took on the Arlee Scarlets for a quick home win in three sets 25-12, 25-11, 25-12. In the first set, the Lady Hawks and the Scarlets were neck and neck until Thompson took a strong serving lead. Keeping their confidence, the Lady Hawks came into the second set strong. Their defense was on high alert as Thompson was able to get a lead against Arlee. Like a whirlwind the match was in the third set, and the young Lady Hawks...

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