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  • MILESTONE BIRTHDAY

    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    What is the secret to a long life? "Being born and raised in Montana, especially Paradise," according to Betty Meyer, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday. Five generations of family members joined the community in celebrating Meyer turning 100 on June 12. The event Saturday at the Paradise Center was filled with surprises and honors for Meyer. Family members came from as far as Colorado, Louisiana, California, Washington and British Columbia. After guests greeted Meyer and the party...

  • Fly-in connects community to the sky

    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    The Sanders County Pilots Association (SCPA) hosted their annual fly-in Saturday at the Thompson Falls Airport. More than 100 community members turned out to observe the planes, enjoy a pancake breakfast and even take a ride in an airplane. While the weather wasn't the best for flying on Saturday, nearly a dozen pilots braved the late spring storms to attend the Thompson Falls event. Another dozen volunteers helped run activities and cook breakfast. "I thought it went very well," said SCPA...

  • Jet boat activity concerns residents

    Annie Wooden|Jun 20, 2024

    Residents are concerned over jet boat activity on Bull River west of Noxon. Though the activity is legal, one resident said allowing jet boats on the river is bad for the shoreline. On June 2, Paul Overman of Noxon witnessed five small two-seat jet boats go by his property on the Bull River. “We own a mile of shoreline and we’re in the process right now of trying to get permits for bank restoration,” Overman stated. “We’re losing our bank to natural causes, but the jet boats really wreak havoc on our shoreline. The Bull River isn’t a rocky, cl...

  • Residents provide forest feedback

    Shannon Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    As the process to revise the plan for the Lolo National Forest (LNF) continues, Forest Service employees have conducted information gathering meetings throughout the region. Last week, LNF held a public meeting regarding the plan in Thompson Falls. Prior to the meeting in the elementary school cafeteria last Wednesday, LNF had received 1,400 comments regarding land use. A new interactive web map was provided to allow exploration of the plan revision proposed action, including a fact sheet. This information gave participants the chance to...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Jun 20, 2024

    Ambulance: T. Falls, 10; Plains, 7; Hot Springs, 6; Trout Creek, 4; Paradise, 2; Camas Prairie, 1; Noxon, 1. Monday, June 10 Assist other agency, Camas Prairie. Threats, Hot Springs. Intoxicated driver report, T. Falls. Motor vehicle crash, Hot Springs. Motor vehicle crash, Plains. USFS campground check. USFS campground check, Noxon. USFS campground check, Trout Creek. Trespass, Trout Creek. USFS campground check, Trout Creek. USFS campground check, Trout Creek. General animal call/complaint, T. Falls. Assist other agency, Noxon. Protection...

  • Justice Court

    Jun 20, 2024

    Montana Highway Patrol Amanda Allen, 35, seatbelt violation, $20; failure to carry/exhibit proof of insurance in vehicle, 1st offense, $285; speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Wes Tikka, 18, day speeding, $20. Joseph Butterhof, 62, seatbelt violation, $20. Marion Kopp, 78, improper passing - crowding overtaken vehicle, $85. Leah McConnell, 29, speeding in a restricted zone, $75. James Sjoblom, 63, day speeding, $20. Jodi Smith, 54, speeding in a restricted zone, $95. Marilyn McCormick, 60, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Joshua Stateham,...

  • Convicted sex offender back in District Court

    Stephanie Molzhon|Jun 20, 2024

    Appearing before Judge John Mercer on Tuesday, Benjamin Winkler entered his general denials to allegations brought forth by Probation and Parole regarding a revocation of his probation. Judge Mercer set this matter for a hearing on the merits on August 20, 2024. According to the affidavit filed in support of the petition to revoke, in violation of his conditions of probation, Winkler was allegedly in possession of child pornography, hasn’t completed the court ordered sex offender treatment, and attended an event where children were present a...

  • KLT launches accessibility project

    Jun 20, 2024

    by Kaniksu Land Trust "Nothing about us, without us" is a phrase in the disability rights movement referring to the importance of including people with disabilities in processes that will affect them. Launching a new focus on improved access for people with disabilities, Kaniksu Land Trust (KLT) aims to center this new initiative on that philosophy. KLT announced this week that it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Land Trust Alliance’s 2024 Partnerships for Disability Access, Inclusion, and Leadership Grant. The funding will allow K...

