Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition

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Noxon parade lights up the night

First responders in Noxon brought a little Christmas magic to the community last Wednesday with a parade through town. Fire chief Jack Byler organized the parade with five fire trucks and an...

 

Plains students learn Christmas traditions

From Ireland to Australia, the Plains school students were treated to a day of worldly Christmas traditions before they left for Christmas break. The teachers in each grade level developed lessons...

 

Santa, helpers visit Dixon School

For the fifth year in a row the Dixon students were visited by Santa and several helpers to spread gifts and cheer. Some of those helpers come in the form of the Youth Group from Plains Harvest Commun...

 

Lolo NF appreciates public input

by Lolo National Forest The Lolo National Forest would like to express their appreciation to the community of Thompson Falls for their continued engagement in discussions around “The Orchard.” “I want to sincerely thank the community residents...

 

Our Viewpoint: Make Time Count

It's time. This week we are focused on the time counting down to 2024. Remembering the moments in 2023 and being hopeful for the next year. There's so much energy put into this final week. Did you go on that trip? Did you make good on those...

 

12 days of legislative Christmas

We’re all familiar with the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” In recognition of the holiday season, I’d like to share some of the good work your state lawmakers accomplished in the legislative session at the beginning of the yea...

 

A 2023 political recap

Skyrocketing property taxes. Astronomical energy rates. Homes that are unaffordable to most Montanans. And yet more big tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy, while the rest of us are left to foot the bill. When we look back on the last year, all these...

 

Slice of Life: Find your joy!

Here we are again at the end of another year, embroiled in the age-old debate, do I make a New Year’s Resolution or not? For several years I held firm that I had enough challenges in life that I...

 

Remember When?

105 YEARS AGO • DECEMBER 19, 1918 SKATING POND IN THOMPSON FALLS Under the supervision of County Surveyor, John Brauer, the Town of Thompson Falls will have a skating pond that is not only safe but also very convenient. The new pond is being...

 

Justice Court

Sanders County Sheriff's Office Chad Howell, 46, disorderly conduct, 1st offense, $235. Cody Allan Posio, 19, day speeding, $20. Montana Highway Patrol Kip Hartman, 39, speeding in restricted zone, $85. Motor Carrier Services Micah Menzel, 31,...

 

Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: T. Falls, 8; Plains, 8; Hot Springs, 6; Dixon, 1; Heron, 1; Noxon, 1. Monday, December 18 Motor vehicle crash, Trout Creek. Extra patrol request, Plains. Inmate transport, T. Falls. Theft, Plains. Motor vehicle crash, Lonepine. Livestock,...

 

Grange hosts avalanche awareness discussion

by Jan Manning The best way to survive an avalanche is to avoid it in the first place. That’s the objective of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center’s “Know Before You Go” program, presented last week at Whitepine Grange. Jon Totten, who’s been...

 

Woman's Club collects shoes for national drive

by Shannon Brown The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Montana, Thompson Falls Chapter, has taken on the fundraiser “gotsneakers?” A sneaker recycling organization redistributes and recycles athletic shoes and sneakers nationwide. According...

 

Ambulance service seeks volunteers

The Community Ambulance Service of Western Sanders County, also known as Noxon Ambulance, started its service in 1971 as a basic life support, BLS, service. "We serve the communities of Heron, Noxon...

 

Spotlight on the Arts

from the Paradise Center Maddox VanElswyk Thompson Falls Elementary Article by Karen Thorson Maddox VanElswyk is 10 years old and is in the fifth grade at Thompson Falls Elementary School. His...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    December 28, 2023

Hanks signs with Boise State

The weather may have been cloudy and cold last Wednesday, but the gym of Thompson Falls High School was warm and bright as Senior Hayden Hanks signed to go to Boise State University in front of...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    December 28, 2023

Blue Hawks beat Wardens at home

THOMPSON FALLS 56, DEER LODGE 33 The Blue Hawk boys kicked off their holiday break with intensity Thursday night, beating Deer Lodge 56-33 at home. It was an aggressive game as the Wardens bested the...

 
 By Skye Hill    Sports    December 28, 2023

Successful road trip for TFHS

The Thompson Falls Blue Hawk wrestlers hit the road going to the Deer Lodge mixer before the holidays. The girls team had nine matches, winning five of those. Senior Desani Bewick in the 100-pound weight class took two wins by pin, and Veronica Vega...

 

SISTER ACT

Playing a sport at the college level is a big accomplishment. Being a two-sport athlete takes a lot of time and commitment. Getting to play two sports in college with your sister is a special, rare...

 

CROSSWORD SOLUTION

SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. MAIM 5. MSB 8. MTV 11. SHOAL 13. APO 14. MARE 15. GENRE 16. RIO 17. ACED 18. MACER 20. IRS 21. RHEA 22. HESITATES 25. DEMODULATED 30. ATAVISM 31. SRO 32. PACAS 33. ROCKS 38. BAD 41. PRECOOK 43. AMELIORATOR 45. AMERICANA 48. BAAL... Full story

 

Sounds of the season

If you listened carefully the last couple of weeks you might have been able to hear all the beautiful music from one end of the county to the other. Like a ripple effect, schools performed their...

 

Bowling scores

OVER THE HILL GANG W L Jokers Wild 34 26 Leftovers 31 29 Roll’n Along 30 30 Com’bak Kids 29.5 30.5 Fun Team 29 31 Mixed Nuts 26.5 33.5 Team Scr. Game: Fun Team, 748; Scr. Series: Fun Team, 2159; Hcp. Game: Jokers Wild, 884; Hcp. Series: Roll’n...

 

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