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  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Jun 20, 2024

    11 YEARS AGO • JUNE 9, 1960 TF SWIMMING POOL TO OPEN WEDNESDAY Thompson Falls’ heated community swimming pool will open for the summer Wednesday. Miss Nancy Friday has been employed as lifeguard and John Duffield will be an assistant. The pool will be open for three two-hour shifts daily Tuesday through Sunday of each week. It will be closed Mondays for cleaning. Children up to 10 years old who are able to take care of themselves will swim daily from 1 to 3 p.m. Boys and girls 10 years and older will swim from 3 to 5 p.m. and adults and familie...

  • Question of the week: Do you recreate in Sanders County waters?

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    AMY MCGRAW, Plains - “I fish, swim, and go boating, paddle boarding, and inner tube floating in the Little Thompson River, Rock Creek and Clark Fork River with my daughter.” JERREN BORGMANN, Plains - “I fish, swim, boat, or anything I can do in the Clark Fork River or Thompson River. Those are my main two water sources I use.” SOPHIA SEYMOUR, Paradise - “I live on the Clark Fork. I mostly swim and fish.” MARIA SEYMOUR, Paradise - “I swim and kayak in the Clark Fork but go fishing in the Flathead River. I also enjoy picnics by the water.” DEBBI...

  • 4-H members present fashion show of creativity

    Ed Moreth|Jun 20, 2024

    A group of 4-H members demonstrated their custom creations in a runway of not so high fashion, but nonetheless unique at their 2024 Fashion Revue and Patchwork Parade. Four girls and two boys participated in the annual 4-H event, which involved an interviewing process, where judges Carla Kinzie and Lara Hagerman questioned the 4-H'ers about their entries. The event was held at the Plains Bible Chapel last Tuesday. The 4-H members were graded on presentation, construction, workmanship, materials,...

  • Library plans summer reading program

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    The Thompson Falls Summer Reading Program is up and running thanks to the Friends of the Library fundraising for prizes, and thanks to the Elks Club for their donation of Kindles. Kids who double their goals earn an extra ticket for the mystery box. Readers who triple their goals earn a bonus raffle ticket for regular prizes. In the seven and up age group, the child that reads the most minutes will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. In the age group six and below, whoever reads the most picture books, or has books read to them, will receive a spec...

  • Conservation districts provide pollinator seeds

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    Free seed mixes were handed out through the month of May by the Eastern Sanders County Conservation District and the Green Mountain Conservation District as part of the Sanders County Pollinator Initiative. Emily Baker and Morgan Owens were at the Trout Creek location on May 21 to give bags of flower seeds to interested residents. "This mix is specially selected for Western Montana and includes flowers of all shapes and sizes," Baker said. "Not only will this seed mix provide beautiful flowers...

  • TF students learn geospatial skills

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    Summer camp often makes one think of swimming and hiking at a location away from home. But this science camp took place on the Thompson Falls High School campus. Science teacher Doree Thilmony said her school applied for and received funding for the camp held last week in her classroom. "The camp covered geospatial skills such as interpreting maps, using data to make maps, using technology to record data for mapping and careers for Geological Information Systems, GIS," Thilmony said. Twelve...

  • SCHS participates in history project

    Jun 20, 2024

    by Lorri Renard The Sanders County Historical Society (SCHS) became a contributor to the Montana History Portal with their first contribution going live on Monday, May 6, 2024. The project began in late October 2023 with a virtual meeting with the director of the Montana History Portal Jennifer Birnel, SCHS President Sherry Hagerman-Benton, Old Jail Museum Director Vonn Briggs, and Lorri Renard providing SCHS technical support for the project. The Montana History Portal is part of the Montana State Library online system and provides open...

  • Crime novel brings FBI to Sandpoint

    Jun 20, 2024

    Northwestern writer Dick Sonnichsen’s newest book is Tumbleweed: Angela’s Sometimes Messy and Complex Odyssey To Find Her Voice. His character Nicky White is in Sandpoint, Idaho, for the summer, a recent college grad taking a gap year to soak up some lake time and meet new friends at the White Pine Pub. But Nicky has a secret or two. Her real name is Angela Wilson and she’s an FBI Special Agent working undercover to figure out if somebody really wants to blow up a coal train on the famous Pend Oreille Lake railroad trestle, or if it’s just a...