  • Pike detected in Bull River

    Jun 20, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking anglers to report any northern pike caught or observed in the Bull River in Sanders County following the first confirmed detection of the predacious non-native fish. Anyone who catches or observes a pike on the Bull River should contact fisheries biologist Travis Rehm at 406-382-3032. FWP is trying to identify the extent of the potential pike abundance in the river. FWP recently received a report from an angler who observed a pike in the river south of Bull Lake near Noxon. Fisheries biologists...

  • Veterans retire U.S. flags

    Skye Hill|Jun 20, 2024

    The Clark Fork Valley Elks hosted a flag retirement service last Friday. The day itself was a significant one as it was Flag Day. While Flag Day is a national holiday that is often overshadowed by July 4, when the Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, it is still a significant day in American history. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes flag designed by Betsy Ross. The original design, while very similar to the flag we know today,...

  • County fair to bring back fireworks show

    Ed Moreth|Jun 20, 2024

    The Sanders County Fairgrounds manager plans to make this year's Independence Day a big bash and the evening a bit more bright. Manager Kristy Sheehan announced at last Wednesday's monthly fair board meeting that she has a lot of festivities planned for the fairgrounds first annual "Freedom Festival" starting at noon for the Fourth of July celebration, including fireworks at dusk. Sheehan and her new administrative assistant, Rachel Largent, have scheduled kids' games, pony rides, a bouncy...

  • Adventure of a Lifetime

    Annie Wooden|Jun 13, 2024

    Many people look forward to retirement. There are plans to travel south for the winter months, relax, complete projects at home or just slow down in general. For John Gubel of Trout Creek, plans included walking more than 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Gubel, who has lived in Trout Creek for almost 30 years, retired in 2020 after nearly 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service. His last post was as the District Ranger for the Cabinet District in western Sanders Cou...

  • TF moves forward with zoning changes

    Annie Wooden|Jun 13, 2024

    After nearly a year of discussing changes and tabling the matter, the Thompson Falls City Council approved a first reading of the new zoning ordinance at Monday’s meeting. The changes to the city’s zoning ordinance included adding definitions of items such as daycares, apartments and other business and dwelling types, as well as clarifying acceptable uses. For example, the new ordinance bans adult-oriented businesses in the central business district. Also prohibited in the central business district will be manufacturing or cultivation of mar...

  • Plains fire hall grant denied

    Ed Moreth|Jun 13, 2024

    The Town of Plains was denied a request for an $87,000 grant that would have enlarged the volunteer fire department building and given the firefighters more space. Town officials were recently notified that the application did not follow the grant requirements, but that they could try again. "We got word about two weeks ago that our project was rejected because the grant was only for maintenance and repair of existing buildings, so the plans to add on with new construction was outside the scope...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Jun 13, 2024

    Ambulance: Plains, 13; Hot Springs, 10; T. Falls, 5; Trout Creek, 4; Paradise, 1; Noxon, 1; Dixon, 1. Monday, June 3 Business contact, T. Falls. Intimidation/harassment, Plains. Property damage/criminal mischief, Plains. Suicide attempts/threats, T. Falls. Theft, Heron. Security check, T. Falls. Animal bite, Plains. Animal stray/lost, Dixon. Motor vehicle crash, T. Falls. Motor vehicle crash, Plains. Automated alarm call, T. Falls. Other accident, Paradise. Other law violations, Trout Creek. Suspicious activity, Trout Creek. Theft, Noxon....

  • Justice Court

    Jun 13, 2024

    Montana Highway Patrol Christopher Blangeres, 46, seatbelt violation, $20; day speeding, $20. Tyler Paseman, 20, seatbelt violation, $20. Eric Carter, 44, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Tyrel Tennison, 42, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Ronald Hooten, 77, seatbelt violation, $20. Allix Swalling, 26, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. David Ward, 61, speeding in a restricted zone, $65. Joshua Cooper, 48, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Joshua Arestad, 34, operating without liability insurance in effect, 1st offense, $285. Jerry...

  • A great day for Plains Day

    Ed Moreth|Jun 6, 2024

    The Town of Plains might have tripled in size Saturday as people flooded in to Plains Day for its annual festival, which took place along Railroad Street, the greenway, at Fred Young Park, the lawn of MT West Dentist, and at the E.L. Johnson Memorial Park. Plains Day this year was again sponsored by the nonprofit organization the Free Americans and coordinated by Blair Blizzard, who introduced new activities and brought back an old favorite, along with traditional ones. Its theme this year was "...

