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  • Thompson Falls pool opens for summer season

    Skye Hill|Jul 4, 2024

    The Thompson Falls city pool is once again filled with the sounds of splashing and children's laughter after not being open last year. Open swim started the week of June 10, with swimming lessons and water aerobics following the week after. The pool opens in the morning at 8:30 a.m. with adult lap swim and adult water aerobics Monday through Friday. This is followed by swimming lessons also on the Monday through Friday schedule with level three beginning at 9:45 a.m, followed by level 2 at 10...

  • Sales bring deals, visitors

    Shannon Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    Sanders County was buzzing Friday and Saturday as hundreds of residents and visitors hit the highways for the annual Sanders Saleing county-wide yard sale event. More than 80 people registered sales for the event, traditionally held the last weekend of June and sponsored by the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce. Several other sales popped up throughout the county as well. Plains was buzzing on Friday and Saturday with busy yard sale traffic in and out of town. Peggy Mann, who lives on River...

  • BIRTH: Ksenia Emmarika Boxov

    Jul 4, 2024

    Family Birth Services as well as Andrey and Natalya Bokov of Trout Creek are pleased to announce the birth of Ksenia Emmarika. Born June 2, 2024, baby Ksenia weighed 8 pounds, 11.5 ounces. She is welcomed into the family by brothers Andrew and Dennis, and sister Masha. Grandparents are Mykola and Galyna Vasyanovich and Alexander and Nadezhda Bokov. Ksenia was delivered by Joyce Vogel CPM LM and Rebekah Sweet LMA....

  • BIRTH: Mary Carmen Epperson

    Jul 4, 2024

    Family Birth Services as well as Zarach and Mary Epperson of Trout Creek are proud to announce the birth of Mary Carmen. Born Sunday morning, May 19, Mary weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. She is welcomed by her loving sisters and brothers: Bethany, Diana, Hawkins, Henry, Carrie, Katie, Jackie, Rebecca, Thomas and Victoria. Grandparents are Robert Epperson of Leakey, Texas, Yvonne Epperson of Trout Creek, and Delores Knoll of Rathdrum, Idaho....

  • Local grower sprouts success

    Shannon Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    For locally and naturally grown produce, the Waterway Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) roadside stand has fresh vegetables and other products available for self-serve purchases. Owner and operator Elizabeth Riffle has her farm on Fruitland Lane off highway 200. At the moment the stand has lettuce, Napa cabbage, kale, swiss chard, radishes, beets, broccoli, peas, and green onions. "Peppers will be ready by the first part of July," Elizabeth said. Her four year old granddaughter Olivia...

  • A TINY FIND

    Ed|Jul 4, 2024

    Fifteen-year-old Parker Lind of Plains was cleaning up weeds near River Road West when he came across a baby praying mantis. Once he posed for a photo with his find, he released it in nearby bushes. The praying mantis is often used to control insect populations in gardens, but might also prey on beneficial pollinators, according to the Montana Field Guide. The eggs of a praying mantis usually start hatching in mid June and has a lifespan of 10-12 months....

  • Crossword Solution

    Jul 4, 2024

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. SEIS 5. SBIC 9. SCARAB 11. HORNED 13. PARETIC 15. SEMIDRY 16. ALM 17. INOPERATIVE 19. REAM 21. SPIRE 22. GID 23. DRAM 25. TAIS 26. POX 27. KNEE 29. SEIZES 31. INNS 33. SEES 34. SOUGHT 36. SETS 38. PAC 39. IRAK 41. SETA 43. OEM 44. NAMEA 46. RATS 48. GEORGE WENDT 52. MOP 53. RIVALED 54. SARDINE 56. ENAMOR 57. RAINED 58. GRAB 59. PEAS SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. SCALED 2. EARMARK 3. IRE 4. SATI 5. SOMA 6. BRIT 7. INDIGOS 8. CERVIX 9. SPAR 10. BINS 11. HERESIES 12. DYED 14. COPT 15. SERIES 18. PIAS 20. MANIOC 24. MENU 26. PESTER 28....

  • Sales galore for county

    Annie Wooden|Jun 27, 2024

    The county will be buzzing this weekend as visitors and residents hit the highways for the annual Sanders Saleing county-wide yard sale event. The two-day yard sale event, hosted by the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce, will run Friday and Saturday, featuring more than 80 sales throughout the county. Participants signed up to have sales in Heron, Noxon, Trout Creek, Thompson Falls, Plains, Paradise, Hot Springs and Lonepine. Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Spurlock of Alera Group in Plains said he’s excited to see what types of t...