  • CROSSWORD SOLUTION

    Jun 20, 2024

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. ACED 5. FTC 8. MOB 11. SHIES 13. AHA 14. CARE 15. LIRAS 16. SEN 17. ARAD 18. CAFES 20. TON 21. NANA 22. AMERICAS 25. PREMATURELY 30. ENEMIES 31. MYM 32. CAGER 33. BENNE 38. BAN 41. CLARIFY 43. UNAVAILABLE 45. RESONATE 47. MOAB 49. DKM 50. SABER 55. ELBA 56. YEP 57. AILED 59. NEBN 60. NEE 61. RABIA 62. DAI 63. END 64. SEND SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. ASL 2. CHIC 3. EIRA 4. DEAF 5. FASTER 6. THEOREM 7. CANNILY 8. MARAS 9. ORAN 10. BEDA 12. SSE 14. CANA 19. SATE 23. MUS 24. CYMBAL 25. PEC 26. RNA 27. EEG 28. MME 29. AIRBUS 34. ERA 35....

  • Hot Springs celebrates with rodeo, parade, fun

    Skye Hill|Jun 13, 2024

    by Shannon Brown and Skye Hill Saturday's 75th annual Homesteader Days in Hot Springs had plenty to offer locals and travelers. The Farmer's Market set up on the street by the park at 9 a.m.. Other early events included the Skunk Alley Run with 3k and 13k runners, the car show on Main Street, as well as live music, food and craft vendors. Smokey Bear led the Kiddie Parade beginning at noon. The short parade had plenty of colorful costumes and a wagon with a baby dressed as a chicken. The Skunk...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Jun 13, 2024

    6 YEARS AGO • MAY 14, 1964 MAIN STREET FILLED WITH BUSINESS SHIFTS Spring is time for a change and nowhere is change more evident this spring than in the business community of Thompson Falls. This week announcements were made of two major shifts - sale of the Big Pine Tourist Court (most recently known as Little Bear) and the scheduled move of the Stobie Shopping Center (from the building now housing True Value) to the former’s Vet Club Hall this weekend. These changes are but two among more than in the past 12-month period involving 20 whi...

  • Question of the week: Do you read local newspapers?

    Shannon Brown|Jun 13, 2024

    JOY ART, Hot Springs, - “I try not to pay attention to the news. I stay in my gate, so to speak.” AURORA PAGE, Plains - “I don’t read the paper. I get the news from my friends.” SIERRA LILLY, Thompson Falls - “I don’t read the newspapers or watch TV. I get noteworthy news from my husband.” HOLLIS KEY, Hot Springs - “I don’t keep up with the news in the summertime. During the school year I watch current events news provided by an online source, 'World from A to Z.'” KATHIE FRONAPEL, Hot Springs/Helena - “I love the Sanders County Ledger....

  • Plains students tour local bison ranch

    Shannon Brown|Jun 13, 2024

    Rhonda Leaper's and Judi Warner's Plains third grade classes were treated to a tour at the Harlow Bison Ranch in Thompson Falls as the school year came to a close. The tour was conducted by ranch owner Melinda Onakalea. She and husband Adam moved back to Montana to run Melinda's family ranch. The ranch was originally used for raising sheep. "Later it was leased out to cattle ranchers. I came home in 2019 after being gone for 22 years to turn it into a bison ranch," Melinda said. The tours...

  • Fairgrounds join Plains Day activities

    Ed Moreth|Jun 13, 2024

    Plains Day was extended beyond the town limits this year and went on for a second day with the Sanders County Fairgrounds "First Annual Plains Day Events" of team roping and barrel racing. Chip VonHeeder, formerly of Plains, and Jolene Burke, a Plains resident, held rodeo events on Saturday's Plains Day and Sunday, and the Kelly Hughes Band provided musical entertainment on Saturday night. It was the first time for Burke and VonHeeder to utilize the fairgrounds arena for their competitions....

  • Plains market begins

    Ed Moreth|Jun 13, 2024

    Seventeen vendors participated in the first Plains Farmers Market at the Fred Young Park Friday, drawing a constant flow of people throughout the evening. "It was a pretty good turnout for the first one," said Linda Wilson, one of the coordinators for the seasonal event, which had a variety of goods - clothing, jewelry, eggs, fruit, vegetables, lavender, herbs, bath products, and jams and jellies. Wilson said they had six first-timers, including Amish bakers Reuben and Martha Yoder of Plains,...