  • Plains fun continued with gathering

    Ed Moreth|Jun 6, 2024

    Despite rumors that this would be the last Plains Day festival for the Ryan Family to put on their special potluck activity at the E.L. Johnson Memorial Park, it looks as though it will continue. "It's a great community event that brings people out to have fun," said Jake Ryan of Plains. "It lets kids have a good time the whole evening and that memory will be with them the rest of their lives," he said. Each year, more than a dozen members of the Ryan clan sponsor a potluck, dance and limbo...

  • Community gathers for Plains Day parade

    Ed Moreth|Jun 6, 2024

    The Plains Day parade this year was one of the biggest in recent years with a wide variety of units from a single person to large groups on floats. Mary Halling, the parade coordinator for the fourth year, had 50 registered entries, but believes there were about 20 additional units that did not register, but participated, such as the dozen emergency medical services vehicles - including Smokey Bear - and the Horse Plains VFW Post 3596 color guard, which led the parade. The parade lasted nearly...

  • Voters cast primary ballots

    Annie Wooden|Jun 6, 2024

    Sanders County voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in the 2024 primary election. Voters decided against conducting a local government review. The ballot issue failed in the county, as well as in Thompson Falls, Plains and Hot Springs. In the county, 2,369 people voted against the review, with 1,603 votes for. In Thompson Falls, there were 199 votes against the local review and 150 for. In Hot Springs, the measure failed with 69 votes against and 57 for, and in Plains, 191 people voted against the review and 96 for. Several...

  • Hot Springs celebrates, shares memories

    Shannon Brown|Jun 6, 2024

    The 2024 graduating class of Hot Springs High School received their diplomas, remembered a friend, and received scholarships on Saturday. Eleven seniors were present with the twelfth classmate missing from the ceremony. Jody Page, who passed away last fall, was honored by teachers and classmates as they recalled memories of their friend and student who was physically absent from their final class gathering. Valedictorian Lauryn Aldridge spoke about Page in her speech. "With open hearts and open...

  • TFHS welcomes alum as guest speaker

    Annie Wooden|Jun 6, 2024

    Thompson Falls High School's class of 2024 received their diplomas last Saturday in front of family and friends. The ceremony was held on the football field at the high school. The class chose Amanda Stewart, a 2010 TFHS grad, as their guest speaker. Stewart, who is a singer and songwriter now based in Bozeman, has released two albums and recently traveled to perform in New York and Georgia. Stewart gave a speech that showed her vulnerability, just as do the songs she writes. She encouraged the...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Jun 6, 2024

    Ambulance: Plains, 12; T. Falls, 7; Dixon, 6; Trout Creek, 4; Hot Springs, 4; Heron, 1; Noxon, 1. Monday, May 27 General animal call/complaint, T. Falls. Suspicious activity, T. Falls. USFS patrol, Paradise. Intoxicated subject, Hot Springs. USFS campground check, Paradise. Motor vehicle crash, Hot Springs. Fireworks, T. Falls. Suicide attempts/threats, Paradise. Harassment/privacy in communication, Trout Creek. General animal call/complaint, T. Falls. Nuisance complaints, T. Falls. Threats, T. Falls. Child welfare/abuse, T. Falls....

  • Plains man changes plea

    Annie Wooden|Jun 6, 2024

    A Plains man changed his plea on Tuesday in connection with a burglary at a dispensary earlier this year. Isaac Warnes entered a guilty plea before Judge John Mercer on Tuesday to one count of felony burglary. As part of a plea agreement, a second count of tampering with or fabricating evidence will be dismissed. The incident at Top Shelf Botanicals took place on January 18, 2024. Upon investigation by the Sanders County Sheriff's Office, the owern of the dispensary valued missing product at $10,870, amount taken from a safe at $17,313 and the...

  • Justice Court

    Jun 6, 2024

    Montana Highway Patrol Leon Robbins, 46, seatbelt violation, $20. Nicholas Painter, 26, seatbelt violation, $20. Jennifer Kilbury, 48, seatbelt violation, $20. Karen Evans, 54, stop sign violation, $85. Aaron Dally, 24, reckless driving, 1st offense, $285; seatbelt violation, $20; operating without liability insurance in effect, 1st offense, $275. Darrin Kern, seatbelt violation, $20. Cynthia Jenson, 67, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Jeremiah Ketcum, 44, speeding in a restricted zone, $85. Justin Sheridan, 43, careless driving, $85....

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