  • TALENT SHOW

    Annie Wooden|Jun 27, 2024

    There were acrobatics, a lion, fire, unicycles and smiles and cheers from circus fans of all ages Saturday in Thompson Falls. The Culpepper & Merriweather great combined circus returned to Thompson Falls on Saturday with two shows for community members. The circus comes to town every two years and is sponsored by the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of residents gathered near the football field at Thompson Falls High School for the event. The circus tent was raised at 9:30 a.m. and...

  • Remember When?

    Sherry Hagerman-Benton|Jun 27, 2024

    6 YEARS AGO • JUNE 11, 1964 RAGING STREAMS CAUSE MAJOR DAMAGE TO ROADS, BRIDGES With smaller streams slowly receding, efforts in Sanders County Wednesday were being turned towards repairing damages to roads, bridges and culverts while attention was being maintained on the main Clark Fork River. The flow of the river over the Montana Power Co. dam Wednesday morning had reached 117,500 cubic feet per second and was still rising. Only the 1950 and 1948 high water flows surpassed Wednesday’s flow here and the report is, “more is coming.” 1948 wa...

  • Question of the week

    Skye Hill|Jun 27, 2024

    Jim Scott, Thompson Falls - “I like to go fishing.” Larry Hermance, Belgrade - “We like to go camping.” Kinley Hill, Thompson Falls - “I go to the Bison Range with my family.” Hazel White, Trout Creek - “Celebrating my July 5th birthday on July 4th.” Juan Rivera, Browning - “I like to go to the powwows.” Drayden Smith, Browning - “I do a boxing club every year....

  • TC resort under new ownership

    Shannon Brown|Jun 27, 2024

    A Trout Creek business is under new ownership, just in time for the busy summer season. Joyce Willis-Szeremi and Josiah Szeremi from Hood River, Oregon recently bought the Trout Creek Lakeside Motel and Resort. Less than a month ago the Szeremis began rebuilding the back deck and adding a convenience store to the lobby of the motel and gift shop. Besides new decking, the area is larger and has added wicker furniture and dining tables. "I could sit out here all day with this view of the lake," Jo...

  • Cornhole fundraiser a success

    Jun 27, 2024

    Project ASCENT hosted its 6th annual Cornhole Fundraiser on Saturday. Bags flew at 4 p.m., and the championship game concluded just after 9 p.m., with 17 teams participating. Local teams, as well as players from Kalispell, Frentchtown, Superior and Oregon attended the 2023 tournament. This year Project ASCENT upgraded five sets of their cornhole boards to tournament quality boards, and plan to upgrade the rest by next year. They also acquired new tournament quality bags for players this year, donated from a company based out of Naples, Florda...

  • Crossword Solution

    Jun 27, 2024

    SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. PTAs 5. ATM 8. EMIR 12. TAALS 14. BOA 15. YARE 16. SHRIEK 18. APR 19. ENOL 20. DREDGE 21. SPT 22. LUNY 23. REDELIVERY 26. MINUEND 30. ENATE 31. SPONGES 32. DIN 33. BOTHA 34. QIANA 39. TED 42. CAUSTIC 44. SPORE 46. ALIMENT 47. BARRACUDAS 49. BABA 50. SIP 51. CHICHI 56. ELLI 57. EMU 58. KEELED 59. AMES 60. RAP 61. DEERE 62. LYSE 63. SLA 64. EGOS SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. PTSD 2. TAHR 3. AARE 4. SLID 5. ABASE 6. TOPPLED 7. MARTINI 8. EYELET 9. MANURE 10. IRONY 11. RELY 13. SEGREGATOR 17. KEENE 24. DDS 25. VANQUISHED 26. MSB 27. IPO...

  • TC school raises new flag

    Shannon Brown|Jun 27, 2024

    Trout Creek School received a special gift toward the end of the school year. The school was gifted a Montana state flag that used to hang at the capitol in Helena. Principal Carolyn Nesbitt had the idea to procure the flag to replace the school's faded and worn Montana flag. "This is a great opportunity to show our community involvement and commitment," Nesbitt said. Representative Paul Fielder visited the school to give a speech the day the flag was raised, and then the students said the...

  • FAMILY OUTING

    Jun 27, 2024

    Photo by Linda Elliott A Common Merganser mother and ducklings go for a swim on the Clark Fork River near Thompson Falls....

  • 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....

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