  • Crossword Solution

    Jun 13, 2024

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. HUPA 5. AEONS 10. ERASER 12. BATONS 14. REGENERATOR 16. AB 18. MAG 19. NAT 20. SCUTA 22. UTE 23. HADES 25. OTIS 26. DON 27. MIS 28. SAD 30. IRE 31. EBON 33. TABLES 35. ERRED 37. MOIST 38. LEADED 40. MATT 41. ACT 42. MAM 44. BAN 45. AAR 48. PEEL 50. TAALS 52. RBE 53. SISAL 55. IDA 56. IBM 57. EP 58. SALMONELLAE 63. THECAE 65. CRANNY 66. TREND 67. AGOG SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. HAG 2. USE 3. PEN 4. ARENAS 5. ABATES 6. EAT 7. OTOS 8. NORCO 9. SN 10. ERATO 11. REGENERATES 13. SATIRES 15. RAD 17. BASEST 18. MUD 21. UTILITARIAN 23. HIN...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Jun 6, 2024

    6 YEARS AGO • FEBRUARY 1964 CITY TO DONATE SCHOOL SITE The city council Monday agreed to make available to School District 2 from 20 to 25 acres in the old golf course area as a future school building site. Before a formal transfer of ground is made to the school district, the city council will have to have a survey made to determine the number of available acres remaining on the old golf course. Other details of the transfer would have to be worked out between the city attorney and the school district’s legal council. The council ind...

  • Question of the week: What is your idea of a great weekend?

    Skye Hill|Jun 6, 2024

    Bill Imrie, Thompson Falls - “Going camping.” Pat Miller, Thompson Falls - “Fishing with nice weather.” Ken Montoure, Thompson Falls - “Fishing.” Ron Blacic, Trout Creek - “Fishing anywhere in beautiful Montana.” Tyler Nolan, Shelby - “Spending time with family at our cabin.” Alissa Nolan, Shelby - “Swimming with family at the hot springs....

  • TF students shine in annual variety show

    Shannon Brown|Jun 6, 2024

    Variety is what describes the talent show presented this year at the annual Thompson Falls Elementary Show. From kindergarteners to teachers, the show had plenty of performers to entertain the audience of peers, coworkers and family. Performers auditioned for a spot in the show with music teacher Lisa Mickelson. The show began with Paraprofessional Lacey Scharfe on the piano. She was followed by the Junior High Band Ensemble performing "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man. They were dressed in...

  • TC Adventist School takes educational road trip

    Jun 6, 2024

    On May 15, students from Trout Creek Adventist School embarked on an exciting educational journey to the Montana State Capitol. The group, comprised of eager fourth to eighth graders, enjoyed a day filled with learning and exploration in the heart of Montana's government. The highlight of their visit was receiving copies of both the Montana State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, generously provided by the Secretary of State's office. These important documents will serve as valuable...

  • Paradise Center roundhouse opens for visitors

    Ed Moreth|Jun 6, 2024

    The Paradise Center's newest roundhouse opened for the public on Saturday with artifacts continuing to be moved into the building. Volunteers moved an antique velocipede into the mini roundhouse last Wednesday for the Treating Plant bay of the roundhouse. It took several people - Gary Sanks, Jacqueline Colyer, Keegan Hall, Douglas Wilks, and Dave Colyer - to move the 150-pound velocipede from the center's auditorium to its new home in the roundhouse. The velocipede was donated by Charles "Ole"...

  • Back in business

    Annie Wooden|Jun 6, 2024

    The Angry Beaver General Store in Noxon is back in business after a February fire destroyed the store and deli in Noxon. With cleanup complete at the store site, owner Teresa Jackson opened a food truck last week. Blondeez Country Food Truckin will be open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Noxon. Jackson said she's also working on getting a temporary building in which to open a store with limited items. Patrons sampled items such as burgers, birria tacos and hand battered...

  • FSPW launches summer hikek season

    Jun 6, 2024

    Our local trails are wild and rugged. There are endless opportunities to find solitude. Or enjoy a day with friends and family while exploring our shared public forests. The Scotchman Peaks proposed wilderness area alone offers 88,000 acres to explore, most of which are seldom traveled. “Most of us live here because we love being around and exploring truly wild country,” said Brooke Bolin, Outreach Coordinator at Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. “But getting familiar with our local trails alone can be an overwhelming feat. And the gener...

  • Old Jail Museum tells history of businesses

    Shannon Brown|Jun 6, 2024

    The Old Jail Museum in Thompson Falls has its annual themed exhibit, as well as regular exhibits, ready for viewers. This year's exhibit is titled Businesses in Sanders County, Past and Present. Several items have been donated to display what dry goods stores, banks, and restaurants looked like in bygone days. "People couldn't hop in their cars and drive to Missoula or Kalispell to go shopping," museum president Sherry Hagerman-Benton said. They needed supplies to be local. In Plains the...

  • Clowns offer entertinament, education

    Shannon Brown|Jun 6, 2024

    Sanders County schools and the long-term care facility at Clark Fork Valley Hospital, along with the Hot Springs Rehab Center, welcomed three entertainers during May who made jokes and magic their business while educating the audience about fire safety. The trio from Trout Creek also had the upcoming circus on their agenda as they talked about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus. The circus will be in Thompson Falls Saturday, June 22. Joni Mosher accompanied the clowns to pass out a flier about...

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